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Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce {America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook Giveaway}

Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce is a flavorful vegetarian recipe your whole family will love. Made with Greek yogurt!

Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce is a flavorful vegetarian recipe your whole family will love. Made with Greek yogurt!

I am so excited to share a new cookbook I recently received to review with you today. America’s Test Kitchen has been working hard at revamping and rebuilding one of its classic landmark family cookbooks – The America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook.  It includes more than 1,100 recipes and features new color photographs for several of those new recipes. This book is a beast, I’ve been going through page after page of tips and recipes from every category you can imagine. What I love the most is that along most recipes there is a paragraph explaining why the recipes works, along with variations, tips, even some step by step photos. The recipes are creative, yet very do-able, so this book is perfect for a seasoned cook but would be a wonderful first cookbook for anyone just starting to cook.

I am a huge fan of any cookbook that America’s Test Kitchen puts out. You may remember my review and recipe from their Six-Ingredient Solution last year. I also featured and included their Healthy Family Cookbook in my healthy cookbook giveaway a couple of years ago.

Chickpea Patties with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

These chickpea patties caught my eye as soon as I saw them in the book. I actually had all of the ingredients on hand in my fridge and pantry so it was one of those recipes I just had to make immediately. Such a great vegetarian recipe! The recipe includes the spice garam masala which is one that I am always trying to find recipes using. They also used Greek yogurt in the actual patty filling which made it extra moist and rich – genius!

Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce is a flavorful vegetarian recipe your whole family will love. Made with Greek yogurt!

My little recipe tester and I enjoyed these Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce for lunch for a couple of days. They reheated well and the cucumber-yogurt sauce is so versatile and would be a great sauce to serve with any Greek style chicken or fish recipes too.

Print Recipe

Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce

Yield: makes 6 patties


  • 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and shredded
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 6 scallions, sliced thin
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
  • 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas, rinsed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 shallot, minced


  1. Toss cucumber with 1/2 teaspoon salt and let drain in fine mesh strainer for 15 minutes. Combine drained cucumber, 3/4 cup yogurt, 2 tablespoons scallions, and 1 tablespoon cilantro in bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Pulse chickpeas in food processor to coarse puree with few large pieces remaining, about 8 pulses. Whisk eggs, 2 tablespoons oil, garam masala, cayenne, and 1/8 teaspoon salt together in medium bowl. Gently stir in processed chickpeas, panko, shallot, remaining 1/2 cup yogurt, remaining scallions, and remaining 3 tablespoons cilantro until just combined. Divide chickpea mixture into 6 equal portions and lightly pack into 1-inch thick patties.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in large nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Carefully lay 3 patties in hot skillet. Cook until set up and well browned on first side, 4-5 minutes. Gently flip patties. Cook until golden on second side, 4-5 minutes.
  4. Transfer cakes to a plate and tent with aluminum foil to keep warm. Return now empty skillet to medium heat and repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons oil and remaining patties. Serve with cucumber-yogurt sauce.
  • I used a seedless cucumber and skipped the salting and draining step.
  • substitue whole wheat panko if you want to keep it whole-grain friendly
  • I used a small sweet onion

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So many recipes caught my eye in this book! I made a lentil salad with carrots earlier this week and will be sharing it with you on Monday. Other recipes I would love to try:

Root Vegetable Gratin :: Tomato and Almond Pesto :: Spice Crusted Grilled Pork Tenderloin :: Pan Roasted Fish FilletsAmerica's Test Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway


Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce is a flavorful vegetarian recipe your whole family will love. Made with Greek yogurt!

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77 comments on “Chickpea Cakes with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce {America’s Test Kitchen New Family Cookbook Giveaway}”

  1. These look delicious!

  2. I’m from Austin, TX!

  3. Champaign, IL

  4. I’m from Texas!

  5. Where I am from or where I am now? I was born in PA but grew up between PA and Indy. I’m now in Indy.

  6. I’m from Kentucky, y’all! Currently living in Boston 🙂

  7. I bet that cookbook is awesome! My MIL swears by America’s test kitchen. The chickepea cakes look delicious. No one would ever miss meat with those! I’m from South Carolina!

  8. I’m from Baltimore, MD!

  9. I’m from Utah.

  10. I’m from Madison, WI (but I live in California now).

  11. From Jefferson City, Missouri

  12. I have an ATK obsession and they have never steered me wrong! Adore!

  13. I am from Southern Kentucky!

  14. I am from MA but some day hope to move to your sunny state of FL.

  15. I’ve been looking for more meatless entrees. This one sounds great. Are there a lot of vegetarian options in this book?

