In June 2021, we pitted meat-free vegan and veggie sausages from Heck, Richmond, Taste & Glory, Meatless Farm and Linda McCartney against supermarket versions from Aldi, Tesco, Asda and more.
All the sausages we tested are suitable for both vegans and vegetarians, but just one impressed our tasters enough to be crowned a Best Buy, thanks to its moist texture and flavoursome taste.
Another big brand banger was beaten by cheaper supermarket alternatives, losing marks for its lack of seasoning, weak flavour, and unappetising appearance.
Read on to see which vegan sausages we recommend, the cheap supermarket options worth buying, and the ones to avoid.
All prices correct as of July 2021.
£1.69 for 6 (28p per sausage)
Our panel has rated the flavour, texture, aroma, and appearance of Aldi’s meat free sausages. Find out whether they deserve a spot on your plate.
£2.35 for 6 (39p per sausage)
Are Asda’s plant-based sausages the perfect addition to your meat-free casserole? Read our review to find out whether they impressed our tasters.
£3 for 6 (50p per sausage)
Are Co-op’s sizzlin’ sausages as hot as their label suggests? Our tasters reveal all.
Want to buy without reading our results? Available from Co-op.
£2 for 8 (25p per chipolata)
Can Heck remedy your sausage cravings, or was its meat-free offering a failure in flavour?
£1.95 for 6 (32p per sausage)
Big brand Linda McCartney has been making meat-free alternatives for almost 30 years. Could its vegetarian sausages be the perfect accompaniment to your meat-free fry up?
£2.50 for 6 (41p per sausage)
Meatless Farm sausages contain more fat per 100g than other brands we tested. But how do they compare on taste?
£2.50 for 8 (31p per sausage)
Synonymous with sausages, big brand Richmond faces a challenge from the UK’s biggest supermarkets. Can it see them off and earn the title of Which? Best Buy vegetarian sausage?
£2.50 for 6 (41p per sausage)
Is your local Sainsbury’s hiding the UK’s best meat-free sausages within its aisles? We’ve put them to the test.
£2.75 for 6 (45p per sausage)
At nearly double the price of the cheapest veggie sausages we tested, are Taste & Glory’s expensive meat-free bangers worth paying more for?
£2.20 for 6 (36p per sausage)
Tesco is a top option if you're looking to save money, but were its veggie sausages low on flavour as well as price?
£3 for 6 (50p per sausage)
These vegetarian sausages are the most expensive supermarket own-label packs we tested per 100g, so should Waitrose shoppers favour these sausages over the big brands?
No-one is going to argue that sausages are a health-food, but many would argue that meat-free options are at least a ‘healthier’ choice. But would they be right?
Which? nutritionist Shefalee Loth says: 'The vegan sausages in our taste test vary significantly in fat and saturated fat content. However, based on the traffic light system most of the sausages are still classed as "medium" for fat, saturated fat and salt. A few get a red rating for salt meaning they are high in salt.
The protein content also varies between 5.6-20g per 100g. Soya, peas and mushrooms are all good vegan sources of protein, but soya beans are higher and are a complete protein - they contain all the essential amino acids that we need.
The sausages containing soya have more protein and are comparable to meat sausages, although they are considerably lower in fat and saturated fat.'
All of the sausages in our test are also suitable for vegetarians.
The pea-protein based products in our test are also gluten and soya free. However, it's important not to assume this is the case with all pea-protein-based products. Always check the full list of ingredients.
You can find out which vegetarian sausages from our test are listed as gluten-free in the table below.
Aldi Plant Menu 6 Meat Free Sausages
Asda Plant Based 6 Meat Free Sausages
Co-op GRO Sizzlin' Sausages
Heck Meat Free Sausages
Linda McCartney's 6 Vegetarian Sausages
Meatless Farm Plant Based 6 Sausages
Taste & Glory 6 Vegan Sausages
Richmond 8 Meat Free Sausages
Sainsbury’s Plant Pioneers Cumberland Shroomdogs
Tesco Plant Chef 6 Cumberland Style Bangers
Waitrose Vegan Mushroom and Leek Bangers
Vegan sausages are more sustainable than meat sausages, mostly because of the way in which the meat is farmed leading to higher emissions compared with its vegan alternatives.
But there are still some issues around specific types of vegan protein, namely soya.
Soya has been linked to deforestation in South America, which itself worsens climate change. However, most of this soya is used to feed the animals raised for meat, who will process far more than what you or I would, and then excrete it as greenhouse gas (GHG). In fact, 90% of the three million tonnes of soya imported into the UK is used for animal feed.
However, if you’d still prefer to avoid soya, other meat-free sausages we tested use pea and mushroom proteins, which should have less of an impact on the environment.
Only some councils will accept plastic trays in household recycling waste, so it’s best to check beforehand. Make sure to give the tray a quick rinse to prevent contamination. Plastic film isn’t recyclable, so you’ll need to remove it before putting the tray in your recycling bin.
Some packs also have a cardboard sleeve, which you can put in your household recycling bin.
The products were assessed by a large panel of consumers who regularly buy and eat meat-free sausages.
The make-up of the panel broadly represents the demographic profile of adults in the UK.
Each sausage was assessed by 66 people.
The panellists rated the taste, texture, aroma and appearance of each product and told us what they liked and disliked about each one.
The taste test was blind, so the panellists didn’t know which brand they were trying. The order they sampled the sausages was fully rotated to avoid any bias.
Each panellist had a private booth so they couldn’t discuss what they were tasting or be influenced by others.
The overall score is based on:
These weightings are based on consumer rankings of the importance of different meat-free sausage attributes.