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Seitan Ground "Beef", the perfect, most tender vegan substitute for ground beef. Makes a killer meatball! // The Laidback Vegan

Seitan Ground "Beef"

The perfect, tender vegan substitute for ground beef. Works beautifully in recipes.
Course Meal Prep
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, meal prep, Seitan Ground
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 585 kcal
Author Cheryl Hurley


  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth or chicken-flavored broth, minus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke one teaspoon
  • 4 tablespoons garlic cloves grated
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauteing
  • 1 1/2 cup vital wheat gluten wheat gluten
  • 1/4 cup chickpea flour chickpea flour
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast one cup
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning 1 teaspoon paprika for a slightly richer look, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and about 1/2 combined teaspoon of basil, oregano, thyme for a savory flavor, your choice.
  • 1 teaspoon salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce optional
  • 1 teaspoon smashed cloves of garlic optional


  1. In a measuring cup, whisk together broth, liquid smoke, garlic, olive oil. In a large bowl combine wheat gluten, chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, dried seasonings, and salt. Form a well in center of dry ingredients and stir well with rubber spatula until dough leaves side of the bowl.
  2. Knead for 2-3 minutes to develop the gluten. You can whip out your big ass KitchenAid bowl here and use the dough hook, but O gives me dirty looks when I do this. Más dishes, no gracias.
  3. Leave dough to rest for 10 min, knead again for 30 seconds.
  4. Place dough on cutting board and cut into 4 equal pieces.
  5. Tear off 4 pieces of foil and place piece of dough in the center of the foil. Loosely wrap foil to cover the loaf, leaving a bit of room for expansion. Don't twist the ends and make a severe loaf shape for the seitan you plan on grinding, but you could definitely multitask here and steam some loaves. Pour about 1" of water in a saucepan and add a bit of soy sauce and a couple smashed cloves of garlic if you like, then cover with a steamer basket.
  6. Place in steamer basket and steam for 30 minutes. Allow the dough to cool to the touch, then rip into a few pieces. Place in a food processor and pulse until just ground. Don't over-grind. Use in recipes as you would cooked or raw ground beef.

Recipe Notes

Freeze for up to two weeks in an airtight container or bag. Thaw before using.
Adapted from (Viva Vegan by Terry Hope Romero).

Nutrition Facts
Seitan Ground "Beef"
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 585 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 2081mg90%
Potassium 453mg13%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 76g152%
Vitamin A 459IU9%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 242mg24%
Iron 8mg44%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.