Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Plant-based Sausages

Sausages

The sausages on this page are your standard regular-sized british-style sausages. There will be separate pages for Cocktail Sausages and another for Hot Dogs and Frankfurters.


Taste & Glory (formerly Naked Glory): Meat Free Vegan Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chilled / 6pk / 240g / Approx £2.75 (£11.46 per kg)

These have a nice meaty texture and a great mix of herbs which give them a great overall flavour. I find the texture better than the Richmond option and the fact these are totally vegan puts them ahead of the Quorn ones too. These are my joint favourite.


This: Isn't Pork Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chilled / 6pk / 230g / Approx £2.30

Very porky, succulent, great flavour. These are slightly firmer in texture than the Taste and Glory option, and they also have a noticeable flavour of sage. I really like these and I think they can sit alongside the Taste and Glory option as my joint favourites.


Richmond: Meat Free Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chilled / 8pk / 336g / Approx £2.25 (£6.70 per kg)
Frozen / 8pk / 320g / Approx £2 (£6.25 per kg)

Richmond have used all of their sausage making expertise to create one of the best vegan sausages I have had the pleasure of eating. If you have ever tried their regular sausages (I did many years ago) you may be familiar with their distinctive Irish recipe flavour, which they have successfully recreated here. If I was being slightly picky I could say that the texture is a tiny bit too soft for my liking (the 'Taste & Glory' and 'This' options are better in this respect), but it's not enough of a problem to take away any stars from their rating.


Marks & Spencer: Plant Kitchen - 6 Bangers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Chilled / 6pk / 360g / price tbc - was over £3

Upon opening the pack, there was no real smell to the uncooked sausages but once they were in the pan, the smell of sizzling sausages filled the house. The pack advertises that they are seasoned with black pepper and sage but this is fairly subtle. For me the outside coloured nicely and took on a slight crispiness while the inside was meaty but possibly on the softer side texture wise. Overall I really enjoyed these and I think they can go in the top tier of options.


Future Farm: Future Sausage - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chilled / 5pk / 250g / £3.90

These come in a 5pk and the first noticeable thing about these is that each sausage is fairly large (50g). They are also slightly more expensive.  The flavour is pretty good with a good porky taste and a nice blend of herbs. The texture and bite of these is different to most others on this list. I'd say they are a tiny bit denser, but they do have quite a meaty bite to them. Overall, these are very good, but I still think the other options above edge them out overall.


Meatless Farm: Plant-Based Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chilled / 6pk /

I quite like Meatless Farm's products. I found these sausages to be slightly peppery, a bit like a Cumberland sausage - interestingly pepper isn't listed as an ingredient. The texture had a good bite, possibly with a bit of a rubbery texture, but this seemed to work ok. They held up well under cooking and were very enjoyable.


Quorn: Vegetarian Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆ (not vegan)

Frozen / 8pk / 336g / Approx £2
Frozen / 12pk / 504g / Approx £2.60

These are my favourite vegetarian sausages. I find the flavour and texture are both very good. Sadly they are not totally plant-based as they contain egg. Funnily, my wife won't eat these as she hates both the flavour and texture. 


Quorn: Brilliant Bangers - ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

Chilled / 6pk

The name of these raised my expectations and ultimately I was left feeling disappointed. The smell and flavour are both good, but the texture of the filling does not really have any bite to it. It was too soft and spongy for me. Don't get me wrong, they are nice enough, but they have fallen short of where other companies are in terms of texture. I would possibly buy these again, but they wouldn't be in my top tier of options. I've given four stars but 3.5 might be a better reflection of where they stand in my list.


Bird's Eye Green Cuisine: Meat Free Sausages - ⭐⭐⭐☆☆

Frozen / 6pk 300g / Approx £2.50

These were decent enough sausages and I have no real complaints about them. However, it is very clear that these are vegan sausages. The standard has moved on (see the alternatives above).


The Vegetarian Butcher: Little Willies - ⭐⭐☆☆☆ (not vegan)

Chilled / 160g / 6pk / Approx £3

After reading some good reviews of these, I had high expectations. They are a chipolata-style sausage with a Lincolnshire flavour, which was pretty decent. Sadly the texture was too spongy, probably caused by the soy. I wouldn't buy these again. Also these are not vegan as they contain egg.


The Tofoo Co.: Sizzlers Smoked Sausages - ☆☆☆☆☆

Chilled / possibly discontinued

I think these may have been discontinued since I tried them, and to be totally honest I am glad they've saved you the ordeal of eating them. Truly terrible, especially the texture. They went straight in the bin. I can't even bring myself to give them one star.

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