GUIDE: Vegan Meat Substitutes (updated December 2019)

Now is the perfect time to eat vegan. There are more plant-based meat options than ever before, and they’re available everywhere from your local co-op to big box stores, including Target and Walmart. With so many options to choose from, it can be difficult to figure out which ones to try first. So we’ve taken the guesswork out with this handy list.

This meatless brand offers its uncut plant-based burgers at several Southern California grocery chains. Tasty soy burgers cook great on the grill. Try them in four different varieties: Burger, Salt Chicken Burger, Roast Turkey Burger and Breakfast Sausage Patty.

This innovative company is single-handedly changing the vegan meat game. What is his secret? Beyond Meat’s mouth-watering products are made with non-GMO, gluten-free pea protein. After the sensation of the “bloody” Beyond Burger, the company launched Beyond Beef, a vegan ground beef perfect for tacos, meatballs and anything else you can imagine.

Following PETA’s discussions with Kellogg’s about offering more vegan products through its MorningStar Farms and Gardenburger brands, the company announced three product reformulations from vegetarian to vegan. Tasty and improved dishes, which are now dairy and egg free, include MorningStar Farms Buffalo Chik Patties, Buffalo Wings, Chik’n Nuggets and BBQ Chik’n Nuggets. Look for the yellow “vegan” label on products in stores now and for even more vegan products from MorningStar in the future.

We love that Gardein offers fishless fish, including a fishless golden fillet, as well as crabless mini cakes. Her website also has fun recipes and a gluten-free product page. Must-try product: Classic meatballs without meat.

Founded in 1980, Tofurky quickly became famous for its holiday roasts, but it’s also known for many other delicious vegan products, including deli slices, veggie dogs, tempeh bacon, vegan pizzas, and more. Must-try product: chorizo-style ground beef.

Made with grain-based meat, Field Roast products include vegan sausages, deli slices, roasts, burgers, and even meatloaf. Its famous vegan cheese Chao Slices is an excellent addition to what we consider a must-try product: the Field Burger.

Yves offers a wide range of vegan products, including vegan cereal strips with barbecue sauce, original giant meatless hot dogs and meatless Canadian bacon. The company was founded in 1985 and continues to provide cholesterol-free vegan meat options to a growing number of compassionate consumers. Must-try product: Classic Veggie Brats.

A trip to Trader Joe’s is a pleasant experience for any vegan, as the grocery chain offers a wide range of vegan meat products. Thanks to the law of supply and demand, the more delicious meatless products you buy, the more Trader Joe’s offers, so keep up the good work! Must-try product: Crispy fillets without chicken.

Lightlife offers a variety of vegan meat options, which are easy to identify with a prominent “Vegan Certified” logo on the packaging. Must-try product: Smart Dogs (vegetarian dogs)

Boca Burger was born when a chef from Boca Raton, Florida wanted to make a great veggie burger his way. His creation became such a hit that he had to move into a warehouse next to his restaurant – his small kitchen just couldn’t keep up with the demand. Must-try product: spicy chicken patties.

Sweet Earth is well known for its seitan, burritos, and veggie burgers, but be sure to try the company’s other products as well, such as its “bacon” and three flavors of vegan mince. Also keep an eye out for its Awesome Burger, made with pea protein. Check the ingredient list to make sure your choice is vegan. Must-try product: Smoked seitan bacon with hickory and sage.


For more information on vegan meat options, check out our guide to soy-free and gluten-free meats.

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