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Lentil & Mushroom Ground “Beef”

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This Lentil & Mushroom Ground Beef is the perfect plant-based alternative to conventional ground beef, and it’s also super cheap, easy and DELICIOUS!

A while back I made some Tofu Ground Beef as an alternative to pricier store-bought vegan ground beef. It’s a great recipe and one of my most popular. And while I don’t think it’s too difficult, I wanted to see if I could come up with a recipe that’s even quicker and easier!

And not only did I come up with 1 recipe, but 3! That’s right we have this Lentil & Mushroom Ground Beef, and I also made a Tempeh Ground Beef and a TVP Ground Beef as well. So check those out too. They are basically the same as this recipe but with some different variations.

All three are super versatile too, you can seriously use this where ever you’d use ground beef! We’ll except in the case of a burger patty or meatballs, but I have recipes for those too!

why you’ll love Lentil & Mushroom ground beef

In a nutshell it’s…


I will say while I do dig this version of vegan ground “beef” it isn’t really reminiscent of conventional beef like the TVP or Tofu Ground Beef recipes. But it’s equally delicious in my book, and pretty dang wholesome too. You really can’t go wrong with mushrooms!


Obviously we need some Lentils and Mushrooms! For the Lentils, you can totally make some from scratch which will be even cheaper.

I’m impatient and lazy so I typically buy mine premade, either canned or the kind that are in a vacuum sealed bag. Trader Joe’s makes some good ones too!

For the mushrooms, use whatever shroom you fancy, but I typically just go for the regular old white mushrooms.

seasonings / marinade

For the seasoning and marinade, we are packing a lot of UMAMI with a variety of sources.

The marinade employs staples like soy sauce, nutritional yeast and pantry essentials, If you can, use some Beefless Broth, and Gravy Master. Or you can totally just use veggie broth, and skip the Gravy Master too, that’s mostly for color anyway.

One thing to note is we won’t be using any actual broth, but just the concetrated paste. During my tests I found that adding broth to cooked lentils and mushrooms just made them mushy and gross. They already have enough moisture as is!

For the onions and garlic, you can either use 1/2 cup of diced onions and shallots, and 4 cloves of minced garlic, or 1 tsp each of onion and garlic powder. The choice is yours, both ways will work!

how to make Lentil & Mushroom ground beef

This couldn’t be easier! Chop up your mushrooms. You can do this by hand or with a food processor. Make them as non-uniform as you like. I personally like a variety of sizes in my mushroom mince.

Make the marinade / paste by combining all the ingredients.

If using onions / shallots and fresh garlic, saute those first.

Then add in the mushrooms and cook down until all their water is released, about 6 – 8 minutes.

Then add in the Lentils and Marinade / Paste, stir to combine.

Taste and adjust for seasoning. Your Lentil & Mushroom Ground Beef is done! Enjoy as you wish! Like I said it can be used in just about any application you would use regular ground beef!

Feel free to add in any other spices you like!

soy free option

To make this soy free, simply swap out the soy sauce and miso paste for 2 Tbsp of Coconut Aminos.

other ground beef recipes

Use this recipe to make these


Store any leftovers in the fridge and eat within 3 – 5 days, or freeze for up to 2 months.

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Yield: 4 - 5 Servings

Lentil & Mushroom Ground Beef

Lentil & Mushroom Ground Beef


  • 1 1/2 cups cooked brown lentils
  • 8 oz. mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced onions or shallots*
  • 4 cloves minced garlic

Marinade / Paste

  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce**
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp vegan beef or veggie broth concentrate
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Combine all the ingredients for the marinade / paste.
  2. You can chop your mushrooms by hand or with a food processor. Just get them into pieces that are slightly larger than what you'd expect in ground beef since they will shrink a bit.
  3. If using fresh onions / shallots, add them to a preheated pan over medium heat in a little oil. Saute for about 5 - 6 minutes or until translucent and slightly browned.
  4. Add in the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add in the mushrooms and cook for about 6 - 8 minutes or until they have shrunk and released all their water.
  6. Stir in the cooked lentils and seasoning marinade / paste. Once heated through, season to taste, and you are done, enjoy your Lentil & Mushroom Ground Beef however you'd like!


*You can substitute the onions / shallots and garlic for 1 tsp each of onion and garlic powder

**To make this soy free, use 2 Tbsp of Coconut Aminos instead of soy sauce and miso paste.

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