Homemade Vegan BBQ Sandwiches

  • Author: Fork & Beans
  • 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


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, sauté the onions and jalapeno until lightly golden.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients for the BBQ sauce into the saucepan and whisk together until completely combined.
  3. Bring to a simmer over low heat and allow to cook for 10 minutes, continuously stirring.
  4. 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).
  5. Slather onto rolls of choice and enjoy with the toppings that suite your preference (I used shredded red cabbage and lettuce).