Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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(401 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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24th Sep, 2015
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!!
18th Aug, 2015
Could I freeze them?
28th Jun, 2015
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.
17th Mar, 2015
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.
18th Jan, 2015
Doubled the spices as suggested. Rolled into balls instead of burgers. And oven baked instead of fried. Yummy :)
8th Jan, 2015
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.
15th Aug, 2014
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!
23rd Jul, 2014
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!
11th Jul, 2014
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!!!
5th Jul, 2014
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.


17th May, 2014
Did you let your chickpeas drain well? If they are too moist out of the food processor then you might need more flour.
13th Feb, 2014
It would be better to set the patties in the fridge before cooking. After shaping them, i put them in the fridge for at least 2 hours. This will 'firm' them up and will prevent them from falling apart in the pan!
18th Nov, 2013
Could a stick blender be used instead of a food processor?
26th Feb, 2016
a little late reply for this comment, i used a normal blender for my mixture it turned out fine, I left some lumps in it for texture. they were really tasty
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17th Nov, 2013
how do chop onions without crying?
28th Nov, 2013
If I have to do a load of onions I wear a snorkel mask. I call it Notting Hill cookery, lol


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