Best Vegan Bacon Brands to Buy

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Everyone knows that bacon isn’t vegan. But there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy the flavor and texture of bacon without a real pig and any animal cruelty. We’ve put together some of the best vegan bacon brands you can buy in-stores in this guide.

Best Vegan Bacon Brands to Buy

8/24/2020 Update – We’ve found a bunch of new vegan bacon brands and products easily get online!

Don’t have time to read? Here’s a quick summary of the products we recommend.

Product Name Grade
Louisville Vegan Jerky Maple Bacon, Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly Jerky A
Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon B+
Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon B+
Betty Crocker Bac-Os Bits B+
McCormick Imitation Bacon Bits A+
NOrganic Matters Vegan Coconut Bacon Bits B+
Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips A
Stonewall’s Jerquee Country Bacon A
Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon, Hickory and Sage Plant-Based Protein A
Lightlife Organic Fakin Bacon Smoky Tempeh Strips A
LightLife Smart Bacon B+

Ready to check them all out? Let’s go!

Oh – and be sure to read until the very end. We’ve included a short video on how you can make vegan bacon that’s super easy (and the most delicious I’ve ever tasted).

All ingredients are taken from the manufacturer sites and are subject to change at any time!

Louisville Vegan Jerky Maple Bacon, Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly Jerky

Louisville Vegan Jerky - Maple Bacon, Vegetarian & Vegan-Friendly Jerky, 18 Grams of Non-GMO Soy Protein, 270 Calories Per Bag, Gluten-Free Ingredients (3 oz)

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This vegan bacon jerky makes a really great to-go snack. The ingredients indicate that it’s made of the whole soybean rather than being totally processed. I like picking these up in a pinch or for a road trip.

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Tofurky Smoky Maple Bacon

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Tofurky is a trusted brand, and they make a little bit of everything to suit your meatless needs.

This bacon is a part of their meatless crew.

It’s made from tempeh, so it has the potential to be extra crispy if you fry it upright and is filled with flavor from the inside out.

It cooks in minutes and is sliced really thin, so you can use it to make sandwiches and to top things without it being overwhelmed by too much vegan bacon if there is such a thing.

It has a smoky maple flavor, so it’s best with breakfast because that maple sweetness goes great with a savory tofu scramble.

The ingredients are as follows:
Organic soybeans, water, shoyu soy sauce (water, non-GMO soybeans, wheat, salt, culture), molasses, maple syrup, natural smoke flavor, autolyzed yeast extract, salt, organic apple cider vinegar, starter culture (rhizopus oligosporus).
 

Phoney Baloney’s Coconut Bacon

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Ok, so moving on to bacon bits.

Some store brands are accidentally vegan, but if you’re still a little skeptical or don’t want something with a bunch of additives and preservatives, these are great.

They’re made from coconut, so you think they would be sweet, but they’re the exact opposite.

These are savory and larger than store-bought bits, and they are a little more expensive, but it’s worth it if you want something fresh with a cleaner ingredient list.

The ingredients are as follows:
Organic coconut, organic tamari (water, organic soybeans, salt), grapeseed oil, liquid smoke (water, natural hickory concentrate), maple syrup, sea salt, pepper, spices.
 

Betty Crocker Bac-Os Bits

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Warning: These aren’t the healthiest option. Mostly artificial ingredients and no nutritional value.

If you’re in a pinch and need something quick, this is a pretty good store brand to buy.

These come in a resealable package, so you don’t have to use them all at once or worry about shelf life once you’ve opened them.

Bac-O bits are actually soy-based, so they contain no meat, but it does contain artificial coloring if you’re concerned about it.

The ingredients are as follows:
Defatted Soy Flour, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Water, Salt, Sugar, Artificial and Natural Flavor, Red 40 and Other Color Added, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein (Corn, Soy, Wheat).
 

McCormick Imitation Bacon Bits

McCormick Imitation Bacon Bits for Salads or Baked Potatoes, 4.4oz

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Again – no real nutritional value, but still decent tasting.

This is another soy-based store brand.

These might even be more popular than Betty Croker because these are literally in every store.

These are nice and crunchy and do have an authentic bacon flavor.

So that can be a plus or minus depending on your preference. These are really tiny, so they’re great on salads or things where you don’t want the bacon to crumble to overpower the rest of the meal.

These also have no MSG, but they do have artificial coloring and flavor.

If you don’t like the ingredient statement, feel free to skip this one, but it might be good in a pinch. The colors can also be controversial, but we always define vegan as not labeled animal products, as do most vegan organizations.

The ingredients are as follows:
Textured Soy Flour, Canola Oil, Salt, Caramel Color, Maltodextrin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Lactic Acid, Yeast Extract, Disodium Inosinate and Disodium Guanylate (Flavor Enhancers), and FDandC Red 40
 

NOrganic Matters Vegan Coconut Bacon Bits

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These bacon bits are different than most of the ones on this list because they don’t even contain soy.

These are soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and non-GMO. So, they’re pretty high quality.

