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Homemade Vegan & Gluten-Free Meatballs (& The Best Supermarket Vegan Meatballs)

Gluten-Free and Vegan Meatball Recipe

We present to you gluten-free and vegan meatballs made with nutritious ingredients and exciting flavours. They don’t fall apart or become mushy. 

Our meatball recipe is unlike any other and will be sure to satisfy your meatball cravings. 

This recipe is so easy to make and consists of only a few ingredients, household staple spices and herbs.

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Vegan Meatball Spaghetti

Pair with your favourite gluten-free pasta or spaghetti, add marinara sauce and vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast on top.

There you have it, the best vegan and gluten-free meatball dish of your dreams. 

If you don’t want to make your own meatballs, no problem. Head over to your local supermarket and you can buy vegan meatball options.

Top 3 UK Vegan Meatball options you can find in your supermarket:

  • Birdseye Vegan Meatballs
  • Richmond Meat-Free Vegan No Beef Meatballs 
  • Aldi vegan meatballs: Plant Menu No Meat Meatballs

Vegan Recipes - No meat meatballs

There are many ways to make vegetarian/vegan meatballs by using beans, vegetables, grains and more creative ingredients and flavours.

But we have found the best plant-based meatball combination using black beans and quinoa. It creates a soft, authentic texture and flavour. Perfect for meal prep.

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Vegan Meatball Pasta

To make this into a vegan and gluten-free meatball pasta dish. Add your favourite gluten-free pasta or spaghetti. It works a treat, maybe a little messy to eat with the spaghetti but you are sure to love it.

Black Bean and Quinoa Meatball Recipe

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DIY Vegan & Gluten-Free Meatballs

Our authentic, full of flavour and homemade vegan and gluten-free meatballs recipe. Made with black beans and quinoa.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12 meatballs


  • 180 g cooked quinoa (cooked and completely cooled)
  • 1 can black beans
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 0.5 tsp chilli flakes
  • 0.5 tsp fennel seeds crushed
  • 40 g vegan parmesan cheese
  • 30 g tomato paste
  • 1 tsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 20 ml worcheshire sauce


  • Prepare quinoa according to package instructions, allow to cool completely.
  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees c. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the rinsed and dried black beans on the paper. Place in the oven for 15 minutes until they look cracked and dry. Remove and increase the oven to 190 degrees c.
  • In a frying pan add the vegetable oil on medium heat. When hot, start pan frying the onion and add the garlic. Cook until soft (2-3 minutes) and remove from the heat.
  • Add all the black beans, garlic, onion, salt, Italian seasoning, chilli flakes and crushed fennel seeds to a food processor. Don’t over mix, just until it becomes a loose breadcrumb texture. Add the rest of the ingredients including the quinoa. Blend again until a dough texture forms.
  • Taste and adjust flavours if need be.
  • Scoop out roughly 1½ tbsp of the dough and roll into small balls. Add to a plate and place in the fridge for 15-20 minutes.
  • In a frying pan over medium heat, add some oil and heat. Add the meatballs, and slightly brown on each side for a couple of minutes. Transfer the meatballs to an oven-safe dish in a single layer, bake for 30 minutes until dry and completely browned.
  • Add your favourite vegan meatball sauce: mine is marinara tomato sauce. Serve with pasta or mash and top with a sprinkle of vegan parmesan or nutritional yeast.
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