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These mouthwatering barbecue tempeh sandwiches are made with crispy cubes of pan-fried tempeh smothered in spicy barbecue sauce that’s been spiked with juicy mango puree!

Guys, I’m pretty much over summer. Not surprising, right? The temperature went well into the nineties where I live this weekend, maybe over a hundred? I’m not sure, I hid in the house for the most part. We’re not a fan of the hot weather in my home…well, my husband and I aren’t anyway. My cats seem to love it, and Cody, the plumper of my two is fond of plopping out under my chair at the dining room table were I normally eat/work in the hopes that I’ll rub his belly with my bare toes, which I usually do. Scratching a cat’s belly with bare feet is about as fun as the summer gets for me.

Well, that enjoying tasty summer food. I do have some summer food favorites. Barbecue. Mango. Sandwiches. They all make frequent appearances on my table and on this website this time of year. So, I guess it’s about time they all came together, and they did a beautiful job of coming together in this one. This sandwich was juicy, sweet, spicy, and loaded with flavor.

My other favorite thing about summer is cranking up the air conditioner and eating dinner on the couch along with husband and cats while watching a movie, usually a movie about Christmas, skiing, snow monsters or something like that. That’s exactly how I enjoyed these sandwiches.

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Mango Barbecue Tempeh Sandwiches

These mouthwatering barbecue tempeh sandwiches are made with crispy cubes of pan-fried tempeh smothered in spicy barbecue sauce that’s been spiked with juicy mango puree! CourseSandwich CuisineAmerican Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 20 minutes Total Time 30 minutes Servings 4 Calories 611 kcal Author Alissa


For the Mango Barbecue Sauce

  • 1cupmango puree,from about 1 large or 2 small ripe mangoes
  • ¼cuptomato paste
  • 2garlic cloves,minced
  • 2tablespoonsapple cider vinegar
  • 2tablespoonssoy sauce
  • 1tablespoonblackstrap molasses
  • 1tablespoonmaple syrup
  • 1teaspoonsriracha,or to taste
  • ½teaspoonliquid smoke
  • ¼teaspoonground cumin

For the Barbecue Tempeh

  • 1tablespoonvegetable oil
  • 2(8 ounce) packagestempeh, cut into ½ inch cubes
  • ½cupdiced mango,about 1 small or ½ large mango
  • 2scallionschopped

For the Sandwiches

  • 46 inch sandwich rolls, sliced open
  • vegan mayo
  • lettuce and sliced tomato


  1. Place all barbecue sauce ingredients into a small saucepan and mix well. Place over low heat and bring to a simmer. Allow to cook for about 10 minutes at a low simmer, adding a bit of water if the mixture gets too thick.
  2. Coat the bottom of a large skillet with oil and place over medium heat. Add tempeh and cook about 10 minutes, flipping once or twice, until browned on multiple sides. Add barbecue sauce and flip a few times to coat tempeh. Remove from heat and add mango and scallions. Flip a few more times to incorporate.
  3. Slather buns with vegan mayo and stuff with tempeh mixture. Top with lettuce and tomato. Serve.

Recipe Notes

You could probably swap out the blackstrap molasses and maple syrup with 2 tablespoons of regular molasses, but I haven’t tested the recipe this way, so I can’t say for sure.br]The mango barbecue sauce makes great dipping material for my [Jamaican jerk sweet potato fries.

Nutrition information includes ¼ cup of lettuce, ¼ of a tomato and 1 tablespoon of vegan mayo.

Nutrition FactsMango Barbecue Tempeh SandwichesAmount Per ServingCalories 611Calories from Fat 249% Daily Value*Fat 27.7g43%Saturated Fat 4.4g22%Sodium 949mg40%Potassium 946mg27%Carbohydrates 68.7g23%Fiber 4.4g18%Sugar 21.8g24%Protein 29.3g59%Calcium 200mg20%Iron 6.7mg37%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.« Garlic & Dill Cauliflower SteaksMasala Marinated Portobello Mushrooms »

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Hi, I’m Alissa! I’m a former attorney turned professional food blogger. I love creating vegan recipes with bold flavors!

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