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Vegan McRib Sandwich


You know the name. You know the taste. But what you didn’t know, is that the infamous McRib can be made VEGAN! This Vegan McRib Sandwich is made using The Very Good Butchers new vegan ribs, topped with fresh slices of white onion, homemade garlic aioli and pickles all on a fresh baked bun! It’s sticky, its sweet, and it is everything you ever dreamed vegan food can be!

This obviously draws inspiration from McDonald’s iconic menu item – the McRib Sandwich. Of course you know I had to put my own spin on it with my own aoli, a better bun AND of course, make it vegan!


Let me tell you how this Vegan McRib Sandwich is made…

If you’re like me, you grew up down the street from a McDonalds, perfectly located in the centre of the town where everyone in all of the surrounding neighbourhoods converged day and night to enjoy the iconic menu items. If not, I hope I can paint you a small picture. I’ll be first to admit, McDonald’s is not particularly classy, nor is the food of great quality or skill. HOWEVER, there is surely something to the whole experience, especially when you’re younger, that goes beyond the rock bottom prices. For me, it was all about a place to meet. To escape a busy school life, and to enjoy things I once thought impossible to make at home!

Now that I’m finished romanticizing something as un-romantic as McDonald’s, I have made it my life’s work to create even better versions of the iconic menu items that I once loved! So, make this Vegan McRib Sandwich for yourself, and enjoy the flavours you are familiar with, but this time knowing that all of the ingredients are fresh, made to perfection, and even have a little twist to make it taste even BETTER and plant-based!

Let’s start with the ingredients:

First and foremost, you need the perfect bun! You might be tired of hearing me say this by now, but I haven’t done my job unless you are fully convinced that the perfect sandwich starts with the perfect bun or bread. My recommendation is to head to your local bakery, or the bakery section of your local grocery store and pick the freshest bun you can find that will fit a rack of vegan ribs for this Vegan McRib Sandwich.

Next, grab yourself a package of The Very Good Butchers BBQ ribs. There are plenty of recipes out there that fit the bill for these vegan ribs, mainly made of wheat gluten and jackfruit. But nothing compares to the amazing texture of their products, and the ease of being able to order them to your door!

SLICE YOUR ONIONS THINLY! This may be a personal preference, but thinly sliced onions are the key to keeping the aromatic flavour of the onion, all while not overpowering the texture and taste of the whole sandwich.

Keep the aoli fresh with fresh minced garlic. It’s always much better than the powdered form, and you’ll thank me later!

Now, go give this Vegan McRib Sandwich a try, let me know what you thought and tag me on instagram with your final creation!

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Vegan McRib Sandwich

  • Author: Gregs Vegan Gourmet
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 2 McRib Sandwiches


This Vegan McRib Sandwich is made using The Very Good Butchers vegan ribs, topped with fresh slices of white onion, homemade garlic aioli and pickles all on a fresh baked bun!


  • 2 large fresh sausage buns, sub bun etc, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1 rack of The Very Good Butchers Vegan BBQ Ribs
  • 4 tbsp vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1/2 white onion thinly sliced
  • 4 slices sweet pickle


  1. In a medium frying pan over medium heat, add 1 tbsp vegan butter and the halves of the buns. Fry until lightly golden and crispy.
  2. In the same heated pan, add the half rack of ribs over medium to low heat. Cover the pan and let cook for 5 minutes. Flip and cook another 5 minutes or until lightly crispy and warm throughout. Remove from heat and set aside. Slice the ribs in half.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, add the mayonnaise, garlic, paprika, parsley, and pepper. stir to combine.
  4. Build your sandwich by layering on some aioli, vegan ribs, white onion and pickles.
  5. Optional: Heat 1 tbsp of butter with 1 minced clove of garlic in the iocrowave to brush over the tops for a gourmet presentation and added flavour.
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20

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