Vegan Haggis

This easy vegan haggis is chock full of spiced vegetables, lentils and wholegrains. Perfect for your Burns Night Supper!

Vegan Haggis- Emma's Little Kitchen

Vegan haggis: why?

Honestly, I’m not sure. One minute I was jotting down ideas for recipes to make in January, the next minute I was down a Burns Night– Vegetarian Haggis- Cyber Hole so deep, there was no way out. But if we can move past the randomness, you will see that this has a lot going for it.

Vegan Haggis- Emma's Little Kiitchen

Full of good stuff- Vegetables, pulses, and wholegrains, oh my! This is is so wholesome and nourishing, and incredibly filling to boot!

Flavour- The spices give this vegan haggis a smoky-spicy, salty-sweet flavour, that I find highly addicitve, and very January appropriate.

Obvious reasons– Surely this is preferable to the original, even to meat eaters?!

Vegan Haggis- Emma's Little Kiitchen

So rustle this up with some neeps and tatties, pour yourself a scotch, and enjoy!

Vegan Haggis
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This easy vegan haggis is chock full of spiced vegetables, lentils and wholegrains. Perfect for your Burns Night Supper!
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: British
Serves: 6
  • ⅓ cup green lentils
  • ⅓ cup pearl barley
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ¾ cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp marmite (or vegemite)*
  • 1½ cups vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp molasses
  • generous grind of black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  2. Grease a 500ml (2 cup/ ½ quart) pudding bowl, and set aside.*
  3. Put lentils and barley into a large pot, with enough water to generously cover everything by a few inches. Pop on the lid, and bring to a boil, reduce to simmer for about 30 minutes until the lentils and barely are tender. Keep an eye on it in case you need to add more water. Drain if necessary, and set aside.
  4. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan or skillet, heat the olive oil over a medium heat, Add the onion and carrot, and cook for about 5 minutes until beginning to brown. Stir in the mushrooms, and spices and cook for about 3 more minutes until the mushrooms start releasing their liquid. Next, add the oats, marmite, stock and molasses. Bring the pan to a boil, and reduce to simmer for about ten minutes until the liquid is absorbed and the mixture is thickened. Season generously with black pepper, and stir in the cook lentils and barely.
  5. Tip the mixture into the greased pudding bowl, and cover the top with foil. Bake for 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for 30 minutes more until the haggis is cooked through and firm. Carefully tip out onto a plate and cut into wedges.


*I used a pudding bowl for this, but if you don’t have one to hand, you could bake it in a loaf tin instead, or even as individual portions in a muffin tin. If you went the muffin tin route you would need to reduce the cooking time significantly.

Haggis is traditionally served with “Neeps and Tatties“.

Adapted from this recipe.




  1. Alissa says:

    A good friend of mine hosts a Burns Supper every year and always serves vegan haggis. I love it and have been meaning to recreate it a home forever. I’ll have to give your version a try next time I get a hankering. 🙂

  2. Ksenia @ At the Immigrant's Table says:

    I don’t usually celebrate Burns night (except the one time I ended up hammered at a Scottish Burns night fundraiser, playing footsies with my best friend under the table… But that’s a story for another night), but if I did, this would immensely be preferable to the usual fare that’s served then. Thanks for going down that rabbit hole, Emma!

  3. Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen says:

    This is a really interesting recipe, Emma. I think your version is MUCH better than original haggis. And I’m not sure what Burns night is – is that a night that everyone goes out and gets smashed? It sounds like you’re having fun and will be well fed!

    • Emma says:

      Well, yes! It’s a night that celebrates the poetry of Robert Burns, but there is a lot of whisky involved 😉

  4. msokane says:

    This sounds great! I took a trip down the vegan haggis hole a couple of years ago after a trip to Scotland. We had a dinner party featuring haggis, tatties, neeps and bridies. It was all very well received!
    See – Scotland Gone Vegan

  5. hijackedbytwins says:

    Oh wow this looks so good! We did buy a vegetarian haggis this year, but maybe I should have a go at making one! x #FoodYearLinkup

  6. maria says:

    We made your vegan haggis recipe today and it came out Great! The taste and the texture were both amazing! and it was quite easy to make, thanks for the recipe 🙂

  7. Tamara Gill says:

    Made quite a few different veggie haggis recipes now and this one has formed the basis for my go to now! Tweaked it a bit to make it in the slow cooker and it’s becoming a solid regular in the house now!

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  9. Heidi Fryar says:

    Making this tonight for Burns night! Pairing with my fave Scotch Glenmorangie! Hubs will play the pipes and read some poetry. 😍I’ll let you know how it turns out! It already smells so yummy simmering!!

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