Beyond Meat Vegan Keftedes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
In Greece, fried meatballs are called keftédes (κεφτέδες) and usually include a mix of bread, onions and mint leaf. These delicious Beyond Meat Keftédes have a meaty taste but are vegetarian and gluten-free with chickpeas used instead of bread as a binder.
Course: Main
Cuisine: Greek | Vegan
Servings: 12 -15 kefte
Author: Priscilla
Ingredients
  • For the Keftedes:
  • 1 package Beyond Meat Fiesty crumbles
  • 1 cup ground canned No-Salt Added chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 medium onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala*
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped mint
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 eggs beaten*
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • For the Tzatziki:
  • 2 cups of Greek yogurt
  • 1 English cucumber peeled and grated
  • 4 cloves of garlic minced
  • Juice and zest of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pita bread
  • Chopped tomatoes cucumbers, and radishes for garnishing.
Instructions
  1. Add the chickpeas to a blender or processor and chop. Combine the beef crumbles, chick peas and remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Blend thoroughly. Heat two tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Using a small scoop, add 1" meatballs to the hot oil, flatten with your hand. Cook until browned, about 3 minutes, gently turn and brown the other side.
  2. Combine all the Tzatziki ingredients in a non-reactive bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve. For a main dish, cut pitas in half and fill with 2-3 kefte and toppings. For snack size, cut pitas into quarters and stuff with one kefte and toppings.
Recipe Notes

*To save time, buy prepared Tzatziki. I eliminated salt for lower sodium keftedes - especially since the crumbles contain sodium.
*You can find garam masala in the supermarket spice section.
*For vegan diets, use an egg substitute such as Ener-g or Orgran or ground flax seeds or chia seeds mixed with water (1 T : 3 T ratio) allowed to sit for about 3o minutes until the mixture is a gel-like consistency.