We’ve tested 3 different vegan ham roasts or meatless alternatives and are dishing the details on which one we love! See our results and learn more!
Whether this is your first vegan or meatless holiday season or you have been vegan for awhile, then you may be wondering if there are any vegan ham roasts. Especially, which ones are worth the price and the effort of trying to find?
Being completely honest, vegan ham alternatives aren’t even something that many people even think about. You hear about vegan turkey alternatives all the time; but, not as much about ham.
Luckily, we have now found and tested 3 different varieties and we are dishing out all the details today for you.
Before this video and post we had never even attempted to sub out traditional ham roast that is served for the holidays.
We have always either had vegan meatballs and sides or just sides and of course dessert.
But we wanted to know for ourselves and also share with each of you our thoughts and opinions on what was the best vegan ham alternatives and essentially what would get you the most value for your money.
We share all that with you below!
BONUS! We now have a vegan brown sugar glazed tofu aka vegan ham! It’s easy to make and absolutely delicious! Get our vegan ham recipe!
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Let us start off by saying that vegan ham alternatives are not as easy to find as vegan turkey alternatives. Since being vegan we have found two different vegan hams in stores and two that you can order online. We have now tried 3 out of the 4 options.
Frequently Asked Questions:
You are going to need a roasting pan or casserole dish to make whichever one you prefer.
We also highly recommend that you have a digital thermometer so that you can check the temperatures on these before consuming. For the most part they all need to be at 165 degrees F before consuming.
Unfortunately no. Of the two vegan ham roasts alternatives that we found, all of the contained wheat and soy.
However, we do have a few ideas of main courses that you could serve that aren’t exactly the same, but will still work as a main dish on our site. These are some of those:
Mushroom Free Vegan Lentil Wellington
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Easy Vegan Pot Pies
Watch the 2022 video taste test on vegan ham alternatives:
Watch the 2020 video taste test on vegan ham alternatives:
Vegan Ham Alternatives:
We discussed and think it is worth noting that we were vegan for over 2 years now before trying any of these and not sure how we would have felt if we went into trying them as soon as we went vegan.
We want to quickly say that we have never tried ANY of these alternatives before our taste test in 2020. We were really surprised overall with the results on both of them that year.
We say all that to say if you try one and you don’t like it, then maybe try again in a future year because you may have a different opinion if you’ve been vegan for longer.
Tofurky Ham Style Roast with Amber Ale Glaze
- Store: This is the easiest one to find. You can use the Tofurky Store Locator to find at a local to you store.
- Price: $8.99-19.99 depending on location
- Ingredients: HAM: Water, vital wheat gluten, organic tofu (water, organic soybeans, magnesium chloride, calcium chloride), expeller pressed canola oil, contains less than 2% of sea salt, spices, granulated garlic, cane sugar, natural flavors, natural smoke flavor, color (lycopene, purple carrot juice), oat fiber, carrageenan, dextrose, konjac, potassium chloride, xanthan gum. CONTAINS: SOY, WHEAT GLAZE: Malted barley, brown sugar, amber ale (water, malted barley, oats, hops, yeast), whole grain mustard (water, mustard seed, white vinegar, salt, citric acid, tumeric), ground mustard, spices.
- Allergens: Soy and Wheat
Thoughts: We did both like this one. We favored this one more than the other store bought. The texture is great, but a little dense. It does easily slice and we recommend slicing it thin. There is a nice glaze that comes with it (included in the cost).
It is very small but pricing still in line with other meatless alternatives. There were instructions to cook from frozen or thawed. It was difficult to get the plastic off of it while frozen so we recommend to thaw first. Plus it will take less time to cook.
Vegetarian Plus Vegan Ham Roll with Apricot Plum Glaze
- Store: We found this at Sprouts. They do not have a store locator on their website.
- Price: $15.99-39.99 depending on location
- Ingredients: Vegan Ham: Textured Soybean Protein (Soybean Protein, Wheat Protein, Wheat Starch, Soybean Oil), Water, Soybean Oil, Soybean Protein Isolate, Vegetable Extract (Carrot Extract, Pea Extract, Phosphate, Vegetable Gum), Raw Cane Sugar, Modified Tapioca Starch, Sea Salt, Yeast Extracts, Maltodextrin. Enzyme, White Pepper Powder, Red Fermented Rice, Black Pepper Powder, Spices. Vegan Glaze: Plum, Apricot, Water, Agave Syrup.
Thoughts: Andrew said it wasn’t bad, but Larisha didn’t care for this at all. The texture was too soft, and almost (basically) mushy.
It did easily slice and the apricot plum glaze that comes with it was a nice variation off of the normal brown sugar glaze.
It is large (almost 3x the size of the Tofurky) and if you can find on the lower price point range, makes for an affordable meatless alternative.
Andrew suggested not covered to cook and cooking on a lower rack in the oven so that it would dry out a bit more and not be so juicy/mushy, but we haven’t tested that ourselves to see if it would work. Larisha also suggested pan searing after slicing.
It also looks like a big log of non-vegan bologna when uncooked which may be unappealing to some. You do need to thaw before cooking.
The Herbivorous Butcher Ham Roast
- Store: Can only be purchased on-line at The Herbivorous Butcher.
- Price: $22.00
- Ingredients: VITAL WHEAT GLUTEN, TOMATO JUICE, APPLE JUICE, TOMATO PASTE, NUTRITIONAL YEAST, BEET POWDER, SALT, SOY SAUCE, LIQUID SMOKE, LESS THAN 2% OF: EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, SPICE, ORGANIC BROWN CANE SUGAR, SMOKED PAPRIKA
- Allergens: Soy and Wheat
- Thoughts: The flavor and texture here again was great. Larisha preferred this one over the other. This is the 1lb ham roast; they do also have a 2.5lb ham roast as a part of their winter feast. This version cooks much faster; however you have to make your own glaze.
- Glaze recipe: The glaze that we used for ours was:
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon orange juice
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
Note: Be Leaf foods also has a vegan ham that we haven’t been able to try.
What else should go on my vegan holiday menu?
Whether this is your first or 20th vegan holiday season, you can’t just have the roasts. You need the sides too! And of course the pies!
Check out our MUST make vegan holiday recipes.
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Everything from Vegan Mac and Cheese to vegan stuffing, vegan mashed potatoes and gravy to vegan pumpkin pie or vegan sweet potato pie.
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