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17 Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

17 of the Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes to knock your socks off!

From vegetarian Thanksgiving side dishes to delicious desserts, we have everything!

Plan a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu that everyone will love!

17 of the BEST vegetarian Thanksgiving recipes! Plus tips for the best vegetarian roast, prepping ahead, and more! Plan to make the best vegetarian thanksgiving this year! #vegetarian #thanksgiving #vegan #vegetarianthanksgiving #meatless #dinner #holidays #recipes

Whether it’s your first year cooking a vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner, or you are just looking for some delicious recipes for your vegetarian guests, we got you covered!

In this post you will find all of our favorite vegetarian thanksgiving recipes, tips for cooking and prepping ahead, and so much more.

From vegetarian thanksgiving side dishes to drool worthy desserts, you will find recipes that will please everyone!

I made most of this menu last year for Thanksgiving and everyone loved the recipes (and most of the people were not vegetarians!)

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Main Dish

When you are a vegetarian at Thanksgiving, the first question most people ask is well what do you eat besides turkey?

Although I firmly believe that the most delicious part of Thanksgiving is all of the amazing side dishes, we still do a “meat” every year.

After trying multiple brands of vegetarian “turkey” roasts, we found the golden one.

It’s worth saying that the others were so bad that we could not eat them.

So be warned before you spend $10 – $15 on a roast!

The quorn brand Turk’y roast is vegetarian and gluten free and tastes almost exactly like turkey!

I even had a meat eater ask what on earth was in it because it tasted like meat.

vegetarian thanksgiving main dish - this is the BEST vegetarian turkey roast I have ever tasted! (gluten free too)

To some vegetarians, this might actually be a turn off, but we enjoy some on the side every year.

It’s delicious, easy to make, and tastes amazing with vegetarian gravy.

This is not sponsored, I just wanted to share what we found to be the best vegetarian turkey option.

What we usually do is defrost the roast in the fridge overnight, then bake it on Thanksgiving.

Once it is done baking, we dice it into chunks, and place in a crockpot to keep warm with enough gravy to keep it from getting dry.

I have bought mine both at Kroger and Walmart, and Walmart has it several dollars cheaper.

vegetarian thanksgiving main dish - this is the BEST vegetarian turkey roast I have ever tasted! (gluten free too)

You could also go another route and make your own non meat loaf, or other vegetarian main dish recipe.

Last year I hosted Thanksgiving and my guests brought some meat for themselves to eat along with all of the other dishes.

This was a great compromise and everyone raved about the vegetarian and vegan dishes!

Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Planning a vegetarian Thanksgiving menu is so much fun!

Thanksgiving is a basically the Superbowl for anyone who loves to cook.

Here are some of our tried and true classically delicious recipes!

Vegan Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Stuffing is a must have for Thanksgiving, and this is the absolute best stuffing I have ever tasted!

Vegan Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving

Vegan Stuffing for Thanksgiving - #vegan #stuffing #thanksgiving #veganrecipe #vegetarian #thanksgivingstuffing #glutenfree

I make this stuffing every year and it comes out perfect every time.

Fresh garlic, onion, carrots, and celery bring freshness and so much flavor.

Sage is the star spice!

This stuffing is also easily made gluten free by using gluten free bread.

No mushy stuffing anymore!

I never cared for stuffing growing up, but after trying this recipe it is now a staple on my table each year!

How to prep ahead

Any prep work you can do before the big day will save so much time!

Here is what I do to prep the stuffing.

  • dice garlic, onion, celery, and carrots and place in a ziploc bag
  • (optional) add spices to a baggie or container so that they are measured and ready to go

Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes are a classic, and these fluffy buttery vegan mashed potatoes do not disappoint!

Vegan Mashed Potatoes Recipe

best vegan mashed potatoes recipe with almond milk. This is so easy and tastes amazing! We make this recipe every year. #thanksgiving #vegan #vegetarian #mashedpotatoes #veganthanksgiving #thanksgivingrecipe #veganmashedpotatoes

If you are not vegan, easily sub real butter and milk to make these mashed potatoes!

The Best Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

The holy grail of gravy recipes.

This vegetarian gravy recipe is so insanely flavorful you will want to just eat it by the spoon!

Vegetarian Gravy Recipe

How to make vegetarian gravy - this is the BEST gravy I have ever had, with or without meat! Seriously incredible and everyone will be wanting some at Thanksgiving! #gravy #vegetarian #mushroomgravy #vegan #vegetarianthanksgiving

Vegetarian or not, your guests will be begging for seconds of this gravy!

You can use vegan butter to make this gravy vegan.

To make a gluten free gravy, simply substitute cornstarch for the flour!

Prep ahead

Gravy is one thing that always reheats well, so I make it the day before Thanksgiving!

Simply reheat on Thanksgiving day in a sauce pan or small crockpot and you are ready to eat!

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Cranberry sauce is essential to Thanksgiving dinner!

This healthy cranberry sauce is made with only 3 ingredients and is ready in under 15 minutes total.

No more canned stuff that tastes gross!

We are obsessed with this tangy sweet fresh cranberry sauce and know you will love it too.

