Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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(399 ratings)

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
    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


  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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11th Mar, 2011
Love these, very very tasty mmmmmmm
8th Mar, 2011
really yummy! I served with sweet potato chips in burger buns for a no junk, junk food meal!
6th Mar, 2011
Very easy and quick to make. The taste left something to be desired, though- personally I didn't think there was enough flavour (despite putting in almost double the amount of recommended spices/herbs). I ate them with salad and cous cous though instead of salsa, so that may have been why. I think they would go particularly well with a spicy homous.
27th Feb, 2011
outstanding, with a couple of personal preference tweaks... made into approx 16 small and flat burgers and upped the spices by at least a half, and added a tiny splash of oil to help bind. served stuffed in oven warmed soft pitta (sprinkle with water before warming to help puff up) along with lashings of mayo, salsa and lemon/oil/salt dressed watercress. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS.
25th Feb, 2011
It maybe that I made them too large but I found that 3 minutes each side left them cold in the middle, I resorted to the oven and think I'd use that method again.
15th Feb, 2011
Really good midweek meal. I made them using smoked paprika instead of harissa and used half parsley/half coriander. Also made lots of smaller ones which I browned in a pan and then finished in the oven.
9th Feb, 2011
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5th Feb, 2011
I am on a pretty strict Low GI diet. Those falafels were also ok with whole grain flour, and in the oven :) perfect with pickles and trouts and some salad and yogourt sauce!
5th Feb, 2011
I disagree with most! Sorry! I had most of the ingredients, except instead of 1 red onion, I only added 1/2 white onion, and I baked in the oven to be healthy rather than frying. It was very bland. If I make again, I think I will have to add more onion, garlic, spices, and definitely fry! (or at least shallow fry quickly before throwing in the oven)
4th Feb, 2011
Really yummy and easy to make, a lot more moist than falafel you buy in the shops!


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