Nourish PA: Lentil Sloppy Joes

These lentil sloppy joes are a delicious way to cut back on meat, and deliver plant-based nutrition without relying on processed soy products. To make a gluten-free version, swap out the hamburger buns for lettuce or cabbage wraps!

Lentil Sloppy Joes

Serves 6
Prep Time Cook Time Total Time
10 min 13 min 23 min

Tip: Substitute ketchup, brown sugar and mustard for 1 (15-ounce) can sloppy joe sauce.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 large bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups cooked lentils
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, or mustard powder
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 hamburger buns, split and toasted
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 4-5 minutes.
  2. Add ketchup, lentils, sugar and mustard and cook, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens and flavors develop, about 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve lentil mixture on toasted buns with cheddar cheese (if using).

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