Best Vegan Sandwiches

Enjoy this amazing vegan sandwiches guide, featuring how-to tips, vegan sandwich recipes, and more. This guide delivers easy sandwich ideas, including spreads and other quick recipes that are perfect for lunch, dinner, or even breakfast!

Don’t forget to have a Vegan Caesar Salad and a glass of Hibiscus Fruit Punch on the side.

A Vegan French Dip Sandwich with melted cheese. A bowl of sauce and another sandwich is in back.

Sandwiches may be the perfect meal, especially for serving large groups. Think about it, they’re filling enough for big appetites, but they can also be sophisticated, depending on how you fill them.

The question remains, are sandwiches vegan? The answer is a resounding yes!

Here you’ll learn how to make just about any and all of your favorite sandwiches vegan. There may even be some pleasant surprises below, such as a vegan version of tuna salad, egg salad, and even BBQ “pulled pork”.

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Ready to start making your own vegan sandwich the way you want it? Here are some great recipes to get you started.

Vegan Burgers

Let’s start with the best vegan sandwich, the veggie burger. Serve vegan burgers on buns with your favorite toppings, such as vegan mayo, sliced avocado, lettuce, onions, and more.

Veggie Burger Toppings

Don’t forget the veggie burger toppings! Here are some favorite toppings you can serve on veggie burgers or any of your favorite sandwiches:

Vegan Breakfast and Brunch Sandwiches

Get your day started right with these delicious, vegan breakfast and brunch sandwiches, burritos, and wraps.

Vegan Grilled Sandwiches

The grilled vegan sandwich is a delightful addition to your diet, whether cooked on a grill or skillet.

You may ask yourself, is a hot dog a sandwich? My theory is if it’s wrapped in bread (like a bun), I’ll call it a sandwich. That’s why you’ll find everything from falafel (wrapped in a pita), to hot dogs (wrapped in a bun), and more!

Vegan Sandwich Spreads

Wondering what to put on your next vegan sandwich? Sandwiches should be simple, especially at lunchtime. That’s why sandwich spreads such as vegan chicken salad or tofu salad are great for lunch.

Believe it or not, you can make some simple vegan sandwich fillings that are delicious and healthy, too. Whether you’re headed to a fun family picnic or even a work lunch, these very good vegan sandwich spreads can be served cold for quick and simple lunchtime meals:

Main Meal Sandwich Ideas

When it comes time for dinner, you want something filling, substantial, and satisfying. Here are some delicious plant-based sandwiches you’ll love for dinner.

You can serve these for lunch or even take them to a party too, but they make a perfect, filling sandwich for dinner as well!

Barbecue Sandwiches

I love my BBQ because I’m from Kansas City. (We’re kind of famous for our BBQ here!) So, with that in mind, these are our favorite BBQ vegan sandwich recipes!

Plant-Based Protein for Sandwiches

When you’ve got bread and need something to go inside of it, these plant-based protein options work perfectly. It’s one reason I love to make things like meatloaf, for the opportunity to sandwich it between two slices of bread!

  • Vegan Ham

    This vegan ham is perfectly seasoned with smoky sweet flavors and topped with a pineapple glaze. Serve it as a loaf or sliced on sandwiches.

  • Vegan Turkey

    This vegan turkey recipe delivers a delicious roast full of flavor and plant-based protein. Serve it for the holidays or any time of year.

  • Vegan Chicken

    This super-easy Vegan Chicken recipe has fantastic texture and flavor! Serve fillets in a lemon sauce or add it to your veggie stir fry.

  • Homemade Vegan Meatloaf

    Enjoy healthy comfort food with this Homemade Vegan Meatloaf made with black beans, quinoa, and lots of savory flavorings and a sweet tomato topping.

Dessert Sandwiches

There are a couple of sandwiches that fall in the “dessert sandwich” category for me. For example, the ice cream sandwich or sandwich cookies. Here are a few recipes I think you’ll love!

By the way, if you want to make a vegan ice cream sandwich, you can bake some homemade vegan chocolate chip cookies and spread banana nice cream between them. It’s a delicious dessert any day of the week.

Vegan Sandwich Questions

These are answers to some of the most burning questions about vegan sandwich recipes:

What sandwiches can vegans eat?

There’s really is no limit to the types of sandwiches vegans can eat. Vegans do not eat meat, dairy, or eggs, so, how does that translate into limitless vegan sandwich options? You can make a mock tuna salad using chickpeas. A mock egg salad is also easy to make thanks to tofu. Lots of plants are delicious between two slices of bread!

Can vegans eat peanut butter sandwiches?

Vegans can eat peanut butter sandwiches, as long as the bread and peanut butter are free of dairy and eggs. Some peanut butter brands are made with honey, and some strict vegans avoid honey.

What can vegans eat for lunch?

Vegans have a variety of options available for lunch, whether it’s making a quick vegan sandwich using leftovers from home, or even a quick trip to Subway or other dining options. Vegans can choose from veggie burgers, bean burritos, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and so much more!

What kind of bread can vegans eat?

