IKEA Roll Out Vegan Meatballs!

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Update: IKEA’s vegan meatballs are now available in the UK!


Starting today, IKEA shoppers can take a break from picking out their new flat-pack furniture and chow down on the international retailer’s famous Swedish meatballs – with a cruelty-free twist. After working with PETA US for three years and receiving numerous friendly petitions showing support for vegan options from IKEA fans around the world, the company are officially launching Grönsaksbullar – a delicious vegan meatball that’s available in select stores starting today and will soon roll out to its more than 350 stores.

With the demand for vegan options higher than ever, IKEA’s meat-free meatballs are right on trend, feeding diners’ hunger for food that’s healthy, humane and eco-friendly! Just be sure to order them without the gravy, which is currently not vegan at the UK shops.

IKEA veggie ballsRecent studies reveal that one person in eight living in the UK is vegetarian or vegan and that 20 per cent of Britons between the ages of 16 and 24 do not eat animals. As documented by PETA, vegan options spare animals from immense suffering, and vegan meals also have smaller carbon footprints, since the meat industry is a major producer of the greenhouse-gas emissions that cause climate change. Vegan options give diners’ health a break, too: vegans are less prone to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, strokes, obesity and cancer than meat-eaters are.

IKEA are just part of the trend that’s seeing compassionate options made available in restaurants, cafés and shops across the UK, including Nando’s, Wagamama, Pret A Manger and even Toby Carvery.

Grönsaksbullar will be available in UK stores from May. Have you spotted the vegan meatballs in your local IKEA? Let us know in the comments!



  • Katriona commented on April 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Are these replacing the meat or are they going to be alongside?

    • alice commented on April 11, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      they’ll be alongside of course

      • Katriona Oliver commented on April 28, 2015 at 9:44 am

        That’s a shame 🙁

  • Heather commented on April 8, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Fantastic let’s hope this isnansign of things to come 🙂

  • Mordanicus commented on April 8, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    Very good news. I hope these will be soon available around the globe.

  • Tina commented on April 9, 2015 at 10:39 am

    They should have called them Swedish Reindeer Droppings! …..I can’t wait, I used to love the meatballs before I went veggie!

  • Stuart Edwards commented on April 9, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Is this April Fools?! I blooming well hope not!!!!

  • Dan commented on April 9, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Vegan meatballs???? Have they got meat in them or not? If they haven’t they’re hardly a meatball

  • Arty commented on April 13, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Well done!
    For Dan – they are called Vegetableballs, not meatballs.

  • Ellen Goodman commented on April 15, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    IKEA is slick and cunning but it also cuts down old growth forests to produce cheap furniture. It is better to boycott IKEA. It contributes to the destruction of the world’s oldest forests and all the wildlife that depend on them. Don’t be fooled by slick products. Boycott. Make your own vegan meatballs and save the forests, the trees, and the animals.

    • JF commented on May 9, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      What about buying their “vegetable-balls” and not buying their furniture ?

  • Maria commented on April 18, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    Wonderful news

  • Clare Sherman commented on May 18, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    Meat actually means “food”.The other type should be called a “flesh- ball”!

  • Joanne commented on May 20, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I have heard that IKEA vegan meatballs have been found not to be vegan they come in a sauce made with butter. Ikea have said they are working on it after they have been selling them as vegan. Buyer beware!!!

  • Louise commented on May 20, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    It really is great news that PETA and IKEA have worked together to develop these vegan balls, however it seems how they have launched in the UK has been bungled. Vegan’s have excitedly been buying this meal as they were told it would be/is vegan but isn’t. It is illogical to suggest that IKEA would go to the effort to develop vegan balls and then serve them as standard with a non-vegan sauce, especially when it’s a tomato sauce that has butter in (which completely unnecessary and not even traditional!) Someone clearly bodged this and it would be much more refreshing if IKEA came out and admitted that and apologised to those folks they have mislead. I’m still looking forward to going into IKEA and being able to order a vegan meal, but I won’t be in until I can do that, because I was looking forward to another apologist 2nd class citizen meal option. Nearly folks, nearly.

  • Caroline Harris commented on July 29, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Love them – great standby for a sandwich filling, with salad or a snack

  • Katherine commented on July 21, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Ikea Burbank, CA has them for sale frozen too!!

  • Alex commented on July 28, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    Tried the veggie balls for the first time today with a warm salad. LOVED THEM 🙂

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