Easy Lentil Meatballs (Vegan + GF)

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Bowl of carrot ribbons topped with our easy vegan lentil meatballs recipe

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Food processor with ingredients for our protein-packed vegan lentil meatballs recipe

You guys know I’m on a roll with meatballs.

First were my Easy Vegan Meatballs featuring tempeh, then my Sun-Dried Tomato and Basil Meatballs featuring chickpeas. I can’t leave lentils out of the party, so this is my take using green lentils!

Parchment-lined baking sheet with freshly rolled vegan lentil meatballs

Origin of Meatballs

These days, meatballs are enjoyed all over the world and come in many different forms. But it’s believed that the idea originated from Persian meatballs known as kofta.

Our plant-based take on meatballs most closely resembles the flavors of Italian-American meatballs which are made with breadcrumbs and herbs. The story of Italian-American meatballs says that Italian immigrants served them with spaghetti and tomato sauce to make the dish more filling without much additional cost.

How to Make Lentil Meatballs

This recipe is simple, requiring just 10 ingredients and 30 minutes to prepare (when you start with cooked lentils).

It’s the perfect way to utilize leftover cooked lentils in an exciting, new way. In my opinion, if you put anything atop pasta and red sauce, it’s exciting (what does that tell you about my social life?).

Browning vegan lentil meatballs in a cast-iron skillet for a delicious plant-based meal

In addition to being simple, these meatballs are also vegan and gluten-free, and packed with flavor thanks to fresh parsley, dried herbs, tomato paste, and vegan parmesan cheese.

They get their golden brown crust from vegan parmesan cheese and a quick sauté in a skillet, before finishing off in the oven to help them crisp up even more. While that’s happening, prepare your accompaniments. I went for carrot noodles – because, love – and store-bought marinara sauce to save time.

Dinner bowls filled with carrot noodles topped with our easy vegan lentil meatballs recipe

I hope you all love these meatballs! They’re:

& Delicious

Make these for a weeknight meal when you’re looking for something hearty that doesn’t require too much work. Per 4 meatballs, these pack 10 grams of protein! And if you pair them with a quinoa- or brown rice-based gluten-free pasta, you’ll get another 5-10 grams protein per serving.

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Our lentil meatball recipe served over carrot noodles with marinara for a healthy plant-based meal
Top down shot showing the hearty texture of our gluten-free vegan lentil meatballs

Easy Lentil Meatballs

Lentil meatballs made with just 10 ingredients in 30 minutes! Savory, tender, flavorful, and perfect atop gluten-free pasta or carrot noodles!
Author Minimalist Baker
Big bowl of carrot ribbons with marinara and Easy Lentil Meatballs
4.73 from 88 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 (meatballs)
Course Appetizer, Entree
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 3-4 Days



  • 3 Tbsp (45 ml) + 1 tsp olive oil (divided)
  • 1 medium shallot (minced)
  • 3 cloves garlic* (minced)
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal (to make flax egg)
  • 2 ½ Tbsp water (to make flax egg)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked + cooled green lentils* (cooked in vegetable stock)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dried Italian seasonings (dried basil + oregano)
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 5-6 Tbsp vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for coating)
  • ~1/4 tsp Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp coconut flour (optional // or gluten-free oat flour or panko bread crumbs*)

FOR SERVING optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C), and line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or more if increasing batch size).
  • Once skillet is hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil (amount as recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), shallot and garlic. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly golden brown (being careful not to burn), then remove from heat and turn off stove top.
  • To a food processor, add flaxseed meal and water and let set for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add cooked, cooled lentils, 1 tsp olive oil (as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size), sautéed garlic and shallot, Italian seasonings, parsley, tomato paste, vegan parmesan cheese, and a pinch each salt and pepper. Pulse, mixing until combined, but not puréed, leaving a little texture.
  • Taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more salt and pepper or herbs for flavor, vegan parmesan for cheesiness and to dry out, or more olive oil to moisten. The texture should be dough-like. If the mixture is still too wet, add coconut or oat flour, or panko bread crumbs if not gluten free.
  • Use a Tablespoon or cookie dough scoop (like this one), to scoop out rounded Tablespoon amounts of dough and carefully form into balls. The mixture is moldable, but fragile, so the best way to do this is to rest the dough in the palm of one hand, while using two fingers from the other hand to gently mold/form into a meatball. If it cracks, moisten your fingers with a little water to help reform/bind them. Repeat until all meatballs are formed – about 12 or 13.
  • Roll/coat in vegan parmesan cheese (optional) and arrange on baking sheet.
  • Heat the skillet from earlier over medium heat. Once hot, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and half of the meatballs (amounts as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size). Brown for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown, shaking the pan or using a wooden spoon to roll the balls around to cook evenly on all sides.
  • As they are done cooking, transfer to your prepared baking sheet and set in the preheated oven. Repeat process, adding remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) to the skillet and sautéing remaining meatballs, then transfer to oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, while you prepare your carrot noodles, pasta and/or marinara sauce.
  • Remove meatballs from oven and let cool slightly – they will firm up the longer they are cooled. Serve over carrot noodles or pasta with marinara sauce.
  • Best when fresh, though leftovers keep in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat in a 350 degree F (176 C) oven until warmed through.



*3 garlic cloves is equal to ~1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic.
*2/3 cup (128 g) dry lentils yields ~1 1/2 cups (297 g) cooked.
*If not gluten-free, add 1 Tbsp panko bread crumbs (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size) to the filling instead of coconut flour, and mix it with vegan parmesan cheese to coat the outside before cooking, as seen here. This will add a little more texture and flavor!
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated with the lesser amount of vegan parmesan cheese and without optional ingredients.

Nutrition (1 of 12 servings)

Serving: 1 meatballs Calories: 87 Carbohydrates: 7.3 g Protein: 3.4 g Fat: 5.3 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.81 g Monounsaturated Fat: 3.4 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 166 mg Potassium: 155 mg Fiber: 2.1 g Sugar: 0.6 g Vitamin A: 143 IU Vitamin C: 2.82 mg Calcium: 19.21 mg Iron: 1.51 mg

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  1. lyn says

    Made this tonight for my daughter. She said it was the best. She loved the flavour. Well done minimalist baker. Just love your recipes

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Andrea, they won’t have a crispy, browned exterior, but it should work okay. Let us know if you try it!

  2. Jen says

    Hi! How long can you leave these in the fridge before cooking. Could I prep today and cook tomorrow for dinner?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amanda, Yes! You can rinse and drain them, then add in step 4 in place of the cooked and cooled lentils. You’ll need approximately one 15-oz. can. Hope you love it!

