Chickpea Tuna Patties

Oh, you’re trying to get more protein in your diet? Here ya go:

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I’m a really big fan of patties. Case in point: Quinoa & Kale Patties and Quinoa, Turkey, & Veggies Patties.

I think eating them kinda makes me feel like I’m eating a cheeseburger. A healthy cheeseburger. With no bread. And no cheese.

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I’ve thrown ALL kinds of things into patties to hold them together. These were an even different beast since tuna holds together even less than ground turkey. These started out with breadcrumbs until I had the bright idea to replace them with mashed up chickpeas. GENIUS! And, more protein.

These patties have 3 great sources of protein in them: tuna, chickpeas, and eggs. So, the real title of this post should be: Protein Packed Tuna Patties. But, I went with Chickpea Tuna Patties instead.

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Like many of my recipes, this is an easy one that pretty much involves just throwing it all in there.

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Loads of red pepper, onion, garlic, and parsley are mixed in with the tuna.

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You could actually stop there, add some seasoning, and eat this on bread as a tuna sandwich. But, we’re not stopping.

2 eggs are added and mixed in.

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The chickpeas are blended up real nice, almost to a hummus consistency. If there are a few chickpea chunks left over, that’s okay.

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The chickpea mixture, along with some lemon juice, is mixed into the tuna and veggies.

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A good pinch of S&P are added before the tuna is formed into patties and ready for a well greased skillet.

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These take a bit to cook. ~6-7 minutes on each side at a medium low heat. You’ll also want to be careful when you flip them because, truth be told, they are certainly not as sturdy as a hamburger. If you want them to hold together super well, you could add ~1 cup of bread crumbs. But, they aren’t really needed.

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Once cooked, they’re placed on a cooling rack while a delicious sauce is prepared with even MORE protein.

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The topping sauce is simply plain greek yogurt, garlic, parsley/ chives, lemon juice, and a bit of S&P. And MMMM is it good!

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A few good chunks of avocado on top won’t hurtcha either.

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Chickpea Tuna Patties

10 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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    Tuna Patties:
  • 1 15oz can of chickpeas, well drained
  • 4 cans of tuna, drained of as much liquid as possible
  • 3 tablespoons of finely chopped parsley
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 of a white onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 of a red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • Garlic Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt (can also use sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon of chopped parsley or chives
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • S&P to taste


    For Tuna Patties:
  1. In a food processor or blender, process the chickpeas until they begin to have the consistency of hummus.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together all of tuna patty ingredients (including the chickpea mixture) until well combined.
  3. Form into small patties. Grease a skillet and heat over medium low heat.
  4. Cook the patties, ~5 at a time depending on the size of your skillet, for ~7 minutes on each side. Flip carefully.
  5. Once done, let cool slightly before eating.
  6. For garlic sauce:
  7. Mix all of the ingredients in a small bowl.
  8. it's ready!
  9. ENJOY!

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2 comments on “Chickpea Tuna Patties”

  1. i glanced at the title and thought it said "chicken tuna patties." and i thought, WOW, that is a lot of protein for sure -- and also kinda gross sounding. haha. chickpea + tuna sounds like a much better combo :) yum!
  2. Yum, these look fantastic!! I've been looking for some good, healthy lunch ideas, and these patties definitely fit the bill. Also, I'm pretty much in love with your salt and pepper shakers - how adorable are those?!