Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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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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20th Mar, 2014
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!
13th Feb, 2014
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)!
9th Feb, 2014
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.
5th Feb, 2014
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!
3rd Feb, 2014
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!
8th Jan, 2014
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!
7th Dec, 2013
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 :)
5th Dec, 2013
Found this recipe really easy to follow and super quick. However, I feel that 2 tbsp of flour was too much, 1 was more than sufficient. I also added some lime and larger quantities of the spices like the other comments here suggested and felt that it worked very well!
24th Nov, 2013
Extremely bland if you stick to the recipe and eat them alone but a good base for your own falafel and great in a pitta with extra dressings and salad. Try doubling the amount of spice and adding lime or lemon juice.
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17th Nov, 2013
how do chop onions without crying?


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