We tested 2 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 found 2 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!
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Let us start off by saying that vegan ham alternatives are not as easy to find as vegan turkey alternatives. We found two different vegan hams – one commercially available and one that we ordered.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are my kitchen must haves for making a vegan ham roast alternative?
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. (click the link for the one we use).
Are any of these Top 8 Allergen Free?
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:
We also found some awesome versions that are both gluten and soy free:
- Beyond Meat Meatloaf (swap the tamari for gluten free/soy free option)
- Jackfruit Pot Roast
- Butternut Squash Pibil
- Chickpea Veggie Loaf
- Celeriac Holiday Roast
- Vegan Lentil and Seed Nutless Roast
Watch the video taste test on vegan ham alternatives:
Vegan Ham Alternatives:
We want to quickly say that we have never tried ANY of these alternatives before our taste test.
We were really surprised overall with the results on both of these.
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 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: We have seen at our local Natural Health Store. You can use the Tofurky Store Locator to find at a local to you store.
- Price: $12.99
- 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. Andrew favored this one more. The texture is great and it easily slices. There is a nice glaze that comes with it (included in the cost). It does take much longer to cook and the size is very small but still in line with other meatless alternatives. There were instructions to cook from frozen or thaw. It was difficult to get the plastic off of it while frozen so we would likely recommend to thaw first.
The Herbivorous Butcher Ham Roast
- Store: Can only be purchased on-line at The Herbivorous Butcher. Use code MIDF2020 for $5 off a $40 purchase through 12/31/2020
- 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:
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp orange juice
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
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.
Here you will find breakfast, appetizers, sides, mains, desserts, soups, and bread.
Everything from Vegan Mac and Cheese to vegan stuffing, vegan mashed potatoes and gravy to vegan pumpkin pie or vegan sweet potato pie.
You will love each and every recipe!