They’re loosely whole-food-based with the coconut, so if you want to add those extra nutrients in your diet while still getting flavor, these bits have come to save the day.

These are made in small batches by a family-owned business, so consistency is in their name.

They don’t have any extra additives or preservatives, so you’re getting the good stuff when you buy these.

Plus, they come in a chipotle flavor if you want a little extra spice.

The ingredients are as follows:
Organic Coconut Chips, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Hickory Smoke Flavor, Organic Agave Syrup, Applewood Smoked Sea salt, Organic Pepper, Organic Spices
 

Organic Fakin’ Bacon Tempeh Strips

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Lightlife also makes a tempeh bacon strip similar to Tofurky, and only theirs has more of a smoky flavor.

It’s still extra crispy and thin-sliced, making them perfect for your lunchtime BLT.

The texture is a little different than regular bacon thought because tempeh can get soft on the inside a little bit. You can crumble these as well, and most find that they work and taste better that way.

They only have a shelf life of about 80 days (it’s tempeh, after all), so when you buy them, you do have to use them fairly quickly so they don’t go bad.

The ingredients are as follows:
Water, cultured organic soybeans, soy sauce (water, organic soybeans, salt, organic wheat), organic cider vinegar, organic evaporated cane syrup, less than 2% of: organic brown rice, sea salt, natural smoke flavor, beet powder (color), yeast extract, organic dried onions, spices.
 

Stonewall’s Jerquee Country Bacon

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Stonewall's Jerquee, Country Bacon, 1.5-Ounce (Pack of 8)

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Ok, the last one is jerky.

But it’s a bacon-flavored jerky, so it’s pretty much the same thing.

You can’t crumble this or anything like that, but if you’re looking for a good snack with that savory bacon flavor, these will exceed your expectations.

It’s not GMO and cholesterol and gluten-free. You can also put these in the microwave and heat them, and they will be just like any regular breakfast bacon. If you are in the market for a microwave, check out: Best Microwave Toaster Oven Combo.

They’re also packed with protein, 14g per serving, so you not only get the great taste but a very filling snack.

The ingredients are as follows:
Defatted Soy Flour, Purified Water, Autolyzed Yeast, Soybean Oil, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt) and/or Spices (Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Allspice, Ginger, Corriander, and/or Cayenne), and Potassium Sorbate (A Polyunsaturated Fat Used to Preserve Freshness).
 

Sweet Earth Benevolent Bacon, Hickory and Sage Plant-Based Protein

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Made of seitan (aka wheat gluten), this bacon is going to be pretty darn close to the rank thing.  

The ingredients are as follows:
Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Canola Oil(3), Natural Flavor, Adzuki Beans(1), Buckwheat Groats(1), Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Cane Sugar(1), Smoked Paprika, Annatto, Maple Syrup(1), Tomato Powder, Garlic, Onion Powder, Spices, Tomato Paste, Soy Sauce(2) (Water, Soybeans(2), Wheat, Salt, Alcohol(1)), Nutritional Yeast(1), Apple Cider Vinegar(1), Coconut Oil, Sea Salt and Caramel Color(1). (1)Organic. (2)Non-GMO. (3)Non-GMO Expeller Pressed.
 

Lightlife Organic Fakin Bacon Smoky Tempeh Strips

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Because it’s made of tempeh, this is going to have a grainy texture which is not all that similar to real bacon. However, this product is much “cleaner” than other mock bacon because it’s made of mostly whole foods. Out of all of the ones on my list, this is probably my all-time favorite.

Curious about where to buy tempeh? Check out the link over there to the left!

The ingredients are as follows:
Water, Cultured Organic Soybeans, Soy Sauce (Water, Organic Soybeans, Salt, Organic Wheat), Organic Cider Vinegar, Organic Evaporated Cane Syrup, Less Than 2% Of Organic Brown Rice, Sea Salt, Natural Smoke Flavor, Beet Powder (Color), Yeast Extract, Organic Dried Onions, Spices.
 

LightLife Smart Bacon

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This is a hugely popular choice, but I find it to be a bit too processed for my liking. The main ingredient is soy protein isolate, along with oils and flavors.

This bacon is likened more to turkey bacon if it was real meat.

These are soy-based bacon strips, and they’re good and easy to cook.

You can put them in a skillet or fry them, whichever you prefer. They’re really great for breakfast but many so they’re not so good on sandwiches and other things.

They’re not as high in protein as some other brands, but it does have a pretty good amount for it to be soy-based.

This bacon is also non-GMO, so that’s a plus in addition to being vegan. And on their website, they give you some cool recipes to try with the bacon, so you don’t have to be limited to just using it for breakfast.

These are good but not as great as the gourmet brands like Sweet Earth.

The ingredients are as follows:
Water, soy protein, isolate, vital wheat gluten, soybean oil, soy protein concentrate, textured wheat gluten, less than 2% of salt, sugar, carrageenan, natural flavor, autolyzed yeast extract, natural smoke flavor, spices, fermented rice flour, oleoresin paprika (color), potassium chloride.
 

