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

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  • Vegetarian
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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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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
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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