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Vegan Meatloaf Recipe (Delicious & Hearty)

Shana Thomas
The best vegan lentil meatloaf. Enjoy lentil meatloaf for Thanksgiving or Christmas with family and friends. It's a great delicious plant-based side dish or main dish for any night of the week. Enjoy!!
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Holiday Recipe, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 170 kcal


  • 2 cup green lentils
  • 2 tbsp ground flax seeds +6 tbsp water (combined), sub with ground chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup quinoa cooked, sub with brown or white rice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil or grapeseed 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 sub with vegetable stock or apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp tamari sub with soy sauce
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup oats sub with breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp ketchup

Vegan Meatloaf Sauce

  • 1/4 cup ketchup add extra, if needed
  • 1/4 cup bbq sauce add extra, if needed


  • 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 oregano and parsley. 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, 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. 
  • Mix bbq sauce and ketchup together in a small bowl. Add the sauce to the top of the lentil loaf and spread with the back of a spoon to coat the exposed vegan meatloaf lentil mixture. 
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes. Let it for 10 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.


  • Give your veggies time to brown.
  • Do not over pulse the mixture in the food processor. 
  • Let the vegan meatloaf rest for at least 10 minutes prior to removing it from the pan.
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