Mediterranean Falafel Burger

Travel across the world for the evening by adding a little Mediterranean flair to your dinner with this vegetarian falafel burger. Our Vegetarian Burger Topic is brought to you by Produce for Kids, your healthy family resource for nutritious meals.

Vegetarian Falafel Burger

One of my favorite vegetarian items to get is falafel wrapped in a warm pita bread. I usually slather on some tzatziki sauce for that added creaminess and coolness.

So as I was trying to come up with some great vegetarian burger ideas, I thought it would be fun to try making my dearly beloved falafel into a burger. Add a bun and some cheese. Totally delicious.

One of the hardest parts of making falafel is creating the perfect patty: not too wet so it slops around and not too dry so it falls apart in your hands. Some say to use dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans), soak them the night before and then cook them before using in your recipe. However, who has time for that when I want a falafel burger now?

After some testing we found that best texture came from squeezing the water from the pureed chickpeas themselves. It got rid of the excess water and left us with a beautifully textured patty. (For more tips to get rid of excess water out of your veggies look here).

We served our burgers with nice slices of feta on top. Don’t buy the crumbled kind. It won’t stay on the burger easily. Instead buy the feta sold in a block, whether in brine or not, so you can slice it and place it on the burger), a smear of tzatziki and some tomato, red onion, and leaf lettuce.

Mediterranean Falafel Burger

Yield: 4 Burgers

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 (14.5oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 4 hamburger buns

Tzatziki Sauce

  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup shredded cucumber, water squeezed out
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper

Burger Toppings

  • 6 oz. feta cheese, sliced
  • 8 tomato slices
  • 4 red onion slices
  • 4 leaves of lettuce

Directions:

  1. In food processor combine chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, flour, cilantro, cumin, salt, red pepper and black pepper. Pulse until combined and mixture comes together, about 10 pulses. Put 5 sheets of paper towel on the counter. Put mixture on towel and squeeze out excess liquid. If more comes out, you can use more paper towels. Shape into 4 patties using your hands.
  2. In medium nonstick frying pan, add vegetable oil and heat to medium-high. Cook patties until golden brown underneath, about 4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side until browned, another 4 minutes. Remove from pan and place on plate while preparing sauce.
  3. Combine Greek yogurt, garlic, shredded cucumber, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Spread on the tops and bottoms of each of the hamburger buns. Place the patties in the buns and top with feta, tomato, red onion and lettuce.
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Lyndsay Burginger

It’s always entertaining when Lyndsay’s in the kitchen. She’s even been known to belt out Broadway show tunes while making dinner (a handy whisk as her microphone, of course). She currently writes for her international food and travel site, Lyndsay's Travel Kitchen . Lyndsay is also on the editorial team at The Cookful.