The list of delicious meatless foods keeps getting longer for us lucky vegans, and we see more gluten- and soy-free options popping up everywhere!
Soy-Free and Gluten-Free
- Sophie’s Kitchen makes vegan seafood products that are soy- and gluten-free. Mix up the Plant-Based Toona with some vegan mayo and spices for a quick lunch packed with protein.
- Beyond Meat products are made with non-GMO, gluten-free pea protein. Try the Beyond Beef, which is a great staple for DIY ground-beef recipes such as tacos, meaty pasta sauces, and hand-formed meatballs. Grill the Beyond Burger and the Beyond Sausage for your next backyard barbecue, and fry up the Beyond Breakfast Sausage in Classic or Spicy flavor for your next Sunday brunch feast.
- Neat “meat” is a new product made from a mix of nuts and garbanzo beans. It comes in four flavors: Mexican, Italian, Breakfast, and Original.
- Cool Foods’ Vegi Bacon are “bacon bits” derived from pinto beans, and are ready to top your baked potato, salad, or soup.
- Sunshine Burgers are made from a variety of beans, seeds, and brown rice. They come in eight flavors, including Shiitake Mushroom, Loco Chipotle, and Hemp & Sage.
- Amy’s Sonoma Veggie Burger is made from quinoa, garbanzo beans, nuts, and vegetables.
- Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Bites and several types of veggie burgers are made with grains, beans, seeds, and greens and are certified kosher as well.
- Sunflower Haché Textured Vegetable Protein has just one ingredient: Sunflower seeds. You can also try the Bolognese, Mushroom Stew, and Chile Sin Carné varieties to make your favorite recipes meat-free.
- Louie’s N.Y.C. Plant-Based Meats makes soy-free vegan roasts, ribs, and deli slices that can be ordered online for nationwide delivery.
- Seitan is a delectable meatless option made of wheat gluten. Available from many companies, it’s popular because it soaks up flavors extremely well and the texture is chewy and satisfying. You can also make your own!
- Field Roast vegan meat products are all wheat- and grain-based. They specialize in links, roasts, and meatless loafs—perfect for the holidays or anytime.
- Amy’s California Veggie Burgers come in original and low-sodium varieties.
- Hot Dang Original Grain Burger is so delicious, but remember that only the original flavor is vegan.
- Sweet Earth Foods’ Awesome Burger is soy-free, protein-packed, and full of savory vegan flavor.
- Before the Butcher’s UNCUT Plant-Based Burgers come in four varieties: Burger, Savory Chicken Burger, Roasted Turkey Burger, and Breakfast Sausage Patty.
- Gardein offers four gluten-free varieties: Chick’n Scallopini, Chipotle Black Bean Burger, the Ultimate Beefless Ground, and Garden Veggie Burger. These delectable options are made with a soy protein base.
- Textured vegetable protein (TVP) is a dehydrated soy product that looks like little flaky nuggets and is a great stand-in for ground beef. It can be rehydrated in about a minute and works well in spaghetti sauces, chili, tacos, and veggie burgers.
- Simply Balanced Smoky Chipotle Meatless Chicken* packs a lot of protein and is perfect for the summer grilling season.
- Simply Balanced Korean Barbecue Meatless Chicken* is another variety from this brand, which is carried exclusively by Target.
- Simply Balanced Mushroom Miso Meatless Turkey* is the brand’s third faux-meat flavor. Mushroom miso sounds delicious. It’s time to taste-test these cruelty-free meats!
- Tempeh is a fermented soy product that comes in the form of a dense cake, perfect sliced or cubed and then steamed or fried and added to stir-fries, pasta dishes, salads, and sandwiches. It’s especially delicious when smoked for a “BLT.”
- Praeger’s veggie burgers come in both kale and California varieties.
- Amy’s Veggie Loaf is packaged ready to eat! You can also opt for the low-sodium version.
*These are not certified gluten-free, but the ingredient labels do not list gluten or wheat.
Don’t forget that there are many other hearty, “meaty” foods to choose from, such as eggplant, squash, avocados, Portobello mushrooms, falafel, potatoes, yams, and beans, that are full of protein and make a great base in entrées. We have an extensive list of vegan recipes, and you can also check out our ultimate list of vegan meat substitutes.