Healthy Cranberry Sauce

Healthy cranberry sauce recipe (vegan). Only 3 ingredients and low sugar. The best cranberry sauce I have ever had! We make this every year. #cranberrysauce #thanksgiving #vegan #vegetarian #healthycranberrysauce #freshcranberries

Prep tip: make this the day before!

Cranberry sauce is best served cold, making this a perfect dish to make the day before and store in the fridge.

Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Crumble

This sweet potato casserole is everything delicious – buttery sweet potatoes topped with a salty sweet pecan crumble.

No more overly sweet bland sweet potato casserole.

Try this and watch your guests rave!

Added bonus – it’s gluten free!

Gluten Free Sweet Potato Casserole

Gluten free sweet potato casserole with pecan crumble. This tastes incredible and everyone loves it! #sweetpotatocasserole #thanksgiving #pecans #glutenfree #vegetarian

Best Skillet Corn Recipe

I serve this best ever skillet corn recipe every year and it is delicious!

Buttery, crispy corn is always a winner!

Skillet Corn Recipe

Best skillet corn recipe –the BEST side dish and even corn haters will love it. you will never make corn a different way after you try this! #skilletcorn #sidedish #dinner #dinnerrecipe #glutenfree #corn #easysidedish

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese is the easiest side dish ever!

Ready from start to finish in under 15 minutes, and is so creamy and delicious!

Instant Pot Mac and Cheese

Instant pot mac and cheese recipe – make homemade insanely creamy mac and cheese in just 10 minutes! I’m never making mac and cheese another way again! #instantpot #instantpotrecipes #instantpotmacandcheese #macandcheese #dinner #easyrecipe

Roasted Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Buttery, juicy garlic butter mushrooms!

Serve as a vegetarian Thanksgiving appetizer or side dish.

Garlic Butter Roasted Mushrooms

Easy roasted garlic butter mushrooms recipe - a delicious and addictive dairy free side dish or appetizer that will disappear in minutes!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

If you prefer your mac and cheese baked with breadcrumbs, here is a classic favorite recipe!

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Baked Mac and Cheese - Classic baked comfort food that the whole family will love! #macaroniandcheese #bakedmacaroniandcheese #comfortfood #sidedish #macandcheese #soulfood

Roasted Garlic Butter Carrots

Juicy carrots roasted to perfection!

Vegan butter makes these dairy free.

Garlic Butter Carrots

Garlic butter roasted carrots recipe with fresh parsley. A delicious vegan friendly side dish recipe that will disappear in minutes! #vegan #roastedcarrots #garlicbutter #garlicbuttercarrots #sidedishes #vegetables

Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes

Just when you think you are too full to move…then comes dessert!

It’s just not Thanksgiving without a delicious dessert (or 5!)

Here are some tried and true favorites.

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Delicious juicy apples and fresh cranberries makes this a hit dessert that is so easy to make!

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Fresh cranberry apple crisp with a gluten free oat topping. This is AMAZING! Make this for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any day in between! #cranberry #cranberryrecipe #cranberryapplecrisp #dessert #glutenfree #glutenfreedessert

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

It’s not Thanksgiving without a cool slice of pumpkin pie, and this gluten free version does not disappoint!

Craving just a bite? You could also make these Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Cookies!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This gluten free pumpkin pie recipe is the only one you'll ever need. Easy to make and melt in your mouth delicious! #ad #MIDELicious #glutenfree #pumpkinpie #dessert

Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookie Bars

Cookie bars might seem like an interesting choice on Thanksgiving, but pecans are a fall dessert to me!

I served these cookie bars last year at Thanksgiving with ice cream and everyone loved them!

Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookie Bars 

(Death by Chocolate) Dark Chocolate Pecan Cookie Bars recipe – gluten free and dairy free. You won’t believe how good these are! Serve warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream! #glutenfree #dairyfree #cookiebars #dessert #chocolate

Cranberry Blueberry Crisp

I made this Cranberry Blueberry Crisp for a second extended family Thanksgiving last year and it was a hit!

So much flavor, and another delicious way to use fresh seasonal cranberries!

Cranberry Blueberry Crisp

This Cranberry Blueberry Crisp recipe is packed full of flavor and ready for the oven in less than 15 minutes! Gluten free and vegan. #cranberryblueberrycrisp #cranberry #dessert #vegan #glutenfree

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Cookies

Want to serve little bites of pie for Thanksgiving?

These cookies taste like individual pumpkin pies and are perfect when you are stuffed but still want dessert!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie Cookies

These gluten free pumpkin pie cookies with cream cheese greek yogurt frosting will make you feel like you're biting into a slice of cool pumpkin pie! #pumpkinpie #glutenfreepumpkincookies #glutenfreecookies #pumpkinrecipes 

Best Vegan Apple Crisp

Classic apple crisp is an easier alternative to pumpkin pie!

Everyone loves this delicious family favorite.

Vegan Apple Crisp

best vegan apple crisp

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Fun little bite sized vegan pumpkin pies!

Mini Vegan Pumpkin Pies

Good luck planning your Vegetarian Thanksgiving Menu!

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