I’ve always been a sucker for a burger. It’s the perfect compact, handheld flavor vehicle. Whether you dress it up or down, it’s usually delicious. When I started shifting into a primarily plant-based diet, it was particularly hard to let burgers go. I’ve always cringed at the idea of veggie burgers, which have normally looked and tasted like dried-up dish sponges. Completely void of flavor and character. However, occasionally I’m proven wrong and completely surprised.
The Bloom Burger at Sun In Bloom is such an exception. It has completely restored my faith in veggie burgers and, quite frankly, set the bar. Sun In Bloom's “LIVE” burger patty is made with a blend of carrots, red peppers, sunflower seeds, onions, miso, herbs and spices, and put through a dehydrator. You can taste the freshness and careful preparation. The burger is topped with cabbage, a juicy tomato, basil, and delicious dehydrated caramelized onions. For an even smoother texture, you can add avocado, which I recommend. It comes standard on a sprouted wheat bun, but you can get it on a collard green wrap or as a salad.
To add to the experience of your tasty burger, Sun In Bloom is set in a very clean, fresh, and bright environment with a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. It specializes in organic, vegan, raw food cuisine and macrobiotic dishes. You'll also find a great selection of gluten-free vegan baked goods, cold pressed juices and raw desserts, which they make in-house in their Kosher kitchen. Sun In Bloom is located at 460 Bergen St. btwn 5th Ave and Flatbush in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.