  3. Laur says

    I am new to lentils and vegan cooking. I love all kinds of meatballs and based on the reviews, I want to try this version but I am allergic to flaxseed. Is that ingredient necessary? Is there something I can replace it with.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Laur, the flax egg helps hold it together, but maybe a chia egg? Or another reader mentioned using flour to help with binding. Hope that helps!

  4. meg says

    WOWZA! these are so tasty and hearty!
    but really i came here to give 5 stars (like everything on this site!) and say: if you air fry these, do 375° for 15 min, flip half way!
    i got an air fryer for christmas so i’ve been air frying anything and everything.. planned to air fry these veggieballs.. read in a comment below someone air fried for 30 min at 400° flipping half way… DUDE! i did this, went to flip them half way @ 15 min and they were HELLA CRISPY! i took them out and luckily they were not too burnt, and the insides were still soft and perfect texture, but another 15 min would have burnt these to a crisp. maybe my air fryer is different but don’t burn your balls in the air fryer folks!

    • Kate Taylor says

      Delicious, only request is that I (stupidly I now realise) cooked 297g of lentils missing it being the cooked weight.. could you add the uncooked weight? Might just be a UK thing but we have dry lentils so it would be total guess work to figure out how many to cook. Subsequently ended up with 16 meatballs, they were very tasty enev with so much lentil, glad I over cooked as the leftovers are amazing!

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        We’re so glad it turned out well, Kate! Thank you for sharing your experience! We’ll add a note regarding the measurement of dry lentils. Thank you for the suggestion!

  5. Monique says

    Absolutely delicious. Very easy to follow the recipe. I used my highspeed blender and it worked well (and cleaned out well!!). I subbed oregano and basil for Italian seasoning since I had none. Mixture was quite sticky, I used gluten free breadcrumbs to dry them up a bit. I also used nutrtional yeast instead of vegan parm. But I did use less than the recipe called for because I thought it might be too overpowering. I opted not roll them in anything before returning them to the stove top. I wasn’t able to get them evenly browned in the skillet but I wasn’t trying very hard to be honest :) I served them over chickpea pasta and a chunky veggie marinara.

    I can’t wait to make these again for my vegan gluten free daughter, mother in law and brother in law!!!!

  6. Sara says

    Any chance red lentils would work here? Dried red lentils are all I have at the moment and I’m avoiding a special trip to the store for as long as possible.

  7. Deborah says

    One of the best vegan meatballs ever!! So easy to make and very tasty. These are going to be a regular in my household. So glad I made it, thank you for sharing!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jen, they won’t be quite as rich, but yes you can. We’d suggest using less of it (maybe 1-2 Tbsp) so it isn’t overwhelming. Hope that helps!

  8. Naledi says

    I stocked up on non-perishable foods during the recent violent unrest in Gauteng, South Africa. I have an abundance of lentils and other dry beans in my cupboards. So I was looking for a non-soup, non-stew recipe for lentils and found this one. It ticked all the right boxes: easy to make? Check! Yummy? Check! Uses ingredients readily available in most kitchens? Check! I had mine with zoodles. This will become a staple in my home.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Yay! We are so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Naledi! A great way to use pantry staples. Thanks for the great review! xo

  9. Diana Demianczuk says

    Hi there,

    I wanted to prepare the meatballs and store them in the fridge for an hour before cooking them. Will they hold in the fridge or will the texture make them fall apart?

  10. Mallory Nüesch says

    I’ve tried several Lentil meatball recipes (from various books / sites) and these are the best! A great base recipe that can be flavored to the particular dish! I made these with the intention of using them in a Thai Noodle dish and they were superb. I will make them again with the Italian flavors from the original recipe another time :) Here are the swaps I made:

    In addition to the shallot, I added 1 bell pepper and 2 serrano chiles

    I omitted the Italian Seasonings and instead used a bit of tumeric, cumin, salt, pepper and Korean chile flakes

    I didn’t have Parsley or Cilantro on hand but if I did, I would have swapped in Cilantro for Parsley

    Instead of Tomato Paste, I used Red Curry Paste

    I used coconut oil instead of olive oil

    I used a combo of oat flour and almond meal in place of coconut flour (did not have any on hand)

    Cooked them the exact same way and they were awesome! And I served them over cold carrot and zucchini noodles that I had tossed with a lime vinaigrette.

    Thanks for a banger recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoy them, Mallory. Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  11. Azza Al Sajdi says

    If I am to skip browning the meatballs with a skillet and just baking them straight away, should i be increasing baking time?

    Also, can i sub the ‘one batch flax-egg’ suggested here with an egg? My toddler doesn’t take any eggs in her diet as she doesn’t like them so i try to include them whenever i can.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      An egg should work well here. They won’t be as crispy with just baking, but it should still work. Yes, we’d say bake slightly longer. Let us know how it goes!

  12. Ezra says

    These are AMAZING! I coated mine with breadcrumbs (I’m not GF) and nutritional yeast, sprayed with olive oil, and put them in the air fryer at 400 for 30 minutes, flipped them once halfway through. Highly, highly recommend air frying if you have the ability. I made them last night for me and my partner and there were no leftovers :)

  13. Mariam Khalifa says

    I made this today for my sister, dad and I and it was absolutely delicious! I just recently became a vegetarian and found myself craving the flavor of meat after weeks of mostly eating beans and lentils. This dish very skillfully satisfied my craving and will be a go-to vegetarian ( I made it using eggs and dairy cheese) meal from now on. We ran out of olive oil so I used flaxseed oil instead, I also used onion in place of the shallot and ketchup in place of the tomato paste since we didn’t have it. I also added some dried coriander because why not, and the end result was still scrumptious. Thank you so much for sharing this lovely recipe!

  14. Maya Jozefczyk says

    DELICIOUS. EASY. VEGAN. FLAVORFUL. CHEEZY. SAVORY. What else do you want? This is PERFECT!!! I added a 1/4 teaspon of thyme, boiled the lentils with mushroom bouillon, and rolled them in nutritional yeast instead of vegan parmesan. Minimalist baker knocked it out of the park again!!! 🥰 had this on a bed of marinara covered spaghetti and it was my favorite dinner this week. 🥰❤

  15. Bayla Haskel says

    Can I just soak the lentils over night instead of cooking them like with falafel? I used cooked lentils already but want we’re soft.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Bayla, not sure I’m understanding your question! If you’re wanting softer lentils, you could soak them before cooking and/or cook for longer with more water. Hope that helps!

  16. JB says

    This came out really good. My meatballs looked a little dry after taking them out the oven so I put a light coating of oil on my hands and rolled the meatballs (gently) between them. I didn’t have the Italian seasoning nor did I have nuts/seeds for the vegan parm. I used jerk seasoning instead, and some onion/garlic powder. The flavor was great. The texture had a nice chew to it.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for sharing your experience and modifications!

