These lighter sloppy joes are made with lentils, rather than ground beef, but have all the comforting flavor you remember. This post is sponsored by Little Northern Bakehouse, but all opinions are my own.


Vegan Lentil Sloppy Joes on gluten free buns with red onion, arugula, and avocado slices sit on a wooden cutting board and parchment paper. A vegetarian and vegan lunch idea.

Vegan lentil sloppy joes have all the savory-sweet flavor of your messy childhood sandwich, but are completely plant-based and gluten-free. To be honest I’m not sure I ever liked sloppy joes as a kid, but these lentil sloppy joes, these I like! They are so easy to make in the slow cooker or Instant Pot, and are hearty and satisfying.

Lentil recipes are some of the most popular here, so I’m excited to share this new lentil sloppy joe recipe with you! We’ve already done Lentil “Meatloaf” and Lentil “Meatballs”. If you’re not confident with cooking with lentils yet, check out my post on How to Cook Lentils for even more inspiration. Lentils are a hearty, plant-based iron and protein-rich legume. They are a great stand-in for ground meat. I even use them to make Bolognese! I’ve taken the classic sloppy joe recipe and revamped it with lentils. The new version is cholesterol free, lower fat, and higher in fiber. Let’s jump right into the process.