Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins


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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal161
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.36g
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  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • garlic clove, chopped
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley or curly parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin



    An aromatic spice native to eastern Mediteranean countries and Upper Egypt. This warm,…

  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1⁄2 tsp harissa paste or chilli powder
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
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  • toasted pitta bread
  • 200g tub tomato salsa, to serve
  • green salad, to serve
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped


  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.

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Comments (400)

rebeccafoxley's picture

We enjoyed this recipe, we used 1 small white onion, 1 1/4 tsp coriander 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 3 garlic cloves and a pinch of chilli powder, I also had to add 1 tbsp water when mixing as it was a little dry, they turned out lovely

marianne_voogt's picture

I added an egg, spices and lemon juice. I did not have time to let them rest for a few hours (to make them more sturdy, so they would not fall apart) so I turned the heat to medium and let them fry for quite some minutes without touching or turning them. Once the one side was brown and crispy enough, they were sturdy and could be turned over.
They tasted delicious.

SianMP's picture

So easy and very tasty! As others have said, be generous with the spices.

I served them up in pittas with tahini, dill pickles and green salad. Will definitely be using this as a regular!

Umbrellorange's picture

Love these! They will need MUCH more spices than the recipe calls for, though. I added a lot of pepper, salt, chili flakes, paprika powder, ground cumin and a pinch of ground cinnamon, as well as the zest of 1 lime.
Also, i covered the patties in cling film and left them to rest in the fridge for 2 hours, this make them much firmer and will prevent them from falling apart whilst cooking!

Works very well with yoghurt-cucumber dressing (Greek yoghurt, chopped cucumber, dill and some ground garlic)!

abbatia's picture

These were fantastic! I used frozen onion and used a stick blender. Next time might try adding some lime juice. The mixture was quite wet so used flour on my hands and plate. Made 4 good size falafels which we had in a bread roll with salad and a slice of grilled halloumi cheese. Have frozen two for lunch next weekend.

Ceebee23's picture

These were yummy and they worked great. I made 5 good sized patties for this, enough for 3 people I would say; and added a fresh chilli, white onion and lots of peas to the burgers-really yummy!

3roser's picture

Absolutely perfect. Experienced zero problems with regards to there being too much flour or portion size. It made four decent sized burgers, one of which filled me up.
Thanks for the recipe, will definitely be making these again!

sophiedianeash's picture

I love this recipe. Although, I had to make the burgers very small and use a lot of oil because the mixture didn't bind well, and even then a lot of them fell apart! They tasted great though. Next time I will add an egg to bind the mixture. We ate them in white, seeded burger rolls, rather than pitta bread, with salsa and natural yoghurt. P.S. The reason the kcals are so low is because it says serves 4 when it actually serves 2!

youngedck123's picture

fantastic recipe, followed the ingredients fully but added a lime to give it a extra punch, you have to have it with salsa and houmous with salad in a pitta. also I didn't wizz it up in the food blender too much , kept them quite lumpy and wet hands before shaping them other wise its immpossible. would defiantly make them again :)

emmajrae94's picture

Found this recipe really easy to follow and super quick. However, I feel that 2 tbsp of flour was too much, 1 was more than sufficient. I also added some lime and larger quantities of the spices like the other comments here suggested and felt that it worked very well!

miffmibs's picture

Extremely bland if you stick to the recipe and eat them alone but a good base for your own falafel and great in a pitta with extra dressings and salad. Try doubling the amount of spice and adding lime or lemon juice.

cookiecranham's picture

how do chop onions without crying?

cookiecranham's picture

yummy recipe! kids love it

Shelgy09's picture

Made these today for lunch, added a little lime juice and extra garlic. Also chilled in the freezer for 15 mins before shallow frying. Served them with home made hummus on pitta bread with salad and sriracha sauce. Absolutely delicious and will definitely make again. Better than anything you will find in the shops/supermarket. My husband couldn't stop eating them, even though they are filling!

MochiNightmare's picture

Yeah - really not good. Far too much flour, just tasted like flour to me. Really bland. Sounds like I've been doing something wrong but I followed the recipe completely.

borumha2's picture

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

gemessex's picture

Very quick and easy to make, will be making this again for sure

chloe_bianca's picture

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

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


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