12 Best Vegan Roasts for A Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving

12 Best Vegan Roasts for A Cruelty-Free Thanksgiving

Being vegan doesn’t mean missing out on a delicious Thanksgiving roast. It’s now easier than ever to save a turkey’s precious life and leave cruelty off your plate at Thanksgiving with a multitude of ready-made vegan roasts, and recipes to make your own. In fact, there are so many options out there for vegan roasts, it was difficult to choose our favorites. Check out our list of the best vegan roasts for Thanksgiving, and be sure to download our Veg Guide for even more cruelty-free recipe inspiration!

Ready-To-Go Vegan Roasts

Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s offers a hearty vegan roast that’s stuffed with grains and has a delicious breaded coating. The wild rice and cranberry stuffing delivers a familiar and traditional Thanksgiving flavor. Find it in the deli section of Trader Joe’s.

Tofurky Holiday Roast

Tofurky’s scrumptious Holiday Roast is firm, moist, and slices with ease. It comes ready to be basted, roasted, carved, and devoured! Find it in the freezer section of major grocery stores including: Kroger, Trader Joe's, and Whole Foods.

Herbivorous Butcher

America’s first plant-based butchery offers vegans a range of options for Thanksgiving. Not only does it offer a Turkey-Free Roast, it also offers a full Thanksgiving feast, with maple sage breakfast sausage and hickory bacon.


No Evil Foods

With every purchase of No Evil’s seitan-based vegan roast, The Pardon, a donation is made to the resident turkeys at Full Circle Sanctuary. You can rest easy knowing that your Thanksgiving roast is making a turkey somewhere very happy!


Gardein Holiday Roast

Gardein’s hearty Holiday Roast is filled with a traditional wild rice and cranberry stuffing, and comes with a generous serving of homestyle gravy. It’s firm, moist and slices beautifully. Gardein also offers a Savory Stuffed Turk’y which is similar but smaller, and perfect if you’re cooking for a small gathering or prefer individual servings. Gardein’s roasts can be found in the freezer section of major grocery stores including Target, Publix, Whole Foods, and Albertsons.

WholeFoods Market Holiday Plant-Based Roast

WholeFoods offers a flavorful plant-based roast with ready-made gravy and stuffing. As WholeFoods can be found in most major cities, this roast is super accessible and easy-to-find -—and can even be ordered online for added convenience!

Home-made Recipes

There’s nothing quite like a home-made roast that you can adjust to taste with your favorite herbs and fillings.

Here are six of our favorite roast recipes that are sure to impress even your non-vegan guests!

Stuffed Seitan Roast

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Chickpea Veggie Loaf

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Lentil Walnut Apple Loaf

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Seitan Vegan Roast

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Roasted Vegan Thanksgiving Bowl

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Vegan Holiday Roast

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Side-dish tips!

● Try coconut milk instead of cream to enrich soups, purees, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie.

● Try sunflower oil to replace butter in vegetable sides; its light, nutty flavor blends better with traditional holiday flavors than olive oil. If you’re after a traditional buttery taste, you can also try Earth Balance Buttery Sticks which are available at most major grocery stores including Walmart, Target, and Whole Foods or Miyoko's Kitchen Butter which is delicious and palm-oil free and available either online or at Trader Joe's.

● Try silken tofu with a dash of lemon juice pureed in a food processor or blender and use it in place of sour cream, or try Tofutti's Sour Supreme available at Whole Foods, Albertsons, and many local supermarkets.

If you want even more recipes for the holidays and beyond, download our Veg Guide.

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