The Queen Of Vegetable Patties

I don’t really want to call them patties, it sounds so. . so bogan. If there was an ‘ultimate’ veggie pattie, and it wasn’t called a pattie, this would be it. Full of goodness and melt in your mouth consistency.

When I was a kid, my Mum used to make lentil burgers. I keep meaning to get the recipe off of her but I’m pretty sure she just made them from memory. It was always my favourite dinner and she would serve it up on a crispy bun with tatziki and a yummy salad. Some times she would even make homemade potato wedges too. I’m not saying that like it was something that didn’t happen often, because Mum always makes the most amazing food, but we were a very healthy family. These don’t really compare, but only because Mum didn’t make them. They are just as delicious, but with a twist.

Follow my lead. . .

Makes approx 10


  • 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 zucchini, grated
  • 200g kumara, peeled and grated
  • 1 small carrot, grated
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped coriander
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups vegetable oil


Yoghurt, mint and cucumber sauce

  • 375ml plain Greek yoghurt
  • 1 Lebanese cucumber, seeds removed and grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint
  • Salt to taste


  1. To make the yoghurt sauce, stir together ingredients and season with salt.
  2. Place 2/3 of the chickpeas into the bowl of a food processor and pulse until lightly mashed.
  3. Add grated vegetables, eggs, breadcrumbs, garlic, coriander, sesame seeds and curry powder. Pulse until well combined. Season with salt and pepper and add remaining whole chickpeas.
  4. Using a 1/3 cup measure, spoon out mixture and form into a patty. Place onto a line tray, cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat a frypan over a medium heat and add oil. Cook 2-3 minutes each side or until golden. Drain on paper towel and serve with yoghurt sauce.
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16 Responses to The Queen Of Vegetable Patties

  1. It definitely is hard to find a good veggie patty at times. I went through a phase during my teenage years where I would almost always order a veggie burger when spotted on a cafe menu and there were times when I was served only what could be described as either grey crumble or grey slop!

  2. Yummm I love veggie patties… you know what that means… veggie burgers:)

  3. I love good veggie patty. These sound great and so do your Mom’s! Love the tatziki with them.

  4. I, too, wish there is a more elegant word for what we know as patties, haha. They do look really good though!

  5. Lea says:

    Ohhh these look Delish! Im with you on that one though, you can never beat your Mum’s cooking, you always end up comparing it, and it will never be the same :)

  6. Anita Menon says:

    A vegetarian patties is right up my alley. Bookmarked. I have to make this.

  7. OH, these look gooooooood! Seriously good.
    Heidi xo

  8. betty says:

    i am bookmarking this for the near future!

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