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?

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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 😍

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  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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