November 25, 2020

Easy Vegan Recipes

Eat Vegan – Eat Well

13 Amazing Vegan Meatball Recipes

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Satisfy your cravings, with this collection of 13 delicious recipes for vegan meatballs! Everything from Swedish meatballs in creamy sauce to classic Italian meatballs to teriyaki smothered tempeh meatballs.

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I grew up in an Italian family, so I hold my meatballs to a high standard! And I have to say, store bought vegan meatballs are not very good. I haven’t found one yet that I like.

But I stopped buying them. Why? Because homemade vegan meatballs are awesome! And there are so many ways to make them. I’ve created quite a collection over the years, and I have no plans on stopping.

Vegan Meatball Ingredients

Skillet Filled With Lentil Meatballs Just Out of the Oven

The Main Ingredient

I start nearly all of my vegan meatball recipes with a sturdy, meaty, plant-based ingredient, like tofu, tempeh, or beans! The main ingredient should be hearty, have a nice texture, and a bit of moisture to it, so it can be mashed up, combined with other ingredients, and formed into balls.

Binding

You’ll usually need to add something starchy or sticky to give your meatballs structure and help them hold together. Breadcrumbs, oats, and different types of flours all work well.

Seasonings

I always include some aromatics, such as garlic, onions, and ginger in my veggie balls. In addition to these, I’ll also choose between liquid seasonings like soy sauce and hot sauce, as well as dried spices like oregano, paprika, and cumin.

Sauce

You can’t have meatballs without sauce! Marinara sauce works great for Italian-style meatballs, but also consider creamy sauces, Asian-inspired stir-fry sauces, and spicy sauces.

How to Make Vegan Meatballs

Mix up your ingredients! I like to use a food processor, but you can also mash your mixture up by hand using a potato masher. Either way, be careful not to overdo it! Nobody likes mushy meatballs.

Vegan Meatball Mix Before and After Blending in a Food Processor

Roll your mixture into balls and bake them up! Unlike conventional meatballs, most vegan meatballs will fall apart if you cook them in sauce. You’re better off lightly oiling and then baking them.

Side By Side Images Showing: Hand Rolling a Vegan Meatball, and Brush Spreading Oil on a Vegan Metaball

Vegan Meatball Recipes

Here are a few of my favorites to try!

Cannellini Bean & Broccoli Rabe Meatballs

Bowl of Cannellini Bean & Broccoli Rabe Meatballs over Spaghetti

Bitter greens add a delicious bite to these Italian-style beanballs! Perfect with a plate of pasta.

Ginger-Glazed Tofu Meatballs

Pair of Chopsticks Grabbing a Tofu Meatball from a Bowl

I promise, you’d never guess that these balls were made from tofu! Serve them as a meal with a side of rice, or as fun party appetizers that will really wow your guests.

Vegan Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy

Plate of Vegan Salisbury Steak Meatballs with Garlic Mashed Potatoes & Mushroom Gravy with a Fork

These savory chickpea balls are perfect when you’re craving a hearty comfort food meal.

Vegan Tortas de Albondigas

Hand Grabbing a Half of A Vegan Mexican Meatball Sub on a Plate

Meatball sandwiches are good, but these Mexican-inspired meatball subs are amazing! Made with spicy black bean meatballs in smoky chipotle sauce.

Firecracker Chickpea Meatballs

Firecracker Chickpea Meatballs in a Skillet with Wooden Spoon

Bring on the heat! These vegan meatballs are smothered in a knock-your-socks-off spicy sauce. Perfect for stuffing in sandwiches or game-day snacking!

Vegan Moroccan Meatball Stew

Bowl of Vegan Moroccan Meatball Stew and Couscous with Fork and Water Glass

Beanballs are served in a spicy tomato stew over couscous to make this delicious meal! Perfect for special dinners.

Eggplant Meatballs

Plate of Eggplant Meatballs and Pasta Topped with Parsley

Do you love eggplant Parm? Well, then these are the meatballs for you! Made with tender sautéed eggplant, they’re amazing topped with homemade marinara sauce.

Teriyaki Tempeh Meatballs

Plate of Teriyaki Tempeh Meatballs with Skillet and Wooden Spoon in the Background

Tempeh’s meaty texture makes it the a perfect base for hearty protein-packed vegan meatballs, and sweet teriyaki sauce is the perfect topping for this batch of tempeh balls.

Vegan Swedish Meatballs

Bowl of Vegan Sweedish Meatballs & Noodles with Fork

These comforting vegan meatballs are made with beans and savory mushrooms, then smothered in a luscious creamy sauce that you’d never guess was dairy free!

Quinoa Meatball Subs

Two Halves of a Quinoa Meatball Sub on a Plate with Water Glass in the Background

Quinoa gives a hearty texture to these Italian-style veggie balls that are perfect for stuffing in sandwiches.

Vegan German Meatballs

Table Set with Bowl of Vegan German Meatballs & Cabbage, Silverware, Napkin, Glass of Beer and a Skillet of Cabbage

These tofu balls are served over cabbage in creamy mustard sauce. The perfect meal for enjoying with a cold beer!

Italian-Style Lentil Meatballs

Bowl of Lentil Meatballs and Tomato Sauce with Water Glass in the Background

Lentils give amazing texture and savory flavor to these hearty meatless balls.

Vegan Meatball Banh Mi

Close Up of a Vegan Meatball Banh Mi on a Plate with Drinking Glass in the Background

If you’re a fan of the classic banh mi sandwich, then you need to try this vegan version! Made with bean and nut-based balls that are smothered in hoisin sauce and stuffed into rolls with zippy picked veggies.

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