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Crockpot Barbecue Chickpea Meatballs

Crockpot barbecue chickpea meatballs are an easy vegetarian appetizer that takes about 20 minutes to make. The meatballs are plenty “meaty,” made with smashed chickpeas, and the sauce is a zesty combo of BBQ sauce and jam or jelly.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 190kcal
Author Cara Lanz


Chickpea Meatballs

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ¼ cup white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ cup panko
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

Barbecue Sauce

  • ¾ cup barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup jam or jelly -- grape jelly, cranberry sauce, or orange marmalade are good!
  • 1 dash cayenne pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 375. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas. In a medium bowl, smash the chickpeas with the back of a fork until they are about half-way smashed. There should still be some chunky texture to them. Add onion, garlic, panko, egg, salt and pepper, and parsley. Combine the chickpea meatball mixture, the best way is with your hands.
  • Use a tablespoon or small ice cream scoop to portion out the meatballs. Roll them in your hands to form the meatballs.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the meatballs are lightly browned.
  • Combine the barbecue sauce, jam, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.

Oven Method

  • Place the barbecue jelly sauce in a saucepan and heat until the mixture has melted. Add the chickpea meatballs and stir until heated through.

Slow Cooker Method

  • Spray the insert of a 3-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the cooked meatballs and the barbecue jelly sauce. Heat on low for 3-4 hour or high for 2-3 hours.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 629mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 359IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg