Costco Chicken Burgers (AmyLu) - Healthy, But Has Negatives

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AmyLu Chicken Burgers at Costco

Costco sells an 8 pack (2 pounds) of AmyLu Caramelized Onion & Aged White Cheddar Charbroiled Chicken Burgers for $14.99. 

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The chicken burgers can be found in Costco’s refrigerated deli area near other items such as the pot roast and the chicken sausage.

Costco also sells a frozen grilled chicken patty

What is in the Chicken Burgers?

These chicken burgers from Costco are gluten free and made with chickens that are raised with no antibiotics. The chicken burger patties are embedded with caramelized onions and white cheddar. 

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In addition to the onions and cheddar cheese, AmyLu has also included red peppers, rosemary, and garlic, all of which are clearly visible in the burgers.

Who is AmyLu?

AmyLu is one of the two main companies that sells chicken products at Costco. AmyLu has been in business since 1992 and their goal is to provide simple foods that are made with chicken. 

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Just at Costco, AmyLu sells Teriyaki & Pineapple MeatballsAndouille Sausages, and even chicken breakfast sausage links

I have had mixed reviews with AmyLu products in the past. I can see the appeal of the chicken products that they put out, but I have yet to be wowed by any of them.

Costco Cost Comparison

How Much Do Costco Chicken Burgers Cost?

Costco sells 2 pounds (8 patties) of AmyLu chicken burgers for $14.99. This breaks down to a staggering $7.50 per pound and each individual quarter pound chicken burger patty goes for $1.88. 

In my opinion, this price is ridiculously expensive and there is much better value to be had at Costco. 

AmyLu chicken burgers are the most expensive burger patty option and it isn’t even close.

Costco Burger Patty Prices

Product NamePatty SizePatty PricePrice Per Pound
AmyLu Onion & Cheddar Burger1/4 Pound$1.88$7.50
Impossible Burger1/4 Pound$1.75$7
Trident Salmon Burger1/4 Pound$1.50$6
Kirkland Signature Grass-Fed Burger Patty1/3 Pound$1.60$4.80
Columbus Turkey Burger1/3 Pound$1.10$3.30
Perdue Chicken Patty1/4 Pound$0.60$2.60

AmyLu’s chicken burgers are the most expensive on a per patty basis as well as a per pound basis. Any of Costco’s other patties will be better economical choices.

Better Value Items at Costco

Coming in at $7.50 per pound, there is no denying that the chicken burgers are on the pricey side.

In the $7.50 price range there are much better value options such as tri-tip, shrimp, and even cod.

Chicken Burger Taste Test

Processed Chicken

The biggest downside to the chicken burger patty is how processed it is. 

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It’s clear the chicken burger is already somewhat processed due to its shape and texture, but the chicken has been processed to the point it doesn’t feel like chicken anymore.

They also appear to be cooked sous vide style which doesn’t help their appearance or feel. 

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I’m not expecting a hand cut chicken breast or even a ground chicken burger, but I am also expecting the chicken burger to not have the same texture as a hot dog.

For $2 a patty, this is a big miss.

Onion and Cheddar Flavor?

While the chicken is rather processed, it was still tasty and was even quite juicy. 

I ate the chicken burger both on its own as well as with buns and all the fixings, but I could never really grasp the caramelized onion and cheddar flavor.

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The onion and cheddar may be embedded within the chicken burger, but the flavors didn’t come through for me. I would have liked more of an onion and cheddar flavor explosion. 

If the packaging didn’t say onion and cheddar, I would have had no idea this was a flavored chicken burger.

Tasty Chicken

All that being said, the chicken is not the worst. The chicken burger patty is juicy and the seasoning isn’t overly salty. It’s a solid burger

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It falls short in certain aspects, but the chicken is still enjoyable and I will have no problems finishing the rest of the package. 

Chicken Burger Serving Suggestions

AmyLu Suggestion

The burgers don’t really pack a bunch of flavor, but burgers can always be spruced up and enhanced. 

Amylu recommends eating their chicken burgers with a slice of melted mozzarella cheese and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar. 

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Additionally, if you are looking for other topping ideas, these chicken burgers would go great with some feta and a greek yogurt tzatziki sauce or even some pesto.

AmyLu Charbroiled Chicken Burger Cooking Instructions

Like other AmyLu products, these chicken burgers are pre-cooked and just need to be reheated before eating. 

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AmyLu offers 2 different heating options, but I am also including my own bbq cooking directions for these chicken burgers.

Grill

  • Preheat bbq grill to medium high heat
  • Place chicken burger on grill until slightly charred (approximately 2-3 minutes).
  • Flip and cook the other side.

Stove Top:

  • Preheat a non-stick skillet.
  • Warm over medium heat.
  • Turn frequently until warmed through.

Microwave:

  • Place one chicken burger on a microwave safe plate.
  • Heat on high for 1 minutes.

Times may vary depending on microwave

Costco Chicken Burger Nutritional Information

How Many Calories in AmyLu Chicken Burgers?

Each individual chicken burger patty is going to be one serving and will contain 170 calories. These 170 calories will come from 9 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbs, and 19 grams of protein.

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Are these Chicken Burgers Healthy?

This is a pretty solid nutritional profile, but right on par for where a chicken burger should be. The fat is on the higher end, but it’s safe to expect burger patties to have a moderate amount of fat in them. 

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The calorie count is acceptable and the protein content is solid. This is a healthier alternative to beef burgers.

High in Sodium

Like most burgers from Costco, there is going to be quite a bit of Sodium. Each chicken burger is going to contain 620 mg of sodium or 27% of the recommended daily value. 

This is on the higher end especially considering that these are quarter pound burgers. 

I could easily eat two of these chicken burgers in one meal, and that would be 54% of the recommended daily sodium intake. This is something to be thoughtful about.

Costco Chicken Burgers Review
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Product Name: AmyLu Caramelized Onion & Aged White Cheddar Charbroiled Chicken Burgers

Product Description:
Price: $14.99
Quantity: 2 Pounds
Location Within Costco: Refrigerated Deli Area
Price Per Pound: $7.50

Summary

I don’t hate these chicken burgers, but I also don’t love them. The chicken is quite tasty, but is lacking the advertised onion and cheddar flavor. 

The nutritional profile is good and the convenience of the chicken burger patties are hard to beat. They do make for a quick and easy meal. 

These are priced on the higher end at $7.50 a pound and I don’t think they are worth the money. There are much better fresh meat & seafood options available.

Overall
6.4/10
6.4/10
  • Value - 3/10
    3/10
  • Convenience - 9/10
    9/10
  • Taste - 6/10
    6/10
  • Nutrition - 9/10
    9/10
  • CFDB Score - 5/10
    5/10

Pros

  • Tasty
  • Solid nutritional profile

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Quarter pound burger patties
  • Onion and cheddar flavors could be stronger

Final Thoughts

I have mixed thoughts on AmyLu’s Onion and Cheddar Burger from Costco. The burgers are without a doubt priced too high and the flavors are missing, but the burger is still juicy and tasty enough. 

For nearly $2 a chicken burger patty, I was expecting a lot more flavor. The chicken burger is good, but not great, and isn’t going to wow the crowd. 

The nutritional profile is very good, but at $7.50 a pound, I just cannot justify purchasing these chicken burgers. I’m going to enjoy the remaining chicken patties that I have, but I won’t be purchasing these again.

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  1. melonhead August 22, 2022

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