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Vegetarian Sloppy Joes Recipe

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Sloppy Joes are a classic American dish that typically contains ground beef. However, this vegetarian version is just as hearty and delicious. The filling is made with lentils, which provide a similar texture and flavor to ground beef, and is simmered in a tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy sauce. These vegetarian sloppy joes are perfect for a quick and easy weeknight dinner.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes

This vegetarian take on classic sloppy joes uses lentils as a meat substitute and is simmered in a tangy, sweet, and slightly spicy sauce. It's an easy and quick weeknight dinner option that's both hearty and delicious.
prep time
10 minutes
cooking time
20 minutes
total time
30 minutes


  • Large pot

  • Skillet

  • Wooden spoon


  • 1 cup lentils, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 4 hamburger buns


In a large pot, bring the vegetable broth to a boil. Add the lentils and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook for 20 minutes, or until the lentils are tender.
While the lentils are cooking, heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and green bell pepper and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
Add the garlic to the skillet and cook for another minute.
Add the cooked lentils to the skillet and stir to combine.
In a small bowl, mix together the ketchup, tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
Pour the sauce over the lentil mixture and stir to combine. Simmer for 5-10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.
To serve, spoon the lentil mixture onto the hamburger buns.


You can use any type of lentils for this recipe, but we recommend brown or green lentils as they hold their shape well and have a similar texture to ground beef. The sauce can be adjusted to your liking by adding more or less of the ingredients listed.

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