Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

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While I was still living in England, one of my housemates whipped up Hot for Food’s vegan buffalo cauliflower sandwich.  For the first time in my life, I finished off my leftovers and was genuinely sad that I had none left.  I’ve never felt so much like Patrick Star in my life!

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But, Spongebob references aside, this was by far one of the most delicious sandwiches I’ve had the opportunity to consume.

As usual, I found myself making some adjustments when I decided to recreate that delicious meal. With that, my own version of this vegan buffalo cauliflower sandwich was born!

My biggest difficulty so far is the dressing.  Since vegan mayo is pretty impossible to find in my middle of nowhere town (save ordering from Amazon, Thrive Market, or a similar service), it’s usually up to me to make my own.  Before discovering my chickpea sensitivity, I’d turn to aquafaba mayo. Now, I’m on a search for an alternative. Suggestions? Let me know!

Our buffalo sauce is quite different than the inspiration, too, but I think it adds a nice touch. You can play around with the flavours, too! Prefer your sandwich less spicy? Adjust accordingly.  Want to up the spice? Go for it!  Or, make your life a little easier and use an [accidentally] vegan storebought option. Either way, I can just about guarantee that you’ll love this sandwich—hopefully as much as I do!

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Buffalo Cauliflower Sandwich

A delicious, relatively healthy buffalo cauliflower sandwich!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 sandwiches


  • Oven
  • Parchment-lined baking sheet
  • Whisk
  • Immersion blender (if making aquafaba mayo)


Cauliflower “Steak”

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 tsp salt or salt substitute
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Buffalo Sauce

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 stick vegan butter about a quarter-cup
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Ranch Sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo store-bought or made with your favourite recipe
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • 2 buns or more, depending on size of cauliflower


  • Preheat oven to 450 F.
  • Clean cauliflower and slice in half. From each half, cut one steak, about 1/2 inch thick. Save the remaining cauliflower to make buffalo cauliflower wings or your favourite cauliflower recipe!
  • Whisk flour, non-dairy milk, water, and spices in a bowl. Pour into a baking dish and use to coat the steaks completely. Place on a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes.
  • While they are baking, prepare your sauces.
  • Prepare vegan mayo if necessary, then whisk all ingredients together. Chill until the remaining components are ready.
  • Melt butter, then combine with remaining ingredients to form buffalo sauce. Add to baking dish and coat baked cauliflower. Place back in oven and bake for another 25 minutes.
  • Add steaks to bun with dressing and condiments of choice. I've used Hot for Food's suggestion of lettuce, tomato, and onion, and substituted avocado from time to time. They're all wonderful!  
Keyword Buffalo, Cauliflower, Sandwich

Need a recipe to use up those excess cauliflower florets? Our buffalo cauliflower wings or dijon-roasted cauliflower both focus on cauliflower florets. And they’re quite tasty, if I do say so myself!

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