Grilled Hummus & Caramelized Onion Sandwich

Add some variety to your grilled sandwiches with sweet caramelized onions and salty hummus.
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I’m all for the comfort-food-stretchy-pants-double-cheesy-grilled-cheese, but sometimes I just don’t wanna wear my stretchy pants. I want to squeeze into some skinny jeans until they get stuck on my calves and I can’t breathe and my sister has to help me out of them because they’re stuck on good.

Just kidding. I’m phasing out skinny jeans. I like to move my legs once in a while.

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But I digress. This grilled hummus and caramelized onion sandwich is the perfect way to enjoy a vegan grilled sandwich without the cheese after-effects and without any rubber vegan cheese.
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It’s extremely easy, but definitely budget a bit of time to caramelize the onions. The slow cooking process magically transforms this tear-inducing vegetable into a sweet and crispy sandwich filling, pasta topper, or side.

Since caramelized onions can be used in so many dishes, you can fry up a bunch ahead of time and store them in the fridge for a few days. Then they’ll be ready to go for your grilled sandwich.
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A little sprinkle of garam masala is optional, but adds some depth to the sandwich and pairs nicely with the hummus. You can find garam masala at Bulk Barn or make it yourself.
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A final exciting note: I almost forgot to post this grilled sandwich recipe today because I got so caught up in creating my new portfolio site. I encourage you to check out my featured photos, food and otherwise, here.

Happy grilling!
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Grilled Hummus and Caramelized Onion Sandwich
Author: Katy’s Kitchen
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Serves: 1
Add some variety to your grilled sandwiches with sweet caramelized onions and salty hummus.
  • 1 small white onion
  • 1-2 Tablespoons ghee, for frying*
  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 2 Tablespoons hummus
  • Pinch garam masala
  1. Add 1 TB of the ghee to a skillet and turn heat to medium.
  2. Slice the onion into thin, round slices and add to the skillet. The onions will take up most of the pan, but will cook down significantly. After a few minutes on medium, turn down the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and crispy (about 25 minutes).
  3. Spread both slices of bread with a thin layer of hummus. Sprinkle the garam masala over the hummus. Add the onions to one slice and sandwich closed.
  4. If necessary, add the rest of the ghee to the skillet. Place the sandwich on the skillet and fry until golden brown and crispy, about a minute on each side. Serve immediately.
*vegans sub: coconut oil, grapeseed, canola, etc.

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Katy MacKinnon

Katy MacKinnon is a food photographer and recipe developer, and Food Fight! co-host.

36 thoughts on “Grilled Hummus & Caramelized Onion Sandwich”

  1. Oh my goodness, this sandwich sounds incredible Katy! I absolutely love caramelized onions and hummus and putting them together in a sandwich with the added kick from garam masala = pure genius 🙂 Pinning and I seriously can’t wait to try this once we settle back from the holidays. Hope you have a Happy New Year Katy 🙂

    1. Thank you Sherri! I actually found some “skinny” jeans the other day that I approved of, although they are technically not skinny jeans since they get wider at the ankles. Skinny jeans were invented for people who stand still all day! 😉

  2. Nom, Nom, Nom!!! This looks heavenly. I am pinning this recipe. and will make it as soon as I find garam masala. Thanks so much and Happy New Year Katy.

    1. Thanks for the pin Estela, and Happy New Year to you! Garam masala is sold at Bulk Barn but you can also make it yourself. I am going to update the recipe to include that. 🙂

  3. LOVE THIS!!!! After my first batch of onions was gone (it made 3 sandwiches), I made another and made QUESADILLAS instead of sandwiches…simply by using a wrap instead of bread. Served w fresh salsa and shredded lettuce……way better than anything in a restaurant! THANKS SO MUCH for this recipe!!!

    1. THANK YOU so much for such a lovely, enthusiastic comment Gayle 🙂 Glad you liked it! Quesadillas sound delightful.

    1. I’ve only tried it fresh, so I imagine that the hummus might make the bread slightly soggy. But here’s what I do when I bring sandwiches to work: put the bread in a container separate from the ingredients, and assemble at lunch time. Voila! A fresh sandwich. 🙂

  4. These look so amazing!! And I’ve been trying to think of more vegan sandwich ideas so this is great. I can’t wait to try them. I think I’m going to add some mushrooms to mine as well.

  5. Really yummy sandwich! We use canola oil instead of ghee, and use the George Foreman grill after sauteing the onions and putting the sandwiches together.

  6. I’m a bit late to the party here but I just tried this recipe after googling hummus sandwiches. I am impressed. I don’t usually leave comments on recipes but I loved this so much I had to. Instead of ‘normal’ hummus I used some hummus that was already caramelised onion flavoured and it is going to be my every day lunch from now on!! It’s amazing!! Thanks for sharing

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