These savory, plant-based centerpieces will impress even the most hard-to-please meat eaters this Thanksgiving. Have a kind holiday by opting for one of these festive entrées that are entirely vegan. We’ve collected everything from rich plant-based roasts to vegetable-centered main dishes to keep everyone at your table happy this holiday season.

Keep turkey off the table this Thanksgiving

Traditionally, turkey is served as the main dish on Thanksgiving. In 2021, one poll by CBS News noted that two in three Americans eat the bird for their main course. This means that every year, approximately 46 million turkeys are slaughtered in the run-up to the holiday. Most will have spent their lives on factory farms in cramped, industrialized conditions. These farms are also an environmental nightmare. Every year, animal agriculture accounts for around 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than the entire aviation industry. 

However, it’s easier than ever to leave turkey off the table this Thanksgiving. Not only is this a more compassionate decision, but it’s also better for the planet, too. 

10 vegan Thanksgiving entree ideas (store-bought and recipes!)

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1 Trader Joe’s Turkey-less Stuffed Roast With Gravy

Trader Joe’s shoppers, rejoice! The breaded turkey-less roast is delicious, vegan-friendly, and available once again this year at a budget-friendly price. Grab this roast for the perfect centerpiece, complete with gravy!

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2 Field Roast’s Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute

Talk about fancy! This over-the-top roast is made with hazelnut-infused grain meat and stuffed with Field Roast sausages, sweet apples, spicy ginger, and tangy cranberries, then wrapped up in beautifully flaky puff pastry. This flavorful roast will wow vegans and omnivores alike at your Thanksgiving feast.


3 Gardein’s Holiday Roast

You won’t miss the traditional non-vegan Thanksgiving meal when you serve up this juicy seitan-based roast with a stuffing that combines cranberries and wild rice. Gardein is known for its realistic, cruelty-free meat substitutes, and this roast even includes home-style gravy.

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Vegetarian Plus’ Vegan Whole Turkey

Trying to please your traditionalist household? With this vegan whole turkey roast by Vegetarian Plus, you’ll deliver the look of their familiar omnivorous meal, minus the cruelty.


5 Tofurky’s Plant-Based Roast

This hearty vegan holiday classic is made from seitan and filled with flavorful stuffing that blends wild rice and breadcrumbs. If you’re a fan of Tofurky products, you won’t want to overlook this belly-satisfying holiday roast.


6 Vegan Garlicky Herb-Roasted Whole Cauliflower

Don’t underestimate the humble cauliflower. When roasted whole in a garlicky, cheesy, herbed oil, there’s no doubt that this former side vegetable will become the star of the Thanksgiving table.
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7 Vegan Stuffed Squash Roast With Cranberry-Orange Sauce

Forget meat, your dinner guests will be blown away by the flavors in this impressive-looking stuffed squash roast with zesty cranberry-orange sauce. Serve with plenty of mashed potatoes and gravy for a hearty holiday meal.
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8 Vegan Holiday Roast With Hazelnut Cranberry Stuffing

If you prefer a meatier roast but don’t want to serve up any animals this Thanksgiving, this impressive vegan roast recipe will give you the best of both worlds. Made with a mix of vegan beef grounds and herbs, it’s satisfyingly meaty but 100 percent plant-based.
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9 Herbed Vegetable Roast With Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Keep things simple this Thanksgiving by swapping out a big centerpiece for a plate of flavorful roasted vegetables, like red potatoes, baby carrots, portabello mushrooms, and butternut squash. Served with creamy garlic mash, they’re easy to make and bursting with flavor.
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10 Vegan Roasted Sweet Basil Squash

This roasted sweet basil squash might not be a traditional Thanksgiving dish, but when your guests try the buttery, intense, autumnal flavors, they’re guaranteed to be asking for it year after year. Serve with traditional side dishes, or change things up by offering wild rice and salad, instead.
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