11 Very Good Wegmans Products That Get Us Halfway to Dinner

According to a former employee.

March 18, 2019
Photo by James Ransom

Wegmans, a supermarket chain headquartered in Rochester, New York, has a very loyal following—and for good reason.

As a former employee for nine years through high school and college, I still remain a loyal customer because of the friendly service, fresh produce, wide selection of unique foods, and epic cheese shop. The prepared seafood, meats, and side dishes are ready to be cooked or reheated, which can really save the day when I'm in a rush during the week and have forgotten to prep dinner.

Here are 10 of my favorite (unsponsored!) Wegmans groceries to buy when I need a little help getting supper on the table:

BBQ Pulled Pork Family Pack

The Wegmans family pack of pulled pork saves you hours of cook time and makes dinner so much easier. It's tender, with a slight acidic taste from the apple cider vinegar and mustard, and smothered in Memphis BBQ sauce. All you have to do is reheat the pork in the microwave for 3 to 5 minutes on high and serve on a roll with some creamy coleslaw and shredded lettuce for a quick and easy dinner.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms

Wegmans has a variety of ready-to-bake meals in oven-safe containers that are generally ready in about 15 minutes or so. The crab-stuffed mushrooms (lobster-stuffed also available)—loaded with crab meat, smoky paprika, celery salt, citrus, and so much more—are just one of many shortcuts that can add some serious flair to your weeknight dinners. I like to serve them over cauliflower rice with baked sweet potatoes topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Rotisserie Chickens

I will admit, it took some time for me to be able to eat these again after having to make them myself for five out of the nine years I worked there. But Wegmans' rotisserie chickens really are a lifesaver when you need something fast and tasty during the week. You can get a whole chicken already cooked and hot for just under $5 in a variety of flavors like lemon pepper, BBQ, and plain (so you can add your own sauce). Just pair it with some of their pasta salad like the penne, tomato, and mozzarella and some sautéed greens for a quick weeknight wonder.

Chicken Parmesan Family Pack

Sometimes you just need comfort food fast, and you don’t always have the energy to throw it together yourself. The family pack of Parmesan-covered chicken cutlets feeds around four people. They're huge pieces that you could even cut into strips and pair with spaghetti and a side salad to stretch them further. To give the cutlets a nice crisp, bake them in the oven at 400°F for about 5 to 7 minutes, or microwave on high for 2 to 3 minutes.

Bacon Cheddar Burgers

Just fire up the grill, and you'll have delicious burgers in about 10 minutes—with bacon and cheese already stuffed inside! When you cook these, the bacon inside crisps up and the cheese gets nice and melty. Grab a bag of brioche rolls while you're at it and toast them up on the grill, piling on shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, mayo, ketchup, and pickles to complete the burger. Wegmans burgers also come in blue cheese, Buffalo chicken, and Greek turkey, all seasoned and ready to be cooked.

Herb-Stuffed Pork Tenderloin

Mealtime is made easier when the entire pork tenderloin is already pre-stuffed with flavorful dressing in an oven-safe container. When you get home, all you have to do is preheat the oven to 375°F and place the container in for about 40 minutes, or until the pork loin temps at 165°F. For a sweeter savory option, you can go for the Apple Pecan Stuffed Pork Tenderloin or the Apple Raisin Stuffed Pork Tenderloin.

Lobster Mac and Cheese

This is easily one of the best dishes that money can buy at Wegmans! You can serve it as a side or eat it as your entrée. The cavatappi pasta is loaded with lobster, coated in a generous amount of creamy cheese sauce, and topped with a sprinkle of cracker crumbs. It's incredibly rich and flavorful, and only takes about 15 to 20 minutes in a 375°F oven to bubble up and get a crispy brown crust on top.

