Falafel Veggie Burgers

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Delicious and flavorful falafel veggie burgers! These simple burgers have all of the key flavors of falafel, with a few added veggies for the perfect balance. Serve them over a chopped salad with tahini sauce for a delicious plant-based meal.

falafel burger

Falafel Veggie Burgers

Falafel has always been a favorite meal of mine that I grew up eating quite often. It’s packed with so much delicious flavor, and made with the freshest ingredients.

These falafel veggie burgers are so similar to real falafel, but have a few extra add-ins, and are grilled on a pan instead of deep fried.

Falafel Veggie Burger

These falafel veggie burgers are the perfect weeknight meal to serve with a freshly chopped salad and homemade tahini sauce.

Although traditional falafel is made with dry chickpeas that have been soaked, I used canned chickpeas for this recipe to make it simpler to make.

The end result is still incredible, and is so much easier to whip up!

Falafel Veggie Burgers

What you’ll need to make falafel burgers:

  • canned chickpeas
  • red onion
  • spinach
  • cilantro + parsley
  • garlic
  • spices: sesame seeds, cumin, coriander, salt, pepper and cayenne
  • flour, to help bind the burgers

Blend the chickpeas, herbs and veggies together to form a paste, then mix it in with the spices and flours to form the burgers.

You can pan-fry these in a skillet, or bake them until they’re perfectly crispy!

Falafel Burger

The burgers stay soft on the inside, but get that perfect outer crisp like true falafel. If you’re a long time follower then you know I love my homemade veggie burgers, but this recipe may just be my favorite one yet.

I can’t wait for you guys to try it!

Falafel Veggie Burgers

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Falafel Veggie Burgers

5 from 4 votes
Course: Main
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

15

minutes
Cooking time

15

minutes
Total time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas (15 oz), drained and rinsed

  • 1/2 red onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/4 cup cilantro

  • 1/4 cup parsley

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds

  • 1/3 cup oat flour or all-purpose flour

  • 2 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp coriander

  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

  • Olive oil, to cook the burgers

  • Tahini Sauce
  • 1/4 cup tahini (sesame paste)

  • 1/4 -1/3 cup cold water

  • 1.5 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • Chopped Salad
  • 4-5 persian cucumbers, finely chopped

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes or 3 roma tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 1/4 red onion

  • 1/4 cup Chopped parsley

  • 2 -3 mint leaves, chopped (optional)

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

  • Juice from 1 lemon

  • Salt & pepper

Directions

  • Add the chickpeas, garlic, red onion spinach, cilantro and parsley to a blender or food processor and pulse together until a textured paste forms- you may need to scrape down the sides every now and then. The mixture should still have small pieces of herbs and chickpeas and doesn’t need to be fully pureed. *See pictures above
  • Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add in the spices, sesame seeds and flour. Mix together using your hands, making sure everything is evenly mixed. If the mixture is too pureed, I suggest adding an extra 2-3 tbsp of flour.
  • Form 4 palm-sized burgers with the mixture.
  • BAKE OR PAN-FRY:

    Pan-fry: heat a skillet with about 2 tbsp olive oil on medium heat. Cook the burgers for about 5-7 minutes on one side, and flip them for another 5 minutes.

    Bake: preheat the oven to 375 F. Place the burgers on a parchment lined sheet pan and drizzle them with olive oil. Bake them for 12 minutes, then flip and bake for an additional 10 minutes.
  • To make the tahini sauce, combine the tahini, water, lemon juice, salt and garlic in a bowl and whisk together until smooth. Start with 1/4 cup of water and add more as needed to create a smooth sauce.
  • Toss the cucumbers, tomatoes and herbs together with the olive oil, lemon juice salt and pepper and serve with your falafel burgers and tahini sauce.
  • The burgers can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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9 Comments

  1. Amrita

    It was my first time making falafel and this recipe was not only delicious but so easy to follow! I’ll definitely be making these more often. Thank you Gal!

  2. Made this for lunch today for hubby and I. Tasty & satisfying thanks Gal

  3. Giovanna

    Hello , your falafel burgers are amazing I did them today . Thank you so much .
    Mrs lipari

  4. Is there something I can use as a alternative to spinach?

  5. Can the falafel burgers be made with Gf all purpose flour??

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