If you’re craving some meat while starting a plant-based diet, neat meatless burger crumbles are the perfect substitute for any recipe.

Have you ever sunk your teeth into a vegetable-only dish and felt like something was missing? It’s that beefy texture of meat we sometimes crave. 

Neat’s Original Mix is the perfect substitute for animal-based protein in your favorite recipes. You can get the same beefy texture with plant-based ingredients. The Original mix is derived from pecans, garbanzo beans and spices. And each pouch is the equivalent of 1 lb. of ground beef.

Aside from just the meaty texture, there are lots of perks to these crumbles. They are:

  • Vegan-friendly
  • Vegetarian-approved
  • Shelf-stable 
  • Non-GMO project verified 
  • Soy-free
  • Gluten-free 
  • An excellent source of plant protein 
  • Free of cholesterol 
  • Easy to prepare

These protein crumbles are the perfect addition to your plant-based diet. They make a great replacement for ground beef in tacos, lasagna, pasta, rice bowls, and more. You’ll find them versatile and delicious. And they have fewer calories than ground beef!

There are four, delicious varieties for you to try: 

Serve them in place of ground beef for burgers, chili, and sloppy joes.

Add them to your fresh pasta sauce, homemade lasagna, or baked ziti.  

Try them in your tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, or nachos. 

Put them in your stuffed peppers or on your gluten-free pizza.


You can stick to your plant-based diet and still get to enjoy your favorite meat-filled recipes. The savory flavor of the Neat brand crumbles will beef up your meals in a way vegans and vegetarians can approve of. 

Neat’s Original Mix mimics ground beef, but it has fewer calories (only 190 calories per serving), less saturated fat, and more grams of fiber. It also contains 4 g of protein per serving.

These meat crumbles are completely plant-based, making them vegan-friendly and vegetarian-approved. Unlike Beyond Meat crumbles, Neat packages are shelf-stable, so you can store them in your pantry for up to 14 months. They are Non-GMO project verified, which means you can be confident they were not produced with genetic engineering, and the ingredients are not derived from GMOs. 

When it comes to allergies, the Neat Original mix is soy-free and gluten-free. However, keep in mind this product does contain tree nuts (pecans).

There are four grams of protein in each serving of the Original Neat mix, which makes it an excellent source of plant protein for your diet. There’s also 60% less saturated fat than ground beef per serving, and it contains no cholesterol. That means you can feel good about what you’re putting into your body. 

Beyond the nutritional value of Neat mixes, they’re also delicious. And they’re so easy to make, your kids can help too. If your kids love cooking, this is a great way to get them involved at dinnertime. 

Preparation Instructions

Making Neat meat crumbles is super easy. You just need one package of Neat and ½ cup of water.

  1. Mix 1 Neat pouch with ½ cup water in a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Heat a small amount of cooking oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat, and place the mixture in the skillet. 
  3. Brown your Neat crumbles just like ground beef over medium heat for 7-9 minutes.

That’s it! These mouthwatering, meatless crumbles are the perfect addition to any plant-based meal.

When you want to swap out the meat in your favorite recipe, grab a package of Neat and start cooking.

Menu Ideas

The options for using these meatless crumbles are endless! Tacos, burritos, salads, spaghetti sauce, the list goes on and on. Here are some of our favorite meals with Neat meat crumbles:

  1. White Pizza with Cauliflower Crust and neat Italian 

If it’s pizza night at your house, try this fresh take on a classic meal. You can feel good about digging into a cheesy slice because it’s filled with healthy veggies and delicious Neat crumbles, which means there are fewer calories. Pizza night just got healthier.

  1. neat Korean Rice Bowl

Rice bowls are perfect for gluten-free, family meals. Beyond the basics of this recipe, you can literally throw in whatever veggies and toppings you and your family like. And the best part is your meal won’t leave you hungry 20 minutes later. 

  1. neat Tot-Chos (Tater Tot / Nachos)

This appetizer will be a hit at any party! It’s a fun take on the classic nachos and cheese, and it’s mixed with a little bit of childhood nostalgia. What kid doesn’t love tater tots?

  1. Holiday Herb Stuffing
    No Thanksgiving meal is complete without the stuffing. Bring this dish along to your next holiday event and impress everyone with your own spin on a family favorite.
  2. Mexican Pizza with Plant-Based Taco Filling
    This recipe is the perfect solution to those busy, stressful days when you don’t have time to cook something complicated and confusing. These quesadillas are simple and delicious and only require a few ingredients. 
  3. neat Southwest Salad with Lime Dressing
    This salad is like summertime in a bowl. Fresh veggies, lots of colors, and a tasty dressing. Does it get any better than that? It really doesn’t. 
  4. Broccoli Stir-Fry

If you’re craving a salad that’s bursting with flavor and has a little kick, this will do the trick. The ginger-sriracha dressing is a-maz-ing.

  1. neat Taco Salad
    Even your pickiest eaters will be happy with this baked potato bar. The options are endless.  And everyone’s happy when dinner time isn’t a battle. 
  2. neat Mexican Taco Bowls
    These burritos go above and beyond! The mango and avocado salsa is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy and pairs nicely with the savory Neat burrito. 
  3. neat Korean Rice Bowl
    If you’re looking for a quick and delicious, vegan-friendly appetizer, this is it! These mini taco salads look and taste amazing. Impress your guests at your next dinner party. 

Grab some neat for your next meal or load up your pantry for easy-to-make recipes. Let us know which variety is your favorite!

Written by Aftan Hoffer

I’m a self-proclaimed flexitarian, living in Lancaster, PA with my vegetarian husband and our two picky, omnivore toddlers. We’re also a foster family, so the number of chairs around our dinner table can change from time to time. Meals at our house involve a variety of foods, so everyone has at least one thing they’re excited to eat. No one wants a battle at mealtime.