Falafel Burgers {Vegan}

by Amy on 25 January 2015

Simple Falafel Burgers {Vegan} | www.FearlessHomemaker.comSimple Falafel Burgers {Vegan} | www.FearlessHomemaker.comToday, I’m participating in a fun blogger event — the Secret Recipe Club. How does it work? Every blogger is secretly assigned another blog + chooses a recipe from that blog to make. On reveal day (today!), all of our posts go up at the same time, + everyone gets to see who was assigned to their blog, which recipe they chose, + how it turned out. Fun, huh?

This month I was assigned Shockingly Delicious, a wonderful blog full of scrumptious, budget-conscious, healthy, family-friendly foods + decided to make these Vegan Falafel Burgers. And y’all, I don’t think I can adequately explain how amazing these were. SO fantastic. They are simple to prepare, but packed with complex, impressive flavor. After making these for dinner recently, my husband told me that, honestly, he hadn’t had terribly high expectations for these burgers (as he’s not a huge meatless meal lover), but his mind was blown by their deliciousness. He actually said, “I do not miss the meat one bit – these are AMAZING. Can we please have these again within a few weeks?” You bet we can! I like serving them in pita pockets with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and a little tzatiki sauce. Perfection!

Thank you to Dorothy for introducing me to these truly fabulous falafel burgers + to the Secret Recipe Club for connecting me, yet again, with fantastic bloggers + amazing recipes! For all my previous Secret Recipe Club recipes, click here – there are TONS of awesome ones!

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Falafel Burgers {Vegan}

serves 4, adapted from Shockingly Delicious


2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained + rinsed
1 small onion, chopped
1 lime, grated rind and juice
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, minced
1/4 – 1/2 cup Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs*
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup olive oil (or less, depending on your pan size)


Put the chickpeas, onion, lime juice and rind, coriander, cumin, parsley, 1/4 cup breadcrumbs, salt, + pepper into a food processor and process to a coarse paste.

Turn out onto a clean work surface and shape into four patties. (*Note: the texture of the chickpea mixture should be thick + hearty enough to easily hold its shape – it should not be crumbling or falling apart. If the mixture seems too loose, add in more breadcrumbs, 1/8 cup at a time, until you reach the right consistency. How many breadcrumbs you need largely depends on how juicy the lime was. I typically find 1/4 cup total to be enough, occasionally I need a bit more.)

Spread out the flour on a large, flat plate and turn the patties in it to coat.

Heat the oil in a large skillet (just enough to lightly cover the bottom of the skillet), add the patties, and cook for 5 minutes on each side, until crisp.

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1 Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious January 25, 2015 at 11:26 pm

Amy, how funny that we had each other’s blogs this month! You did a fabulous job on the falafel burgers. They’re so good looking! I might have to make them again this week, due to your post!

And I had fun with your American Chop Suey, which I had never heard of before. http://www.shockinglydelicious.com/american-chop-suey/

Great meeting you through SRC!

2 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 26, 2015 at 7:13 am

Such a delicious lunch or dinner! And so healthy!

3 danielle January 26, 2015 at 9:08 am

Hubby surprised me with a dinner of homemade falafels,homemade pita and tzatziki last week. I love the idea of making them burger size. I will be pinning this recipe and trying it soon!

4 amy January 26, 2015 at 9:23 am

How funny that we both had homemade falafel last week. I actually made 3 of the 4 burgers as the pictured “burger size,” then I broke one of the burgers into 3 smaller balls to try it as typical “falafel size.” Both turned out awesome – I preferred the burger size, but my husband actually liked the falafel-size ones better because they got even more browned + crispy. Personal preference! =)

5 Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm January 26, 2015 at 11:17 am

Putting this on the list for a meatless Monday meal. Thanks.

6 sarah k @ the pajama chef January 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

i am definitely trying these soon! i love falafel.

7 SallyBR January 26, 2015 at 1:52 pm

I LOVE Dorothy and her blog! She is so much fun and indeed her site is a HUGE collection of great recipes and write-ups

I am intrigued by this falafel burger, and wish I could have one for dinner later tonight 😉

8 Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories January 26, 2015 at 2:29 pm

Isn’t Dorothy’s blog wonderful? I have never made falafel before. In fact, I’ve never had it before. This is definitely going on my must try list.

