Sunshine Burger

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Sunshine Burger & Specialty Food Company is a privately held company known for vegan burgers made with organic and non-GMO ingredients. Founded in 1983 by Carol Debberman, the company offers products that are free of gluten, wheat, soy, corn, oats, dairy, eggs, tree nuts and peanuts.[1]


As a mother and vegan in the 1980s, company founder Carol Debberman was looking for vegetarian options that she could make at home that her five kids would eat. Tired of eating beans and rice, Debberman began experimenting with veggie patties formed from whole grains, vegetables and sunflower seeds. The veggie burgers were popular with her family, and friends and neighbors also began requesting them. Debberman started selling small packages of her heat-and-serve veggie burgers to health-food stores and juice bars in northern New Jersey.[2]

To help expand the business, Debberman began taking the prebaked veggie burgers around nearby Manhattan, to various natural food stores and restaurants and moved to New York City.[3]

Debberman attributes the name of the business to sunflowers seeds, an ingredient in every Sunshine Burger. “It was the hippie times when I took the name Sunshine Burgers. Everybody was into that flowery type of thing.”[4]


Sunshine Burger produces eight varieties including Garden Herb, Quarter Pound Original, Loco Chipotle, Black Bean Southwest, Barbecue, Falafel, Shitake Mushroom and Hemp & Sage Breakfast. The patties are made with a base of organic cooked brown rice and organic raw ground sunflower seeds.[5]

Sunshine Burgers are not meant to imitate meat,[6] instead, they providing the flavors and texture of plant based ingredients.[7]


Sunshine Burgers are certified USDA Organic.[8]

In 2010, Sunshine Burger became the first veggie burger company verified by the Non-GMO Project.[9]

Sunshine Burger became one of the early Benefactor Members of the Celiac Support Association in 2008.[10]

In 2015, Sunshine Burgers underwent a voluntary recall after gluten in excess of 20 parts per million was detected in three items in the product line.[11]

Reviews and reception

Sunshine Burger was featured in the April 1983 issue of Esquire magazine for proclaiming their vegan burgers as the “Alternative to Big Mac,” going as far as inventing their own version of McDonald's secret special sauce.[12]

Sunshine Burger was listed as one of the “100 Cleanest Packaged Foods” in 2014 by Prevention magazine.[13]


  1. 1 Jill, “Build your own burger bar”, Jill Conyers Fitness, Health & Happiness, 6-27-14, retrieved May 17, 2016.
  2. 2 Andrew Hickey, “Growing Organically from day one: Carol Debberman’s vegan, organic Sunshine Burgers are capturing the national market”, The Ulster County Press, February 20, 2008, retrieved May 17, 2016.
  3. 3 Joe Bevliacqua, “Notes from Napanoch”, Ellenville Journal, April 1, 2007, retrieved May 17, 2016.
  4. 5 Doug Blackburn, “Burgers to Veg On,” Times Union, January 21, 2005, retrieved May 17, 2016.
  5. 6 Senior Editor, “Sunshine Burgers”, Organic Foods Review, August 31, 2010, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  6. 7 Amanda, “Unprocessed Processed Food? Sunshine Burgers: The IRONIC”, Zomppa, April 19, 2011, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  7. 8 Carly Price, “Sunshine Burgers”, Whole Foods Market Blog, June 22, 2012, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  8. 10 Chrissy Carroll, “Sunshine Burger Review + Creative Ways to Use Veggie Burgers”, Inspired Wellness Solutions Blog, February 18, 2014, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  9. 11 News, “Sunshine Burger Becomes First Veggie Burger Verified by Non-GMO Project,”, September 6, 2010, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  10. 12 ”Benefactor Members”,, October 2008, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  11. "Recall Information - Sunshine Burger" (in en-US). 
  12. 13 Ron Rosenbaum, “The Alternative Big Mac”, Esquire, April 1983, retrieved on May 17, 2016.
  13. 16 Mary Oaklander, “100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards 2014: Organic”, Prevention, February 23, 2014, retrieved on May 17, 2016.

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