  17. Dominic says

    Totally awesome ! Great vegan meatball recipe ! Didn’t have flax seeds so used good old flour instead to bind, no problem with the balls falling apart. As with all recipes , don’t blame the recipe itself if it goes wrong , a good non-stick pan is essential to a happy meatball life , as is adjusting the consistency before you decide to cook them with breadcrumbs or flour ! Excellent recipe, every tasty , will use it again. thank you for sharing :-)

  18. Marah says

    Soooo good! The dough was a bit tricky so I highly recommend testing one ball before making the entire batch, and make adjustments as necessary. I added around 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnuts and 1/4 cup of cooked bulgur for some more texture and protein, turned out absolutely fantastic. My sister is an avid meat eater and she LOVED those!

  19. Tiffany says

    This recipe blew my mind, it is incredible! I wish I made it sooner. 10000000x better than meatballs.

  20. Jessica says

    These are hands down the best vegan meatballs. The vegan parmesan gives this a meatiness that not a lot of other vegan meatballs give. First batch I made according to the recipe, and it disappeared in 5 minutes. I knew I had to make more. Next batch I added a bit of teff flour (because I had like 1/3 cup I needed to use up) cilantro instead of parsley because I ran out, and curry seasonings instead of Italian. I can’t describe how good my kitchen smelled. This is my go-to meatless meatball recipe now and I can’t wait to cook it again and again and keep adapting it to what we are feeling like each night

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Jessica. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for letting us know about the error! We’ll recalculate and modify, as needed.

  21. Ali says

    Hi!! Stumbled upon this recipe and was going to attempt but I don’t have flax.. can I sub with anything.. I have gf oats or Bob’s Red Mill, Organic Corn Grits .. thx in advance ! Been searching for a veggie meatball!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Ali, the flax egg helps hold it together, but maybe a chia egg? Or you may be able to omit it, but we aren’t sure how well they will hold together.

  22. Trinity says

    Hi there. I would like to know: can I use flax flour instead of flax meal? I unfortunately only have that and I am stuck in lockdown.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Trinity, we aren’t familiar with flax flour. If it gets an “eggy” texture when mixed with water, it should work!

      • Christy says

        I have made these twice now trying to replace a favorite with wfpb substitute. The first time they crumbled. This time was better and they tasted good but wasn’t fond of the texture. Maybe I cooked the lentils too long or over processed but I don’t think I’ll try again.

  23. alltogethertravels says

    Thank you so much for the quick vegan recipes! I really liked these lentil meatballs. I made a mistake by not sautéing them long enough because the plan was too hot and they kept sticking to the pan. I did bake them a bit longer which help make up for it just a bit. They still tasted awesome and next time I’ll have a cooler pan! Both my husband and I also loved the 5 ingredient energy bites. They were all gone the same day I made them.

  24. Chelsea says

    Made this today as a filling for a hand-pie/empanada type thing and it was perfect! I made it exactly as written (except I forgot the flax egg) and was super easy and delicious.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Great idea! Thanks for sharing, Chelsea! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  25. Christina says

    Made this recipe for New Year’s Day dinner and am so pleased with these lentil meatballs. They were easy to make and delicious with carrot noodles, Rao’s marinara and vegan Parmesan cheese. Will make these again.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Christina. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  26. Nigel Thompson says

    I’m not vegan, but we are concentrating on a plant based diet. This recipe inspired me to make a delicious meat ball served with a carrot and courgette pasta. I didn’t mess about with the flax seed egg sub, I used channa flour instead. A couple of tablespoons bound this recipe together and they fried up beautifully. Thanks for the inspiration, my celiac partner loved them

  27. daisy says

    Made these for the weekend. They are quite tasty, and so the fact that they didn’t stay together too well didn’t really faze me. Every morsel was gone…
    They have been added to our family recipe book. Thank you, Dana!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them! Making sure they are very well puréed/mixed and then drying out with bread crumbs to the point of a firm dough should help with them falling apart! Refrigerating may also be helpful.

  28. Pia says

    Hi Dana.
    Unfortunately frying before baking did not work out at all. The cheese got stuck in the pan and have to be scraped loose and they got messy and it was not possible to fry then around. Also the parmesan came off and didn‘t stay on the balls. So the 2nd half I only baked, next to to the pre-fried, and that turned out really well. So next time I will only bake for 30 minutes. Those were great both in flavor and consistency. And of course low fat. So if they had all turned out that way to start with I would have given them a higher score. So this way I can highly recommend them. Thanks for this recipe. I will make them again. Wanted to add a photo of them but doesn‘t work.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing, Pia! The feedback is helpful. We’ll see if we can clarify the cooking instructions!

  29. Michelle says

    Impressively good! I actually prefer them to meat! My husband thought they were great. I’ll definitely make these, freeze them and then fry them up for our meatball Mondays!

    I didn’t have any parsley so I just added a bit more Italian seasoning. Substituted leeks for the shallot because I needed to use one up! Also, omitted coconut flour because I just forgot !

    Thank you so much!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you and your husband both enjoyed them, Michelle! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

    • Maggie jackson says

      Hi please can you tell me at what stage you froze the meatballs ? I’d like to make a batch and pop some in the freezer
      Thank you :)

  30. diane says

    These meatless lentil balls came out wonderful! I made them following your recipe with a few minor adjustments for spices available on hand, followed your excellent directions and voilà! We are just starting to go meatless and the success of this recipe gives us great enthusiasm for the transition. Again, thank you for the excellent directions, it is so appreciated.

  31. Abi says

    Loved these. They were quite wet and I added some oats instead of flour to dry them out. Like others I didn’t bother to fry them, just baked for around half an hour turning in the middle and they came out beautifully. I also added around a cup of chopped raw mushrooms to the mixture before blending which worked well. Probably the first veggie meatball/falafel recipe I’ve tried that isn’t mushy on the inside! Thank you!

  32. Carly says

    Hi. Would you be able to freeze these? If so, would you freeze before or after they are baked?
    Thank you

  33. Dawn says

    Hi Dana, can I use a whole egg instead of the flax egg in the recipe? We are gluten free but not dairy free.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dawn, we haven’t tried that, but it should work well! Let us know if you give it a try!

    • Anj says

      Can aqua fava from canned chickpeas be used instead of the flax egg? Do you think that would work to bind the mixture? Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  34. Kari says

    Hi. I can’t wait to try this recipe, the only question i have is can I omit the vegan parmesan cheese? Will it come out good still?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, I think it’s pretty essential for flavor and binding. But if you try it let us know how it goes!