Turkey Pot Pie

This dish doesn't even need any sides because everything's packed into one slice. All you have to do is preheat the oven to 350°F and let the pie cook for 45 to 50 minutes. You’ll want to let it cool for a few before diving in to cut it, but once you do, you’ll see chunks of juicy turkey breast, celery, pearl onions, carrots, peas, and broccoli coated in a creamy sauce with spices.

Creamy Tomato Basil With Orzo Soup; Garlic Tuscan Bread

For something really simple, pick up a container of Wegmans soup, like creamy tomato basil with orzo that can be heated quickly on the stovetop. Don't forget the grilled cheese for dipping: They have an amazing bakery section with different flavors of breads, rolls, pastries, bagels, and more. Even with countless options, the Garlic Tuscan bread is the way to go when you're making grilled cheese. It's so flavorful and delicious, you just need a few pieces of cheddar or American cheese, and the flavor of the bread combined with the creamy soup will blend together nicely.

Large Cheese and Pepperoni Pizza (Fully Cooked)

The Wegmans frozen pizzas get a lot of buzz for being tasty, but they also have full pizzas already baked that just need to be quickly heated through before serving. Just preheat the oven to 400°F and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. These are great for nights when you want delivery to taste a little fresher—but to be honest, you should still pick up a few frozen pizzas to stock your freezer. They’re delicious, inexpensive, and come in handy on those nights when you're in a rush!

Chicken With Craft Beer BBQ Sauce

The craft beer movement continues to rise, so it only makes sense to start cooking with it! Wegmans makes life so much easier with their bagged meal options and easy-to-follow cooking instructions. The chicken comes out flavorful and tender from the beer with a hickory smoke flavor from the barbecue sauce. It only takes about 40 minutes to cook, but the meat is all pre-marinated for you and ready to go.

Join The Conversation

Top Comment:
“I mean I'm obviously biased, but it's the best grocery store. And I've moved around the country a bit. It won't have all the non-grocery things that Costco has (last one I went to you could buy some furniture and great sweatpants along with your groceries). It has much better produce than Trader Joe's. It's like a Whole Foods if you slashed the prices in half, sourced more regional produce, and returned the staff's demeanor to pre-Amazon pleasantness, if that gives you an idea. ”
— Stephanie B.

Are you a Wegmans fan, too? What are your favorite groceries to buy there? Let us know in the comments.

