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Best Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Whether you want vegan thanksgiving mains, appetizers or desserts, finding the best vegan thanksgiving recipes can be challenging for vegans… especially when celebrating the holidays around non-vegans.

My goal with making my vegan thanksgiving recipes is for everyone at the table to enjoy (and when a non-vegan goes for seconds, it’s usually a sign that my vegan thanksgiving dish was delicious!)

Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

My 600,000+ followers and readers across The Edgy Veg platforms always ask for vegan thanksgiving recipes, so here is a list of all my vegan thanksgiving mains, appetizers, and desserts to make your thanksgiving dairy-free, cruelty-free, and perfect for family members with allergies to animal products as well! Enjoy!

Vegan Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe


Looking for vegan thanksgiving turkey replacements? Don’t worry, I have you covered! If you’re looking for vegan thanksgiving main dish alternatives to turkey, scroll below for more options 🙂

Vegan Drumsticks (30 mins + Gluten-Free) 

Turn this realistic vegan drumstick recipe into a Vegan Turkey Drumstick by swapping out the seasonings here for classic turkey seasonings like fresh sage and rosemary. I promise while you cook these your kitchen will smell like a homey Thanksgiving feast. Without the breading stage, these are both Thanksgiving tasting and gluten-free! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Thanksgiving Turkey Recipe (2 h 30 mins) 

For the ultimate vegan Thanksgiving experience, make this vegan roast that looks like, smells like, and tastes like a turkey! It is made of a combination of techniques into an amazing seitan, stuffed with vegan stuffing, bamboo “bones” for drumsticks, covered in rice paper “skin” and basted just like a real turkey. This is a guaranteed showstopper. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Fried Chicken with Tofu Skin (19 mins)

If you’re not serving a table full of vegans, or you’re just looking for the drumstick element, make these super simple vegan drumsticks with tofu skin. You can change the seasonings to add more Thanksgiving-themed flavours like sage and thyme and serve in place of turkey at the table. Get the recipe here!

Easy Vegan Roast (95 mins)

I discovered how to make an easy vegan turkey roast that’s quick & tasty! I wanted to make it easy for you to make a vegan roast for the holidays, so I’m going to show you how to take a $5 store-bought vegan roast (like tofurkey) and take it to the next level by roasting it with veggies and seasoning!Get the recipes here!

Vegan KFC Chicken (38 mins)

I’ve unfortunately seen families order KFC chicken for thanksgiving, so I wanted to give a vegan KFC chicken alternative for families! Also, I’m the queen of vegan fast food copycats, so needed to share not only my KFC vegan chicken recipe but also my recipe for Vegan Popcorn Chicken and Vegan KFC Fried Chicken recipe. Get the recipes here!

If classic turkey vibes just aren’t for you, but you still want something meaty on your vegan Thanksgiving plate, opt for this flavourful schnitzel for something like a cutlet. Get the recipe here!

Tip: Turn any leftover slices into my thanksgiving burger sandwich!

Vegan Thanksgiving Mains


In terms of vegan thanksgiving mains, besides vegan turkey, you can make for your vegan thanksgiving dinner, I highly recommend making Vegan Shephard’s Pie, Fondue, Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese or Vegan Chicken Pot Pie!

Vegan Shephard’s Pie (1h 20 mins + Gluten-Free)

This dish is perfect if you’re the only vegan going to a Thanksgiving meal. A meaty, hearty and easy veggie Shepherd’s Pie; made with a saucy mushroom and ground round stew, filled with corn, peas and carrots, and topped with fluffy mashed potato. It’s great to prepare ahead and bake when you’re ready and it’s gluten-free! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Fondue (45 mins)

This is the best vegan fondue recipe out there! This dairy-free cheese fondue is perfect for thanksgiving whether you’re having a group of people for dinner or dinner for two. Everyone can dip whatever they want into this gooey deliciousness! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese (55 mins + GF)

This easy, fall-flavour mac & cheese is the perfect pasta for Thanksgiving. It has a traditional mac and cheese flavour with an added squash kick. It pairs perfectly with a Thanksgiving Dinner. Swap for gluten-free pasta if needed! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pot Pie (1h 20 mins)

These vegan pot pies are perfect for smaller thanksgiving gatherings, or to make with Thanksgiving leftovers! Repurpose your vegan turkey and veggies into these individual pot pies. Add Thanksgiving flavours like rosemary and sage to make these even more like turkey pot pies. Get the recipe here!

