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Close up of finished jackfruit burger.

Jackfruit Burger

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  • Author: Lexi
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Looking for the perfect summer BBQ meat substitute? Look no further; these easy pulled jackfruit burgers made with vegan pulled jackfruit have the taste and texture of the real thing!


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Jackfruit Burger

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons low sodium soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 14 ounce cans jackfruit, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1/3 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Serving ideas:


  1. Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a large pot. Drain and rinse the jackfruit, then transfer to the boiling water. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 7-8 minutes until jackfruit begins to separate. Drain the jackfruit and use 2 forks to pull it apart until it resembles finely shredded meat. 
  2. Add oil to medium skillet over medium heat. Add onion and soy sauce and sauté for 8-10 minutes, until softened and slightly caramelized. 
  3. While the onions are cooking, whisk together water, tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, chili powder, salt, cumin, garlic powder and mustard powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl. 
  4. Once the onions are cooked, add the shredded jackfruit to the pan and stir well to combine. Pour in tomato paste mixture and stir well to coat the jackfruit, then cook for another 5-7 minutes over low heat before serving. 
  5. Serve on a toasted bun spread with vegan mayo and top with slaw and/or pickles. 


Jackfruit: We used canned "young" (sometimes called "green" or "young green") jackfruit. Basically, this is unripe jackfruit, which has a similar taste and texture to pulled pork once cooked. Ripe jackfruit is much sweeter, and more suitable for use in sweeter/dessert recipes. If you can't find canned jackfruit, you can occasionally find it in refrigerated or even frozen pouches.

Shredding the jackfruit: To get the right texture for this jackfruit burger, use two forks to shred the "meat", just as you would with pulled pork. The easiest way to do so is to transfer the cooked jackfruit to a large, shallow bowl or cutting board, which provides more surface area so you don't miss any pieces. You can leave some bigger pieces, or shred it all finely depending on your tastes. (Note: the finer the shred, the more similar the texture to pulled pork.)

Storage: This pulled jackfruit keeps well in the fridge for up to 4 days. It can also be frozen for 3 months in an airtight container and reheated on the stovetop when ready to be consumed.

Nutrition information is for the pulled jackfruit only.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 317
  • Sugar: 41.2 g
  • Sodium: 684.3 mg
  • Fat: 12.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 53.7 g
  • Fiber: 5.2 g
  • Protein: 5.2 g