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kathy December 21, 2020
The turkey burgers are the best I've ever had.
Lynne K. March 3, 2020
My second longer visit to our New Raleigh store but surprised at small selection of name brands, I generally don’t like store brand foods so didn’t know what to do since half the items on my shopping list I wanted they did not sell. Not impressed with packaged meats either, not a good selection of southern foods, especially in seafood and breads and meats, prices similar to Harris Teeter which I will return to after this visit, closer to my home and at least more southern accents, felt like I was in NY with all the transplants roaming around! Reminds me more of Costco and Trader Joe’s which are not my favorites anyway...disappointed after all the hype of how wonderful it is supposed to be...oh well, maybe a Publix will open up on my side of town to try next but been loyal to the “ teeter” for years!
RachaelJ April 18, 2019
Just tried for the first time Wegmans Organic Vegetable Dumplings, 32 oz. Fairly impressive list of ingredients for the most part and great vegetarian convenience food for those nights when you are too tired to cook from scratch. We put the dumplings on top of spinach we had quickly sautéed. Yum!
Anne April 7, 2019
Fresh, fresh and more fresh. Working families can choose a meal with protein, potatoe, rice, etc., and vegetable, but the best part is I can choose 2 fresh cooked vegetables and no carb. Chicken Marsala ready to go into your oven includes zucchini right alongside the chicken. Seafood questions-Always an expert to ask. I live in Rochester and Wegmans is my store. If you are ever in Rochester, you must visit their flagship store in Pittsford (a minute from the city)-it’s unbelievable- you can walk around forever and still not decide. I’m so fortunate.
Kristen March 21, 2019
The best summertime lunch or dinner is just a bunch of stuff from the Wegmans olive bar (marinated tomatoes, mini bocconcini, olives, artichoke hearts, etc.) plus bread, olive oil, and good vinegar. The best and easiest panzanella.
Nancy N. March 21, 2019
Wegmans, consider a store in Western Oregon...Please.
mcamous March 21, 2019
I lived in Rochester for about two years. That was 25 years ago and I still miss Wegmans! Whenever we visit friends and relatives in NY, we always head there right away! Wish they'd go nationwide. We could use a Wegmans or a few in the SF Bay area!
Madeline March 21, 2019
I do 98%of my shopping at Wegmans. The produce is always fresh. The lobster bisque is out of this world. The fish is very fresh. The cheese selection is out of this world. This is my third home- after home and work. I am there almost every day.
Bob Q. March 21, 2019
Let's see...their meatballs are like my neighbors Nana used to make for their Sunday "spread" that was like an open table
The soups are awesome. I use their Lobster Bisque with their frozen langoustine as a Lobster cream sauce on pasta. Then there is their store roasted sliced turkey breast...perfect for sandwiches and salads. These are just 3 of their awesome prepared products. Wegmans is the BEST grocery store ever. The staff is by far the best anywhere.
Rona R. March 21, 2019
I live in hope that Wegmans will one day migrate to Lexington, Kentucky. I visit Wegmans any time I am traveling nearby, even if I can't cook. Just seeing a business so thoughtfully run (as far as I can tell) cheers me. It must be very hard to do what Wegmans does, as no big chains near me ever seem to try.
Naomi H. March 21, 2019
I moved to Tennessee after 15 years in upstate NY. I’ll root for a Lexington store for you — and maybe that would lead to a trickle-down to Nashville. We can hope, right?
SandyandBilly Y. March 21, 2019
Wish they would come to Summerville SC
Donna R. March 18, 2019
Fruit produce are the freshest in the area,every dept is worth shopping at.
The tilghman st store is clean and the employees are happy and very helpful.
Shopped at giant for years giant does not hold a candle up to wegmans which also includes their ghetto giant t-shirts and dirty torn jeans. If you want fresh and a pleasant atmosphere you go to wegmans
Michele March 18, 2019
Learning the ropes at a new Wegmans, and quite liking the amount of organic products they sell. Any pointers as to where the turkey pot pie can be found would be much appreciated as it looks quite yummy!!
GramQuacker April 25, 2019
In my Wegmans, they are located in the prepared food section, next to packaged cold salads (coleslaw, macaroni, potato salad, etc)
Stephanie B. March 18, 2019
I love them so much. The thing I miss most about living in Pennsylvania is Wegmans. Every general grocery store in Los Angeles I've tried pales in comparison. Great bakery...and cheese...and meat...and produce.
Eric K. March 18, 2019
Man, I've still never been to one. Is it better than Costco/TJ's?
Stephanie B. March 18, 2019
I mean I'm obviously biased, but it's the best grocery store. And I've moved around the country a bit. It won't have all the non-grocery things that Costco has (last one I went to you could buy some furniture and great sweatpants along with your groceries). It has much better produce than Trader Joe's. It's like a Whole Foods if you slashed the prices in half, sourced more regional produce, and returned the staff's demeanor to pre-Amazon pleasantness, if that gives you an idea.
Neelie March 18, 2019
I shop exclusively at Wegmans – their quality is amazing, the people are terrific and their produce, meat and cheese departments are wonderful. What makes me a little crazy is that they'll introduce a product, let me fall in love with it, and then discontinue it. I still pine for their Bourbon Pecan Chocolate-dipped Biscotti . . .
Panfusine March 18, 2019
The Pre-prepared veggie burgers are to die for, a fantastic option for a quick school lunch in the mornings.
As far as groceries, their organic Kefir is an essential part of any Indian Kitchen. They used to have an ahmazing Peppercorn parmesan baguette that is now sadly discontinued.