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Delicious and easy Vegan Black Bean Meatballs in BBQ sauce


20 minutes


40 minutes


12 -14

These vegan black bean meatballs are perfect as an appetizer, or to freeze for when you need some balls to throw in your spaghetti sauce!

Holy meatballs! I mean, vegan meatballs! This recipe isn’t your traditional meatball recipe because it’s completely plant-based and perfect for any vegetarian or vegan in your family. However, you may just be able to trick those meat-lovers in your family with these easy vegan meatballs 😉 

These vegan meatballs really speak for themselves. They are savoury, sweet, almost-too-much-life-meat, delicious and seriously addicting. I bet you can’t just eat one! What’s great about this recipe is that these balls are so versatile and you can make them with any sauce you like. This recipe uses a BBQ sauce, however, you can throw these balls into a pasta dish using my Grandma’s Pasta Sauce. These balls are perfect for a family dinner, an appetizer or for meal-prep. You can even freeze them in a tight sealed container and thaw them out when you’re in need.

The secret vegan meatball ingredient

So what did I use to make these vegan meatballs taste so damn good? The secret is Bob’s Red Mill’s rolled oats. These are gluten free, and super versatile so I love having them in my cupboard when I want to whip up a recipe like this one. What I did was combined these oats with black beans to make a meat-like consistency. Plus, black beans are super healthy for you! They are loaded with fiber, potassium, folate, vitamin B6 + more. They also support your heart health and lower your cholesterol.


All you really do with this recipe is throw all the ingredients together, and fry them up. Super easy, delicious, and versatile. What more could you need right?

What are your favourite ways to make or eat vegan meatballs? Share below in the comments!

Delicious and easy Vegan Black Bean Meatballs in BBQ sauce

Vegan BBQ Black Bean Meatballs

4.19 from 60 votes
These vegan black bean meatballs are perfect as an appetizer, or to freeze for when you need some balls to throw in your spaghetti sauce!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Course Mains
Cuisine Vegan, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free
Servings 12 -14


For the "Meat" Balls:

For the BBQ Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion chopped finely
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • season to taste
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
  • 1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp vegan Worcester sauce
  • 1/2 - 1 tsp liquid smoke
  • 2 tbsp. molasses optional
  • Garnish with fresh Mint
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  • Add your "meat" ball ingredients into the processor and blend till everything is well combined.  You want to ensure there is no loose flour from the oats, this is how you know you've done blending.
  • Begin rolling into "meatballs" I like using a tbsp. to measure or even a small ice cream scoop.  Please note, you're balls will cook differently depending on the size you roll them. Once your balls are rolled, set them into the fridge while you prepare your BBQ sauce.
  • Into a medium-sized pot add your oil and heat on low for a 1 minute.  Add your onions and cook for 5 minutes or until fragrant and translucent.  Add your garlic and cook for another minute.  Add the remainder of your ingredients and simmer on medium for around 10-15 minutes, stirring often to avoid sticking or burning.  Taste and ensure it has the flavours you desire.  If it's perfect then remove from heat, once cooled enough to handle use a hand blender to thicken and blend. Set aside.
  • Into a large non-stick, pan heat your olive oil for 1 minute or so.  Add your balls and cook for around 1 minute on each side.  Add your desired amount of BBQ sauce to the pot and cook for around 5-6 minutes, on medium, with the lid on, until your balls are cooked throughout.  A way to test this is to cut into one and check if it's hot in the middle and steaming. That's when you know you're ready to eat all this deliciousness!
  • Serve hot with Rice, on their own or with salad!


Balls will last in the fridge, in a tightly sealed container for up to one week.
BBQ Sauce will last for around one week or so in a tight sealed jar in the fridge.
Get creative with your Balls and BBQ Sauce, if you know your family likes a certain cuisine or flavour then add it to the mix! Have fun in the kitchen!
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Panagiota Altanopoulou

Hello there 🙂 Can i replace oat flour with flaxseed flour or chickpea flour? Thank you !

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hello there! I didn’t text either of these but I feel like chickpea flour should be fine! I would a little bit less though as it’s a thicker flour. Let me know how it goes!! xxx

Marta Fernandez

Hi! Can I use white beans instead of black?

