Chilli Tuna and Chickpea Patties

Stuck for something to make for dinner?

These patties use ingredients that I bet you have in your pantry and fridge, but if you are missing anything then just adapt to what you do have. Tuna can be replaced by tinned salmon or even some left-over cooked chicken. The spring (green) onions can be replaced by half a normal onion, but remember that the flavour will be slightly stronger.

Taking less than 30 minutes and requiring no effort, these are an ideal weeknight dinner. I served them with some spinach leaves (and extra chilli sauce), but they would make a great filling for pita breads. You could also try forming meatballs instead of patties.

Ingredients – makes 4 patties (serves 2 for dinner):

  • 2 spring (green) onions
  • 400g/14 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 185g/6.5 oz can tuna in springwater, drained
  • 2-3 teaspoons chilli paste or sauce, to taste, plus extra to serve
  • small handful fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves and stalks
  • 1 egg
  • salad leaves and/or pita bread, optional, to serve


  • Put the spring onions in the food processor and blitz until finely chopped.
  • Add the chickpeas and blitz until pureed.
  • Then add the tuna, chilli paste/sauce, fresh coriander and the egg and blitz again.
  • Carefully remove the blade from the processor, then grab a handful of the mixture (approximately a quarter) and form into a patty. Place onto a plate and then repeat with the rest of the mixture.
  • Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium high heat and cook the patties for about 4-5 minutes each side until golden.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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6 Responses to Chilli Tuna and Chickpea Patties

  1. Vixxy P says:

    These look delicious! I am definitely going to try them!

  2. Sort of like tuna flavoured falafel – fantastic. I adore chickpea patties and patties in general, yours look yummy.

  3. Great recipe! I love the idea of using chickpeas, they’re so underrated!

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