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

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  • 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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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?

allielovetocook's picture

I really really liked this recipe - it was sooo easy! And very tasty - although next time I think I'll add some dried chilli flakes to spice it up a little. My red onion was a touch bigger than it needed to be I think and so made the mix a bit wetter than it needed, but that said, it all went according to plan and we all enjoyed them.
Am so impressed with BBC Good Food site - love all the recipes and that we can all comment as it's interesting to see what adjustments other readers/cooks make to the original recipes. All my cook-books have become redundant as all I ever use now is Good Food!!

suzymhall's picture

I didn't wipe the chickpeas as instructed and probably as a result, this turned into a very sloppy paste. We ate it as hummus instead and it was very tasty!

last edited: 16:34, 21st Jun, 2013
aavey69's picture

My boys who "don't do veggie stuff" loved these and they were surprisingly easy to make. I will definitely be making them again, but maybe with a little more spice and slightly increased cooking time. Fab!

vintagemunchkin's picture
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Vey tasty, will try oven baking next time :-)

byeroo's picture

Awesome!!!!!!!! my daughter and I inhaled our batch!! We will definitely be making more tomorrow-thanks a bunch!!!!

cheesewinecake's picture
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These were really tasty - I hate coriander so substituted for a bit of garam masala, then served in pittas with grilled halloumi and the relish from the aubergine and halloumi burgers recipe and some hummous. Leftovers for lunch, yum!