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 (399)

jambubble's picture

mmm, mmm, mmm yummy i love them!!!

louisajn's picture

amazing! i make these all the time!

kerrin90's picture

awesome recipe! I made my own salsa, and pita breads and it went down a treat! Will add a little fresh chilli next time and if I have any falafel left over I will throw it in the stuffing for my chicken. Yum

elleme's picture

I used coriander instead of parsley and doubled the harissa. I served it up in khobez wrap instead of pitta, homemade hot salsa and a side salad. They were very slightly mushy so I'll need to increase the cooking time but were delicious. I'll definitely make these again.

lisapidgeon's picture

Brilliantly easy - I cook and weigh out 400g of chickpeas that are in the freezer so we have a ready supply of cheap and fresh ingredients - yummy afterschool dinner packed full of goodness!

missis's picture

I'm not keen on chickpeas, however I love this recipe, it is totally gorgeous.

jenboyle1's picture

So quick and easy to make. The mixture was too dry to blend so I added a splash of water which worked well (and then a bit more flour on my hands to get the patties into shape). Next time I'd add a lot more herbs/spices as a tiny bit bland. But otherwise really good with chili sauce and a big spoon of tzatziki!

debs3016's picture

Really enjoyed these but the recipe is not enough to feed four unless for a quick snack. Very tasty and healty though!

joanneeland's picture

Made these tonight for dinner for 6 as a starter with mango chutney and spicy salsa. Very nice, although I was generous with the spices and seasoning after reading some other comments. I also thought that they fell apart a bit when eating. But I got great comments and thought they were delish!!!

mrs-syco-chef's picture

Made these for the first time today. Really nice but my grown up son refused to even try them point blank. My husband refused at first but changed his mind & enjoyed them. I opened a tin of red kidney beans by mistake so I used those as well as the chickpeas & they were really nice. Probably try them again with just chickpeas to see the difference.

danielle_25's picture

I loved this recipe, it was easy to make and delicious! It took all of 20 minutes to complete and was a great healthy alternative, I even managed to get my boyfriend to eat them!!!

manly49's picture

Easy to make, and great to eat, this recipe is fantastic. My son, who frequently visits a North African cafe when he's away at university, maintains that these felafels are even better than the ones he buys there. Even my husband, a confirmed meat eater, thought they were great. I served them with a Greek salad, which was lovely. Will certainly make them again soon.

lilytreefairy's picture

we did enjoyed the burgers, although it came out to mushy and too much parsley. will change it a bit when I will do them again and maybe make the patties smaller with more oil in the pan.

caverali's picture

I have been searching for ages for a decent falafel recipe and this one is by far the best: There's a perfect balance of spices, lovely consistency and it doesn't fall apart in the oil like many other recipes do.
We had it with pittas, salad and mango chutney, which worked wonderfully.

msmooo's picture

Oops forgot to rate them!!

msmooo's picture

These were so easy and so... tasty, added fresh coriander with the parsley. Also I did add 1 small red onion, as mentioned in the write ups. Will definitely be making these again.

gillianmcn's picture

Gorgeous and easy! Should be in everyone's binder.

tordi1's picture

These were really yummy! I thought they might be a bit dry but they were lovely and moist.

I made 12 smaller ones and put them in wraps with a bit of lettuce, cucumber and some youghurt/mango chutney sauce.

Only enough for 2 of us though!


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