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Vegan BLT with Tempeh Bacon

Last Updated on August 31, 2023

This Vegan BLT recipe is made with Tempeh Bacon, it’s so flavorful- smoky, savory, and a bit sweetness from the maple syrup.

Pair with fresh salad and warm toasted buns. This vegan BLT is absolutely delicious!

vegan BLT with chips

Vegan BLT with Tempeh Bacon

Traditional BLT contains smoky bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, BBQ sauce or mayonnaise.

For our Vegan BLT( vegan bacon burger), we are going to use tempeh for our Vegan Bacon.

Marinated with our vegan bacon flavoring to mimic the smoky maple flavor.

Maybe we should call it TLT…lol…I personally think names don’t matter, as long as it’s tasty yo! 😝)

two plates of burger and chips

Once you know the secret of how to make vegan bacon (tempeh) at home, a tempeh burger is not the only option.

You can also make it with your vegan sandwiches, vegan breakfast with tofu scramble, or vegan wraps.

Check out another recipe made with tempeh: Tempeh Popcorns

What Does Tempeh Taste Like?

Tempeh-the super food

Tempeh is a fermented soy product that originated in Indonesia, and it’s a popular vegan meat replacement (See: Is tempeh bean curd?).

It has a strong, nutty, and mushroomy flavor that can be overpowering sometimes.

When preparing tempeh, we usually use strong aromatics and spices to marinate it for a while.

As it tends to absorb the flavors of the marinades to which it is added.

Even a quick brush of soy sauce and a handful of seasonings will significantly heighten the flavor.

layers of vegan BLT burger

You won’t believe this! The Tempeh Marinade really transforms the non-eye-catching tempeh into sexy Tempeh Bacon.

How to Prepare Tempeh

Should I pre-boil tempeh before using it? The answer is It depends.

If you buy “raw” tempeh (which you usually won’t be able to buy in Western countries) is not pre-cooked and needs to be cooked before using, either by steaming or simmering it for about 25 minutes.

However, pasteurized, store-bought tempeh usually is already pre-cooked and does not need to be cooked before use.

Tempeh Marinade for Tempeh Bacon

To make this effortless recipe, we only need simple ingredients.

The whole cooking process is very very easy, the only thing that takes time is the tempeh preparation.

In order to let the tempeh completely absorb the tempeh marinade, we need to prepare them ahead and let them sit in the fridge overnight (For at least 8 hours).

However, it will last for up to 5 days in the fridge before you use it.

tempeh sliced
sliced tempeh in marinade

But the result? Totally worth it!

So let’s have a look at what ingredients we need for the marinade sauce.

Vegan Bacon Seasoning (Tempeh Marinade)

ingredient list birds view
  • Tempeh – There are five types of tempeh. They all work great with this recipe.
  • Seasonings – Smoked Paprika, Maple Syrup, Liquid Smoke, Salt, and Hot Water.

Toppings for Vegan BLT

Ingredients for burger toppings

Fresh lettuce, thinly sliced red onion and sliced tomatoes, and vegan burger buns or Bread of your choice.

For the sauce, I use vegan mayonnaise, vegan BBQ sauce, or vegan spicy mayo.

How to Make Vegan BLT

Following the workflow as the picture below. It’s so simple and easy.

process shot overview

1. Remove tempeh from the packages and cut each piece into 0.2 inch/5mm thick slices.

2. In a food safety-graded air-tight container, whisk together the tempeh bacon marinade( smoked paprika, maple syrup, liquid smoke, salt, and hot water)

3. Then, add tempeh slices, tilt the container, and use a teaspoon to scoop the marinade and pour over the tempeh, and repeat until all the tempeh slices are coated with marinade sauce.

4. Cover and leave it in the refrigerator overnight. (8 hours minimum). It will last for up to 5 days in the fridge before you use it.

5. Heat up a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat with 1 tbsp cooking oil. Place the tempeh slices on the pan, and fry for around 3-4 minutes until the surfaces are golden brown and burnt on the edges. (We want a bit burnt on the tempeh bacon, as we want our crispy vegan bacon with smoky flavor).

6. Flip the tempeh slices, and fry the other side until golden brown and burnt on the edges. (around 3-4 minutes) then take out.

7. Cut tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce. Toast your burger bun or bread of choice

8. Squeeze some sauce of choice on the bottom of the bun/bread. Place sliced lettuce, and tomato on the base of each bun/bread.

Then top with two pieces of tempeh bacon on each bun/bread. Finish with sliced red onion and more sauce on the top. Enjoy it with cold beers! 🍔🍺

tempeh cooked in frying pan
We want a bit burnt on our vegan bacon as we want the smoky flavor.
burger and chips on a plate
Serve with air-fried chips. So good!

Have you tried this vegan BLT with Tempeh Bacon? Let me know what you think!😘 

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Vegan BLT with Tempeh Bacon

This Vegan BLT recipe is made with Tempeh Bacon, pair with fresh salad and warm toasted bread. This vegan BLT is absolutely delicious!
5 from 39 votes
Print Rate
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Tempeh Marinade Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 serve
Calories: 286kcal
Author: SHU-CHUN

Equipment

Ingredients

Tempeh Bacon& Seasonings

Salads, Sauces & Bun/Bread

  • 2 ea Burger Bun
  • 1 cup Lettuce torn
  • ½ ea Tomato sliced
  • ¼ ea Red Onion Thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp BBQ or Vegan Mayo

Instructions

  • Remove tempeh for the packages and cut each piece into 0.2 inch/5mm thick slices.
  •  In a food safety graded air-tight container, whisk together the tempeh bacon marinade( smoked paprika, maple syrup, liquid smoke, salt, and hot water)
  • Then, add tempeh slices, tilt the container and use a teaspoon to scoop the marinade and pour over the tempeh, and repeat until all the tempeh slices are coated with marinade sauce.
  • Cover and leave it in the refrigerate overnight.(8 hours minimum). It will last for up to 5 days in the fridge before you use it.
  • Heat up a large skillet over medium to medium high heat with 1 tbsp cooking oil, place the tempeh slices on the pan, fry around 3-4 minutes until the surfaces are golden brown and burnt on the edges.( we want a bit burnt on the tempeh bacon, as it creates the smoky flavor and crispy texture).
  • lip the tempeh slices, and fry the other side until golden brown and burnt on the edges. (around 3-4 minutes) then take out.
  • Cut tomatoes, red onion, and lettuce. Toast your burger bun or bread of choice
  • Squeeze some sauce of choice on the bottom of the bun/bread. Place sliced lettuce, tomato on the base of each bun/bread. Then top with two pieces of tempeh bacon on each bun/bread. Finish with sliced red onion and more sauce on the top. Enjoy it with cold beers! 

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Nutrition

Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 899mg | Potassium: 540mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 1168IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 3mg

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