19 Plant-Based Meat Brands Every Vegetarian Needs to Know
If you follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, it can be tricky to find veggie versions of your favorite foods. But these plant-based meat brands have your back. We found the top replacements for beef, chicken, pork and more.
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One of the most trusted names in meat-free eats, BOCA offers a wide selection of veggie burgers, chik’n nuggets, skillet meals and more. You have your choice of original recipes, as well as those made with non-GMO soy. Make your veggie burger even healthier by swapping the bun for one of these clever burger bun substitutes.
For re-creations of all your favorite comfort foods, look to Morningstar Farms. You’ll find plant-based protein choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Vegans, you’re in luck, too. The brand has options without meat, dairy or eggs. (We love these vegan recipes.)
Founded in 2014 at a farmers market, No Evil Foods is on a mission to benefit people, the planet and animals. They rely on simple foods—like vital wheat gluten, spices and seasonings—to mimic the taste and texture of meat. (Trust us—you’ll recognize every ingredient on the label!)
Put down the almonds and step up your vegetarian snack game! Alpha Foods offers tons of delicious grab-and-go options, including burritos, potpies, tamales and pizza. You can also grab heartier fare, like crumbles, strips and patties. Psst! Learn more about plant-based meat substitutes.
From summer cookouts to holiday dinners, Field Roast has your back. The brand is known for producing “real meats”—like sausages, roasts and deli slices—from grains, veggies and spices. They also make to-die-for dairy-free cheese options!
Amy’s is the queen of meat-free comfort food. The homey brand makes a wide variety of convenience foods—including canned soups, pizzas, burritos and bowls. Every product is vegetarian, but Amy’s also offers gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO offerings. Oh, and if you live in California, check out the Amy’s Drive Thru! Find more vegetarian comfort food ideas.
Meatless Farm is on a mission to make meatless delicious. And with their line of crave-worthy comfort foods—like chik’n nuggets, hot dogs and breakfast sausages—they’re well on their way. Bring a meaty taste to your own dishes with our guide to creating umami flavor.
If you can’t live without chicken, Daring Foods is the plant-based meat brand to try. It features a range of faux chicken products in a variety of flavors. Each pack contains soy protein concentrate as its protein source, which lends a meaty texture that pulls apart just like the real deal.
Touting plant-based foods for over 40 years, Lightlife is known for their tried-and-true products. You’ll find replacements for all sorts of meat products—including burgers, hot dogs, deli meats, sausages and chicken—plus simple meal starters like tempeh.
Go ahead and stock your fridge—Sweet Earth has plant-based options for every meal. Pick up replacement products, like bacon, burgers, seitan and sausages. And choose from classic comfort foods, including pizzas, burritos and snack foods.
You can feel (very) good about reaching for meat replacements from The Very Good Butchers. This chef-founded brand relies on beans for their mouthwatering eats. Plus, you’ll find a number of meat alternatives that many brands don’t offer, like Ribz, Pepperoni and Very British Bangers.
Product to Try: Big Box of Plant-Based Meat
If you’ve been to a restaurant in the past year, you’ve likely seen an Impossible product on the menu. This revolutionary substitute is designed to look, taste, smell and even bleed like real meat—but it’s made from plants. Plus, you can now find their “ground beef” at the grocery store. By the way, these are our Test Kitchen’s favorite plant-based burgers.
Another contender in the I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-meat category, Beyond sells plant-based burger patties, ground crumbles and sausages. It’s aiming to create “the future of protein” and help the planet—all while creating a delicious meat alternative. Bonus: they just released a vegan steak option!
If you miss the savory and salty experience of jerky, you’re in luck. Moku Foods has developed a mushroom-based alternative that packs in 9g of fiber and 6g of protein in each bag. Choose from original, sweet and spicy or Hawaiian teriyaki flavors.
Product to Try: Plant-Based Mushroom Jerky
Hungry Planet makes it easy to adopt a plant-based diet. Their line of meat-free grounds, patties and heat-and-eat options are just as convenient as the real deal. Plus, you can enjoy a variety of good-for-you options. Enjoy classics, like ground beef and grilled chicken, or opt for global favorites, like gyoza and Thai Meatballs. Hungry for more? Check out our guide to plant-based meat.
If you’re craving convenience, Gardein is the way to go. This popular brand features a variety of easy-to-make meat alternatives. It offers all of the usual suspects—like chicken and beef—plus some more niche products, like crab and fish alternatives. Need help making a plant-based grocery list? Our guide can help!
If you haven’t given jackfruit a try, Upton’s Naturals will make you reconsider. The brand sells the pork-like fruit in a bunch of fun flavors, plus seitan-based products and a whole line of vegan meals. Take our quiz to discover which plant-based meat replacement you should try tonight.