Falafel Burgers

Initially, I was going to make falafel for dinner last night. But I didn’t really feel like taking the time to fry up the little balls, nor did I feel like eating fried food. And so, falafel burgers were born.


I’m not going to lie, I’m a little obsessed with these burgers.

As in, I may or may not have eaten them for 3 meals in the past 36 hours.
Some of them fell apart a tiny bit when I flipped them, but they taste too good for me to really care.
Serve with warm pita (which I made, but need to try again before the recipe is blog-worthy). You can add a yogurt sauce or some lettuce, tomatoes and onions. But really? You probably won’t need them. The pita + burger are delicious and flavorful enough on their own.

Falafel Burgers

Yield: About 15 burgers

Falafel Burgers


  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 c carrot, chopped (about 2 medium carrots)
  • 1 c yellow onion, chopped (about 1/2 large onion)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 c whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 c tahini
  • 1/2 c olive oil
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 375F.
  2. Pulse the carrots in a food processor until completely minced. Add the beans, onion and garlic. Pulse until well-mixed.
  3. Transfer the beans to a large mixing bowl and stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Using the back of a spoon, pat about 1/4 cup of the mixture into a patty on a greased cookie sheet. Repeat, spacing the patties about 3 inches apart, until the cookie sheet is filled.
  5. Bake at 375F for 25-30 minutes, flipping halfway through, until the outside is browned and crisp.

  6. Repeat with remaining bean mixture.
  7. Serve on a warm pita.


Any idea how to keep the patties from crumbling a bit? I tried adding a little extra flour, but it didn’t seem to do the trick…


    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I would offer to send you some, but between Dan and I, they are almost gone… πŸ˜‰

  1. says

    These look great and are a brilliant idea! So simple, yet I never thought of it. And I appreciate that they’re vegan! If I were to make them, as a vegan I of course wouldn’t use an egg to stop them from crumbling, but I’ve found that flax eggs work really well in holding things like this together too.

  2. Gwenn says

    Just wondering if I could freeze them ? I live on my own so making a batch and having them on hand in the freezer would be great. Lokks delicious !

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I haven’t tried, so I’m not sure. It is worth a shot, though!

      If you try it, let me know!

  3. says

    YUM!!! I’m new to your blog so I don’t know if you are vegan.. but maybe decrease the oil a bit and add an egg to help hold things together and not adding extra moisture? Either way they sound delicious!

  4. says

    After a 13 mile run I came home starving and opened up Angela’s “Recipe Link Love”

    I was about to eat off my own arm by the time I got to the end of the post. I decided to make these delicious burgers. They haven’t come out of the oven yet but raw they were still delicious!! Now my breath will smell like onions all day :). Thank you!!!

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      Congrats on your run, and I hope you enjoy them! Your comment is making me want to make them again…

    • Julie @savvyeats says

      I think that the suggestion to add a flax egg/regular egg to help it hold together would help a lot…and you’d still be baking instead of frying!

  5. Melody says

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! I just made these after seeing them on Angela’s blog. I ended up using bread crumbs instead of flour and 1/4 cup of egg whites as well. They baked up to perfect patties and didnt fall apart at all. These are delicious πŸ™‚

  6. says

    LOVED them! I had a little batter leftover and couldn’t fit it on my cookie sheets so I saved it. I definitely just inhaled it at lunch today, raw. I scooped it up with sliced radishes and it was incredible. Then when the radishes were gone I scooped it up with my fingers. It wasn’t my proudest moment, but it was definitely delicious!

  7. Becky says

    Hi. This looks so good and I want to make them but you don’t mention what size can of garbanzos to use.

  8. Nancy says

    Just made these tonight and had no problems with crumbling. I did bake them about five minutes longer…. They were delicious!

  9. says

    I LOVE falafel but have never tried making it into a burger-form. I’m going to give this a try sometime. I would probably try adding an egg to help it bind together? Maybe that will help keep it from crumbling.

  10. Marlet says

    They look amazing. I’m going to try them. Maybe I’ll add some (sweet) potato. That might prevent the crumbling too, don’t you think?