Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

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These flavorful Jamaican Lentil Patties is a gluten-free and vegan version of the very popular Jamaican beef patty. Savory lentils cooked with aromatic herbs and spices in a buttery pastry.

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Jamaican Patties would be considered the Jamaican fast food. In this version, I used lentils instead of ground meat and placed in a gluten-free and vegan crust. The taste is right on and very flavorful.  I added curry powder to the crust for that signature golden color.

Note updated Nov. 15, 2017 : I have worked long on hard on this recipe, originally I wanted to use only ingredients that can be found worldwide but this is the best version so far with a gluten-free crust from scratch that comes together, just last night I had a close friend who is also Jamaican try it and she was blown away by the results and wanted the recipe. I used Earth Balance Vegan Buttery Spread that gave the dough a buttery flavor.


By all means, use your favorite crust with this recipe, the filling is the best vegan filling you will ever find!!! I have also seen amazing photos and reviews of this recipe using regular all-purpose flour in Facebook Groups and on Pinterest.

Don't expect this gluten-free crust to be super flaky like traditional all-purpose flour crust, gluten-free dough lacks gluten, the elasticity that makes dough stretchy. So scientifically speaking it is impossible to be as flaky.

Check out more about the history of Jamaican patties here

Jamaican Lentil Patties Gluten-Free, Vegan)

How To Make Jamaican Patties With Lentils

I have been meaning to do a step-by-step recipe on how I make my vegan and gluten-free version of my Jamaican Lentil Patties. Working with gluten-free dough is pretty tricky because you are working with a dough that has less elasticity than regular wheat flour dough.

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Making gluten-free dough is not the same as using regular flour, but it can be pretty close! I don't add xanthan gum to my dough but you can add 1 teaspoon to the recipe.

I roll the dough in a circle in between parchment papers, then I added the seasoned lentils Fold the dough in half over the lentil filling with the parchment paper.

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

It is so much easier to work with the dough when it is placed between sheets of parchment paper and rolled using a rolling pin. Remove the top sheet, add the filling and fold the bottom sheet over, as shown above, Seal edges and crimp with a fork as shown below.

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

I love to use ground flax-seeds as the egg substitute and oat flour as gluten-free flour. You can substitute with brown rice flour, sorghum or millet flour. I also added tapioca starch and potato starch as a binder. Obviously, these patties are not the same as traditional beef patties but they are the best and most flavorful you will find that are gluten-free and vegan.

I know I'm repeating myself, if you aren't on a gluten-free diet, just substitute the crust with your favorite crust, puff pastry or even pie crust. If you don't have potato starch, you can blend the liquid in the recipe with potato. The filling is so flavorful it is truly worth it.

If you are on a gluten-free and vegan diet, I know you can relate to me because there are so many of your favorite recipes that you have to give up due to agonizing reactions to gluten. So I'm excited to experiment with recipes that you can still enjoy. For the people who have reactions to even gluten-free oat, use a combination of brown rice flour, sorghum flour, tapioca starch, potato starch as a substitute.

Updated: February 2019: I have since experimented and found this crust in my Jamaican Callaloo Patties to be flakier and more like traditional Jamaican patty crust, however, it has a higher fat content so it is not for anyone who is on any dietary restrictions.

Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

I have lots of fun "vegan-izing" traditional Jamaican dishes, you can check out some of my favorites:

  1. Jamaican Stewed Peas With Dumplings
  2. Jamaican Spicy Potato Curry
  3. Jamaican Lentil Patties
  4. Jamaican Pumpkin Soup (Pureed)
  5. Jamaican Banana Fritters
  6. Jamaican Sweet Potato Pudding
  7. Jamaican Gungo Peas Soup
  8. Jamaican Vegan Rundown Recipe
  9. Jamaican Cornmeal Porridge Bowl
  10. Vegan Ackee

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422 kcal / 1764 kJ
16 g
13 g
58 g
Per portion

Cooking Time

45 min
1 h 1 min
Ready in:
1 h 46 min
8 Patties


For The Filling

For The Crust


  1. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion, spring onion, and garlic and saute stirring constantly until onion is soft. About 3 minutes.
  2. Add thyme, turmeric, paprika, cumin, allspice, lentil and stir to coat.
  3. Add water or broth and bring to boil. Cover saucepan and reduce heat to simmer for 30 minutes until most of the liquid has evaporated and lentils are tender.
  4. Stir in liquid aminos, cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Remove from heat and allow to cool while preparing the crust.
  5. Preheat oven 400°F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl, combine oat flour. flax seed meal, tapioca starch, potato starch, baking powder, sea salt, and curry powder
  7. Stir in vegan butter until the dough resembles crumbs. Stir in almond milk and use hand to form a dough ball.
  8. Further divide ball into 8 smaller balls. Roll out each ball in between 2 parchment paper sheets using a rolling pin, about a 4-inch circle.
  9. Remove top layer sheet, add 1 tablespoon of lentil filling on one half of circle, making sure to leave edges clear. Fold over the other half, by folding parchment paper and seal crimping edges with a fork.
  10. Transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.


