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Vegan tempeh sloppy joes on a bun with a side of corn
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BBQ Tempeh Sloppy Joes

Super easy Vegan Sloppy Joes made with BBQ marinated tempeh! A satisfying weeknight meal and a great way to enjoy tempeh.
Author: Kaitlin - The Garden Grazer
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Gluten-Free Option, Vegan
Servings: 4 sandwiches


  • 8 oz. tempeh
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I love "Bold & Smoky Kansas City style" from Trader Joe's)
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 4 hamburger buns


  • Crumble tempeh in a bowl. Add BBQ sauce and stir well to combine. Set aside and let marinate for at least 15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients.
  • Meanwhile, dice onion and bell pepper.
  • In a large skillet over med-high heat, saute onion and bell pepper for 10 minutes or until soft.
  • Add BBQ tempeh and 1/2 cup broth. Stir. Bring to light simmer then cover, reduce heat, and lightly simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Scoop onto hamburger buns and add any toppings if desired.


For gluten-free option: use your favorite GF buns, and ensure that your tempeh is gluten-free or 100% soy. (I've seen 3-grain tempeh patties that include some wheat products.)
If you prefer, you can steam the tempeh for 10 minutes before crumbling to help remove the slight bitter taste. I don't find this necessary for this recipe, but you may want to try it!


Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 333IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 170mg | Iron: 4mg