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Maple Apple, Caramelized Onion & Tempeh Bacon Panini | HelloVeggie.co

Maple Apple, Caramelized Onion & Tempeh Bacon Panini

Savory tempeh bacon, jammy caramelized onions, and sautéed maple apples make this panini irresistible.

Course Sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 435 kcal
Author Hello Veggie


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 6 teaspoons butter or Earth Balance divided
  • 1 medium apple cored and sliced (I like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady)
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 8 slices crusty bread
  • 4 ounces shredded smoked cheddar or meltable vegan cheese
  • 8 slices tempeh bacon


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the onion, salt and pepper. Stir to coat. Slowly caramelize the onion, stirring occasionally, for about 40 minutes, or until golden brown. (See why caramelizing onions for real takes patience!)
  2. Once the onions are caramelized, transfer them to a small bowl. Return the skillet to medium heat; melt 2 teaspoons of butter in the skillet and add the apple slices.
  3. Cook the apple slices until they're tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the maple syrup and cook for 3-5 minutes more, or until the liquid is absorbed and the apples are just beginning to brown on the edges. Remove from heat.
  4. Heat an indoor grill or panini press to medium heat. While the grill is heating up, place 4 pieces of bread on a cutting board. Top the slices with half the cheese, then the caramelized onions, maple apples, bacon, remaining cheese, and remaining bread.
  5. Spread the tops of the sandwiches with 1/2 teaspoon of butter. Place the buttered side down onto the panini press or grill, then butter the opposite sides with the remaining butter.
  6. Gently press the top of the grill down and grill the sandwiches for about 5 minutes, or until they have nice grill marks and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

To save time, the onions and apples can be made in advance.

Nutrition Facts
Maple Apple, Caramelized Onion & Tempeh Bacon Panini
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 435 Calories from Fat 172
% Daily Value*
Fat 19.1g29%
Saturated Fat 10.3g64%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 4.5g19%
Sugar 11.7g13%
Protein 16.6g33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.