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lentil sloppy joes

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

  • Author: Liz Thomson
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Sandwiches
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Sandwiches


These vegan lentil sloppy joes are a healthy twist on a classic! They’re loaded with 16g of plant based protein and they can be made with simple pantry staples.


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dry green lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce (or gluten-free tamari)
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 whole wheat buns (or gluten-free buns)
  • Jalapeño or hot sauce for topping (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, add the olive oil, onion, and garlic.
  2. Cook over medium heat for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the paprika, chili, cumin, and salt and stir to combine.
  4. Continue to cook for 2 minutes over medium heat.
  5. Add the lentils and water and bring to a boil.
  6. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and simmer for 25-30 minutes until the water has been absorbed and the lentils have softened. It’s okay if the lentils are still a tiny bit firm.
  7. In a small dish, whisk together the ketchup, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, and tomato paste.
  8. Continue cooking over low heat and add the mixture to the lentils.
  9. Stir until it’s well coated and the lentils have completely cooked.
  10. Divide the lentils on to each bun and add jalapeño, hot sauce, or any other burger toppings you like!


Note: This recipe can be made ahead of time and reheated in a skillet or microwave just before serving.

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