These ultimate meatball burgers (vegan lentil burgers) are from the new cookbook by Sophia DeSantis, Vegan Burgers & Burritos. They are packed with whole food ingredients and no shortage of flavor.
I’ve been blogging buddies with Sophia DeSantis for many years now. She is the writer, recipe creator, and photographer behind the food blog, Veggies Don’t Bite.
Vegan Burgers & Burritos
Sophia specializes in comfort food that has all of the robust taste of its more indulgent brethren, but with healthy, whole food ingredients instead. As a mom of three, she also makes meals that anyone would enjoy – kids and grown-ups alike.
So I was excited and not at all surprised when I heard the name and topic of her first cookbook – Vegan Burgers & Burritos. The book includes 27 burger recipes, 26 burritos, 19 sauces, and 4 sides.
Photos sweeten the deal on convincing readers to try a recipe, and to clearing up any questions on how the final product should look. Luckily, Vegan Burgers & Burritos doesn’t skimp in this area. Each recipe includes a photo.
The recipes are suitable for a wide range of eaters, as they are all plant-based, gluten-free, and refined-sugar free. (Obviously, if you’re gluten-free, you’ll want to find buns/tortillas that match your needs as well.) She also shares tips on how to tweak recipes to make them even more kid-friendly.
The recipes are broken down into levels that range in difficulty from levels 1 through 4. So if you’re a beginner in the kitchen, you’ll know where to start. The recipe I’m sharing today is categorized as level 2.
Ultimate meatball burger (Vegan lentil burgers)
The first recipe that called to me was the ultimate meatball burger.
Lately, I’ve been craving a vegan meatball sandwich with plenty of pizza sauce slathered on top. There are lots of pre-made vegan meatballs out there. However, the great thing about making them at home, versus buying a bag from the frozen section, is that you know exactly what goes into them.
The hearty base of these burgers is lentils. So often veggie burgers are made from black beans, pintos, or vital wheat gluten. But vegan lentil burgers really appeal to a lentil-lover like me. You can make your own lentils from scratch, or save a step and buy pre-made.
These vegan lentil burgers are filled with all kinds of good-for-you ingredients like mushrooms, kale, oats, and walnuts. They are packed with flavor coming from thyme, basil, oregano, and sautéed garlic. Finally, they are finished with a spread of pizza sauce.
Sophia includes a quick-and-easy pizza sauce recipe in the book, and that’s noted in the recipe below. However, I happened to have some extra pizza sauce in the refrigerator from a recent vegan taco pizza night. So I opted to use that instead.
The vegan meatball burgers have a wonderful, savory flavor. I can only imagine they’d also be perfect rolled into balls, browned, and served with pasta or on a meatball sub. It’s the recipe that keeps on giving!
Try more recipes from Vegan Burgers & Burritos on these other blogs:
- Chipotle Lime Burrito Bowl at Glue & Glitter
- The Down Home BBQ Burger at A Virtual Vegan
- Fall Harvest Burrito at Veggies Don’t Bite
- The Autumn Burger at Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen
- Greek Burritos at Veggies Save the Day
- Wrapped-Up Chili Rellenos at The Vegan 8