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Vegan Oat Mushroom Ground Beef {Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free}

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Versatile vegan oat mushroom ground beef ! It is soy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, high protein, and only 108 calories per 1/4 lb. One batch makes about 3 pounds. 

a collage of 4 different ways to prepare vegan mushroom oat ground beef

Vegan Ground Beef made with Oats & Mushrooms

Happy Meatless Monday, everyone! I’m about to make it happier with a versatile entrée recipe that will make tonight’s dinner a slam dunk. 

It’s my second take (here’s my first) on a multi-purpose, vegan ground beef that can be used in a wealth of recipes.  

This version, made with oats and mushrooms, is even easier than the first, and every bit as delicious. 

How Can I Use this Plant-Based Meat?

You’ll be able to make a plethora of dishes with this one recipe because it is so versatile!

(1) Brown it

Brown it on the stovetop for in pasta dishes, tacos, or sloppy joes.

Vegan oat mushroom ground beef that has been sautéed, plated on a black plate

2. Make meatballs

Roll it into balls of any size for super-simple baked meatballs.

Meatballs, made out of plant-based oat mushroom ground beef, in marinara sauce

3. Shape & bake into meatloaf

Bake it in a 9×5-inch loaf pan for a perfect, old-fashioned meatloaf (or make mini-meatloaves in a muffin tin–perfect for packed lunches).

4. Create some awesome burgers

Or shape the mixture into patties for your new favorite, 1/4-pound garden burgers (baked, with ease, in about 20 minutes).

Nutritional Highlights of Oat Mushroom Ground Beef

In addition to its versatility, delicious flavor and meaty texture, this simple mix is: 

  • Vegan
  • Soy-Free
  • Nut-free
  • Gluten-free
  • A good source of plant protein (6g per 1/4 pound)
  • A very good source of B vitamins

The ingredient list is brief. If you have oats and onions on hand, fresh mushrooms may be the only item you need from the store.

How to Make Oat Mushroom Ground Beef

More good news: no sautéing required!

Instead, simply bring to a boil 3 and 1/3 cups water along with chopped mushrooms, onions, nutritional yeast (I have options in the recipe for omitting or subbing this), and seasonings (garlic powder, dried herb blend such as Italian herbs), salt, pepper, and smoked paprika).

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1o minutes.

Add the Oats

The only remaining ingredient is rolled oats (3 cups worth). For a varied texture to the finished product, I like to coarsely grind half of the oats in a food processor. It’s entirely optional, though, so go with what you prefer or what is easiest on a given day.

Remove the hot mushroom mixture the heat and add the oats/ground oats, stirring until completely combined. Go ahead and taste, adjusting the seasonings as desired.

Allow the mixture to cool completely in the pan, without any additional stirring. The oats will soak up the liquid, resulting in a thick, firm final product:

You can use the “ground beef” immediately, refrigerate for 2 days, or package into smaller portions (e.g., 1/2 pound or 1 pound) and freeze for future meals. 

Vary the Flavors to Suit Your Tastes

Do not let a lack of herbs and spices prevent you from making the recipe. I used garlic powder and an herb blend for all-around flavors, and smoked paprika for its umami smokiness, but they are, nonetheless, my subjective choices.

Use the herbs and spice you prefer or have on hand to make this recipe your own.

Oil-Free, or Add Oil if You Like

As with my previous vegan ground beef recipe, this recipe is free of added fats and oils. You can keep it that way, or add the amount of fat you would like for any given recipe.

For example, I like to brown the meat (1 pound/454 g) in 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil, or add the same amount for burgers, meatballs or meatloaf. It’s your choice!

Enjoy the recipe, everyone!

collage of 4 ways to prepare vegan oat ground beef

More Easy, Plant-Based Meat Recipes to Try:

  1. Vegan Ground Beef
  2. 3-Ingredient Almond Flour Vegetable Nuggets
  3. Mushroom Almond Flour Ground Beef (2 ingredients)
  4. Vegan Lentil Taco Meat
  5. Lentil & Mushroom Meatballs
  6. Lentil & Vegetable Kefta
  7. Grain-Free Lentil Loaf
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Vegan Oat and Mushroom Ground Beef {Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free}


  • Author: Camilla
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 3 lbs (1.36 kg) 1x

Description

Vegan, versatile, oat and mushroom “ground beef!”  Fast and easy to prepare, it is soy-free, gluten-free, and nut-free. One batch makes about 3 pounds.


