Go Back
+ servings
Chickpea Meatballs

Vegan Chickpea Meatballs

An easy recipe for vegan meatballs made with a mix of chickpeas, mushrooms, herbs and spices that you bind together with a healthy vegan egg substitute and some chickpea flour.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Chickpea Meatballs
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 137kcal
Author Florentina


  • 1.25 lb mushrooms
  • 2 x 15 oz cans chickpeas -drained
  • 5-6 cloves garlic - grated
  • 1/2 onion - diced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1.5 tbsp smoked paprika ( or to taste)
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley - chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives - snipped
  • 3 tbsp chickpea flour + more if needed
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat bread crumbs ( you can use a gluten- free option )

Vegan Egg Substitute:

  • 2.5 tbsp ground flax and chia mix
  • 5 tbsp water


  • Add a drizzle of olive oil to a large skillet and sauté the onion with a pinch of sea salt until translucent.
  • Meanwhile add the mushrooms to a food processor and chop them up in small pieces. Add them to the pan with the onion and toss to coat well. Sauté together for a few minutes until wilted and most of the water has evaporated.
  • Mix in the garlic and stir well. Add the oregano, garlic and onion powders, smoked paprika, parsley, chives and nutritional yeast. Mix well and remove from flame.
  • Meanwhile add the chickpeas to the bowl of a food processor and chop until a rustic texture is achieved. You don’t want a purée just a nice chop throughout. 
  • Transfer the chopped chickpeas and the mushroom mixture to a large bowl with the chickpea flour and bread crumbs. 
  • Combine the ground flax chia mixture with the water and add it to the rest of the ingredients.
  • Use a spatula and mix to combine well. Season to your taste with sea salt and black pepper. 
  • Wet your hand or use a drop of olive to coat them. Form meatballs the size of gold balls and place them on a large tray. At this point you can pan sear or bake them.

Stove Top Method:

  • Heat up a cast iron skillet over medium high flame and add a drizzle of olive. Place a few meatballs on top a couple of inches apart. Cook until golden brown to your liking rolling them around in the pan to get all sides.

Oven Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 450”F 
  • Bake the meatballs for about 25 turning them over carefully half way.
    Meanwhile prepare your favorite pasta, warm up the sauce and serve with the meatballs on top. 


Please use a type mushroom you like to ensure you will love the final recipe.


Calories: 137kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 4g | Sodium: 84mg | Potassium: 501mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1230IU | Vitamin C: 11.6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2.9mg