Born from our love of healthful whole foods and made with locally sourced fruits, grains, vegetables, and aromatic herbs, every handcrafted, completely vegan Luna Burger is positively bursting with fresh, fabulous, pure plant flavor.
Small family farms provide the organic and sustainably grown black beans, spelt berries, brown rice and oats that form the foundation for our six varieties.
We hand-craft each Luna Burger slow-foods style. Beans simmer on the stovetop; peppers and onions get roasted, smoked, or dried right in our kitchen. Grains are sorted and baked before we mix them into the burger batter by hand. We pay attention to the details--using no soy, dairy, or added oil--to highlight the authentic taste of the ingredients and ensure that people know what they're going to get when they bite into a Luna Burger: real food.
We--Megan & Barbie--created Luna Burger out of our joint desires to integrate a love of good food with meaningful work. As participants in community gardening and community supported agriculture, incorporating the values of connection and relationship into our work was imperative. Using Ohio-grown ingredients allows our business to support the local economy and help develop a more sustainable and equitable food system. Luna Burger strives to develop relationships with local family farmers and community gardeners that create connections, linking the growers, makers, and eaters of food. We also work to minimize environmental impact through composting, recycling, and conscientious use of resources and seasonally-preserved ingredients.
With a background in theology and social work, quality of life has been a foundational concept for Megan in both personal and professional capacities. From her work with itinerant people, transitioning youth, and folks with intellectual disabilities, she has developed a deep understanding of how food impacts the health and well-being of all people. More than that, though, access to healthy foods and the need to feel nourished not just by what we eat but how we eat, connected to a particular place and a specific community, have led to her passion for locally-made, community-building, pure plant burgers.
The groundwork for Luna Burger began for Barbie in her time as a Jesuit Volunteer right after college. Working as a daycare teachers’ aide at a community center where meals and snacks were prepared in house by Pete with enthusiasm and ingenuity, to managing the kitchen at a center for people with AIDS, where menus relied on donated foods and non-perishable goods, she learned the value of using what’s available to make balanced meals that taste good. Her road led through bagel shops and bakeries to cafes and community gardens, to the Luna Burger kitchen where she works to integrate all the lessons she’s learned along the way.