Hearts of Palm Vegan BBQ Sandwiches

Vegan BBQ sandwiches made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw. 

Omg! I can even begin to describe how excited I am to share today’s recipe with you. It’s one of the most unique recipes I’ve ever come across and it’s for a veg-friendly “pulled pork” sandwich using hearts of palm!!

I’ve always enjoyed eating hearts of palm on salad or straight up from the can, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized that this vegetable makes a mean vegan BBQ sandwich.

The BEST vegan BBQ sandwich made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw.

Seriously… doesn’t this look exactly like a regular BBQ sandwich?!? It’s crazy, because it tastes similar to the real thing too. The texture is a tiny bit softer than pulled chicken or pork, but it’s still has the same consistency. And when smothered in BBQ sauce, the flavor is spot-on!

I know many vegetarians who could care less about eating “meat-like” food. They’re happy with a plate of veggies. On the other hand, I know quite a few who miss burgers, bacon, BBQ sandwiches and other delicious meat-focused dishes. If you’re in the latter group, I’ve got black bean burgers and coconut bacon for you AND now I have this BBQ sandwich.

The best part = this sandwich is soo easy. Like way easier than you can even imagine.

Canned Hearts of Palm

It all starts with canned/jarred hearts of palm.

For those you wondering what the heck hearts of palm is… it’s a vegetable harvested from the inner part of a palm tree. It has a mild briny flavor, similar to artichoke and looks similar to white asparagus (without the tip) or a mozzarella cheese stick. The outside of the veggie is slightly crisp, while the inner cylinder is soft. They’re a volume eater’s best friend because they’re low in calories, virtually fat-free and high in fiber. They’re also a rich source of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, niacin, calcium, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. One cup of hearts of palm contains about the same amount of potassium offered from SIX bananas!! (source)

Hearts of Palm Shredded for BBQ

Once the hearts have been drained, you pulse them in the food processor and boom, you’ve got shredded “meat” ready to be covered in BBQ sauce.

A vegan BBQ sandwich made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw.

Add the shredded mixture into a skillet with BBQ sauce and heat until warm.

Shredded Hearts of Palm BBQ

Whip up a batch of this apple cider vinegar coleslaw, grab some burger buns and you’ve got yourself a pile of vegan BBQ sandwiches. It’s that easy!

The BEST vegan BBQ sandwiches made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw.

And it’s just as delicious as it looks. All my taste testers LOVED this recipe!!

  • My dad requested to take some home last week.
  • My brother-in-law was completely fooled and thought it was actually pork BBQ.
  • A friend of ours who has recently gone veg said it was delicious — even better than some regular pork BBQ he’s had in the past.

Rave reviews!! I’m telling you, this little sandwich recipe is epic. The sweet and spicy hearts of palm BBQ combined with the crunchy cool slaw is perfection. You get to decide what sort of bread to serve it on. I did burger buns here, but you could do any type of bread you like or keep it low-carb and make lettuce wraps.

The BEST vegan BBQ sandwiches made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw.

So yes, these hearts of palm vegan BBQ sandwiches are a must-make. Even if you’re not vegetarian or vegan, you will heart them so much. See what I did there? Heart them, hearts of palm. 😉

Hearts of palm bbq sandwich with slaw on a sesame seed bun on a white plate.

Hearts of Palm Vegan BBQ Sandwich

Brittany Mullins
The BEST vegan BBQ sandwich made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw.
4 from 1 vote
Servings 6 sandwiches
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Place hearts of palm into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times, just until pieces are chopped into bite-size shreds. If you do not have a food processor you can shred the hearts of palm by hand, similar to how you pull apart a cheese stick.
  • Warm 2 cups of BBQ sauce in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add shredded hearts of palm, toss to coat all pieces and heat until mixture is warm.
  • Prepare sandwiches by adding a good amount of the BBQ mixture onto a burger bun, top with apple cider vinegar coleslaw and enjoy immediately.

Notes

**Feel free to use store-bought BBQ sauce if you don't have time to make the homemade recipe.
**Nutritional info will vary based on what sauce and what type of bun you serve the BBQ on.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich (without coleslaw)Calories: 290kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 3gFat: 1gFiber: 3gSugar: 15g
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Vegan BBQ sandwiches made with shredded hearts of palm, homemade BBQ sauce and a crunchy apple cider vinegar coleslaw.

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    31 comments
    1. Courtney
      April 24, 2021 AT 9:14 pm

      I’m very interested in making this. I am deathly allergic to jackfruit and I tend to stay away from fake meat products, so I’m excited to try making this to switch things up! Never ate a heart of palm. If I make this I’ll come back and let you know.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 26, 2021 AT 11:09 am

        Let me know how it turns out 🙂

    2. Kim
      October 31, 2019 AT 11:33 am

      Made this (plus coleslaw & BBQ sauce) as a vegan alternative when my work had a Texas BBQ truck. Great hit! Everyone who tried it (needless to say, even the non-vegans) enjoyed the flavors and texture. Several colleagues asked me for the recipe. TIP…? I added shredded, sauteed zucchini to add more servings. Excellent all around. Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 31, 2019 AT 10:15 pm

        Woo-hoo! I’m so glad that this recipe was a hit! And thanks for the tip, I’ll definitely keep that in mind for the future. 🙂

    3. Diane
      November 20, 2017 AT 7:43 pm

      Where do I find heart of palm

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2017 AT 7:25 am

        You can find them in the canned food aisle at most grocery stores. They’re usually near the canned artichokes. Hope this helps!

    4. Stacey C
      June 27, 2017 AT 2:08 pm

      I made this last night and it was a success! My hubby loved it and so did I. I made an open face sandwich today and added some Daiya mozarella to it and OMG it was soooo tasty. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 27, 2017 AT 10:03 pm

        Yay!! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and for coming back to comment and let me know how it turned out. I so appreciate it. Love the idea of adding Daiya mozzarella on top too! YUM.

    5. Tammy
      December 4, 2016 AT 8:04 am

      4 stars
      My husband and I loved it, mixed reviews with the kids. Thought your BBQ sauce was nicely balanced.

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