This Vegetarian Meatloaf is made much like a meatloaf made with ground beef, but using vegetarian beef crumbles in place of the real deal. This easy vegetarian main dish recipe is so delicious and close to the real thing, it can be a perfect vegetarian meal for meateaters.
Making a mock meatloaf is super easy to do. It is a great meatless Monday and we also love to include this vegetarian meatloaf on our holiday table, be it Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. Leftovers make great sandwiches or are just as delicious warmed up in the microwave for a leftover meal.
Why A Vegetarian Meatloaf
If you have read any of my other vegetarian posts in the past, you will already know that I grew up in a home with a vegetarian mom and a carnivore dad, having the best of both worlds. I always preferred the vegetarian meal and have always loved a variety of vegetarian meatloaf.
My mom often made vegetarian meatloaf and I have tried many different types. This meatloaf recipe however came from a very close friend who would make it for special occasions and I would happen to be there to enjoy it.
Because I loved the vegetarian meals I ate when growing up, I continued to make them for myself and my own little family. As a result, both of my sons are vegetarian and vegan food lovers. I love having these meatless options in our home and this Vegetarian Meatloaf is one of our very favorite vegetarian recipes!
What You Need To Make A Vegetarian Meatloaf
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*See the recipe card below for the full vegetarian meatloaf ingredient list and instructions*
Beef-like crumbles. There are a few brands out there that you can find in the freezer section, this is my favorite one. I have also used this vegeburger (in a can) and while it might seem like something you wouldn’t want to eat when you open it, I promise you it is delicious in this vegetarian meatloaf!
Fresh bread crumbs. By this I mean slices of good hearty bread that you break up into tiny pieces.
Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Herbs: dry rubbed sage and garlic
Tips and Substitutions
Place the vegetarian meatloaf pan on top of a cookie sheet lined with foil to help prevent spillage onto the oven floor.
Substitute your favorite barbecue sauce for the ketchup topping
Add a teaspoon of mustard to the ketchup topping
Replace the vegetarian beef crumbles with 2 cans of chickpeas, coarsely chopped.
Add and cook 1/2 cup of green or red bell pepper with the onion mixture
Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.
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