Heat up the summer with a BBQ Vegan Chicken Sandwich. Made with vegan “chicken” patties, caramelized onions, and a sweet and savory BBQ sauce, these burgers will be the highlight of your summer BBQs.
This post has been sponsored by MorningStar Farms®. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
It is almost officially summertime and you know what that means…
Summer potlucks and BBQs for the next 3 months! With my newly built fire pit and patio, a brand new fence, and a recently mowed lawn, I cannot wait to get outside with my friends and family and share some summertime meals.
That’s what summer is all about, after all.
Anyone who’s been eating vegan for more than a couple days knows that it can be hard, however, to share meals with omnivore friends. When it comes to holidays, I’m still trying to figure out the best way to do this. But as far as the summer goes, I’ve got a solution: MorningStar Farms®, a company committed to bringing you plant-based comfort foods that are both convenient and delicious and perfect for all your summertime needs.
And they offer the perfect vegan alternative for these Vegan Chicken Sandwiches.
I’ve been enjoying MorningStar Farms plant-based products for years, and I recently discovered that they changed their recipe for the Original Chik Pattie by making it 100% vegan! I don’t know about you but as soon as I heard that, I stocked up my freezer for the summer.
Wanna do the same? You can find MorningStar Farms products in the frozen aisle at most well-stocked grocery stores.
MorningStar Farms products are not just for vegans and vegetarians. Their food is so good that I know many omnivores who prefer them over conventional items. It’s true—my omnivore boyfriend always chooses MorningStar Farms’ Chik’n Nuggets. And for this Vegan Chicken Sandwich, I couldn’t think of a better protein than the Original Chik Pattie.
You’re going to love it.
Ingredients for a BBQ Vegan Chicken Sandwich
You don’t need a lot of ingredients to make these decadent and gourmet sandwiches this summer. Besides picking up a pack of MorningStar Farms Chik patties, you will need:
- Hamburger Buns
- Barbecue sauce (can be homemade or store-bought)
- Arugula (or greens of choice)
- Vegan cheese (completely optional)
- and caramelized onions
And, the best news, this recipe requires very little prep work. That means more time spent outside.
How to make a BBQ Vegan Chicken Sandwich
Now that we have our protein of choice, let’s talk about the only other component that needs to be prepped for this sandwich: the caramelized onions.
How to make caramelized onions
Caramelized onions take a little bit of time, but they are so worth it. The caramelization process slowly pulls out the natural flavors of the onion, making them intensely sweet and flavorful.
To make caramelized onions, first coat the bottom of a heavy bottomed sauté pan with olive oil. Heat it over medium-low heat and add the sliced onions. Cook the onions slowly, stirring them every few minutes. After 10 minutes, sprinkle with a pinch of salt and continue to cook for another 10-20 minutes until onions have reduced in size and are caramel in color. (see picture below).
Cook the protein
While the onions are caramelizing, you can cook the Original Chik Patties. Cook them in the oven with a slice of vegan cheese for just about 18 minutes, allowing the cheese to melt over the patty as it cooks.
Assemble the sandwiches
Once the onions are ready and the patties are cooked, you can assemble your sandwiches! Place a handful of fresh arugula on the bottom of each bun. Top with a tomato slice and a cooked Chik Pattie. Pile on the caramelized onions and cover it all in barbecue sauce.
Now you are ready to enjoy!
These sandwiches are the perfect addition to your weekend BBQs and summer potlucks. They are decadent, gourmet, and SUPER simple to make. Just grab a few Original Chik Patties from MorningStar Farms and you’re halfway there!
Vegan Summer BBQ Recipes
Need a few more recipes for your summer potlucks? Here are some of my favorite:
- Vegan Potato Salad
- Vegan Caprese Salad
- Spicy Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
- Homemade Rosemary Fries
- Mixed Berry Cobbler
So let’s make this summer something special and get cooking! Click here to learn more about MorningStar Farms, and check for savings and grilling season tips throughout the summer!
Heat up the summer with these BBQ Chik Burgers. Made with vegan "chicken" patties, caramelized onions, and a sweet and savory BBQ sauce, these burgers will be the highlight of your summer BBQs!
Keyword: Vegan BBQ Burger
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 236 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Preheat the oven (or a grill) to 375 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place 4 MorningStar Chik Patties in a single layer. Top each patty with a slice of vegan cheese (optional), and bake for 15-18 minutes until the patties are crispy and the cheese has melted.
Meanwhile, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions and sauté on low for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a pinch of salt and continue to cook for an additional 10-20 minutes until onions are caramel colored and fragrant.
To assemble the sandwiches, place arugula on the bottom of each bun. Top with a slice of tomato, chik'n pattie, caramelized onions, and BBQ sauce. Serve immediately with your favorite BBQ side dishes