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Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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(386 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 6 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories161
  • fat8g
  • saturates1g
  • carbs18g
  • sugars1g
  • fibre3g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.36g
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Ingredients

  • 400g can chickpea, rinsed and drained
  • garlic clove, chopped
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley or curly parsley
  • 1 tsp ground cumin

    Cumin

    q-min

    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

    Sunflower oil

    A variety of oils can be used for baking. Sunflower is the one we use most often at Good Food as…

  • toasted pitta bread
  • 200g tub tomato salsa, to serve
  • green salad, to serve
  • 1 small red onion, roughly chopped

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Method

  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 (391)

moosepup79's picture
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Superb recipe, and one which will become a regular in our house. I made the mixture into eight mini burgers (just because I thought that might work a little better when stuffing into pitta), and served with the recommended salsa, salads and also a bit of roasted garlic mayo on the side. Really delicious, and easy with it.

mojitobabe's picture
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Yummmmmmmmmm... very easy to make

rkvizor's picture
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Absolutely perfect. I hadn't read the onion comments and used 1/2 of a white onion and it was great, though as i do prefer red onions, I think i would use this next time.

camp_lion's picture

Love these burgers, they're so easy to make and much nicer than the shop bought falafel. Even my meat eating boyfriend likes them, so they must be good. We tried BBQ-ing them at the weekend but it didn't go too well so I think I'll stick with the frying.

fubsymum's picture
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very easy and very delicious! I made the falafel mix into smaller balls and then served them without the pittas as a finger food at a picnic - they went down a treat.

pinkpinkuk's picture
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A recipe even I can make - and my very picky boyfriend tasted some and suggested I make some for him next time. Wow!

wild_ice's picture
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Loved it! So easy to make! I used coriander pita's and yogurt with mild salsa and loads of salad. I don't have a blender so I had to use a potato masher which made the burgers chunky.

Londongirly's picture
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This recipe worked so well and was so simple!!! Used coriander instead of parsley as I prefer it and also think it works better in Mediterranean recipes. My patties must have been small as I made 7 of them which left some for lunch the next day - also very delicious cold! Served them in pitta with tzatziki - a real winner!

loustar14's picture
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Just made another batch of burgers but this time following the recipe, frying them instead of baking them as I have done before. They had a completely different taste and i'm now torn over which method to use in the future... i'll have to try both again as an excuse to find out which I prefer!!

notmum's picture
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These are scrummy...I guessed at the quantity for red onion and harrissa as I didn't have the magazine to refer to....I should have read the reviews and then I would have known!I served with home made pitta bread and a tomato and chilli salsa from another recipe on here and they were so delicious...hubbie was still enthusing about them today.

babybarbarella's picture

Will definitely be trying these. Going to make some tzatziki to go with them. Think they'd be wonderful with tzatziki, houmous, cherry tomatoes and lettuce....mmmmmmm

feefee990's picture
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i cooked these last night for myself and my fussy eater husband and to my surprise husband ate them all and then refused a pudding !
To add to my surprise today he commented how nice they were !
i have to admit though I didnt tell him ( and he didnt ask ) that they contained chickpeas till he had taken a bite.
He professes not to like chickpeas.
I agree about the missing onion but I was lucky because I have the Goodfood magazine where the recipe originally appeared.Also I did add a little more flour then the recipe mentions partly because I was out of kitchen paper so couldnt dry the chick peas.

mikey1's picture

Went down very well with hubby who usually feels cheated if I serve dinner without some kind of meat! Used coriander instead of parsley.

orbvalley's picture
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An absolute winner in our household. Served with a green salad and lime pickle. Will try coriander instead of parsley next time.

starry_eyes's picture
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Such an easy recipe for something that tastes so good! Used caramalised onion humous instead of the salsa which worked really well

poppetxxx's picture
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Much preferred this falafel recipe to the other one here on BBC Food. I didn't have any fresh parsley/corriander to hand but these were still fab fab fab! Partner has requested they become a weekly feature and I am very interested to try Loustar14's idea of oven baking to reduce fat.

juliebeeching's picture

Tried these tonight, really delicious and so simple. My first time eating chick peas! but not my last.

loustar14's picture
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This was my first time making anything with chick peas and I was pleasantly suprised! Im not overly keen on frying foods so instead I put the burgers in the oven for 20 minutes. They turned out well and I will probably make them again in this way.

annemarie196's picture

does anyone know if these freeze well? and then if they do is it best to cook from frozen or defrost first?!!...sorry bit of a novice in the kitchen!!

cstaniland's picture
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Quick, easy, bound together well, and absolutely delicious - will definitely not be buying the ready-made one again!

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