The vegetarian sausage: does it beat a Cumberland?

In short, to answer the question, no.  A vegetarian sausage does not beat a good old traditional sausage.

The company is Good Life, a vegetarian producer.  The branding is excellent on their products, they do look good.

They have a few varieties of sausages so for the first try, I went for French Bean and Spinach.

The ingredient list looks OK.  Only 34% of the ingredients are actually vegetable with a whopping amount of wheat so if you’re celiac this is not for you.  Nutritionally:

Each grilled sausage contains

  • 86 calories
  • Fat 3.0g of which 1.9g saturates
  • Carbohydrates 8.6g
  • Sugar 0.5g
  • Fibre 2.5g
  • Protein 4.8g
  • Salt .45g

Taking them out the box, they do not look appetising. But, one must try!


They are cooked from frozen so it takes a while to cook. And I couldn’t stop checking out of curiosity.

  • To Grill
    Pre heat grill to medium. Remove all packaging. Place sausages under grill for 16-18 minutes, turning regularly.
  • To Pan Fry
    Pre heat 10ml of oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Remove all packaging, add sausages to the pan and fry over a medium heat for 15 minutes, turning frequently.
  • To Oven
    Pre heat oven to 200oC /Fan 180oC /Gas 6. Remove all packaging. Place sausages onto a baking tray in the centre of the oven and cook for 20 minutes.

And here’s the finished product.  The “skin” didn’t hold up too well as you can see with the filling popping out the sides.


From a taste perspective, they aren’t too bad!   I’ll take a Cumberland over these any day, though.

Would I buy them again?  Maybe.