    • Linnea says

      I have always made these with regular eggs and parmesan cheese and they still taste delicious! (I also generally use red lentils instead of green but that is just my personal preference)

  35. Megan says

    This recipe blew me away. It was so easy and will definitely be something I make over and over. I ended up adding a lot more nutritional yeast, vegan parmesan, and bread crumbs (I made it in my vitamix rather than a food processor, so it was a little more challenging to get an even blend). I also kept them in the oven for much longer; probably 15-20 minutes. I think my mixture was a little more smooth/less textured than the pictures, but I loved it–they looked and tasted like meat-based meatballs! They heat up super easily on the skillet and hold their shape almost better than meatballs. Super impressed!

    *Also: the recipe doesn’t really say to add the flax egg into the blender, but I assumed to anyway. Turned out great.

  36. Kirsten says

    I can’t remember if I reviewed this recipe or not and they definitely deserve another shout out…

    These meatballs are a staple at my house. The flavour is great (I have a heavy hand with garlic and seasoning) and once you figure out drying the dough sufficiently the texture is great and they hold together nicely. I skip the initial fry and just bake them. They get fried in a skillet at time of use. Not just great in pasta, but excellent cut in quarters on a pizza, and the fabulous basis for a delicious vegan meatball sub.

    Thanks for another winner.

  37. Elvie says

    Hi, I’d like to try this recipe but I can’t find dried apricot (nor fresh) where I live. Can I use dried dates instead? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Elvie, are you referring to a different recipe from our site? This recipe doesn’t contain either. Let us know and we’d be happy to help!

    • Elvie says

      Sorry for the wrong question which I meant to for a meatball recipe in another website. ?

      But, I’d like to know if the lentil meatballs can be frozen for future use.

      I’d greatly appreciate your advice.

  38. Lorraine Grech says

    My kids and my hubby loved it. I also gave it to my friend to try and he said they were the best ‘meat’ balls he has had in ages. He wants me to do them again for him :) thank you

  39. emily says

    this recipe is so delicious and easy to make! great vegan recipe and VERY tasty!! although I couldn’t quite get them to stay in little ball shapes so I just ended up mixing it all together in the skillet but it still tasted so good. I had it along with rice :)

  40. Nicole Mcdermott says

    These are amazing! I love them every time and the flavor is perfect! I eat them plain a lot- or with quinoa. Great for vegan momma and toddler!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Nicole. We are so glad you enjoy these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  41. Monica says

    This looks amazing! I’m wondering if you can use any type of lentils? In general with the different dishes you make with lentils does it have to be the specific one you link to or can it be a different one (black lentils, green, red, etc)?

    • emily says

      I used brown lentils with mine because i didn’t have green. They still tasted great so I don’t think it really matters what sort :)

  42. Lise says

    Made these for the first time. I only wish I tripled the recipe because they were soooo good! I’ve made a couple meatless ball before but these are perfect. Flavourful, easy to make and stick together beautifully. I followed the recipe exactly – had no issue with the flax “egg”. I’m always looking for good appetizer ideas for a party. Think I will try this one next time I have a party with a side of marinara dipping sauce. Will definitely make again!

  43. Lawanda says

    Thanks so much for sharing.. the lentil meatballs were better than I imagined.. They were so good I’m mad I hadn’t tried it before now.. The best recipe ever.. ❤️❤️ I always make a huge pot of lentils but after a few days I’m tired of eating them. Now they will NEVER go to waste.

  44. Guadalupe says

    I have made these a few times and love them (with real eggs, the time I tried flax egg it did not work). Delish!!

  45. Hoku says

    Hi these look delicious. I have a question. I don’t have a food processor but I have a vitamix and a potato masher. Could I use either of these instead? Thanks.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm you could give it a shot, though we can’t guarantee the results. Let us know how you make out!

      • Hoku says

        These were bomb! I have never made lentils before so I cooked them in my pressure cooker for 10 min on High after sautéing onion and garlic in olive oil and added veggie broth in place of water. Then I strained and cooled and followed the directions. I didn’t have a food processor so I just put everything into a large bowl and used my potato masher. It worked beautifully. It was crazy how much it looked like meat. I also added worsteshor sauce and used both panko and bread crumbs. And totally spaced the flax egg so that got omitted. Rolled them into balls. Pan fried them and then baked them. Absolutely perfect. My husband eats meat and made sausage meatballs for himself and couldn’t stop eating my meatballs!! Thank you!

  46. Polly says

    Add o disapointed. Th o moist. After reading other reviews about lack of flavor. I added bay leaf , garlic, Italian seasoning. Recipe was tasty, too moist. We tried rolling them in bread crumbs. Better but a big fail. We served them with linguine, veggies and sun dried tomatoes. I will keep searching for the perfect recipe.

  47. Maria Walton says

    Just a question. Do you mean 1 1/2 cup dry lentils and then cook and cool them. Or do you mean they should measure 1 1/2 cups after they are cooked?

  48. Morgan says

    How did you get the nutrition info? I didn’t use oil but even still my meatballs came out to be around 30 calories each you’ve got yours at almost 160…

  49. Samantha says

    I made these becaue I’m always trying to get our son to eat more healthy. I thought if they didn’t taste good then it wouldn’t matter because the sauce would cover it.(that ended up not being a problem, they tasted great!!)

    My only real problem was the meatballs fell apart and it ended up being a meatball scramble BUT no one minded and it tasted just fine.

  50. Winnie says

    I’m curious about making vegan Giant meatballs, like one meatball crowning a bowl of spaghetti.. any advice on how to tweak the cooking time to allow for this? I assume I’d sear them in a pan but then just transfer to a lower heated oven and cook for longer, but I’m not sure! Thanks!

  51. Chantell Horn says

    Good day, I am from South Africa. Vegan parmesan cheese isn’t available here. Can I just leave it out? Or should it be substituted? If yes, any suggestions on how?

  52. rachel says

    Delicious! the batter was too wet so i just dropped spoonfulls of it on the baking sheet and it came out delicious and so flavourfull! i skipped the parmasan cheese.
    thank you

  53. Andrea says

    I made this tonight and the meal was delicious! They were actually lentil patties instead of meatballs but my family didnt need to know that! I accidentally put too much water in my blender when the mixture was too thick to blend. Still turned out very tasty especially with the vegan parmesan cheese.

  54. Joy Warren says

    I made these in a hurry and they were DELICIOUS!!! Skipped the fry part and also didn’t catch the directions about what to do if the mixture was too wet (until after the fact.) Mine turned out less round and very soft on the inside but oh so good!!! I cannot wait to make them again! Thank you so much for sharing your recipes with us!! xoxo

  55. Shannon says

    I have a question, do you think these would hold up if added to a soup at the last minute to serve? I really want to try a soup with them but I’m afraid they’ll get soggy and fall apart. Thanks!

