Spicy Vegan Lentil Cakes

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These spicy vegan lentil cakes are perfect for satisfying your spicy food cravings! They’re easy to make, protein-rich and have a spicy and smoky flavor! 

I make the best veggie patties! Really, I do. I’m not modest at all. :)) I absolutely LOVE veggie patties and I’m constantly experimenting with new flavors, colors and textures. Some recipes are better than others, but all of them are delicious!

My vegan falafel and quinoa patties recipes are my top favorite, but I must honestly say these spicy vegan lentil cakes went straight to my top 5!

If you are a spicy food fan and love smoky flavors, then these vegan lentil cakes will become your favorite too! Smoked paprika is absolutely amazing, you’ll love it! Ever since I discovered it I’ve been using it like crazy in almost all my recipes! It completely changes any dish.

So, here’s the recipe. If you want to try other veggie patties recipes, you should check out my Ultimate Veggie Burger Guide. Enjoy!

Vegan Lentil Cakes Patties

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Spicy Vegan Lentil Cakes
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These spicy vegan lentil cakes are perfect for satisfying your spicy food cravings! They're easy to make, protein-rich and have a spicy and smoky flavor!
Serves: ~15 vegan lentil cakes
  1. Add lentils in a pot and cover them with water. From the moment they start boiling, let them boil for about 15 minutes and then remove from heat.
  2. Strain the lentils very well and put them in a large bowl. Start mashing them using a fork or a vertical blender. Add the rest of the ingredients, except oil.
  3. Start mixing the composition. It has to be sticky and easy to shape. If it’s not it means that you didn’t strain the lentils very good and the composition is too wet. No problem, just add more flour until it has a dough-like consistency. Alternatively, let it rest in the fridge for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Spray a non stick pan with some oil. Not too much. Put each patty on the frying pan and let it fry about 2 minutes on each side.
Now, if you don't want to make all the lentil cakes at once, you can just leave the bowl with the composition in the fridge and cover it with some plastic foil. It can sit in the fridge for 3-4 days. Anytime you want a lentil cake, just take some of it and fry the patty. This is what I usually do. 🙂
Vegan Lentil Cakes Patties

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104 Comments on “Spicy Vegan Lentil Cakes”

  1. Wow these are amazing! I tweaked the recipe dependent upon what I had available in my pantry. They turned out great. I made a vegan sriracha mayo sauce to drizzle generously on top, and it tasted extra delicious! I now know I’ll never have to miss crab cakes again!! 🙂

  2. Excellent recipe
    Today i am making my second batch.
    Can these be baked instead of fried and what temp would you recommend?

  3. Hello, this recipe looks amazing! I was wondering the significance of the yeast. Can that be avoided and what is the impact?

    1. Thank you, Stacy! 🙂 It’s nutritional yeast, not regular yeast. It helps bind everything together and also gives the patties a cheesy flavor. You can skip it but you may need to add a little bit more psyllium husks. Add what the recipe asks for and if the patties don’t shape easily, add a little bit more, but only after you’ve let them rest a bit so they don’t end up gummy.

  4. Hi … just reading your recipe and want to try tonight. I don’t have red lentils but green lentils, it will be OK? Thanks

  5. I found that two bellpeppers are a bit too much bell pepper. Or maybe use a food processor? And it requires a lot of seasoning, you won’t over do it.

  6. Wow I just made these for supper…and wow they’re so good ! Super easy, nutritious and delicious. I made myself spicy vegan mayo on the side to dip my patties in and I highly recommend it ! Thanks ❤️😊🙏

  7. I love you. These are amazing! 🙂 Thanks for this share. Best thing that’s happened on my plate in a month.

  8. Hey, thanks for the recipe! These are good. I was cooking tonight for someone who can’t stand bell peppers, so I used a steamed & diced carrot and half a shredded kale leaf to give these some color. They browned up nicely, and there’s plenty of stuff left to make super-easy lentil cakes over the next few days, as you suggest. My dining companion approved!

  9. Hi –

    Any idea as to if this recipe can be made into a lentil loaf, instead?
    (ie: making the mixture and dumping into a loaf pan?:))


  10. I really wanted to love these but they were incredibly bland. I followed the recipe as written. I will try some more spices next time i think.

  11. Hi there,

    Thank you for the recipe!!
    They taste delicious! Just wondering what the texture is supposed to be? I fried them for longer than you suggested and they were a bit chewy/ gummy.


