Lentil Neatballs

I love Neatballs; they go with everything! These Lentil Neatballs are versatile and easy.

How many vegan meatball recipes does a person need to have? Turns out 1 or even two is not nearly enough. So, I plan on adding each incarnation I come up with. You’ll be sure to let me know if I go overboard. Deal?

Lentils as I’ve mentioned in other posts are super little powerhouses. They’re packed with fibre, iron and protein making them a vegans dream food. Rinsing them is a must. Today I made a cup of lentils and picked out at least 10 little stones. Nobody needs to be breaking a tooth now do we?? 

My ‘neat’balls have been given quite a bit of attention from all the big feature accounts. I guess I’m not the only one who loves a good ball. Next time I make them I plan on freezing a batch because they’re a perfect mid-week need in a pinch kind of meal.

These, like all my recipes are easy to execute, take little time and of course super tasty! 

Let’s make some balls!!!

Lentil Neatballs

Teri-Ann Carty
I love Neatballs; they go with everything! These Lentil Neatballs are versatile and easy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Dinner, Lunch, Main Course


  • food processor or blender
  • oven


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of chili flakes
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • ½ chopped onion (diced)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • cup green lentils (cooked)
  • cup cremini mushrooms (sliced)
  • ¼ cup vegan parmesan
  • ⅓-½ cup gluten free panko
  • tbsp Italian seasoning
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cracked pepper
  • ½ tsp dried chilies


  • Sauté onion, garlic, pinch chili flakes.
  • Add in shrooms and sauté until they soften. Add mushroom mix to food processor with remaining ingredients.
  • Pulse until mixture comes together.
  • Transfer to a bowl and place in the fridge to firm up. About 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 400. Line a sheet with parchment. Roll balls about 1 1/2-2 inches (mine were pretty big) and place them on the sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, turn and bake again for 10.
  • Balls should be firm and crisp on the outside and still tender and juicy on the inside.
Keyword baked, dairy free, gluten free, meat alternative, neatballs, plant based, vegan

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