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Vegan Loose Meat Sandwich with Lentils and Mushrooms

Vegan Sandwich with Lentil Meat Substitute

Raised in the U.S.’s Midwest, I couldn’t deny giving loose meat sandwiches a vegan overhaul. UVK’s vegan loose meat sandwich recipe uses lentils and mushrooms. And thus, it’s more of a loose “lentil meat” sandwich recipe.

What is a loose meat sandwich? Originating in Iowa, it’s a sandwich filling that’s loose like a sloppy joe, but has no visually distinguishable sauce. It’s ingredients are few. It’s flavor is oniony and savory (kind of like French onion soup). And if you aren’t eating it with pickles and some yellow mustard, you might not be getting the full experience.

Two things…

  • To avoid big chunks of mushrooms in the food processor, pulse the mushrooms, open the food processor and stir the mushrooms around, and pulse again. Repeat this process until they are very finely chopped.
  • No food processor? Chop the mushrooms by hand until they’re super fine.

Depending on how generous you like to be with your lentil sandwich filling, this recipe makes ~6-8 vegan loose meat sandwiches.

Please enjoy! And check out more UVK budget-friendly vegan recipes, like Mushroom Lentil Pot Pie or Sweet Potato Lentil Soup 💚

An easy vegan loose meat sandwich with lentils, vegan Worcestershire sauce, and onion powder

Vegan Loose Lentil Meat Sandwiches

8 ounce package of sliced mushrooms (OR ~2 cups sliced mushrooms) (see note above)

1¼ cup dry green lentils, sorted and rinsed

3½ cups water

1 Tbsp olive oil

1½ cups finely chopped onions

4 Tbsp vegan Worcestershire sauce (use store bought or make your own)

3 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce (OR gluten free tamari)

1-1½ tsp prepared yellow mustard

1-1½ tsp onion powder

Black pepper, a generous amount

Salt, to taste

6-8 burger buns

Pickle chips, to top – optional

Yellow mustard, to top – optional

  1. 1. First, you’ll need to prep the mushrooms for the lentil sandwich. Add the mushrooms to the food processor. Pulse until they are very finely chopped. Set aside.

2. Next, you’ll need to cook the lentils for the sandwich. Add the lentils and 3½ cups of water to a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, and then, immediately turn down to low heat. Cover and simmer for ~15-20 minutes or until they are fully cooked through. Drain and give a quick rinse. Set aside.

3. In a large, deep skillet add the olive oil, onion and a dash of salt. Sauté over medium heat for ~5 minutes or until the onions are soft and golden.

4. Add the mushrooms. Stir around for another minute.

5. Add the lentils, the vegan Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, yellow mustard, onion powder and a generous amount of black pepper. Over medium-high heat stir every now and then for ~3 minutes, or until some of the liquid has evaporated.

6.Taste the lentil sandwich filling, and adjust seasonings, if needed (more soy sauce? more Worcestershire sauce? yellow mustard? salt?). Serve on burger buns. Top your lentil sandwich with pickles, mustard, or whatever you’re into!

A savory, tasty vegan lentil meat sandwich recipe


7 responses to “Vegan Loose Meat Sandwich with Lentils and Mushrooms”

  1. annecreates – I am a physical therapist, wife, mom, runner, artist, and vegan. I'm passionate about helping others find wellness, speaking about the human experience, and in fighting for social justice. Assistant Coach for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team. Current ambassador for: Boco Gear, SaltStick, SPIbelt, and Noxgear.
    annecreates says:

    Looks like another great recipe to try!

    • uglyvegankitchen – Ugly Vegan Kitchen is a vegan blog with recipes for plant based comfort food inspired by many cuisines, including American, Slavic, Mediterranean, Mexican and more.
      uglyvegankitchen says:

      Thanks so much! I hope you love it 💚

  2. writinstuff – Contemporary romance writer, political comedy writer, ghostwriter and editor. Lover of coffee, off-key singer, vegan and all around crazy girl!
    writinstuff says:

    Looks delicious and as a fellow midwesterner, I can’t wait to try this.

    • uglyvegankitchen – Ugly Vegan Kitchen is a vegan blog with recipes for plant based comfort food inspired by many cuisines, including American, Slavic, Mediterranean, Mexican and more.
      uglyvegankitchen says:

      Yeah Midwest! Appreciate your kind words and hope it delivers 😊

  3. Tanooki – On her way to home cooking culinary journey. When there is a yummy homemade food, there is a smile:) & food coma;)
    Tanooki says:

    Looks so good👍 Noted for yellow mustard importance🤣😊🤤

    • uglyvegankitchen – Ugly Vegan Kitchen is a vegan blog with recipes for plant based comfort food inspired by many cuisines, including American, Slavic, Mediterranean, Mexican and more.
      uglyvegankitchen says:

      Much appreciated! And yes, not to be missed out on! 😊

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