Easy Chickpea Patties

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Savory Chickpea Patties are an easy vegetarian main course that comes together in a snap! You’ll love these hearty patties, prepared with canned chickpeas, green onions, fresh garlic, and parsley.

Six chickpea patties on a serving platter, garnished with parsley and lemon.


If you are looking for a meatless, easy, quick, and delish meal option, look no further because this recipe is all that and more. Easy to make and easier to eat, chickpea patties bring you the meaty, zesty goodness of falafel in about 30 minutes. Flavored with spices, fresh herbs, and garlic, these wholesome patties make great burgers and are delicious when served with any side dish you like.

Why You’ll Love This Easy Chickpea Patties Recipe

  • Ease of Preparation: The recipe is straightforward and suitable for cooks of all skill levels. Additionally, the ingredients are common and easy to find, making the preparation hassle-free.
  • Versatility in Cooking Methods: These patties can be made with or without a food processor, offering flexibility in the kitchen.
  • Convenience: The quick and easy preparation makes these chickpea patties perfect for hectic evenings. You can prepare the up patties up to 2 days ahead, refrigerate them, and then cook them on the day that you want to serve them.
From top left: Breadcrumbs, parsley, garlic, eggs, salt, chickepeas, yogurt, seasonings green onions, lemons.

Ingredients For Chickpea Patties

  • Chickpeas: Canned chickpeas should be rinsed and drained before using, to remove that “canned” flavor.
  • Yogurt: A bit of plain yogurt adds flavor and a creamy richness. 
  • Eggs: A couple of large, whole eggs bring everything together. 
  • Olive Oil: A little bit for the patty mixture, and more for frying. 
  • Seasonings and Spices: Ground cumin, coriander, paprika, and a little bit of salt – so yummy! You can use smoked paprika for a hint of smokiness, or sweet paprika for a more classic taste.
  • Bread Crumbs: These help give the chickpea patties their shape, as well as a good flavor and texture.
  • Green Onions: Thinly slice a couple of green onions.
  • Parsley and Garlic: I like minced, fresh parsley and garlic the best, but dried/powdered would also work perfectly. 
  • To Serve: A bit more yogurt, along with some fresh lemon wedges, are just right for serving these savory patties.

How to Make Chickpea Patties

Another great thing about chickpea patties is that they are a vegetarian option that takes so little time. If you can shape a hamburger patty and pan-fry it, you can make these!

  • Make the Patty Mixture. To begin, mash the chickpeas by placing them in a food processor, and pulsing about 10 times, or until they’re ground coarsely. In a separate bowl, whisk the yogurt, eggs, two tablespoons of the olive oil, and the seasonings. Add the ground chickpeas, panko, green onions, parsley, and garlic to the bowl, and give it a stir.
  • Form the Patties. Working gently, form the mixture into six patties, each about one-inch thick. You want to pack the mixture together a bit, but not squish it too tightly.
  • Cook. Heat up the remaining oil in a skillet, and fry the patties in the oil for about 3 to 4 minutes per side. They should be browned and firm. Place them on a paper-towel-lined plate to drain a bit. You may have to cook the patties in batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  • Enjoy! Top each patty with a spoonful of yogurt (if using) and serve with lemon wedges.
A vegetarian chickpea patty cut with a fork, to show the light, crumbly texture.

Recipe Tips And Variations

  • No Food Processor: Food processors are convenient, and I use mine a lot. But you can definitely make chickpea patties without any special kitchen equipment. Just mash or crush the chickpeas with a potato masher or a fork.
  • Handle with Care: Similar to making falafel, you don’t want to pack the mixture too tightly as you form it. Shape the patties gently but firmly, and they’ll stay tender instead of dense and heavy.
  • Add Spices: If you like, omit the spices I’ve listed here and use your favorite spice blend to flavor these versatile little patties. Curry powder, Montreal chicken seasoning, and lemon pepper seasoning to taste are all delicious ideas.
  • Add Vegetables: Finely chopped or minced onion, celery, bell pepper, and other veggies are all welcome here! If you are adding a lot, you may need to add additional eggs and panko to keep the mixture together.
  • Make Ahead: Prepare the patties, but don’t cook them. Instead, store them in an airtight container and keep them refrigerated for up to 2 days before cooking.

