Vegan “Beef” Recipes

vegan beef recipes

Many people find it difficult to cook plant-based/vegan because they focus on what they can’t have, not what they can! There are thousands of plants (legumes, vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts) we can eat, but we tend to just stick with what we know because it’s what we were taught. Being in isolation and/or working from home has given us more time to get back in the kitchen and experiment with some new recipes.

We know that beef is a pretty common ingredient for some people. So, to help you on your journey, we’ve veganised some favourite beef dishes using either legumes, grains, or mock meat! If you want some help “veganising” a recipe, drop it in the comments below and we will help you out.


Pasta is a quick, delicious, and wholesome dinner! A simple way to introduce more plant-based foods into your diet is to just replace the meat in a recipe, with beans or textured vegetable protein (TVP). Lentils and TVP go great in bolognese. If you would rather try a new recipe, here are some delicious ones:

You can even grab some protein pasta (for example, Barilla or Keep It Cleaner) and just add some pesto or arrabbiata sauce!

vegan bolognese recipe

Tacos, Fajitas, Burritos, & Nachos

Instead of mince, use your original recipe, but replace the beef with kidney, black, and pinto beans. If you’re looking for a new recipe, this one is one of our personal favourites, by Loving It Vegan. You can even use quinoa – here’s a great recipe by the Minimalist Baker.

If you’d rather a more “meaty” texture, try textured vegetable protein (TVP), or use mock meat, any of these are great:

  • Alternative Meat Co mince
  • Herb and Sons mince
  • Organic Village Mince
  • Naturli 100% Plant-Based Minced
  • Vegie Delights Vegie Mince
  • Made With Plants Meat
  • Beyond Meat mince
vegan tacos recipes
Minimalist Baker – Quinoa Tacos


Who doesn’t love burger night? Giving up beef doesn’t mean you have to miss out – there are so many vegan burger patties available in your local supermarket.

There are ranges that taste similar to meat:

  • Beyond Meat Burgers (Coles)
  • Herb and Sons: Beef-Free Burger (Coles)
  • Alternative Meat Co (Coles)
  • Unreal: Italian Beefy Burger (Woolworths)
  • Gardein: Beefless Burger (Coles and Woolworths)
  • Quorn: Vegan Gourmet Burger (Coles and Woolworths)
  • Next Gen2 Plant-Based Burgers (Woolworths)

Or some that don’t taste like meat but are delicious:

  • Vegie Delight: Not Burger (Coles and Woolworths)
  • Syndian: Lentil Burgers (Coles and Woolworths)
  • Nature’s Kitchen: Sweet Potato and Black Bean (Coles)
  • Bean Supreme: Beetroot burgers (Coles and Woolworths)
  • Fry’s: Quinoa and Brown Rice Protein Burger (Woolworths)

If you have a little more time on your hands, The Minimalist Baker has created a mouthwatering smokey black bean and beetroot burger.

You can even make burger night more epic with one of these recipes from Beyond Meat.

vegan burger recipe

Meat Lovers Pizza

If you’re wanting a cheat night and feel like a meat-lovers pizza, head over to Dominos and dig into the plant-based beef and onion pizza, or plant-based godfather!

If you would like to make your own, you can replace the mince with:

  • Alternative Meat Co mince
  • Beyond Meat mince
  • Herb and Sons mince
  • Naturli 100% Plant-Based Minced
  • Vegie Delights Vegie Mince
  • Made With Plants Meat

And the bacon with:

vegan meat lovers pizza


Make your own using lentils, kidney beans, or mock meat mince:

  • Alternative Meat Co mince
  • Beyond Meat mince
  • Herb and Sons mince
  • Naturli 100% Plant-Based Minced
  • Vegie Delights Vegie Mince
  • Made With Plants Meat

You can also head over to Pie Face for their Vegan Mexi Pie, 7/ELEVEN for their No Beef Pie and No Sausage Roll, or buy Four ‘N’ Twenty vegan pies from your local supermarket, Caltex, and Coles Express!

vegan meat pie recipe

Braised Beef

Vegan alternatives are popping up everywhere. You can now even have slow-cooked braised “beef” – created by Fable!


Steak is one of the “harder” meats to replace, but it isn’t impossible.

One product that is available in Australia is Viana Cowgirl Veggie Steaks – they are available from the Cruelty Free Shop in Sydney, and Melbourne, or online.

If you’re game and have a little more time on your hand, you can make your own, with this great recipe from The Cheeky Chickpea, or by Yuzu Bakes.

Remember, it won’t always be like this, there are plenty of companies that are working on 3D printed steak and plant-based alternatives, so this will only get easier with time.

vegan steak recipe

What recipes will you try?

Let us know what recipes were your favourite this week in the comments below.

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