Quick Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Burger with Barbecue Sauce

Quick Vegan Pulled Jackfruit Burger with Barbecue Sauce

A pulled jackfruit burger is a beautiful thing, no matter whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, or a meat eater looking to cut down on your meat intake.

Jackfruit pulled pork has the texture of meat but is an entirely plant-based meal. As it’s a plant, it’s quick to cook, meaning you can put together a pulled jackfruit burger in 30 minutes. This makes the pulled jackfruit burger one of your go-to easy vegan recipes.

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Jackfruit come from a tree, and they grow to an enormous size. They can be eaten as fruit when they are ripe, which is when they are a yellowy-orange colour.

It’s when they are green, otherwise known as young jackfruit, that they are cooked and the texture is like meat. This is why jackfruit is talked about as a meat substitute. 

In this recipe for pulled jackfruit, we use canned jackfruit.

The jackfruits are canned when they’re young, but you could also use fresh young jackfruit or green jackfruit.

If you’re buying a young green jackfruit that isn’t in a can, make sure to remove the seeds. Don’t throw these away though, as the seeds can be prepared and cooked also. 

Jackfruit recipes with barbecue sauce are perfect for vegan meals for meat lovers and an easy vegan dinner.

As we’re using young jackfruit, the jackfruit pulled pork has the texture of meat.

This jackfruit burger is made from canned jackfruit that you can keep in your store cupboard.

It’s a quick and easy vegan meal that you can pull together from store cupboard ingredients in 30 minutes.

Total Time: 32 mins

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 15-17 mins

Cuisine: Vegan main

Calories: 418

Servings: 4


Total Time: 32 mins

Calories: 418

Servings: 4




(Servings: 4)

  • 280 g/10 oz canned jackfruit, drained
  • 1 1 vegan wholemeal seeded rolls, split
  • 0.25 0.25 small Little Gem lettuce, leaves separated and torn into pieces
  • 0.25 0.25 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 0.25 0.25 onion, finely chopped
  • 0.25 0.25 unwaxed dessert apple, cored but not peeled, diced
  • 0.5 0.5 tbsp molasses sugar
  • 0.5 0.5 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 0.25 0.25 tbsp tomato purée
  • 0.25 0.25 tsp dried oregano
  • 0.25 0.25 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice (optional)
  • 175 g/6 oz red cabbage, shredded
  • 85 g/3 oz carrot, coarsely grated
  • juice of ½ unwaxed lemon
  • 0.5 0.5 tbsp chopped fresh coriander or parsley


1. Tip the drained jackfruit onto a chopping board. Cut away the central woody core then pull the fruit into thin shreds with two forks.

2. To make the barbecue sauce, heat the oil in a medium saucepan, then add the onion and apple, cover and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes, stirring from time to time, until the onion and apple have softened. Add the sugar, vinegar, tomato purée, oregano, mustard and chilli powder, then the allspice, if using. Mix together and cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring.

3. Add the jackfruit to the barbecue sauce and cook for 3–4 minutes, stirring from time to time, until piping hot and well mixed with the sauce.

4. To make the coleslaw, put the cabbage, carrot and lemon juice into a bowl and fork together. Scatter the chopped coriander or parsley over and mix together lightly.

5. Toast each side of the rolls until lightly browned. Transfer to serving plates.

6. Cover the bottom half of each roll with the torn lettuce leaves. Reheat the jackfruit, if needed, then spoon onto the rolls. Add a spoonful of coleslaw to each and cover with the roll tops. Serve immediately.

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