Lemon Basil Chickpea Fritters

Lemon Basil Chickpea Fritters | Food & Nutrition Magazine | Volume 10, Issue 1
Photography by David Raine | Food styling by Breana Moeller | Prop styling by Michelle Wilkinson

For a flavorful snack with minimal ingredients, mash chickpeas, form into patties and pan-fry until crispy and tender.

SERVING SIZE: 1 fritter (47 grams)
PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 5 minutes


  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons (20 milliliters) lemon juice
  • ¼ cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon (14 milliliters) avocado oil


  1. In a large bowl, stir together chickpeas, lemon juice, flour and salt. Mash with potato masher or fork until a thick paste is formed, leaving a few chickpeas whole for texture. Stir in Parmesan cheese, basil and lemon zest.
  2. With clean hands, form mixture into 6 golf ball-sized balls. Flatten into patties, roughly 2 inches to 3 inches in diameter. Place on a plate.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add 3 to 4 patties to skillet, being mindful not to overcrowd the pan.
  4. Cook one side for 1 to 2 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy. Flip and cook for an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a towel-lined plate.
  5. Cook remaining patties and serve immediately.

NUTRITION PER SERVING: 119 calories, 5g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 3mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 2g sugar, 6g protein, 81mg potassium, 91mg phosphorus

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Emily Cooper, RDN, is a registered dietitian nutritionist based in central New Jersey. Read her blog, Sinful Nutrition, and connect with her on Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

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