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Vegan turkey slices with mushroom gravy and crispy potatoes.

Easy Vegan Turkey

  • Author: Nisha Melvani
  • Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x


Easy Vegan Turkey is the perfect Thanksgiving turkey for vegetarians and vegans alike. It's budget-friendly, rich in protein, and healthy.


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  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons neutral flavored oil
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 1/3 cups vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon dark soy sauce or soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon vegan butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon sriracha
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika


  • Blend batter ingredients: Add the chickpeas, vegetable broth, nutritional yeast, neutral oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder to a food processor. Process until just combined. Transfer to a large glass bowl.
  • Add the vital wheat gluten to the bowl. Fold the gluten into the chickpea mixture. Transfer to a flat nonstick surface and knead into a rough dough, about 45 seconds. Do not overwork. Shape into a wide log.
  • Wrap the dough in aluminum foil or cheese cloth. Steam for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  • Make the glaze: Add the maple syrup, dark soy sauce, vegan butter, sriracha, and smoked paprika to a small saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat until just thickened. Set aside.
  • Baste: Unwrap the steamed ‘turkey’ and brush with about one half of the glaze until evenly coated. Place it on a medium baking sheet and roast for 7 minutes.
  • Baste once more: Add some water to the glaze if it gets too stiff. Brush the ‘turkey’ with the remaining glaze and bake for about 7 minutes more, or until glaze is slightly darkened.
  • Serve with gravy as desired.


  • Use a glass bowl for combining the chickpea broth with the vital wheat gluten. This mixture tends to stick to plastic bowls.
  • I use the 'If You Care' brand of aluminum foil, which is more environmentally friendly. You can also use cheesecloth to wrap the seitan for this recipe. Just be sure to wrap it well. 
  • I used a stainless steel steamer rack for steaming the seitan. It is large enough to hold the seitan, and easy to use. Simply place one at the bottom of a large pot over about 1 1/2 inches of water. Check the water level occasionally to make sure it is not too low.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Vegan

Keywords: vegan turkey, vegan Thanksgiving recipe, budget-friendly vegan recipe