Friday, January 23, 2015

Easy Vegan Chickpea Patties

Weeknights are tough. You're tired from working or taking care of kids, or both. You want to serve your family a healthy meal, but you lack the time, the energy and maybe the motivation. That's where these little vegan chickpea patties come in. If you have bread crumbs on hand (I keep some in the freezer), these tasty, nutritious chickpea burgers will take you just 5 or 10 minutes to whip together and about 15 minutes to cook.

While the chickpea patties are frying, you can toss together a green salad and boil some potatoes (to fork-mash with a little olive oil and salt) and you have an easy, tasty, healthy weeknight meal. You can simply dip the chickpea patties in ketchup (to please the kiddos) or serve them with this simple vegan gravy.

This chickpea burger recipe requires that you simply throw the whole can of chickpeas (including their liquid) into a blender with the garlic. Blend it up, scrape it into a bowl and add bread crumbs, quick oats, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper. Give the mixture a quick stir, form about 8 small patties in your hands and cook them in olive oil for about 15 minutes. Easy peasy.

These chickpea patties are versatile too. For a change from serving them with ketchup or gravy, turn them into chickpea burgers by putting them on buns with all the burger fixings. You can also stuff the chickpea patties into a pita with lettuce, tomatoes, hummus, red onion slices and other goodies.

Not only are these chickpea patties healthy and easy to make, but my kids eat them too! Always a bonus. Enjoy! Let me know if you give them a try.

What's your favourite way to serve chickpeas?

Easy Chickpea Patties

by Joann MacDonald
Prep Time: 5 to 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Keywords: entree vegan chickpeas

Ingredients (8 small patties)
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas, with their liquid
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup quick oats
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil

In a blender, blend together chickpeas and their liquid with garlic until smooth.

Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients (except olive oil) until well mixed. Shape into small burger patties.

Put olive oil in a large pan and heat over medium to medium-high heat (depending on your stove - mine needs medium-high to get going!). Cook for about 10 minutes on one side and 5 minutes on the other. The chickpea burgers should be lightly golden brown and crispy on the outside.

Serve with vegan gravy or on a burger bun with all the fixings.


  1. Those look yummy too Jo I would love to try them as a chickpea burger with all the trimmings.

    Love you

  2. OMG, I MUST try these. They look delicious! Thank you for sharing.

    1. You are so welcome! Enjoy them and let me know how it goes. :)

  3. Perfect!! We were just talking about finding a recipe for our chickpeas (we got many many cans to make our own hummus, then got tired of eating massive amounts of hummus...sigh)

    1. I'm always running out of chickpeas. I love them so much. But yeah hummus can get tiring!

  4. Oh yum, I could do this! I'll put it on the list.

    1. You definitely could! Little Smith could even help you make the patties! :)

  5. These are awesome! A great, fast weeknight dinner. I've made them a few times now and love the that you can make these a variety of ways--bun or gravy, different spices, etc. Thank you for posting this : )

    1. I am so excited to hear that you are enjoying the recipe Amy!!! I really appreciate you coming back to tell me. Thank you! :)

  6. Do you serve these with any particular sauce/condiment?

    1. I like them with the simple vegan gravy (linked above). My daughter likes them with ketchup. Or you can put them on a bun with the usual burger fixings.

  7. If I was to make a decent size bath of these would these freeze well? Let them defrost and then pan fry and serve.