  56. Sarah-Beth says

    Subbed basil for parsley and chia for flax- amazing flavour, texture and taste! Seriously tasted like MEATballs!

  57. Heidi says

    Just made these meatballs! So flavourful! Wonderful recipe! My husband and I literally ate these saying “mmmmm”. So yummy!!!

  58. Kristal says

    Thank you for the recipe! I had some green lentils that I needed to do something different with and came across this recipe. I found the lentil balls to have a little flavor on their own but will definitely be better with some sauce. I made them as instructed, but when I make them again – Yes, I plan to make them again. – I will probably add a little more panko to hold them together better.

  59. Cristin O'Neal says

    Maybe I’m looking at this wrong? But the calories per serving look like they are per meatball? Right? I can’t figure out how that would be 243 calories per meatball. I plugged everything into MFP and got ~80 calories per meatball. What am I doing wrong?

    I can’t comment on how good it is because I’m just getting ready to make it now! But I’m sure they’ll be great, like all your recipes!!

  60. Suba says

    My kids devoured them!!! Huge hit! I served them with zoodles and a capers salad on the side. Great dinner, thank you for the recipe!

  61. Kayla says

    I made this for my vegetarian mom and boyfriend. Both are pretty picky about faux meat type meals and stick to store brands. I made these balls and they were a hit! They even asked me to make them again. I am gonna make a double batch and leave them in the fridge for emergency pasta nights.

    I never remember to use the cheese but they taste fine without.

    Thanks for the recipe!

  62. Andree says

    These were great!used the pre-cooked lentils in the vacuum pack from Trader Joe’s to make it easy. I didn’t have tomato paste so I used a Tbs of tahini annnnd served over carrots and steamed spinach. So goood??

  63. Laura B says

    I really want to make these tomorrow but have no desire to fry them…just bake as we are a low oil household for my health. Do you think baking them a bit longer would work just the same to cook them/keep them together?

  64. Samantha says

    This recipe was fantastic tasting. I did end up putting breadcrumbs in it to make the balls stick together a little better, but this recipe is worth the try. Tastes similar to Italian sausage.

  65. NICOLE KLEIN says


    So I love the flavor and everything about these except mine stayed mushy even after being cooked. They kind of smushed and fell apart. Any advice? I’d like to use the recipe as a staple.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nicole! These “meatballs” are a bit more tender than say a chickpea meatball, but making sure they are very well puréed/mixed and then drying out with bread crumbs to the point of a firm dough should help! I would also think refrigerating them would help! Hope this helps!

  66. Patty Loughlean says

    Delicious! Even the uncooked mixture was so good that I kept some of it aside, spread it on toast and topped with sliced avocado, vegan lime crema and hemp hearts. Two meals in one! Thanks for the great recipe!

  67. Jen @ What Jen Does says

    Great Sunday night recipe! I’m a big meatball lover but this is refreshing and lighter – also very filling!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  68. Poppy says

    I made this tonight and it’s good. My lentil mixture was too wet so I added a few tbsp of bread crumbs to dry it up a bit. I did bake mines mainly because I was lazy. I will make this again. Thanks

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Just follow the directions as written in step 4, as it calls for cooked and cooled lentils and use your canned lentils from the can!

  69. kenda says

    Question about the amount of lentils. Is it 1.5 cups of cooked lentils or 1.5 cups of dry lentils (that would then be cooked). If it is 1.5 cups of cooked lentils, about how much dry lentils would I need to cook?
    Thank you!

  70. Amy says

    These turned out so well ! Served with garlic sauteed mushrooms.. wow ..my 2 yr old grandson loves them ! i’m going to try them as little sliders ❤️

  71. Jessi Summers says

    Hi Dana,

    I’ve made these several times, most recently for a party, and they are a huge hit with both my vegetarian friends and the meat eaters! I was wondering if you had made a version of vegan meatballs that could go with any sauce before? Your website and your food are so great, so I’d love to try any suggestions from you!

  72. christina says

    These are amazing! I’ve made them twice in the last few weeks. The first time they were better, and I think it’s because I didn’t cook the lentils well enough the second time so they weren’t as easily kept together. But they are BY FAR the best homemade veggie balls I’ve ever made. I served them with pasta and red sauce both nights (of course, with your parmesan!). Will be my go-to recipe for veggie balls for sure.

  73. Lindsay says

    These turned out wonderful. Lots of flavor, the texture wasn’t too bad. Paired them with a sweet and sour sauce, wild rice and veggies

  74. Ms Charli says

    Great recipe! I made sure to stick my roller out lentil balls in the fridge for 15 min before frying, definitely made them hold their shape a bit better

  75. Laurie says

    A bit wet is an understatement. Yes, I drained my lentils. I got tired of adding more and more dry ingredients. The meatballs formed nicely, but “melted” as they heated up. Basically got a fried lentil mash. Tasted good , but was frustrating to make. I’ll go back to my lentil and walnut recipe.

  76. Rachel says

    Love the idea of lentil “meatballs”! Made this tonight and the flavours are spot on delish! The only thing is it really did take a lot of fiddling with to get the consistency right. I had to add maybe 3tbsp almond flour and 5 tbsp panko until I could even make balls. Followed the recipe except used egg instead of flax egg. Would definitely make again but made a mental note about the softness.

  77. Brian Kershasky says

    Just ate my first round of lentil-balls… well, they kind of turned into lentil-pattys… whatevs, they were awesome! Even the neighbor kid wanted in on them. My wife wanted to tell you, “I like when my house smells delicious”.

  78. Clara says

    This was so delicious. I didn’t make the carrot pasta, saving that for another day. But made the meatballs as instructed. I used Brown rice pasta and I made my own homemade sauce which is. Diced onion, minced garlic, sauteed. Add large can crushed tomatoes, 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil. 1 tsp dried basil, pinch of sugar (battle the acidity of the tomatoes) grated nutmeg and 1/4-1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes. I could never tell I was not eating the original meatballs that I used to make. They were tender and so were these! Thank you again for another hit!

  79. Hannah says

    I made these tonight and the flavor paired perfectly with pasta sauce! The only thing I was wondering about is whether they’re supposed to be so soft on the inside? The outer most layer is firm because of the sauté in the pan, but it’s almost like the inside didn’t firm up at all in the oven.

    Thank you! :)

  80. Daisy says

    This comment isn’t specific to this recipe but I just thought I should say thank you! I bought your book and everything I have EVER made from it or the blog has been delicious. Whenever I am looking for a recipe of something specific, yours always comes up first and I am so happy to give them a go! I always recommend your recipes to friends and tell them that I actually have trust in you because I know everything will always be yummy. Just thought I should let you know!

    PS, currently eating this, it’s amazing.

