Sweet & Savory Grilled Tempeh

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This sweet & savory maple soy tempeh is a wonderful vegan grilling option for your next BBQ or camping trip!
Grilled tempeh stacked on a plate
As we mentioned previously, we have a somewhat skeptical opinion of the traditional Thanksgiving turkey.  Even in an indoor kitchen, under the best of circumstances, properly cooking at turkey can be a real challenge. Overcooked outsides and dry insides are all too common (never mind the roughly 4,000 home cooking fires that break out each year from people trying to deep-fry a whole turkey). And even if you do manage to run the gauntlet and pull off the perfectly cooked bird, it’s nearly always overshadowed by the abundant and diverse spread of Thanksgiving specific sides.

So if you’re thinking about hosting Thanksgiving while camping, we strongly advocate you consider the risk/reward of cooking a whole turkey. For some people, it’s an absolute requirement. In that case, we can only wish you the best of luck (and we’ll share a tip from one of our readers: try using a Rocket Roaster). But if you are open to something a little non-traditional (that’s what a Thanksgiving campout is anyway, right?), may we suggest an alternative: Grilled Maple Soy Tempeh.

Now, if we’re being honest, the taste and texture of tempeh are a lot closer to most oven baked turkey than most people are willing to admit. On top of that, it’s loaded with protein and nearly foolproof to prepare. But best of all, tempeh soaks up marinade like a sponge, making it flavorful without having to drown it with gravy. This version combines the salty goodness of soy sauce with the all-natural sweetness of maple syrup. Finally, a touch of apple cider vinegar is used to give it a bright pop.

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So if you’re thinking about cooking Thanksgiving in the great outdoors this year, and not completely married to the idea of cooking a 15-pound turkey at a campsite, then we suggest you consider this as a viable alternative.

>Tempeh grilling over a campfire

Tempeh grilling over a campfire

Sweet & Savory Grilled Tempeh

5 from 10 ratings
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
4 servings



  • Combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar in a ziplock bag large enough to hold the tempeh.
  • Cut the tempeh into 4 slices (see image). Place them in the ziplock with the marinade. Make sure the tempeh slices are evenly coated, and allow them to marinate at least 30 minutes.
  • Grill the tempeh over your campfire, or you can cook them in a cast iron skillet with a touch of oil. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side.


Inspired by 101 Cookbooks

Equipment Needed

Sharp knife
Cutting board
Measuring cups & spoons

Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 167kcal

*Nutrition is an estimate based on information provided by a third-party nutrition calculator

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Want to turn your Thanksgiving into the best camping trip of the year? Be sure to check out our top tips for a successful Campsgiving here!

Tempeh grilling over a campfire

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One Comment

  1. This was a great recipe for backyard Summer grilling!
    I ended up using two packages for the same amount of marinade and it was fine.
    Easy, delicious, and everyone liked it.