Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes recipe

Get ready for meaty, juicy, peppery BBQ mushrooms sloppy Joes tucked inside warm fluffy brioche buns. These vegan sloppy Joes are out of this world – think sloppy, juicy, BBQ food bliss. A ready in just 20-minutes Plant-based sloppy Joe’s recipe that is all kinds of good.

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This Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes recipe is my plant-based take on everyone’s favorite classic. This Barbecue meaty-like Mushrooms burger is a saucy BBQ dream come true tucked inside a toasted brioche burger. Pile your burger high with delicious saucy BBQ mushrooms with a side of slaw and dinner is ready in under 20-minutes.

It’s flavorful, it’s meaty, it’s vegan and it’s totally delicious. 

What it takes to make a great vegan sloppy Joes recipe 

First of all, we need a BBQ sauce that will make the angels sing and lots of it. We want a saucy, sloppy, and drippy mess of deliciousness.

Secondly, we have to have mushrooms. I like to use baby Bella mushrooms, but portobello mushrooms will work just as well. The mushrooms are going to give us that meaty texture and deep umami flavors we want.

Thirdly, we have to have a good brioche bun. Whether you’re making your own or using bakery brioche bread they should be fresh and fluffy. Trust me when I say it will make the texture experience so much better to use fresh brioche bread.

What to serve with vegan sloppy Joes 

Mmm, there are so many tasty things to serve with veggie sloppy Joes. Here’s a quick rundown of my favorites:

Time for a serious conversation. We need to talk about Barbecue sauce

Should you use homemade or store-bought BBQ sauce? It depends. If you have the time I would recommend making your own BBQ sauce because you know exactly what’s in it and the taste will be amazing because you can tailor it to fit your tastebuds. But if you are short on time or just don’t feel like making your own Barbecue sauce you can always grab your favorite store-bought sauce and get cooking. There are no rules and no judgment. Just do what’s easiest for you. The sloppy Joes will turn out great no matter what.

Let’s look at what we’re working with today

Ingredients to make the best Sloppy mushroom Burgers 

  • brioche buns, toasted
  • olive oil 
  • Baby Bella mushrooms, sliced
  • red onions, sliced
  • garlic, finely chopped or minced 
  • brown sugar, or maple syrup 
  • smoked paprika 
  • BBQ Sauce

How to make vegan mushroom Sloppy Joes 

  • Step 1. Heat a non-stick pan. Transfer the sliced mushrooms to the hot pan and let them cook at high heat for a few minutes while stirring occasionally. Turn the heat down to medium-high and let the mushrooms sauté until they are golden brown. 
  • Step 2. Once the mushrooms are starting to turn golden drizzle with olive oil and add salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and finely chopped garlic. Mix everything to combine and let it cook for one more minute while stirring.
  • Step 3. Turn the heat down to a simmer before stirring in the brown sugar. 
  • Next, add the BBQ sauce and mix until all the mushrooms are coated in BBQ sauce. Let the sauce simmer for only a minute just to let it thicken ever so slightly. If the sauce is too thick, just add a little water or a tad more BBQ sauce.
  • Step 4. Serve your BBQ mushrooms on a toasted bun topped with a slaw or anything else you want and get ready to dig into this deliciousness.

Frequently Asked Questions about vegan sloppy Joes

Are vegan sloppy Joes meal prep friendly?

Yes. The saucy BBQ Mushrooms keep really well in the refrigerator and can be made 1-2 days in advance. They also make a great leftover lunch sandwich for the next day.

What are vegan sloppy Joes made of?

These vegan sloppy Joes are made using mushrooms to give the meaty texture and umami flavors in a completely natural way. There’s no vegetable meat or textured vegetable protein in sight. It’s a natural clean eating recipe that tastes decadent with smoky barbecue flavors.

What kind of BBQ sauce should I use to make sloppy Joes?

I recommend using your favorite homemade BBQ sauce recipe if you have one. Alternatively, you can use your fave grocery store barbecue sauce, preferably one with a hickory note to it. 
You can also use my homemade BBQ sauce recipe that you can find here.

Can I leave out the brown sugar?

Yes. I like my sloppy Joes to have a layer of caramel sweetness to it, but you can easily omit the sugar if you prefer.

Easy Vegan Sloppy Joes

Get ready for meaty, juicy, peppery BBQ mushrooms sloppy Joes tucked inside warm fluffy brioche buns. These vegan sloppy Joes are out of this world – think sloppy, juicy, BBQ food bliss. A ready in just 20-minutes Plant-based sloppy Joe's recipe that is all kinds of good.
Course Barbeque, Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 people
Author Simone – Munchyesta.com

Ingredients

  • 4 Brioche Buns Toasted
  • 2 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 cups (350g) Baby Bella Mushrooms Sliced or chopped
  • 2 Red Onions Sliced
  • 3 cloves Garlic Finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar or maple syrup
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ cup Vegan BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  • Heat a non-stick pan. Transfer the sliced mushrooms to the hot pan and let them cook at high heat for a few minutes while stirring occasionally. Turn the heat down to medium-high and let the mushrooms sauté until they are golden brown.
  • Once the mushrooms are starting to turn golden drizzle with olive oil and add salt, pepper, smoked paprika, and finely chopped garlic. Mix everything to combine and let it cook for one more minute while stirring.
    Turn the heat down to a simmer before stirring in the brown sugar. 
  • Next, add the BBQ sauce and mix until all the mushrooms are coated in BBQ sauce. Let the sauce simmer for only a minute just to let it thicken ever so slightly. If the sauce is too thick, just add a little water or a tad more BBQ sauce.
  • Serve your BBQ mushrooms on a toasted bun topped with a slaw or anything else you want and get ready to dig into this deliciousness.

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