  81. Sarah says

    Smelled like pizza when I cooked them! I had to add flour and then coat them in a little flour. They were so mushy and sticky. I think next time I will add some oat flour.

  82. Nancy says

    I made these for dinner last night. When I went to make the balls, they were very light so I only fried them in a tsp of oil on two sides until brown to get a little crispness then baked them in the oven. I used two chopsticks to turn them over. We ate them on a bed of spaghetti squash and marinara sauce topped with some of the leftover vegan parmasen cheese. They were delicious! I wish I would have remembered to take a picture. They did take me a little longer to make as I had to cook the lentils, bake the squash and make the Vegan Parmesan cheese. Well worth it. My husband even liked it and he was raised a meat & potato boy who never cared for lentils!

  83. Lester Albury says

    Hey Dana – you’re so sweet and funny, and it seems appropriate that your name Dana in the language of the Buddha, Pali, means the practice of giving … you’re on a roll with meatballs ha ha ha, and another joke on the post … there was that joke I think on your instagram link, a bit rude maybe but so funny, if you’ll forgive my quoting it “your balls feel so good in my mouth”!! I think … I can’t laugh, as we say in The Bahamas … we have a group here called Hands For Hunger and they had a challenge to live on $4/day for 4 days to help build empathy for those who have to live within that budget all the time, and your Vegan Lentil Shepherds Pie is so delish and works out to $1.40/serving in Bahamas (and it’s a big serving), and everyone I shared it with loved it! So I will try these lentil balls, and your other recipes too, and thank you … kind regards, Lester.

  84. Pops says

    Really tasty and very simple! We didn’t use the parmesan and they were still great – they have even a meaty texture almost! delicious!

  85. Haya Auerbach says

    Great recipe! The only problem is it’s dp delicious that people want to eat it all at once ! I added 3 sauteed minced garlic cloves…

  86. Lori Ajdeschek says

    Made these tonight – absolutely wonderful! I did roll them in parm before frying. They held together great and have a good flavor. Served over gluten free spaghetti with a homemade red sauce. We gave up sweets and meats for lent. These sure hit the spot!

  87. Sarah Holness says

    Hey I was just wondering if the flax egg is necessary or whether I could just use my normal egg replacer?

  88. tiffany says

    Help…mine came out soggy. flavor is good but not the texture…how can i fix them?i don’t want to waste. I’m gluten free…add more breadcrumbs? lentils? egg?

  89. Liz says

    I made these last night and ate them right out of the oven. I follow the recipe but somehow they came out very mushy. I love the flavors and would love to add these to my go to “meatballs” but need them to be a little firmer. I did add panko to dry them out a little bit. I am going to try them again today after having sat overnight and see if they may have firmed up a bit. Any advice would be awesome… PS I love your recipes! I follow you on FB and IG (not too much of a stalker…)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks Liz! These “meatballs” are a bit more tender than say a chickpea meatball. But making sure they are very well puréed/mixed and then drying out with bread crumbs to the point of a firm dough should help! I would also think refrigerating them would help!

  90. Lauren Bodolus says

    OMG These are absolutely amazing!!!! Thank you so much for always posting such yummy recipes!! You are the best!!

  91. says

    It is delicious, easy and quick (everything that was promised to me in this post!!) thank yooooou

    Ps, any thick sauce/paste seems to do (eg hoisin sauce, hot sauce) in terms of texture of no tomato paste on hand

    Pps. Also stays together with only a few tbsp of nutritional yeast if no Parmesan is available

  92. Sharbron says

    I made these and they were delicious. However I felt it was overly fussy to have to bronw them in the skillet and THEN put them in the oven. I would also disagree that these are 10 ingredients or less since I also had to make the vegan parmesan. Even without the vegan parmesan, the idea of making this within 30 minutes was completely false advertising. I would give these 2.5 stars in terms of delivering the cooking experienced that was promised, but because they taste very good I’m giving it 4.

  93. Juliana BISCARDI says

    I just want to tell that I made two ENORMOUS batches and froze them. Last week I made one and it just wasn’t enough for everybody hehe! We ate them with pasta, in falafel-style wraps, with rice! I absolutely love love love them!! Thank you for the delicious recipe!

  94. Stacy says

    This recipe is so wonderful! I made these on a bed of mashed potatoes smothered in a cashew cream sauce…it was perfection! Every single recipe I have tried from you turns out wonderful, thank you for inspiring me to cook more!

  95. Katherine says

    Mine turned out much gooey-er than your photos — I thought the flavor was great but the texture left something to be desired. One area I think I could improve would be in cooking the lentils — would you please share how you cooked yours/more specific instructions for that part of the recipe? :)

    Even my toddler liked the flavor — he got all excited the second he saw me making your vegan parmesan cheese!

  96. Dee says

    These are YUM! Love the flavor profile :) They took me longer to make but that’s because I had to cook and cool the lentils first. All in all a good experience and would make again!

  97. Jackie says

    I made these and was surprised at how flavorful they came out. Thank you so much for this easy and awesome recipe!

  98. Kellie says

    I do mine similar but I don’t add any oil, I bake not fry mine. With homemade spaghetti sauce and zucchini noddles, our kitchen kiddo loves this dish.

  99. Alyssa says

    Another great recipe! I skipped the whole frying bit, and instead just baked them (saved me a step, plus ended up lighter without the extra oil) and they turned out really good. Baked them for about 25 minutes at 400, and flipped them half way. Tastes great with homemade red sauce and spaghetti squash!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Another reader had the same problem and ended up just baking them! They might not be as crispy, but it might be worth a shot! See previous comments for more tips!

  100. Denine says

    Incredible recipe! My daughter and I just made these and we just love the flavor. I didn´t take that extra step of frying first and then baking (due to lack of time) but they still came out delicious! I tripled the recipe and have lots to freeze for weeknight dinners. Delicious nutritious recipes! Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Samantha! Red lentils do vary in texture in comparison with green, they tend to get a little mushy after cooking, but I think they’ll still work! If you have trouble with the consistency, try adding coconut or oat flour or panko bread crumbs!

  101. Rohan Cozier says

    Absolutely delicious! Couldn’t stop tasting it especially when it was time to clean my hands… LOL. Well lets see… I actually ended up making two batches because I started with 1 1/2 cups of uncooked split peas… should have read the comments before getting started as I now see others did the same. My second batch held together better than the first even though I forgot to include the flax egg possibly because 1/4 cup of oat flour on the second batch. I can’t wait to try this recipe again… I also used cayenne pepper.

  102. Krystle says

    Dear Minimalist Baker,

    Just tried this recipe, along with the carrot noodles, and oh my gosh so good and delicious! Thank you for this yummy recipe.