    1. Hi, Tania! They should be crispy on the outside and a little softer in the middle. If they were too gummy, add less psyllium husks and flour the next time you make them and keep the composition in the fridge for 30 minutes before making the patties.

  12. Hi Ruxandra – I’d like to make these patties tomorrow. If I were to bake them, what temperature is best, and do they need to be turned over halfway during the 20 to 30 minutes of baking? How much oil would you suggest I use for baking?


    1. Hi, Judy! 190C would be ok. I prefer to grease them on both sides, with some oil and also turn them over halfway. I don’t have an exact quantity for the oil. This way I make sure they turn crispy on both sides.

  13. About to try tonight. Someone asked for a vegan gravy recipe earlier here’s one I use all the time and it’ll blow your mind. Make a roux with any flour (2 tablespoons) and some oil (Any ok. I use avocado, olive or coconut). Slowly whisk in 1-1.5 cups boiling water mixed with some vege stock (paste, powder or cube). Add roughly Tbls miso, tsp mustard, garlic powder, couple glugs of tamari. Whisk well as it boils and achieves desired thickness. You now have awesome vegan gravy.

  14. Made these for dinner for my non-vegan girlfriend. We loved them! I couldn’t find nutritional yeast or psyllium root at my local grocery, so i used cashews instead and ground them with some water, lemon juice, and franks hot sauce. It was great! They were a little crumbly, but no biggie. I also added a sauce with pasillo pepper, vegan mayo, sesame oil, and garlic. So good!!

    1. So glad you liked it! 😀 Great idea with the cashews! You can also replace psyllium husks with ground flax seeds or ground chia seeds. Nutritional yeast can be skipped, as I usually add it just for the cheesy taste. Yummy sauce, too! Will try it. 🙂

  15. Hi Darlin,
    this recipe looks awesome and I can’t wait to try it. Can you tell me what the calories are in each cake and the break down of macronutrients? Thank you

  16. Made this recipe yesterday. Think I added too much flour but they were very tasty. My husband who is a very fussy eater loved them. I’ll definitely try it again using less flour.

  17. Hello there these look wonderful! I noted you said 1 cup of lentils and then to cover with water. Do you have a more exact measurement of water that you add to the pot? That might help- I am at a high altitude and I can adjust it from there but it makes a difference when trying to boil stuff sometimes. Thanks for the tip & the recipe!

    1. No, but you can replace them with ground flax seeds, same quantity, or if you’re not vegan with one egg. 🙂

    1. Sure! But you’ll need to boil them for a longer time, check to see when they get tender (30 mins or so) and also the color won’t be that appealing. But the taste will be pretty much the same.

    1. Hi Amelia! Mashed potatoes, roasted veggies or salad. These are my favorite side dishes for veggie patties. 🙂

  18. I wish I had the success others had with this recipe, I followed it exactly, but unfortunately I feel it would have been better if I had fried up the onions and peppers first. It just tasted like biting into raw vegetables for me! Better luck next time I guess.

    1. Hi, Clarie! Maybe you chopped them in very large pieces? The onion should be diced, so it will cook faster and you won’t feel it like it’s raw. The pepper should also be chopped into small pieces, like in the photos. You can also cook them before, just as you said. Hope they will turn out better next time! 🙂

    1. Those must be huge! :)) I make them just like in the photo. They’re about 1cm thick and 5-6 cm in length.

  19. When you use the psyllium husks or flax seed, do you have to add water to the mixture as you would with baking? Also, what temperature would you bake these at? I am trying to avoid oil as much as possible. Thank you!

    1. Hi Jessica! No. They will absorb the water in the mixture and stick everything together. I make them at 375F. I would suggest at least spreay them with a tiny little bit of oil. Otherwise, they may be too dry.

  20. Hi …
    These look delicious .. but I was wondering if you could substitute shelled hemp seeds for the psyllium husk ?? I have both chia & hemp seeds but no psyllium .. thanks, Sheryl

    1. Hi, Sheryl! Thank you! 😀 Hemp seeds definitely not! The role of psyllium husks is to bind the patties together. Much like beaten eggs work. You can use ground chia seeds or flax seeds (same quantity). They work just as well. Let me know how they turned out! 😀

    1. Hi, Hazel! Sure! 😀 I usually cook them, let them cool, and then freeze them separately on a tray. After they are frozen, I move them into ziploc bags. When you want to cook them, just take them out of the freezer, let them thaw a bit and grill/bake/lightly fry them. I found this option better than freezing them uncooked.

