Our Favorite Vegan & Vegetarian Meat Alternatives
A vegan or vegetarian diet can be just as satisfying as any other way of eating, but sometimes you just want to dig into something meaty. When the mood strikes, we have you covered with an extensive selection of vegan and vegetarian meats. Here are just a few of our plant-based favorites and some of their main ingredients, followed by a quick overview of the vegan ingredients that make it all possible.
Vegan and vegetarian beef and burger substitutes
Roasts, burgers, meat loaves and more—if you can think of it, there’s probably a vegan version available.
The Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat: Plant-based protein from peas
World’s Best Veggie Burger from Hilary’s: Millet, quinoa, sweet potatoes and greens
California Veggie Burgers from Dr. Praeger’s: Carrots, peas, broccoli and spinach
Mexican Mix from Neat: Pecans, garbanzo beans, and white beans
Celebration Roast from Field Roast: Butternut squash, apples, mushrooms and lentils
Young Jackfruit Meatless Alternative from Native Forest: Jackfruit
Quinoa Burger from Qrunch: Quinoa, millet, onion, carrots, broccoli and spinach
Garden Herb Burger from Sunshine Burger: brown rice, sunflower seeds, carrots and spices
Kale Veggie Burgers from Dr. Praeger’s: Kale, quinoa, brown rice, onions, carrots, sweet potatoes, corn, red peppers, zucchini and broccoli
Tempeh from Arto Moro
Jackfruit from Upton’s Naturals: Jackfruit
Sonoma Veggie Burger from Amy’s: Organic vegetables, mushrooms, quinoa
Vegan and vegetarian poultry substitutes
“Chicken” tenders, anyone? How about a “turkey” sandwich for Thanksgiving?
Vegan and vegetarian sausage, bacon and hot dog substitutes
It’s easier than ever to make sure you have your vegan guests taken care of at your next cookout.
Frankfurters from Field Roast: Onion, garlic, wheat gluten and spices
Chorizo Seitan from Upton’s Naturals: Wheat gluten, soy sauce, garlic, onion and spices
Italian Sausage from Field Roast: Eggplant, onion and garlic
Veggie Dogs from Green Slice: Spices, egg whites, wheat starch, sunflower oil, and beet concentrate
Smart Dogs from Lightlife: Soy protein, pea protein, tapioca, garlic and rice flour
Vegan Ground Chorizo from Zen Butcher
Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips from Lightlife: Organic soybeans, cider vinegar, brown rice, soy sauce
Coconut Bacon from Phoney Baloney’s: Organic coconut, tamari, maple syrup
Vegan meat substitute ingredients
There’s a handful of go-to ingredients you’ll find in alternative meat products and recipes, including:
Tempeh: This fermented soybean product is often used in place of proteins such as fish and ground beef. It’s firm and chewy, with an earthy, nutty flavor but takes up other flavors well. Tempeh is high in both nutrients and fiber and is usually minimally processed (check the label).
Tofu: Tofu is the product of curdling soy milk. It’s available in a range of consistencies, such as silken and extra-firm, and has such a mild flavor that it can be used as a meat alternative in nearly every kind of dish. It often stands in for seafood, beef, pork, chicken and even vegan “dairy” products.
Textured vegetable protein (TVP): Another soy product, TVP is made from soy flour. With a texture similar to ground beef when it’s cooked, TVP stars in a lot of recipes for chili, pasta sauces, taco fillings, and burgers.
Jackfruit: Compared to the ancient history of the soy products found on today’s meatless tables, jackfruit is a relatively recent arrival on the American vegetarian scene. While it has a sweet, banana/pineapple flavor when ripe, it’s used in its green, unripe stage for purposes of substituting for meat. The unripe flesh pulls apart like pulled pork, so jackfruit is appearing in dishes like barbecue sandwiches and tacos.
Seitan: Low in carbohydrates and fat and high in protein (an ounce has 21 grams), seitan’s flavor is mild but savory. As with many other meat stand-ins, seitan will readily take on the flavor of other ingredients in your recipes. It’s made entirely of hydrated, pure gluten protein.
Beans and legumes: Black beans, black-eyed peas, chickpeas and other beans and legumes are often used to help bind other ingredients in meatless burgers. In addition to their nutrients, one of the biggest bonuses is that they’re some of the best sources of protein in a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Whether you’re cooking a recipe from scratch or buying a ready-made vegan or vegetarian meat alternative, remember to keep an eye on the totals for sodium, calories and fat. Read the labels before you buy or check with one of our associates in your local Native Sun store if you have questions about anything we carry.