18 Fake Meat Brands Vegans Should Know

Fake meat brands are blowing up MASSIVELY right now.

Not familiar with the big (and small) names in this market yet? This list will help you out. 

And hey – even if you are – maybe you’ll still learn something new. 

We spent a good few hours researching brands. It’s a fairly extensive list, but by no means exhaustive. Keep that in mind. 

Most companies on this list have an entirely vegan product line. The ones that don’t are BOCA, Morning Star Farms, and Sweet Earth. These 3 brands also sell veggie products, so we’ve put them at the bottom. The list is in no particular order besides this. 

A quick health note. Fake meats are often high in sodium. Check the packets and keep an eye on your intake. 

Most of these brands have the typical “huge environmental impact of meat” back story. This is of course true, the research and statistics back it up. Plant-based meat is undoubtedly better for the environment.  

But honestly? We want to see more brands stepping up and putting animal welfare at the forefront of their message. Which is what veganism is all about. 

Also, depending on where your ethics lie, you may want to avoid brands owned by big corporations like Nestle and Kellog’s. 

Anyway, first up we have a brand you’re surely familiar with – Beyond Meat. 

#1 Beyond Meat

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Los-Angeles based Beyond Meat has been going since 2009.

Fast forward to 2022, and their products are found in approximately 118,000 food outlets and over 80 countries worldwide.

At the time of writing, Beyond’s foods are non-GMO, gluten-free, and soy-free. 

Their products are made from pea protein and this is partly why their burgers are so good. 

We hear their Hot Italian sausage is tasty too. 

#2 Gardein

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Another huge name? You bet. 

Gardein has been around since 2003. Its headquarters are currently in Richmond, British Colombia.

The company has received several awards including PETAs Company of the Year award in 2007, Product of the Year Award in 2014, and more. 

They offer a wide range of products, including some gluten-free. 

For Thanksgiving and Christmas, Gardein does a Holiday Roast that you can typically buy from October through December. 

We can personally vouch for Gardein’s spicy tenders. Yum. 

#3 Impossible Foods 

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Impossible may have started 2 years later than Beyond in 2011, but that didn’t stop them from becoming a competitor real quick. 

Their headquarters are currently in Redwood City, California.

After years of R&D, Impossible launched its signature ‘Impossible Burger’ in 2016.

By 2019, Impossible Whoppers were sold worldwide in partnership with Burger King.

Unlike Beyond’s pea protein-based burger, Impossible make their burger from soy.

The company has since branched out into making ground, sausage, meatballs, nuggets, and pork substitutes.

#4 Lightlife Foods

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Maple Leaf Foods, a Canadian sustainable protein company, bought Lightlife in 2017. 

But Lightlife has been making plant-based foods for over 40 years. 

They were first founded in 1979 under the name “Tempeh Works”,  before switching in 1984 to Lightlife Foods. 

In 1999 the company pledged that all its products will be GMO-free. 

Their signature product “Smart Dogs” remains a best seller to this day. But they certainly have more competition now. 

#5 Field Roast

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Like Lightlife, Field Roast is also part of Maple Leaf Foods (since 2018).

But the company has been going since 1997. 

You might know them for their creamy Original Chao cheese slices, but they also sell many meat products. 

All their vegan meats are wheat and grain-based, making them stand out from the crowd. 

The company’s sage and onion celebration roast is great for the holidays. 

Plus we found their Italian sausage to be a good swap for Beyond’s because it’s more readily available. And it’s tasty, of course. 

#6 Tofurky 

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Turtle Island Foods produces Tofurky and they were founded in 1980. They’re currently headquartered in Hood River, Oregon. 

The brand offers more than 35 non-GMO products. 

Like Gardein and Field Roast, Tofurky also makes its own plant-based holiday feast.

Tofurky’s slow-roasted chick’n is juicy, tender, and goes great in a chicken-salad sandwich. 

#7 Yves Veggie Cuisine

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Based in Vancouver, British Colombia. Yves was founded in 1985. They became part of the Hain-Celestial Group in 2001. 

Yves makes a variety of products from burgers, ‘ground round’, hot dogs, sausages, and various deli slices.

We’ve heard good things about their chicken nuggets. And while their deli meats are okay, Tofurky is the better option if you’re looking for turkey. 

