Vegan Crispy “Chicken” Caesar Sandwiches

This sandwich will ruin you for all other sandwiches.

I may have said this before, but this is the best sandwich I have ever had. These vegan chicken Caesar sandwiches are some next level s&*#%. So, if I have said that before, know that it was simply because I had not tried these sandwiches yet. Crispy baked chickpea “chicken” patties, the BEST vegan Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce all on your favorite bun. Super easy, healthy and packed with protein. 

I could eat a vegan crispy chicken Caesar sandwich everyday for the rest of my life and never get tired of them. I have been tinkering with different “chicken” patty recipes, and this one is perfect. After baking it, it is so crispy on the outside you can hear the crunch, and the perfect firmness in the center while still being moist. 

This recipe will make about 3 large or 4 small crispy chicken patties, and I recommend making them all. The leftovers are amazing, and you can even cut some up and make delicious salads if lower carb things are your thing.

Let us not forget the Caesar dressing, it is tangy, well balanced perfection. Slathered on these crispy chicken Caesar sandwiches is the best home for it. I love it all so much, and so does my whole family. My daughter is obsessed with the chickpea chicken patties, but usually wants a different topping. I live for meals that can be adapted to everyone’s liking. These sandwiches are definitely winners! 

5 from 1 vote
Vegan Crispy "Chicken" Caesar Sandwiches
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

Super crispy baked chickpea "chicken", the best vegan Caesar dressing and romaine lettuce on your favorite bun. This is the best sandwich of all time!

Course: Main Course
Servings: 4
Author: Lauren Hartmann
Crispy Chickpea "Chicken"
  • 15 oz. Can Chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/3 C. Vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1/2 C. Vital wheat gluten
  • 1/3 C. Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp. Poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • Pinch of Black pepper
  • 1 C. Bread crumbs, for coating the outside
Vegan Caesar Dressing
  • 1/4 C. Vegan mayo
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Capers
  • 1 Tbsp. Nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Pinch of Salt and pepper
For the Sandwiches
  • Buns
  • Romaine lettuce
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  2. Next, drain the chickpeas and add them to a large mixing bowl. Smash all of the chickpeas with a fork or potato masher. Make sure they are all mashed. 

  3. Now add the olive oil, veggie broth, soy sauce, vital wheat gluten, panko, and seasonings to the mixing bowl with the smashed chickpeas. Leave the extra bread crumbs out, this will be used for coating. 

  4. Mix everything together with a spoon, and then once everything starts to come together, begin to mix with your hands and then knead the mixture for about 2 minutes. It should become firm and hold together very well. 

  5. Now place the 1 cup of bread crumbs into a bowl. You can use whatever kind of bread crumbs you want, I used half panko and half regular. 

  6. Then, divide the chickpea mixture into 3-4 parts, depending on how large you want your patties. Roll each part into a ball, then press out flat. 

  7. Next, press the patties down into the bread crumbs on each side, coating the patties in the bread crumbs. You may need to press down hard to get them to stick. 

  8. Place each patty on a baking sheet sprayed with non stick spray. Then spray the tops of the chickpea patties with non stick spray as well. 

  9. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Flipping the patties after 15 minutes. Bake until the patties are firm, crispy and brown. 

  10. While the patties are baking, make the dressing. Add all the ingredients to a blender and pulse for a minute, scraping down sides as needed. Until it is creamy and smooth. Set aside. 

  11. When the chickpea patties are done, take a bun, spread with Caesar dressing, then place a patty on that, then lettuce, then spread the top bun with more Caesar dressing. Serve! 

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  • Reply
    September 8, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Can’t wait to try these! Do you think that they can be frozen? And if so would you freeze before cooking or after? Love make ahead recipes for busy weeknights

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    September 8, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    I made this 3 days ago and my family loved it so much that I made it again last night for dinner! This is truly one of my favorite recipes! Do you recommend heating any left overs in the microwave or should it only be in the oven? THANK YOU! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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      Lauren Hartmann
      September 9, 2018 at 11:09 am

      You just totally made my day! I have only been reheating leftovers in the oven, just so they are still crispy. However, I bet they would still taste delicious reheated in the microwave. They probably just won’t be as crispy.

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    September 8, 2018 at 5:32 pm

    Is there any way to make these gluten free? They sound soooo good!

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      Lauren Hartmann
      September 9, 2018 at 11:16 am

      I’m not 100% sure, since I have not tested a gluten free recipe. However, I think you could skip the vital wheat gluten and use double the bread crumbs using gluten free ones instead. Then using an egg replacer as a binder. I like to use flax eggs. The texture would not be the same, but I would bake until they are firm. They would have the same flavor, but maybe more like a veggie burger consistency. I hope that is kinda helpful!

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      October 10, 2018 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Daniela, I just made these gluten-free and I used Bob’s Red Mill gf flour in place of the vital wheat gluten, gluten-free bread crumbs, and tamari. I added an additional two tablespoons of breadcrumbs to the patty mix for stability. They came out well!

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        October 10, 2018 at 11:41 pm

        Thanks Susan! I’ll give it a try! Did you use any eggs/egg replacement?

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          October 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

          I didn’t but you could try it if you want, maybe instead of the extra breadcrumbs? I might aso try these again with a little extra flour instead of the extra breadcrumbs just to play around 😀

  • Reply
    September 9, 2018 at 1:57 pm

    How big are the patties? Like 3 inches? 4 inches? I’m wondering how many small “slider” sized patties these would make – thinking of doing like an English muffin size for lunches 🙂

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      Lauren Hartmann
      September 9, 2018 at 10:15 pm

      Maybe about 4 inches. I bet you could make 6-8 sliders!

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    September 9, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Mmm mmm! This was amazing! It made 4 BIG patties for me. Crunchy coating right out of the oven. Topped with fresh lettuce, juicy tomato and lots of your Cesar dressing…PERFECT! Thanks for a great recipe

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    Tanna M Dean
    September 19, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I made this and it was fabulous. My husband ate two, I took the last one for lunch the next day. (Shared on IG)

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      September 20, 2018 at 2:08 pm

      Woot woot!

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    Jaimie H
    September 21, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Saw this recipe posted in a vegetarian Facebook group and on a whim I decided to try them. They’re amazing!! I did add a bit more spice but the patty itself is so delicious. I am blown away!!

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      Lauren Hartmann
      September 23, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Yay! This make me incredibly happy!

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    October 24, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Need some good side recommendations to go with these?? Trying the crack broccoli tacos tomorrow!

    • Reply
      Lauren Hartmann
      October 24, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      I love to just serve these with veggie chips or veggie fries. Sweet potato fries are great! Or sometimes I do a side salad or pasta salad!

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    October 27, 2018 at 9:43 pm

    Not going to pick a rating as I tried only the patty part of the recipe. I had pretty much none of the ingredients for the rest — not even lettuce. Guess it’s time for a grocery shop. 😲

    The patties are a solid 5 stars, though. At least as good as store bought “chicken” burgers, and I’d say they are better. Super easy, too.

    Thanks for another excellent recipe!


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    November 8, 2018 at 12:26 am

    I made this today and they were so delicious! I’m so happy I found your blog, your recipes are amazing. 🖤🌱

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