Falafel burgers

Falafel burgers

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(417 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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2nd Aug, 2013
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!
17th Jul, 2013
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.
16th Jul, 2013
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.
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13th Jul, 2013
So easy to make and absolutely delicious! All were wolfed down in one sitting by a greedy pair!
11th Jul, 2013
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.
10th Jul, 2013
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?
8th Jul, 2013
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!!
20th Jun, 2013
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!
15th May, 2013
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!
10th May, 2013
Vey tasty, will try oven baking next time :-)


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