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Lemon Basil Chickpea Fritters Recipe

Contributors: Emily Cooper, RD, LD

Published: February 17, 2021

A serving dish of five chickpea fritters divided by piece of paper with two forks and a fritter broken in half in the foreground.
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.

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


Before you begin: Wash your hands. 

  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 Information

Serves 6
Serving Size: 1 fritter (47 grams)

Calories: 119; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 3mg; Sodium: 363mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 6g; Potassium: 81mg; Phosphorus: 91mg.

This recipe originally appeared in Food & Nutrition Magazine®, published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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