26 March 2012


 March 26, 2012

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 find 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.

35 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!

    • ruby says:

      I used to buy these burgers at costco… but they have not restocked in ny… harlem for months… where can I get them??

  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

      • Judy says:

        I asked my Costco manager and his reply to me was the buyer is the only one who has control..I stated how disappointed I was with these veggie burgers being taken off of the shelf and he said that is how Costco does it and they will ccntinue to do it that way…he was very rude..I am reconsidering keeping my membership there.

        • That is a shame Judy. The manager should be the one liaising with the buyer to convey what customers are actually interested in seeing on the shelves. I too have seen items I enjoyed no longer carried as it seems to be very hit or miss. Why not try e-mailing Costco corporate or contacting them via their site to let them know what happened?

    • karen says:

      I found them at costco carlsbad ca. Maybe they are making their rounds.

      • Sarah says:

        I actually work directly with the buyer (I work for a food brokerage company who has meetings with Costco buyers throughout the entire year, so we have a very close relationship with them) who chooses these patties for Costco NE each year – they come in for 2 eight-week rotations throughout the year. One in January and the other in late summer. Hope this helps.

  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

    • Betsy says:

      I don’t know when this comment was posted as the site doesn’t show me a timestamp, but as of January 2015 (and for at least a few months prior as that’s when we began buying them) they are indeed available in Phoenix at the costco at Spectrum (19th ave & Northerm). I don’t personally go to the store as we don’t have a card but when our family members go they’ll ask what we want (coconut oil and maple syrup! So cheap for such large amounts!) As well as veggie burgers and they usually will pick up a few different brands. After trying a couple flavors of the Don Lee farms they are now one of our favorites, and our toddler enjoys them too, cut into bite sized pieces as a serving of protein and veggies with some of his meals.

      After reading some of these comments though obviously I will be aware of carragean as an ingredient and check the next time we get a box to see if they have in fact removed it from the ingredients, or if they are simply not present in the organic versions (which I believe is the type we usually get)-

      Thanks for the great review!

  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.

    • Frank says:

      I have purchased the organic veggie burgers for months and loved them until they changed from the clear plastic containers to the box. The “new” burgers in the box are dry and do not have the great taste of the previous product so I am looking for an alternative. product. Sorry to see a great product go downhill.

  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.

    • Betsy says:

      Oops. Didn’t realize they were meant to be refrigerated either; we always store them in the freezer. Never had an issue although they do sometimes fall apart a little bit in the pan, depending on which flavor we get. So maybe storing them in the fridge, at least letting a few “thaw” in the fridge for a few hours before you cook them may help with that. They are primarily made from straight up veggies so don’t have as many binders as something like Morningstar Farms would have. Also make sure you are using a good high-heat cooking oil (like the huge jar of organic Nutiva from Costco!) to prevent them from sticking and pulling apart.

      Note: just mentioned this to my husband and he said that he loves these in particular because they cook so well and get nice and crispy!

  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-

    • Pamela Halgren says:

      I typically love Veggie Patties. These Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties LOOKED terrific on the package picture. They looked thick and nicely textured. They boasted Organic Sweet Potatoes, Onions, Celery, Spinach and Sunflower Seeds. How could I go wrong with this purchase? How wrong I was. They don’t look ANYTHING like the enticing, deceptive picture on the package! They actually look like they were pressed and rolled and cut with a circular cutter. They are mushy no matter how long you cook them and no matter what method. Very disappointing. They are edible but that is all I can say.

  9. pete says:

    I’ve been a vegetarian for over 25 years and this may be the worst veggie burger I’ve ever eaten. Two thumbs down.

    • Tom says:

      If you’re looking at them like they’re supposed to mimic a beef hamburger, then I can see why you’d be disappointed. I’m sure that’s not what the manufacturer intended, though. I think they’re pretty tasty in their own right.

    • Marilyn says:

      These are the BEST and only veggie burgers I want to eat. For those of us who are very sensitive to gluten are lactose intolerant and really don’t like to have bean fillers in processed food, they are the answer to having more easy to fix vegetarian meals. Trader Joe’s has lactose free yogurt cheese which goes perfectly with these veggie patties. I prefer their texture to any meat burgers. I repeatedly have asked Costco to carry them again to no avail. The other Don Lee Farms veggie burgers which Costco now sell are not as good in my opinion. My next effort to find a store that will carry them is going to be Trader Joe’s. Please consider requesting them in stores where you shop for groceries.

  10. Mabel says:

    I also ate a sample of these at Costco, thought they tasted great and bought them several times. My husband thinks they are wonderful and requests them often. Now I also am unable to find them at Costco. I shop at Costco frequently, but they have a problem of discontinuing some things that are really good. This is not the only item that we have learned to enjoy that they have discontinued. I hope I can find these somewhere else.

  11. Dianna Bailey says:

    I went to Costco bo buy more Don Lee Farms Veggie Patties and couldn’t find them. They looked in their computer and said they’ve DISCONTINUED carrying them.
    I pretty upset. I need to find where I can buy them, now.

  12. gary says:

    You are right Costco has discontinued them and now I cannot find them. I will be shopping less at costco

  13. Rita says:

    Not as good as others. Too much spinach and i have tried to griil, micro and pan cook. Will not buy again.

  14. Sharon says:

    I LOVE these veggie burgers. I was getting them at Sam’s Club and turned on a few other people to them as well. They taste like the inside of an egg roll but without all the fat. They have been dropped and I’d love to find them somewhere and buy a case! Any suggestions?

  15. Kay says:

    I’ve been to two Costco’s in our area toady looking for the veggie patties and at both I was told that they have been discontinued. I love eating them for breakfast with fried or poached eggs on top. sometimes I’d throw in a handful of spinach to wilt on top of the patty before putting the egg on. Where can I find them? I live in the Denver area. Which other stores might carry them? King Soopers? Safeway? Walmart? Albertson’s?

  16. Ann says:

    I live in Prescott, AZ, and our Costco has stopped carrying the Don Lee Farms Organic Superfoods Veggie Patty. We love these burgers! Is there another grocery store where I might find them?

    • For everyone looking for the patties, you will either have to ask your local Costco manager to see what the status is — they are a seasonal item at many locations and apparently have been discontinued at others. Alternatively you could reach our directly to the manufacturer to see where they might be available for purchase in you area: http://www.donleefarms.com/contact_don_lee_farms.html

  17. Cathy Dolce says:

    Please bring back the veggie burgers to Costco… they are the only veggie patties my husband and daughter will eat .. !!

  18. Janet Gilmer says:

    I bought the veggie patties at Sam’s Club in Jacksonville. I was able to purchase them twice. Since then, I have not been able to find them. Since they do not contain soy, I much prefer them to the Morning Star products, plus they have a much better taste. My husband and I are vegetarians, and I am always looking for good vegetable products that don’t have a lot of additives. Could you bring the product back to Sams opr tell me where in Jacksonville or St. Augustine Fl. that I may purchase your products.

  19. Laura says:

    Please bring these burgers back to Costco or provide us a way to order them. Very good and satisfying and healthy. My Sister introduced them to me as they are gluten free.. love it.. I keep looking at Costco in hopes they will come back.

  20. Janina says:

    I bought the sweet potato cakes at Costco without tasting. They are awesome! Unfortunately, I couldn’t get more. I wrote to Costco on their suggestion card. They called me about 4 weeks later and now have been stocked twice! Write a suggestion & corporate will respond!

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