Best Vegan Sausage: Get Your Vegan Grill Ready for the Best Vegan Sausages

I love fake meat. I’m not sure if you’d consider that a flaw or a strength, but it is a fact. My parents raised me on it and it has become engrained into my DNA. Since I’m one of the few people that crave fake meat over real meat, I was the ideal person to lead this vegan sausage taste test.

Vegan sausages, in my opinion, are the hardest plant-based protein to perfect. Without meat, it’s nearly impossible to get that snappy outside, meaty texture, and juiciness. With that being the case, I’m normally looking for a meatless sausage that has a moist (I like that word, okay!) texture, some type of strong flavor, and not too much of an oily coating. After tasting the sausages on the list, though, I’m starting to think that bad plant-based sausages are a thing of the past.

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Beyond Meat Plant-Based Sausage

Best of the Best

Beyond Meat Plant-Based Sausage

Beyond Meat Plant-Based Sausage is practically real meat sausage. It has the number one thing I have always dreamt of having in a meatless sausage: a snap from casing! Vegan sausages and hot dogs typically don’t have any type of casing, so they lose that wonderful snappy bite. This has that! And unlike most vegan sausages, this has that indescribable “meat” flavor instead of only tasting like fennel, red pepper, apple, etc. If I was served this at a restaurant, I would think they accidentally served me a real pork sausage.

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Rating:

10/10

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El Burrito Soyrizo

Best Multifunctional

El Burrito Soyrizo

I think crumbled vegan chorizo is quite possibly the best type of meat substitute out there and the El Burrito Soyrizo is the most delicious one I’ve tried. It’s so flavorful and easy to use in a million different preparations like breakfast burritos, chili, and loaded queso. When you saute it up, it develops a caramelized crunchy texture and almost balsamic-like taste. It hits all points on my tongue: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami. Time to make a vegetarian breakfast burrito, stat!

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Simple Truth Plant Based Chorizo Sausage

Best for Charcuterie

Simple Truth Plant Based Chorizo Sausage

Simple Truth Plant Based Chorizo Sausage is interesting because, unlike most vegan chorizos, it is sold as a link instead of as a crumble. It reminds me of a cured Spanish chorizo, rather than most vegan chorizos, which are typically made in the fresh, Mexican style. The exterior crisped up nicely when cooking and the interior stayed firm. Slices of this sausage would be incredible on a vegetarian charcuterie board with some manchego cheese, red grapes, and toasted walnuts.

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Rating:

9/10

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High Peaks Italian Style Plant-Based Sausage

Best Italian

High Peaks Italian Style Plant-Based Sausage

You can actually see pieces of herbs and spices in the High Peaks Italian Style Plant-Based Sausage. It’s not just flavored soy puree jammed into tubes! I was elated to bite down on bits of fennel and red bell pepper and basil. As soon as I tasted one of these links, I wanted to slap it on a warm hoagie roll with Italian hot peppers, a little marinara, fresh basil, and lots of melty mozzarella.

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Rating:

9/10

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Sweet Earth Plant Based Chorizo-Style Sausage

Best for Grilling

Sweet Earth Plant Based Chorizo-Style Sausage

I think these sausages are delicious but mislabeled. The Sweet Earth Chorizo has a deep, smoky, Cajun flavor that is more similar to andouille than chorizo. That being said, these are great vegan andouille sausages! I would absolutely make a vegan version of my family’s pastalaya (jambalaya made with pasta instead of rice) and trick them into thinking this had real meat. But, remember: These are not andouille. These are chorizo. Or that’s what the brand thinks, at least. Because of that, I’m taking away a spork and a half.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Field Roast Smoked Apple & Sage Plant-Based Sausages

Best for Breakfast

Field Roast Smoked Apple & Sage Plant-Based Sausages

I would pair the Field Roast Smoked Apple & Sage Plant-Based Sausages with vegan pancakes doused in syrup for a perfect plant-based breakfast. Justine Sterling, Sporked editor-in-chief, said she’d make a sheet pan dinner with these and a bunch of fall vegetables. No matter how you use them, these are the perfect combo of savory and sweet, and the sage gives them a nice herbaceous note. These also get major props for not being packed in a ton of greasy oil like many other brands of vegan sausage.

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Rating:

8/10

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Beyond Meat Plant-Based Sausage

Sporked is agreeance with Rhett & Link on this one! Beyond makes the most delicious and meatiest vegan sausage out there. They won their competition and placed #1 on our list.

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • My favorite thing to do it mash up the beyond sausage and put it in my eggs!

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  • Would y’all ever rank vegan/veggie breakfast sausages? Morningstar used to be my go to but they’re practically inedible after the recipe change.

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  • Surprised to not see Impossible’s brats! Highlyi recommend.

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