  103. Paige says

    Loved this recipe! It was a little bit more time consuming that I thought, but I’ll still make them again because they were so good. For the “Parmesan cheese,” I subbed cashews with sunflower seeds per a comment on that recipe because I’m not a fan of cashews. Thanks for posting this! You’re such a great chef!!

  104. Maddison says

    Mine came out somewhat flat after I took them out of the oven… did this happen to you? I reshaped them once out and they were delish. But was sure if this was supposed to happen or not!

  105. Amy says

    These are delicious and I’ll definitely make them again; however, I learned my lesson on reheating as I left them in too long and they dried out. Thank goodness for the marinara sauce to moisten them back up!

  106. Stephanie says

    Do you think these would work well in like a bbq meatball? I used to love cooking meatballs in the crockpot with bbq sauce, I was thinking of tossing these with some bbq sauce in a pan for just a few minutes and wondering if it would work. Thanks.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Perhaps! If you give it a try, let me know. These are a little tender, so maybe going easy on the sauce would be good.

  107. Lauren says

    Hi Dana,
    I want to make these for a large party, but am confused by your yield measurements. You say that 1/4 of the recipe = 3 balls which mean that the entire recipe only makes 12 balls?? But, you say it should serve 12-13 people; what am I missing?!!! Thanks so much!

  108. Stacey says

    These were delicious, my favorite vegan meatball that I’ve made! My 2 year old gobbled up a few too. Thank you!

  109. Jessi says

    I’ve made this a few times now, and it’s always so good! The only issue I ever have is the step of cooking the meatballs in olive oil on the skillet before baking. Last time I tried it, they just started to fall apart and I had to stop a minute in. This time I just baked them an extra five minutes. Very tasty and very easy.

  110. Plant Based says

    Haha. Read carefully. Cooked lentils are 1.5 cups. I started with 1.5 cups dry. LOLOL! Well, we’ll just keep adding stuff as we go along. For dolts like me, would you be willing to include dry equivalents as well? :D

  111. Kalli says

    I made these last night! Super yummy!! I cooked my lentils in veg broth (as suggested) with a few fennel seeds, a bay leaf, and 2 smashed garlic cloves to give the lentils an extra boost of flavor. I served it over brown rice spaghetti with marinara sauce.

  112. Reva says

    I made the recipe as written with the addition of whole wheat panko crumbs to bind it a bit more. I did not coat the meatballs with the “Parmesan” and instead just made 12 small patty type burgers. I brushed light olive oil on a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, placed the patties and brushed the olive oil on top as well. I baked them for about 15 min in about a 375/400 degree oven (my oven is a bit off) and then flipped them. They came out slightly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I liked the texture but for me the Italian seasoning was a bit too much. I ate them for lunch with Hummus and they were yummy. I will make them again but adjust the seasoning more to my taste. Thanks for another great recipe!

  113. Kristi D-S says

    Finally a vegan meat sub. with common ingredients!! Our house we have crazy allergies. We have to avoid dairy, nuts. I dont eat meat, processed foods have hidden no-no’s. I LOVE that I don’t have to p!an a special grocery trip to the “Wholly Expensive” store. Lol! I followed the recipe exactly ingredient wise but made burgers. It made 6 burgers that are about the size of quarter pounders. Yum!!! HaRd not to eat them before dinner!!

  114. Mary says

    Just finished a Sunday lunch of angel hair pasta, store bought marinara and these heavenly lentil meatballs, topped with vegan Parmesan. (I make my parm with just pepitas/pumpkin seed, garlic and salt. Heaven!) I screwed up and these lentil balls were still to die for. I only have dry lentils, and mistakenly used 1 1/2 cup dry, which cooked up to a WHOLE LOT of cooked lentils — all of which I threw in the cuisinart with the herbs and spices, not checking the photos. The spices seemed uncharacteristically lacking Dana’s BIG flavors (Do ya think I got that clue? Nope!), so I added more until they had that “Dana” taste that we love.

    Thirty (yup — 30) meatballs later, I am in love — and so is my husband! They look and taste good enough to totally fake a carnivore out. I’m going to freeze the leftovers first on the tray they are on, then plop them in a freezer bag. I may stick with big batches in the future — they taste so incredible, they won’t last long in our house. Another winner, Dana — thank you!

  115. Monica says

    Nice recipe! I sautéed mushrooms with the onion/garlic mixture for a more meaty texture– will definitely make again! Thanks!

  116. Lidiane says

    Just made them, turned out absolutely delicious!! The texture is so similar to “real” meatballs that my meat-eating father was totally fooled by them and thought I was eating meat
    Thank you so much for this amazing recipe, Dana!

  117. Maria says

    These were amazing! I used fresh basil and parsley instead of dried herbs. So flavorful! I’ll definitely make them again.

    • Sierra says

      Jess Jo, of course! I allow myself eggs and dairy because I feel they don’t harm the animals. I like vegan options so that I learn how to make them. I would add an egg for part of the binder. Just my opinion. I know they will be great.

  118. patti says

    Right now I’m eating a slight variation to this recipe and I’m lovin’ it :)
    I’m having some Basmati rice with lentil balls and tomato sauce with some vegan parm and hot chili peppers. YUM!
    thanks Dana for the foundation of a recipe that will be in my collection for a long time.

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  120. Brooke says

    I tried this…only difference is that I mixed in a mushroom onion soup packet and added amaranth (I had some that I wanted to get through) – pretty good!!! Will definitely do that again :)

  121. Laura Bassett says

    Loved this recipe! I was a little wary at first seeing that they went from the food processor to the frying pan to the oven…simply because after work I prefer a “one and done” recipe when it comes to cooking, but these truly were awesome! Each step had the “minimalist baker” spirt and were simple and totally worth it. The leftovers were great too… just popped them in the toaster oven, and they were perfect! Thanks, Dana, for another great meal!

  122. Christina says

    Can you simply bake them instead of pan frying, THEN baking? I am going to try this and let you know. ?

  123. Meg says

    I can’t say enough amazing things about these “meat”balls. They are so easy to make that they’re hard to screw up–not an easy feat with recipes that are both vegan AND gluten-free. I have already made them twice: once with good old marinara and pasta and the other (at my partner’s request) to put on top of pizza. So delicious! They hold together perfectly after cooking according to directions, and they are so satisfyingly savory. I haven’t eaten meat in years, but my recently vegan partner says that they are a flawless substitute.

  124. Amelie Moore says

    Another to add to my menu rotation! Love your blog. I have made so many of your recipes and loved every single one! You are the best!

