These Plant-Based ‘Meat’ Products Rival The Real Thing
Just because you’re vegan or plant-based, doesn’t mean you have to live a life without spicy chicken patties, burgers and crab cakes. There are a ton of meatless meat companies out there that make products that taste pretty similar to the real thing. Whether you’ve cut out meat for health or moral reasons, here are some of the best plant-based “meat” products you should try.
Beyond Meat — Vegan Beyond Burger
For a plant-based burger that has more protein than the average patty, the Beyond Burger from Beyond Meat is cholesterol-free, sizzles like a regular patty and has those hearty and savory elements. The Beyond Burger is made with pea protein so it’s ideal for anyone dealing with celiac disease or gluten sensitivities.
The Beyond Burger stands up to all of your condiments and toppings. You can find it in the meat aisle of grocery stores around the country as well as on menus at Bareburger.
Gardein — Vegan Mini Crabless Cakes
If deep down your vegan or plant-based self has always wanted crab cakes, these Mini Crabless Cakes from Gardein are a popular solution for anyone who doesn’t eat meat. These crispy bites only take nine minutes to make and you can serve them as an appetizer. Get out your tarter sauce and lemon wedges. These crispy cakes are about as close as you’ll get to the real thing. They’re made with ingredients like green and red peppers, roasted garlic, lemon juice, vinegar, chickpea flour, chia seed oil and onion powder.
Field Roast — Vegan Sausages
When you want something hearty to go with your breakfast, these sausages are made with real fat from pressed safflower and organic palm fruit oils. They’re mixed with “grain meat,” veggies, dried fruits and a variety of spice blends. Field Roast makes “sausages” in flavors like Italian, Mexican, Smoked Apple, Frankfurters and Apple Maple Breakfast with ingredients you can actually pronounce. You can use these plant-based sausages in everything from burritos to quiches to vegan scrambles. You’ll find Field Roast at grocery and retail stores around the country, including Whole Foods and Walmart.
Field Roast is the parent company of Chao Creamery, which makes vegan cheese slices in flavors like Creamy Original, Tomato Cayenne and Coconut Herb.
Louisville — Vegan Jerky
This vegan jerky company makes savory snacks that are perfect for road trips. Louisville makes flavors including Pete’s Smoked Black Pepper, Reuben’s Smokey Carolina BBQ, Paulette’s Maple Bacon, Tod’s Smoked Chipotle, Enid’s Sriracha Maple, Sweet and Sour Pineapple, small-batch Sweet Chili Garlic, small-batch Cowboy Steak and Jamaican Jerk. This meatless jerky still packs in the protein with 21 grams per bag. It’s made with ingredients like soy, tamari, olive oil, sorghum, garlic, onion, vinegar and a bunch of spices.
LightLife — Vegan Bacon
Veggie bacon doesn’t have to be all bad. These smart vegan bacon strips are a vegan fan favorite. With two grams of protein per strip, these babies aren’t greasy and they cook without smelling up the whole kitchen. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil and cook them for about three or four minutes until they’ve reached your desired crispiness. Add these strips to your breakfast sandwiches or vegan BLTs.
Quorn — Vegan Spicy Chik’n Patty
If you feel like you’re missing out on those spicy chicken sandwiches, these spicy chik’n patties are almost as good as the real thing. Each serving has 120 calories and seven grams of protein. The breading is flavorful with ingredients like chili, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, tomato powder, cayenne pepper, white pepper and paprika extract. If you have wheat allergies, you’re out of luck, but otherwise these are a great vegan lunch option.