While plant-based chicken and burgers are the most common veggie options around – there are actually quite a few meat free sausage options out there – and increasing every day too. We’ve tried them all, here are the results. Best to worst.
Best of the best plant-based sausage
Read the full review. At a glance – these new for 2022 bratwurst from Impossible Foods offer the most realistic pork sausage flavor out there, it’s genuinely uncanny. The texture is good with only the exterior casing needing just a little more work.
Our review here and here. At a glance – whether you choose the original version or the hot Italian this sausage from Beyond Meat is a strong contender. While a 2020 change to the product was somewhat detrimental to the overall texture and taste – they’re still top tier.
Read the full review. At a glance – this Colorado based brand use jackfruit as the base of their product line, including these very fine plant-based sausages. The texture is meaty and backed by a very healthy nutritional sheet to boot. The only minor downside is the smaller protein per link.
Middle of the pack
Read the full review. At a glance – ostensibly the same sausage as Beyond’s main link line up, but in smaller breakfast format.
Read the full review. At a glance – the apple adds a really enjoyable and subtle sweetness that grows on the palate through the meal. Each sausage weighs in at a mighty 25g of protein of too.
Read the full review. At a glance – Field-Roast use a more identifiable line up of vegetables in their ingredient list in these two – again like the Beyond above – ostensibly the same product packaged in a larger link, and small breakfast format.
Read the full review. At a glance – the texture is too soft almost mushy with an overall muted flavor profile. The Italian seasonings need amping up a little more too and some red chile flakes would go a long way as well.
We didn’t get too excited by these…
Read the full review. At a glance – the casing crisps to a nice finish, while the interior develops a meaty chew, texturally they’re on point. The flavor is a little bitter, reminiscent of Southwest flavors more than Chorizo per se; there’s a nice spice level which surprised me, definitely some small lingering heat. There’s nothing to dislike or conversely get overly excited about.
Read the full review. At a glance – the dog out of the packet and during cooking is promising and the exterior develops a nice crisp finish. One bite though and the illusion falls away. The texture here is all wrong, it’s too firm, there’s an unusual resistance in the bite.