BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches: A Delicious Vegetarian Favorite

BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches are a delightful vegetarian twist on the classic BBQ sandwich. Tempeh, a protein-rich and nutritious soybean-based ingredient, absorbs flavors beautifully. This recipe combines smoky and juicy tempeh with a delicious BBQ sauce, served in sandwich form for a satisfying and flavorful meal option. Join in to discover this tasty vegetarian sandwich!


  • 8 oz (225 g) tempeh, sliced
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or other sweetener
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional, for extra spicy flavor)
  • 4 hamburger buns or sandwich bread
  • Lettuce leaves and sliced tomatoes, for serving


  1. In a medium bowl, prepare the marinade by combining BBQ sauce, olive oil, soy sauce, maple syrup (or other sweetener), garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper (if desired).
  2. Place the tempeh slices in the marinade and gently toss to ensure they are well coated. Let the tempeh marinate for at least 30 minutes to absorb the flavors.
  3. Preheat a grill pan or a regular grill to medium heat. Brush the grill or grill pan with a little oil to prevent the tempeh from sticking.
  4. Grill the tempeh slices for approximately 4-5 minutes on each side, or until they have a nice grilled surface and are heated through.
  5. Toast the hamburger buns or sandwich bread according to your preference, such as lightly toasting them.
  6. Assemble the sandwiches by placing some lettuce leaves and tomato slices on the bottom of each bread slice. Then, add the grilled tempeh on top and drizzle with extra BBQ sauce to taste.
  7. Serve the BBQ Tempeh Sandwiches with a side salad or your favorite accompaniments, and enjoy the delicious meat-free flavors.

Note: Tempeh can also be grilled outdoors on a barbecue. Grilling time may vary depending on the thickness of the tempeh slices and the heat of the grill. Adjust grilling time as needed.

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