As vegans of 5 years, we can’t tell you how many times we have heard that question.
Little do our omnivorous friends and family know, there are now hundreds of plant-based alternatives to bacon and, if you don’t already know about them, you’re in for a treat!
From vegan crispy bacon bits to chewy strips, maple-smoked, DIY facon, and even in seasoning form, we’ve got the solution to all of your bacon cravings.
Are you ready to wake up and smell the bacon?
Here are the best UK vegan bacon alternatives
This Isn’t Bacon
We LOVE This Isn’t Bacon. Crispy and chewy like the real thing, great taste, high in plant-based protein, and fortified with iron and vitamin B12! The texture is where this one hits home.
We’d recommend having these vegan bacon rashers in your morning sarnie with a dollop of ketchup.
Vegan Cartel's Vegan Bacon
Vegan Cartel Bacon is insane! High in protein and a source of vitamin B12 and iron, these rashers also have a delicious flavour and amazing texture.
It has 26% more protein than real bacon and the branding is frickin’ awesome.
Buy buy buy!
Vivera Plant Bacon Pieces
Salty, chewy, smoky, yummy little pieces of goodness. These come a close third, as we think the flavour of these bacon pieces is fabulous!
Please please please make them bigger Vivera.
VBites Cheatin’ Meat Maple Flavoured Rashers
These rashers sizzle and colour nicely when fried. Great for a bacon sarnie! Support one of the vegan bacon OGs.
Upton’s Naturals - Bacon Seitan
This vegan alternative is probably one of the more bland options, but it delivers on texture and protein! Just make sure you add loads of BBQ sauce.
This Isn't Bacon Plant-Based Lardons
Not long on the shelves, This Isn’t Bacon Lardons have soared into our top 10 vegan bacon products in the UK! As if their bacon wasn’t already amazing enough, this product has really added to their range.
Eat them fried and on their own or mixed into a creamy plant-based carbonara for the ultimate animal-friendly alternative to pig’s meat.
The Vurger Co. Smoky "Bacon" Vegan Mayo
We’re not lying when we say that this is the best thing since sliced bread – wow oh wow does this stuff taste good on anything!
Spread it onto your burger bun, all over your hot dog, mixed into your plant-based chicken mayo salad…heck, you could even eat this stuff straight out of the jar!
MeatLess Meatless Bacon
A smoky addition to your vegan fry up. The MeatLess brand make their facon taste so good by using umami ingredients, including tomato paste, soy sauce, and yeast extract.
Tubby Tom's Smokey Bacon Dust Style Seasoning
So far, we have not been fortunate enough to try this but we have heard amazing things. Apparently, it’s like bacon frazzles but in powder form. You can sprinkle this over anything you want!
Vegan bacon recipes
Fancy making some vegan bacon yourself at home? Then here are some of our favourite recipes to try at home:
Hmm…we haven’t tried this one yet (which is surprising since I lived in Korea for a couple of years) but we hear that it’s one of the best.
If you try making it, please let us know what you think in the comments!
Rice Paper Bacon
A staple for Lucy when she lived in Vietnam, due to the abundance of rice paper wrappers there. These bad boys can be flavoured however you want and fry up nice and crispy. Give them a try!
Who doesn’t love tofu? Simple and easy recipe to follow with lots of protein.
Seitan (or vital wheat gluten) is a bit of a faff, but certainly worth the effort!