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Kirkland Signature Veggie Burger Review

Yesterday I was shopping at Costco with my wife I came across a new frozen veggie burger that was so delicious I had to take them home to write a review for you all to read.

Kirkland Signature Gardenburger Veggie Patties – Gourmet Blend.

One of the perks of shopping at Costco is getting to try all of the free samples they hand out in the different sections of the store I know you love it too). Usually they have some sort of new frozen dinner or maybe a hummus spread or a new fruit juice blend, but this time they were cooking up veggie-burgers. But not just any veggie-burgers, these were (as the box states) “gourmet blend” burgers by the Kirkland Brand. Kirkland is Costco’s own line of products and from my experience some are better to be skipped but some are quite good, especially for the price. And wow, these burgers were so good though that I had to write a review for them here right away so that you can try them too! Let me make it clear though, I was not paid to write this review and I did not receive any free burgers from Kirkland or Costco (although it would be nice – hint, hint). Also, I am not sure if this is a new completely new product but it is the first time I had seen it in Costco and shop there quite a bit. I will try and find out more details about the product and update this posting at a later date.

The burgers I am reviewing are called Kirkland Signature Gardenburger Veggie Patties – Gourmet Blend.


But this review is about the burgers, so let me continue with that. Once the burgers were done cooking there was quite a large crowd of people standing around the table eagerly awaiting the samples. The employee sliced them into 1/4 size pieces and dipped them in a Thai sweet & sour sauce – which surprised me at first but it actually turned out to be a tasty combination. Oh, and speaking of tasty – that is exactly what these burgers were! After finishing the sample my wife went straight for the freezer and picked up a box to take home – 15 burgers for $12! Now that’s a fantastic deal, but this review is about the burgers and not about the price of the product, so let me tell you about how they tasted. My first impression was – cheesey! The second ingredient in these burgers is mozzarella cheese, so when they are cooked and hot you get small bits of gooey cheese melted throughout the burger – what a great idea! I always put cheese on top of my burger after I cook it but having the cheese already cooked into the burger takes this to the next level of cooking creativeness. I was expecting the first thing I would taste would be mushrooms, which I am not a fan of, since there was a huge mushroom picture on the front of the box and mushrooms are a main filler ingredient in many veggie/garden-burgers on the market. But no, I did not taste any mushrooms at all. It was mostly cheese followed by rice, vegetables and spices – a very unexpected mix from a store-brand frozen burger. It was also nice to find that there was very little soy content in this burger. Weber 6531001 Genesis E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black Weber 6531001 Genesis E-330 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, BlackAlthough I am a life-long vegetarian, I am not a big fan of fake-meat soy products or burgers made almost entirely of soy. I find they taste rubbery and bland. But this burger was the exact opposite of rubbery or bland. It was soft, full of flavor and tasted very healthy.

After I finished shopping and went home we decided to cook the burgers for dinner. This would probably be fantastic on at a hot summer BBQ but I cooked them on the stove this time to save on time and since it was already too late in the evening to fire up the grill. Since there are 12 burgers in the box, I have plenty left to BBQ next time though. While I was waiting for the burgers to cook I took at the ingredients on the box.

Here is the full ingredient list: Cooked brown rice, mozzarella cheese (partly skilled milk, bacterial cultures, salt, microbial enzymes, annatto colour), mushrooms, water, rolled oats, onions, hydrated bulgar wheat (water, bulgar wheat), feta cheese (partly skimmed milk, bacterial cultures, salt, microbial enzymes), textured soy protein, spinach, salt, methycellulose, wheat gluten, basil, parsley, garlic powder, autolyzed yeast extract, spices, citric acid, barley malt, flavour, color (annatto, turmeric), whey, dried onion, dried mushrooms, smoke flavour.

Mozzarella cheese, feta cheese and basil cooked inside a burger? Yes please!

Cooking the Kirkland Signature Gardenburger Veggie Patties – They look Happy!

Don’t they look happy?

