Fakin’ Bacon! 10 Meatless Substitutes for Vegetarians

By Lauren Amundrud on January 25, 2018

Let’s face it, you can’t beat the flavor of crispy, salty bacon—but vegetarians and vegans, you’re in luck! These 10 meat-free substitutes are packed with the smoky flavor bacon is known (and loved) for.


Crispy Eggplant Bacon

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The texture of this "bacon" comes so very close to the real deal.

Minimalist Baker


Carrot Bacon

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Only 6 ingredients are needed for this salty-sweet delight.

Pure Wow


Tempeh Bacon

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Tempeh is a great source of protein and fiber! We'll take that as an excuse to indulge.

Simple Vegan Blog


Crispy Smoked Mushroom Bacon

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Dehydrating King Oyster mushrooms makes them crisp and thin, just like bacon!

Serious Eats


Easy Tofu Bacon

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Easy, breezy "bacon." Yes, please!

Eat Within Your Means


Portobello Mushroom Bacon

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If you're looking for a slight maple flavor, this is the slice for you.



Zucchini Bacon

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This bacon substitute dehydrates for nearly 20 hours, but it’s worth it! The texture can’t be beat.

Healthy Helper Blog


Rice Paper Bacon

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This faux-bacon even looks like the real thing! A must-try recipe.

Yup It's Vegan


Coconut Bacon

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Coconut flakes make easy bacon bits—no chopping required.

Connoisseurus Veg


Seitan Bacon

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This traditional meat substitute is made from wheat gluten—it’s protein-dense, too, at 60 grams per cup.

Vegan Recipe Club