A wellington is prepared meaty filling with a thin layer of mushroom paste, wrapped in a puff pastry. Interesting fact: The name comes from the finished product looking like a wellington rain boot. This is a perfect main if you’re not looking for something to be a Thanksgiving main but not a turkey. Get the recipe here!

French onion soup is a famous dish that is time-consuming but well-loved by many. Using the store-bought dried soup mix (which is often accidentally vegan), you can make this french onion-inspired meal that combines the deep flavours of french onion soup with the perfection of mac & cheese. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Thanksgiving Stuffing


You can’t have a vegan thanksgiving without stuffing! And followers have been making my vegan stuffing for thanksgiving year after year – it’s a fan fave for a reason!

Vegan Stuffing Recipe (35 mins)

This delicious mushroom stuffing tastes just like traditional Holiday versions that you grew up with, but completely vegan. This vegan stuffing is baked in the oven and is just as moist and fluffy as the turkey version. Stuffing is an easy vegan swap you can make at a Thanksgiving dinner! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Thanksgiving Appetizers


Whether you’re looking for vegan thanksgiving appetizers for dinner or a vegan grazing table inspiration for appetizers before dinner, you’ll enjoy delicious apps such as cauliflower wings, vegan pigs in a blanket, or my vegan grazing table idea.

Vegan Thanksgiving Grazing Table (10 mins + Gluten-Free)

A Thanksgiving grazing table can be thrown together quickly while you can continue hosting your family or guests! So simple but always gets completely picked over before dinner is even served. This is also perfect for families with an array of dietary restrictions, I like to add decorative little signs to show which vegan cheeses I chose and which crackers are gluten-free. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Buffalo “Chicken” Dip (25 mins + Gluten-Free)

This easy dip is perfect for a Thanksgiving focused on football. Spicy and creamy, no one would suspect it’s vegan. Swap bread with carrot and celery sticks for dipping to make this gluten-free and so your crowd doesn’t ruin their appetite before the feast. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pigs in a Blanket (25 mins)

These are super easy to make (especially if you forgot you needed to bring something to dinner). 5 simple ingredients and super yummy, these make a perfect pass-around appetizer while folks are mingling or watching the game. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Spinach Dip (35 mins + Gluten-Free)

This vegan creamy baked spinach dip is super easy to make and perfect as a snack, or for your dinner party. Pair with the buffalo ‘chicken’ dip for a set of vegan and gluten-free dips made in heaven. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Cauliflower Wings (65 mins)

These are the most delicious buffalo cauliflower wings you will ever have! These vegan cauliflower wings are a crowd-pleaser that you can feel good about. Cauliflower wings perfectly match the football game energy in the house! Get the recipe here!

Mushroom Crostini (38 mins)

This mushroom crostini recipe is the perfect appetizer to serve up for any holiday or event. Even the most chichi guest will dig it. Since this recipe takes around 35 minutes to put together, you can spend more time putting together your fabulous outfit than standing in the kitchen. Get the recipe here!

Olive Bruschetta (6 mins)

If you’re looking for something unique to bring to Thanksgiving at someone else’s house or to put out for guests to nibble on before dinner, this is perfect. It’s unintentionally vegan so no one will give you heck about vegan alternatives, and the olive-squash combination is perfect for this time of year. Pair with fresh french bread or crackers for a perfect appetizer. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes


You could literally make a vegan thanksgiving dinner just of thanksgiving side dishes! No matter what vegan thanksgiving sides you make, they’ll be filling and delicious!

