Homemade is Better—Falafel Burgers

I was much older when I first tried hummus and found that I really enjoyed it.  So, one day I was at home with my then three-year-old, and I thought we should try falafel.

We looked up a few recipes to give it a try.  We immediately loved it!  It was crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and had great flavour!  Then, while visiting my brother-in-law, this bombshell idea comes at me.  I couldn’t resist, I had to make falafel into burgers.  Even though I enjoy meat, I feel it’s important to expand your palate.  This recipe could also be turned into regular falafel, although, this just seems much more satisfying for some reason.

I hope you enjoy.

Falafel Burgers

Ingredients

2 cans of chickpeas – drained and rinsed
½ cup fresh parsley
½ cup fresh cilantro
4 cloves of garlic – rough chopped
1 red onion – roughly chopped
½ cup oatmeal or flour
2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp Kosher Salt
½ tsp black Pepper
1 tbsp olive oil

Directions
  1. If using oatmeal put it in a food processor and pulse into a powder, remove and set aside.
  2. Add garlic and onion to the food processor and pulse until well chopped.
  3. Add in the cilantro and parsley, cumin, black pepper and 2 tsp of kosher salt, pulse again until everything is well chopped
  4. Add the chickpeas and pulse again and everything is incorporated.
  5. Add 1 tsp of lemon juice and pulse again to bind everything.
  6. If the mixture is still dry add the rest of the lemon juice and a bit of water to make it semi-wet. Taste it and add the remaining salt if needed.
  7. Add in the flour or oatmeal to bind everything together.
  8. Remove to a dry surface and form into 4-6 patties.
  9. Refrigerate, covered, for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.
  10. Heat a skillet over medium high with 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add the patties a few at a time, be sure not to overcrowd the pan. Let them cook for about 1-2 minutes per side.
  11. Add to a bun and enjoy with your favorite toppings.
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