Grilled Black Bean & Tempeh Bacon Sandwiches
Grilled Black Bean & Tempeh Bacon Sandwiches
Prep Time
45 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
Creamy whipped black beans are slathered ion bread slices that are stuffed with baby spinach, juicy tomato slices, and smoky tempeh bacon to make these hearty and flavor-packed vegan sandwiches.
Course: Sandwich
Servings: 3 -4 sandwiches
Calories: 400 kcal
Author: Alissa
Ingredients
For the Tempeh Bacon
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 8 ounce package tempeh
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
For the Black Bean Filling
  • 1 14 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper minced (optional)
For the Sandwiches
  • 6 to 8 slices sandwich bread
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach
  • Jalapeño slices, optional
  • Oil, for grilling
Instructions
  1. To make the tempeh bacon, stir the soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar and liquid smoke together in a shallow dish. Cut the block of tempeh in half, width-wise, then cut each half into about 8 thin strips. Place the tempeh into the dish with the soy sauce mixture. Allow it to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  2. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with vegetable oil and place it over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the tempeh slices and marinade. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the marinade has dried up and slices are crispy on the bottom. Flip and cook about 5 minutes more, until the strips are browned on the other sides. Remove the tempeh from the skillet and transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  3. Place the beans, lime juice, cumin, garlic and jalapeño, if using, into a blender and blend until smooth (or leave it a bit chunky if you like). Season the mixture with salt to taste.
  4. Slather each bread slice with the black bean mixture, then pair up the slices and stuff them with tempeh bacon, tomato slices, spinach, and jalapeño, if using. Lightly oil the bottom of a large skillet (you can use the same one that you used for the tempeh bacon, just wipe it out a bit first), and place over medium heat. Place the sandwiches into the skillet and grill for about 4 minutes on each side, until browned. You can optionally cover the skillet during cooking to help heat up the sandwich fillings.
  5. Divide the sandwiches onto plates and serve.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Black Bean & Tempeh Bacon Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 119
% Daily Value*
Fat 13.2g20%
Saturated Fat 2.2g11%
Sodium 991mg41%
Potassium 674mg19%
Carbohydrates 54.9g18%
Fiber 6.8g27%
Sugar 9.2g10%
Protein 21g42%
Calcium 240mg24%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.