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Shortage of Gardenburgers Affects All Veggie Burger Producers

Where Have All the Gardenburgers Gone?

A widespread shortage of meatless Gardenburgers has put veggie patties in short supply and high demand. The Seattle Times reports that Gardenburgers have been scarce since April and May, when parent company Kellogg's discovered a quality control issue. Stressed rivals Boca Burger, MorningStar Farms, and Amy's Kitchen are scrambling to meet the veggie burger needs of the country.

According to Kellogg's, the shortage of Gardenburgers was due to plant improvements. However, it says production is back in full swing:

We are working as hard as we can to fill orders in time for the summer grilling season.

Don't be surprised if (as our copy editor recently discovered) your request for a meatless burger gets turned down. I favor a beef patty to an all-veggie one, so I won't be too affected by the shortage. What about you? Have you wondered where all the garden burgers have gone?


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SweetKatie SweetKatie 9 years
I am still waiting for garden / veggie burgers to be available!
rpoling rpoling 9 years
I have been to two Dallas area restaurants in the last 3 days and both were out of Veggie Burgers -one serves Gardenburgers and the other black bean patties similar to Boka Burgers. I had no idea what was going on until now! Thank you for letting us know!
L-B L-B 9 years
A week ago, I was visiting in Idaho and ordered a Gardenburger and they said they'd been recalled. Now I know why!
arcticpuppet arcticpuppet 9 years
There are plenty of gardenburgers at my local store, but I couldn't find Boca burgers anywhere! (I had a coupon for Boca...had to get a gardenburger instead, but thats ok cause its better!!!)
geebers geebers 9 years
I never knew they had Indian veggie burgers! I am a morningstar gal myself. I LOVE veggie burgers...I suppose being a vegetarian I would.
orangek8 orangek8 9 years
Uptown Girl, here's how I like to eat the Asian patties: I cut it into strips, and then stuff it into a toasted pita, with banana peppers, feta, and yogurt. YUM. I'm also a big fan of the BK veggie burger (add cheese, add pickles, please!). Morningstar Farms Mushroom Lovers patties are SO good.
colleenb colleenb 9 years
I always get a gardenburger with pineapple on it and then I put bbq sauce on the bun. And it's so good. I get it at Burger Meister in SF, and they've been out the last two times. I went to two different locations, which was rather sad. They grill it so it makes it so much better than it probably would normally be. Also, pineapple!
misslilad misslilad 9 years
Haven't bought one for awhile, but my friend tried to order one last night only to be told that they were out. Come to think of it, that might be why they have been out for the past few weeks at the pub by my house and i always get stuck eating a veggie taco
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
I love veggie burgers however I usually buy Morningstar or Boca; Dr.Praeger's is also good company however you need to season it abit otherise it is dull (you can buy it at costco.)
MandeeLei MandeeLei 9 years
I've always preferred Morning Star to all.. after that Boca.
fredonica fredonica 9 years
I work in the Natural Foods department at a grocery store and I was wondering why we haven't been able to get Gardenburgers in. I've asked my manager about it and she said "Oh, I dunno." That'd be fine if customers hadn't yelled at me about the shortage. At least now I know what to tell people, though they'll probably still blame me. As if I control these things.
marcella marcella 9 years
I like Amy's veggie burgers, so I actually didn't notice that Gardenburgers were scarce.
hippiecowgirl hippiecowgirl 9 years
Hmmm. I had noticed a shortage, but thought it was just my local grocery. I've been buying Boca more, but I really prefer Gardenburger.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 9 years
Oh, I see that Kate Marie just posted something similar about Burger King -- I looked it up. It does appear to be Morningstar.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 9 years
I don't care for Gardenburgers. I prefer Boca. I will say that I was at Burger King over the weekend (!) and I ordered their veggie burger, which appeared to be a Gardenburger. So if you're really unable to find them, stop by BK.
techkim techkim 9 years
Garden burger taste bad and that was before their quality control issues LOL. I prefer morning star anyway.
lauren lauren 9 years
I think I will stick to my beef burgers! YUM!
Kate-Marie Kate-Marie 9 years
I bought Boca burgers this morning at Meijer--I actually did notice that there didn't seem to be a very large selection. I love Boca, but honestly I've never tried Gardenburger. Burger King's veggie burger is Morningstar Farms I think? It's pretty good.
susanec susanec 9 years
I like the MF black bean burgers the best. The rest are too mushroomy (which I hate) or too soy based (which I shouldn't eat, can't really have soy products but the low protein ones are okay once in awhile. Maybe).
SugarFreak SugarFreak 9 years
In Indian grocery stores they have veggie burgers in the freezer section too, and let me tell you they are YUUUUUUUUUMMY! They don't really have the traditional Indian taste to them, but they do have "masala burger" options too.
A-Journey-To-Wellth A-Journey-To-Wellth 9 years
CaterpillarGirl, those are AWESOME!! I also like the new Italian Herb Chik'n!! Yummmm.
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 9 years
I've never actually had one. I will say this, though - there's a horrifyingly greasy burger place here in Ann Arbor called Blimpy Burger that has a veggie burger on the menu. I'd never understood how a place practically coated in animal fat could cook one of those on the griddle and serve it with a straight face. Turns out they deep fry them: the fryer's the only thing that's fully vegetarian!
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I didn't notice any but I don't really buy that brand.
Food Food 9 years
Ilanac13—you can put your fears aside. The quality control issue was non-food safety-related, so nobody was hurt in the recent eating of any Gardenburgers. (Whew!)
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