Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

I don’t know if it’s just my ignorance here in Australia, but I hadn’t heard of a Reuben sandwich until we did some travel through the US. And it wasn’t that we even came across the traditional one with the corned beef, Swiss cheese, and the lot. It was the vegan version in pretty much every cafe we sat down in.

I had it in a couple of different places and loved the combination of the tempeh with the sauerkraut and the sauce. I mean, how can you go wrong?

I love those flavour combinations, and after studying other recipes, what I had tasted during my travels, and what I generally like, I’ve created a vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich that I’m sure others will also love! 

Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Filled with crunchy gherkins that is mixed in with a mayonnaise and ketchup dressing, adds a lot of flavour to this vegan tempeh Reuben. 

What tempeh to use for Reuben

The tempeh that you use for this recipe should ideally already be marinated. If it’s not, there are plenty of marinating recipes you can find online.  

If you can only find plain tempeh use some garlic powder, onion powder, tamari and let that marinate for about 10-15 minutes before frying. 

Vegan Tempeh Reuben

It’s such a simple recipe to make, and I have deliberately adjusted the recipe using ingredients that you’re more likely to have in your kitchen as a vegan than others that I saw with specialty ingredients. If you don’t have some of these, they would be fairly accessible at your local supermarket.

Vegan Tempeh Reuben

Other recipes you’ll love:

  1. Satay Tempeh Marinade
  2. Warm Vegan Lentil Salad with Tempeh (Gluten-Free)
  3. 1-Bowl Tofu Scramble
  4. Juicy Tofu Sandwich With Smoked Mayo
  5. Vegan Falafel Wrap

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Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Vegan Tempeh Reuben Sandwich

Yield: 2 sandwiches
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This vegan tempeh Reuben sandwich is comforting and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.



  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 gherkin, finely chopped
  • Pepper


  • Vegan butter
  • 4 slices of rye bread - I used light rye
  • Oil for shallow frying
  • 150gr marinated tempeh, sliced
  • 2 slices vegan cheese - preferably Swiss but any will do
  • ½ cup sauerkraut


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients and mix well. Set aside.
  2. Fry the tempeh on both sides until golden brown.
  3. Butter one side of all four slices of bread. Place two pieces butter side down on the fry pan, then spread over the dressing, followed by the cheese, tempeh, sauerkraut and then pieces of bread with the butter facing up. If using a sandwich press, compile it the same way.
  4. Toast for a couple of minutes until golden brown and then flip. If using sandwich press, just press down and it will toast both sides at the same time.
  5. Take off heat and cut in half.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 2 sandwiches
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 860Total Fat: 57gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 32gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 1249mgCarbohydrates: 54gFiber: 5gSugar: 16gProtein: 38g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically. The accuracy of this information is not guaranteed.

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