(Photo: Noelle Kelly)
5. Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwich
The colossal sandwich from Bakesale Betty’s in Oakland is not your run-of-the-mill fried chicken sandwich, and neither is the vegan version created by Leinana Two Moons from Vegan Good Things. Leinana prepared a cashew-cream encrusted veggie chicken patty topped with Bakesale Betty’s signature jalapeno-spiked vinaigrette slaw, served on a torpedo roll.
Recipe: Vegan Fried Chicken Sandwich
(Photo: Leinana Two Moons)
4. The Vegan Maple
If you’ve been hankering for a healthier version of the McGriddle, look no further. The only question about this sandwich, inspired by Portland’s Meat Cheese Bread and designed by Nora Kuby of Pride and Vegiduce, is whether to have it for breakfast or dinner, or maybe both! Maple-glazed French toast is slathered with a cheesy sauce, caramelized onions, and a white bean tempeh patty infused with fennel seeds. It’s not your country cousin’s McGriddle.
Recipe: The Vegan Maple
(Photo: Nora Kuby)
3. Vegan Lasagna Bolognese Sandwich
Honestly, weren’t you expecting vegan sandwiches to be all sprouts and avocados? Well, if so you’re in for quite a surprise with this one. Mandi Hoffman of Chic Vegan reworked the bolognese sandwich from Philly’s Paesano’s, prepared here with Earth Balance bechamel sauce, roasted sweet red peppers and melted vegan mozzarella.
Recipe: Vegan Lasagna Bolognese Sandwich
(Photo: Mandi Hoffman)
2. Vegan Brussels Sprout Sandwich
This was the one sandwich on the list that vegans could sleep easy about, but it still needed a recipe to make it complete. Marly came up with a recipe that might even make meat-eaters order a BS sandwich. Think red pepper hummus, golden-crusted Brussels sprouts and a Granny Smith apple slaw.
Recipe: Brussels Sprouts Sandwich
(Photo: Marly McMillen)
1. The Vegan New Luther
As we said in the original post, “It takes some chutzpa to reinvent what Endless Simmer has already called the best drunk food in America.” And it takes even more chutzpah to veganize it, which Ashley McLaughlin of NeverHomemaker was more than happy to do. A pecan-topped, maple-encrusted brioche donut is cut in half and filled with a lightly fried chickpea burger and wedges of smoked applewood “bacon.” There you go — a vegan sandwich even Luther Vandross could love.
Recipe: The Vegan New Luther
(Photo: Ashley M.)