9 amy January 26, 2015 at 2:47 pm

You will have to try falafel, Karen! I’ve had it many times at our local Mediterranean + Greek restaurants, but had never made it at home until now. SO good. =)

10 Beth January 26, 2015 at 4:26 pm

We aren’t vegetarian, but I have a veggie burger recipe that I absolutely adore. I think I’d love this one too! Putting it on my list to try.

11 amy January 26, 2015 at 5:13 pm

Beth, I’d love that veggie burger recipe! I’m off to your blog to see if I can find it. =)

12 amy January 26, 2015 at 6:15 pm

For anyone else who’s interested, here are the vegetarian quinoa/black bean burgers that Beth mentioned -http://ofmusesandmeringues.blogspot.com/2013/08/camp-friends.html – I’m going to be trying those soon!

13 Choc Chip Uru January 26, 2015 at 6:38 pm

Falafels make up 80% of my vegetarian life haha so I would love to try your delicious burgers 😀 They look so wholesome!

Choc Chip Uru

14 Stephanie January 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

My husband is also not really a fan of meatless dinners. Not sure if he would like this that much, but I might force it on him because I LOVE falafel. Thanks for this awesome SRC post

15 Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines January 26, 2015 at 10:45 pm

Happy Reveal Day~ Fantastic recipe!! Lynn

16 EA-The Spicy RD January 27, 2015 at 12:38 am

Yum! These look amazing, and I bet my “meat eating” husband would love these too :-)

17 JJ - 84thand3rd January 27, 2015 at 2:24 am

I’m always game for falafel anything! Great choice this month :)

18 Amy (Savory Moments) January 27, 2015 at 5:27 am

These looks so good! We make a very similar version in the summer and love them.

19 Kelly January 27, 2015 at 7:58 am

These falafel burgers look amazing, Amy! I absolutely love falafels and can’t wait to try these burgers for my husband too! They sound so delicious and that’s awesome that you husband can’t wait for you to make them again :)

20 Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie January 27, 2015 at 8:29 am

Oh my goodness that looks incredible. I’ve had falafel burger on my list of things to make and here it is! That entire plate looks wonderful.

21 Melissa January 27, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I was so apprehensive to try falafel at first, but now it is one of my all time favorites. Your photos are beautiful! Awesome pick this month :)

22 Couscous & Consciousness January 28, 2015 at 1:35 am

Yum – Amy, these look seriously delicious and I know I would absolutely love these. Great pick this month.

23 Ann January 28, 2015 at 1:53 am

Looks so good
and you say its healthy too.
Give me some of that… ♥


24 Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel January 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm

Wow, these sound AWESOME!! I LOOOOVE falafal, and making it into burgers is genius! I so love this!

25 Agness January 30, 2015 at 2:53 am

I’m a big fan of burgers, especially healthy ones! This one looks extremely yummy and easy to make :D!!

26 Jen L | Tartine and Apron Strings January 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

Hello….I love falafels! It wasn’t until I went to Israel that I started tasting real delicious falafels. Then I thought to myself, why had I not made this before? Thanks for sharing this recipe. Your falafel looks like the ones I had in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Akko. Lots of fresh greens and a bit of tahini on top! Delish!

27 Luv What You Do January 30, 2015 at 5:26 pm

I love falafel but they never turn out right. I should try to make burgers!

28 Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook January 31, 2015 at 10:00 pm

Such a beautiful plate. I’ve never had falafel but this looks amazing. Definitely saving this for later.

29 Lesley Eats February 2, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Do you know how they compare to restaurant falafels? I love falafel, but the ones I’ve made at home weren’t better than the falafels at the takeout gyro place, so I stopped bothering. :)

30 amy February 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Hi Lesley! My husband + I both agreed that we like these *better* than our local Greek takeout falafels. (Chicago Style, the same place that’s in the Farmer’s Market, has a brick-and-mortar location near us). That being said, their falafels are not great. =| Since these are pan-fried and not deep-fried, they aren’t quite as crunchy as restaurant falafels. They have a more moist interior (I often find restaurant falafel to be too dry for my taste), and a slightly crisp exterior. Perhaps more dense than restaurant ones, but less toothy? The texture actually is somewhat similar to a turkey burger in that way, although I know that doesn’t help you!

31 Dedy@Dentist Chef February 2, 2015 at 7:56 pm

Damn delicious healthy burger!!!
i think this is kinda chicks food, but i’m fine with it thou, lol

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