    • there is a good amount of them in there! There is a section for them, plus I’ve seen a couple sprinkled throughout.

  16. Hello. I am from Portland Oregon.

  17. I’m from Kennesaw,Ga.!! 🙂

  18. I’ve lived in CA for 27 years, but I was born in Canada.

  19. OR, and I love this recipe, Aggie! We love recipes using chickpeas. I just made a cake with them!

  20. Northwest Ohio, bracing for another cold winter this year!

  21. By the way, I get your email updates sent to jefflammers at rocketmail dot com.

  22. Sounds great and looks beautiful.

  23. I too love America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks and the TV Show on PBS. I am in PA.

  24. I’m from Memphis, TN.

  25. I am from New York

  26. Grew up in CT, live in central VT

  27. I’m from Eagle Springs, N C

  28. I’m originally from Indiana

  29. I love American test kitchen, I record all tv episodes . I didn’t realize they had healthy recipes. Would love to win one. But I will enjoy making the ones you share.

  30. I’m from central California but currently live in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

  31. I’m from Central Florida. These look delicious, thank you for the recipe.

  32. I’m from Western PA

  33. Northern NY

  34. Oh ATK always gets it right. These chickpea cakes look scrumptious and that yogurt sauce is really the perfect topping.

    I’m up here in Boston, MA. Though, somedays I wish I wasn’t. 🙂

  35. I love America’s Test Kitchen!! I have their huge baking book and it’s awesome. I love the science behind WHY things work and don’t work. This recipe looks like a winner for sure!!

  36. I just saw this cookbook for the first time yesterday! If all the recipes look this good it’s definitely a winner. I’ll have to try these chickpea cakes!

  37. St. Michael, Minnesota 🙂

  38. Hi Aggie! Love the recipe and I LOVE America’s Test Kitchen cookbooks! Before I forget, I LOVE your new re-design! Thanks for hosting such a fun giveaway to your readers. I’m originally from Maryland. Hugs and miss you! 🙂

  39. I’ve been known to make chickpea cookies, so ya, I sort of love them. And love these! Pinned and printed!

  40. These look delicious! I’m from Kansas City, Missouri.

  41. I’m from NJ. Thanks for the giveaway chance. Looks like a great cookbook.

  42. I’m from Illinois. Looks like a great cookbook!

  43. these look so good! maybe dinner this week.

  44. I’m from Cali and have been a fan of ATK for 10+ years!

  45. Manhattan, KS

  46. I’m from Missouri!

  47. I currently live in Huntsville, AL

  48. I’m from Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

  49. These look so good!!! Love the yogurt sauce. And you know I’m in Grand Rapids, MI 🙂

  50. Living in FL, from SoCal 🙂

  51. Hi Aggie! I was born, raised, and currently live in Northern California. I love the America’s Test Kitchen books and magazines. They are the best!

  52. I’m from Southern California!

  53. I’m on Raleigh, NC!

  54. I’m In Raleigh, NC!

  55. Hi! I’m from Texas. These veggie patties look great! Looking forward to trying them.

  56. Hollidaysburg, Pa

  57. FL 🙂 I’m going to have to try this recipe for my hubby!!

  58. I currently live in Hoover, AL, but am originally from MI.

  59. Wabasha, MN
    Home of the Grumpy Old Men 🙂

  60. I am from Alberta Canada

  61. These chickpea cakes look wonderful!

  62. love chickpeas and always have them in the house

  63. I’m from south Louisiana – Cajun country.

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  65. I made the chickpea cakes yesterday and they turned out great. I don’t get fresh cilantro here and hubby doesn’t like the taste anyway, so I substituted it with dill which worked very well. Thank you for a wonderful recipe! I will make it again.

    • so happy you enjoyed it! thanks for the feedback and the dill suggestion, will have to try that! have a great weekend.

  66. We make a similar dish except we is normal yogurt and call it raita and add red onions to the spices.

  67. I just made these. They were delicious but fell apart in the pan, even though cooked 4 minutes on each side. Do you have any suggestions to prevent this?

    • Hmmm, bummer the fell apart! I don’t recall having that problem (though it’s happened when I make other type patties). I wonder if you refrigerated them before hand to firm them up if they would stay together easier. I have been wanting to make these again, I’ll let you know if I get same experience. Thanks!