Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes

Lentil Sloppy Joe’s

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This lentil version of Sloppy Joe's is plant-based and satisfying. It makes a great mid-week meal as it can be prepped, cooked, and on the table in under 30 minutes. To reduce cooking time consider using no salt-added lentils. The original posting of the recipe can be found in The IGAN Cookbook at igan.org/igan-cookbook/.
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Low Sodium, Medium Protein
Total Time: 23 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Serving Size:6 servings


Calories:215 kcal
Carbs:41 g
Sodium:497 mg
Potassium:396 mg
Phosphorus:90 mg
Protein:10 g
Fiber:9 g


  • 1.5 cups Green lentils canned, no salt added
  • 1 whole Yellow onion diced
  • 3 whole Garlic cloves minced
  • 0.5 whole Red bell pepper diced
  • 1 can Tomato sauce, no added salt
  • 3 tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 3 tbsp Vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chili powder
  • 0.5 tbsp Cumin
  • 0.5 tbsp Smoked paprika
  • 0.5 tsp Salt
  • 0.5 tsp Pepper
  • 6 whole Burger buns


  • While your lentils are cooking, sauté all of your ingredients in a medium-large-sized sauté pan. Once the onions are cooked and your lentils are done, stir in your lentils until the sauce mixture is well combined
  • Serve immediately on a bun or lettuce wrap. Alternatively, you can store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

Two Cooking Options

  • Option one: Cook the lentils in a rice cooker or Instant Pot and then add them to a sauté pan with all of the other ingredients.
    Option two: Cook the lentils in a sauté pan and add in all of your other ingredients simultaneously. Both options work great!


  • This is a great BBQ recipe. Try it as a slider or on a lettuce wrap!  
  • We adapted this recipe to be used with canned lentils to decrease cooking time. 
  • Original recipe found in The IGAN Cookbook. 
  • If you are strictly vegan, be sure to use a vegan Worcestershire sauce.

Full Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Lentil Sloppy Joe's
Amount Per Serving (6 servings)
Calories 215 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 0.1g1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 497mg22%
Potassium 396mg11%
Carbohydrates 41g14%
Fiber 9g38%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 699IU14%
Vitamin B1 0.02mg1%
Vitamin B2 0.03mg2%
Vitamin B3 0.3mg2%
Vitamin B5 0.03mg0%
Vitamin B6 0.05mg3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Vitamin D 0µg0%
Vitamin E 1mg7%
Vitamin K 2µg2%
Calcium 71mg7%
Copper 0.04mg2%
Folate 22µg6%
Iron 4mg22%
Manganese 0.1mg5%
Magnesium 36mg9%
Phosphorus 90mg9%
Selenium 0.5µg1%
Zinc 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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