Jamaican Lentil Patties (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.

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  1. Michelle Gleason
    March 1, 2020

    Can I substitute cornstarch for both the tapioca flour and potato starch??

  2. H.
    January 28, 2020

    Great. I like the fact that you use normal ingredients, so I do not have to feel like I have to go on an epic search to find what I need to cook your recipes.
    Thank you.

  3. Nat
    December 4, 2019

    So glad I came across your blog. Great recipe. Mine came out a bit dry. So will try definitely try this again. Need to perfect the crust. Added chilli flakes in my lentils as like it spicy.

  4. Catherine Washington
    November 17, 2019

    Hello! I was going to attempt to make these patties and wanted to know if they can be frozen if I am not eating them right now.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      November 17, 2019

      Absolutely, you just have to freeze them in freezer bags. Reheat them in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 30-40 minutes.

  5. Allyson
    August 11, 2019

    These are a huge hit in our house! I also tried the lentil filling as a topping on rice and peas; the flavor is a great complement! I love all of your recipes, especially the veganized Jamaican foods. Thank you!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 12, 2019

      Thank you Allyson, I’m so happy you enjoyed it. I love your idea of eating the lentil filling with rice and peas, thank you for your encouragement.

  6. Cheryl Milloss
    July 7, 2019

    I love all of these recipes. Had no idea lentils were so good for us. Have only ever used in soup bu t now will try some e of these recipes as well as muffins and coconut cake. They all look so delicious & will make turning vegan so easy.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 7, 2019

      Thank you Cheryl for reading my post about lentils benefits, I’m happy you will try my recipes and I’m excited for you.

  7. Trina
    July 4, 2019

    I made this recipe today. I didn’t have the all spice or the aminos, so I put in other spices. I doubled the recipe because I didn’t think it would be enough. I used 2 cups of oat flour and 2 cups of AP flour. I didn’t have flaxseed, so I put in an egg. My dough came out to wet, but after reading the trick that was given in the other recipe (put it in the fridge for 20 min) it came out fine. This only made 7 mid-sizes patties! I’ll work on my dough more for next time. This was very tasty.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 4, 2019

      Trini, I’m so happy it worked out for you with your adjustment. Thank you for sharing with us your results.

  8. Candida
    July 1, 2019

    Can I substitute coconut oil for the Earth Balance Butter?

  9. Grinner
    April 17, 2019

    Could you use this recipe to make steamed buns instead of baking?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 17, 2019

      That’s a great idea Grinner, the filling would be spot on, but not certain about the crust since steamed buns are usually made with yeast bread. If you do please let us know how they turn out.

  10. Katherine
    April 9, 2019

    This recipe is amazing! I am vegan and gluten free, and I can’t even remember how many years it has been since I’ve had any kind of Jamaican patty. I am so happy I gave this recipe a try. The crust is wow! Thank you so much x

  11. Beth
    February 25, 2019

    Is there an oil free sustitute for the earth balance?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      February 26, 2019

      Unfortunately there isn’t, the only thing I can think of is substituting the vegan butter for a nut butter but the outcome will not be the same.

  12. Cherese
    January 28, 2019

    I used the recipe for the lentil filling in my patties for tonight’s dinner and just like all your recipes it was D E L I C I O U S! I also made your Jamaican rice and peas to go with the patties, which was also very tasty. Thank you for making me a Carribean success in the kitchen :)

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 28, 2019

      That’s wonderful, I’m so happy you are enjoying my recipes Cherese, I appreciate your feedback it is so encouraging!

  13. Chessie
    January 6, 2019

    This recipe is a dream come true, as I’m a vegan who has to be gluten-free! :-) Thank you so much — can’t wait to try it.

    • Michelle Blackwood
      January 6, 2019

      Hello Chessie, hope you enjoy.

  14. Saul Sawyer
    November 17, 2018

    Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to browse
    your site on my iphone during lunch break. I enjoy the information you present here
    and can’t wait to take a look when I get home.
    I’m surprised at how quick your blog loaded on my phone ..
    I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow

  15. Rocky
    October 4, 2018

    This is like Ethiopian sambusa

    • Michelle Blackwood
      October 5, 2018

      Wow never heard of it but I”m going to Google it and I’m happy it is similar.

  16. AriYanna
    September 21, 2018

    Sooooo good! Perfect flavor. Made the crust a lil too thick by accident but now I know better for next time (& trust me there will be a next time.) Had some of the lentils leftover so I’m gonna make some garlic thyme rice to go w it. 10/10

  17. AriYanna
    September 19, 2018

    Do you know how many servings this makes?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      September 19, 2018

      AriYanna, I made 8 patties and it all depends on the size you make. I’m not a nutritionist so I just plug the numbers in nutrition calculator like myfitnesspa.

