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Vegan Chickpea Patties

Make these delicious chickpea patties in less than thirty minutes! Slightly crispy on the outside and tender and moist and flavorful on the inside. Protein-rich, healthy, and loved by all! With a touch of spice and subtle herb flavor, they’re great served with tzatziki sauce or perfect as a veggie burger.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Chill1 hour
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chickpeas, vegan
Servings: 6
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Lora


  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil plus more for the pan
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth or water
  • 2 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 large lemon zest and juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rubbed sage and rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon Hungarian paprika


  • In a large bowl, mash together chickpeas and olive oil, until it’s mostly smooth (it’s ok to have some larger pieces of chickpeas).
  • Add in the nutritional yeast flakes and bread crumbs.
  • Add in the broth a tablespoon at a time. You want to have a cohesive mixture but not have it be too watery. It should be a nice thick and smooth mixture that you could work with to form the patties.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients and stir together. You could check the flavor and add a little more herbs or paprika if you like the flavor. Spice it up with a dash of chili if you like spicy.
  • Form into the patties and place on a plate. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or more.
  • When ready to make, heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add a thin layer of olive oil to skillet, cooking cutlets fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Add more oil if needed when you flip them.
  • The patties are done when they have a nice golden brown color are firm to the touch.
  • Preheat air fryer to 375°
  • Place patties in a singer layer on the greased air-fryer basket, spray with cooking spray or an oil spray (I like to use an olive oil cooking spray). Cook for 8-9 minutes on one side.
  • Gently flip to the other side, spray with oil spray (if needed), and cook for 5-6 minutes more (the patties will be a nice golden color and crisp).


1 can chickpeas drained equals about 1 1/4 cup chickpeas.
If cutting back on oil, be sure to keep these patties on a non-stick skillet. They will stick.
To freeze: Pat the patties with a little bit of whole wheat flour. Then freeze the uncooked patties by placing a small sheet of wax paper between each patty. Place them in zipped lock freezer bags for up to a month. Defrost completely before cooking them up.


Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 336mg | Potassium: 97mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg