Vegetarian Sloppy Joes with Lentils and Chickpeas {vegan}

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I received products from Udi’s Gluten Free for this post but, as always, all opinions are my own!  Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support me!

It is officially the first day of summer!  But, if you live anywhere near where I live, you know that it has been feeling like summer for a few weeks now.  Today’s high is 110 and I’m not sure I can take much more!  I’ve thought about jumping the fence and sneaking into the neighbors pool a few times, but I’m guessing that would frowned upon.  The summer solstice also marks the 8th anniversary for my husband and I :)  I’m not sure if you are supposed to still celebrate your dating anniversary once you are married, but I say the more celebrations the better!

Now that summer is in full swing that means lot of BBQs.  Which also means that I need to have a recipe box packed full of delicious vegetarian sandwiches I can eat.  You probably all know by now how much I love me some veggie burgers, but to be honest, I think that these vegetarian sloppy joes just slid into first place.

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes - BBQ Sauce

Vegetarian Sloppy Joes - BBQ

I’m not sure if I had ever really had a sloppy joe before I cooked these up.  I remember them serving sloppy joes in the cafeteria growing up and having zero interest in them.  I liked the idea, but I wasn’t ever really sure what they were putting in them!  Not to be left out, I decided to come up with my own version.  These vegetarian sloppy joes are packed with tons of protein by adding both lentils and chickpeas and this homemade BBQ sauce is so easy to make and so flavorful.

The ingredient list for the BBQ sauce may look a little intimidating at first, but if you are a regular here I’m guessing that you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already.  While the heaping mound of coleslaw on top isn’t required, I would definitely recommend it!  And, as the name states, these are pretty sloppy so a napkin is most likely needed if you don’t want to stain your pretty t-shirt (I might have done that a few times..), but they are totally worth it!

Happy Summer Solstice to everyone!


Vegetarian Sloppy Joes {vegan}

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Sandwich, Gluten Free, Vegan


  • 1/2 cup dry green lentils
  • 1 -15 ounce can cooked chickpeas, rinsed and drained (1.5 cups)
  • Coleslaw for topping, if desired
  • Hamburger buns, I used Udi’s gluten free

BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 small shallot, diced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 small cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Place lentils in a medium sized pot and cover with 1 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook lentils until tender and cooked through, 20-25 minutes.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium heat and add the olive oil and shallots. Season with a pinch of salt and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Next, add the remaining BBQ sauce ingredients and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the cooked lentils and chickpeas to the BBQ sauce and cook for another 5-10 minutes until everything is heated through.
  3. Scoop the sloppy joe mix onto the buns and top with coleslaw if desired.

 BBQ Sauce recipe adapted from Laura’s BBQ Lentil and Polenta recipe at The First Mess.

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    • She Likes Food says

      I’m glad we aren’t the only ones :) And 8 years sounds so much more impressive than 2 years, haha! Thanks Kristine! Homemade BBQ sauce is a must!

    • She Likes Food says

      triple digits are way too hot! No one should ever have to deal with them! I’m so ready for fall too, haha! Unfortunately, I think we have a few more months to go :(

    • She Likes Food says

      Oh wow, I wish it was freezing here right now!! I’ll send you some of my heat if you send me some of your cold weather :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Thank you Sarah!! Of course!! I piled mine so high I had it coming out all the edges all over me! Totally worth it though :)

  1. says

    Happy summer to ya! It’s been yeeeeears since I’ve had a sloppy Joe and this healthful recipe is making me swoon! Nothing like replacing not-so-healthful ingredients with nutritious ones. Beautiful, dear!

    • She Likes Food says

      I think these sloppy joes are the perfect way to break your sloppy joe dry spell :) Thanks so much!

    • She Likes Food says

      I think you would love these ones, Katie! The BBQ sauce really makes them delicious! I’m already thinking of everyone else I can put it on :)

  2. says

    110 degrees?! Already! Oh my word, you must be melting away! I can’t even imagine what your electric bill must be with all the AC you must run. Stay cool over there friend. And these vegetarian sloppy joes sound delicious!

    • She Likes Food says

      I know! It is terrible! Our house is pretty well shaded from the sun so thankfully our bill is never too high! But I think I would pay any amount of money just to be cool :)

  3. says

    Sloppy Joes are one of my favorites — it’s almost embarrassing how much I love them. I’ve had lentil sloppy Joes but I love that you combined them with chickpeas for this. Josh doesn’t like chickpeas OR lentils, but at least this way I get my fix of both and he only has to be angry for one meal ­čśë

    • She Likes Food says

      I didn’t think my husband liked lentils or chickpeas, but surprisingly he loved these! Although I was kinda hoping I would get these all to myself :)

  4. says

    Sloppy joes are the best! I have a lentil version on my blog but I’ve never tried adding chickpeas. It looks like it gives them better texture. And that sauce sounds pretty amazing too. Now I want one of these for lunch! :)

    p.s. Congrats on 8 years! I agree, I think you should celebrate as much as possible!

    • She Likes Food says

      I bet they are good with just lentils too! I think sloppy joes may be my new favorite meal! And I was surprised that my husband actually liked them too! I wish I could give you some to take for lunch! Thank you :)

  5. says

    I just made some sloppy joe’s last week for the first time in ages! I love this vegetarian version – the lentils and chickpeas sound fantastic, and yes to homemade BBQ sauce — it’s a must! I’m with you on the more celebrations the better too. :)

    • She Likes Food says

      I never think to make them either, but now I want to eat them all the time! I agree, homemade BBQ sauce is where it’s at!

  6. says

    Using chickpeas & lentils for vegetarian sloppy joes is a genius idea! I’ll have to try it. I so agree with you, conventional sloppy joes always freaked me out when I was younger haha

    And I agree, the more celebrations the better! Happy dating anniversary! :)

  7. says

    Happy anni, Izzy! I think yes, mark the date and toast it up. We do need more celebrations in life! These look fabulous Izzy! I grew up on Manwich (OMG!)… so I crave sloppy joes! I looove making homemade and your’s look just fabulous! I think the slaw is a must because it adds a coolness to the spicy sauce – quite a delicious contrast! These would be fabulous for the upcoming holiday weekend! Yum!

  8. says

    First, happy dating anniversary!!! My husband and I started dating right before Valentine’s Day (super awkward that first year ha!), so we always say Valentine’s is our “anniversary.” lol

    Love these sloppy joes! I make ones with farro all the time but now I need to try it with lentils and chickpeas!

    • She Likes Food says

      Hi Beverley! I hadn’t had one in forever either! And I think these ones are much better than the meat ones! I hope you get to try them soon :)

    • She Likes Food says

      Haha I hope you got a chance to make these! I just made another batch a few days ago, I’m obsessed :)

  9. says

    What a delicious vegetarian meal! These sloppy joes look so hearty!

  10. says

    Dear Isadora, what a fabulous recipe…I love your vegetarian style sloppy joe. I have to give this a try this summer. Looks absolutely delish! xo, Catherine

  11. says

    110 is just too hot for me! Jumping in the neighbors pool sounds like a plan =) I love all the ingredients in your BBQ sauce, so versatile and could be used for several different recipes. I don’t think I’ve ever made Sloppy Joes before, especially your spin on them and I’m starting to wonder why. As always, love the eye popping color. I need to work on my gluten free recipes for my sister’s family who is particularly sensitive!!

  12. Alben says

    These are superb! I highly recommend this recipe!!! We made them tonight for the fist time. Looking forward to making them again in the future.

    • She Likes Food says

      I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed them!! They are one of my favorite dinners too! Thank you :)


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