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Vegan Barbecue "Beef" Sandwich on a Sesame Seed Bun
Vegan Barbecue "Beef" Sandwiches
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

Hearty, delicious, and packed with protein, these satisfying vegan barbecue sandwiches are made with shredded seitan in place of beef! Perfect for summer cookouts and weeknight dinners.

Course: Sandwich
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 434 kcal
Author: Alissa Saenz
  • 12 ounces seitan (about ½ batch of my recipe or 1 ½ (8 ounce) packages)
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or high-heat oil of choice)
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ cup water, or more as needed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 sandwich rolls
For Serving (Optional)
  1. Coarsely shred the seitan using a box grater or the shred blade of a food processor.

  2. To make the sauce, stir the ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, chili powder, and paprika together in a small bowl.

  3. Coat the bottom of a medium skillet with oil and place it over medium high heat.

  4. When the oil is hot, add the onion. Sauté the onion until softened and just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes.

  5. Add the garlic and sauté for about 1 minute more, until very fragrant.

  6. Add the seitan and continue to sauté for about 5 minutes more, until it begins to brown and crisp in spots.

  7. Stir in the sauce and ¼ cup of water. 

  8. Bring the sauce to a simmer and allow it to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes. You can add more water if the sauce becomes too thick.

  9. Remove the skillet from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste.

  10. Stuff the seitan mixture into buns and top with toppings of choice. Serve.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information does not include accompaniments.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Barbecue "Beef" Sandwiches
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 434 Calories from Fat 85
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.4g14%
Saturated Fat 1.3g7%
Sodium 1732mg72%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 58.8g20%
Fiber 3.5g14%
Sugar 23.1g26%
Protein 32.4g65%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.