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Garbanzo Beans (Chickpeas)
Brown Rice
Freshly Ground Pepper
Greens Anything from spiach, cilantro, parsley, and kale works

Meatless Monday Brown Rice and Chickpea Patties

Be part of the #MeatlessMonday movement!

    • Serves 2
    • Medium


    Have you heard of Meatless Monday? I love this concept as it has a great impact on our health and the environment, more people should do this!

    My signature Meatless Monday dish are these brown rice & chickpea patties. They are high in protein, fiber and keeps you full longer. Though this is a meatless dish, it is very hearty and satisfying for any meat lover.



    Cook The Brown Rice

    First, cook the brown rice. I use short grain brown rice as it cooks faster and it has a creamier texture. Follow the package instructions as each type of rice might have a different cooking time.

    Next, drain and rinse the chickpeas. Drain them well as the canned beans contain a lot of sodium.


    Make The Patties Mixture

    Once the rice is cooked add it to a bowl with the chickpeas, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Now it's time to mash! I use a cocktail muddler, as it is the only appropriate tool I own (and it works quite well!) but a potato masher would probably work better. The rice and chickpeas should become one, be sure to mash until you do not see any more whole chickpeas. This does take a little bit of elbow grease but it is well worth it!

    Once it is all incorporated give it a quick taste. Now is the time to adjust the seasoning accordingly. Next, add your egg and greens. Adding a handful of spinach, kale, or just dark lettuce leaves is optional but I always try to incorporate some greens for the health benefits and it looks pretty!


    Pan Fry The Patties

    Form the patties by first making them into a golf-sized ball then flatten them to give it that patty look.

    Heat up a large skillet and add 1 tbsp of oil, I use extra virgin olive oil but any oil will work. Now it's time to fry these patties! These take about 4 minutes per side on medium heat.

    As these are the meat replacement, they can be served with pretty much anything your heart desires! I love roasted veggies like carrots, zucchini, and squash. These patties last up to 4 days in the fridge and can easily be heated up in a skillet or the microwave.

    Let me know what you think of these!


    Hi guys, so glad you are here! My food blog is about healthy, colorful, and easy recipes. I grew up in Germany and have been in the states for over 12 years now. Currently, I am living in sunny Miami, FL! Please leave me a comment if you have questions or recipe requests and also follow me on Instagram and Twitter via @foodbyjonister. Happy cooking and eating!

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