It’s hard to resist the siren-call of Costco once you have a friend who has a membership and invites you along on a shopping trip… They have everything. Not just the basic mundane things like gigantic boxes of cheerios and enough toilet paper for a small army, but awesome things like huge jars of sundried tomatoes and ready-to-cook VEGGIE BURGERS at ridiculously good prices.
So I purchased a box of the veggie patties, and they sat in my freezer until one summer weekend when I had some friends over for a barbecue (they are actually sold in the refridgerated section, but I just went ahead and froze them when I got home because I knew I would never be able to eat them quickly enough - they come in boxes of FOURTEEN!).
The first thing I noticed when opening the box was the shape of the patties. You would expect them to be round, like most burgers, right? But instead they are ovals! This wouldn’t matter so much if I had oval-shaped bread to put them on but since most normal hamburger buns are round, the veggie patties stuck out over the sides of the buns rather awkwardly. They were also a little thin – I couldn’t help but wish that the oval had just been squished into a slightly thicker circle.
But, awkwardness of shape and thickness aside – the taste of the burger itself (aided by the fact that it was grilled outdoors as all good burgers should be) was quite good. Even better than some more expensive frozen patties I have tried in the past. The patties consist of chopped up vegetables like carrots and soybeans and also pleasant surprises like sunflower seeds (which I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered before in a store-bought burger). It tastes very healthy, as well as delicious. And also happens to be vegan.
I still have most of the box left in my freezer awaiting future barbecues, and although the oval shape dismays the perfectionist side of my personality, they are tasty enough and such a good deal (compared to how overpriced veggie burgers can be at the regular grocery store) that I will very likely return to Costco to buy more once they are all eaten.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Don Lee Farms All Natural Veggie Patties
purchased at Costco in Queens, New York.
Price: $11.69 for a box of 14
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