26 Vegan American Classic Recipes

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American food combines ballpark favorites, fruit-filled pies, and comfort dishes. These vegan American classics include apple pie, mac and cheese, tater tots, lobster rolls, and crab cakes.

Take a culinary road trip around the USA with these mouthwatering classics and enjoy food that wraps you in a warm hug and sends you to bed with a smile! 

Keep the chili cheese dog hot and slice yourself a big piece of the pie. This list will make you hungry for your next comforting meal. 

Check out delicious vegan soul food, burgers, and Mexican food next!

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Vegan American Classic Recipes

Vegan Chicken Wings
Crispy, spicy cauliflower wings dipped into an excellent creamy ranch dressing is a finger food that everyone loves. Whether it is game day or hosting friends, these double-battered wings are always a winning recipe!
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Mac and Cheese
Enjoy mac and cheese's satisfying taste and texture with this nutritious and low-fat recipe. Perfectly cooked noodles cling onto creamy cheese sauce and are dotted with fresh broccoli.
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Easy Chickpea Meatloaf
Serve up a slice of nostalgia with this chickpea meatloaf. Wholesome and nourishing ingredients create a protein-packed main that is as comforting as your grandma's cooking. Enjoy topped with a sweet bbq glaze that ties the dish together.
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Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Few meals are as satisfying as a simple grilled cheese. This layered, toasted sandwich is dripping in melted cheese and packed with delicious vegetables.
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Vegan Cornbread
Cornbread is a special Southern side dish. A soft, warm square of cornbread goes great alongside collard greens, chilis, and soups. Enjoy this refined sugar-free and gluten-free recipe!
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Homemade Oreo Cookies
Chocolate creamed-filled cookies are a classic favorite. The creamy frosted center is sweet and compliments the dark chocolate biscuit perfectly. Whether you dunk, split, or share, these Oreo copycat cookies go great with milk!
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Vegan Corn Dogs
Treat your inner child to a hot, steamy corn dog. A delicious plant-based hot dog is dipped into a thick corn batter and fried until golden and delicious!
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Ice Cream Sandwiches
Reach into the freezer for a frozen treat the whole family will love. Classic chocolate chip cookies are stuffed with ice cream and chilled until set – so delicious.
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Tofu Nuggets Crispy Crunchy
An easy kid-approved dinner, these chicken nuggets are crispy, crunchy, and packed with plant-based protein. Tofu is seasoned, battered, and baked until golden. A comfort meal that goes great with a variety of dipping sauces!
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Crispy Potato Twisters
Bring the fairground home with these spiral potato chips. Thin twisted ribbons of potatoes are expertly fried until crispy and seasoned to perfection. Enjoy each fried bite dipped into avocado coriander dip.
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Vegan Pecan Pie
Buttery sweet pecan pie is an American favorite. A warm pie cooling in the kitchen window is a site that will bring smiles to the whole family. This delicious pie is the ultimate recipe for sharing sweet nutty memories – perfect for holidays.
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Vegan Deep Dish Pizza
Deep-dish pizza is an extraordinary meal. It's the best of what pizza has to offer, with an explosion of toppings. As thick as a pie, it's extra of everything you love most about pizza. Crust, cheese, sauce, and toppings galore!
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Vegan Big Mac
With three slices of bread and two plant-based patties, this big mac recipe is not for the faint of heart! Open your mouth wide and enjoy the burst of flavors. Topped with secret sauce, this burger is even better than the golden arches!
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Vegan Big Mac Sauce
Juicy Vegan Steak
Surprise your friends and family and create a unique dinner with this homemade steak. An uncanny similarity to authentic steak, this copycat recipe is made from seitan and is prepared like a traditional cut of meat.
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Vegan Steak
Cheesy Tater Tots
Dunk your crispy tater tots in honey mustard or ketchup for the ultimate feel-good snack or side. These cheesy tater tots are made in a food processor and baked until golden brown. Ready in only 30 minutes.
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Vegan Lobster Roll
Enjoy the best of summer with these creamy lobster rolls. Heart of palm is dressed with vegan mayo and old bay seasoning to create a fun twist on an east coast favorite. Enjoy with a spritz of lemon and fresh green onion.
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Easy Crab Cakes
Take yourself to the iconic coastline of the North East and enjoy crab cakes made from a base of artichoke hearts, heart of palm, and chickpeas. Seasoned with herbs and fresh lemon, it's a delicious variation of a classic.
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Easy Vegan Crab Cakes
Vegan Tamale Pie
Try this baked casserole that's perfect for feeding a large group. Stewed and spiced beans are topped with a hearty corn batter, then baked until golden brown and bubbly hot – meal-prep-friendly!
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Hash Browns
An American diner breakfast is only complete with hot crispy hashbrowns. These oven-baked potatoes are made from a few simple ingredients and are low-fat compared to traditional greasy recipes. Enjoy the same crunchy goodness that's lighter and less inflammatory.
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Vegan Hash Browns
Chili Cheese Dog
Loaded hot dogs are a cult favorite. A fond memory of eating them at the county fair or your mom making them for the team after playoffs. These loaded chili cheese dogs are mouthwatering and oh-so-delicious, just like you remember!
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Vegan Chili Dog
Chocolate Cream Pie
Few foods are as American as a cream pie. This deep-dish chocolate pie is velvety rich and topped with airy, dairy-free whipped cream. Garnished in shaved semi-sweet chocolate, it's a chocolate lover's dream.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
Welcome fall into your home with this sweet potato pie. Warm spices like cinnamon and sweet roasted potatoes create a beautiful filling that nestles into a flaky pie crust. A pie perfect for serving on a crispy day.
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Vegan Sweet Potato Pie
Vegan Macaroni Salad
Creamy macaroni salad is perfect for a summer bbq or pool party. Tender pasta and chopped fresh vegetables are tossed with a decadent cashew mayo dressing for the ideal texture and taste – meal-prep-friendly!
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Vegan Macaroni Salad
Banana Split
Celebrate a birthday, a special occasion, or a Saturday night with this fun banana split recipe. A banana on a waffle is garnished with vanilla ice cream and all the classic toppings for an undeniably delicious and feel-good dessert.
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Vegan Philly Cheesesteak
Hot off the griddle and loaded with melted cheese sauce, this copycat recipe mimics the beloved Philly cheesesteak. Shredded seitan, sauteed peppers, and onions are swaddled by soft French bread for an enticing sandwich you will love.
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Vegan Apple Pie
It wouldn't be an American dinner without a slice of homemade apple pie. Sweet cinnamon-spiked apples are enveloped in a buttery, flakey crust. A perfect balance of sweetness and spice that goes best served with classic vanilla ice cream – simply incredible!
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26 Vegan American Classic Recipes

