Costco Is Launching the Most Incredible Meal Kit in Los Angeles

updated May 1, 2019
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Meal kits were once the realm of the online shopping market. Don’t have time to grab ingredients for a complete meal from the grocery store? Teaching yourself how to cook for the first time? Order from a company liked Plated or Blue Apron, and you’d get everything you need for dinner dropped on your doorstep.

Over the summer though, many meal kit services shifted that business model and began appearing in grocery stores. HelloFresh launched a meal-kit service available in Stop & Shop. Kroger and Albertsons now carry Blue Apron and Plated meal kits. And now Costco is cashing in on the trend too, but there’s one crucial difference: It’s one of the first grocery stores to offer a meal kit worthy of a five-star restaurant.

According to MarketWatch, this “elevated meal kit,” created by a company called Hak’s, contains all the ingredients to make six Kobe beef sliders, and will be available at Costco stores in Orange County and Los Angeles on September 21. They’ll be around for a limited time until the first week of November.

In the kit you’ll find the patties, of course, slices of organic American cheese, caramelized onions, pretzel buns, and to top it all off, a mustard aioli. Of course, sliders, no matter how fancy they are, wouldn’t be complete without fries, so you’ll also get a side of pan-fried sweet potato fries.

Celebrity chef Sharone Hakman created the decadent dining experience with a dinner party in mind, which seems like the perfect application for the six sliders, especially if you’re trying to impress your friends on a budget. The meal kit costs $17, which translates to less than $3 a burger, which is an incredible deal compared to many restaurants. I think these would also make for a pretty sweet romantic dinner (and bonus: you can cook the meal together!).

But if pre-made sliders aren’t really your style, we also learned recently that Costco also sells extra-lean (and inexpensive) ground beef, which you can use to make your own burgers. We broke down exactly how to get it from the butcher (because it’s a well-kept secret) here.