Falafel Inspired Burger

Mediterranean Falafel Burger

Contributor: Lyndsay Burginger

Learn the secret for making your own falafel. It’s so simple and it makes such a difference. Our Vegetarian Burger Topic is brought to you by Produce for Kids, your healthy family resource for nutritious meals.

  • Author: Lyndsay Burginger
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


  • 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


  • 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


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


  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.