The Chipotle Black Bean Burgers from Don Lee’s Farms, available in the freezer section at Costco, are an alternative to the Spicy Black Bean Burger from Morningstar Farms that I usually eat so I wanted to give them a try.
The burgers are organic, non-GMO and gluten free.
Keep reading to see if these black bean burgers are right for you and your family.
Nutrition and Ingredients
Let’s take a closer look at what you get with this box of burgers.
You get 12 burger patties per box and one patty is considered a single serving.
The nutritional facts for a single serving are:
- Calories: 250
- Fat: 8g (10% DV)
- Cholesterol: 0mg (0% DV)
- Sodium: 450mg (20% DV)
- Carbohydrates: 36g (13% DV)
- Protein: 11g
The calorie count on these burgers is a point of concern for me but may not be for everyone. The Don Lee Farms black bean burgers (3.9 ounces, 250 calories) are much larger and have more than twice the calories as the Morningstar Farms black bean burgers that I usually eat (2.5 ounces, 110 calories).
On one hand I don’t want the extra calories from the Costco burgers but, on the other hand, their massive size makes them an incredibly filling and satisfying meal.
With 36 grams of carbs these burgers are not Keto Friendly.
The bean burgers have the following ingredients:
- Black Beans
- Sweet Corn
- Brown Rice
- Brown Rice Flour
- Soybean Oil
- Pea Protein
- Chili and Chipotle Peppers
- Red Pepper Powder
The packaging states provides four methods for cooking these burgers and all of them are simpler than the ridiculous instructions for cooking the Costco Veggie Burgers.
- Skillet: Cook 2-3 minutes per side until Hot.
- Air Fryer: 350F for 5 minutes or until Hot.
- Oven: 350F for 8-10 minutes or until Hot.
- Microwave: 45 seconds per side.
I wrapped the burger in a couple paper towels, followed the microwave instructions and the burgers turn out just fine.
When the burger came out of the microwave they smelled great.
The patty was full of beans, corn and rice and looked tasty.
The flavor was spot on with the rich earthiness of the black beans and interesting contrasts from the corn and rice. I could pick up just a touch of heat from the chipotle chilis but overall the burger is pretty mild.
The burger paired quite nicely with an ice cold kosher dill pickle spear and was certainly filling. This is an excellent, and healthier, replacement for the regular frozen beef burgers at Costco.
Overall this is a solid burger with my only complaint being the mixed blessing about the large patty size.
Don Lee Farms Chipotle Black Bean Burgers are a Costco Value
The 12 count box of black bean burgers has a regular price of $13.99 at Costco although I was able to grab them on sale for $9.99. This regular price works out to a cost of $1.16 per patty or $0.29 per ounce.
You can buy an eight pack of the smaller Morningstar Farms Black Bean Burgers at Walmart for $6.77 which works out to a cost of $0.358 per ounce.
This means that you will save about $0.07 per ounce (19%) when you buy the larger burgers at Costco.