Gluten-Free Deli Meat List

Packaged, counter, and vegetarian options

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Plain turkey, chicken, roast beef, and ham don't contain gluten, but deli meat you buy pre-packaged or at the deli counter can contain gluten. That's because virtually every brand and flavor of deli meat or cold cuts you'll find at the supermarket contains ingredients that go beyond just meat, so gluten ingredients and gluten cross-contamination can sneak in.

Therefore, if you're following the gluten-free diet, you'll need to choose deli meat that's labeled "gluten-free." There are several brands where all (or virtually all) lunch meat options are gluten-free, including:

  • Applegate Naturals
  • Bar S
  • Boar's Head
  • Buddig Original
  • Butterball (only some are gluten-free)
  • Dietz & Watson (everything is certified gluten-free except for scrapple and bockwurst, which contain gluten)
  • Gallo Salame
  • Jennie-O (almost all are gluten-free)
  • Land O'Frost

Below are the detailed lists of gluten-free deli meat products for these brands, plus a list of gluten-free vegetarian and vegan deli meat alternatives. In addition, you'll find a list of lunch meat brands to avoid, plus tips on how to order sliced-to-order products from the deli counter while minimizing your gluten cross-contamination risk (which is high when buying products at the deli).

Supermarket Foods to Avoid When You're Gluten-Free

Applegate Naturals

Gluten-free. This cold cut brand, which is free of antibiotics and GMOs and promises humanely-raised products, makes a wide variety of pre-packaged gluten-free deli meats. Organic gluten-free options include:

  • Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Smoked Chicken Breast
  • Herb Turkey Breast
  • Slow-Cooked Ham
  • Black Forest Ham
  • Roast Beef

Options from the Applewood Naturals line include:

  • Honey Ham
  • Slow-Cooked Ham
  • Barbecue-Flavored Chicken Breast
  • Black Forest Ham
  • Honey & Maple Turkey Breast
  • Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Herb Turkey Breast

All are gluten-free, casein-free, and dairy-free, according to the company. Many also are sugar-free. Applegate Naturals does make some gluten-containing products, although not in its deli meat line. Use the company's allergen search to see which products are gluten-free.

Armour Meats

Some gluten-free varieties. Armour makes bologna, roast beef, Virginia ham, corned beef, pastrami, and salami for sale at deli counters. The company is a division of Smithfield Foods, which does label some products "gluten-free." However, Armour does not offer a list of gluten-free products.

According to a customer service representative: "While we may not add gluten (wheat, oats, barley or rye) to our products, we do receive ingredients from outside suppliers that may contain gluten. Without a guarantee from our suppliers that gluten is not present in their ingredients, we do not make that claim. If there is no “gluten free” claim on our label and you want to be conservative, assume that a source of gluten may be present. Please continue to read the ingredient statements carefully at the time you purchase the product because formulations can change at any time."

Armour Meats products that meet gluten-free standards will be labeled as such, and products that contain wheat or gluten will disclose those ingredients on the label.

Bar S

Gluten-free. The Bar S lunch meat line includes a wide variety of pre-packaged products, including:

  • Oven-Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Black Forest Turkey Breast
  • Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Classic Chopped Ham
  • Deli-Style Smoked Ham
  • Deli-Style Honey Ham
  • Deli-Shaved Black Forest Ham
  • Classic Bologna
  • Garlic Bologna
  • Signature Smokehouse Bologna
  • Thick Bologna
  • Turkey Bologna
  • Beef Bologna
  • Chicken Bologna
  • Cotto Salami
  • Spiced Luncheon Loaf

According to the company, all Bar S products except for Bar S corn dogs are gluten-free, but there's no risk of gluten cross-contamination: "The corn dogs are also produced on separate machines and in different facilities than the rest of our products. There is no possible contamination."

