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Vegan Holiday Faux Turkeys

No holiday meal would be complete without a veggie turkey. Try these tasty turkey-friendly alternatives this holiday season for a meal that everyone can celebrate:

Field Roast’s Celebration Roast

Field Roast’s Hazelnut Cranberry Roast en Croute


Gardein’s Holiday Roast


Gardein’s Savory Stuffed Turk’y


Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast


Turtle Island Foods’ Tofurky Roast

Vegetarian Plus’ Vegan Whole Turkey 

Not sure how to prepare the faux turkey? Our chefs put together a few tips for dressing the already-tasty veggie turkeys:

  • Always follow the package directions for cooking.
  • For wheat- and soy-based veggie turkeys, try basting them in vegetable broth while they’re cooking.
  • Spice up your roast by coating it in a rub. First, cover the veggie turkey in melted margarine. Then sprinkle it with Cajun seasoning and cook it according to the package directions.
  • For a traditional take on faux turkey, coat the roast in olive oil or melted margarine and then spread on poultry-seasoning herbs before cooking.
  • Deep-frying a veggie turkey is a good way to make sure that it’s moist and flavorful. Try our Deep-Fried Tofurky recipe.
  • Try basting the roast with your favorite store-brought glaze during the last 30 to 45 minutes of cooking time.
  • Be sure to serve your veggie turkey with one of our delicious gravies.

In need of more ideas? Check out our guide to celebrating a vegan holiday.

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  • Alessandra Mara de Oliveira Machado says:

    Moro no Brasil,especificamente no Espírito Santo…Onde posso comprar meu peru vegetariano ?!

  • Mireille says:

    I wish this was available in South Africa! Consider shipping to SA!?

  • mouse says:

    Christine = Quorn is a delicious product but it is NOT vegan, it contains eggs!

  • Paige Garrett says:

    The gardein brand is the BEST. If I were to feed it to my staunch carnivorous roommate, she would have no idea it wasn’t real. I didn’t though…it was too good to waste on a non-believer.

  • chander kumar soni says:

    so yummy yummy.

  • Marie marton says:

    Can anyone tell me if these products are available in Brisbane Australia looking for turkey alternative for Christmas dinner????

  • amanda says:

    I’m trying the Trader Joe’s version this year. The Quorn one (not listed here) is terrible!

  • Christine says:

    You forgot Quorn Turk’y roast. It is by far the best that I have had. It is made of mycoprotein and is soy free.

  • Dawn Demers says:

    I live in Montreal, Quebec, and they don’t have faux turkeys here. I cannot find one. Don’t know about the rest of Canada. It makes it difficult at ‘our’ Thanksgiving and Christmas. It is difficult here to find many of the foods that are sold in the States. I wish those products could be brought over here.

  • dreaminitvegan says:

    I don’t really understand the vegan whole turkey. I do not want to look at what looks like a skinned dead turkey.

  • Ruth says:

    Trader Joe’s has a “Turkey-Less Stuffed Roast with gravy” that they just came out with. It is Vegan and delicious. I had it last week and plan to take one to my sister’s for Thanksgiving for my omnivore family to try. I also plan to purchase 2 or 3 additional ones in December since it is planned as a seasonal item but can be frozen for use later.

  • CynthPoet says:

    I’ve been practicing making my own seitan, and while it’s a bit of hard work it is definitely worth the effort. It can be a bit chewy, though, so I was thinking of adding some whole grain flour to the vital wheat gluten just to see if the texture improves. (It’s hard for me to get to Whole Foods, though I do have a Field Roast loaf in the freezer just to be on the safe side.)

  • Carole says:

    Thanks for all recipe help. I need to know how to replace meat and all suggestions for vegan life.

  • MelissaM says:

    Anthony, I eat “fake” meat as an easy alternative for protein. I don’t eat it all the time, just when I’m pressed for time and need something quick and don’t have the ingredients or time to make a more healthy meal. I would prefer to eat the more healthy legumes, whole grains, etc… but time and money don’t always allow.

  • Ashley-P says:

    AliChurch – both of the items you mentioned are vegan! :) You can read the ingredients found on their website here: Just click on the roast you’re interested in, and then select “Product Sheet” to see a list of nutritional information and ingredients.

  • AliLurch says:

    Looked up the Celabration roast it is just Vegetarian :( So not eating.The Washington Post in the 2011 Taste test listed Field Roast Hazelnut Cranberry Field Roast was voted #1? Looked that up too…. Box clearly says Vegan But the discrption says – a rich, hazelnut-infused vegetarian grain meat stuffed with Field Roast sausages, crystallized ginger, cranberries and apples – wrapped in a savory puff pastry. From family feasts to a festive dinner for two, our Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute???? So is this Vegan Friendly??

