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Vegan Lentil Loaf Recipe

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Vegetarian and vegan lentil loaf with ketchup

Vegetarian and vegan lentil loaf

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Can you believe that this vegan lentil loaf is one of the most popular vegan recipes here on About.com? It's true!

Vegetarian and vegan lentil loaf made with rice and lentils is super cheap and easy recipe for families on a budget. Made from just a few inexpensive ingredients, this is a great way to stretch your budget on a vegan diet. Smother your homemade vegetarian and vegan lentil loaf in gravy, serve up a plate of mashed potatoes and enjoy a lentil loaf as a holiday or Thanksgiving entree, or just use up some leftover rice!

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Prep Time: 35 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Yield: about six generous servings


  • 1 1/2 cups lentils
  • 3 1/2 cups water or vegetable broth
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cups pre-cooked rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup ketchup or barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sage
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning


Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large soup or stock pot, simmer the lentils in water or vegetable broth until cooked, about 30 minutes. Drain thoroughly then mash the lentils until they are half mashed.

Sautee the onions and garlic in olive oil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until soft.

Combine the onions, garlic and olive oil with the mashed lentils and add the rice, salt, ketchup or barbecue sauce, sage, and Italian seasoning.

Gently press the mixture into a lightly greased loaf pan. Drizzle a bit of extra ketchup on top if desired.

Bake for 1 hour. Allow to cool slightly before serving, as this will help the lentil loaf to firm up.

Makes six servings.

Nutritional information (from Calorie Count):
Calories: 325; Calories from Fat: 69
% Recommended Daily Value:
Total Fat: 7.6g; 12%
Saturated Fat: 1.1g; 5%
Cholesterol: 0mg; 0%
Sodium: 315mg; 13%
Total Carbohydrates: 50.0g; 17%
Dietary Fiber: 15.5g; 62%
Protein: 14.4g
Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 11%, Calcium 5%, Iron 25%

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 5 out of 5
This meatloaf recipe makes PERFECT burgers, Guest

I've made this meatloaf a lot and its always a hit, but the best part of it is the crispy top and edges. So I decided to used this recipe to make lentil burgers and OH MY GOD ARE THEY DELICIOUS. Instead of baking it, I put 2 heaping tablespoons of the mix on a skillet with some olive oil and form into a burger. Once the bottom is really crispy, flip it over. I made this recipe into little slider burgers as an appetizer for a Christmas party once and they were a huge hit. Being vegan, I've had a tough time finding a vegan burger recipe where the burger actually stays intact and doesn't fall apart. This, my friends, has been the staple vegan burger in my house for the past 6 months.

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