24 Vegetarian Sandwich Recipes That Are Perfect for Lunch
Few things are more satisfying at lunchtime than a hearty sandwich, but when you're trying to cut back on your meat consumption or are a dedicated vegetarian, building a filling, delicious meat-free meal can be tricky. That's why we're sharing some of our favorite meatless sandwich options to help you amp up your lunch routine. These melts, wraps, and classic sandwiches pack plenty of flavor and nutritious protein for a delicious mid-day meal.
If you're new to the vegetarian lifestyle or simply want to make something innovative for your next family get together, our BBQ Jackfruit Sandwich, pictured here, won't disappoint. It serves eight, making it just the thing to prepare for a crowd or ahead of what you know will be a busy week. When marinated in our mouthwatering barbecue sauce, the tropical fruit—ripe in protein, calcium, iron, and potassium—develops a meat-like quality reminiscent of pulled-pork. It's marinated in our barbecue sauce for at least an hour—but preferably overnight—for a flavorful sandwich.
We're also sharing tasty sandwiches that come together quickly for an everyday lunch. Enjoy every lemony, garlicky bite of our Avocado-and-Boursin Sandwich, which you can prepare in just 30 minutes. Consisting of avocado, shredded red cabbage, cucumber, sprouts, and creamy Boursin cheese, these delectable fillings are sandwiched between two firm pieces of pumpernickel bread for a lunch you'll want to make time and time again. Of course, no vegetarian-friendly lunchtime recipe list would be complete without a mouthwatering crowd favorite: grilled cheese. Whip up Grilled Taleggio Sandwich with Tomato and Basil for a gourmet version of everyone's favorite meal.
Whether you're in the mood for a delicious wrap or a vegetable-filled panini, the tasty vegetarian sandwich recipes ahead are guaranteed to please at lunch.
Flavors of lemon and garlicky Boursin ring throughout every bite of this delicious sandwich. Also featuring carrots, avocado, shredded red cabbage, and cucumbers, this hearty vegetarian-friendly sandwich is a must-make dish.
Hummus and tapenade unite to pack a flavorful lunchtime punch in this vegetable-stuffed sandwich. In addition to cucumber and carrot, you might like to add tomatoes or avocado for an even more filling option.
Portobello, Broccoli, and Red-Pepper Melts
Your broiler does the work for you when you're making these open-faced sandwiches, first roasting the broccoli, mushrooms, and peppers, then melting the Gouda cheese over the tops of your open-faced sandwiches. Don't forget to spread the bread with garlic mayonnaise before piling on the vegetables for extra flavor.
Curry-Spiced Veggie Burgers
Season mashed chickpeas with cumin, coriander, sesame seeds, and fresh mint to make these pan-fried patties. Serve the falafel balls in pita pockets with tahini sauce.
Classic Egg Salad
This classic, creamy egg salad combines mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and celery with chopped hard-cooked eggs. Mix in other ingredients according to your taste, such as pickle relish or fresh herbs.
Fig, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Sandwiches
Figs and goat cheese are a classic combination in salads, but here, the pair make a marvelous sandwich, joined by sweet caramelized onions. Enjoy these for lunch, or cut them into small wedges and serve as an appetizer.
Eggplant and Mozzarella Melt
An oven-fried version of eggplant Parmesan tops crusty Italian bread to make a satisfying vegetarian sandwich. For an extra treat, brush the halved loaf of bread with garlic butter and brown under the broiler before adding the layers of tomato sauce, eggplant, and mozzarella.
Grilled Taleggio Sandwich with Tomato and Basil
Taleggio is an Italian semisoft cheese with a strong smell, but its flavor is mesmerizing. This version of a grilled cheese will instantly be a new favorite, especially when it's made with a large heirloom or beefsteak tomato and fresh basil.
Fava Bean Sandwich
This recipe yields three 6-inch sandwiches, meaning everyone gets a bite during lunchtime. Mashed fava beans, avocado, and pecorino are served on a crusty baguette.
Roasted Eggplant, Zucchini, and Chickpea Wraps
Here, a roasted version of ratatouille (the classic Provencal stew of eggplant, zucchini, onion, and tomatoes) gets wrapped up with fresh mozzarella on whole-wheat lavash. Warm the assembled wraps under the broiler before rolling them up, or enjoy them cold as part of a picnic lunch.
Greek-Style Quinoa Burgers
Mix nutty quinoa with great northern beans, scallions, carrot, and cumin to make these pan-fried veggie burgers. Serve in pita bread with lemony yogurt sauce and sliced cucumber for the ultimate lunch.
Marinate slabs of tofu in chile powder and your favorite barbecue sauce before broiling. Serve on toasted buns and top with coleslaw if you like.
Taco Salad Wraps
No cooking is required to make these colorful lunch wraps! Mash canned black or kidney beans with cumin and chili powder, and roll up in flour tortillas with cheddar cheese, diced tomato, avocado, and mango.
Spinach and Artichoke Wrap
Canned artichoke hearts, fresh red pepper strips, baby spinach, and provolone cheese make a colorful wrap that keeps well in a lunchbox or picnic basket. Jazz up the artichokes with lemon zest and fresh herbs for an even tastier meal.
Carrot Sandwich with Avocado
What lies between the bread in this vegetarian treat will have you itching for lunchtime. Filled with crunchy carrots, smooth avocado, and creamy lemony ricotta spread, you'll want to make this sandwich every day.
Greek Salad Sandwich
Create a portable version of your favorite summer salad. Spread olive bread with a purée of chickpeas, lemon juice, and parsley, then stack the sandwich with sliced cucumber, tomato, red onion, and feta cheese.
Pressed Mozzarella and Tomato Sandwich
Layer cheese, tomatoes, and fresh parsley on ciabatta bread and weigh the sandwich down with heavy cans to meld the flavors for at least an hour before serving. Drain some of the oil from a jar of sun-dried tomatoes and mix it with Dijon mustard to make a unique sandwich spread.
California Veggie Sandwich
Avocado and goat cheese provide a creamy complement to raw, crunchy vegetables. Pile the sandwich high with cucumber, red onion, alfalfa sprouts, grated carrots, and radishes.
Sort of a Hero Sandwich
Heroes can be vegetarian, too! This giant sandwich stacks grilled portobello mushrooms, roasted yellow peppers, tomatoes, and fresh fennel on a big loaf of bread spread with creamy tomato dressing. Our recipe serves eight but can be scaled down to serve just one.
Goat Cheese and Vegetable Sandwich
Shredded beets, carrots, sliced pear, and arugula create a riot of flavor and color in this unique sandwich. Goat cheese adds a pleasant tang.
Sautéed baby artichokes, oil-cured black olives, tomatoes, parsley, and rich Taleggio or fontina cheese make a sophisticated sandwich. If artichokes are not in season, you may use canned or frozen artichoke hearts instead.
Grilled red peppers, zucchini, and yellow squash lend a sweet and smoky flavor to these vegetarian sandwiches. If you don't have a panini press, heat these in a cast-iron skillet with another heavy skillet on top.