Do you love falafel as much as we do? This Middle Eastern staple might appear intimidating to make, but it’s easy if you have a food processor (and it’s even easy if you don’t). We decided we wanted to try something new with these falafels, though, so we turned them into a patty, fried them, and made our very own Falafel Burger!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 57 g / 1/4 cup Crystal margarine, divided
- 25 g / 1 cup chopped parsley
- 1/4 medium red onion, chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 20 g / 1 tbsp tahini
- 15 ml / 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 6 g / 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 4 g / 1 tsp ground coriander
- 2 g / 1 tsp dried thyme
- 5 g / 1 tsp baking powder
- 4 g / 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 g / 1/2 tsp ground pepper
- 1 can / 540 ml chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 31 g / 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 large pita bread, cut in half
- red onion
- plain yogurt
- In a small bowl melt 14 grams (1 tablespoon) Crystal margarine on low in the microwave.
- Combine parsley, onion, garlic, tahini, lemon juice, cumin, coriander, thyme, baking powder, salt, pepper and melted Crystal margarine in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture is finely chopped, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
- Add the chickpeas and flour. Pulse until mixture comes together but there are still pieces of chickpeas visible, about 10 times. Do not process to a smooth paste.
- Divide the mixture in four and shape into patties about 4 inches (10 centimetres) in diameter.
- Chill patties in refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour or up to overnight.
- To cook, melt remaining Crystal margarine in a large nonstick skillet over medium low heat. Fry falafel burgers until crispy and golden, 10 to 12 minutes on each side.
- Serve warm in pita halves with tomato, cucumber, onion and parsley. Drizzle with tahini and yogurt and serve warm.
- To make the falafel burgers without a food processor, very finely chop the parsley, onion and garlic. Add remaining ingredients and mash well with a potato masher until chickpea mixture is able to form a ball. Continue with shaping the patties.
- Use gluten-free oat flour in place of all-purpose flour for gluten-free falafel burgers.
- This recipe goes amazingly with our Sprouted Chickpea Hummus.