Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins

Skill level



Serves 4

A healthy burger that's filling too. These are great for anyone who craves a big bite but doesn't want the calories

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

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  • 400g can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • garlic clove, chopped
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley or curly parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1⁄2 tsp harissa paste or chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • toasted pitta bread
  • 200g tub tomato salsa, to serve
  • green salad, to serve
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped

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  1. Pat the chickpeas dry with kitchen paper. Tip into a food processor along with the onion, garlic, parsley, spices, flour and a little salt. Blend until fairly smooth, then shape into four patties with your hands.
  2. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the burgers, then quickly fry for 3 mins on each side until lightly golden. Serve with toasted pittas, tomato salsa and a green salad.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2008

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borumha2's picture

Seriously good, this is now done on a weekly basis.

gemessex's picture
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Very quick and easy to make, will be making this again for sure

chloe_bianca's picture
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I love these as make them all the time. Tasty, cheap and healthy. I usually make 8 small ones and we have 3 each and then someone gets the leftovers for lunch so I wouldn't say serves 4 but easily scaled up. I always use coriander instead of parsley and a good heaped tsp of Harissa. You don't have to fully blend for a chunkier texture and if the mixture is too dry add a little water, although I might try lime based on another comment.

Athemistia's picture

Would these freeze well?

yumminesss's picture
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I thought it was a bit dry. But nice for something healthy. Not sure will make again. Have made worse falafels.

SilverandSerene's picture

I made these today and added griddled halloumi as suggested on this forum, really pleased and am making more tomorrow. 5 stars.

katdixon2012's picture
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Best falafel recipe around - if you follow the ingredients carefully it comes out well (not sloppy or crumbly like other recipes I've tried). I added lime juice and put cayenne pepper in instead of chilli powder. Works a treat!

kathryndonna's picture

Excellent recipe, worked perfectly. I combined the recipe with the idea of using the falafel with slices of grilled halloumi in a burger bun and it made a delicious meal accompanied with a chunky salad.

marinasdiamonds's picture

Delicous, very filling and satisfying. Made these last night, they were so quick to make they were ready in no time. Served ours in wholemeal pitta breads with some homemade chunky tomato salsa and some baby gem lettuce, so nice. Texture is quite smooth but as expected as they had been blended, for those who prefer more spice add maybe an extra teaspoon of harissa paste. Seems as if they would go well with many different things, next time shall be serving these with guacamole and salsa.

boweri's picture

great recipe ,went down well with homemade pittas ,homous and salad!

lisarose41's picture

How about converting the recipe with normal measurements???

daveji1's picture

You have managed to make a perfectly good website a perfect pain in the rectum
Well done

metal16's picture

I totally agree ..

54idry's picture

Wow I very nice meal, I added chilli flakes and extra Harissa paste, then served it on pita breads with salsa, pickled cucumber and cottage cheese

beckyjones28's picture

Lovely if you add some microwave-cooked, mushed-up sweet-potato and a handful of raisins. That slight sweetness brings out the flavour! I replaced the parsley for fresh corriander, and thought that the taste was much better. Scrummy!

queeniemay's picture

Delicious and so healthy too! My husband (usually a meat eater) really loves them. Very easy to make in a food processor, I often make a double batch and freeze some (separate with grease-proof or similar so easier to separate when defrost) - then you always have a handy homemade meal to serve to visiting vegetarian family/friends.

josie1212's picture

Tasted great, but the consistency didn't go to plan. Bit too sloppy even though I dried the chickpeas. I think possibly blended too much. Next time I will leave it a bit chunkier. Served with salsa and Tzatziki in pitta Yum Yum .

Also I recommend double checking the number of calories. I think there are a lot more calories than stated.

evil_angelwings's picture

So easy to make and absolutely delicious! All were wolfed down in one sitting by a greedy pair!

Nin's picture

This recipe is really simple to make. Great for a midweek meal. I'll add extra spices next time and maybe cook a little longer for a crispier texture on the outside. I'm sure they'd work better deep fried, shaped into balls but that wouldn't be so healthy! I used a hand blender which worked fine. Next time l'll blend less for a chunkier texture.

bailig's picture

Made some changes as suggested in the comments - more spices, larger bits of onion etc for texture - and we still thought these were pretty boring. Tasted ok, but the texture was very bland. Maybe smaller patties would give more texture?