Want a meaty sandwich without the meat? This epic sandwich is going to blow your mind! Seitan (vital wheat gluten) gives it a meat-like texture that satisfies and boasts a whopping 46 grams of protein!

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If you’ve never tried seitan before, get ready to have your mind blown! It’s a popular meat replacement among vegans and vegetarians because it can take on the texture of different types of meat depending on how it’s prepared.

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What is seitan?

It’s made from vital wheat gluten—essentially a flour made of gluten, the main protein in wheat. Vital wheat gluten is made by washing wheat flour dough with water to remove the starch granules, leaving behind the insoluble gluten. No need to wash your own flour though, you can buy vital wheat gluten already prepared and ready to use.

How to make seitan

The process is ridiculously simple. It’s similar to making bread, only easier.

You start with your vital wheat gluten flour, add your seasonings to give it flavor, and liquids to form a dough.

You don’t need to knead it for very long, just until everything comes together and it becomes stretchy.

Flatten it out on a lined baking tray until it’s about a half inch thick. Bake for 35 minutes until it has a sturdy texture. Slice into strips, then assemble your sandwich!

Copious amounts of BBQ sauce make this sandwich extra saucy and delicious. Toast your bread if desired, then smear your desired amount on one slice of bread and smear mustard on the other. Then add the seitan strips, avocado, onion and tomatoes slices, top it with lettuce and an extra drizzle of BBQ sauce if that’s your style. Enjoy!

Up close shot of hands holding a BBQ Seitan Sandwich topped with veggies, avocado, and mustard

Other ways to use seitan

I love a seitan vegan sandwich when you want something filling and delicious. It’s the ultimate grub food! However, the beauty of seitan is it is so versatile.

Here are some extra ways to use these seitan strips:

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Epic BBQ Seitan Sandwich

5 from 8 votes
Author: Rachel
Want a meaty sandwich without the meat? This epic sandwich is going to blow your mind! Seitan (vital wheat gluten) gives it a meat-like texture that satisfies and boasts a whopping 46 grams of protein per serving!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6


  • oven


For the seitan:

  • 2 cups vital wheat gluten
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce *
  • ¼ cup tahini

For the sandwich:

  • 12 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 cups lettuce
  • 2 tomatoes sliced
  • 2 avocado sliced
  • ½ cup red onion sliced
  • ½ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. In a smaller bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Then add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix well. Knead the dough until it becomes elastic. Basically until everything is well incorporated and the dough becomes stretchy.
  • Place the dough on a pre-greased baking tray (or line with parchment paper) and flatten out to 1/2 inch thick.
  • Bake the seitan for about 35-40 minutes until it has a sturdy texture.
  • Allow to cool a bit to avoid burning yourself, then slice the seitan into strips. Cut 9 lines across the width and one down the middle lengthwise to make 18 total strips (if not adjusting servings).
  • Assemble your sandwich to your liking with the rest of the ingredients and add the seitan.
  • This recipe as is makes 6 sandwiches.


*In order to make soy-free, use coconut aminos.
Can make the seitan ahead of time and assemble the sandwich before eating. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
For even more flavor, try this easy homemade BBQ sauce!


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 910mg | Potassium: 1032mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 771IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 181mg | Iron: 10mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. 5 stars
    Just made the seitan without the sandwich and dipped it into bbq sauce. I bet it’s great as a sandwich too but I was really just craving some bbq wings and this was perfect!

  2. 5 stars
    Oh thank you! I’ve wondered how to make seitan. This sounds easy and flavorful. Definitely an epic sandwich.

  3. 5 stars
    What a great sandwich! Seitan is so much easier to make than I thought – I will definitely be making this again!