All the flavor of traditional authentic falafel in burger form. These falafel burgers are fun and easy to make with a nice crispy exterior and a perfectly seasoned light and fluffy interior.
If you are a fan of falafel, you are going to love these falafel burgers! They have all the flavor of traditional falafel in a fun burger shape.
Homemade falafel has become a big thing around here. It’s definitely a family favourite at dinner time. With so much time spent at home these days it’s been easy to find the time to put it together – and I’m really loving that we have a vegetarian dinner option that the whole family really loves.
With all this falafel making going on, I started thinking about how else we could serve it up. The first thing that came to mind was that falafel would make an excellent vegetarian burger option, so I threw a batch together and I have to tell you the results were DELICIOUS.
How to make falafel burgers
For me, the hardest thing about making falafel is remembering to plan ahead and soak the chickpeas overnight. This is important – you can’t make great falafel from canned chickpeas – they are simply to wet to give you the right texture.
So, plan ahead and soak those chickpeas!
When you are ready to start making your falafel burgers throw all the ingredients except the flour and baking powder in a food processor and give everything good pulse until you have a grainy looking ‘dough’.
Once you’ve got the chickpea mixture blitzed up, transfer it to a bowl, add the flour and baking powder, and then mix thoroughly.
Divide the mixture into 4 equal sections then roll each quarter into a large ball before placing them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Using your hand press the balls into a round burger shape while on the parchment paper while taking care to make sure the sides of the falafel burger stay formed while you are pressing them out.
Once your falafel burgers are all formed, placing the tray in the fridge for a couple of hours to let them firm up a bit before frying.
When you are ready to fry, cover the bottom of a large skillet with oil and bring it to medium heat. Once the oil is hot, use a flat spatula to gently lower the burgers into the oil. they will be a little bit sticky and may need you to nudge them off the utensil gently by hand.
Fry on the first side for 2-3 minutes or until you can see them bottoms turning into a nice golden brown colour, then flip and cook them for the same time on the other side.
We served out burgers on mini naan bread because I love how soft they are and I thought they went really well with the whole falafel thing, but regular burger buns would work just as well here.
Dietary considerations and accommodations
This falafel burger recipe is suitable for the following diets:
- vegan & vegetarian
- gluten free (use gluten free flour)
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- Food processor
- 1 cup dried chickpeas
- 1⁄2 large onion roughly chopped about 1 cup
- 1⁄2 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 4 tablespoons flour
- Soak the chickpeas overnight in a large bowl with water covering them by a couple of inches.
- Drain the chickpeas and add them along with the onion, parsley, salt, garlic, cumin, ground coriander to a food processor and pulse until the mixture is coarse and grainy.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the flour and baking powder.
- Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper, then divide the falafel mixture into 4 and form it into 4 round balls before placing them on the parchment lined sheet.
- Using your hand gently press out the balls into flat burger shapes while taking care to keep the sides of the burgers shaped.
- Place the baking sheet in the fridge and allow the burgers to cool in there for a coupe of hours to help them keep their shape while cooking.
- Heat a large skillet to medium heat and cover the bottom of it with oil.
- When the oil is hot, gently lower the burgers into the pan with a spatula and cook for 2-3 minutes per side. You will know when it is time to flip the burgers when you see the sides turning a nice golden brown.
- Serve on mini naan bread or burger buns with lettuce, tomato, onions and garlic mayo.
- calorie estimate is for the falafel BEFORE frying in oil.