Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties

I have said it before and I will say it again, I always love my trips to my local Costco because each time there seems to be more and more gluten-free items on the shelves.  My last visit yielded a really great fine of gluten-free and vegan Veggie Patties from Don Lee Farms.  I am typically not one for pre-made foods but after looking at the ingredients – these patties were all natural and had real honest to goodness ingredients (namely vegetables) so I thought why not give them a try.  Now obviously this is Costco so you are buying in bulk and these patties come in a package of ten.  When I saw they could be frozen I was sold and picked up a package.

Those of you that follow me regularly know that my daily lunches here in NYC are delivery.  I just don’t have the time during the day to pop-out and honestly living in NYC affords me the opportunity to have everything from gluten-free cupcakes to Chinese and everything in-between delivered right to my office.  However, as we all know, this adds probably more calories than I really need.  So I thought, why not try a an experiment of bringing my lunches for a at least a few days (I ended up doing four) and most of those days I enjoyed two of Don Lee’s veggie patties.  At just 160 calories per patty, I was only taking in 320 calories on the main portion of my lunch.

The patties themselves are comprised of: carrots, celery, bell peppers, garbanzo beans, brown rice flour, and sunflower seeds.  The patties are actually quite large and with a bun one would more than likely be enough, but I opted for sans bun for my lunches so had two patties.  These heat up in minutes in the microwave so make for a great, fast lunch option.

It also helps that the patties taste amazing.  They are actually quite complex in the flavor department with the great crispness of the fresh veggies paired with the nuttiness of the rice and sunflower seeds (which really helped take these to the next level).  Great texture and taste make these all around winners.  I opted for a bit of organic America cheese on top and paired my patties with bold and spicy horseradish sauce – kismet.

So next time you are at your nearest Costco, look a bit closer at the shelves because you may just find a fabulous new gluten-free find.  Now if only they would have a dedicated gluten-free section, the world would be a more perfect place.

18 responses on “Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties

  1. Erin says:

    I love these as well. My son and husband both have celiac disease and we eat these at least twice a month! So yummy!

  2. Daylene says:

    My staff and I love these but we cannot find them at Costco anymore. Where do we find them??? HELP! Thank you!

    • Gluten Free Mike says:

      Some Costco items are, unfortunately, seasonal. I would ask your local Costco’s manager to see if they will be getting them back in the warmer months. You could also let them know you’d like to see them year-round. I believe my local Costco has them all the time now. Alternatively, you can e-mail: sales@donleefarms.com and ask where you can find them locally. Hope this helps, Mike

    • Dina says:

      You can find them at Sam’s Club.

  3. Julie werda says:

    Unbelievable, grand kids love them too but have been very difficult to find. Going to CA next to look for them none in AZ

  4. Mary says:

    I live in Ohio. The local Costco in Avon, Ohio carried the Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties (gluten free) over the summer, but have not had them available in that store for the last six weeks. Can you tell me where else I can find these delicious patties in the Avon, Ohio area? In the meantime, the next time I am in that store, I will ask the manager if he/she can stock them year round.

    Thank you.

    • Hi Mary. I think that in many locations these are a “seasonal” item. I have seen them pretty consistently at my location but it too is hot or miss. I would recommend asking the manager at your location to see if they can carry year-round. Alternatively, it might be worth contacting the company to see if there are other location that might carry them in your area. Let me know how it goes.

  5. Banderson says:

    The other day, there was a Demonstrator serving these, and I liked them so much that I went back, just to be sure. My 5 year old loved it, even.

    I didn’t realize the suggestion was to refrigerate these, and popped them in the freezer. I am serving them for dinner soon, and I was wondering how they do from frozen with the skillet method.

    I have to say that these are by far the most flavorful veggie patty I have ever tried, and I have tried several. My 2nd favorite (by a pretty good distance) is the Amy’s Organic California Garden patty.

  6. Tiffany says:

    These are fabulous. I also get the ready to eat quinoa from Costco, add some braggs amino acids, break up the patty into the quinoa and drizzle with siracha! It’s become a quick meal staple in my busy life!

  7. Priscilla says:

    I walked passed the sampler and said, “no thank you”, like I always do when the Costco samplers are offering junk. The words, “Organic” caught my eye as I was leaving the area. I spun around and said, “Organic?, I’ll try it”. I ended up buying a pack of these veggie burgers and I’m glad I did. They taste great and the ingredients are all organic vegetables. The crunch from the sunflower seeds is a treat. I have IBS and almost any food I eat can set it off, but these burgers are easy on the digestive tract. I can do this and its easy to prepare and store.

    • I picked up the Organic variety today as well. Had one for lunch and have to say they are really good. Nice texture and more veggie than filler. I liked these better than the original variety I previously reviewed.

  8. Celia says:

    I also had a sample of these at Costco and picked up a package- I cooked them tonight using the skillet method for the recommended time (more actually ) but they turned out incredibly mushy inside. I did not mind it, but my husband was totally turned off. Any suggestions for cooking that would result in a firmer patty? Baking doesn’t appear to be an option, but I may try it-

    • Hi Celia,
      I had the same experience and my other-half had the same reaction as yours. I actually did try baking and got the same result. I think it is just the type of patty that they are. I can get a pretty decent (albeit thin) crust from preparing them in a non-stick skillet but the inside remains soft — flipping often seems to be they key. Like you, I don’t mind the texture because I really like the taste of these. Their non-organic patties have a more solid texture but this organic version seems to have replaced them — at least in my local Costco.
      Mike

    • Jean says:

      Toaster oven

  9. Danielle says:

    I microwave a frozen patty for 1 minute then crisp on both sides on the stove in an olive oil sprayed pan. Taste great to me! Just wish that they had less salt.

  10. mary says:

    Found the frozen Veggie Patty (box of 12) (vegan) at Costco. Have had one every day since I brought them home. Absolutely love them. Do not cook them in skillet for more than few minutes on each side, low heat. Always add enough condiments so they are not dry. Today did not add vegan “Just Mayo” also from Costco and patties were delicious.

  11. Karen says:

    We had these last night for dinner with lettuce and tomato, no bun. Delicious ! Looking forward to having them again very soon.

  12. Tami Spahr says:

    I found these only once at my local Costco. The next time I went it to get them they were no longer gluten free. The ones they have now are also made by Don Lee Farms, are organic and vegan, but they aren’t gluten free? Has anybody else run across this? I have been trying to locate the gluten free patties with no luck.

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