6 Best Vegan and Vegetarian Turkey Substitutes for Thanksgiving

It's easy to go meat-free this holiday

To Tofurky, or not to Tofurky? If you are looking for a meatless turkey substitute this Thanksgiving, you may be happy to know there are a lot more offerings than just the tofu "turkey." When it comes to vegetarian and vegan turkey substitutes, you can choose from several brands as well as many different vegetarian and vegan recipes.

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    Tofurky Roast With Wild Rice Stuffing

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    Courtesy of Tofurky

    Tofurky, the brilliant brand name that revolutionized Thanksgiving and mock meats forever, makes a lot more than a tofu turkey. But when it comes to a Thanksgiving meatless main course, the wheat and tofu roast filled with a wild rice stuffing is an ideal choice. The Tofurky roast is available three different ways, each version including a stuffed Tofurky; you can buy just the Tofurky, the roast with gravy, or the Holiday Feast, which includes the Tofurky roast, gravy, brownies, a "wishbone," and even a "Happy Tofurky Day" card.

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    Gardein Stuffed Turkey or Holiday Roast

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    Courtesy of Gardein

    From the makers of Gardein brand mock meats comes this seasonal product, Stuffed Savory Turk'y', a "boneless" breaded fake turkey roll stuffed with cranberry rice dressing. The two individual rolls each look like a stuffed turkey breast and come with vegetarian gravy. If you are looking to serve up to 8 people, choose the Holiday Roast, which would make the perfect centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

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    Quorn Turk'y Roast

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    Courtesy of Quorn

    If you're not vegan, Quorn's holiday products are another option for a meatless Thanksgiving main dish (it contains egg whites). The turk'y roast is a soy-free loaf that serves five and can be roasted in the oven, much like a regular turkey. It is low in calories and fat and is also gluten-free. The texture is similar to real turkey and the taste is nice and mild.

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    Vegetarian Plus Vegan Whole Turkey

    If you want that Norman Rockwell moment of presenting the whole turkey at the table, this is the vegan version for you! This non-GMO soy protein "bird" is shaped and colored to look just like a golden roasted turkey fresh from the oven. The "meat" is firm and moist, and slices just like real turkey. It also comes with stuffing which you can place inside the bird if you prefer, as well as vegan gravy.

    The vegan whole turkey is a bit pricier than other options, but it is a full 4 pounds and should feed 10 to 16 people. It is fully cooked but takes an hour to warm up.

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    Harvest Celebration Field Roast

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    Courtesy of Field Roast

    When it comes to flavor, this "turkey" roast is a real winner. The grain meat is seasoned with garlic, sage, and lemon juice, while the vegan sausage-style stuffing combines butternut squash with mushrooms, apples, and herbs.

    The 1-pound roll serves 5 people, a good option for smaller gatherings or a Thanksgiving meal catering to both vegans and meat-eaters. This roast is made from all-natural ingredients that you'll be able to recognize and is also soy-free.

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    Homemade Tofu Turkey

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    A homemade turkey alternative can be a fun and healthy addition to your meatless Thanksgiving table. In just a few steps you can have a stuffed tofu "turkey" breast to impress any guest. The tofu is blended until smooth, seasoned with herbs, and pressed and chilled. Then it is stuffed with your choice of vegan stuffing, formed into a log shape, and basted with a vinegar-Dijon-soy sauce mixture while it bakes, resulting in a beautiful golden color similar to roasted turkey skin.

    Not quite ready to try stuffed tofu? How about a vegetarian lentil loaf or nut loaf as the centerpiece? It's not as traditional but goes very nicely with mashed potatoes and gravy.