Jackfruit Burger (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free)

Jackfruit seems to be everywhere at the moment. It’s the new ‘in’ food. Having been a vegetarian for almost 15 years I have exhausted almost every alternative to meat and so anything new on the market I’m excited to try. I came across a can of jackfruit in a health food shop and picked it up, thinking I would try something with it.

Whilst it was nice, I’m not sure I would make it again. Perhaps I did not flavour it well enough but I found it still had a distinct fruity after taste to it. It looked amazing though!

Here’s how I made jackfruit burgers…

In order to make this you will need:

  • 1 can of jackfruit – in water
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • Black Pepper

Before making this I had only ever seen jackfruit in cooked its cooked form when it looks like puller pork. I was quite surprised to see it in its raw form and thought I would share a picture with you.

Rinse the jackfruit and put to the side.

Fry together the onion and garlic in a tablespoon of oil.

Fry for around 5 minutes until the onion begins to brown.

Add the jackfruit with the teaspoon of cayenne pepper and pepper.

Fry for around 10 minutes.

Add the BBQ sauce – quantity depends on taste. We used about 1/3 of a bottle which sounds like loads but it didn’t go very far!

Then leave to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent it from sticking.

The end result looked amazing. I would eat it again but would not go to the effort of making it again. I thought it would be a healthy meat substitute, however the amount of BBQ sauce needed renders it an unhealthy option!

Did I cook jackfruit wrong?

Are there healthier and tastier approaches to cooking it?






16 thoughts on “Jackfruit Burger (Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten Free)

  1. This sounds really good! Do you think this is something you could make a big batch of and freeze for lunch or even just refrigerate to use over the course of a week?

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    1. You definitely could make a big batch! I’d suggest adding something like soy sauce or else you might find yourself using an entire bottle of bbq sauce 😆 I’m not sure how it would freeze but I’d imagine if kept refrigerated then it would taste even better as the favours permeate the fruit 😍


  2. You’re right about the sudden rise to fame of the jackfruit! I’ve only used the fresh form never tried the canned. I think u can pick frozen or fresh jackfruit in some Indian food shops.
    There’s a lovely jackfruit biriani from Waitrose which I want to try a version of soon!

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  3. It looks like pulled pork (no offense meant), and I feel the need to try it to see if texture is similar. I’d have to think about how I would replicate the taste for my own palate, but I’m all for meatless meals!

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    1. It really does look like pulled pork! It’s definitely worth a try. I think there’s probably lots of different avenues to explore with it taste wise ☺️

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