I hope that everyone is having a great Memorial Weekend. Thank you to all of the men and women who have served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces!

If you are starting up the BBQ in observance of the holiday today, I have another alternative protein burger recipe for you! Chickpea Patties provide plant-based protein, which makes this recipe a great option for vegans and vegetarians. Use Chickpea Patties in any recipe that calls for chicken or turkey.

For a low carb option, try serving your Chickpea Patties on Portabella Buns!
Simply remove the gills and stem from 2 large portabella mushroom caps and grill over medium heat.

Dress your burger with your favorite toppings such as fresh lettuce, tomato, onion and avocado.
Use the Portabella Buns as you would with a regular hamburger bun!

Chickpea Patties
Serves 4

2 cups chickpeas
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/2 yellow onion
1/4 cup finely ground flaxseed
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp turmeric

Thoroughly rinse and strain the chickpeas. Chop the yellow onion, and grate the carrots. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and stir until well mixed. Transfer the contents to a food processor and pulse until it reaches a smooth yet firm consistency. Add water 1 Tbsp at a time to help reach your desired consistency.

Note: The mixture should be moist and smooth but still firm. It should not be crumbly.

After the mixture has reached the proper consistency, divide it into 4 patties. Place a pan over medium/high heat and lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray. Place patties in the pan and cover and grill for about 4 minutes on each side, spray the pan with cooking spray in between flips to prevent sticking. Continue cooking and flipping until they become firm and slightly browned but not dry.

Note: If storing the Chickpea Patties in the freezer; follow all instructions and precook patties before freezing. Let the patties cool. Place wax or parchment paper in-between each patty to prevent from sticking together. Store the patties in a ziplock bag, and freeze. Reheat each patty in the microwave before eating!

16 Comments on Chickpea Patties

  1. Lisa G.
    May 28, 2012 at 9:45 pm (12 years ago)

    I have tired to make something similar to this but they totally fell apart and were crumbly… is that because they are to dry?

    • Catherine
      May 28, 2012 at 9:51 pm (12 years ago)

      Hi Lisa! It could be because they were too dry. I add water in increments until they are thick and moist but not liquid. Did your recipe have flaxseed, eggs, or any type of wheat or flour? I use flaxseed in place of egg to help bond it together. Let me know if this recipe!

  2. Valeria A
    June 5, 2012 at 1:43 am (12 years ago)

    Your blog is truly inspiring, my boyfriend and I were trying to eat healthy for some time, but he seemed to think that eating healthy = eating boiled broccoli… This was the first recipe we tried, and it was truly yummie, we made a big salad with tiny chickpea patties, carrots, cucumbers and a non fat yoghurt- cottage cheese and lemon juice! And he loved it, so it’s a success!
    We live in the south of France, and sometimes it gets tricky to find all of the ingredients, we had to make this without the flaxseed…
    Thank you again for all of your inspiring recipes.

    • Catherine
      June 5, 2012 at 9:09 am (12 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Valerie! I’m so glad you and your boyfriend loved the Chickpea Patties! The carrot, cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice combination sounds amazing, I need to try it. I’m so happy that my blog could inspire you, thank you so much for reading! Health & Happiness xo

  3. Dayna G
    June 7, 2012 at 10:53 am (12 years ago)

    I had leftover chickpeas and nothing to do with them, so I made these for lunch today. They came out delicious even though I left out the onions and cheated with some olive oil, and I used lettuce leaves instead of buns! I may just take some initiative this summer and make more of these recipes.

    • Catherine
      June 7, 2012 at 11:38 am (12 years ago)

      That’s great Dayna! I love your swaps and am glad you loved the patties! Thanks for sharing xo

  4. Carlin
    June 12, 2012 at 12:06 pm (12 years ago)

    Do you think I could grill these instead of cooking them in a pan? Maybe on a piece of foil?

    • Catherine
      June 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm (12 years ago)

      Hi Carlin! I have not tried grilling them, but you could try with a piece of foil, or in a George Forman type of grill. They crumble easily before cooking, so I am not sure how it would work, but I think it’s worth a try. Let me know how they turn out! Health & Happiness xo

  5. Pamela
    June 19, 2012 at 1:31 pm (12 years ago)

    Hi! I love your blog!!! I’m in just curious what food processor you use/recommend?

    • Catherine
      June 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm (12 years ago)

      Hi Pamela! I have the Cuisinart Mimi-Prep Plus Processor! It hold 4 cups, and does a great job with all of my recipes. I got mine on sale at Costco about a month ago for $19.99 🙂 It is listed at $39.95 on the Cuisinart website but you could check Amazon and some other websites and stores for competitive prices. http://www.cuisinart.com/products/food_processors/dlc-2abc.html

  6. Sarah
    July 26, 2012 at 6:15 am (12 years ago)

    What’s your thought about boca burgers?

    • Catherine
      July 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm (12 years ago)

      Hi Sarah! I used to eat Boca Burgers all the time until I became more aware of labels and nutritional facts! If you go to their website and read the ingredients it’s kind of scary! Definitely not “veggies” in those veggies patties haha I definitely like making my own veggie patties now! Health & Happiness xo

  7. Hannah Jones
    August 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm (12 years ago)

    Do you have an area that lists the calorie amount of each recipe that you have posted?
    I just recently found your blog and I love all the healthy simple recipes that you have as well as diet and exercise information.
    Thank you!

    • Catherine
      August 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm (12 years ago)

      Hi Hannah! I no longer count calories because I became so obsessed at a certain point during my weight loss journey and now focus on balanced portions and servings. You can learn mores about how I structure my meals under the “Rabbit Food Pryamid” tab! xo

  8. Jules
    August 8, 2012 at 2:44 am (12 years ago)

    So yummy! I might add some garlic next time, I also added chili flakes to mine as I’m a chiliholic!

  9. Aj
    November 4, 2013 at 12:51 am (10 years ago)

    Hey, I’m about to try this recipe and i was wondering if i could sub the ground flax for ground oats or maybe some cooked quinoa, plz respond. And btw this looks SO good. Can’t wait to try. xx


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