BBQ Veggie Joes


The king of meat sandwiches makes a scrumptiously satisfying vegetarian cameo with tender vegetables, legumes, and grains.

BBQ Veggie Joes
Photo: Blaine Moats
Prep Time:
15 mins
Slow Cook Time:
3 hrs
Total Time:
3 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 cup chopped carrots (2 medium)

  • cup brown lentils, rinsed and drained

  • cup uncooked regular brown rice

  • ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium)

  • 2 tablespoon packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoon yellow mustard

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ - ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans vegetable broth or chicken broth

  • 1 8 ounce package portobello mushrooms, chopped

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • 8 French-style rolls or whole wheat hamburger buns, split and toasted

  • Assorted toppers, such as chopped tomato, coarsely shredded iceberg lettuce, or red onion slices (optional)


  1. In a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker combine carrots, lentils, uncooked brown rice, onion, brown sugar, mustard, salt, garlic, and cayenne pepper. Stir in broth.

  2. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Stir in mushrooms, tomato sauce, and vinegar. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 30 minutes more.

  3. To serve, use a slotted spoon to spoon meat mixture onto bun bottoms. If desired, add desired toppers. Cover with bun tops.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

277 Calories
2g Fat
54g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 277
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 2g 3%
Sodium 1081mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 54g 20%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 141.4mg 11%
Iron 3.6mg 20%
Potassium 579mg 12%
Folate, total 96.8mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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