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.