What’s your favorite kind of sausage? Chorizo? Italian? Breakfast? Crisp on the outside, but packed with flavor on the inside, it’s no wonder my sausages are such a popular food. They taste great and you can serve them multiple ways — in sandwiches, diced up and added to Italian sauces, sliced and sautéed with bell peppers and onions. But, what about meat-free sausages? Typically, when you’re buying sausage all you need to do is pick up a package from the grocery store and luckily, you can now find a variety of vegan ready-made sausages. Or, you can make your own.
Just like you can make vegan burgers from all kinds of ingredients, you have a lot of choices when it comes to making sausages. You can use seitan, beans, tofu, or textured vegetable as a base and then mix in your favorite vegetables and spices. You don’t even have to serve them in the shape of sausages. This Mexican Chorizo made from tofu and mushrooms is crumbly and perfect for stuffing in burritos or tacos.
If you’re looking for recipes, then you’ve come to the right place because at One Green Planet we are all about finding the best food to make. So, get ready because we have 15 meat-free sausage recipes that you have to try.
1. Italian Sausage on Baguette
There are few things more satisfying than the timeless meal of Italian Sausage on Baguette. This awesome hero will take you right back to that amazing taste with a meat-free Italian sausage made from white beans, herbs, and spices paired with sautéed mushrooms, peppers, onions and vegan cheese.
2. Mushroom and Vegetable Protein Sausages
If you are craving sausages but aren’t happy with the supermarket options, then these tasty Mushroom and Vegetable Protein Sausages are perfect for you. Made from Portobello mushrooms and textured vegetable protein, these sausages are packed with flavor. You can put it on the grill for a barbecue, have it at home on a lazy Sunday with mashed potatoes and gravy, as a hot dog, or just on its own. And you can even freeze them to save time during the week!
3. Longgansia: Filippino Breakfast Sausages
These Filippino Breakfast Sausages are going to become a Sunday breakfast must-have! Made from mushrooms and tofu, they are just as meaty as the traditional breakfast link. Serve with savory tofu scramble for a delicious breakfast.
4. Classic Breakfast Links
These Classic Breakfast Links have a firm texture and crispy outside, just the way a good sausage should be. Vital wheat gluten, the same ingredient used to make seitan, adds great chewy texture to the links. Enjoy these little links with pretty much anything. They have a light beany flavor and pair really well with a tofu scramble and some fresh fruit.
5. Homemade Andouille Sausages
Andouille Sausages are a culinary staple down in good ol’ Louisiana. In true Lousiana fashion, they’re packed with heat thanks to a homemade blend of spices. Definitely try your hand at making this gluten-free tofu-based version and then add it to gumbo, jambalaya, or just eat them on their own.
6. Seitan Bangers
These Seitan Bangers taste like Lincolnshire sausages and are ideal for adding to sandwiches, stir-frys, or serving the classic way with mash and gravy. Since they are made from vital wheat gluten and chickpea flour they have a hearty, meaty texture and thanks to herbs and spices, they bring their best flavor game. These sausages freeze beautifully, so be sure to double the batch and save some for later!
7. Smoky Black Bean Sausages
You can make burgers from beans and you can make sausages, too! These Smoky Black Bean Sausages are filled with spices like paprika, garlic, and oregano for lots of flavor. Vital wheat gluten gives them that chewy texture that’s so they hold up when you cook them.
8. Glamorgan Sausages in Eggplant Bacon
A Glamorgan Sausage is a traditional Welsh sausage, with the main ingredients being leek and cheese. This meat-free, dairy-free version is made from sunflower seeds, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes with nutritional yeast added to give it that cheesy flavor. Then, they’re wrapped in eggplant “bacon” that’s made by thinly slicing eggplant, marinating it in a smoky sauce, then roasting it in the oven until it gets crispy. These little bites of goodness are the perfect appetizer at any party.
9. Breakfast Sausage Patties
The base of these Breakfast Sausage Patties is black-eyed peas and mushrooms, but the spice mix is a mix of sweet and spicy. When cooked, they’re slightly spicy, slightly sweet, and very yummy when served with sautéed greens and tofu scramble. If you like the taste of maple in your sausage, you can add maple syrup but you will probably need to add more flour to compensate for the extra moisture.
10. Homemade Spiced Sausages
These Homemade Spiced Sausages are a fabulous edition to any meal — pasta, stir-frys … you name it! Made from a base of black-eyed peas and rice flour, these sausages are soy-free and gluten-free and full of flavor and spice. The sausages are hearty, filling, and moist, but not too moist. Yum!
11. Chestnut Mushroom Sausages With Mash and Gravy
This bangers and mash-inspired dish is the perfect cozy weekend dinner or breakfast. The Chestnut Mushroom Sausages are made by combining meaty, savory mushrooms with tofu, bread crumbs, and savory spices. They pair perfectly with the creamy, buttery mashed potatoes and savory gravy. With a topping of fried onions, they’re even better.
12. Breakfast Andouille Sausages With Biscuits
Biscuits and sausage for breakfast? Um, yes please. These Breakfast Andouille Sausages With Biscuits taste like a dream. They’re made by breaking down any ol’ vegan sausage and then mixing it with a blend of Southern spices, then reforming them into patties. You can prep the sausage a day or two in advance, and the biscuits are pretty quick as well. They can also be made in advance and frozen, then defrosted when you need them.
13. Homemade Spicy Italian Sausage
These Homemade Spicy Italian Sausages are firm enough to hold up on the grill. When you cook them, they are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside but not mushy, and filled with spicy, Italian flavor. Using black-eyed peas as the base provides a neutral background for the spices to shine through. The same recipe can be used with different spice mixes to make breakfast sausages, chorizo sausages, or apple sage sausages. They can be sliced up to use in other recipes, eaten whole on a hero with sautéed peppers and onions, or you can shape them into links or patties.
14. Spicy Sausage Sandwich Patties
You’ll love making these Spicy Sausage Sandwich Patties because they’re easy and so delicious. These have a base of vital wheat gluten and rice flour — not something you would think could taste like sausage, but you have to taste it to believe it. Packed with chili powder, paprika, and other spices, you’ll be eating these for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
15. Spicy Andouille Sausages
The backbone of many Cajun dishes is andouille, a smoked pork sausage seasoned with cayenne and other Louisiana spices. These Spicy Andouille Sausages replicate the original recipe perfectly using just seitan and spices. Flavor packed and toothsome, with just the right amount of heat, these little guys are delicious on their own, or in a big steaming pot of étouffée.
Making your own vegan sausage might seem tricky, but really, the hardest part is choosing the kind of sausage to make. Good luck!