Cooking with Plant-Based Meat

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Satisfying and sustainable recipes you actually want to eat.

Available everywhere from grocery stores to fast food chains, today's meat alternatives like Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat impressively replicate the taste and texture of meat. Now, the recipe experts at America's Test Kitchen show how to cook successfully with these modern meat mimickers—producing juicy, savory, meaty flavor—that make meat-free eating into a luxurious (and even preferable!) experience. We've tested our way through the plethora of meat alternatives so you get the tastiest and most reliable.

What you'll find inside:

A side view of a Double Smashie BurgerA side view of a Double Smashie Burger
Double Smashie Burgers

There’s a reason beyond mere convenience why fast-food burgers are so beloved–it’s that salty, crispy, meaty and savory it-factor that you can depend on each time you order one. But did you know you can get that same all-American deliciousness from plant-based burgers (at home)? Here we used plant-based meat to replicate the ultimate fast-food style burger patty: pressed thin and deeply browned to crispy perfection. 

A Rice Noodle Bowl with Scallion-Meat Patties and CucumberA Rice Noodle Bowl with Scallion-Meat Patties and Cucumber
Rice Noodle Bowl with Scallion-Meat Patties and Cucumber

The silky texture and mild flavor of cooked eggplant was the perfect foil for rich, nutty noodles and savory plant-based meat. Using a hands-off method we roasted the eggplant and tossed it with soy sauce to draw out its moisture. When combined with the savory plant-based meat within the pan, each ingredient works together to create a deliciously balanced meat-free meal.

An overhead shot of a Skillet Chipotle Chili Bowl with Lime-Cilantro CremaAn overhead shot of a Skillet Chipotle Chili Bowl with Lime-Cilantro Crema
Skillet Chipotle Chili Bowls with Lime-Cilantro Crema

What is a chili bowl, you ask? It’s chili, plus a bed of rice topped with yogurt sauce and your favorite add-ons for an extra-filling, extra-comforting any day meal. This recipe uses a single skillet to make both the chili and the rice, cooking in stages to pull off this one-pan dinner with maximum flavor and minimal fuss.

  • Meat-Lover’s Veggie Bahn Mi
  • Chorizo, Corn and Tomato Tostadas with Lime Crema
  • Grilled Smokehouse Barbecue Burgers
  • Bratwurst Sandwiches with Red Potato and Kale Salad
  • Tagliatelle with Weeknight Bolognese
  • Meaty Skillet Mac and Cheese
  • Lemony Brown Rice Bowl with Meatballs and Sun Dried Tomatoes
  • Savory Soba Noodles with Eggplant and Miso
  • Cuban Picadillo
  • Keftedes and Zucchini with Herbed Yogurt Sauce
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Mapo Tofu
  • Egg Rolls
  • Abondigas en Salsa de Almendras
  • Pan-Fried Dumplings
  • Classic Pub Sliders

What you'll find inside:


Recipes: 75
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Item Number: CQ44
Item Weight: 2.5 pounds

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Editorial Reviews

Testers loved this machine, which had a slimmer, more compact footprint and shorter stature than other models and therefore took up less room on our counters. Its cooking basket was roomy enough for 1 pound of food and had a completely nonstick coating. We also liked that the bottom of the basket could be removed for even deeper cleaning, if needed. Its digital controls and dial-operated menu made setting the time and temperature easy and intuitive. It stopped cooking as soon as the set time was up, and its drawer-like design allowed us to remove food without exposing our hands to the heating element.

- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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