Mini Vegan Barbecue Lentil Loaves

Mini BBQ Lentil Loaves - Healthy, Easy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Summer Vegan Recipe (6)
Mini BBQ Lentil Loaves – Healthy, Easy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Summer Vegan Recipe
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Vegan Barbecue Lentil Loaf

Vegan lentil loaf recipes often focus on the winter holidays. They’ll aim to give plant-based eaters an alternative when the turkey is roasting. However, lentil loaf is delicious throughout the year. The beauty of the dish is that you can change the spices and flavors to fit the season. You can shape the mixture into whatever size you like. These mini barbecue lentil loaves are perfect for summer.

With only 5 ingredients, this simple recipe is easy for beginner cooks. Smoked paprika and garlic powder add smoky BBQ flavor. Brown lentils provide hearty vegetarian flavor and healthy plant-based protein.

Serve these as a bite-sized dish for a picnic or summer dinner party

Chef Katie’s Healthy Cooking Tips for Mini Vegan Barbecue Lentil Loaves:

Freezer-Friendly: These lentil loaves are incredibly freezer friendly. After baking, let them cool on the sheet pan at least 10 minutes. Then wrap in foil or a plastic container and freeze. To reheat, place them right from the freezer onto a baking sheet. Bake at 350F, 7-8 minutes, until hot.

Spice Variations: Smoked paprika adds a smoky flavor, classic with traditional barbecue. For more spice, use chipotle powder. For less smoke, substitute with sweet paprika. You can also use a pre-made BBQ seasoning mix, smoked salt, or (in a pinch) chili powder.

Tapioca Starch: Also called “tapioca flour“, this is made from tapioca root. It acts as a binder and thickener in recipes, much like cornstarch. You can substitute using cornstarch or arrowroot.

Mini Vegan Barbecue Lentil Loaves

Mini BBQ Lentil Loaves - Healthy, Easy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Summer Vegan Recipe (6)
Mini BBQ Lentil Loaves – Healthy, Easy, Plant-Based, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free Summer Vegan Recipe

Easy|  Servings: 4  |  Ready In: 40 minutes |  Yield: 12 lentil loaves

Keep canned lentils on-hand in your pantry. Serve these loaves with a big Kale Avocado Salad for a satisfying weeknight dinner. Or enjoy with Barbecue Sauce and Roasted Corn on the Cob for an incredible summer-themed menu. This is a must-have recipe!

Mini Vegan Barbecue Lentil Loaves

These satisfying lentil loaves are full of flavor and a cinch to make! Smoked paprika adds summer, BBQ-flavor to a quick mix of mashed lentils and flax. Make a batch of these and use for appetizers at a party, sandwich in a pita for a healthy, plant-based lunch, or slather with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce for a satisfying, gluten-free dinner. Enjoy with: Red Cabbage Apple Creamy Slaw with Oil-Free Poppy Seed Dressing, 2-Ingredient Miso Roasted Corn on the Cob, and Smoky Broccoli Pecan Crunch Salad.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Barbecue, Gluten-Free, Healthy, Oil-Free, Plant-Based, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword 5 ingredients or less, bite-size, easy, freezer-friendly, kid-friendly, picnic, simple, smoky
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Calories 254kcal


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans lentils drained and rinsed
  • ¼ cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried garlic granules
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Dash of ground black pepper


  • Preheat your oven to 350Line a baking sheet with parchment paper on a non-stick baking mat.
  • To make the Mini Vegan Barbecue Lentil Loaves: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients: the lentils, flaxseed meal, tapioca starch, smoked paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper. Use your hands to mash the lentils into a dough-like consistency. You want the mixture to clump together. The smoother (and more masheyou can get the lentils, the better.
  • Taste to adjust seasoning.
  • Portion about ¼ cup of the mixture onto the lined baking sheet. You should get 12 mini loaves. Bake the lentil loaves 20 minutes, flipping after the first 10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts
Servings 4.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 254
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4 g 6 %
Saturated Fat 0 g 2 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Sodium 151 mg 6 %
Potassium 697 mg 20 %
Total Carbohydrate 41 g 14 %
Dietary Fiber 16 g 64 %
Sugars 4 g  
Protein 17 g 35 %
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 7 %
Calcium 22 %
Iron 33 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Shopping and Gear List

  • Badia Smoked Paprika 16 oz (1)
  • Organic Tapioca Flour/Starch (2.5lbs) by Anthony’s, Gluten-Free & Non-GMO
  • Bob’s Red Mill Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal, 16 oz

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