by Alena Schowalter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
American food combines ballpark favorites, fruit-filled pies, and comfort dishes. These vegan American classics include apple pie, mac and cheese, tater tots, lobster rolls, and crab cakes.
Serves 6


Vegan burger patties

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1.5 cups finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1.5 cups black beans
  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts


  • Heat a skillet over medium heat and add olive oil. Once hot, add onions and mushrooms. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until soft.
  • Add beans, rice, spices, and nuts. Stir until well combined.
  • Transfer to a food processor and pulse a few times to combine. Don’t overdo it, or it will turn mushy!
  • Adjust to taste preferences, then form 6 patties with your hands.
  • If the texture is it’s too crumbly, add some water. If it’s too wet, add more of the dry ingredients you used.
  • Line up the patties on a baking sheet. Put them in a preheated oven at 350 °F (180 °C) for 15 minutes, flip over, and bake for another 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can fry the patties in oil using a skillet — this will only take 3-5 minutes for each side.
  • Serve warm on your favorite bun alongside your favorite vegan burger fixings!


  • Feel free to add lots of delicious spices like soy sauce, paprika, pepper, and anything else you like.
  • Find 25+ more vegan American recipes in the article above!
Course: American
Cuisine: American
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Hi, I'm Alena Schowalter — a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with my husband, I founded nutriciously in 2015 and have been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages toward a healthy plant-based diet. I enjoy discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature, and creating new recipes. Read more about us here.

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