Photo: Jan Smith
6 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

Topped with cool coleslaw, these saucy sloppy joe sandwiches are a great way to try tempeh for the first time. Substitute wild rice or three-grain tempeh, if available.

How to Make It

Step 1

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 2 minutes or until soft. Add tempeh; sauté 6 minutes or until beginning to brown.

Step 2

Combine tomato paste, vinegar, brown sugar, paprika, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Add tomato mixture to tempeh; stir to combine. Stir in 3 cups water. Simmer until mixture is thick and liquid is almost evaporated (about 20 minutes), stirring often. Remove from heat; keep warm.

Step 3

Combine mayonnaise, 2 teaspoons water, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a medium bowl. Add shredded cabbage and carrot, tossing well to combine.

Step 4

Top each of 6 bottom halves of hamburger buns with about 3/4 cup tempeh filling. Top each serving with about 1/3 cup cabbage mixture, and cover with top half of each bun. Serve sloppy joes immediately.

Ratings & Reviews

greyout's Review

January 13, 2013

Sfar89's Review

June 30, 2011
Wow! I was a little worried after reading the reviews, but I have to say this exceeded my expectations. Being a vegetarian, I have never cooked with Tempeh. I thought this would be a great way to start and I was right! I only had an 8oz package of Tempeh, so I basically halved the recipe. I also added some white vinegar to the coleslaw, and added some BBQ sauce to the Tempeh mixture after it was off of the flame. I enjoyed this, and I cannot wait to make it again! Great recipe.

dancingmonkey's Review

February 15, 2011
I would not make this again based on the current recipe, but I will try the concept with other flavoring. My expectation for sloppy joe is a little sweet, a little savory, and this had no sweet. I salvaged it by adding some bottled barbecue sauce. It's a good idea for a healthy vegetarian entree though.

jade1977's Review

April 24, 2010
Just starting to use tempeh and this recipe makes me want to try more. Pretty simple to make, and I think could be modified by adding cheese, but will be making again.

hepsaba27's Review

January 26, 2010
Needed a lot more seasoning!! Added garlic, ketchup, sugar, and vinegar mix at the end to add flavor. Otherwise it would have been to bland. Also, I think it would be better with more onion, but I love onion.

DnAWard's Review

September 29, 2009
I prepared this with Wild Rice as my grocer didn't carry Tempeh. Came out a bit chewy, but tasted alright. Not exactly a sloppy joe, but definately needs a firm bun. Perhaps it would have a better texture with a softer rice, such as brown.