Published by PETA.

If you need a dish to take to all your summer barbecues or something hearty and warm for a cold winter night, look no further. The combination of savory, sweet, and spicy flavors takes this burger to the next level.


Mouthwatering Vegan Sloppy Joes

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  • Olive oil, for frying
  • 4  scallions (spring onions), chopped into 1/4-inch slices
  • 2 baby chiles, finely chopped
  • 16-oz.  vegan beef crumbles or 1 cup cooked lentils
  • 2 tsp.  tomato paste
  • 1 onion, very finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp.  sweet chili sauce
  • 1 Tbsp.  mustard
  • 1/4 tsp.  chili powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tsp.  dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh or canned tomatoes
  • 2 tsp. apple cider vinegar


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat and fry half the scallions until slightly browned, then add the chiles and continue to fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the vegan beef crumbles and fry until browned.
  • Add the tomato paste, onion, sweet chili sauce, mustard, chili powder, salt, dark brown sugar, ketchup, tomatoes, apple cider vinegar, and the remaining scallions and simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and serve on a toasted bun (use vegan buttery spread on the bun, if desired). Enjoy!

Makes 2-4 servings.

Adapted with permission from

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