Whether you’re strictly vegan or an adventurous carnivore, plant-based meatballs don’t have to be boring. In fact, they can be pretty darn amazing. Here to prove it: The 20 best vegan meatball recipes that won’t make you miss the “real” stuff one bit.
The 20 Best Vegan Meatball Recipes
1. Vegan Sriracha ‘meatballs’ With Noodles And Grilled Vegetables
You’d never guess they’re made from tofu, buckwheat flour and white chia seeds. And the Sriracha sauce spiked with maple syrup would work wonders on a veggie burger.
2. Easy Lentil Meatballs
Ready in under an hour and packed with plant protein and fiber. Sounds like a no-brainer to us.
3. Almond Pesto Lentil Meatballs
Hello, citrusy pesto and vegan Parmesan. Did we mention they’re gluten-free?
4. Raw Pasta Primavera And Meatballs
Who knew zucchini and yellow squash made such a tasty pasta substitute? Walnuts, oats and tamari make great meatballs too.
5. Thai Quinoa Meatballs
These crispy lettuce wraps star a dangerously delicious peanut sauce spiked with lime juice, garlic chili sauce and soy sauce.
6. Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs
Your mini-muffin tin is ready for a new adventure. Have them with spaghetti or stick them with toothpicks to serve as an appetizer.
7. Lentil And Mushroom Meatballs
Transform cremini mushrooms, old-fashioned oats and brown lentils into an easy beef alternative. Just substitute the eggs with binding flax or chia seeds to make them vegan.
8. Korean Noodles And Tofu Meatballs
Bring on the gochujang. The spicy fermented chili paste is just the match for smoky meatballs held together with panko and walnuts.
9. Vegan Tempeh Meatball Sub
It's the ultimate plant-based comfort food. Pick your favorite roll, slather in sauce and top with lots of vegan cheese and nutritional yeast.
10. Spaghetti And Italian Vegan Meatballs
Whether you choose kidney, black or cannellini beans, the simple pantry staple will give the meatballs tons of protein. Use zoodles instead of pasta and bam, it's gluten-free too.
11. Eggplant Spinach Meatballs
The recipe calls for ricotta and egg, but it's easy to veganize if you substitute tofu and chia seeds.
12. Sweet And Sour Tempeh Meatballs With Coconut Rice
It's a take-out kind of night. The kids will go bonkers for the pineapple-coconut sugar sauce.
13. Vegan Swedish Meatballs
And you don't even have to make a trip to IKEA to get them. Pass the lingonberry sauce.
14. Tofu Bulgur Vegan Meatballs
Bulgur is a quick-cooking grain made from cracked wheat. If you're gluten-free, swap it for quinoa.
15. Spicy Black Bean Meatballs
We see an Insta-worthy taco salad in your future. Pile it high with pico de gallo, salsa and corn.
16. Easy Lentil Meatballs
Four meatballs are packed with 10 grams of protein. Have them over salad, pasta or pita if you're not into carrot noodles.
17. Vegan Sun-dried Tomato & Basil Meatballs
Ten ingredients. Forty minutes. All the protein and fiber. And they're held together by vegan "egg," made by adding water to flaxseed meal.
18. 30-minute Vegetarian Meatballs
All you need is a half-hour and seven ingredients to pull together these savory cauliflower and brown rice gems.
19. Buffalo Cauliflower Quinoa Meatballs
How vegans do football Sunday. The creamy, spicy sauce was made for pairing with vegan ranch dressing. Just saying.
20. Vegan Mushroom Meatballs In Pepper Sauce
The roasted red pepper sauce is as simple as blending jarred peppers with nuts, vinegar and non-dairy creamer. You'll be hooked in no time.