Falafel Burgers

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A fun twist on a hamburger, this falafel burger recipe is easy to whip up for weeknight dinners. It’s vegan, vegetarian and optionally gluten-free. The whole family will love these!


  • 15-ounce can chickpeas (1 ½ cups cooked), rinsed + drained
  • 1/4 medium red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup parsley, stems removed
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

For serving:

  • 4 hamburger buns
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced red onion
  • Pickles
  • Lettuce
  • Tahini


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Add your chickpeas to the bowl of your food processor and blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed.
  4. Add in red onion, garlic, parsley and sesame seeds. Pulse until broken down into fine bits. Mixture should be mostly smooth with a little texture.
  5. Stir in flour, cumin, coriander, salt + pepper to falafel mixture using a spoon. Mixture should come together into a thick paste.
  6. Roll falafels into 4 large balls and then flatten with palm of hand.
  7. Heat olive oil on medium-high heat over a large skillet. Add falafels and brown on each side for 3-4 minutes.
  8. Place falafels on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes or until outside is crispy and center is cooked and firm.
  9. Place falafels on burger buns and top with tomato, onion, lettuce, pickles and drizzle with tahini.

*Note: recipe can easily be doubled.