  125. Rosie says

    Such a helpful recipe! Thanks! We made them VEGAN so no cheese – used 1 x can red lentils, cumin (1 1/2 desert spoons) rather than specified herbs, and Organ egg replacer (4-5 desrtspn) and also put grated carrot and coconuts in the mix (1 1/2 cups); served on a bed of peeled carrots with rice pasta (great idea for adding colour!) Our vegan balls were rolled in chick pea flour, then panfried them (6/10 heat mark) in lots of pure virgin olive oil, (10 minutes turning twice) and then quickly transferred into a second pan of reheated chopped tomatoes(tinned). Sprinkled with the parsley. Chilled balls next day were great for a lunchbox!

  126. Konni says

    A really good recipe!
    I added grated Zucchini since I had some left.
    Thank you so much for your ideas!
    Greetings from Germany :)

  127. KJ | Om Nom Herbivore says

    haha I also get excited when I can add something to my spaghetti! I love this take on faux meat balls and using carrot noodles!

  128. Amanda says

    You think you know, but you have no idea how amazing these are! My non-vegan husband stole my “meatball” off my plate! Thank you!

  129. Dee Hughes says

    My grandson has nut allergies, so the vegan parm with cashews isn’t an option :( Any suggestions for a sub? Maybe ground flax with nutritional yeast?

  130. Janine says

    Delicious! I added some mashed sweet potato and used a tin of brown lentils to keep it as easy as possible and use what was in the house. It was a bit wet so used some breadcrumbs too. Also, didn’t bother with the oven, just fried and added to some tomato pasta sauce on the stove. So yummy! Thanks.

  131. Amy says

    Just made these lentil meatballs tonight. They were absolutely delicious. My mixture came out wet, so I added some flour and breadcrumbs as suggested.
    Will be making these frequently. Thank you for another wonderful vegan recipe, Dana.

  132. Quin says

    I’m not a vegetarian/vegan but man, you always seem to make your dishes look so good!!! Definitely will have to try this recipe :)

  133. Ariadne says

    Looks so delish!!!! I really have to try these.
    Could you please recommend me a food processor? It’s been a while since I wanted to get one.
    Thank you :)


  134. Emilie @ Emilie Eats says

    You had me at lentils <333 Keep the lentil recipes coming! They're probably one of my favorite ingredients to cook with. Can't wait to try these!

  135. gwen says

    These came out great! I swapped lentils for mung beans and omitted the parm, baked in the oven, then smothered with homemade tomato sauce. I have to admit that Mung Bean Meatballs has a nice ring to it! My daughter doesn’t like the word “meat” in there so we called them Mung Bean Balls. Thanks Dana!

  136. Aimée says

    I’m not really a pasta-person (usually too much dough and not enough veggies), but I made this today with carrot an zucchini noodles and I absolutely loved it! Prefect combination :) Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  137. Jen @ sweetgreenkitchen.com says

    I love lentil meatballs, but my recipe uses ricotta & Romano cheese (which I DO love), but now I’m working on eating less dairy, your recipe looks perfecto! I’m going to make yours and see if my cheese loving daughter approves :-)

    Thanks so much Dana for always posting such great recipes with beautiful photos and (John) for lots and lots of great blogger tips!

  138. upbeetandkaleingit says

    This is absolutely fabulous! I am going to make them this weekend. I love anything with lentils-great post!!

  139. Lauren Gaskill | Making Life Sweet says

    Carrot noodles!! Ah they are so delicious and beautiful! Love these meatballs too dear! So wholesome and hearty.

  140. Linda says

    Hi Dana!

    I’ve been a faithful reader of Minimalist Baker for quite some time now and got nothing but love for your blog! Keep the good work! :)

    Since I help organize a Vegan brunch-style potluck kind of thing in my hometown I’d like to ask you if this recipe or any other of your glutenfree vegan meatball-style hearty recipes is suitable to be eaten cold? Or what would you recommend to bring to a Brunch with about 60 people where you are not able to heat the food up? I brought potatoe salad, hummus, lime cafe and all the obvious stuff already and now I’m running out of ideas because nobody adds to their burger / meatball recipes if they taste good when eaten cold.

    Thank you for doing this blog and greetings from Munich, Bavaria

    PS: I do so hope meatballs with millet are up next!

  141. Johanna says

    These look wonderful! I also did see them on the Instagram. I can’t wait till your book comes out so I can have time to cook cool meals when I get out of work!

      • Tetyana says

        Ok. I usually leave it out. My diet is Satvic vegetarian. Absolutely no yeast and mushroom and only use garlic and opinion sparingly if not at all…so need some adjustment in lots of recipes. I any case, want to get your new book- I imagine there will still be a lot to take from it. Just found your site: family loved coconut ice-cream and almond butter tofu in vietneamese wraps :) You absolutely deliver!

  142. Quincy @ Shugurcän says

    I love how simple this recipe is- especially compared to store-bought veggie meatballs. Do you know if they freeze well?

      • Randee says

        Thank you for your recipes. We’re not a vegan home but I am trying to remove as much animal product from our diet as possible when we’re at home. And I love everything of yours I try. Your sweet potatoe black bean burger is simply divine. We made 50 sliders for my youngests first birthday party and they were a hit. I sent a link to your recipe to 7 families. They also freeze well. I make a triple batch and always keep them in my freezer for an easy and wholesome meal for my family and to give away when friends need a little extra love.

  143. Janice Bearden says

    Wow! You are amazing! You seem to always send out the exact recipe I need at the time!
    Love these! Whenever I need inspiration or a certain recipe your email seems to arrive with exactly what I need! Kinda spooky at times. I usually have what I need on hand!

    Your fan in Alberta/Oahu. Janice Bearden

  144. Olivia says

    Hi! I was wondering, do you have a recipe for Hello Dolly bars? They are my families favorite, but they are full of refined sugar and dairy!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      I’m not sure I know what that is! Can you give me more info? I’d be happy to add it to my list!

  145. krystal says

    I’ve been making your simple meatballs with lentils this whole time – me and tempeh aren’t friends. This recipe validates me. And I’m gonna eat this for dinner over pasta topped with, and this may be kind of weird, mushroom gravy. Like a tasty vegan stroganoff-ish thang.

  146. Miriam says

    I love your recipes and your approach to food in general. Even though I am not vegan, many of your recipes appeal to me and find their way in some form into my meals.

    I have one teeny complaint about your website though – hope you can hear me and not be offended.

    Your pictures are wonderful but because there are so many they take a long time to download. Not all of have have very fast high speed internet – I live in a rural area where high speed just isn’t the same as it is for big cities. It take more than a minute to load each of your blog post pages and I am wondering if there is anything you can do about that.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      No offense taken! I like to include several photos to demonstrate step-by-step instructions in most recipes. Sorry if it takes longer to load, but overall I think it benefits people making the recipes. Thanks for the feedback!

  147. NC says

    Can’t wait to try these tonight, I made your tempeh meatballs a while back and they were delicious! Thanks for the wonderful recipes.