Some bread products are “certified vegan” so look for that label. Otherwise, read nutrition labels to make sure the bread doesn’t include dairy or eggs. Some strict vegans will also exclude sugar (because some refined sugars are made white with a process that uses bone char) and honey. However, there are plenty of brands these days that vegans can eat. Most sourdough loaves of bread are made without eggs or milk. For other bread options, consider Nature’s Own 100% Whole Wheat, Aldi brand bread, Dave’s Killer Bread, Ezekiel Bread, Northern Bakehouse (gluten-free too), Rudi’s Organic, and Trader Joe’s Bread.

Ordering Vegan Sandwiches at Subway

Of course, you don’t have to make all your plant-based sandwiches at home. In fact, here are some tips on ordering vegan at Subway:

  • Strict vegans should go with Italian bread because it’s free of eggs, dairy, or honey. If you’re ok with honey, the 9-grain Wheat bread is a great option.
  • Some Subways carry sourdough or toasted garlic bread. These are vegan too, so choose them if you have the option.
  • Subway wraps are made without animal products so those can be a great option, too.
  • The Veggie Delite can be your go-to sandwich!
  • Vegetable options at most Subways include lettuce, spinach, cucumbers, peppers (bell and banana peppers), red onion slivers, black olives, pickles, jalapeños, and avocados.
  • Some Subways offer Malibu Garden Patties which are vegan
  • You can top your vegan Subway Sandwich with mustard, sweet onion sauce, Subway vinaigrette, buffalo sauce, oil, and vinegar, or the fat-free Italian dressing.

And now, time for the recipe for this delicious Vegan French Dip Sandwich!

A hand is dipiping a Vegan French Dip Sandwich into a small bowl of sauce.

20+ Vegan Sandwich recipes + Vegan French Dip Sandwich

If you love vegan sandwich ideas, you've come to the right place with over 20 vegan sandwich recipes to try. You'll find everything from international sandwiches to good ol' American sandwiches, too. Plus, you can make this tasty Vegan French Dip Sandwich. This plant-based meaty sandwich is made with only a few ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 390kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 2 9 oz packages Gardein vegan beefless tips, thawed*
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup dehydrated onions
  • 1 tablespoon No Beef Better than Bouillon (see note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaf
  • 6 French rolls or hoagie buns
  • 12 slices vegan cheese (see note)
  • Fresh parsley for garnish

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Place the vegan beefless tips in the skillet and brown on all sides, a few minutes per side.
  • In a bowl, combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, soy sauce, water, flour, onions, No Beef Bouillon, and dried thyme. Stir to combine. Pour this over the cooked beefless tips. Top with a bay leaf.
  • Place the lid on the skillet and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or so. Use a spatula to divide the beefless pieces into smaller pieces. You can do this directly in the skillet or you can transfer them to a cutting board.
  • When ready to serve, heat your oven to 350°F and line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Remove the beefless tips and transfer the sauce to a bowl for dipping.
  • Split the hoagie buns and place the bottoms on your prepared pan. Top each bottom with vegan beef followed by 2 slices of vegan cheese. Bake for 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Place the top side of the bun on each sandwich. Serve with reserved au jus.

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Notes

I use Gardein Beefless Tips. Feel free to sub mushrooms.
Bouillon: I used the No Beef Better than Bouillon (ordered from Amazon), but you can substitute Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian Base and add a teaspoon or two of Vegan Worcestershire Sauce.
There are several vegan cheese slices these days. I use Field Roast Creamy Original Chao Slices or Follow Your Heart Provolone Slices.
Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 989mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 11.8mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

There you have it, proof that you can make just about any sandwich vegan. Whichever of these sandwich recipes you make, enjoy!

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2021.

13 Responses to Best Vegan Sandwiches

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyZsu Dever Reply

    Thank you for including my Philly. Great line-up.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You’re so welcome, Zsu!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMelissa @ Vegan Huggs Reply

    Wow! Such a mouth-watering roundup! I need to get to work….so many to choose from. Thank you for including my Breakfast Sandwich next to all this deliciousness 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You’re welcome, Melissa. It’s good to have lots of vegan sandwich options. 🙂

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAnjali @ Vegetarian Gastronomy Reply

    Thanks for including mine!

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlytraci | Vanilla And Bean Reply

    Sheesh! Where do I start!? You know I’m a sandwich lover too, Marly, so this one has me all in knots!! They all look so amazing. Need to go get some bread and get to work! Thank for sharing and including me. This is such a great round up!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I know, Traci! Sandwiches are the way to go! Now we have a way to eat all the vegan ones. My honor to have you on the list!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyAlissa Reply

    These all look and sound so delicious!! Thanks so much for including a couple of mine. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so ready for a vegan sandwich now, Alissa! xoxoxo

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMaya | Spice + Sprout Reply

    These look awesome! Thank you for including my recipe! <3

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      You’re so welcome Maya! xoxo!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRebecca @ Strength and Sunshine Reply

    Such a delicious drool-worthy round-up!! Thank you for including my BLT, Marly! xoxo

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Rebecca! So glad to include you in this yummy roundup! 🙂

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