    1. I added a little flour and cooling it in refrigerator made it thicker.
      But next time I will perhaps not blend it too much….
      Thankyou, very tasty and healthy!

      1. Hi, Lucie!

        Vitamix is way too powerful for this. This may be one reason why it turned into soup. Another reason may be that you didn’t strain lentils too well. I usually mash them with a fork or use a vertical blender. This turns them into a thick puree.

        Glad to hear it worked out eventually! 😀


  21. I was looking on Pinterest for a high protein, vegetarian friendly meal for this week when I came across this recipe. I followed the recipe (I used Panko breadcrumbs as opposed to flour) and they turned out delicious! I love how simple and veggie packed this recipe is. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Faith! 😀 So glad you liked it! I will try it with breadcrumbs as well. What a great idea to make these patties crunchy too!

  22. Let me start by saying I am not a vegetarian and I love beef but know I eat way too much of it. I’ve decided to cut meat/poultry out for now and eat more plant based food. That being said, these Lentil Cakes are amazingly delicious! I sautéed the peppers and onions just cause I like them that way and I added a little lemon juice and zest. I shared them with some friends (one is gluten sensitive and one is a total meat eater) and they loved them also. Thank you for this recipe. I intend to make these often to have as a go to when needing something hearty.

  23. Hello!
    Curious about the psyllium husks – is it the powder that you used or the whole psyllium husks…I looked up to purchase and found both. Do you find that it works as a great egg substitute in other recipes as well?

    Thank you!


    1. Haha! :))) Glad you liked it! 😀 I don’t know any good vegan gravy recipes, but I will try to make one. Maybe with some mushrooms? 😀

  25. I don’t have rice flour, but I do have coconut flour and almond flour. Do you think either would work, given their flavors? One better than the other? I’m thinking almond – unless we changed up the seasoning to use curry. I’d love to hear your opinion. 🙂

    1. Hi Sheryl! 🙂 Hm.. I think almond should be ok, but it’s not an ideal choice. Do you have chickpea flour? If you’re not gluten intolerant, you can use regular wheat flour or even breadcrumbs.

    2. Rice flour is easy to make if you have a wheat grinder, OR a vitamix blender. Just put a couple cups in and turn it on. Does that help?

    1. I usually check them after 20 minutes. Somewhere between 20-40 mins tops would be enough. But always check them after 20-30 minutes. It depends on the oven as well.

    1. You’ll need to boil them for a longer time, maybe up to 40 minutes. The taste will be the same, but the color will be different. So, give it a try! 🙂

      1. Are you Romanian? I don’t know the language, but recognize the spelling and style of words.
        Thanks for this recipe, by the way! I am trying to find more delicious recipes for lentils for our family and will try this one soon!

        1. Hi! Yes 🙂 Glad you like it! 😀 You should try my other patties/burgers recipes as well. 😉

  26. Hi!
    These look great! Have you tried baking them? I would like to make a big batch for a party. Just wondering if baking would be easier. Thanks!

    1. Of course! 🙂 You should freeze it in the patties form, this way you just place them on the grill/pan.

  27. I don’t have psyllium husk – I’m wondering if another egg substitution will work? Have you ever tried making this with tapioca starch or a flax egg?

  28. When you say mixing the rest of the ingredients with the lentil, do you mean by spoon or blender? Sorry I’m thinking to hard about this recipe lol

    1. You can do it either way! 🙂 Just make a mushy paste. If you want to “feel” the lentils, you can just mix them with a fork and slighty press the lentils.

  29. Loved this recipe! I just tried it today. I used 2 Tbls of instant potatoes as an egg replacement and it worked perfectly.

    1. Glad you liked it, Sarah! 😀 I’ve never thought about instant potatoes but sounds like a great egg replacement! Thanks for the idea!

    1. The recipe is vegan, without eggs. I just mentioned that the psyllium husks can be replaced with one real egg.

  30. I adore fritters of all kinds (LOVE that crispy exterior!), and these lentil ones look so tasty 🙂

    1. Hi Becca! Thanks! 😀 I love fritters and veggie patties too. They’re my favorite, besides hummus which will always be no.1! :))

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