Maria Koutsogiannis

I think that should be fine! Let me know how it goes!

sophie rata

Hi looks great but it’s not clear to me wich ingredients are the sauce and which are the balls…
maybe that’s why someone said it might be to liquid, that they thought all ingredients listed are for the the meatball mixture…

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hello there! It says right in the ingredients, for the BBQ sauce:. I hope this helps!

Amber Pitts

Can these be made without the sauce? Can I just bake them As is and toss with marinara sauce?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Of course! All my recipes are honestly quite forgiving. I want you to feel comfortable and safe in the kichen. Do what works for you and your families palette. They are honestly amazing!! If you have another favourite sauce then toss them in there too! They freeze great as well 🙂

Chyna b

Would these make a good meatball sub?

Maria Koutsogiannis

100% would be perfect for that!


Hi! I just made these and they are delicious! Can you tell me if the balls hold together well if left in a crockpot with the sauce? I’d like to make them again as an appetizer to take to a party.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Brenda!! Yes, I am so glad you loved them – they are a favourite in our home. I haven’t tried that yet but I am going to say yes only based on how hearty and thick they are. I don’t see it being a problem, if anything it’ll add even MORE flavour to these bad boys. Please let me know how that goes!!

Jimmy Wong

I don’t see how this recipe can work. Way too little liquid for the mix of 1 cup of oat floor AND 1 cup of rolled oats added to the remaining “meat” ball ingredients to form them into balls.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hi Jimmy! This recipe works perfectly fine. Let me know what you think after you make them please 🙂

Virginia Santos

I can’t wait to make these for friendsgiving on sat. I didn’t see ho.e many this actually makes. I’m having a party of 15 should I double or triple the ingredients? Thank you in advance!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Hun!

This is amazing. Oh it should say! I would triple the recipe. THEYRE SERIOUSLY SOOO GOOD!


Milled or Whole flax seeds?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Doesn’t matter, they end up in the processor either way 🙂

Patrice Granaldi

Hi! I see now the separation is the sauce and proper ingredients to the sauce. I’m just confused about the oats and oat flour. One recipe has in it one cup of each and both go into the processor. Correct?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Patrice, the recipe was re-tested 3 weeks ago so you should follow the one you currently see. Add all the ingredients to a processor then roll. That’s it!


Do you think you could bake these balls vs. fry?

Maria Koutsogiannis

I can’t remember if I tested them to bake but I am sure it will be ok! Let me know please xxx


So I made them today and baked at 350 for about 15 mins. Turned out great. Thanks!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey hey hey!! Amazing, so happy to hear that. Did you eat them with BBQ sauce?!


Is there 1 or 2 cups of flour in this recipe?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hello! 1 cup. 1 cup oat flour and one cup rolled oats 🙂 Enjoy, theyre great!


If there are 1 cup oat flour AND 1 cup rolled oats for the meatballs, why is this not being updated?

Maria Koutsogiannis

This is what it used to be. The recipe has since changed! Thanks for your question 🙂

Laura incognito

These are so legit! Can’t wait to make them again!

Maria Koutsogiannis

So glad you enjoyed them! They’re a new favourite in our home!

Patrice Granaldi

Pleeeease. Which ingredients get processed together? Which “rest of” ingredients go into the pan with the meatballs? You amended the oats to 2 cups. One cup rolled oats, 1 cup oat flour. I’m thinking the 2 cups go into the processor with the ingredients. But I’m not sure which ingredients as they are not listed separately. I would really love to make this recipe for a non vegan party and hope to surprise everyone! The party is on the 18th but I’m a little confused how to separate the ingredients to process and which ones go into the pan. Help!

Lindsay Day

Made these last night to put on top of spaghetti with my homemade pasta sauce, and it was a hit! The flavours are just perfect, with that little kick from the hot sauce.
Might have to make another batch to stock up the freezer!

Maria Koutsogiannis

Thanks, Lindsay! This sounds awesome!

Brittany Thompson

Can I turn this into a loaf?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey! I haven’t tried doing that but it honestly might work! Bake it for 1 hour.

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