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Vegan Garlic Butter Meatballs

Quick and easy to make with minimal prep time – these Vegan Garlic Butter Meatballs are made with vegan ground, packed with flavour, and tossed with a delicious garlic butter sauce.

Tender, juicy, and perfectly seasoned. These easy Vegan Garlic Butter Meatballs will be your new favourite weeknight meal. Even better when you prep them ahead of time to cut down on your weekly dinnertime.

They come together in a single bowl and cooked in the oven, it truly couldn’t be easier. The recipe is designed for minimal hands-on work so that you can prep your sides while they bake.

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Quick and easy to make.
  • Perfect for a weeknight dinner.
  • Make extras for weekly meal prep.

Top tips for making vegan meatballs:

  • Use beyond or impossible meat. We’ve used both of these brands for this recipe and found the best results because they’re the most similar to ground beef in texture.
  • Finely dice shallot and garlic. Unless you want big chunks of onion, we recommend dicing them very finely to add flavour but not too much bite.
  • Form the meatballs into two-bite size. For the most out of your ingredients, we like to form two-bite meatballs – but that doesn’t mean you can’t make them bigger if you want.
  • Use a cast iron skillet. For the best golden brown sear, we use a cast iron skillet in the oven.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Beyond Meat – Our go-to is the Beyond Meat product but this recipe can also be made with Impossible or any other brand that has a similar texture and moisture level to ground beef.
  • Nutritional Yeast – This adds a cheesy flavour, but can be swapped with a vegan Parmesan if preferred.
  • Chili Flakes – Just a pinch for the slightest hint of spice, but can be omitted if you’d prefer not to include.

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Vegan Garlic Butter Meatballs

Quick and easy to make with minimal prep time – these Vegan Garlic Butter Meatballs are made with vegan ground, packed with flavour, and tossed with a delicious garlic butter sauce.
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Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 16 meatballs

Ingredients

Garlic Butter Meatballs

  • 1 pkg beyond meat
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, diced
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Sauce:

  • ¼ cup vegan butter
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper
  • pinch dried sage

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 400°F. Lightly oil a cast iron pan.
  • Add beyond beef, shallot, garlic nutritional yeast, breadcrumbs, parsley, chili flakes, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Using your hands mix all the ingredients together until combined.
  • Gently form two-bite meatballs and place on the prepared cast iron pan leaving space between each.
  • Bake meatballs in the heated oven for 15 minutes.
  • While the meatballs bake, prepare the garlic butter sauce by adding vegan butter, lemon, parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, and sage to a small saucepan. Warm over medium heat until the butter has melted.
  • Remove the meatballs from the oven and flip. Spoon over the garlic butter sauce and place back in the oven to bake an additional 10 minutes.
  • Serve meatballs warm over rice, pasta, or on their own as an appetizer.

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