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Opinion Best plant-based ‘beef’ products in Australian stores

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Author: Liv Published: June 28, 2024

The vegan meat section keeps getting bigger! Keep an eye out for tasty plant-based beef strips, steaks, patties, & mince at your local supermarket.

Resolved to keep animals off your plate, but still find yourself craving a classically ‘meaty’ dish every now and again? You’re not alone 🧡

After all, most people who go vegan tend to make the switch for nutritional, environmental, or ethical reasons, not because they don’t enjoy the taste of meat. 

This is where plant-based meat products can come in handy. They make it super easy to recreate all the familiar textures and flavours you know, while still choosing wisely for your health, animals and the planet – and they can be a great stepping stone if you’re still getting used to eating more veg meals.

Thanks to skyrocketing demand, there are heaps of beef-inspired vegan meat products to choose from in stores and online these days, including burger patties, mince, sausages, strips, roasts, jerky, pastrami, pepperoni and even steak!

If you’re keen to sink your teeth into some plant-based beef but aren’t sure where to start, here are some of our favourite products on the market right now, and some inspiration for how to use them:

Plant-based beef burger patties

A vEEF plant-based beef burger with all the trimmings sits on a piece of newspaper. A metal bucket of hot chips sits to the side.
Image: vEEF

From brioche burger buns to plant-based bacon, melty vegan cheese, and egg-free mayo, there’s a vegan version of everything you need to build the ultimate plant-based burger – and that includes patties.

These beef-style patties might be 100% made from plants, but they also deliver 100% of the familiar meaty experience when it comes to sizzle, smell, texture, and taste.

Plant-based beef mince

Hard shell tacos sit on a blue surface, filled with V2 plant-based mince, red onion, and avocado slices.
Image: V2

Vegan mince is an absolute staple to have in the fridge if you want to make heartier meat-free meals. It’s perfect for making anything you can think of that would usually call for minced beef.

We’re talking all sorts of ol’ reliable comfort meals like bolognese, tacos, chilli con carne, meatballs, pies and sausage rolls, burritos, enchiladas, and shepherd’s pie… even a curveball recipe like this vegan mince tortilla wrap. You name it, vegan mince can do it! 

Plant-based beef sausages

A white plate sits on relative darkness on a dark wooden table. Unreal Co Beefy Brat sausages are covered in gravy, next to a high pile of creamy white mash, with bright pops of green from peas to the side.
Image: Unreal Co

Looking for something meaty to take centre stage in your big brekky, or to spice up your bowl of pan-fried gnocchi? Take your pick of these vegan sausages and prepare them however you fancy – they’re so deliciously simple that you really can’t go wrong.

Our favourite? A classic hotdog or sausage sizzle, of course 🌭

Plant-based beef strips

Two Bahn Mi style rolls sit on a bright yellow surface, made using Meet Co's plant-based strips. Some packages of the products sit within shot.
Image: The Meet Co

Probably the most versatile of the bunch, vegan beef strips are a foolproof way of amping up throw-together stir-fries, stews, noodle dishes, wraps, and veggie bowls, as well as adding richness to cosy comfort meals like stroganoff, ’beef’ bourguignon, and Moroccan tagine.

There are quite a few brands to choose from these days, but these are some of the best:

 

Plant-based beef steaks

A round of beef-style steak is about to be cut into by a knife. It's topped with a creamy jus and garnished with greens. A pile of mash sits in the background.
Image: Made with Plants

We know – we can’t quite believe it either! The fact that you can even buy vegan steak in stores is irrefutable proof that plant-based eating has well and truly gone mainstream. 

Try these babies marinated, seared, or dressed up with garlic and herbs, and served alongside some mashed potatoes or roast veggies. Or go straight for the jugular with a vegan steak sandwich 🤤

 

Plant-based roast beef

An overhead shot of a serving platter with servings of Vegie Delights plant-based roast, surrounded by roast veg and garnished with greens.
Image: Vegie Delights

If you need ideas for an impressive vegan dinner date or festive meal, plant-based roast ‘beef’ is a mouthwatering place to start. (There are lots of other meaty vegan centrepieces to choose from too!)

Prepare your roast according to the packet instructions – usually baked in the oven or caramelised in a frying pan – and load the rest of your plate up with classic Sunday roast sides like green beans, crispy potatoes, and gravy.

 

Plant-based beef pies & sausage rolls

A bright yellow and white chequered tablecloth sits underneath several plates displaying Pie Society's plant-based sausage rolls. Some packaging sits in shot. They look like absolute perfection!
Image: Pie Society

Lovers of the iconic Aussie beef pie or sausage rolls, rejoice! Your snackish cravings are more than covered by this veritable smorgasbord of plant-based pastries. 

With a whopping 42% of Australians these days choosing to eat less meat or none at all, it’s little wonder so many brands have heeded the call for vegan versions of these beloved classics. 

Do a blind taste test to decide on your favourites, or make your own at home.

 

There’s more where that came from…

When it comes to vegan products, it’s impossible to make any list truly exhaustive – because new options are regularly appearing out of the blue!

Keep an eye on your supermarket shelves for new additions to the current range of vegan beef products, and be sure to have a dig around in the freezer section of your local health food store and Asian grocer for hidden gems too. 

Alternatively, you can get plant-based meats delivered to your door by shopping at one of these vegan-friendly online retailers.

And of course, there are plenty of beef-inspired dishes you can make using veggie ingredients at home, too.

With all these satisfying options for beefing up your plant-based cooking (while keeping sweet animals like cows off your plate), the only tricky part is deciding where to start

Keen to explore more meat-free options? We’ve also got lists of our favourite plant-based pork, chicken, and seafood alternatives for you to drool over.

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Meet Liv!

Having grown up in a “meat and 3 veg” kind of household, Liv’s embarrassed to admit that she was a bit of a one-note chef until she began exploring the world of plant-based food. Vegan cooking has given her a whole new appreciation for the symphonies of flavours that simple, nourishing wholefood ingredients can create. (Even eggplant, once her greatest nemesis, is now — in a delicious, miso-glazed redemption arc — her all-time favourite veg.)

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