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Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs in pan with gravy.

Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6-ish servings (6 meatballs per person) 1x


Vegetarian Swedish Meatballs are FOR REAL! These little meatballs are made with wild rice and mushrooms and they are served up in a simple and savory brown gravy. Yum!



Vegetarian Meatballs:

  • 2 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 heaping cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • olive oil (optional)

For the Gravy:

  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder and/or garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • salt and black pepper to taste


  1. Meatballs: Preheat the oven to 425. Mix the meatball ingredients together. Roll into balls (1-2 tablespoons each) and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until firm when you press them.
  2. Gravy: Melt butter in a large skillet. Add onion powder, garlic powder, and flour. Let it bubble for a few minutes to remove any floury taste. Slowly add broth, whisking after each addition, to make a smooth sauce. Stir in sour cream. Adjust consistency to taste with more broth. Season to taste.
  3. That’s all! Place your cooked meatballs in the gravy and get them all nice and saucy. Serve with potatoes, salad, or roasted veggies.


Gluten Free: Gluten free flour and almond flour are both great substitutes for the breadcrumbs. However, almond flour does NOT work for the gravy – gluten free flour should be used for that.

Pre-cooked wild rice will save you a lot of time. I used a can of wild rice (!!) for one of my test batches and was great – tasted awesome and it saved me a lot of time. The canned wild rice I bought contained just cooked wild rice, water, and salt – I drained the water before using it. Whether you cook your own wild rice or use pre-cooked, in terms of flavor I’d STRONGLY recommend 100% wild rice as opposed to a “wild rice blend” which is usually made up of primarily white or brown rice with only a few sad and lonely specks of wild rice.

If you don’t want to bake, these meatballs can also be pan-friend until firm.

If you’re looking to cut back on refined sugars, whole wheat flour works as well.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: Swedish

Keywords: vegetarian swedish meatballs, wild rice swedish meatballs, mushroom meatballs