Plant-based version of IKEA meatballs coming to Australia

Kristine Tarbert
·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer
·3-min read

IKEA has revealed the date Aussies can get their hands on the brand-new plant ball – a meatless version of the store’s classic meatball.

The plant-based version of the iconic food hall favourite is set to arrive on Australian stores nationally on October 6.

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IKEA is launching a plant-based version of the famous meatball. Photo: Getty

The latest addition to IKEA Food was created to have the same look and taste as the original meatball, but with plant-based ingredients.

“We’re excited to be able to soon start offering a more sustainable option of our original meatball without compromising on the classic IKEA meatball experience,” IKEA spokesperson Bijanka Zubonja said.

The plant ball will still be served with mashed potatoes, lingonberries, and cream sauce, in the same way as the traditional dish, and at the same low price - as the dish includes dairy products it is not suitable for a vegan diet.

Customers can also purchase a take-home pack of frozen plant balls from the Swedish Food Market.

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The new IKEA plant ball. Photo: Supplied/IKEA

The new plant ball is made with yellow pea protein, oats, potatoes, onion and apple, but is still meant to look and taste like meat.

Now if you can’t quite contain your excitement for the new plant ball, IKEA is giving 350 lucky Australians a chance to taste the brand new product before its arrival in stores.

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Diners will be transported into a world where botanist meets elevated dining to indulge in a 3-course menu where well-known IKEA Food options will be showcased as part of a never-before-seen menu.

‘Sustainable Dining: A menu better for you and the planet’ will be hosted in all IKEA Australia stores excluding IKEA Richmond, Springvale, and Adelaide. Those interested will need to be an IKEA Family member and can purchase a ticket through an e-mail in their inbox. Tickets will be sold at $25 per person.

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Ikea's new plant ball is served the traditional way with jam, potato and gravy. Photo: Supplied/IKEA

The new plant ball comes after IKEA also launched a Veggie version of their $1 hot dog earlier this year.

The home of the flatpack is actually one of the biggest hot dog vendors in the world, selling over 100 million a year.

The veggie-friendly meat alternative features ingredients such as kale, red lentils, carrots and ginger and is served in a roll with roasted onions, pickled cabbage and mustard.

“Wow I wanted a veggie hotdog so bad yesterday. I will be getting one soon,” one person commented online.

“I tried it!. Pretty good, but the sauerkraut on top was what gave it most of its flavour. Don’t expect meat flavor and you won’t be disappointed,” another person wrote.

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