Curry Chickpea Burger Patties

chickpea patty recipeWant something the whole family can enjoy? Try these Curry Chickpea Burger Patties.  They are  vegan, egg-free and dairy-free, and super easy to make and cook. The patties even freeze (and thaw out) well. And the best part? It’s toddler & child approved!

Curry Chickpea Burger Patties

Recipe by: Anna @ DietitianMom 
Prep time: 10 min
Bake time: 30-40 min (if baking)
Makes 10 patties (2.5 inches in diameter each)


  • 1 (19 ounce or 540 mL) can of garbanzo beans (unsalted if possible), drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • 1 flax egg
  • ¼ cup of panko bread crumbs/regular bread crumbs + extra bread crumbs for coating
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped (or 1 and 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder)
  • 1 and 1/2  teaspoons of ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt if desired
  • Olive oil for frying, if needed


  1. If planning to bake these patties, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
  2. Saute the chopped onions in the olive oil until caramelized (this helps to bring out the overall flavor of the patties but you can skip this step if you’re pressed for time!)
  3. Make the flax egg: simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water in a container. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then whisk it quickly for 2-3 minutes before using.
  4. Place the drained and rinsed garbanzo beans, ¼ cup panko/regular bread crumbs, caramelized onions (or raw chopped onions and olive oil), flax egg, parsley, curry powder, chopped garlic or garlic powder, lemon juice, onion and black pepper in a food processor or blender. Pulse a few times, stopping to scrap down the sides of the food processor, until the mixture thickens and can be molded. Don’t worry if the mixture is looking a little dry – it will still mold together nicely.
  5. Roll mixture into the size of a ping pong balls; place these on a plate.
  6. Press into patties and coat lightly with bread crumbs.
  7. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Pan-fry the patties until crispy, about 3 minutes on each side.
  8. Alternatively, form all patties, coat with bread crumbs and place on a baking sheet. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes on each side (flipping over once). Remove from the oven and let sit on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes before enjoying.

If you are using home cooked chickpeas, the amount needed would be about 13 ounces (or 385 grams) in weight. Salt may not need to be added if the canned beans used already have salt as an ingredient. If you are planning to serve this to a child under 1 year of age, make some mini patties first before adding salt to the rest of the mixture. Letting the patties sit out to cool down after baking also helps the patties to harden. Make these patties into smaller sizes if desired for little fingers to enjoy. You can roll these into cute petite falafel balls! 


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