Boar's Head

Gluten-free. Boar's Head (also known for its gluten-free condiments) advertises "premium deli meats" and makes a huge variety of deli meats, both pre-packaged and ready-to-slice at the deli counter (most are available only at the deli counter). You can choose from:

  • Bold Blackened Turkey Breast
  • Bold Cajun Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Bold Salsalito Turkey Breast
  • Cracked Pepper Mill Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Golden Catering Style Oven Roasted Turkey Breast - Lower Sodium
  • Hickory Smoked Black Forest Turkey Breast
  • Honey Smoked Turkey Breast
  • 46% Lower Sodium Turkey Breast
  • Maple Glazed Honey Coat Turkey Breast
  • Mesquite Wood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • No Salt Added Turkey Breast
  • Ovengold Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Pastrami Seasoned Turkey Breast
  • Bold Bourbonridge Uncured Smoked Ham
  • Bold Peppenero Garlic Ham
  • Branded Deluxe Ham
  • Branded Deluxe Ham - 42% Lower Sodium
  • Cappy Brand Ham
  • Gourmet Pepper Brand Ham
  • Maple Glazed Honey Coat Ham
  • Pesto Parmesan Ham
  • Rosemary & Sundried Tomato Ham
  • Smoked Virginia Ham
  • Smokemaster Beechwood Smoked Black Forest Ham
  • Sweet Slice Boneless Smoked Uncured Ham
  • Tavern Ham
  • Virginia Brand Ham
  • 1st Cut Cooked Corned Beef Brisket
  • 1st Cut Pastrami Brisket
  • Bold Cajun Roast Beef
  • Cap-Off Cooked Top Round Corned Beef
  • Cap-Off Top Round Pastrami
  • Deluxe Low-Sodium Oven Roasted Beef - Cap-Off Top Round
  • Italian-Style Seasoned Beef with Bracoile Seasoning
  • London Broil Cap-Off Top Round Oven Roasted Beef
  • Londonport Top Round Seasoned Roast Beef
  • Seasoned Filet of Roast Beef - Cap-Off Top Round
  • Bold Ichiban Teriyaki Style Chicken Breast
  • Bold Jerk Chicken Breast
  • Bold Chipotle Chicken Breast
  • All American BBQ Seasoned Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Blazing Buffalo Style Roasted Chicken Breast
  • EverRoast Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Golden Classic Oven Roasted Chicken Breast - 42% Lower Sodium
  • Lemon Pepper Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Maple Glazed Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Rotisserie Seasoned Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Bold Madrasala Curry Chicken Breast
  • 33% Lower Sodium Bologna
  • Lite Braunschweiger Liverwurst
  • Beef Bologna
  • Beef Salami
  • Bologna (Pork & Beef)
  • Cooked Salami
  • Garlic Bologna
  • Head Cheese
  • Olive Loaf
  • Strassburger Liverwurst

If you like Boar's Head products but you're wary of buying from the deli counter, you can find pre-packaged pepperoni and turkey pepperoni in many stores, plus charcuterie products such as chorizo and bianco d'oro (Italian dry salame). All Boar's Head meats are gluten-free, according to the company.

Buddig Original

Gluten-free. This Chicago-based brand makes pre-packaged deli meats in 11 different varieties, including:

  • Beef
  • Black Forest Ham
  • Black Forest Turkey
  • Chicken
  • Corned Beef
  • Ham
  • Honey Ham
  • Honey-Roasted Turkey
  • Oven-Roasted Turkey
  • Pastrami
  • Turkey

All are gluten-free and also are free of monosodium glutamate (MSG), according to the company.

Butterball

Some gluten-free varieties. Butterball, best known for its turkeys, also offers chicken and turkey deli meat for slicing at the deli counter. Out of the 11 varieties of deli meat, seven are considered gluten-free by the company:

  • Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Honey Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Mesquite Turkey Breast
  • Deep-Fried Turkey Breast
  • Turkey Pastrami
  • Turkey Breast-40% Less Sodium
  • Golden Brown Turkey Breast

None of Butterball's chicken deli meats are listed as gluten-free, so steer clear of those.

