Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets Review

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets

The Freezer Meal Frenzy staff has reviewed plenty of faux chicken products, but imitation turkey isn’t something we see very often. Thankfully, if you’re craving turkey but avoiding meat, Gardein has a vegan option for you. The Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets even include meatless gravy.

While many Gardein products come with a sauce packet that needs to be thawed out, there’s more to heating this sauce than simply tossing the sauce in warm water.

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets

You’ll need to thaw your gravy out for about three minutes (that’s the step shown above), pour the partially-defrosted sauce into a microwave-safe dish, and then microwave it for 30 seconds. The process seems a little complicated to us, but we do appreciate that Gardein has two sauce packets per bag. If you only want to eat half the bag, you’ll have plenty of gravy leftover for later!

There are four turk’y cutlets per bag. Gardein says two cutlets equal one serving, which seems reasonable to us. These cutlets are pretty substantial. We chose to bake them in the oven, which took just under 20 minutes. Our cutlets were perfectly browned; no extra cook time necessary. The cutlets were definitely prettier before we added the topping, but we slathered on the gravy anyway. We wanted the full Thanksgiving experience!

This doesn’t taste much like freshly carved turkey, but it is pretty tasty nonetheless. The breading is absolutely delicious, and it goes a long way toward masking any flavor or texture issues the cutlets might have. The cutlets are a little dry, but thanks to the gravy, that isn’t a problem. While we didn’t test this option out, we think these cutlets would be amazing on a sandwich!

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets

The gravy didn’t blow us away, but we still thought it was pretty good. As you might be able to tell from our pictures, this is a thick gravy that mimics the taste and texture of chicken gravy. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, which means it doesn’t overpower the cutlets. It’s not aesthetically pleasing, but the texture is fine, and it makes the turk’y a little juicier. If you’re not sure about the gravy, it’s easy to serve it on the side.

The Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets are great for anyone who avoids meat, even if you’re not specifically looking for a turkey substitute. While this isn’t quite as easy to cook as some of Gardein’s other products, it tastes great and it seems pretty versatile. Whether you eat this plain, top it with gravy, or serve it on a sandwich, it makes for a pretty filling meal.

To learn more about the nutrition content, ingredients, or cooking instructions for this breaded fake turkey, check out our package scans below.

Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets
Gardein Lightly Breaded Turk'y Cutlets