Falafel burgers in a bun with parsley

Easy falafel burgers

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(30 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 10 mins


Serves 4

Whizz up chickpeas with garlic, spices and herbs to make delicious vegetarian patties for lunch or dinner

Nutrition and extra info

  • uncooked patties only
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal476
  • fat15g
  • saturates2g
  • carbs63g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre7g
  • protein17g
  • salt2g
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  • 250g chickpeas from a can
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • small pack flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 rounded tbsp plain flour
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 100g hummus
    Hummus in a pot


    hoom-iss, hum-iss

    Hummus or houmous is a staple of Middle Eastern diets. It's a purée of cooked chickpeas,…

  • 4 burger buns, cut in half
  • watercress, to serve



    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…


  1. Drain, rinse and dry the chickpeas thoroughly, then tip into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until lightly broken up into coarse crumbs.

  2. Add the onion, garlic, spices, parsley, flour and some seasoning, and continue to pulse until combined. Using your hands, gently form the mixture into 4 patties about 10cm in diameter and 2cm thick.

  3. In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the falafels on each side for 2-3 mins or until golden (you may need to do this in batches). Lightly griddle the burger buns on the cut side in a griddle pan, or toast under the grill.

  4. Spread one side of each bun with hummus, top with a falafel burger, add a handful of watercress, then pop the remaining bun half on top.

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20th Jun, 2020
This came out perfect for me. The burgers formed perfectly so not sure what went wrong for the others who said theirs didn’t. I was really surprised how tasty it was. I didn’t even add very much salt but I did add 3 cloves of garlic, otherwise followed the recipe exactly. Will make again and again!
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Teague Mangan
3rd Mar, 2020
The recipe has no bonding element so fell apart completely when making patties. The method of frying is very risky as it can easily be burnt There is too much onion in the recipe. It really stands out. However, contains plenty of fibre and is a healthy take on fast food
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Hester Lyons
10th Mar, 2019
Really nice and quick recipe, I didn't have parsley or coriander leaves so used a handful of rocket instead and that turned out great. The falafel mix takes more salt than you may think so be sure to taste before you shape and fry. I made small falafel rather than burgers with these and put them in pitta bread and they were delicious.
4th Mar, 2019
I used this recipe to make just the burgers and they turned out so well! Really tasty, and I’m not a vegetarian. I made sure to season well, added a small amount of smoked paprika and tahini and they were divine. Also loved that they were so easy to make. Will definitely make again, and totally recommend.
31st May, 2018
Even the meat eaters of the family loved these! Great and easy recipe using ingredients that are in the larder anyway. Just make sure to add enough salt to the mix.
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Hannah Vasey
18th Jan, 2018
Super easy to make, quick to cook... perfect recipe and very tasty. Popular at the dinner table and will definitely make these again!
17th Sep, 2017
For medical reasons I had to go without onion, which made the mixture a bit dry; I added some olive oil and that solved the problem. The texture and the taste are perfect. Having tested the burgers, my carnivore husband is now seriously contemplating switching to vegetarian diet -wonderful!!! :)
26th Apr, 2017
Amazing !!!!!
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24th Sep, 2016
Well, I think mine turnes out a bit more like falafel splats if i'm honest. However, tastewise they were really nice. Possibly i didn't dry the chickpeas enough and even extra flour didn't bind them enough - hence being more of a splat ;)
Minoo's picture
23rd Mar, 2016
This is great for a quick and surprisingly healthy dinner. The texture of the burgers was perfect and didn't fall apart, which I've had problems with before on other recipes. The ingredients list doesn't make it all that clear, but 250g of chickpeas is about what you get from a 400g can when you drain it, so you just need to get 1 can of chickpeas for this recipe.
26th Jun, 2017
Can these be frozen?
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28th Jun, 2017
Thanks for your question. Yes, the falafel patties can be frozen. All freezer information is above the nutritional information alongside a blue star.
14th Mar, 2017
is there any way to replace the hummus? with an egg for example...
goodfoodteam's picture
16th Mar, 2017
Thanks for your question, you can certainly leave the humous out or replace it with a preferred topping.
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