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Chickpea meatballs: photos and videos for a tasty and inviting recipe!

Chickpea balls

Vegetarian chickpea meatballs are good and delicious legume meatballs, fun to bring to the table on any occasion. Here are all the ways to prepare them!

Today we are preparing a truly inviting and tasty dish, but also suitable for those who want to treat themselves to a moment of light pleasure or want to try a delicious vegetarian finger food : chickpea balls. These are small meatballs, which can then be cooked in the oven or fried in a pan. They are fantastic to serve as a second course, but also as an aperitif during a buffet.

The preparation is very simple, and today we will also see the tips for cooking in the oven, for frying and also for a vegan version . Let's go straight to the discovery of this wonderful recipe for baked chickpea balls with photos, steps and video recipe !

Chickpea balls
Chickpea balls

How to make chickpea balls in the oven

Brown the onion and chickpeas and put them in the blender

1. First of all, brown the onion in a pan with the chickpeas and a drizzle of oil. A few minutes will be enough, then put everything in the blender until you get a cream.

Put all the ingredients in a bowl, mix and form the meatballs

2. At this point add salt, pepper, a drizzle of oil, the eggs, and then the coarsely broken or minced parsley . Finish with a teaspoon of mustard and then, after mixing everything, start forming meatballs with your hands.

Roll the meatballs in the breadcrumbs and cook them in the oven

3. Roll them in the breadcrumbs, then preheat the oven and cook them at 180°C for at least 15 minutes, turning them over halfway through cooking . The chickpea balls are ready, enjoy your meal!

To make the recipe tastier, you can add a few spoonfuls of grated cheese to the dough, but be careful with the final mixture which must not be too savoury. If you love this preparation, try all our meatball recipes too!

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Preparation of fried chickpea balls

Fried chickpea balls
Fried chickpea balls
  1. For a more delicious version you can also fry them. The preparation (up to the moment of cooking) is the same: brown the onion and cook the chickpeas in a pan with a drizzle of oil.
  2. Blend everything and add salt, pepper, a drizzle of oil, eggs, parsley and a teaspoon of mustard .
  3. With your hands, give the mixture the shape of meatballs and dip them in a pan with already hot oil.
  4. After about 5 minutes in boiling oil they should be golden brown : drain them with a slotted spoon and place them on a sheet of absorbent paper.

Vegan chickpea balls and another variation

If you think eggless chickpea balls aren't good, you're right. Yes, because they are delicious !

In short, if you want to enjoy light and tasty baked vegetable balls, but also 100% VEG, all you have to do is remove the egg from the dough and follow the instructions listed above:

  1. Brown chickpeas and onions, blend and add the various condiments. If, however, there is a need for a more solid mixture, you can add a slice of sandwich bread or stale bread.
  2. Dip the bread in the water to soften it, then insert it into small pieces in the dough and blend. You will see, the texture will be firmer, and the taste will be really good too! At this point, all you have to do is continue with the steps of the main recipe.

Otherwise, for a result that is also perfect for those who follow a gluten-free diet, you can make chickpea and potato balls: just boil the latter and then mash them into the dough . In addition to giving texture, they will also balance the flavor thanks to their sweetness!

If you liked these meatballs, also try thechickpea burger : it will be like preparing a huge chickpea meatball full of flavor and which you can also enjoy between two slices of bread: yum !


We recommend consuming these delicious canned chickpea balls within 2-3 days , you can keep them in the refrigerator in a container with an airtight lid. We do not recommend freezing in the freezer.

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