Taking the meat out of these vegetarian sandwiches leaves room for a whole lot of sensational fillings and toppings. These sandwiches are bursting with flavor and are a hearty and satisfying addition to any meatless meal. With flavor this good, you won't miss the meat!
The Best "Beefy" Vegan Burgers
This umami-rich burger is unabashedly attempting to imitate a beef burger in flavor, texture, and appearance. Mushrooms and grains form the bulk of the burger--the mushrooms are tender, and the grains stay firm to give the impression of protein which has been cooked. The fat helps coat the separate elements so that it holds together nicely and isn't piecey like most veggie burgers. The patty absorbs lots of grill flavor to deliver a charred, smokey patty just like a traditional beefy backyard burger.
Braising may destroy some of the good bacteria on the surface of the tempeh. But as long as the internal temp doesn't get too high, most of the probiotics will survive.
Avocado, Sprout, and Cashew Spread Sandwich
Top bread with a cashew spread, sprouts, radishes, avocado, arugula, and more to make this fresh and flavorful sandwich.
Egg and Tomato Open-Faced Sandwiches
Meaty, briny kalamata olives and a splash of vinegar punch up a quick red pepper sauce for these vegetarian sandwiches. Use slightly thicker (about 1 1/2-oz.) bread slices to build a sturdy sandwich base. You can slice your own, or ask to have it sliced on the thicker side.
Apple and Cashew Spread Sandwich
Spread a cashew mixture over bread and top with apple, lemon juice, and black pepper to prepare this sandwich.
Grilled Margherita Sandwiches
This quick five-ingredient entrée transforms a favorite pizza combo into a melty grilled sandwich. To thinly slice fresh mozzarella with ease, freeze the cheese for about 30 minutes before cutting.
Hummus-Veggie Sandwich on Whole GrainHummus, veggies, and a hint of garlice and lemon are a sandwich lover's dream. Hummus-Veggie Sandwich on Whole Grain is hearty and satisfying, and a cool break during a day on the beach.
Grilled Cheese & Apple SandwichesNo panini press? Cook these 4-ingredient sandwiches in a skillet 4 minutes on each side with a pan on top.
Open-Faced Sandwiches with Mushrooms and Fried EggsHearty mulitgrain bread is the base for these stacked sammies, loaded with pesto, beefsteak tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, and topped off with a golden fried egg.
Open-Faced Jerk Vegetable SandwichesJerk seasoning (typically a mixture of ground cinnamon, allspice, and pepper) is used in many Caribbean-style dishes. Here, the seasoning is used in a marinade for sautéed veggies. The spicy vegetables are then served on toasted French bread topped with chutney mayonnaise.
Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime TzatzikiWith flavors reminiscent of a falafel, Fried Chickpea and Arugula Pita Sandwiches with Lime Tzatziki take less work, are tasty with lots of texture, and an easy weeknight meal to put together.
Grilled Vegetable and Mozzarella SandwichesHollow out a loaf of Italian ciabatta bread and fill it up with grilled veggies, salad greens and cheese for a complete meal.
Nor-Cal Veggie Sandwiches with Hazelnut ButterThis is the kind of delectable vegetarian fare that makes you forget about meat. Any sprouts you like will work in place of radish sprouts.
Nan's Grilled Mozzarella and Olive SandwichStretchy, mild fresh mozzarella is layered with briny olive tapenade to create a rich, savory sandwich.
Grilled Eggplant Banh Mi SandwichOnce grilled, eggplant comes into its full glory: tender, creamy flesh with a satisfying meatiness that makes it ideal for our Vietnamese-style Grilled Eggplant Banh Mi Sandwich.
Almond Butter, Plum, and Granola SandwichForget the typical PB&J and try Almond Butter, Plum, and Granola Sandwich. Drizzle with a little honey for a little added sweetness.
Tempeh Sloppy Joes with ColeslawTempeh is a fermented soy product formed into a flat cake boasting a yeasty flavor and firm texture. In this saucy, hot sandwich, tempeh crumbles take the place of ground beef.
Roasted Vegetable SandwichesWe love sandwiches—especially when you hold the meat. Try this hearty vegetable sandwich recipe featuring roasted zucchini, squash, and red bell peppers. Roasting vegetables brings out their rich, natural sweetness and makes them perfect for a hearty sandwich filling.
Spicy Chickpea SandwichesIn the streets of Palermo, Sicily, you'll find panelle, fried chickpea-flour patties served on a roll. Here's our simplified version.
Parmesan-Herb Crusted Tofu SandwichThe secret to this sandwich is to slice the tofu very thin, then bread with the parmesan-herb mixture thickly.
Caprese MeltsPerfect for summertime, this sandwich version of the classic caprese salad is composed of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.
Summer Veggie SandwichScooping out part of the bread in this simple version of pan bagnat allows for more tasty fillings and acts as a hull to collect flavorful tomato juices. Make breadcrumbs with scooped-out bread.
Hummus "Cheesesteak" HoagiesHummus "Cheesesteak" Hoagies are a great option for a quick weeknight supper. Made with yellow onion, red bell pepper, Polano chile, and provolone cheese, these vegetarian sandwiches are very hearty and filling.
Cheddar and Chutney on SourdoughA four-ingredient sandwich proves that, when it comes to sandwiches, sometimes simplicity is the best approach. For the best flavor, use an English Cheddar cheese.
Grilled Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Fig and HoneyThe tanginess of goat cheese and the sweetness of cinnamon-raisin bread, fig preserves and honey make this a distinctively flavorful version of a traditional grilled cheese sandwich.
Sweet Potato Sandwiches with Feta and Salsa VerdeThe meatiness of sweet potatoes makes them perfect for sandwiches; salty feta and salsa verde add savoriness.
Grilled Cheese and Green Chile SandwichesWe love the mix of mild green chiles (with their distinct vegetal flavors) and spicy poblanos. For fun, cut sandwiches into strips and serve with gazpacho.
Avocado-Egg Salad Sandwiches with Pickled CeleryTo prevent avocado from browning in leftover egg salad, place any remaining salad in a bowl and cover surface with plastic wrap. Then cover the entire bowl tightly with plastic wrap.
Mexican-Style Grilled Vegetable SandwichThis classic Mexican sandwich, or torta, swaps the usual meat for colorful grilled summer vegetables. The traditional black bean spread adds protein and acts as a moisture barrier so the bread stays extra crispy.
Open-Faced Mushroom, Tomato, and Goat-Cheese SandwichSpread sharp-tasting goat cheese on sourdough bread and top with "meaty" Portobello caps, sliced red pepper and tomato for a satisfying knife-and-fork sandwich.
Avocado and Sprout SandwichesThis speedy sandwich is open to interpretation, allowing you to customize it to your taste. Toss it together using ingredients in your fridge, and you have a quick and easy lunch that's ready in minutes.
Open-Faced Eggplant SandwichesHere's the key to a speedy meatless dinner: While the eggplant broils, toast your bread slices in a toaster oven. The end result is reminiscent of eggplant Parmesan.
Roasted Red Pepper Spread SandwichesReminiscent of pimiento cheese, the flavorful filling for these sandwiches is made with cream cheese, cucumber, onion, and bottled roasted red pepper.
Falafel Pitas with Cucumber-Yogurt DressingFalafel–made from ground chickpea patties–is a traditional Middle Eastern favorite. The falafel patties are served here in pita pockets and topped with a tangy yogurt dressing.
Grilled Farmers' Market SandwichesThe stack of grilled eggplant, red onion, and zucchini are quite a mouthful but still tasty to eat. Ahh... Veggie bliss!