Lentil Sloppy Joes

Updated: May 30

I've made this a few times for social gatherings and it's always scarfed down quickly by guests! I like to buy mini buns for parties to make bite-size lentil sloppy joe sandwiches. You can add chopped onion, radish, lettuce, or other garnishes to it or keep it simple with just the bun and lentils. The photo above is a super-indulgent version with a pretzel bun (pretty tasty, but I don't recommend doing this often since it's made with inflammatory white flour), grilled mushroom on top of lentil sloppy joes and a slice of vegan cheese that my husband added to what we call our "Sunday night splurge dinner." Normally, I'd opt for cheeseless and a whole-grain bun—either way, it's delicious! We added an extra side of sloppy joe for more fiber and deliciousness.


  • 2 cups water (or half water and half vegetable broth)

  • 1 cup green or brown lentils, well rinsed

Sloppy Joes

  • 2 Tbsp avocado oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped (plus more for serving)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 Tbsp)

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp turmeric

  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

  • 2 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 Tbsp tamari

  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tsp chipotle chili powder OR 1 Tbsp regular chili powder if you don't like spice

  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

For Serving