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

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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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ravingone's picture

Tried these tonight for the first time . Normally a meat eater but these were gorgeous . I doubled up on the spices as mentioned. Definitely have these again!!

gillysk's picture

Could I freeze them?

rubyloula's picture
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Delicious and easy to make! Made of a couple of amendments: I doubled up on the harissa paste and spices, and added a handful of fresh coriander along with the parsley. I also rolled into small golf ball sized balls and baked them.

mrsskellers's picture

Horrible, dry & tasteless. Really didn't enjoy these and neither did my family. I even doubled up on the spices as some of the reviews on here but it made no difference.

ClaireMG's picture
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Doubled the spices as suggested. Rolled into balls instead of burgers. And oven baked instead of fried. Yummy :)

pieshop's picture
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Made these for the first time last night. I would agree with others. You do need to definitely double up on the spices and garlic and add lemon juice. A hit with the family otherwise. Next time, i'll add more spices and lemon juice.

emzypops86's picture
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cheap and easy along with healthy! my young children 6 and 3 don't like salsa so i skipped this. i filled the pitta bread with hummus, wild rocket and a home made tzatziki for me. i served it with home made coleslaw and it went down a treat :) we love this meal!

freezingspark's picture
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Great tasting falafel. I added more coriander but that's just personal preference and like previous users, didn't use as much oil because the tinned chickpeas add quite a lot of moisture.
Baked in the oven for 15-20 mins to make them slightly healthier. Delicious!

joanna1972's picture
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Doubled everything as we are a hungry family...added a bit more spices as we do love a kick and served with Tabbouleh (also found on GF) and pitta. Despite reservations from the 17yr old confirmed carnivore boy, these were voted as fabulous by all! Left the patties in the fridge after making for a few hours, more from a time management perspective than necessity, and fried until golden. None of the dryness that I have found with pre-made falafel. Absolutely delicious!!!

kj5390's picture

I loved this recipe! I baked mine in the oven for 20 minutes instead of frying and it worked really well.
I used 2 tsp cumin, 2 tsp coriander paste, 1 1/2 tbsp flour, lots of parsley and 2 teaspoons of Harissa paste. I also left them wrapped in cling film in the fridge for a few hours first.

gg_cooks's picture
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Loved it. Added some tahini dip in the pitta for that authentic taste.

rebeccafoxley's picture

We enjoyed this recipe, we used 1 small white onion, 1 1/4 tsp coriander 1 1/2 tsp cumin, 3 garlic cloves and a pinch of chilli powder, I also had to add 1 tbsp water when mixing as it was a little dry, they turned out lovely

marianne_voogt's picture

I added an egg, spices and lemon juice. I did not have time to let them rest for a few hours (to make them more sturdy, so they would not fall apart) so I turned the heat to medium and let them fry for quite some minutes without touching or turning them. Once the one side was brown and crispy enough, they were sturdy and could be turned over.
They tasted delicious.

SianMP's picture

So easy and very tasty! As others have said, be generous with the spices.

I served them up in pittas with tahini, dill pickles and green salad. Will definitely be using this as a regular!

Umbrellorange's picture

Love these! They will need MUCH more spices than the recipe calls for, though. I added a lot of pepper, salt, chili flakes, paprika powder, ground cumin and a pinch of ground cinnamon, as well as the zest of 1 lime.
Also, i covered the patties in cling film and left them to rest in the fridge for 2 hours, this make them much firmer and will prevent them from falling apart whilst cooking!

Works very well with yoghurt-cucumber dressing (Greek yoghurt, chopped cucumber, dill and some ground garlic)!

abbatia's picture

These were fantastic! I used frozen onion and used a stick blender. Next time might try adding some lime juice. The mixture was quite wet so used flour on my hands and plate. Made 4 good size falafels which we had in a bread roll with salad and a slice of grilled halloumi cheese. Have frozen two for lunch next weekend.

Ceebee23's picture

These were yummy and they worked great. I made 5 good sized patties for this, enough for 3 people I would say; and added a fresh chilli, white onion and lots of peas to the burgers-really yummy!

3roser's picture

Absolutely perfect. Experienced zero problems with regards to there being too much flour or portion size. It made four decent sized burgers, one of which filled me up.
Thanks for the recipe, will definitely be making these again!

sophiedianeash's picture

I love this recipe. Although, I had to make the burgers very small and use a lot of oil because the mixture didn't bind well, and even then a lot of them fell apart! They tasted great though. Next time I will add an egg to bind the mixture. We ate them in white, seeded burger rolls, rather than pitta bread, with salsa and natural yoghurt. P.S. The reason the kcals are so low is because it says serves 4 when it actually serves 2!

youngedck123's picture

fantastic recipe, followed the ingredients fully but added a lime to give it a extra punch, you have to have it with salsa and houmous with salad in a pitta. also I didn't wizz it up in the food blender too much , kept them quite lumpy and wet hands before shaping them other wise its immpossible. would defiantly make them again :)