Barbecue Red Lentil Loaf

Barbecue Red Lentil Loaf


  • 1 c Red Lentils rinsed
  • 1/2 c Cooked Rice brown or white
  • 2 c Vegetable Broth
  • 1 tsp Oil for sauteeing
  • 1 small Onion finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1-1/2 c Mixed Veggies, such as: red, yellow, green peppers, corn, peas, etc.
  • 1 tbsp Ground Flax + 3 Tbl Water allow to sit for 10 minutes
  • Salt + Pepper to taste
  • Italian Seasoning or other herbs optional
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Italian Parsley chopped
  • Barbecue Sauce or Ketchup for topping


  • Prepare a flax "egg" by combining 1 tbsp of ground flax plus 3 tbsp of water. Allow to sit until ready to use.  It will become thick and gelatinous, much like an egg.
  • Cook the lentils according to package instructions which is typically bringing to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer until tender, 5-7 minutes.  Strain to remove any excess liquid.
  • Prepare the rice.
  • While the lentils are cooking, you can prepare your veggies.  Simply saute in 1 tsp of oil until tender and just starting to get some color.  Allow to cool slightly.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • OPTIONAL:  As I mention in the blog post, it is at this point I might have pureed the lentils and rice in a food processor.  Not too much, just a quick pulse or two.  This step is not necessary, as the loaf held together.  I may have been a bit more structurally sound had this portion been pureed.
  • Combine the lentils and vegetables in a large bowl.  Add the flax "egg", seasonings, salt, pepper, parsley, etc. and place into a loaf pan prepared with cooking spray or lined with parchment.  Top with barbecue sauce or ketchup, if desired.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until it has risen slightly, is golden brown around the edges and somewhat firm to the touch.  Allow to cool slightly.


I served these in slices as is, but they can also be pan fried in a small amount of oil to get a crisp exterior.  You could also form these into patties and make burgers out of them instead of a loaf.  Mini muffins are also an option.