Some people will try to tell you that all breakfast sandwiches involve bacon, egg, and cheese. We give you permission to throw the firmest soy product you can find at such people. Sure, if you’re down to bring home the bacon, the beloved B.E.C. is convenient, filling, and downright delicious. But for us vegans, sticking to this standard would mean eating…just…bread.
Don’t give up hope just yet! Despite what breakfast sandwich purists would have you believe, there are plenty of plant-based options when you’re craving a sammie at sunrise. Packed with protein and flavor, these vegan breakfast sandwiches hit the spot…so you don’t have to resort to making avocado toast every morning.
1. Spicy Blackened Chickpea Sandwich
If you need something beyond an alarm clock to wake you up in the morning, this flaming fried chickpea breakfast sandwich might do the trick. Tossed in paprika, coriander, cumin, and of course cayenne, this chickpea scramble brings the heat. Crank it up by adding some harissa sauce or lighten things with a dollop of hummus or cashew cream. Want a little more protein? Toss in some tofu or ground seitan.
2. Savory Tempeh Breakfast Sandwich
You may know tempeh as tofu’s lumpier cousin, but packed with even more protein and fiber, it’s arguably an even healthier and heartier option. Marinated in maple, garlic, and smoked paprika, pan-fried tempeh absorbs these savory flavors like a sponge but stays firm and chewy like something a little meatier. With just 15 minutes of prep-time needed, this is a great option for busy mornings.
3. Balsamic Berry Vegan Grilled Cheese
It’s possible to make vegan grilled cheese. And it’s possible to eat it for breakfast too. This sandwich proves that—with a little balsamic to bridge savory and sweet—vegan mozzarella, silky spinach, and fresh berries were pretty much made for each other.
4. Vegan Bagel and Lox
Salmon and cream cheese are definitely off-limits. But with a little bit of Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and liquid smoke, roasted shredded carrots take on the flavor and form of our (former) favorite fish. Garnish your bagel with dill, capers, and vegan cream cheese, and pretend you’re back in your favorite deli.
5. Vegan Pesto Caprese Sandwich
This breakfast sandwich will satisfy those of you who don’t want to wait until lunchtime to pile on the pesto. Ditch the cheese for a creamy cashew and tapioca starch “moxarella,” and load up with sweet Roma tomatoes, fresh basil, and a little bit of lemon. Though we love this combo on a soft ciabatta roll, you can always throw it on a bagel to fit your morning mood.
6. Vegan Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
You may have leggo the eggs, but don’t think your waffle days are over just yet. This recipe is loaded with (meatless) meat, like vegan bacon, veggie hash browns, and savory tofu. So dust off your iron, grab some veggies and vegan cheese, and get waffling!
7. Jamaican Jerk Jackfruit Caribbean Black Bean Mango Wrap
You’re probably pretty familiar with the idea of fruit as a part of a healthy breakfast, but how about as a meat substitute? If you haven’t met jackfruit (a.k.a. the pulled pork of produce), you’ve been missing out. This recipe combines sweet mango, spicy black beans, and chewy shredded jackfruit to give an intensely flavorful and filling breakfast burrito. Roll it all together in a tortilla, garnish with cilantro, and it’s a wrap!
8. Vegan Breakfast Bagel Sandwich
OK, if you’re really missing the good ol’ bacon egg and cheese, we won’t judge. This breakfast bagel sandwich subs in crispy potato bacon, vegan cheese, and a tofu and chickpea flour omelet that brings us back to our more carnivorous days.
9. Peanut Butter, Jam, and Banana French Toast Sandwich
This French toast sandwich brings all of our childhood breakfast dreams to life. Slice up a banana; crack open the peanut butter and your favorite jam; and drizzle on top of warm, homemade vegan French toast. This glorified PB&J is a great brunch option for you and your sweet tooth.
10. Vegan Spicy Scrambled Breakfast Tacos
We think tofu becomes its best self when scrambled, simmered, and seasoned. These breakfast tacos are packed with this savory scramble, but the best part might just be the homemade sea salt avocado mash on top. Serve these up on warm corn tortillas with cilantro, salsa, and a little Sriracha.
11. The Ultimate Vegan Breakfast Sandwich
Watch out: You’re either going to need a bigger mouth or lots of napkins to conquer this guy. Loaded with thick, marinated tofu, avocado mash, and egg yolk-inspired sauce, this seriously tall sandwich is great for mornings when you don’t mind getting a little messy.