The 20 Best Vegan Meatball Recipes

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.

30 Easy Vegan Dinners You Can Make in 30 Minutes

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.

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She’s developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at...