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!
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”.
Ready to start making your own vegan sandwich the way you want it? Here are some great recipes to get you started.
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.
These Hemp Burgers are a savory addition to your everyday diet. Serve them for dinner or lunch. They’re loaded with protein and nutrients.
This vegan black bean burger recipe is full of flavor. Serve them with vegan mayo, sliced onions, vegan cheese, and greens on a bun.
This Vegan Big Mac features all-pinto bean patties, special sauce, greens, vegan cheese, pickles, onions, on a dairy-free bun. It’s the best!
This Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger recipe is the best. Sweet potatoes add color, flavor and texture. Make a double batch and freeze half!
These vegan Lentil Burgers are the ultimate in tasty veggie burgers that you can make at home. They’re high in fiber, protein, and flavor!
Dig into our new favorite dish, the Ultimate Veggie Burger recipe. It won’t take long before you realize why it’s our favorite. It’s loaded with vegan cheese, veggie bacon, the best veggie burger ever, and avocados. One bite begs for another!
This flavorful Pesto Veggie Burger comes with a creamy sun-dried tomato aioli. It’s a delicious part of your next plant-based meal!
Sweet Potato Quinoa Burgers are a healthy addition to your diet with lots of protein and other good-for-you ingredients too.
Looking for a grill-worthy homemade veggie burger? These Chorizo Vegan Burgers are spicy burgers, perfect on a bun with all the toppings.
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:
This vegan BBQ sauce recipe makes a smoky sweet sauce that’s ready in minutes! It’s perfect for veggie burgers, sandwiches, and french fries.
This vegan buffalo sauce is the best because it’s made with just the right amount of spice. It’s perfect for homemade Cauliflower Wings.
Make your homemade vegan burgers even better with this vegan Big Mac sauce. It’s that secret special sauce that makes everything better!
This onion confit is a French-inspired lightly sweet, but savory onion jam. Serve it on toasted bread or as a condiment for veggie burgers.
Vegan Breakfast and Brunch Sandwiches
Get your day started right with these delicious, vegan breakfast and brunch sandwiches, burritos, and wraps.
This vegan breakfast burrito is loaded with the best ingredients like scrambled tofu, hash browns, and vegan cheese, all wrapped up in a flour tortilla.
These vegan breakfast sausage patties are a tasty plant-based protein option infused with sausage flavor. Serve them with tofu scramble.
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!
This tasty Falafel Sandwich recipe features a pita stuffed with greens, hummus, falafel patties, and lots of favorite veggies. Drizzle falafel pitas with a creamy garlic tahini sauce.
This easy, cheesy vegan sandwich, the Vegan Chopped Cheese Sandwich, is a vegan version of the famous NYC sandwich. It’s ready in 10 minutes!
Make these easy vegan hot dogs with four different toppings — the Cheesy Totcho, TexMex, Mac and Cheese, and even the French Onion Dog.
You may not have all the ingredients on-hand, but once you do, you can delight in the simple steps to make this delicious vegan sandwich over and over again. Tender slices of peppered Tofurkey with avocado and melted Daiya Havarti Garlic Jalapeño cheese. To top it off I used thick cut slices of artisan rosemary herbed bread.
The Brussels Sprout Sandwich is made with hummus and grilled veggies. This deliciously-flavored sandwich is chock-full of healthy veggies.
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:
This vegan tuna salad is perfect on sandwiches, salads, and even soft tacos! It uses the best flavors, making a perfect plant-based spread.
You’re gonna love this Best Ever Simple Vegan Egg Salad recipe that’s low carb, healthy, and delicious. Use it to make sandwiches, add to salads, and more!
This easy vegan chicken salad features tempeh cubes smothered in a flavorful, creamy mayo sauce. Serve it on sandwiches and over salads.
This vegan deviled ham spread is made entirely with plant-based ingredients. It’s a smoky vegan ham salad for sandwiches, salads, and more.
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!
This vegan buttermilk battered and fried tofu sandwich is crispy on the outside. Served with a creamy sauce, it’s perfect comfort food!
A naturally sweet, smoky, and spicy tomato sauce is the star of these easy-to-make Lentil Sloppy Joes. It makes the ultimate vegan sandwich!
This delicious Vegan Chili Dog recipe features a vegan hot dog, smothered with veggie chili and cheese! Vegan chili dogs are easy to make!
Enjoy this savory Vegan French Dip Sandwich, made in 30 minutes with minimal ingredients and ready to tempt your taste buds with each bite.
Summer grilling meets fall favorites with these Vegan Reuben Brats. Made in less than 30 minutes, you’ll enjoy plant-based eating with convenience built in!
Is it hard to imagine a tasty vegan chicken parmesan sandwich covered with marinara sauce and smothered with vegan mozzarella? If so, you’re not alone. But I’m here to show you just how hearty and delicious this vegan sandwich is!
This vegan fried chicken sandwich recipe is AMAZING – just dredge through a vegan milk mixture and crumbs, and then fry in a skillet. Buns with slaw and mayo are truly optional, but oh-so-delicious!
Enjoy this gourmet roasted portobello sandwich with herbed, breaded portobellos topped with grilled onions and a delicious tangy brown sauce. If you love vegan sandwich recipes, you have to give this one a try!
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!
Enjoy this easy to make vegan BBQ Jackfruit Pulled Pork on a bun with coleslaw on the side. The texture is amazing and the KC style BBQ sauce is perfection!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy healthy comfort food with this Homemade Vegan Meatloaf made with black beans, quinoa, and lots of savory flavorings and a sweet tomato topping.
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.
This grilled chocolate sandwich is made with tasty bread, dark chocolate, and fresh raspberries. It’s an easy breakfast, dessert or snack.
This homemade Oreo cookies recipe is so fun to eat and share. These vegan sandwich cookies feature chocolate cookies with a cream filling.
These Vegan Gingerbread Whoopie Pies are basically a delicious gingerbread cookie recipe combined with a luscious cream cheese filling.
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!
20+ Vegan Sandwich recipes + Vegan French Dip Sandwich
- 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
- 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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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.