7 Sandwiches That Are Totally Meatless—And Seriously Satisfying

Packed with protein, there's not a boring one in the bunch!

August 10, 2017
meatless high protein sandwiches
Photograph courtesy of Vegan Yack Attack

It's easy to make a satisfying sandwich with turkey or tuna. But when it comes to meatless fillings? Let's just say satisfying options can be tricky.

There's the trusty PB&J or grilled cheese with tomato, of course. These old standbys are fine in a pinch, but they're not all that exciting (or, it can be argued, all that healthy). What's worse, since they lack produce and protein, they probably won't be able to carry you through to your next meal.

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These meat-free and seriously mouthwatering sandwiches, however, are a totally different story. Not only are they made with loads of veggies, they're also made with ingredients like beans, nuts, seeds, tempeh (one of these 10 best meatless protein sources), and egg whites, so they're packed with protein—and there's not a boring one in the bunch. Happy eating, guys! 

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1/7 Photograph courtesy of Eat Yourself Skinny
Quinoa Egg White Breakfast Wrap

You don't need sausage or bacon to make a hearty breakfast sandwich. Thanks to ingredients like quinoa, scrambled egg whites, and a whole wheat tortilla, this one from Eat Yourself Skinny packs nearly 14 grams of protein. Throw in ¼ cup of shredded cheddar cheese for another 7 grams, and you'll be full 'til lunch. 

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2/7 Photograph courtesy of Minimalist Baker
Chickpea Sunflower Sandwich

You've probably had tuna salad plenty of times. But chickpea salad? It's creamy and delicious—and loaded with plant protein. Here, Dana from the Minimalist Baker combines canned chickpeas with vegan mayo, sunflower seeds, red onion, chopped onion, and dill, and tucks the mixture into whole grain bread with fresh veggies. Altogether, this satisfying sandwich packs 15 grams of protein. 

Related: 6 High-Protein Dinners That Are Easier Than Chicken

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3/7 Photograph courtesy of The Green Life
Sweet And Spicy Tempeh Sandwich With Carrot Aioli

Tempeh is good for more than just stir-fries. When sliced into strips and baked, it makes a tasty, high-protein sandwich filling. This recipe from Sophie of The Green Life uses balsamic- and soy-marinated tempeh, a protein-packed spread made with pureed carrots and sunflower seeds, plus avocado, carrot strips, and sprouts. And best of all? It has almost 23 grams protein, which is about what you'd find in a small chicken breast. (Try one of these five sweet ways you can treat yourself with avocado.)

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4/7 Photograph courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod
Cucumber and Avocado Sandwich

Most veggie sandwiches leave your stomach grumbling an hour after you eat them. Not so with this one from Two Peas and Their Pod, which serves up 25 grams of protein. It's got the usual avocado, cucumber, lettuce, and alfalfa sprouts. But it's also got herbed goat cheese and whole grain seed bread—which, aside from being really yummy, gives this sandwich some serious staying power. 

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5/7 Photograph courtesy of Feasting at Home
Spicy Lentil Tahini Wrap

Lentils deliver 9 grams of protein per 1/2-cup serving, but they don't exactly work between two slices of bread. The solution? Do like Feasting at Home, and load them into a whole grain wrap. This meal is made with firm black lentils, shredded cabbage and carrots, toasted sunflower seeds, avocado, plus a creamy tahini sauce. And it'll give you 21 grams of muscle-repairing protein. (For even more meat-free ways to get your protein fix, don't miss these 11 super filling vegetarian meals.)

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6/7 Photograph courtesy of Karl Cooks
Tempeh Reuben

This isn't your average Reuben, folks. Instead of the usual corned beef and gloppy Russian dressing, Karlie of Karl Cooks uses high-protein tempeh and a plant-based dressing made with vegan mayo. To add even more flavor and texture, her recipe calls for spicy horseradish, sauerkraut, and an easy vegan slaw. It tastes like a treat, but it's wholesome and satisfying—with nearly 26 grams of protein. (Have leftover tempeh? Whip up a batch of our spicy tempeh chili.) 

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7/7 Photograph courtesy of Vegan Yack Attack
Vegan Chipotle White Bean Salad Sandwich

With 20 grams of filling protein, Vegan Yack Attack's sandwich scores some serious nutrition points—not to mention, additional points for creativity. Here, white beans get mixed with cashews, vegan mayo, chipotle powder, and smoked paprika. Then, the mixture is scooped onto bread and topped with sliced bell peppers, corn, mashed avocado, and baby kale. It's a surprising combo—and surprisingly delicious.

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