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15 Recipes for Homemade Vegetarian Meatballs

15 Vegetarian Meatball Recipes

15 Vegetarian Meatball Recipes
Are they vegetarian meatballs? Or no-meatballs? Or faux meatballs? Or veggie balls? No matter what you call them, having one go-to (not-)meatball recipe is essential for every vegetarian cook. While you can buy them at the grocery store, many brands of meat-free meatballs are highly processed, with long lists of ingredients–who needs that when you can make your own with ingredients like beans, nuts and vegetables?

Lentil Mushroom Meatballs

Lentil Mushroom Meatballs

These meatballs are about as close in flavor to the real thing as you can get using whole food ingredients.

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Lemon Feta Chickpea Meatballs

Lemon Feta Chickpea Meatballs

Pair these Greek-inspired meatballs from Amuse Your Bouche with pasta and sautéed veggies tossed in olive oil.

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Tempeh Meatballs

Tempeh Meatballs

Simple Vegan Blog shares a recipe for tempeh-based meatballs in curried tomato sauce.

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Eggplant Spinach Meatballs

Eggplant Spinach Meatballs

Eggplant, spinach and ricotta cheese make these meatballs perfect for pairing with marinara.

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Black Bean Meatballs

Black Bean Meatballs

Light Orange Bean's meatless meatball recipe includes black beans, oats and walnuts.

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Meatball Bahn Mi

Meatball Bahn Mi

Chili paste and soy sauce add an Asian flair to these meatballs from Connoisseurus Veg.

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Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs

Sweet and Sour Tempeh Meatballs

The classic party appetizer, made meatless!

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Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders

She Likes Food uses these white bean, kale and brown rice meatballs to make vegetarian sliders.

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Quinoa Meatballs

Quinoa Meatballs

Quinoa and lentils make these meatballs from Simply Quinoa a great source of protein.

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Sweet Potato and Kale Balls

Sweet Potato and Kale Balls

If you're in the mood for a different kind of meatless meatball, this recipe from Neurotic Mommy might be just what you're looking for!

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Spicy Black Bean Meatballs

Spicy Black Bean Meatballs

Who said meatballs need to be Italian? We love this Mexican-inspired version in burritos and wraps.

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Italian Wedding Soup

Italian Wedding Soup

Eggplant-based meatballs are the pièce de résistance in this hearty soup from Eats Well With Others.

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Teriyaki Meatballs

Teriyaki Meatballs

Yup, It's Vegan uses seitan to make a convincing meatless meatball.

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Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs

This gluten-free vegetarian meatball recipe uses ground almonds in place of breadcrumbs.

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Cannellini Bean and Broccoli Rabe Meatballs

Cannellini Bean and Broccoli Rabe Meatballs

The best thing about vegetarian meatballs? They let you get creative, like this recipe that uses broccoli rabe from Connoisseurus Veg.

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11 Comments

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    Tyra
    February 17, 2015 at 10:56 am

    YAY! Love this roundup. The broccoli parmesan are already a household fav. Going to whip up a batch of lentil mushroom today and eggplant ones next week. Thanks for always bring us fresh, exciting whole food recipes.

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    Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche
    February 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Can’t beat a good meatball! 😀 thanks for including my lemon and feta chickpea meatballs!

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    tamam zaher
    February 17, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Very nice recipes. .thanks

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    Iosune | Simple Vegan Blog
    February 17, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    All the recipes look AMAZING!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing our vegan tempeh meatballs recipe 🙂

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    Shannon
    February 17, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I love vegetarian meatballs more than I should probably admit! Thanks for including my teriyaki meatball recipe 🙂

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    Isadora
    February 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I’ve been obsessed with making vegetarian meatballs lately, so I really love this post! So many delicious recipes to choose from! Thank you so much for including my sliders 🙂

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    Brianna
    February 18, 2015 at 9:47 am

    What a great list of yummy “no meatballs” to try! Can’t wait to delve in! 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Delicious Everyday
    February 18, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Thanks for sharing this! Passing it along to some of my readers. Awesome list!

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    Joanne
    February 21, 2015 at 10:46 am

    I am ALLLLL about the veg balls lately..and I never know what to call them either! I think it’s the 12 year old boy in me, but putting any noun in front of the word balls just sounds weird.

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    tatjana
    February 17, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I really feel like eating some meatballs today, as a vegetarian I will definitely try one of those!

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    Bennett Ross
    October 11, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    The Vegan meatballs look sooooo good! Especially because it is animal friendly and there was no suffering involved!

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