Vegetarian Sri Lankan Jack Fruit Burger June 10, 2017

by Trisha The Sri Lanka Diaries

Patrick’s in Sri Lanka right now – and he’s at Cafe Kumbuk in Colombo with Head Chef John. He learnt how to make the ultimate – perfectly layered, spicy Jackfruit burger, and we’ve got the recipe for you to make at home.

What is Jack Fruit?

Jack Fruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world reaching as much as 35 kg (80 lb) in weight, 90 cm (35 in) in length, and 50 cm (20 in) in diameter. It’s related to the fig, mulberry, and breadfruit and is commonly found in tropical countries in South and South East Asia.

Jack fruit is a great vegan alternative to pork, but you’ve got to know how to cook it right… keep reading to find out how.

Sri Lankan Jack Fruit Burger


For the Pulled Jackfruit
500gBoiled Jackfruit Chunks
10g Onion, Chopped
10g Garlic, Chopped
1 Stick Lemongrass
200g Tomato Paste
250ml Tomato Puree
100ml Pineapple Juice
50ml Apple juice
50g Jaggery
The Rest
Burger bun
Onion rings
Red cabbage


  1. Pull apart the jackfruit until stringy.
  2. Heat a sauce pot and add butter or oil.
  3. Saute onion, garlic and lemongrass under medium heat without colour.
  4. Add in tomato paste and tomato puree ( Tomato Sauce works as an alternative).
  5. Mix in pineapple juice and apple juice. Finally add jaggery and simmer until slightly reduced and sauce like in consistency. Season and cool.
  6. In a bowl place the pulled jackfruit and add in the cooled down sauce.
  7. Mix well and season if necessary. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
  8. Cut in half a burger bun. Place lettuce, tomato, onion rings on bottom half of the bun and approximately 3 tablespoons of pulled jack fruit mixture.
  9. Top with cheddar and place in oven.
  10. After cheese has melted add sliced gherkins and pour ketchup over it.
  11. Finally finish it off by placing shredded red- cabbage.
  12. Place top half of bun and serve.

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kathleen john says:

My favourite jack fruit…have to get there my self to taste it…keep up the good work..Cafe Kumbuk…

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