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Vegan Meatloaf Recipe (Delicious & Hearty)

The best vegan lentil meatloaf. Enjoy lentil meatloaf for Thanksgiving or Christmas with family and friends. It's great for vegetarians and a delicious plant-based side dish. Enjoy!!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 min
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 170 kcal


  • 2 cup green lentils
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds+6 tbsp water (combined)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves minced or chopped
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 celery stalk chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 portabello mushrooms chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp ketchup add extra for the top of the loaf glaze
  • 2 tbsp bbq sauce add extra for the top of the loaf glaze
  • 1 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked
  • 1/2 cup oats


  • In a blender, add oats and blend into flour.
  • Combine ground flax seeds and water to create a flax egg. Let sit for 5 minutes until the mixture forms a gel-like consistency.
  • Cook lentils and quinoa according to package directions in water or veggie broth. Drain the water once lentils are done. 
  • In a sauté pan, add the oil and season with salt, pepper, smoked paprika, dried herbs. Cook until oil absorbs into spices and aroma fills the air. Add onions, garlic, and carrot, red pepper, and mushrooms. Cook ingredients for 10-15 minutes, taste test and add additional spices if needed. Continuously stir.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and add red wine, ketchup, bbq sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and tamari.
  • In a food processor, add cooked lentils, quinoa, blended oats, flax eggs, and sautéed veggie mixture. Pulse for a couple of seconds until combined, but ensure mixture still has texture. 
  • Pour vegan meatloaf mixture into a loaf pan that been greased and lined with parchment paper. 
  • Add bbq sauce and/or ketchup to the top with the back of a spoon and spread to coat the exposed vegan meatloaf lentil mixture. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Let sit for 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and enjoy!!