Dietz & Watson

Almost all certified gluten-free. Dietz & Watson makes deli meats that are available at stores that include Food Lion and The Fresh Market. Deli counter sliced options include:

  • Teriyaki Chicken Breast
  • Originals Chicken Breast Harissa
  • Originals Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Originals Organic Chicken Breast
  • Southern Fried Breast of Chicken
  • Gourmet Breast of Chicken
  • Momma Dietz Original Recipe Roasted Chicken
  • Sriracha Chicken Breast
  • Honey Barbecue Breast of Chicken
  • Buffalo Style Chicken Breast
  • Rotisserie Breast of Chicken
  • Originals Uncured Cotto Ham
  • Classic Trimmed & Tied Boneless Ham
  • Imported Ham
  • Classic Branded Cooked Ham
  • Gourmet Lite Cooked Ham
  • Virginia Ham
  • Gourmet Lite Virginia Brand Ham with Pineapple
  • Black Forest Smoked Ham
  • Our Cuban Recipe Pork Cerdo Cubano
  • Italian Style Roast Pork
  • Rosemary Seasoned Ham
  • Italian Style Classic Tomato & Basil Ham
  • All Natural Uncured Classic Dinner Ham
  • Maple Honey Ham
  • Brown Sugar & Molasses Ham
  • Black Forest Smoked Ham
  • Peppered Ham
  • Black Forest Honey Cured Ham
  • Corned Beef
  • Corned Beef (extra lean)
  • First Cut New York Brand Corned Beef Brisket
  • Pepper Choice Eye Roast Beef
  • Golden Recipe All Natural Oven Roasted Roast Beef
  • Premium Angus All Natural Roast Beef
  • Oven Roasted All Natural Roast Beef - Rare
  • Top Round London Broil Roast Beef
  • Pastrami
  • Italian Style Roast Beef
  • U.S.D.A. Choice Eye Round Roast Beef
  • Top Round Roast Beef
  • Hatch Green Chile Turkey Breast
  • All Natural Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Originals Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Smoked Peppercorn Turkey Breast
  • Glazed Honey Cured Turkey Breast
  • Gourmet Lite Turkey Breast
  • 50% Lower Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Gourmet Lite No Salt Added Turkey Breast
  • Chipotle Pepper Turkey Breast
  • Cajun Style Turkey Breast
  • Homestyle Black Pepper Turkey Breast
  • Italian Style Turkey Breast
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Oven Roasted Homestyle Turkey Breast
  • Carving Ready Turkey Breast
  • Maple & Honey Turkey Breast
  • Santa Fe Brand Turkey Breast
  • Bacon Lovers Turkey Breast
  • Oven Classic Turkey Breast
  • Bologna
  • Mortadella
  • Beef Bologna
  • Black Forest German Brand Bologna
  • Ring Bologna

Pre-packaged options include:

  • Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Organic Chicken Breast
  • Uncured Applewood Smoked Ham
  • Uncured Maple & Honey Ham
  • Uncured Black Forest Ham
  • Angus Roast Beef
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Organic Turkey Breast
  • Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Herbed Turkey Breast
  • Genoa Salami Medallions
  • Pre-Sliced Sopressata
  • Sliced Turkey Pepperoni
  • Truffle Salami Medallions

According to the company's gluten-free statement: "Only two of our deli meats contain gluten: Dietz & Watson Scrapple and Bockwurst. All of our artisan cheeses and condiments are 100% gluten free." Dietz & Watson is certified gluten-free by the National Celiac Association, which requires products to meet the strict standard of less than 5 parts per million of gluten.

Gallo Salame

Gluten-free. Gallo, which distributes its products to the western one-third of the U.S., makes pre-packaged sliced salame in five different varieties:

  • Italian Dry Salame
  • Light Italian Dry Salame
  • Dry Salame - 60% Less Sodium
  • All-Natural Uncured Salame
  • Peppered Salame

All are gluten-free, according to Gallo Salame's frequently asked questions page.

