Vegetarian Meatless Meatloaf with Lentils


I've been trying many vegetarian 'meatloaf' recipes trying to find one we thought was just right. This is a conglomeration of several recipes and my own spin. You can top it with sauce or ketchup before baking, but I don't bother.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 30 mins
8 servings


  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed

  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 4 tablespoons ketchup

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley

  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (such as The Wizard's)

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine broth and lentils in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are soft and broth is absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain extra broth, if necessary. Mash lentils slightly and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a loaf pan.

  3. Add oats, Cheddar cheese, panko, eggs, onion, ketchup, garlic, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, basil, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper to the bowl with the lentils and mix well. Transfer mixture to the prepared loaf pan.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until loaf starts to brown, 35 to 45 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving. Loosen sides using a spatula before slicing.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

237 Calories
7g Fat
31g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 237
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 381mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 4mg 18%
Calcium 143mg 11%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 357mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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