I've had a few people reach out to me to request that I try these! This review was originally done as a guest review for Costco West, I highly recommend you check out this blog if you live in Western Canada!
Please note that this review was not paid for or sponsored by any third party. I purchased this product with my own money and the opinions in this review are strictly my own. I am not affiliated with Costco or any of its suppliers. I am just a fan of the company. I write these reviews to help my fellow shoppers.
I am definitely not a vegetarian. At least not currently. In junior high I did randomly decide to become a vegetarian due to my love for animals. That lasted about a week, until my mom asked me what I would be having for dinner because she was ordering pepperoni pizza for the rest of the family. I am totally open to trying vegan and vegetarian options and will always jump at the chance to see if I can find something that tastes better or as good as its meat-based counterpart. I had a few people reach out to me to review these veggie burgers, so I decided to take one for the team and buy a box. When I put the box of the Kirkland Signature Harvest Burgers in our cart, my husband flat-out told me there was no way he was trying them with me.
I eventually did get my husband to try them and his exact words were, "it tastes way better than I expected", which I agree with. I tried them alone and also in a bun with mustard, ketchup, lettuce and tomato. They tasted way better in a bun with toppings; alone they were a bit on the dry side. The patty definitely does have a similar taste to a meat patty. I would say it tastes more like a sausage patty (the kind you get in breakfast sandwiches) than a burger, so if you're looking for a burger clone this may not be for you. It contains brown rice and rolled oats and to be honest, it tasted like a hybrid between a sausage patty and rice latke (like a potato pancake but replace the potato with rice). They do have a lot of flavor and seasoning in them so that definitely enhances the taste but I didn't love the seasonings they used. I didn't season these with anything extra.
Cost-wise 15 burgers cost $12.99. You definitely won't break the bank with these, but you do risk spending $13 dollars on something you might not like. You're looking at about $1.15 per burger, which isn't bad at all, even if you just think you might want to try them. I also think they would be great to have on hand if you're hosting a big barbecue or party since I've noticed a lot of people are starting to prefer vegetarian options. I wouldn't feel like I'm doing my vegetarian guests a disservice by serving these (although I'd definitely be curious to hear their thoughts on them!).
The burgers come frozen in a bag in the box, with each one individually separated by a piece of parchment paper. It's very convenient to just remove one to cook. You do have to take the time to cook them though. The box shows three different options for cooking: stove, grill or oven. We decided to grill them and my husband cooked it to the box instructions; next time he would probably cook it a little less than the box said as it seemed to come off slightly overdone. He also mentioned that something (the cheese?) seemed to be oozing out onto the barbecue. You don't have to grill these though; there are two other very convenient options, so overall these score quite high on convenience.
Let's talk nutrition. Each burger contains 170 calories, 5 grams of fat, 12 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber and 1 gram of sugar. To give you a comparison, the Kirkland Signature Uncooked Lean Sirloin Beef Patties contain 320 calories, 23 grams of fat and 29 grams of protein. The Harvest Burger is pretty nutritious in my opinion; a moderate amount of of protein, not high in fat, low in sugar and high in fiber. The one thing that makes these less nutritious is the high sodium, 480 mg per burger. Sodium usually makes things taste better, but some people have to watch their sodium intake closely. I will also mention that these are obviously not vegan, as they contain cheese. Also, they contain soy. I know some people are allergic to soy or don't like to eat large amounts of soy.
Overall, I found these a little dry and didn't love the seasonings they used. I've tried numerous veggie burgers and I would probably put these in the mediocre category. I would definitely eat them again if I was served them at a barbecue and have no problem with it but I won't be purchasing these again. If you're interested in reducing your meat intake or you're a vegetarian looking for a nutritious substitute for beef burgers, I definitely would suggest you try these out for yourself. If your goal is weight loss or health, check out the Sunrise Farms Chicken Breast Burgers that I love.
Do you have a favorite vegetarian option for Costco? What is your favorite toppings for burgers?