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Vegan bratwurst with mashed potatoes
Onion sauce over brats and mash is a German classic. | Viviana Blihoghe

Vegan Bratwurst with Onion Sauce

Like Bratwursts served with mashed potatoes topped with onion sauce and a side of garlic peas and broccoli.

Germans love bratwursts. We have it in a bun with ketchup, on the grill during the summer, or with mashed potatoes. I want to create a dish using LikeMeat Like Bratwurst that not only looks German, but also tastes great and people have fun recreating it. The bratwursts are vegetarian. They are served with mashed potatoes, peas, and a delicious onion sauce. It’s a classic recipe that has been veganized!

Vegan Bratwurst with Onion Sauce

By Pauline Bossdorf

20 mins to prep
30 mins to cook
Yields 2


  • 1 package LikeMeat Like Bratwurst
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Mashed potatoes

  • 1 pound russet potatoes, peeled and cubed    
  • 1/2 cup soy milk  
  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter  
  • Salt, to taste

Onion sauce

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil   
  • 2 medium onions, sliced     
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup  
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup 60 milliliters red wine
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup 250 milliliters low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme

To serve

  • 1 cup 150 grams peas, frozen
  • 1/2 cup 35 grams broccoli florets  
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder



    • 1
      In a large pan over medium heat, add oil and cook Like Bratwursts according to package instructions. Set aside.


    • 1
      In a large pot over high heat, add potatoes and fill with water to cover them by one inch.
    • 2
      Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and allow to simmer until fork tender, about 30 minutes.
    • 3
      Drain well and transfer back into the pot. Add soy milk and butter. Mash using a potato masher until desired consistency is achieved.
    • 4
      Season with salt to taste.


    • 1
      In a large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil and onions. Cook until soft and lightly browned.
    • 2
      Stir in maple syrup and tomato paste.
    • 3
      Add flour and cook for 1 minute.
    • 4
      Add wine and cook until alcohol evaporates, 1-2 minutes.
    • 5
      Add soy sauce, garlic, stock, salt, nutmeg, black pepper, and thyme. Simmer until the sauce has thickened, stirring occasionally, 15-20 minutes.


    • 1
      In a small pot, bring salted water to a boil.
    • 2
      Add the frozen peas and cook according to the package instructions.
    • 3
      Two minutes before the peas are done, add broccoli and cover the pot.
    • 4
      Drain well and run cold water over to stop further cooking.
    • 5
      Transfer peas and broccoli back to pot and stir in olive oil and garlic powder.
    • 6
      Serve Like Bratwursts alongside peas, broccoli, and mashed potatoes topped with onion sauce.

Chef's Notes

Start by boiling the potatoes. Meanwhile, make the onion sauce and allow it to simmer down as the potatoes finish cooking. Once the mash and the sauce are done, blanch the peas and broccoli.

Special Equipment: potato masher


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