There are loads of vegetarian sausages out there. We’ve heard whispers they can be enjoyed by veggies and carnivores alike.
So, to celebrate National Barbeque Week, we recruited a pack of salivating meat-eaters to check out 6 of the most popular veggie options and answer the eternal question:
Could your next barbeque be a meat-free sensation?
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VegiDeli Lincolnshire style vegan sausages (6 for £2.69):
We had VegiDeli lovers in our tasting group, so we thought these meat and dairy free bangers would be a hit. But the Lincolnshire-style version we tested didn’t cut the mustard.
Made from wheat gluten, the sausages had an altogether dry texture, with one meat lover noting “it tastes a bit like bread”.
Taifun Tofu Grill vegan sausages (4 for £3.95):
With a price tag of almost a pound per sausage, we were hoping for something great from these beauties – and their firm texture didn’t let us down. However their pale and pasty exterior (and hefty salt content) meant our carnivorous crew found them a bit too processed.
Sainsbury’s Cumberland Style Sausages (6 for £1.50):
As the only supermarket own-brand sausage included in our test, these are the cheapest option by far. They are a great budget option, with a “nice and peppery” taste, but were too uniform and squishy to offer textural excitement.
Quorn Meat Free Sausages (6 for £2.00):
With a great golden dark hue, this banger was a hit in the looks department. These are a great barbeque option with “herby” flavours and a firm texture. But don’t try and fool your carnivorous chums – the great taste was “definitely not meaty”.
Linda McCartney’s Outrageously Succulent Vegetarian Sausages (6 for £1.95):
Linda McCartney’s sausages
Although I usually associate brightly coloured food with high vitamin content, the overriding orange glow of these sausages didn’t hold favour with our tasters. But what they lacked in looks, they made up for with their juicy texture.
Cauldron Lincolnshire vegetarian sausages (6 for £2.00):
Our meat-lovers were converted by Cauldron. They were a firm favourite among some rogue vegetarian tasters too, with one proclaiming “these are a cut above everything else”.
While these didn’t have the same seared look as a couple of the other brands we tried, our tasters thought they were the most “authentic-looking” sausages on our barbeque. Cauldron’s great flavour – a balanced taste of sage and pepper – was coined by one admirer as tasting ‘like a pig got in the onion patch’.
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Which tasty veggie sausage is your favourite?
We just couldn’t fit all the vegetarian sausage options on the barbeque.
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