Who doesn’t love a falafel? And burgers are a great go-to lunch or dinner. Then if you combine them? A taste sensation! That’s why I decided to make baked falafel burgers on my live Facebook cooking session on Friday. I’ve had lots of photos sent with everyones creations – it seems I’m not the only one who enjoys them!
Packed full of fabulous nutrients as well as plant protein and fibre, these burgers are super easy to make and might well become a firm family favourite. You can adapt the flavour as well as the ingredients so it works for you. And they freeze well too. So if you’re usually short on time, then make a bigger batch and keep them in the freezer – just remember to separate them with some non-stick paper otherwise you’ll have to defrost and eat the whole lot!
If you missed the live, here’s the recording with the full recipe underneath. And if you make them, don’t forget to send me a photo!
Baked falafel burger
- Food processor - optional
- 1 medium red onion roughly chopped
- 2 cloves of garlic roughly chopped
- big handful fresh parsley and/or coriander roughly chopped
- 400 g tin chickpeas drained or 250g cooked chickpeas
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground coriander
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- pinch red chilli powder optional
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- black pepper to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 50 grams oats gluten free if needed
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- Pre-heat the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/Gas 4. Line a baking sheet with non-stick baking paper or a silicon mat.
- Place the onion and garlic in the food processor bowl and pulse a few times to break down. Add the chickpeas and pulse again - try to keep a little texture. If you don't have a food processor then finely chop the onion and garlic and mash the chickpeas - combine together in a bowl.
- Transfer the mix into a large bowl and add all the other ingredients. Mix together well. If the mix is a little dry, add a tiny bit of water to loosen. If it's too wet, add some more oats. You want the mix to squish in your hands and stay together but not stick to you!
- Split the mix into 4 portions. Grab a burger mold or cookie cutter if you have one and place it on the prepared baking sheet. Press 1/4 of the mix into the mold to form a burger shape. Remove mold and repeat. If you don't have one, just form the burger free style and place on baking tray.
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes then turn over and bake for another 10 or until it's lightly brown and firm on the outside. Serve hot with salad, pickles and/or a tahini dressing.