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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


  • 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!
Review This Recipe Let us know how it was!

Is there anything you can substitute the oats with?

Maria Koutsogiannis

I haven’t tried it with anything but oats. Is this an allergy?

Ali Gonzalez

Can you omit the flaxseeds?

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes, that should be fine but please let me know how it goes!


can something besides oil be used in the recipe? I will bake them, but I am asking for the recipe itself?

Maria Koutsogiannis

if you’re oil-free then just omit the oil entirely, should be fine! but let me know!

bee monk

confused. instructions say to blend until there’s no loose flour, but there’s no flour on the ingredients list…….help!

Maria Koutsogiannis

I just mean from the oats, no panic! They’re are foolproof, you can do this!!

Candace Temple

Soooo yummy. I made a big batch and froze some, I cooked them in the oven to get them super crispy on the outside (personal preference) and loved them! Once they’re prepped they’re perfect to fill you up when you’re in a rush and can be eaten so many ways!! Love this recipe.

Maria Koutsogiannis

Yes!!! These are amazing, Candace! So glad you love them too!


Something is missing from the recipe. I made these before and I remember that it used to say 1 cup oat flour or something like that, but this is gone. I am trying to make these now and it’s very wet and I cannot make them into balls…

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Andria! We tested the recipe and removed the extra full of oat flour (1 cup). People were finding them a bit too dense and dry. Please let me know if that helps but when I redid the recipe this worked out perfectly. I have had around 10 others reviews since too and they all turned out ok. Please let me know though so I can help adjust.

Ashley Gilbert

Made these tonight and they turned out so amazing! I baked the balls instead of browning them in the pan because I was lazy but otherwise followed the recipe quite closely and it turned out so incredibly! Super pumped I get to eat these for lunches all week!

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESSSS!!! Thanks so much for the love, Ashley! These are a family favourite!

Adina Beck

So delicious, even the kids liked them and they’re usually not thrilled about beans in any form.

Maria Koutsogiannis

This is such an incredible compliment! So glad the little kiddos liked this!

Lianna Edwards

Tried these numerous times and they are amazing. So delicious and very easy to make.

Maria Koutsogiannis

YESS!! thank you so much Lianna! So glad you enjoy them as much as we do!


Can I process the rolled oats in a regular blender?

Charla Perry

Would almond flour suffice instead of oat flour 🤔 Im so excited to make these for my husband who is in the process of converting to full veganism ❤✌🥑

Maria Koutsogiannis

Hey Charla, it might work! I didn’t test it that way but you should be fine! We are in the middle of reworking this recipe. I would actually just use either the rolled oats or oat flour (in your case almond flour) and let me know how it goes!

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