Serving Suggestions

Serve chickpea patties any way you would serve a grilled chicken breast, Turkey Burger, or hamburger patty. They’re also wonderful with this ultra-summery Grilled Zucchini Salad with Corn and Tomatoes. You could also stuff a pita with shredded lettuce, fresh tomato, feta, and chickpea patties – and don’t forget a drizzle of creamy Cucumber Yogurt Sauce! Crunchy and fresh Tabbouleh Salad is a classic and perfect to pair with chickpea dishes like this one.

Garbanzo bean patties on a plate, garnished with herbs and lemon.

Storing and Reheating

  • Store: Keep leftover patties in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the refrigerator. They’ll keep for 4 to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw before reheating.
  • Reheat: Reheat your chickpea patties in a covered skillet over medium heat. You can add a little oil to keep them from being dry. If you prefer, bake them at 350˚F, covered with foil. Frozen patties will take longer to reheat than refrigerated patties.

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Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties made with canned chickpeas, yogurt, green onions, fresh garlic, and parsley.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6


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  • Place chickpeas in a food processor and pulse until coarsely ground; pulse about 8 to 10 times.
  • In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the yogurt, eggs, 2 tablespoons oil, cumin, coriander, paprika, and salt.
  • To the yogurt mixture add the chickpeas, panko crumbs, sliced green onions, parsley, and garlic; stir until just combined.
  • Gently pack the mixture into six 1-inch thick patties.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet set over medium heat.
  • Add patties to the hot oil, about 3 patties at a time, and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until browned and firm.
  • Transfer patties to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Repeat the cooking process with the rest of the patties. Add more oil, if needed.
  • Top with a tablespoon of yogurt, if using, and serve with lemon wedges.


Calories: 325kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 555mg | Potassium: 330mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 396IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 3mg

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  1. Mary says:

    I love these. At first I didn’t think there was going to be enough moisture to bind the ingredients but there was. They are easy to make and taste so good. I’d make them again!

    1. Katerina says:

      I’m glad to hear you loved them! It’s great that the recipe came together so well for you. Easy and delicious is always a winning combination. Thank YOU! 🙂

  2. OT says:

    How long should these be cooked in a normal oven? And at what temperature? Thanks!

    1. Katerina says:

      I would suggest baking them at 400˚F for about 20 to 25 minutes.

  3. Denise says:

    Can I do everything ahead of time except the actual frying? I’d like to have them ready to go but would like to fry them the day I eat them.

    1. Katerina says:

      Yup, I do that often, but keep the patties in an airtight container and refrigerated because of the eggs and dairy.

  4. Robin Williams says:

    I made these and placed them on top of roasted portobello mushrooms. Oh my, it was such a great dinner!! I had some chipotle sauce that I put on top along with the yogurt. Thank you for the great recipe!!

  5. Ilona says:

    I am going to make this recipe. Can I air fry the patties

    1. Katerina says:

      Yes, you can air fry them at 400˚F for about 5 to 6 minutes, flipping them halfway through the cooking time.

  6. KAREN says:


    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I’m very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  7. Carrie says:

    Are these considered a side dish? What other things do you serve them with to cook create a complete meal?

    Can they be cooked in an air fryer?

    1. Katerina says:

      You can serve it as a side or as a vegetarian main. You can serve falafel (chickpea patties) with a quinoa tabbouleh salad or a lentil soup.

      You can also serve these with something like stuffed peppers, or even with just some roasted or grilled veggies.

      In the Air Fryer, I’d suggest cooking them at 400˚F for about 8 minutes, flipping them halfway through cooking.