Uptons Natural Bacon Seitan

If you want bacon that looks like the real thing and still has a smoky flavor, then seitan bacon will be the way to go.

And Upton’s does it very well. They’re masters of seitan, after all.

It’s crispy, so it crumbles well if you cook it long enough, and it’s great for sandwiches as well if you like your BLT’s extra crispy.

It does have to be cooked within five days of opening, but you can freeze this and keep it until you’re ready to use it.

Also, a portion of these profits go to a pig sanctuary, so why not give it a try. It’s non-GMO, has no trans fat, and has a whopping 15 grams of protein per serving.

The ingredients are as follows:
Water, vital wheat gluten, soy sauce (water, wheat, soybeans, salt), whole wheat flour, natural hickory smoke concentrate, paprika, sea salt, onion.
 

Sweet Earth Hickory & Sage Smoked Seitan Bacon

This bacon is packed with protein, entirely plant-based, sustainable, and delicious.

With flavors like cumin, sage, and garlic in its base, this bacon is loaded with flavor.

It’s low in saturated fat and is cholesterol-free (as all vegan products are).

In addition to being 100% vegan, it’s non-GMO as well. You can buy it online, but it is also sold in stores.

So, it’s good and easily accessible. It’s described as crispy and authentic.

The reviews don’t necessarily say that it tastes like the real thing, it doesn’t have a porky flavor, but it is very smoky and savory.

From my experience, it’s even more delicious.

The ingredients are as follows:
Filtered Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Non-GMO Expeller Pressed Canola Oil and/or Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Vegan Natural Bacon Flavor, Adzuki Beans*, Buckwheat Groats*, Natural Hickory Smoke, Smoked Paprika, Cane Sugar*, Annatto, Maple Syrup*, Tomato Powder, Garlic, Onion Powder, Spices, Tomato Paste, Non-GMO Soy Sauce (Water, Soybeans, Wheat, Salt, Alcohol*), Nutritional Yeast (Dried Yeast, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12), Coconut Oil, Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt, and Caramel Color*.
*Organic.
 

VEGi Vegan Bacon

These are 100% plant-based bacon bits.

They’re soy-free, gluten-free, and non-GMO. Again, these are a great bacon bit if you’re a little skeptical about the store brand and you’re not in a pinch for time.

Though these are eligible for prime on Amazon (at the time of writing), you won’t have to wait too long. These are air-dried legumes.

So, they’re a good source of protein and amino acids.

And they’re shelf-stable, so you can also these in the pantry. Their site also says you can add water to these and make them a dip, so they’re very versatile.

The ingredients are as follows:
Pinto beans, sunflower oil, salt, yeast extract, natural flavors, vitamin E

WayFare Pig Out Whole Grain Bacony Bits

These bacon bits are a little different because they’re grain-based, unlike most.

It’s almost like a cereal. That doesn’t take away from their flavor or quality, but it makes them stand out in the crowd.

They use the smoke flavor to give them that bacon-like taste. These are Non-GMO and have no trans fats or cholesterol.

These are great for salads and anything you want to add bacon flavor to because it’s a grain, so it’s not insanely crunchy and doesn’t stand in the way of the texture of the meal.

The ingredients are as follows:
WayFare Whole Grain Cereal ((Whole Grain Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Salt, Yeast) Whole Grain Oat Flour, Oat Bran), Torula Yeast, Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor.
 
We recommend double-checking all ingredient statements, especially for allergens. We try to keep them as up-to-date and accurate as possible, but things change over time. The product package is the most accurate place for ingredient statements. We only provide the ingredient statements to give you a feel for how each brand makes its products.

If you’re looking for a cheap and easy way to make veggie bacon at home, then you’re going to love this recipe.

It’s vegan bacon made totally out of rice paper.

Give it a watch! It’s a relatively short and simple process, but the end result is amazing.

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1 thought on “Best Vegan Bacon Brands to Buy”

  1. Sadly, you left out Morningstar, which I feel is THE closest to real bacon. Also very practical – you can freeze it right from the market, then peel off individual strips which I fry over low heat with a little olive oil until 3/4 cooked through, then I bag and freeze them again, and as needed, I take out a strip and heat it at 300 for about ten minutes in the oven, cooking it through. It is light and crispy and very close in taste to the real deal.

    Also tried Quorn, absolutely terrible look and taste, they have discontinued it now.
    Lightlife I am trying now, not nearly as versatile as MS, and doesn’t really taste at all like bacon, except for the salt. Also cooks up very toothy, be careful biting in, it is very very HARD. I tried cooking half the package, then freezing it and taking a strip out when needed and heating it in a skillet with a little oil. EVEN MORE TOOTHY!

    It’s nice you list a lot of bacons I have never heard of, but I am highly suspicious of your recommendations, given that Lightlife gets your praise and frankly I don’t see why. And then you ignore the Morningstar! I think their Buffalo Hot Wings are great too, very close to the real deal, and their Garden Veggie burgers are terrific too. Been eating them all for some years now. Highly recommended and good pricing too.

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