Top 5 Plant-Based Protein Brands, Ranked

Top 5 Plant-Based Protein Brands, Ranked

If you’re still wondering, “where should I get my protein as a vegetarian?” you’re in for a fun surprise. There are now tons of great options for plant-based protein sources that are tasty, healthy, and satisfying.

Since taste is subjective, we’ve ranked these plant-based protein brands on two factors: overall health (like less added sugar and more whole-food ingredients) and the grams of protein per serving.

Here are five great plant-based protein products representing those brands that even meat eaters will love. (Vegan products noted with a “V.”)

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5. Gardein Turk’y Cutlets (V)

Protein: 19 g/serving (two cutlets)

If you’re craving the comfort of breaded strips or want to pardon a Thanksgiving turkey, Gardein is a top option. A serving of two soy-based turk’y cutlets not only packs 19 grams of protein, no trans fat, and only 1 gram or less each of added sugar and saturated fat, it also contains about 20 percent of your daily iron needs and is vegan and dairy-free, making it ideal for a meatless holiday panini or family meal.

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4. Beyond Burger (V)

Protein: 18 g/4-oz. patty

As far as taste and texture go, you’d probably never know the difference between Beyond Burger and a meat burger. According to plant-based chef and medical research professional Suzannah Gerber, Beyond is “one of the best products on the market, aiming for allergen- and inflammation-friendly diets, and ethical business practices.”

Soy, sugar, and gluten-free, the Beyond Burger includes 2 grams of fiber and 18 grams of what the company claims is complete protein derived from pea, mung bean, and brown rice. Overall, Gerber says Beyond Burger’s nutrient profile offers a “very high quality of ingredients for absorption and nutrition.”

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3. Lupii Bites (V)

luppi bar

Protein: 9–10 g/bar

Looking for delicious, plant-based protein bars for on-the-go eating? Vegan, gluten-free, and 100 percent made of whole-food ingredients, Lupii Bites are made from the powerhouse lupini bean.

Each 200-calorie (or less) snack comes with 9–10 grams of what the company assures is complete protein, no added sugar, and 7–8 grams of fiber. Plus, they offer tasty flavors like Peanut Butter Cacao Nib, Almond Butter Cinnamon Raisin, and Tahini Lemon Cranberry — yum!

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2. Quorn Meatless Strips

Protein: 16 g/cup

Quorn’s chicken impersonation is made from egg whites and mycoprotein, a protein derived from fungus. If you can get past that, you’ll find it’s high in fiber, low in saturated fat, and cholesterol-free.

“They do chicken analogues exceptionally well for satisfaction indexes in flavor and mouth feel,” Gerber says. At 110 calories per serving, 7 grams of fiber, and 16 grams of protein, these soy-free, non-GMO plant protein strips are well suited to salads, sandwiches, and stir-fries.

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1. Sweet Earth Awesome Burger (V)

Protein: 26 g/patty

The Awesome Burger is truly an amazing plant protein. With a whopping 26 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, a wide spectrum of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and no cholesterol or added sugars, the Awesome Burger looks pretty darn awesome, indeed. It’s juicy, “meaty,” and tastes amazing for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. It also contains 25 percent of your daily iron and 15 percent of your daily calcium needs.

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Chelsea Frank was born and bullied in Los Angeles, CA. When she's not performing stand up comedy or crying while doing squats, Chelsea writes about all things health, beauty, and travel. Her work has been featured in Shape, Uproxx, TripSavvy, The Daily Beast, Thrillist, and Reductress, among others. Fun fact: she's traveled to over 50 countries and has gotten sick in pretty much all of them! Follow her on Twitter.

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