Vegan Brussels Sprouts (40 mins + Gluten-Free)

If you’re looking for a vegan brussels sprouts recipe with roasted, garlic brussels sprouts and vegan bacon and sausage, you’ve found the best recipe! These are easily the best veggie side on your Thanksgiving table, and they’re gluten-free. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Mashed Potatoes (25 mins + Gluten-Free)

These are hands-down the best vegan mashed potatoes you’ll ever have! My vegan mashed potatoes recipe uses 5 ingredients and can be made in under 20 mins. I also share my tip on how to make it extra creamy!Get the recipe here!

Vegan Gravy (10 mins + Gluten-Free)

You can’t have a vegan thanksgiving without vegan gravy! This 10-mins easy vegan gravy recipe uses 10 simple ingredients & makes the best vegan gravy for thanksgiving. It uses a broth base and cornstarch mixture to replicate the flavour and thickness of classic gravy.Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pumpkin Chilli (35 mins + Gluten-Free)

The pumpkin in this veggie chilli is light and nicely balanced. It gives this traditional recipe a nice and earthy element perfect for Thanksgiving. Plus it can be whipped up in just 30 mins or less! This big, warming bowl of veggies is gluten-free. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Cheesy Cornbread (33 mins)

Vegan cheesy cornbread is not just a fantasy, but brace yourself, because once this cheesy goodness comes out of the oven, it is hard not to devour it all. The slightly spicy kick will leave a taste in everyone’s mouth that will leave them wanting more. Best to make a double batch. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pumpkin Soup (55 mins + Gluten-Free)

This soup-er simple side is warming and full of classic Thanksgiving flavours like sage and pumpkin. It’s an amazing gluten-free option and a great way to get veggies on the table in a new way. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Garlic Bread (20 mins)

This recipe is sure to show your family that they can have a plant-based Thanksgiving meal without the need for meat, eggs or dairy. Oh boy, this is decadent. Get the recipe here!

Green Bean Casserole (1 Hour + Gluten-Free)

Using almond milk and cauliflower as substitutions to heavy creams also makes this casserole a healthy option. Fortunately, with this recipe, you don’t have to choose between healthy or delicious because it’s both. Get the recipe here!

Cucumber Salad (10 mins)

I love to pair this salad with a large savoury meal because it balances those rich flavours with a freshness and tang that is usually missing from the Thanksgiving table. The cucumber and onions are crisp and refreshing and the vinegar dressing is tart, keeping your tastebuds interested between bites of beige food. Get the recipe here!

Cornbread is a Thanksgiving staple, it is rarely skipped in the Thanksgiving spread, this year, make a twist on a classic with this cornbread pudding. It has the traditional flavour and colour of cornbread but with a different texture! Get the recipe here!

If you’re looking for something heartier to replace mashed potatoes on your table this year, try Irish Colcannon! This recipe is an Irish classic that adds hearty greens like kale to a mashed potato base for a healthier, heartier side dish. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Thanksgiving Desserts


Everyone always looks forward to dessert, so here is my list of vegan thanksgiving desserts you can make!

Vegan Pecan Pie (1h 10 mins)

I love vegan pecan pie! What makes this recipe different from the traditional pecan pie recipe is the vegan pastry dough base, the brown rice syrup to replace corn syrup, coconut sugar to replace regular refined sugar, and flax meal to substitute for eggs. I also highly recommend a vegan whipped cream or vegan vanilla iced cream to top it off. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pumpkin Pie (2h 30 mins)

Thanksgiving is primarily known as the one day of the year you can eat as much Pumpkin Pie as you want without feeling the least bit guilty about it. The original Thanksgiving dessert, this vegan pumpkin pie is so delicious and tastes exactly like a non-vegan version. You’ll get everything you’re looking for in this vegan pumpkin pie! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Cinnamon Rolls (1h 20 mins)

