Best vegan sausage rolls to buy in the UK

Meat alternatives
by Holly Martin
Read time 3 mins
Updated 27 Sep, 2020
Plate of vegan sausage rolls
Non-pork piggies in puff pastry blankets

The humble sausage roll is a staple of the UK diet. If you’re looking to cut out meat, the sausage roll is very likely to be one of your final frontiers. The iconic launch of the Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll was life-affirming for many of us.

There is one huge problem with the Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll... Greggs bakeries have opening and closing hours. This means you can’t just swallow a whole sausage roll whenever you want, you must abide by the rules. If you were a Greggs fan during 2020, you’ll remember the trauma of it being fully closed for months, leaving the country to fend for itself.

You’ll love these supermarket vegan sausage rolls if you’re looking for:

  • Something similar to the Greggs original meat and vegan icons, but off the shelf
  • Replacement for a midday or elevenses snack
  • A traditional British sausage roll look and taste, without the questionable ingredients

Top 5 vegan sausage rolls to buy in UK supermarkets 2020

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Flexitarian tip: if you want to get Greggs official pork sausage rolls in your home, Iceland is the place to go

With the vegan sausage roll coming in many forms - hot off the bakery counter, ready to eat cold or frozen pastry which puffs up in the oven - there’s always one to fit the occasion. When we compare to non-plant-based sausage rolls out there, the price point is fairly similar. You do see the odd pricy, artisan sausage roll about at a farmers market…But all we really want is a replica of that flaky Greggs crust and ___beige____ sausage meat filling. No need to be pretentious, glory to the sausage roll!

A great bit of work here from the high street supermarkets. The truth is, the sausage rolls we all know and love aren’t particularly hard to replicate as a plant-based version - it’s all thoroughly processed either way. The Greggs Vegan Sausage Roll was the Olympic torch bearer for what we’ve got on offer today in 2020.

Why bother?

What goes into a Sausage Roll? **check seo ask the public question**

Just a friendly reminder that you’re not missing out on that much by swapping for the vegan version. For example, we took this ingredient list from the back of a sausage roll box in the Greggs range at Iceland.

Sausage roll ingredients:

Water, Fortified Wheat Flour (Calcium Carbonate, Iron, Niacin, Thiamin), Pork (20%), Palm Oil, Rusk (Wheat), Seasoning (Salt, Yeast Extract, Modified Starch, Pea Fibre, Sugar, Stabiliser (Diphosphates), Ground White Pepper, Barley Malt Extract, Acidity Regulator (Tartaric Acid), Preservative (Sodium Metabisulphite), Spice Extracts, Rapeseed Oil, Herb Extracts), Glaze (Water, Sunflower Oil, Rapeseed Oil, Modified Starch, Milk Protein, Emulsifier (Mono- and Diacetyl Tartaric Acid Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids), Skimmed Milk Powder, Stabiliser (Carboxy Methyl Cellulose, Carrageenan, Cellulose), Acidity Regulator (Sodium Phosphates), Colour (Carotenes)), Rapeseed Oil, Isolated Soya Protein, Wheat Gluten, Salt, Wheat Protein.

Not to say that the plant-based version hasn’t got tons of rubbish in it too, but going ‘meat-free’ by those 20% pork standards isn’t a whole lot less meat overall.