Jennie-O

Almost all gluten-free. Jennie-O, which bills itself as "your favorite deli turkey behind the counter," makes nearly 40 different chicken and turkey deli meats for sale at deli counters. Almost all of them are listed as "gluten-free," including:

  • Sweet Thai Chili Turkey Breast
  • Peri Peri Chicken Breast
  • Chili Pepper Turkey Breast
  • Apple Cider Cinnamon Turkey Breast
  • Cajun Style Turkey Breast
  • Italian Style Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Breast
  • All-Natural Oven Browned Turkey Breast
  • Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast
  • Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Hickory Smoked Honey Turkey Breast
  • Mesquite Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Honey Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Oven Browned Turkey Breast
  • Herb Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Oven Browned Turkey Breast
  • Buffalo Style Chicken Turkey Breast
  • Mesquite Smoked Honey Turkey Breast
  • Reduced Sodium Turkey Breast
  • Cracked Pepper Turkey Breast
  • Original Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Tender Browned Shaving Turkey Breast
  • Hickory Smoked Slicing and Shaving Turkey Breast
  • Honey Mesquite Turkey Breast
  • Extra Lean Turkey Ham
  • Grand Champion Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Original Reduced Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Deli Favorites Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Deli Favorites Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Deli Favorites Tender Browned Turkey Breast
  • Grand Champion Reduced Sodium Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Applewood Smoked Chicken
  • Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Honey BBQ Seasoned Chicken Breast

The only two Jennie-O deli counter products that are not listed as gluten-free are Turkey Pastrami and Premium Fresh Turkey Breast Roast, so steer clear of those.

Land O'Frost

Gluten-free. Land O'Frost, a family-owned company based in Indiana, offers three different lines of pre-packaged deli meat: Premium, BistroFavorites, and Deli Shaved. Gluten-free options include:

  • Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast
  • Black Forest Ham
  • Honey Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Hickory Smoked Ham
  • Brown Sugar Ham
  • Old-Fashioned Cooked Ham
  • Roast Beef
  • Hickory Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Sliced Hard Salami
  • Oven Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Honey Ham
  • Black Forest Canadian Bacon
  • Hickory Smoked Canadian Bacon
  • Thick-Sliced Sweet Country Maple Canadian Bacon
  • Thick-Sliced Natural Hickory Smoked Canadian Bacon
  • Applewood Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Rotisserie Seasoned Turkey Breast
  • Honey Glazed Turkey Breast
  • Natural Roast Beef
  • Black Forest Turkey Breast
  • Uncured Corned Beef
  • Applewood Unsmoked Uncured Ham
  • Black Forest Uncured Ham
  • Honey Glazed Uncured Ham
  • Black Peppered Uncured Beef

Land O'Frost also offers gluten-free Premium Sub Kits (just the meat, not the bread) in five varieties:

  • Classic Italian-Style
  • Premo Italiano-Style
  • Classic Ham and Turkey
  • Black Forest Ham and Turkey
  • Honey Ham and Turkey

Land O'Frost's frequently asked questions page states that all the company's products are gluten-free. Products are available at many grocery store chains.

Gluten-Free Vegetarian Deli Meat

Making a deli-style sandwich is tricky when you're both gluten-free and vegetarian. Popular veggie-meat brands Tofurky and Yves Veggie Deli each contain vital wheat gluten as a primary ingredient, placing them well off-limits.

Vegetarian Substitutes

It can be tricky to eat enough protein when you're gluten-free and vegetarian or vegan. If you want a true sandwich and not just another gluten-free veggie burger, you can try using:

  • Beyond Meat Chicken Strips (gluten-free "chicken" strips made with soy and pea protein)
  • Gardein Chick'n Scallopini (gluten-free "chicken" cutlets made with soy protein)
  • Quorn Meatless Turkey Deli Slices (gluten-free turkey substitute made with mycoprotein and egg whites)

Of these, only the Quorn deli slices are true deli meat substitutes, but you can slice the others so that they'll fit on your gluten-free sandwich bread.

Non-Gluten-Free Deli Meat Brands

These brands generally do not label any of their deli meats "gluten-free," although some state that the foods have no gluten ingredients.

