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Baked Falafel Burgers

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | February 15th, 2017 | Recipes, Sandwiches, Vegetarian
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falafel burgersMy husband is a huge fan of falafel. Whenever we are able to find a food truck with street meat, he’s sure to ask for extra falafel. Personally, I don’t get all that excited about falafel there because it’s fried. I think it loses a lot of its yummy garbanzo flavor and becomes overwhelmed with oil. I know that’s the reason that most people find it exciting. To each her own.

Recently I decided that I would try and make falafel at home but bake it. I figured that if there were enough spices and flavorings added to the falafel the fact that it wasn’t oil-coated would be just fine. Since I knew we had a sandwich theme in the near future I decided to make bigger falafels and serve them as burgers in pita bread.

A few notes on these burgers. (1) They weren’t as crispy as fried falafel are. That wasn’t shocking. (2) They were filled with flavor as I added both fresh parsley and cilantro to the mixture. Plus, I created a special sauce for them that really brightened the entire sandwich.

These falafel burgers make a nice, healthy option for sandwiches. I would suggest not trying to fry them. At the last moment, I threw one in a frying pan with oil. Initially the burger started to sizzle but within moments the burger began to crumble, leaving me with a pan of kind of crispy falafel pieces. Stick with baking them in the oven for burgers that hold their form.

Baked Falafel Burgers

Yields 4
A healthy, vegetarian burger option


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Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
40 min

Prep Time
10 min

Cook Time
30 min

Total Time
40 min

Ingredients
  1. 15 oz. can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
  2. ½ cup parsley
  3. 1 cup cilantro
  4. 3 cloves garlic, minced
  5. 3 Tb. lemon juice
  6. 2 tsp. cumin
  7. ¼ cup walnuts
  8. Salt & pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor; blend until smooth.
  2. Form into patties, and place on small, greased baking sheet.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve with desired toppings and bread.
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