Many vegans have had to deal with the classic question: “Well don’t you miss [insert meat here]?” More often than not, this will be bacon. People often think that when you stop eating meat, you have to give up hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, and other meaty dishes. But, that just isn’t true! There are so many meaty vegan recipes out there (including bacon)! There’s also a bunch of meat substitutes that you can buy in store or even make yourself! As a vegan, you can enjoy delicious, hearty, and flavorful meals without the cruelty! Looking for your vegan meat fix?

Try one of these 15 meaty vegan recipes from our Food Monster App on Labor Day to show off how delicious plant-based meats can be! Or make them for yourself when you’re craving something hearty!


1. Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joe

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We were thrilled to find a vegan version of this family favorite. These Sloppy Joes by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez are amazing! What made sloppy joes so appealing growing up? Perhaps it was the tangy sauce, with a sweetness that felt indulgent and almost dessert-like. Maybe it was the silly name, or that they were just so messy and fun to eat. Whatever it was, they were so good that you couldn’t help eating more than one.

2. Sausage Rolls

Sausage Rolls

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Say hello to everyone’s favorite party food, the sausage roll..but in this case, the vegan sausage roll. Holly Jade‘s delicious Sausage Rolls are vegan, gluten-free, taste absolutely divine and packed full of flavor.


3. Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff

Mushroom Stroganoff

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This Creamy Mushroom Stroganoff by Julie Zimmer can be served with a pasta or rice of choice. However, for an even more nutritious and complete meal, try substituting the pasta or rice with cooked red quinoa and lentils mixed together. It’s delicious.


4. Walnut Taco Meat

Walnut ‘Taco Meat’

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100% raw, gluten-free tacos! Is it everything you ever dreamed of? The Walnut Taco Meat by Christa Clark is made from a walnut base and is absolutely incredible! Put it on tortillas with homemade salsa, cashew sour cream, and guacamole! You can also make an entirely raw meal by serving the vegan taco meat on leaves of cabbage or lettuce. It’s sure to make taco night the best night of the week!


5. Tempeh Meatballs

Tempeh Meatballs

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These Tempeh Meatballs by Lisa Dawn Angerame are so tasty! Maybe one of the best vegan meatball recipes. Seriously. Eat them on pasta, in sandwiches, or on their own. You won’t be able to get enough.

6. Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce 

Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce [Vegan]

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For Josephine Watmore‘s recipe for Grilled Seitan Kebabs With Creole Coconut Sauce uses a delicious seitan homemade. It’s a pretty long process and not ideal if you have a very busy life, but if you have the time it’s an interesting process. You can just as well use store-bought seitan for this recipe or your favorite homemade simmered seitan recipe. Oh and this is grilled in the English sense … so broiled to all of you in the states!

7. Soy Burger With Homemade Bun

Soy Burger With Homemade Bun

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For an evening in, make this delicious Soy Burger With Homemade Bun by Valentina Chiappa. Complete the grilled onion sandwich, tomato and lettuce, guacamole sauce.


8. Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells 

Pata Shells With Chickpea Meat Sauce

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Annie Oliverio‘s recipe for Chickpea ‘Meat’ Sauce Over Pasta Shells is the next best thing to simmered-all-day pasta sauce. You’ll have all your family and friends guessing how you managed to juggle your day while making such a fabulous meaty sauce – hey, we won’t tell them it was super easy if you don’t!

9. Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy

Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy

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A Po’ Boy is a traditional Louisiana sandwich. It’s made by putting meat on a baguette and then adding different toppings and sauce. This vegan Po’ Boy is sure to hit the spot for even the most critical of eaters. It’s full of flavor and complimentary textures. Tender, meaty oyster mushrooms make the perfect meat substitution in this classic dish. Then it’s got a delicious vegan thousand island sauce, crisp romaine lettuce, dill pickles, and tomatoes. This Oyster Mushroom Po’ Boy by Hot For Food is perfect for lunch, dinner, or a comforting midnight meal!

10. Fried “Chicken” and Gravy

vegan fried chicken and gravy

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Tofu is such a versatile ingredient that when prepare in different ways, also yields very different tastes and textures. Taste for yourself in this Fried “Chicken” and Gravy by Jessica Uy!

11. Buffalo Seitan ‘Wings’ 

vegan seitan buffalo wings

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You can’t have a party without vegan buffalo wings! These Buffalo Seitan ‘Wings’ by Melanie Sorrentino are perfectly spicy and sure to be the star of the show. Cauliflower wings are fun, but these vegan buffalo wings are made from seitan, which gives them a meaty texture. Frying them gives the wings a beautifully crispy skin that you can drench in as much or as little spicy Buffalo sauce as your heart desires. Pair these vegan seitan buffalo wings fresh celery and dairy-free blue cheese dip! Everyone at the party will be obsessed with your vegan buffalo wings!

12. Lentil Loaf With Smoked Paprika Glaze 

lentil loaf with smoked paprika glaze

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Flavorful, tender and moist without being sticky. The smoked paprika glaze adds a really nice touch, too. This Lentil Loaf With Smoked Paprika Glaze by Lee Khatchadourian-Reese is fantastic!

13. Meat-Free Haute Dogs 

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Casual comfort food at its best — the iconic hot dog has been transformed into a healthy sausage link of deliciousness using plant-based ingredients: the haute dog! These Meat-Free Haute Dogs by VEGANIZE IT! are made from tofu, wheat protein, and oat flour seasoned with a blend of savory spices to make them taste just like the American classic. Serve with mustard, ketchup, and plenty of relish.

14. Seitan Steak and Mushroom Pie

Seitan Steak and Mushroom Pie

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This Seitan Steak and Mushroom Pie by Jenny Marie is perfect for a Sunday dinner, or just as a comforting any-night meal to warm you up when it’s cold outside. They pair perfectly with creamy mashed potatoes, green vegetables, and lashings of rich gravy.

15. Jackfruit Quesadilla

Jackfruit Quesadilla

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Jackfruit is an incredible meat substitute! It’s a tropical fruit that can grow quite large. The flesh and seeds are edible. It’s a sweet fruit when it matures but when it’s green, jackfruit can be used in savory dishes where its fibrous texture makes it a good meat substitute. Try this Jackfruit Quesadilla by Lydia Filgueras!

If you liked these vegan meat recipes, check out 15 of Our Easiest Recipes to Help You Cook Meat-Free, The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Meats and Meat Substitutes, and 15 Smoky and Salty Vegan Bacon Recipes!

We also highly recommend downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 15,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

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