Baked Falafel Burgers

I am a self confessed Falafel lover. But Falafel by itself without the frying is really nutritious and gives an instant energy boost. It also helps to fill you up faster thanks to all that protein packed into it.What can be done without much effort, makes me feel really full, is healthy and requires less cooking time? Baked Falafel it is.

You have a perfect, healthy lunch under 30min. Need any more bargain than this?:)The recipe is almost same as Fried Falafel which I am repeating here with a minor change being that I have not used Fava beans. Instead its completely chickpeas.

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  • Yields: Makes around 4-6 burgers
Ingredients
  • 2 cups chickpeas, soaked for at least 6-8 hrs
  • 1 onion
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • few springs of cilantro and 4-5 leaves of mint
  • 2-3 green chillies ( or as per taste)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Method
1. Take all the ingredients except the sesame seeds if using in a blender
2. Blend to a smooth paste. Dont add water until required for blending. The dough should allow you to shape this mixture into patties. In case, it gets difficult, add little soy flour/corn flour to thicken it.
3. Shape into patties, place them in a greased baking pan, drizzle little oilve oil on it, top it off with seeds and place them in a preheated 350F oven
4. Turn them in the middle so that both the sides are cooked. Bake them till both the sides turn golden brown. Dont bake them for a long time since they get drier.
5. You can use any sandwich bread. Instead of using the usual Burger buns, I used Whole Grain English Muffins to enhance nutrition. You can also use any other grain bread to make this a gluten free version. Use any stuffing - lettuce, red onions, avocado and the falafel with little ketchup was my choice. What would be yours? :)

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20 Comments

By Sudha on Dec 24, 2012

Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! I' found your blog recently and have been loving all the tofu recipes. One question on this, do we have to boil the chickpeas? I don't see any mention of it but just want to make sure.

For falafal, you just soak the chickpeas. Doesnt need boiling. --DK

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By Lorna on Mar 1, 2012

I have been following you on facebook, but I don't always get to read your recipes... anyway, I just suscribed to your blog instead and was going through your recipes and stumbled upon the falafel. I LOVE falafel! I make it all the time but I love your approach and the burger concept of this. Keep up the good work and continue to "feed" us all those nice recipes of yours.

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By Radhika on Jul 20, 2010

Wow! thank yo so much for this recipe. Falafel is one of my favorite too. Will surely try this recipe. Thank you so much :)

By Swapna on Jun 21, 2010

I would like to try these soon. Do you have any tried recipe for low-fat sour cream? Thank you for delicious looking falafel :)

By Barney on Feb 6, 2010

I tried these with romano beans and celery because I didn't have chickpeas and onion. Worked well. Thanks for the recipe!

By Namratha on Dec 22, 2008

Baked falafel, awesome! This really helps, I surely wouldn't feel guilty if I ate an extra one. :D

By shakaharisapadu on Dec 20, 2008

oopsie...I wanted to type in my recipe blog...but ended up typing my other blog ID..sorry!! could u please edit or something! My bad!! I commented as "myheadtrip" earlier

By myheadtrip on Dec 20, 2008

Wow!! These look so yummy...will try them out and not feel guilty about falafel! I love them :) Thank you!

By Vanamala on Dec 19, 2008

This is lovely...nice recipe

By Kitchen Flavours on Dec 19, 2008

Wow healthy and yummy way for satisfy ones own hunger.

By Priya on Dec 19, 2008

I too join my hands with u Dk..just reading the name itself makes me hunger..Delicious n great dish indeed..

By rekhas kitchen on Dec 19, 2008

looks so tempting DK

By Madhu on Dec 18, 2008

I love anything with chickpeas,Can gobble up more when its healthy :)
very tempting...

By DEESHA on Dec 18, 2008

thatz a good one .. I too hate making lunch only for myself

By Soma on Dec 18, 2008

Another falafel lover here. The guilt free food. I do mine on the skillet. Good idea to bake them.

By DK on Dec 18, 2008

My god! you guyz are awesomely fast!!!!!!!! Glad to know you like them :) They r yummy arent they?

By Chandani on Dec 18, 2008

i am also a falafel lover..this baked version is so good, you can eat all you want without feeling guilty:)...i also make mine in a similar way...

By Curry Leaf on Dec 18, 2008

Perfect.I too love falafels.This one is perfectly done.