Hillshire Farm: May contain gluten. Hillshire Farms, a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, offers deli meat in three dozen varieties, including Buffalo Chicken, Black Forest Ham, Tomato & Basil Turkey Breast, a "Farm classics" line, and a "Naturals" line. However, Hillshire Farm does not label any foods "gluten-free" for the consumer market (it makes gluten-free sausage for restaurants and food service).

Hormel: No gluten ingredients. Hormel does not label its meat products "gluten-free." Instead, it provides a list of products that do not include ingredients derived from wheat, rye, barley, and oats. Pre-packaged lunch meat products on Hormel's "no gluten ingredients" list include: Hormel brand diced ham, cubed ham, and ham steaks; Hormel Black Label brand chopped ham; and Hormel Natural Choice brand Brown Sugar Deli Ham, Canadian Bacon, Cooked Deli Ham, Grilled Chicken Strips, Hard Salami (uncured), Honey Deli Ham, Honey Deli Turkey, Mesquite Turkey, Oven Roasted Chicken Strips, Oven Roasted Deli Turkey, Pepperoni (uncured), Roast Beef, Rotisserie-Style Deli Chicken Breast, Smoked Deli Ham, Smoked Deli Turkey, and Uncured Bacon. Hormel urges consumers to always read product labels to check ingredients, since those ingredients can change without notice.

Oscar Mayer: No gluten ingredients. Oscar Mayer makes pre-packaged bologna, turkey, chicken, ham, salami, and ham and cheese loaf in more than 100 varieties. None have any gluten ingredients listed. Oscar Mayer is a subsidiary of Kraft Foods, which has a policy of clearly disclosing any gluten-containing ingredients on products' ingredients labels. However, the labels won't necessarily disclose any risk of gluten cross-contamination. Oscar Mayer did have some products it considered gluten-free, but those disappeared when the company combined some of its production facilities.

Russer: May contain gluten. Russer, which makes cold cuts for sale at deli counters and in packages, is another Tyson Foods subsidiary. This brand does not label products "gluten-free" in the consumer market.

Sara Lee Deli: May contain gluten. Sara Lee, best known for its pies, also makes multiple deli meats for sale in packages and at the deli counter. Like Hillshire Farms and Russer, Sara Lee Deli is a subsidiary of Tyson Foods, which does not maintain a list of gluten-free products. A Sara Lee Deli customer service spokesperson says that any gluten-free products will be labeled "gluten-free." If a product does not carry that designation, avoid it.

Weaver, Wilson and Wunderbar: May contain gluten. These three smaller brands are subsidiaries of Tyson Foods and don't label anything gluten-free.

A Word From Verywell

Although most deli meats don't contain gluten ingredients, a few of them do. Unfortunately, deli workers use the same slicing machines for everything, which raises your risk of gluten cross-contamination significantly.

The best way to eliminate this risk is to buy pre-packaged gluten-free lunch meat. However, you just can't find the same variety of flavors in the pre-packaged refrigerator section of your favorite grocery store, so you might be tempted to try products from the deli.

To lessen your risk while doing so, you can consider:

  • Arriving at the store at opening time and being first in line at the deli, in order to ensure a freshly cleaned slicing machine.
  • Purchasing a chunk of the gluten-free product you prefer, and then slicing that product yourself at home (make sure to ask the deli staff to use a clean knife and cutting board).

These measures won't eliminate your risk of gluten cross-contamination (especially in a deli that offers gluten-containing sliced-to-order products, or in a deli that makes sandwiches to order in the same area as the sliced-to-order products). But they can lessen that risk. If you're concerned, make sure to talk with the deli staff or manager, who may have additional ideas on how to make sure your deli meat is safely gluten-free.

And finally, when building your gluten-free deli sandwich at home, make sure to use the best gluten-free bread, gluten-free cheese, gluten-free pickles, gluten-free relish, and gluten-free mayonnaise you can find.

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