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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)

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!!

suzymmorton'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!

sarahmartyn's picture
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Made these as instructed.....really tasty and much better than any shop bought ones I've tried. I've added sweetcorn and grated carrot to the mix a couple of times and that's nice too.

wallyfrenchchef's picture
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Fantastic flavour, Quick and easy to make. Satisfyingly filling. Served it up with salsa and guacamole. Must make again...soon.

cr-dennis's picture
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Lovely and tasty,will make again.

vfinney's picture
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Unfortunately found these quite tasteless :-(
Really wanted to like them because I was hoping they might become something i could wip up to go on a salad for a work lunchbox.
I made the full mix but made it into small patties (i.e to go with salad) and unfortunately not impressed...

greenjade6's picture
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Absolutely delicious! My little blender struggled with grinding the chickpeas, so the preparation took longer than expected, but it was well worth all the effort. I shall be making the burgers again and again - much tastier than bought ones.

benmod1's picture

This recipe was beyond unacceptable, when frying the paste that had the properties of something that you'd expect to find on a construction site it became a fierce black and crisp texture on the outside while remaining it's vile doughy state on the inside, I STRONGLY recommend cooking in the oven rather than frying as this turns the paste into something slightly more edible. Good Food has not lived up to its name.

missladyrouge's picture
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These were delicious, alll my family ate them up, will double quantity next time they all wanted more. I added some chopped up cashews nuts, and served with water cress, spinach and rocket salad, with the salsa and added some sour cream and chive dip, to the pittas so yummy, and so simple.

missladyrouge's picture
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These were delicious, alll my family ate them up, will double quantity next time they all wanted more. I added some chopped up cashews nuts, and served with water cress, spinach and rocket salad, with the salsa and added some sour cream and chive dip, to the pittas so yummy, and so simple.

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