I took a couple photos of the burgers as well while they were cooking to share with you here. I like to place a couple of slices of Muenster cheese on top of my burgers for the last few minutes they are cooking so that is nice and melted by the time the burgers are done. For toppings this time I used Heinz Ketchup, roasted artichoke hummus, Nayonnaise (vegetarian mayonnaise), Dijon mustard and black olive. Unfortunately I did not have any lettuce, sprouts or avocados in the fridge at the time, as these are my favorite burger toppings. However the burger was still delicious with just the cheese and sauces- I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Yum!

Melted cheese on the Gardenburger Veggie PattiesI should mention briefly the nutrition content of these burgers, as many people who are vegetarian are also very health-conscious. What really surprised me about these burgers was there were no preservatives listed at all! I would expect that as with most frozen foods there would have to be some sort of preservative, but nope – not one! Well-done Kirkland Signature. The only chemical listed in the ingredients was Methylcellulose which is a gel that is used as a binding agent in place of eggs to hold the burger together. Many veggie burgers contain eggs, which to many vegetarians makes them non-vegetarian and quite disappointing. Each patty only has 200 calories which is pretty average (Burger King’s Veggie Patty has 234 calories and 204 calories in Mcdonald’s Big Mac beef patty, according to LiveStrong.com). Each Kirkland Signature Gourmet Blend Gardenburger only contains 6 grams of fat (3.5g saturated fat) however there is a lot of sodium at 610 mg per patty. Each patty also contains 11 grams of protein and only 15mg cholesterol. So these aren’t the healthiest burgers you can find on the market but who cares, they are probably the best tasting! And that’s what matters most when you’re eating a burger right? The taste! If you want something healthy then go eat a fresh salad, but if you want great taste – burgers are king!

The finished Gardenburger  - delicious!

In conclusion I’d like to say that these burgers are a great value, fantastic tasting and full of healthy ingredients that both vegetarians and non-vegetarians will love. Go pick up a box from your nearest Costco today and leave a comment and let me know how you liked them!

Burger Facts

Vegan? No.

Soy-free? No.

Main ingredients: Cooked brown rice, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, water, rolled oats

Per patty: 200 calories, 6g fat (3.5g saturated), 24g carbohydrates, 11g protein, 610mg sodium

Nutrition Rating: B

Taste/Texture Rating: A+

 

Do you have a favorite veggie burger that I should try? Leave a comment and let me know!

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5 Responses to “Review of a New Gourmet Burger which contains no meat!”

  1. […] great veggie burgers from Costco – they’re delicious and 5 points each (plus the bun). Here is a link to them being talked about by some person. It shows you a picture of the box. Share […]

  2. Irene says:

    Wow is an understatement… I just bought a box today and am amazed at the following (not necessarily in this order): The price! Great value for your money… Secondly, the TASTE! omg I can’t even begin to tell you how the flavors meld so nicely. The burgers do not shrink (I fried mine in olive oil) and they crisped up nicely. The sodium content is a little high, but that may be because of the cheeses, but like the original review: Who cares? I will limit myself to one patty with rice and veggies and it’s an awesome meal.
    Well done, Kirkland, for an awesome product for us vegetarians or health conscious people!

  3. admin says:

    Hi Irene,
    It’s great to hear from someone else who loves these burgers as much as we do! Unfortunately we have been getting emails from people in some states (such as Florida) who are unable to find the Kirkland Signature Gardenburger Veggie Patties – Gourmet Blend at their local Costco stores. Hopefully Costco brings them to more stores soon for for everyone to enjoy! :)

  4. […] fear that they have mixed up my burger. The only brand I have been able to work my head around is Costco’s Kirkland Veggie Burgers, because they are full of rice and clearly don’t look like meat (which is a good […]

  5. […] fear that they have mixed up my burger. The only brand I have been able to work my head around is Costco’s Kirkland Veggie Burgers, because they are full of rice and clearly don’t look like meat (which is a good […]

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