How to make vegan meat

Decent vegan meat recipes are hard to come by. Not every vegan meat is made the same, and every person has their preferences. No matter what, you’re almost guaranteed, but each recipe will be rich in protein!

A variety of meats can be turned into a vegan recipe that can be just as chewy and delicious. 

There are several vegan types of meat you can try, and I have two recipes. The first one is a vegan “chicken” that can be made as chicken breasts, popcorn chicken, etc.

The second recipe is a vegan ground beef recipe. You can make this recipe into meatloaf, meatballs, burgers, and so much more!

Vegan Chicken

How to make vegan meat

Source:  Nora cooks

Here is the vegan chicken recipe by Nora cooks. It is made to be shaped like chicken breast, but you can shape them however you want as long as you cook them evenly. 

Also, this recipe will call for vital wheat gluten, which is known as seitan. It is a meat substitute that gives a chewy texture!


  • 180g vital wheat gluten 
  • 41.67g all-purpose flour or flour of your choice 
  • 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of paprika 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 352.5g vegan chicken flavoured broth or vegetable broth 
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil 

Vegan Chicken Recipe

  1. Combine vital wheat gluten, flour, nutritional yeast, onion powder, paprika, salt, and garlic powder in a large bowl. Stir until the ingredients are combined. 
  2. Add broth and oil to the dry ingredients and stir well. Mix until it pulls away from the bowl. 
  3. Flour a surface and add the mixture to the surface. Knead for a minute but not too long. 
  4. Break the mixture into 6 pieces and shape it like a chicken breast. 
  5. Wrap each of the chicken breasts in foil and place them into a steamer basket. Have water on the bottom and steam for 30 minutes. 
  6. Remove them from foil, and you can pan fry, grill, or slice. 

Vegan Ground Beef

Vegan Ground Beef

Source: PowerHunger

This vegan meat recipe is by PowerHunger! Included are some meals you can make it with and a way to store them.


  • 500ml of brown lentils 
  • 1 can (425 g) of beets, drained
  • 170g white mushrooms, quartered 
  • 142g  of onion in large chunks
  • 40g nutritional yeast 
  • 40g coconut flour 
  • 30g flaxseed meal 
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons acceptable sea salt (more or less to taste)
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly cracked pepper (more or less to taste)

Vegan Ground Beef Recipe

  1. Combine lentils and enough water to cover 2.5cm in a saucepan
  2. On high heat, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse under chilled water. 
  3. Place the lentils in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Then move the lentils to a large bowl.
  4. Press the beets with paper towels to remove any excess liquid and add it to the food processor. Add the mushrooms and onions to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. When the mixture is chopped, add it to the lentil bowl 
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl and stir until everything is blended. 
  6. Store or cook for your desired meal 

Vegan Meat Meals

Here are two ways you can make vegan ground beef into a meal! The third section is how you can store your meat if it is not being used right away. 


Preheat the oven to 190C and shape your meat to your desired size. About 3cm balls will result in 20 total for a pound of meat. 

Place the meatballs on parchment paper on top of a baking sheet and bake until brown. It will be about 25 – 30 minutes, depending on the size. 


You can add your oil of choice for burgers if you want to, but no more than 2 tablespoons. Shape into patties and place on the baking sheet, and bake for 18 to 23 minutes at 190C. Bottoms should be browned. 


Cut your meat into smaller portions and wrap them tightly with plastic wrap. Place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Or you can place them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 


Hopefully, you enjoyed these two vegan meat recipes. Again they can be cooked in any meal you like. 

They are super easy to make and rich in nutrients. For more vegan recipes, you can check out our other articles!


Yes, vegan meat contains less saturated fat and is a good source of fibre.

The healthiest types of vegan meat can include one of the following:

  • Jackfruit
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Lentils
  • Chickpeas

When you are making vegan meat it can include soy, textured vegetable, and wheat gluten.

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Celeste PS

My name is Celeste. I am a student at Austin College. I am currently pursuing a business degree and interested in entrepreneurship. Before my career, I hope to get the chance to travel internationally.