  • AliLurch says:

    Thanks everyone for your commens,can’t wait to eat 😀

  • Anthony says:

    I really don’t understand why people can’t let go of the mission to make fake meat. They all taste terrible, but even if you like the taste there’s still no doubt they taste absolutely nothing like real meat (in taste or, especially, texture). If anything, these products just scare non-vegans away from the lifestyle. I know that’s how it was for a while when my sister was trying to entice me with Boca “burgers” (yulk!)

    As it turns out, there are plenty of non-meat-replacement vegan meals out there that do the lifestyle much more justice, especially for people who care about how food tastes.

    If you really want turkey, go out in the woods, find a wild turkey, and eat it.

  • Maggie says:

    I am looking for some recipes that can be made from scratch, without the need of buying ready products. Many people, in many countries don’t have access to those products. Does anyone have any good recipes with soy of tofu? I would like to put them on my website. Thanks!

  • egyptian_scarab says:

    Gardein’s Savory Stuffed Turk’y is VERY good! It was the main entree for me and my husband for Thanksgiving. I couldn’t wait to buy another package!

  • Tricia says:

    I use the recipe for “turkey” roast on Ellen Degeneres’ vegan part of her website. It’s DELICIOUS and makes a TON. It’s also so very much cheaper than a processed, store-bought vegan roast, and it is really quite easy to make! Check it out! :))

  • Maggierose says:

    May Wah makes an excellent chicken- or turkey- like product called Vegetarian Tasty Chicken. It is shaped like a little dead bird and is delicious. It does, however, contain whey, so it’s vegetarian, not vegan. It closely resembles the late lamented Veat Breast but is less expensive. Unlike most other Tawanese meat substitutes that I have tried, it has no overpowering seasonings; it’s very mild, and consequently versatile.

  • Scott says:

    tgbonadona, go to Google and search for “gluten free vegan” and you’ll get many, MANY ideas.

  • Scott says:

    Oliver, I think you’re missing the point of what vegan is. It means eliminating ALL animal products. What you’re describing is vegetarian. Being ‘organic’ doesn’t mean that a product is cruelty -free.

  • Tara says:

    The Celebration Roasts are awesome. I get mine at my local health food store and at Wegmans. Highly recommend all of their products.

  • missdeelight says:

    for vegan earth balance works. i happen to love hazelnut oil, it has a robust earthy flavor that works well with seitan. being on the cusp of vegan i avoid dairy like the plague so i understand the frustration, although i happen to think anything that comes from the sea is fair game, so i usually have a thanksgiving salmon. i would try different oils for flavor, an oil really can make an impact on a dish. canned coconut milk is a great substitute for most milk based dishes. try you tube too, there are great vegan cooks on there! happy holidays everyone!

  • Debbie says:

    Use Earth Balance instead of Smart Balance, most if not all say they are vegan.

  • Oliver says:

    *Tgbonadona If you eat some milk and egg products it is much easyer to make some extreme delicious dishes, and you dont have to think about if your getting enough b12 and b6 amino acid plus protein which is very very important. I have my own hens so there i got mine eggs. Imo its ok to eat some milk and eggs products if they are ORGANIC… you can get eggs from local organic farms great cheeses and organic milk. Anyway just be sure that you get enough of amino acid ” sct b12 b6″ and ofc protein.

  • tgbonadona says:

    So hard to do vegan and gluten free!!! Any ideas!!!! I really want to avoid ANY animal product, milk and eggs included!!!!

  • Trine says:

    Danielle: Quorn isn’t vegan, only vegetarian.

  • MGMagician says:

    These look way yummy! I’m sick of microwave tofurkey, so thanks!

  • kidecat says:

    Read the SMART BALANCE labels carefully..they have many varieties and not all of them are vegan. Some contain milk, whey, caasein, lactase. They do have one that is marked VEGAN, but it is not carried everywhere.

  • Russ says:

    Quorn Turk’y Roast is not vegan. It contains eggs and is manufactured at a facility that processes milk products. It is however a good option for lacto-ovo vegetarians who want to participate in the Thanksgiving festivities in a cruelty-free way.

  • Sara says:

    Food sounds great, but I absolutely REFUSE to shop at Whole Foods! They are a terrible company and will not be getting any more of MY money. I prefer to shop at locally owned health food stores, Trader Joe’s, at my local grocery, by mail-order, or go without. If Whole Foods is the only place that carries something I want, I definitely don’t need it.

    I believe it was still Wild Oats before the hostile takeover when I had the celebration roast for Thanksgiving. My dad didn’t care for it at all, but I loved it. I think theirs may have been different than the description above though… And who would deep fry a Tofurkey? Sounds so unhealthy and it is so small that it would be a waste of time to me. I never thought deep frying turkey period sounded right. Dangerous fire hazard to boot!

  • jaivish says:

    Please oppose todays day i.e. BAKRI ID in india as many goats are going to killed on today. Plz oppose in your own way.

  • Danielle says:

    You forgot about the Quorn Roast “Turkey”. While I’m not a fan of Quorn products, it should still be included…

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  • dez says:

    yay!! thanks!

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