Falafel with Canned Chickpeas


Falafel made with canned chickpeas — just like the ones you taste in a Greek restaurant! This recipe makes about 12 patties. Serve with hummus or tzatziki sauce.

close up on a plate full of falafel with canned chickpeas
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
12 patties


  • 1 ½ (15 ounce) cans chickpeas, drained

  • 1 ½ onions, chopped

  • ¾ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt

  • 1 ½ teaspoons lemon juice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, or to taste

  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 ½ cups bread crumbs

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, or as needed


  1. Mash chickpeas in a bowl using a masher. Combine mashed chickpeas, onions, parsley, and garlic in a blender; blend until smooth.

  2. Mix eggs, cumin, coriander, salt, lemon juice, baking powder, black pepper, and cayenne together in a bowl. Add chickpea mixture and mix together. Add bread crumbs slowly and combine using your hands until mixture will hold together when frying.

  3. Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Form mixture into twelve 3-inch diameter patties. Fry patties in hot oil until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

134 Calories
3g Fat
22g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 134
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 571mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 94mg 7%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 174mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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