Make this BBQ pulled jackfruit burger for a delicious vegetarian BBQ option, or try out more veggie and vegan burger recipes such as our homemade veggie burgers, lentil burgers and classic vegan black bean burger.

We've also got more delicious pulled jackfruit recipes such as pulled BBQ jackfruit sliders and jackfruit tacos. For another vegan meat alternative, try our recipe for homemade seitan and silken tofu.

What is jackfruit?

A prickly green fruit might not be the most obvious replacement for BBQ pulled pork – but that’s exactly what vegans in the know have been cooking with on the BBQ. Jackfruit is the largest tree fruit in the world – it can grow up to a metre in length and weigh as much as 45kg – has a firm texture and, when ripe, smells and tastes like a mash up between mango, pineapple and banana. When jackfruit is young and under-ripe, however, the flesh actually ‘pulls’ like slow-cooked meat, and its mild flavour is the perfect vehicle for spicy sauces and marinades. Plus, it’s gluten- and soya-free unlike many meat substitutes – and is reputedly a good source of fibre, vitamins A and C, and potassium, and is rich in antioxidants.

Buy jackfruit online or in Asian grocers and try out our recipe below.


  • 400g jackfruit prepared fresh or tinned brined
  • 250ml cider
  • 4 burger buns, halved and toasted


  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and shredded
  • ½ carrot, shredded
  • ¼ red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 2 tsp soft brown sugar
  • ½ a small bunch coriander, leaves picked


  • 150ml tomato ketchup

  • 4 tbsp soy sauce
  • 4 tbsp soft brown sugar
  • a thumb-sized piece ginger, finely grated
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper


  • STEP 1

    Break the jackfruit into pieces (if you’re using tinned, drain and rinse well) and put in a pan with the cider and enough water to cover the fruit. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 30-35 minutes or until all of the liquid has evaporated and the jackfruit is tender. Shred into strands using two forks.

  • STEP 2

    Mix together the slaw ingredients with some seasoning and leave to marinate for 20 minutes, stirring once.

  • STEP 3

    Meanwhile, put all the BBQ sauce ingredients in a small pan and heat gently. Once simmering, remove from the heat.

  • STEP 4

    Stir ¾ of the BBQ sauce through the pulled jackfruit and gently reheat. Pile some on to the base of a bun, top with slaw and serve with extra BBQ sauce for dunking.


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