Vegan Sloppy Joes Burger with Avocado Slaw

Total Prep and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Equipment Needed: Hob and food processor with grating function (although not necessary)

Freezable: Yes (only the sloppy joes mixture, not the avocado slaw)

Serves: 3-6 (6 burgers in total)

This dish is INCREDIBLE! Whether you are vegan, vegetarian or a lover of meat - I truly think you will enjoy this vegan sloppy joes recipe. It's smoky and sweet, but also perfectly sour from the apple cider vinegar, it's a heavenly combination - trust me. It is packed with protein and natural flavours so you can eat this meal completely guilt free! If you have any leftovers, do not worry as the mixture freezes great and tastes delicious with rice, tortilla wraps, tacos, potatoes or even on its own.

Just as a warning, eating these burgers is a messy but glorious business, so make sure you have napkins at the ready and you're not on a first date. With that in mind, let's get started with this delicious vegan burger recipe!


Sloppy Joes:

  • 1 tsp of olive oil

  • 1 medium onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or chopped finely

  • 1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes

  • 1 x 400g can of cannellini beans, drained

  • 100g of red lentils

  • 1 good quality vegetable stock cube

  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree

  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup

  • 200ml of boiling water

  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tsp of chilli powder

  • 1 tsp of paprika

  • 1/2 tsp of smoked paprika

  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 1/4 tsp of ground cumin

  • 1 tsp of salt (you can add more to taste)

  • 1/2 tsp of pepper (you can add more to taste)

Avocado Slaw:

  • 75g of red cabbage (approximately 1/4 of a small red cabbage)

  • 150g of carrots (around approximately 2 medium carrots)

  • 1/2 lime

  • 1 ripe avocado

  • 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander (optional)

  • 1/2 tsp of salt

  • 1/2 tsp of pepper

To Serve:

  • 6 burger buns (you can also sub for GF burger buns)


1. Firstly, finely slice your onion and add to a pan with your olive oil, then place on the hob on a low to medium heat.

2. Cook for around 3 minutes or until your onions have softened, then add your pressed or sliced garlic to the onions and stir.

3. Cook your garlic for around 30 seconds before adding your chopped tomatoes and boiling water to the pan, followed by your lentils, vegetable stock cube, maple syrup, salt, pepper, chilli powder, cumin, paprika, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper. Stir it all together and then increase to a medium to high heat. Once it begins to boil, reduce back down to a low heat so that the mixture is simmering.

4. Cook for around 15 minutes on a low heat (stir often), and then add your apple cider vinegar, tomato puree and drained cannellini beans. Mix it all together and then cook for another 5 minutes on a low heat.

5. Avocado slaw - while your vegan sloppy joes is cooking nicely, you can begin to make your slaw. Grate your carrots and red cabbage using a food processor (this will make it really quick). If you haven't got a food processor, you can just cut the ingredients finely or manually grate them.

6. In a separate bowl, add your avocado, vinegar, the juice from 1/2 a lime, chopped coriander, salt and pepper. Mash it all together using a fork - then add your grated carrot and cabbage and stir well until the veggies are covered with avocado.

7. Try your sloppy joes filling to make sure the lentils are cooked through (they should be fully cooked but if they are still hard, add around 50ml of water and cook for a further 5-10 minutes) and then add any additional salt and pepper according to your personal preference.

8. Serve in a toasted burger bun and enjoy!

If you made this, I would love to hear from you! Comment below or get in touch on Instagram.

Here at Defying Hangry, we make delicious and easy vegan recipes that take no longer than 30 minutes to cook. All our meals contain a range of nutritious and easily accessible ingredients - to make even the busiest of mealtimes easy, healthy and quick. As well as vegan recipes, we also share a range of vegan gluten-free recipes and vegan nut-free recipes.