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Chickpea Patties

Chickpea Patties are a protein packed vegetarian dish that the whole family will love! Pan fried and topped with creamy chipotle avocado sauce.

I don’t know about you but I am always trying to add a few more meatless meals to our rotation. Meatless meals that everyone will love that is. And with my carnivore family it’s not always easy.  So when I tell you that these Chickpea Patties are a hit, you can trust it. They are a hearty, flavorful, easy to make vegetarian dish that the whole family will love. 

Chickpea patty with avocado sauce on white plate.

And while the Chickpea patties are delicious on their own, they are even better when topped with a creamy smooth avocado chipotle sauce. It’s a little smoky, a little creamy and all kinds of delicious. 

Let’s talk about everything you’ll need to get these on the table! 

Chickpea Patty (Fritter) Ingredients: 

Chickpea patty ingredients.
  • CANNED CHICKPEAS: Also called garbanzo beans, you should be able to find them in the aisle with the other beans. I use canned chickpeas in this recipe to make them easier. If you have the time, you can soak and use dried beans.
  • YELLOW ONION/GARLIC: Add texture and flavor to the patties. 
  • CHILI POWDER: Will add a touch of heat and a bit of smokiness. 
  • CUMIN: Will add a warm, earthy flavor to the patties. 
  • SALT 
  • BREAD CRUMBS/EGG: These two ingredients will help bind the patties together. 
  • CILANTRO: If you’re one of those people that can’t do cilantro, you can leave it out! 
  • FLOUR: To give the chickpea fritters a crisp crust when frying. 
  • OIL: Use a neutral oil to fry the fritters. 
  • LIME ZEST: Add a bit of freshness, acidity and bright citrus flavor. 

Chipotle Avocado Cream Sauce: 

This easy cream sauce is optional but I really recommend it. Just a dollop on top is perfect. 

Chipotle avocado cream sauce ingredients.
  • AVOCADO: Make sure the avocado is ripe. If it is not quite ripe it won’t blend as easy in the food processor and the sauce won’t be as smooth. 
  • LIME JUICE: Adds citrus flavor and acidity to the sauce. 
  • SOUR CREAM: Added creaminess. 
  • CHIPOTLE CHILI POWDER: Will add a touch of spiciness as well as smokiness. 
  • SALT

Step by Step Photos and Instructions: 

These chickpea patties are really easy to make. It is important to make sure that you don’t skip the chilling part. Chilling the patties is going to help them stay together when cooking. 

STEP #1: Combine the chickpeas, onions, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, bread crumbs, eggs and cilatnro together in a food processor. Process just until the mixture starts to come together. You don’t want it too be too smooth, some chunks are good for texture. 

STEP #2: Use 1/4 cup measuring cup to scoop mixture into hands and roll into balls. Place the ball on a baking sheet and gently press down to flatten the patties. Cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Can refrigerate for longer if needed. 

STEP #3: Now would be a good time to make the sauce. Combine all of the ingredients together in a food processor and process until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use. 

STEP #4: After the patties have chilled, dredge them in flour. Heat a thin layer of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry 4 – 5 minutes per side until golden brown. You may need to do this part in batches so that you don’t overcrowd the pan. 

STEP #5: Remove the patties from the pan, sprinkle with salt and lime zest. Serve hot with Chipotle Avocado Cream Sauce. 

Storage and Leftovers: 

These chickpea patties reheat very well! I reheated mine in the air fryer at 350 for 5 – 6 minutes or until they were warmed though. You could also reheat them in a pan until warmed through. They will last in the refrigerator for 3 days. 

A stack of chickpea fritters.

Looking for more Chickpea Recipes? Try these!

Even my kiddos loved these Chickpea Burgers!

Bring chickpea salad to your next potluck!

Crispy Curry Chickpeas are one of our absolute favorite snacks around here.

Note: This recipe was originally published in 2013. It was updated in 2023 with new photos, nutrition information and step by step photos.

A stack of chickpea patties on white plate.

Chickpea Patties

Savory chickpea patties pan fried until golden and served with chipotle avocado cream sauce.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Easy Appetizer Recipes, Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 532 kcal


Chickpea Cakes Ingredients:

  • 30 ounces chickpeas (garbanzo beans) drained and rinsed (2 cans)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • oil for frying
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest

Chipotle Avocado Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 large avocado
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Combine all ingredients for chickpea patties, except for flour, oil and lime zest, in a food processor and process. You don't want it totally smooth. You want to be able to roll into a ball but texture is good.
  • Using about 1/4 cup of the mixture, roll into a ball and then gently press the ball into a patty. Repeat with remaining mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the chipotle avocado cream sauce by combining all ingredients together in a food processor and processing until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • After the patties have chilled, use enough oil to lightly coat the bottom of a skillet and heat over medium-high heat. Dredge the patties in flour and fry until golden brown. 4 - 5 minutes per side. You may need to do this in batches to avoid over crowding the pan. Remove from oil, sprinkle with salt and lime zest. Serve with chipotle avocado cream sauce.


Don't skip refrigerating the patties, it helps them stay together better when you're cooking them. 
The sauce can be made ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to use. 
Nutrition information for estimation purposes only. 


Calories: 532kcalCarbohydrates: 77gProtein: 24gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 537mgPotassium: 972mgFiber: 21gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 544IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 8mg
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Keywords: appetizer, avocado, chickpea cakes, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, meatless monday, Vegetarian

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    November 18, 2023 at 4:48 am

    These are delicious! Thank you!

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      November 19, 2023 at 8:56 am

      You’re welcome, Ashley! Glad you enjoyed them!

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    Jo-Lynn Carter
    August 24, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    5 stars
    I make these for a friend who is sugar free now. I usually gave her mango chutney (too much sugar) to go with them but love the idea of avocado cream to accompany. I’m sure she’ll love it too!

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    March 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    This was amazing. My food processor is kind of small, so i was only able to process the chick peas by themselves, the onion and garlic by themselves, then chop up the cilantro and mix everything else in a bowl. Still came out wonderful. We made them into sandwiches like a felafel with whole wheat pita and lettuce. I found the sauce to be a little spicy by itself, but worked very well with the cakes.

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      March 24, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      I am so happy yo hear that you liked these!

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    October 16, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    SO delicious! i found it’s easier to mix those ingredients without the egg in the food processor, beat the egg separately, then combine the chunky ingredients with the egg in a bowl. my patties/cakes held together better.

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    October 15, 2013 at 4:14 am

    These are really great! Great filling meatless meal. Really tasty and the avocado cream is so tasty!

  • Reply
    Aimee @ ShugarySweets
    October 10, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Ohhh, Happy Birthday!! Enjoy your thirties :)

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    October 10, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Happy Birthday, Deseree!! Thank you for thinking of us on your special day and sharing this wonderful-sounding recipe! Hope this birthday is the best one yet! Blessings… <3

  • Reply
    October 9, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Happy Happy Birthday Deseree!!! Thirties are awesome. Just wait until 40! Hoping you have a wonderful celebration.

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