Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie Burger
I never liked burgers until I met Dr. Praeger’s. Seriously, I would never go near a burger, not as a vegan and definitely not pre vegan, yuck! I just didn’t understand the format. Seeing as burgers are usually mystery texture murder, I had no desire to try even veggie ones, the format had been ruined for me. Until one day, our local Costco was sampling Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie burgers. It’s not often that you’re offered free food that’s actually vegan, so when you are, you have to accept it, it’s just science. So accept it I did.
They cut the patties in half and cooked them in a toaster oven. They were soft, green, and you could see all the veggie chunks it was made of! This made me feel better about trying it, it wasn’t mysterious anymore, it was just veg!!! My life was forever changed. This is now one of our most consumed foods, seriously, in the past week we’ve eaten 12 of them… a whole Costco box, in one week. Check out our brand review to see other yummy frozen foods Dr. Praeger’s has to offer!
One important thing to note about these burgers is that they are not the same ones as the California Veggie burgers they sell at most grocery stores in 4 packs! These ones are the organic version they sell at Costco in 12 packs. The patties themselves are about ⅓ bigger than the regular ones (99g vs 71g). The costco version are gluten free and the regular version contains gluten. Go Costco!!
First of all, Dr. Praeger’s California Veggie burgers smell like actual heaven while they’re cooking. I mean how can they not! They’re made of pure mushed up veggies! They’re mostly green, and you can see big chunks of carrots, peas, edamame, red pepper, kale and corn. The box says they also have onions, string beans, broccoli, and spices in them! The patties have so much flavour its unreal! You can really taste all the veggies, and there’s definitely a fair share of spices in there too, I’m not one for plain veg!
The coating on the outside seems to be made of corn starch, arrowroot powder, and cornmeal which gives it a nice deep fried effect when cooked. The taste is 10/10, I don’t know how to pinpoint it because they just have to much depth, they really are heavenly. I love that these taste just as good on their own as they do in a burger! I used to prefer them on their own since you get to taste the flavour of the veggies alone, but I realized the flavour of the burger is actually strong enough to come through even on a burger with toppings!
The texture of these burgers is one of the main reasons I like them so much. The inside is mostly made up of big veggie chunks, packed into a bed of mushed up veggies. I really like how you can tell exactly what you’re eating by the texture of it, it doesn’t leave things open to the imagination, like mock meat burgers do! The outside coating is also amazing! It has a breading / batter like coating that you don’t really notice until you cook it. When it starts to get crispy it turns golden, and crunchy, almost like it was deep fried! I find a lot of veggie burgers lack this outside coating that I love so much about these burgers!
One thing I think is important to note about the texture of these burgers is that it varies depending on how you cook them. The box recommends cooking them either on the stove top or in the oven. When we first got these, we tried following the stovetop directions this initially put me off the texture. They turnout really soft and squishy on the stove, to the point where they kind of fall apart if you try to flip them too soon. I found the outside layer burned before the inside got to the appropriate non-mushy texture.
I thought it was interesting that they recommend the stovetop method over the oven because I find the oven produces a much better texture. In the oven they come out very firm and crisp, not at all mushy and can hold their shape without falling apart. The inside texture when cooked in the oven is fluffy and tender. It’s definitely the texture you would expect from a bunch of mushed up, cooked veg!
These are cute as fuck. Chunky, large and in charge veggie burgers. They are everything you want a veggie burger to be. Very apparently vegetables, and so many colours! I love that you can see full chunks of vegetables in these! The physical format is also pretty spot on. They’re not super thick but also not so thin that they get too crispy and dried out either! The size of these allows them to cook with the perfect ratio of crunchy outside to soft inside! The Costco patties are huge! They fit inside the large Wonderbread buns perfectly! I was surprised that they filled them out so well! They’re actually so big that they stick out a bit from regular sized buns, but that’s exactly how I want it!
It’s hard to believe something that tastes as good as these burgers could be so healthy, but these things are basically all nutrition. Plus they’re vegan (ofc), gluten free AND organic, can’t go wrong there! The ingredients list is super clean, basically just a bunch of veggies.
The ingredients are listed as: Carrots, Onions, String Beans, Oat Bran, Zucchini, Expeller Pressed Canola Oil, Peas, Spinach, Roasted Corn, Broccoli, Red Peppers, Arrowroot Powder, Corn Starch, Corn Meal, Roasted Garlic, Sea Salt, Spices.
I was shocked by this label!! How do they make something so good out of so few ingredients! I feel like this is one of those times where the sum of all the parts is definitely greater than the pieces that make it up! None of those veggies are nearly as good on their own as they are in this patty! These are the optimal format of vegetables, this is just a fact of science. I didn’t know eating healthy things could be so good!!
The burgers are 190 calories each and contain 8g of fat, 21g of carbs, and 7g of protein.
These are $15.99 for 12 burgers at Costco. We think this is an awesome deal, just over $1 per patty!! This is my favorite meal, plus it’s one of the healthiest things we eat, so they are well worth pretty much any cost. It does help that buying them in bulk at Costco is much cheaper than from the typical grocery store! Especially the way we go through these. But still, I would pay good money to always have these around. Also they’re organic AND gluten free?! Thank you Costco! The grocery store format is significantly more expensive, so I would be very sad without Costco here providing cheap bulk veggie burgers! Keep stocking these things and we’ll keep buying them Costco!! Seriously, we’ll take three pallets!