  18. AJ
    September 2, 2018

    Coconut aminos as well, if you don’t consume soy.

  19. Samantha
    August 23, 2018

    I appreciate the GF Vegan recipes , made the beef patties and the filling was amazing. My dough was really dry , when rolling them into balls and afterwords eating them. What can I add to make it more moist or flakey? more water?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 23, 2018

      Hello Samantha, thank you for making my lentil patties recipe. You could play around with reducing the starches by half and substituting it with almond flour and see if that makes a difference. Make sure the dough is moist, not dry and looks exactly like the photo where it comes together in a smooth ball, I haven’t tried the substitution with the almond flour as yet though.

      • Ntozake
        August 23, 2019

        Can’t wait to try this recipe! I’m not GF though, would the crust work with regular brown bread flour?

        • Michelle Blackwood
          August 23, 2019

          I hope you enjoy, the crust should work fine with regular bread flour, I loved to use half and half whole wheat pastry flour with unbleached white flour before going gluten-free. Please let us know how it turned out.

    • Christine
      October 31, 2019

      Why do you call them beef patties?

  20. Tanshania Newbold
    August 3, 2018

    What can I substitute For the liquid aminos. Hard to find

    • Michelle Blackwood
      August 3, 2018

      Tanshania, soy sauce can be substituted.

  21. Abbie
    July 31, 2018

    Hello! Do you think I could make the pies in advance and stick them in the fridge or freezer and bake when I’m ready to eat them? Or perhaps the freezer? Any success either way? Or do I need to keep the crust and lentils separate until ready to bake. Thanks in advance!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 31, 2018

      They freeze well Abbie, hope you enjoy!

      • Abbie
        August 1, 2018

        And does baking time remain the same? Do I need to pull them out in advance or directly from frozen to baking? Thanks!

        • Michelle Blackwood
          August 1, 2018

          I would pull it out in advance and allow it to defrost before baking or I actually would bake them first, then freeze until the day you are ready to serve. Remove from the freezer, allow to defrost in the refrigerator and then pop them in the oven for about 20 minutes in a preheated oven to heat oven, then serve immediately.

  22. Karen
    July 25, 2018

    I was surprised how satisfying these were. My whole family loved these! We’ve made them twice now. Great work on this recipe!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 25, 2018

      That’s so cool, I’m happy your entire family loved them Karen, thank you for your feedback.

  23. Libby
    July 21, 2018

    I want to try these tomorrow. Can i use brown rice flour and white flour?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 21, 2018

      I would need to try this, and I really cannot get to it right now, but you can too. If you do you, can you let us know how it worked for you? Michelle

  24. Meagan
    July 12, 2018

    Have you tried this with coconut oil in place of the vegan butter? Can I assume it would work?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      July 12, 2018

      Meagan I have and it worked but not as good. I had a recipe up with the coconut oil but I remember the patties were drier.

    • Zedna
      January 2, 2019

      HI Meagan if you are in the UK you can use stork (marg and buter section of large supermarket), its for baking, perfect for pastry and is vegan. I am going to try a hybrid of this and other recipes but no gluten free

  25. Lauralie
    June 19, 2018

    Hey !
    Can I use a classic white flour? That’s the only type of flour I can access and I know the recipe will not be gluten free, which is not needed for me.
    Hoping for a quick answer !

    • Michelle Blackwood
      June 19, 2018

      Lauralie, yes you can use white flour. Hope you enjoy and please let me know how you find it!

  26. Rubeana Harris
    April 25, 2018

    What’s the tool you used to mash the bitter into the dough? I would like to purchase one of those.

    • Rubeana Harris
      April 25, 2018

      Also can’t wait to try this recipe

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 25, 2018

      Rubeana, it’s a pastry cutter.

  27. Jordanna Morgan
    April 10, 2018

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My husband is 1/2 Jamaican & I’m always looking for ways to incorporate some Jamaican flavor into our meal rotation ? we aren’t gluten free but we are plant based, you have so many recipes I want to try!! The host of Revive reform radio turned me on to you & im so grateful! Thanks again

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 10, 2018

      Hello Jordanna, welcome to my page I’m happy you are here. I hope you and your hubby enjoy my recipes, yes Lloyd is my brother, I’m happy he introduced you to my website, he is an exceptionally good plant-based cook.

  28. Kim
    April 9, 2018

    OMGeeeeeee I love you!!! I have Celiac’s and lentils are my favorite! Gonna make this tonight! YAY!

    • Michelle Blackwood
      April 9, 2018

      Kim, you are too sweet. I hope you enjoy them!

  29. Leanne
    March 22, 2018

    Thank you so much. My husband grew up on Jamaican meat pies and with his choosing to be vegan and me being celiac and vegan we are thrilled with this recipe ?

    • Michelle Blackwood
      March 22, 2018

      Leanne, hope you and your hubby enjoy this recipe. I’m so happy to share my recipes.