The plant-based food industry has been working incessantly over the years to make plants taste like meat. As a result, we’ve discovered there are tons of ways to create meat-like dishes in a healthier, more ethical way.
However, some brands have made it their mission to turn plants into an exact replica of beef. For instance, Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat have now conquered a considerable part of the meat industry with their almost identical alternatives.
Here’s a list of the best plant-based ground meats to help you achieve your nutrition goals. These products are similar not only in taste and texture but also in nutrition. Use any of these products as a quick substitute in meatloaf, burgers, tacos, and more!
Reviews apply to a 1/2 cup serving of each product.
Vejje: On top of the amazing 30g of protein found in just 1/2 cup of Vejje’s Ground Beef-Free Mix, you’ll love that this product has a year-long shelf life! That’s right, it’s dry prior to cooking, and can be stored in your pantry or even in your suitcase. Heads up, if you love to travel as much as we do! We would like to warn you, it contains 615mg of sodium, so watch out if that’s a concern of yours.
Beef (Not!): Another pantry-friendly product, Dixie Diner’s Club’s Beef (Not!) TVP contains 25g of protein, for only 140 calories! It also contains just 1.5g of fat and 0g saturated fat. However, if you’re staying away from soy, this is not the product for you, as it’s made up entirely out of soy flour.
Vejje: The Ground Beef-Free Mix wins once again! Providing you 33% your recommended daily value of iron, Vejje will not let you worry about deficiencies on a vegan diet.
Impossible & Beyond Burger: These two brands are the plant-based Pepsi & Coca-Cola. They’re so similar in taste and nutritional value, that we’re evaluating them together. The Impossible Burger and Beyond Beef both contain 25% of your daily recommended iron intake, at about 250 calories per serving, not to mention the almost 20g of protein in each. On top of that, they both behave exactly like store-bought ground beef, even browning when cooked!
Beef (Not!): At just 140 calories, 5mg of sodium, and 1.5g of fat, this has to be the cleanest beef replacement on the market. If you’re transitioning to a plant-based diet for heart health, here’s the product for you!
Vejje: This product is on a roll! There’s just 1.5g of fat and 0g saturated fat in this high-protein, high-iron ground beef replacement.
Beef (Not!): The health benefits of this plant-based substitute are endless! On the slight chance, you’re looking for a high-fiber meat alternative, we’ve found it, at 8g of fiber per 1/2 cup serving.
Nutritional Chart Comparison
We’ve compiled nutritional values of the above brands in the following table so you can see for yourself which brand is best for you.
We hope you’ve found what you were looking for, and if so, let us know! If you’re looking for a recipe to test these products out ASAP, try browsing our recipes page, or leave a suggestion so we can create a plant-based version of your favorite ground beef dish. To your vegan success!