This vegan BBQ Sandwich uses deliciously smoky and savory Tempeh patties nestled between soft, fluffy buns! It is so easy to throw together when needing a quick yet filling lunch or dinner. It's a healthier and lighter alternative that is downright delicious; even meat-eaters will love them! They are the perfect addition to your next backyard BBQ party.
Also called tempe, this protein-packed vegan alternative to meat is made of fermented whole soybeans packed in cake form. It is often compared to tofu as they are both made from soy. However, tempeh offers a different nutritional package. It has higher fiber and vitamin content plus has a firmer texture. So, while it is the less popular sister of tofu, tempeh is something that we love using in our recipes! It is so versatile and can be cooked in a lot of different ways! You can fry, grill, boil, and bake it. And with its mild flavors and chunky-firm texture, it can be transformed into a variety of your fave dishes.
The Best HomemadeBBQ Tempeh Sandwich
This BBQ Sandwich recipe is one of the best ways to highlight tempeh's goodness! It is infused in a smoky, caramelized BBQ sauce, so you can enjoy the taste of summer all year round! The flavor of the tempeh will depend significantly on the BBQ sauce that you will be using, so use your favorite one! You can get really creative with this as well. You can add any burger toppings you like, such as lettuce, tomatoes, crispy fried onions, and spicy peppers.
Tempeh - we used regular tempeh for this recipe. We diced them into bite-sized proportions but feel free to cut them in strips instead.
BBQ sauce - use your favorite vegan flavor and brand! You can opt to use sweet, smoky or tangy - it is up to you.
Garlic and red onion - we used a savory base for the tempeh BBQ sauce.
Liquid smoke - gives the tempeh patties a deep smoky, and grilled flavor. You can use any type like hickory or mesquite.
Buns - you can use round or long buns, whichever you prefer.
Burger toppings - stack your sandwich with whatever toppings you like! You can go classic with lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Or you can simply garnish with crunchy garlic and parsley.
How to Make BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
Making this is really quite simple! You will have your yummy sandwiches in under 30 minutes, including prep time!
Saute the Aromatics. Cook garlic and onion in a non-stick pan until fragrant.
Add Tempeh and Liquid Smoke. Let the tempeh cook for 5 minutes until browned on all sides.
Add BBQ Sauce. Add enough to submerge the tempeh pieces and let them simmer until caramelized.
Serve! Place the tempeh filling in the buns and add your favorite toppings.
Tips when MakingBBQ Tempeh Sandwich
If you are using smoked BBQ sauce, you can omit the liquid smoke in this recipe so it does not become overpowering.
You can also cook the tempeh patties on a grill if you are making this as part of your backyard BBQ party. Just cook them in a foil packet instead of a pan.
If you like to make it spicy, use a spicy BBQ sauce or add some chili powder, cayenne pepper, or red chili flakes to the mix.
Make this sandwich free of gluten by using gluten-free buns.
Slap some Vegan Coleslaw instead of your usual burger toppings – it is an absolute match made in heaven!
This recipe is quite versatile and can be served in a lot of different ways!
Make some good old BBQ pizza by using the tempeh pieces as toppings together with some greens, onions, and vegan cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to boil or steam the tempeh first before frying? In this recipe, we will be frying them so there is no need to pre-cook the tempeh.
Can I use frozen tempeh? Sure! Just make sure to thaw it on the fridge overnight before using them. If you do not have time to do this, submerge the packet in lukewarm water until it softens.
Can I use other sauces instead of BBQ? That is entirely up to you. Some great options would be teriyaki sauce or sweet and sour sauce.
Storing BBQ Tempeh Sandwich
If you have any leftovers, place them in a sealable plastic/Stasher bag or tightly lidded container and put them in the fridge for up to three days. They are also freezer-friendly and can be frozen for a month or two. You can reheat using a microwave or stovetop.
Here are some more of our must-try Tempeh Recipes!
Ginger Lime Tempeh - This flavor-packed recipe will be a fantastic introduction if you are new to tempeh! Eat it with some plain rice and steamed veggies.
Sweet Jalapeño Tempeh Strips - If you're looking to try out more tempeh dishes, these Sweet Jalapeño Tempeh Strips are delicious! They're full of flavor and delicious plant-based protein to keep you fueled throughout your day.
Chipotle Lime Street Style Tacos - If you are planning on what to make on your next taco night, then this Chipotle Lime Tacos recipe is precisely what you need. Enjoy the smoky, spicy, and savory tempeh filling nestled in a soft tortilla topped with your choice of veggies!
This vegan BBQ Sandwich uses deliciously smoky and savory Tempeh patties nestled between soft, fluffy buns! It is so easy to throw together when needing a quick yet filling lunch or dinner. It's a healthier and lighter alternative that is downright delicious; even meat-eaters will love them!
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