8 Best Vegan Turkey Substitutes for Thanksgiving

Which Store-Bought Turkey Substitute is Best for You?

To Tofurky, or not to Tofurky? Here are the best vegetarian and vegan turkey substitutes for Thanksgiving: Reviewed, listed and pictured. It used to be that if you wanted a vegan turkey substitute for your Thanksgiving dinner, there was Tofurky. Now, there are more options, though Tofurky is still a popular choice. Read on to find out more about the best Thanksgiving turkey substitutes and figure out which one is right for you. Once you've settled on your main course, check out our complete...MORE guide for a turkey-free, meatless Thanksgiving.

  • 01 of 08
    tofurky holiday feast
    Courtesy of Tofurky

    Learn more about Tofurky, the brilliant name that revolutionized Thanksgiving and mock meats forever. There are two options when it comes to Tofurky: It's sold alone, as just the mock turkey, or, you can purchase a Tofurky with stuffing as part of a complete vegetarian Thanksgiving meal (the Tofurky "feast"). This includes the Tofurky roast, stuffing, gravy, dessert, a "wishbone" and  even a "Happy Tofurky Day" card. What's not to love? Learn more about Tofurky...MORE here, including pros and cons and a few Tofurky recipes.

  • 02 of 08
    gardein stuffed turk'y
    Courtesy of Gardein

    From the makers of Gardein brand mock meats (the stuff Whole Foods uses at their deli) comes this seasonal product, Stuffed Savory Turk'y', and now, Gardein has added a full holiday roast (pictured), complete with a cranberry rice stuffing. Look in the frozen foods aisle to find this veggie turkey or try your natural foods store or Whole Foods.
     

  • 03 of 08
    Quorn turkey roast
    Courtesy of Quorn

    If you're not vegan, Quorn's holiday products are another option for a meatless Thanksgiving centerpiece. The turk'y roast is a soy-free loaf that serves five and can be roasted in the oven, much like a regular turkey. Their cranberry and goat cheese cutlets are also quite popular during the holidays. Read on for a full review of Quorn's turk'y roast, including where to find it, how it tastes, costs and nutritional information.

  • 04 of 08
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    Rumor has it that the Trader Joe's brand stuffed turkey is the same as the Gardein brand holiday roast. Try them both and decide for yourself.

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  • 05 of 08

    Pros: Shaped like a turkey! Comes with stuffing which you can place inside the bird, or, use your own homemade stuffing

    Cons: You won't be able to stop laughing at how it's shaped like a turkey! A bit pricier than other options, but it is a full 6 pounds, and should feed 12 to 16 people, which means plenty of leftovers!

  • 06 of 08
    celebration roast
    Courtesy of Field Roast

    This roast comes pre-spiced, so no basting or spice rub is needed. At about one pound and less than $10, it's a good option for smaller Thanksgivings. Like the Gardein brand, this roast is made from all-natural ingredients that you'll be able to recognize and is also soy-free. Check out the buyers guide to find out where to buy a Field Roast on their website, or, it's quite easy to order one online.

  • 07 of 08

    People that like ham say that vegan ham is really darn tasty, and vegan ham makes a nice substitute for the turkey, and might also be nice for Easter or Christmas as well. This option, from Vegetarian Plus also looks quite real (which can be a plus if you want to avoid Aunt Helen asking for the umpteenth time if you are still "doing that vegetarian thing". 

  • 08 of 08
    homemade tofu turkey
    E. Landau/ Flickr

    A homemade turkey alternative can be a fun and healthy addition to your meatless Thanksgiving table. 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 great with mashed potatoes and gravy.