Ingredients

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  • 3 and 1/3 cups (785 mL) water
  • 16 oz (455 g) white mushrooms, chopped (stems included)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (40 g) nutritional yeast (see notes for options)
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs (e.g., Italian herb blend or herbes de Provence)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 and 1/4 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups (270 g) rolled oats, divided (certified GF, as needed)

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the water, mushrooms, onion, yeast, herbs, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat; reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. If desired (for a varied texture), coarsely grind half of the oats in a food processor. Add all of the oats to the hot mushroom mixture. Cool completley in pan. Taste; adjust the seasonings as desired. Use immediately or see storage options for future use!

Notes

  • Storage: Divide the cooled mixture into smaller portions (e.g., half pound or pound). Wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 days or the freezer for up to 6 months. Once thawed, you may need to add a few more tablespoons of oats or ground oats.
  • Mushrooms: If you cannot eat mushrooms, consider using an equal amount of chopped eggplant.
  • Leaving out the Nutritional Yeast: If you cannot eat yeast, leave It out. Add more oats to make up for its absence or consider using an equal amount of unflavored plant-based protein powder, almond meal, or flaxseed meal.
  • For Browning: Cook 1/2 or 1 pound in a large nonstick skillet (optional: add oil to skillet) over medium/medium-high heat for 6 to 8 minutes until browned.
  • For Meatballs: Shape 1 pound of meat into 1-1/4 inch (3 cm) balls (about 18 total). Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in preheated 375F(190C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes until browned.
  • For Burgers: If desired, add fat (e.g., oil of choice) to meat (no more than 2 tablespoons max per pound; add a small amount more oats or oats flour, as needed). Shape 1 pound of meat into 4 patties. Place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake in preheated 375F(190C) oven for 18 to 23 minutes until browned.
  • For Meatloaf: Shape 2 pounds of meat into a loaf. Place in a parchment paper lined 9×5-inch (22.5 x 12.5 cm) loaf pan. Bake in preheated 375F(190C) oven for 45 to 50 minutes until browned (If desired, brush top of loaf with barbecue sauce or ketchup during last 15 minutes of baking).
  • Category: Entree

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 lb (114 g)
  • Calories: 108
  • Sugar: 2.2 g
  • Sodium: 196.1 mg
  • Fat: 1.7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.5 g
  • Fiber: 3.6 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

 

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Grace

Monday 9th of November 2020

Hey I saw this recipe and was in love! Unfortunately (I made the recipe 10 minutes ago and it is now cooling) the mixture is still very soupy. I triple checked the measurements but I was thinking of adding more oats? Please let me know what I can do to make it's consistency easier for browning! Tonight are vegan sloppy joes with this recipe as the meat. Thank you so much!

Camilla

Monday 23rd of November 2020

Hi Grace! Oh no, so sorry to hear it did not turn out. I am not sure why it would come out soup with the given proportions. I make this regularly. It is pretty thick once you stir in the oats (after boiling the water mixture for the given 10 minutes), and by the time it cools completely, per the recipe, it is quite thick. A bowl of thick oatmeal is usually a 2:1 ratio (liquid to oats); the ratio here is closer to 1:1, especially after boiling in step 1.

I am glad you were able to salvage it for sloppy joes!

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Catherine

Tuesday 11th of August 2020

Regarding pbh aug.26,2019 comment-where are the lentils in the vegan-oat-mushroom-ground-beef recipe ? You replied that correction was made. Would love to try this recipe. Thank you for your reply.

Camilla

Monday 24th of August 2020

Hi Catherine, There are no lentils, but I had accidentally typed lentils in the directions when I first published. That's was the correction. All of the ingredients and directions in the recipe are as they should be :)

Tracy

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

I was pretty amazed at the taste of this! I browned it and mixed it with vegetables and it tasted like ground meat (or turkey maybe) I think I will make it again but instead with steel cut oats. Just for a texture difference. I didn't process the oats as you suggested, so that could be it also.

Camilla

Wednesday 20th of May 2020

Ooh, the steel cut oats are a GREAT idea, they have such a wonderful, toothsome texture; I think a pre-soak (to plump them up first) would be perfect.

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