It’s the ultimate showdown of vegan and gluten-free sausages you can grab at the supermarket. In this breakdown, we are not considering price or the number of snags you get but rather taste, texture, smell and the snap of the casing. We want you to spend your hard-earned dollars on the right vegan sausage for you.
All sausages were cooked for exactly the same amount of time, at the same temperature. Here’s how they faired:
Unreal Co. Beefy Brat Sausages
Snap & Casing: Thin casing but still good snap fresh out of the pan. Sears really well and looks the part.
Smell: Definitely the beefiest of the lot. Not too many spices on the noise but clearly a beef sausage.
Texture: Quite realistic, with small beefier parts and not just all ground to a paste.
Oil: Not too bad with the oil.
Taste: Great taste, but there is a spice mix for the brats that could be alienating.
Although the Chick’n Chive sausages don’t feature in this article, they are great and gluten-free. In my opinion, it is Unreal Co.’s best product on the market, regardless of sausage/burger/etc.
Moving Mountains Plant Based Vegan Hot Dogs
Snap & Casing: No real casing on this. It’s very typical of a processed hot dog. Not so much a sausage.
Smell: A meaty smell, but not overly beef-like.
Texture: Very consistent with hotdogs.
Taste: If you are a hot dog lover, these are for you. I’d even go as far to say they taste a heck of a lot better than traditional hotdogs.
Syndian Cheezy Kale Cashew Sausages
Snap & Casing: I love the packaging and casing on these. You literally have to cut the casing just like traditional snags. They fry really well and has the most crispy casing of the lot.
Smell: Definitely has a cheezy smell mixed with spices.
Texture: It’s not a meaty texture, but it’s not what they are going for with these. It still has chunks through it to give it more texture and mouthfeel which adds to the overall quality of the product.
Oil: Virtually none.
Taste: I quite enjoyed these, albeit very different from beefy vegan sausages. But I enjoyed the cheezy kale aspect and would bring these to a BBQ if I wanted something a little lighter.
Herb & Sons Beef Free Sausages
Snap & Casing: Super thin on these. You need to make sure you keep the heat down if you don’t want to split them in the pan or on the grill. A harder endeavour on a BBQ or charcoal fire.
Smell: Very beefy smell, but almost too much. It has that processed smell.
Texture: This one has been ground to a paste. It’s not bad, it’s just like a paste. I am unsure how else to describe them.
Oil: More oil in these and remains on the casing afterwards. You can definitely taste some of the oil too.
Taste: It’s beefy, tastes like a sausage. Although I would say these sausages would be the ones you get in bread at burnings.
Syndian Mushroom, Hemp & Sumac Sausages
Snap & Casing: Same as the Syndian Cheesy Kale Sausages above. A really great casing on these.
Smell: The mushroom smell comes right out at you with these, mixed with herbs and spices.
Texture: Good texture, and you can tell they are purposefully avoiding an overly meaty product. It serves up vegetables in a sausage casing really well, with plenty of texture throughout.
Oil: Virtually none.
Taste: A much deeper and fuller flavour to the mushroom sausages than the other Syndian sausages. The mushrooms and sumac blend well to bring a great balance of flavour that is close enough to a hearty sausage without being meaty.
If you are after good flavour without an over meaty taste then Sydian is your best bet. If you are looking for Super Beefy with great texture then Unreal Co has the snags for you. Wanting that old school hotdog taste and flavour? Then Moving Mountains has the goods. And if you want that beefy taste with not too much texture then Herb & Son’s have what you are looking for.
All of these sausages are available at the major supermarkets, but be sure to check the labels, and the store stock prior to heading in.