Falafel Veggie Burgers

by Heidi @ Food Doodles on July 4, 2011

I love veggie burgers.  There, I said it.  I love them!  The possibilities are endless, you can use any kind of bean, grain, nut, etc, let alone the choice you have with vegetables.  Really, they’re awesome.  I love these so much that I think my husband may never look at a veggie burger the same way again.  He did love these when I first made them, so that at least counts for something, right?

These do look a little crumbly, I think I added a little too much breadcrumbs, so just be careful.  When adding breadcrumbs, you should add the amount in the recipe and then let it sit for 30 minutes so that the crumbs can absorb the moisture instead of just mixing in more right away like I did.  They still taste great even if they’re a little dry, but if you realize they’re too dry before cooking, just add another egg(or even half of one) and you’ll be good to go!

Sorry to drag things out but I’ll post the recipe for my oven fries tomorrow.  They are so yummy and well worth the wait while they get crispy in the oven 🙂


[print_this]Falafel Burgers

Makes 6 large burgers

  • 2 1/4 C cooked chickpeas or one can
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • dash cayenne
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3/4 C frozen peas
  • 1 C whole grain breadcrumbs

In a food processor combine chickpeas, eggs, onion and salt.  Scrape down the sides of the processor and then mix in the spices including the salt, and lemon zest and juice.  Blend until smooth.  Remove from the food processor and stir in the peas and breadcrumbs.  Cover and let sit in the fridge for about 30 minutes(or longer) so the breadcrumbs can absorb some moisture.

When ready to cook, remove the mixture from the fridge and form into 6 large patties with your hands.  In a large non-stick pan over medium heat with just a couple drops of oil, cook the burgers about 8-10 minutes on the first side and then about 5 on the other, or until golden on both sides.  Serve hot on a bun or beside you favorite salad.[/print_this]

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1 Stacy February 10, 2013 at 04:51

I love veggie burgers and was looking for a good veggie burger recipe, then found this one. Looks so delicious and I can’t wait to try it out. thanks!


2 Carla Riley July 12, 2011 at 14:32

Yes I use quinoa for veggie burgers all the time. Just over cook the quinoa slightly to make it stickier. Quinoa is just the best thing ever! If you do eat eggs you can do some awesome things with quinoa and baking the eggs like a casserole! I could go on for days about fun food things to try!


3 niner from wechooseorganic.com July 12, 2011 at 02:45

I love veggie food and since my very good friend is vegetarian, I should really cook this for her. I bet it is so good.



4 Carla Riley July 11, 2011 at 07:56

Quinoa is another fantastic ingredient to use in veggie burgers if your don’t eat eggs.


5 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 12, 2011 at 09:23

Do you use quinoa to hold your veggie burgers together? I’m so curious about that! They do add a good dose of protein though which is great 😀


6 Sarah July 7, 2011 at 18:39

This is my dream veggie burger recipe!! Thank you! 🙂 I plan to make these this weekend at an all weekend BBQ Beach adventure 🙂 I’m sure they will be a HIT!


7 Gosia July 6, 2011 at 22:14

Gosh, Heidi, these veggie burgers look incredible. I love them too, but I’ve never ventured to make them myself. I think, I’m ready now after your amazing write-up.
Hope your summer is going well.


8 Cookies for Louisa July 6, 2011 at 08:21

This looks so delicious, must try!


9 polwig July 5, 2011 at 20:52

I love falafel and have been looking for a great vegetarian burger recipe. Now I am drooling over the keyboard and it is 11pm, way too late to cook. YUMMY !!


10 Trudy ~ Veggie num num July 5, 2011 at 20:20

I LOVE veggie burgers too, my husband and I eat homemade burgers all the time!!! Chickpeas make awesome patties don’t they and these look super quick and simple and so tasty!!


11 Heidi @ Food Doodles July 6, 2011 at 14:48

I agree, chickpeas are the best 😀 They can take on so many other flavors, they’re great.
Thank you!


12 Jeanette July 5, 2011 at 19:58

I love falafel – so how fun to make it into a burger – thanks for the additional tips!


13 Emily @ Write Twenty Eleven July 5, 2011 at 15:26

Yum! I must try this! I make black bean burgers pretty often, but haven’t tried anything like this. Looks awesome! -Emily


14 Prerna@IndianSimmer July 5, 2011 at 14:37

LOVE falafals! And making a burger out of it? why did I never think of it before?! A Must try!


15 Radhika @ foodfor7stages July 5, 2011 at 13:11

This looks like a meal that I have at Maoz. I am just like you, I can have them everyday.


16 Joyti July 5, 2011 at 12:18

I really like the idea of using things other than soy and mushrooms for veggie burgers.
This sounds really delicious!


17 Nami @ Just One Cookbook July 5, 2011 at 11:51

I love veggies but to be honest I have never tried veggie burger in my life. Your burger looks really tasty with all the seasonings you added! What a delicious looking burger Heidi!


18 Pure2raw twins July 5, 2011 at 10:20

these burgers look great!!


19 Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} July 5, 2011 at 09:46

I love veggie burgers, too! These look wonderful.


20 stephchows July 5, 2011 at 09:03

OMG these look delicious!! I love healthed up falafel 🙂


21 Lauren at Keep It Sweet July 5, 2011 at 06:25

I always like a new veggie burger recipe and these look great!


22 Maris(In Good Taste) July 5, 2011 at 02:30

I would love them crumbly. I happen to really like bread crumbs! They look very delicious!


23 Charissa July 4, 2011 at 20:04

Sometime I HAVE to try a falafel burger! I’ve only had falafels once and they were a little crunchy, haha…but this looks great!


24 Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli July 4, 2011 at 17:11

Good tip on the breadcrumbs! I guess that’s why half the time my veggie/bean burgers fall apart! Have you ever used chia seeds before instead of an egg? I’ve experimented a few times with them and I honestly can’t tell you which variation I like better!


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