I have been dying to create this recipe for a while now since it popped into my head months ago and planned for it onto my calendar. I was so super excited (like, spirit fingers excited) when it all came together perfectly…I love me a good gluten-free vegan recreation of a favorite! Now that I am really trying to eat a more “clean” diet, I have begun to find sheer delight in making everything I can from scratch–I am even now canning the canned beans and am learning the art of cooking dried beans. So making a BBQ sauce from scratch made perfect sense and then to combine it with chopped up Hearts of Palm to recreate a shredded BBQ “pork” sandwich–I knew a winner was created. Hearts of Palm has become a personal favorite as a great base with recipes like this and this so I knew I was on the right track.
Sandwich this barbeque pulled hearts of palm “meat” between a gluten-free vegan hamburger bun and you have yourself the most perfect summer sandwich on earth. Ever. Of all time. Exaggerating a little? Maybe.
If you do not have a local bakery that makes amazing allergen-friendly buns, I suggest a few things. First, check your grocery store for Shar products. They have really cool gluten-free vegan ciabatta rolls that work perfectly for this recipe. If you don’t have access to that, Shirley of Gluten-Free Easily put up an awesome round-up for tons of ideas for gluten-free hamburger and hot dog buns. You can find that post here distributing out all of the links here. Not all of them aren’t vegan but there are a few that are.Print
Homemade Vegan BBQ Sandwiches
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
- Total Time: 30 mins
- Yield: 4 BBQ Sandwiches 1x
These vegan BBQ sandwiches tastes so much like the real deal, even your carnivore friends won’t miss the meat.
- 1 14.5 oz. can of Hearts of Palm (drained and pulsed several times in a food processor)
- 4 gluten-free/vegan hamburger buns
- Red cabbage, shredded
Homemade BBQ sauce (or use 1 1/2 c. store-bought BBQ sauce of choice):
- 1/2 small yellow onion, minced
- 1/2 jalapeno, deseeded and minced
- 1/3 c. tomato paste
- 1/2 c. water
- 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
- 3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. ground mustard
- 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp. onion powder
- 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1/8 tsp. liquid smoke (start with half of that, taste and add more as you see fit)
- salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
- In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the onions and jalapeno until lightly golden.
- Add the rest of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into the saucepan and whisk together until completely combined.
- Bring to a simmer over low heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes, continuously stirring.
- While the BBQ sauce is simmering, add the chopped up hearts of palm into the saucepan. Stir together until completely coated and heated up (approx. 2-3 minutes).
- Slather onto rolls of choice and enjoy with the toppings that suite your preference (I used shredded red cabbage and lettuce).
I actually ended up eating this for lunch however I skipped the bun and threw it into a salad and it was so good, I wish I had made more. The perfect companion to fresh veggies, the possibilities are endless.
Do you recognize those pickles below? They are from this recent post of my Easy Pickled Veggies recipe. Hip hip hooray everyone for cameos. Never eat a sandwich without a pickle. That is my motto for life.
I guarantee you that even the meat eaters will be asking for seconds so Happy BBQing friends!
sam ~ it doesn't taste like chicken
I’m in awe of not only this recipe, but how you were able to stack three sandwiches on top of each other like that!!
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Keep on working, great job!
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I am new to using Hearts of Palm…where can I find it? Whole Foods? These sandwiches look delish!!
Do you have a Trader Joes nearby? I get mine there. Or yes, Whole Foods should have them or even just your local grocery store does in the canned veggies section 🙂
Thanks for the recipe, very tasty sandwich. The heart of palm is an excellent idea !
Ellie @ Homemade Hearts
Wow, this looks amazing! You are so ingenious to use heart of palm to replace pulled pork! And that BBQ sauce simply looks delicious! I must try!!!
that is some fine balancing work! i’ll take a dozen of these for this weekend please!!
Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts
YUMMY, Cara! I’ve never used heart of palm this way, but I have used jackfruit, which made for fabulous vegan barbecue, and I think their structure/texture is very similar. I’d love to try it!
Thanks so much for the mention of my gluten-free hamburger, hot dog, and sandwich roll roundup! I loved having your rolls included, of course. There are actually six recipes of the 30 that are vegan or have a vegan option. 🙂 I’m partial to my Brazilian Un-Cheese Rolls which are included and are completely vegan with no subs needed. 😉
Have a wonderful 4th, dear! xo,
You are the best Shirley! I cannot wait to try your Brazilian Rolls–they look and sound so good (my mouth is watering now, thanks). ha Happy 4th friend! xo
Megan @ My Very Veggie Blog
Wow, I will absolutely be making these for the 4th! I bought some hearts of palm for salads, but didn’t love them. Now I can put the rest to good use!
I’m not a fan of eating them by themselves either Megan. They are the perfect foundation to add flavors to however and I hope you love this recipe as much as I do! xo
A friend of mine gave me the incredible idea to use hearts of palm in place of crab meat in my favorite crab cake recipe. It is SO YUMMY!!!!
I agree 100 percent with your motto for life.
I KNEW there had to be someone out there that got my vision 🙂 haha. Happy 4th Becky!
F- Bomb girl this looks delicious and yes I have been putting barbeque sauce on much of my food lately… The pics look great, the burger, the pickle, the colors every element I would want in my body…Keep posting you sexy thang!:)Peace-onelove
Will you begin every comment from now on saying F-bomb? haha. I loved it. Hope you are doing well friend! xo
Looks like a great recipe. But, before I make the BBQ sauce, I’d appreciate knowing how much I should use of fresh produce since I never have the dry stuff in the house and always have plenty of fresh vegetables. How much fresh garlic to substitute for 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and how much onion for the 1/4 tsp. onion powder. Thanks a lot.
You can just use 1-2 garlic cloves when you are sautéing the onions and jalapeno and that is it really 🙂
These look awesome! What a perfect way to celebrate the 4th of July. Thanks for sharing this recipe, and I hope you have a great holiday weekend!
Happy 4th to you Carol, thank you so much!
MMmm, looks so good! I’m always interested in trying new BBQ sauce recipes and looks like a perfect combo with pulled jackfruit! Well done! 🙂
Jackfruit is definitely next on my list–I’ve yet to try it. I’m too hooked on hearts of palm for the time being but now you have me wanting to explore the fruit 🙂 xo
RI.GHT?!!! 😉 xo