I know I’ve done good in the recipe department when my meat-loving boyfriend doesn’t request a side of meat. He asked for falafel but since I don’t follow recipes too much I made a version of some pan-fried chickpea patties. I looked to other recipes for some spice inspiration but ended up just using what I like/what I had in my cabinet. Much healthier than the deep fried version, albeit less authentic and crispy.
Chickpea Patties (serves 4)
Time: 20 minutes
3 cloves garlic
1/2 red onion finely diced
1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup breadcrumbs (I used panko but regular or gluten-free breadcrumbs would work)
2 tsp olive oil for patties
2 tsp olive oil for cooking
salt, pepper to taste
1 tbsp cumin
1tbsp dried oregano
Additional Toppings to Make Delicious Sandwiches: tomatoes, more red onion, feta, cucumbers, romaine lettuce, whole wheat pitas(warmed in the oven wrapped in foil), greek yogurt or tzatziki sauce, hot sauce.
To Start: Place chickpeas, garlic and 2 tsp olive oil in food processor. Process together for about 1 minute. I left mine a little chunky because I like the texture but if you want a smoother pattie just process together until smooth.
Mushed chickpeas are sooo photogenic. To the above mush, add 1 egg, 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, and spices. If the mixture is too wet to form patties, just add a little bit more breadcrumbs. Form into patties using your hands, I made little 2 inch ones but you can make burger sized patties as well.
Add 2 tsp olive oil to pan over medium heat. Add patties and cook ~ 3-5 minutes per side or until golden brown. (The lighter ones in the above picture were cooked in cooking spray so they did not get as crispy; I would not recommend it)
While my patties were cooking I chopped up some cucumber, romaine, tomatoes and red onion. I also had pita bread warming in the oven wrapped in foil. My oven was set to 400 degrees because I was cooking up these guys and I left the pitas in for about 10 minutes. I wanted to make tzatziki but got lazy. A tiny spoonful of greek yogurt on top was still delicious.
Underneath all those veggies are the yummy chickpea patties. A bit messy but a great combination of crunchy, cheesy, and doughy. I hope you enjoy. This recipe is super quick and healthy. A can of chickpeas also costs less than a dollar at most groceries so it’s much cheaper than ground meat