#8 Upton’s Naturals 

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If you like jackfruit, Upton’s have you covered. They operate out of Chicago, Illinois, and have been going since 2006.

Upton’s started by selling seitan products across the US. 

In 2015, the brand launched the first ready-to-eat, preservative-free, jackfruit product. 

In 2022, the company expanded its range again with “taco style” protein crumbles made from textured fava bean. 

#9 Sophie’s Kitchen

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Vegan seafood? You bet. 

Sophie’s Kitchen was founded in 2010, headquartered out of Sebastopol, California. 

Their products claim to be soy and gluten-free and are also made without any lab-grown ingredients. 

We won’t lie. We aren’t really seafood fans so we can’t tell you how Sophie’s products stack up. 

You’ll have to try this one yourself. 

#10 Daring Foods

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A newer name to the fake meat world, Daring has made an impact already since launching in 2018. 

With headquarters in New York City, they create one of the best fake chicken products available. 

Their chicken is soy-based and comes in 4 flavors at the time of writing. 

It’s available on their website or in certain grocery stores. 

We’re excited to see more from Daring Foods. 

#11 Alpha Foods

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Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Glendale, California. 

Alpha’s nuggets have a better texture than most, and come out nice and crispy if you heat them in a toaster oven.

The brand also makes meaty breakfast sandwiches and burritos (recommended), patties, and more. 

#12 Meatless Farm 

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The only British company on this list (Sorry, Quorn) – based in Leeds, England since 2016. 

They make plant-based ground, burgers, chik’n, and sausages. 

We love the taste and feel of their pea-protein burgers. 

#13 The Very Good Butchers

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What a name. These guys have been operating out of British Columbia since 2016. 

With humble beginnings, The Very Good Butchers started by selling at farmers’ markets in Denman Island, BC. 

The company was selling out within hours. 

Now, they run their own restaurant in BC. 

And sell their products online and in retail locations across Canada and the US. 

#14 Moku Foods

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Mushroom-based jerky company Moku was founded in 2019 and operates out of Los Angeles, California. 

At the time of writing, they offer their jerky in 3 flavors. 

Original, Hawaiian teriyaki and sweet and spicy. 

Another one that we haven’t tried yet. Any good? You tell us. 

#15 Simulate

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And the award for weirdest packaging goes to… 

This NYC-based company launched in 2018. They were known as NUGGS until 2020. 

We aren’t sure about their branding. They even call their vegan chicken burgers “discs”…

But their nuggets are damn good. 

Oh, and they also do dinosaur-shaped nuggs. 

#16 Boca Burger (Sells non-vegan products) 

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Another OG. 

Founded in the same year as Lightlife, Boca began in 1979 with their “Sun Burger” product. 

Their headquarters are now in Madison, Wisconsin. 

In 2000, Kraft Heinz acquired Boca after their sales had doubled the previous year to ~$40 million. 

As well as a range of different burgers, BOCA offers a ground beef substitute and nuggets. 

They also have some products made with non-GMO soy, like their spicy chik’n patties. A little thin but crispy and perfectly seasoned! 

#17 Morning Star Farms (Sells non-vegan products) 

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Morning Star has been going since 1974. Headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan. 

In 1999, Kellog’s acquired the company when they purchased Worthington Foods Inc. for $307 million. 

They offer a variety of fake meat burgers, wings, steaks, sausages, bacon, and other products. 

The company claimed its entire product range would be 100% vegan by 2021. While they have made some progress (breakfast patties are finally vegan), they have not lived up to this claim. 

#18 Sweet Earth Foods (Sells non-vegan products) 

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Founded in 1978, and owned by Nestlé since 2017, you’d think these companies have had enough time to go vegan by now. 

Or rather, they have, they’ve just chosen not to. Disappointingly. 

Headquartered in Moss Landing, California, the company makes most meat substitutes you can think of. As well as bowls, burritos, and pizza. 

Their ‘Awesome Burger’ is soy-free and packs a protein punch with 26g of protein per burger. 

What’s next? 

While (some) of these brands are great, don’t forget about the OG vegan meat. We’re talking seitan, textured vegetable protein, tofu, and tempeh. 

If you’d like to know how to make protein-packed seitan easily, check out our latest seitan recipe.

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