Simple Lentil Meatballs (vegan, soy-free, gluten-free)

Posted by:Lindsay S. Nixon Category: Recipe

What are meatless meatballs made out of? LENTILS

How do you make vegetarian meatballs? SEE BELOW

Are Ikea meatballs vegan? They are now! (but these are better)

What is tempeh made out of? Soy, but not used here! 


I wanted to have a really simple, versatile vegan meatless meatball that didn’t use beans…


Or vital wheat gluten.


Or tempeh.


Or any of those “weird” vegan ingredients/faux meats....


I’ve done some cool things with eggplant on the meal plans (eggplant provides a nice meaty texture to meatless meatballs), but beans were still in those equations… until now. 


Recipe below > > >



Super Easy, Simple Lentil Meatballs


P.S. I have best results with home-cooked lentils in this recipe. Pre-cooked lentils (like the ones sold at Trader Joe’s) are harder and firmer and make for balls that tend to fall apart (but their lentils with these seasonings are still fab!). 

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Recipe:Lentil Meatballs

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Prep time: | Cook time: | Total: | 10 servings


The best meatless meatballs around. Makes 10 meatballs (2-inch size). For a totally soy-free and gluten-free version, substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce. Nutritional info per meatball.



  1. In a clean and completely dry blender, pulverize ¼-cup oats into a flour, then transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

  2. Pulse another ¼-cup oats a few times to chew up and look like instant oats. Set aside.

  3. In a mixing bowl, combine cooked lentils, ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, and spices together.

  4. Add 2 tbsp of the oat flour and nutritional yeast, stirring to combine.

  5. Add the “instant” oats and remaining ½-cup rolled oats, stirring to mix.

  6. Taste, adding another 1 tbsp soy sauce or cayenne if desired.

  7. If the mixture is really wet and loose, add another 1-2 tbsp oat flour.

  8. Chill mixture for 30 minutes if possible.

  9. Preheat to 450F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper.

  10. With clean but wet hands, pick off and shape 10 balls.

  11. Place on baking sheet and bake 10-12 minutes, or until the balls are firm on the outside (not still mushy when you touch them,but they don’t need to be super firm either because the firm as they cool a little).

  12. Remove from oven and let cool to room temperature, about 15 minutes.