If you have an air-fryer, you have to try these Vegan Air Fryer Cinnamon Rolls from Rescue Dog Kitchen! Using 10 simple ingredients, you can literally make a batch of gooey cinnamon rolls in the air fryer, it’s pretty magical. Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Donuts (1h 30 mins)

Love pumpkin spice? Try these vegan pumpkin spice donuts for a twist on a classic Thanksgiving dessert. Think of these as a pumpkin spice latte you can eat! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins (18 mins)

These pumpkin spice muffins are only 2 ingredients! If you were assigned dessert duty this Thanksgiving but you’re not a great baker, these are perfect. All you’ll need for this recipe is one boxed pumpkin spice cake mix and one can of pumpkin puree, dessert is done! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Thanksgiving Drinks


Another thing people always look forward to during thanksgiving is drinks, so here is my list of vegan thanksgiving drinks you can make! You can also make them non-alcoholic!

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Latte (10 mins)

This vegan pumpkin spice latte is better than Starbucks! And it’s perfect for pre-dinner drinks or you could serve it with dessert! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Bailey’s Irish Cream (10 mins)

This simple vegan Irish cream replaces the Bailey’s Irish Cream that people add to their coffee. For those who want coffee after dinner, you can ask if they’d like some bailey’s add to their drink. Get the recipe here!

Cranberry Mimosa (7 mins)

Cranberries are so thanksgivin-ey. My recipe for cranberry mimosa’s are vegan and uses no additives! Enjoy with dinner or with dessert! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Whiskey Sour (2 mins)

Impress your guests with this vegan whiskey sour recipe. The secret ingredient for the classic whiskey sour foam will surprise you! Get the recipe here!

Vegan Mulled Wine (1 hour)

This warm and fragrant wine is a nice way to settle into a cozy family evening as the weather gets chilly. When the sun goes down, this warmed wine and a fuzzy blanket are the best ways to end the night. Get the recipe here!

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Whether you want vegan thanksgiving mains, appetizers or desserts, finding the best vegan thanksgiving recipes can be challenging for vegans... especially when celebrating the holidays around non-vegans.
Recipe type: Mains
Cuisine: Vegan
  1. Plan what vegan thanksgiving recipes you want to make.
  2. Gather all your ingredients.
  3. Choose recipes you can make ahead of time
  4. The day of thanksgiving, make 3-4 recipes such as the vegan main and side dishes of choice.


Vegan Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes


If you’re looking for only vegan gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes, check out the blog post with all my recipes that could be made gluten-free.

Hope these delicious vegan thanksgiving recipes fill up your tummy with love & deliciousness!

vegan brussel sprouts dinner recipeHi! I’m Candice aka The Edgy Veg!  I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!

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  • I loved all 3 recipes I made from here last year! Referring to it again for thanksgiving 2021 with even more family attending!

  • Ryan Woods says:

    Just had to come back to say I’ve been making your vegan bacon Brussels sprouts every two weeks since thanksgiving because I’m obsessed with them lol thank you for this recipe!

  • Drumsticks were so good!!

    • You are an amazing young vegan.

      THANK YOU !!
      Keep up the amazing recipes and considered continue to trust
      your instincts.
      You are.AMAZING!!!
      You go girl!!!!!
      XO Wilma

  • Darcy Cogdell says:

    I made the green bean casserole for Thanksgiving – wow! It is delicious. Thank you for creating and sharing this recipe.

  • Loved making these dishes!!

  • I had no idea what to make for my vegan daughter – this was so helpful! Thank you

  • I’m going to make the drumstick one for sure! Always a hit. I’m excited to see it with different spices. Great list!

  • I had my first vegan thanksgiving and your dishes were the most popular! The vegan Brussels sprouts with beyond meat were a hit! Also your vegan whiskey sours were so good! Non-vegans in my family were shocked they were eating vegan dishes.


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