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Vegan Ground Beef Recipe

At about 30% cheaper than the price of the cheapest store-bought brand, and made from whole foods, this recipe is well worth it! Could also be made organic, if desired!


Single burner and oven



This picture shows a bowl full of the ground beef substitute.

Are you hesitant to try veganism because you aren’t ready to give up on the taste of meat yet? Well, the thing is, you don’t have to! Veganism has alternatives for meat that are just as delicious as your favorite meat dishes.

An easy recipe to prepare homemade vegan ground beef.

I promise it's delicious, goes well with many dishes, and is easy to make. This recipe is for Vegan Ground beef recipe crafted with plant-based alternatives, closely replicating traditional beef's texture. You shouldn’t miss out on even when it’s vegan, right? With a twist on a classic ingredient, this recipe is perfect for a hearty vegan dinner. I prepared this recipe for anyone ready to explore a world of delicious possibilities.

No seitan is used in this recipe! The base is tofu, walnuts, and whole oats!

You can half this recipe but when you do, cut down the cooking time as well. I prefer this bulk version because it’s honestly very little extra work and believe me, it freezes so beautifully!

It’s magic how this vegetarian ground beef recipe transforms simple ingredients into a flavorful and convincing plant-based meat alternative.


I can't find red miso, only white... that’s too bad since Red miso is better rounded. But don't worry! White miso will work too if that’s all you can find.

Substitute for mustard powder: Use yellow or French mustard instead.

Can I use quick oats? You can, but sadly, you will end up with more mushy and less convincing results.

Money Saving Tips

It is cheaper to buy walnuts and oats from stores that sell them in bulk bins, such as certain health food stores.

Tofu is significantly cheaper (and offered in more variety) at Asian grocery stores.

If you have another casserole dish and enough room to fit it also into your oven, then I recommend making two whole recipes at the same time. You will get double the product for your energy usage, and it freezes so nicely that it's easy to store.

This picture shows the ingredients for the meatless ground beef including oats, walnuts, and tofu.

Preheat the oven to 350F/175C. Gather the ingredients. Finely mince the 1 cup walnuts. Drain the water from the 2 16oz blocks of tofu. Mix together the 4 Tbs nutritional yeast, 4 Tbs soy sauce, 4 Tbs oil, 2 tsp red miso paste, 1/2 tsp smoked paprika, 1/2 tsp ground white pepper, and 1/4 tsp ground mustard powder in a small bowl with a fork.

This picture shows the oats, tofu, walnuts, and spices all in a big bowl.

Transfer all the ingredients and the 1 1/2 cup oats into a large mixing bowl.

This picture shows what to do with the tofu. You squish it with your bare hands!

Use your hands to squish everything together to remove all the medium and large chunks and distribute the seasoning well.

This picture shows the meatless mixture is ready to go into the oven.

It should be quite fine.

This picture shows the tofu mix ready to dehydrate in the oven.

After everything has mixed well, put the mixture into a 9inX13in (22cmx33cm) casserole dish lined with parchment paper. Don’t pack or smooth out! You want lots of rough edges and air space. Put the pan into the oven for 2 hours.

This recipe shows the fake ground beef mixture being flipped in the casserole dish.

Every 30 minutes, pull it out and gently stir/flip it with the spatula. This will help it stay crumbly and dry out evenly. That’s what gives you the meat texture.

This picture shows the fake ground beef is really looking a lot like ground beef!

After the two hours are over remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely. It is now ready to be used. If you want to freeze it, now is the time! It freezes beautifully.

How to cook it!

If cooking from frozen let it thaw for a bit.

For every 1 cup of beef you will need 2 Tbs oil, 1 Tbs soy sauce, and 1/4 cup water. So for 2 cups, 4 Tbs of oil, 2 Tbs soy sauce, and 1/2 cup water, etc.

This picture shows oil being heated in a pan.

Heat the oil on medium heat. If your recipe needs the beef to be sauteed with onions add them in this step and let them cook before then adding the beef.

This picture shows the fake ground beef being sauteed in the oil.

Add the beef to the oil and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the oil is almost completely absorbed. About 2-3 minutes.

This picture shows fluid added to the fake ground beef mixture.

Carefully add the water and the soy sauce, and let simmer until the liquid is almost completely absorbed. This will take about 3-4 minutes.

This picture shows the final vegan ground beef product.

Now continue with your recipe as normal!

What are ideas for recipes that use vegan ground beef?

This is so crazy versatile! Use it in any dish that would usually require ground beef. Such as:


This ground beef recipe will last in the fridge 4-5 days.

Can I freeze it? Absolutely! Highly recommended! It will be good in the freezer for 1-2 months.

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