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Vegan Sloppy Joes (Best Meatless Manwich Recipe!)

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5 from 3 reviews

  • Author: Verna
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 Servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Vegan Sloppy Joes! The best easy meatless manwich recipe! Lentils, vegan crumbles simmered in a savoury sweet tangy tomato sauce, piled on a bun and devoured! A classic sandwich. Ready in 20 minutes.



For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Better Than Bouillon Vegetarian No Beef Soup Base
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the filling:

  • 1 tablespoon vegan butter, I use earth balance
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 large green bell pepper, chopped small
  • 2 and 1/2 cups vegan meat crumbles, I like Gardein Beefless Ground
  • 1 cup cooked lentils, rinsed and drained (I use canned)

For Serving:

  • hamburger buns or buns of choice
  • thinly sliced red onions (optional)
  • vegan cheese slices (optional)


  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick skillet over medium heat. Add the vegan butter, onions, peppers and a pinch of salt and pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes or so until the veggies are softening and browning up a bit.
  3. Add in the vegan crumbles and cook for a couple of minutes until defrosted and heated through.
  4. Turn down the heat to medium-low, stir in the lentils and sauce. Simmer for a couple of minutes until you are happy with the consistency.
  5. Pile the meat filling in a warm buttered hamburger bun and enjoy! Add thin sliced red onions and or vegan cheese if you like. For serving ideas see notes section*



  • For sloppy Joe filling with beyond beef plant based ground: Add 1 package to skillet when onions and peppers are done, break apart with fork until completely cooked. Continue from step 4
  • I have not made this recipe using TVP, tofu or jackfruit
  • I like the combo of vinegar and mustard as apposed to Worcestershire sauce. I do not use apple cider vinegar. Red wine vinegar suits this recipe the best in my opinion.
  • you could sub vegetable broth for water and bouillon but I highly recommend trying recipe as written😊
  • For a slight smoky flavour add 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke to sloppy joe sauce
  • The mix is gluten free. For a completey gluten free meal use gluten free buns.
  • the filling is so good with my vegan mac and cheese!
  • the sloppy Joe mix will keep covered in the fridge for 4-5 days and freezes well

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  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Mains, 30 Minute Vegan Recipes, Gluten free,
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American, Canadian