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Falafel Burgers with Tzatziki Sauce

  • Author: Sylvia Fountaine | Feasting at Home Blog
  • Prep Time: 13 hours
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 13 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main, vegan, vegan burger
  • Method: Baked or pan-seared
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Diet: Vegetarian


Healthy Delicious Falafel Burgers with your choice of  Tzatziki Sauce or vegan Tahini Sauce– a vegan, gluten-free burger that is flavorful, healthy and filling! Chickpeas require 12 hours of soaking time. DO NOT USED CANNED CHICKPEAS


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  • 1 cup dry garbanzo beans, soaked in water 12-24 hours, drained. Do not cook.
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup cilantro, tender stems ok
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Optional Falafel Burger Garnishes:

Quick Pickled Peppers :

  • 1/2 cup vinegar- red wine, apple cider, or white
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8-10 little sweet peppers – sliced
  • 1 tsp coriander or cumin seeds (optional)
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorn ( optional)
  • 2 cloves sliced garlic (optional)


  1. Soak the cup of chickpeas in a bowl of water 12- 24 hours on the counter (make sure they are covered with water). Drain and blot dry.
  2. In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients except garbanzo beans, until chopped and combined. Add garbanzo beans and pulse repeatedly, scraping down sides, until it sticks together, and forms a granular paste. (Do not blend until smooth.)
  3. Form 4 patties with damp hands, compressing them tightly and place on parchment-lined baking dish and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes.
  4. If baking, pre-heat oven to 400F.
  5. Make either  tzatziki sauce or Tahini Sauce  and optional pickled peppers ( see below)
  6. Either bake falafels in a hot oven, for 30 minutes, turning over ½ way through– or pan fry in a cast iron skillet with a generous amount of oil, until each side is golden, and finish heating through in a warm oven. ( See notes)
  7. To make Quick Pickled Peppers Place all ingredients in a small pot on the stove, bring to a boil. Simmer 3 minutes, refrigerate.
  8. Assemble burgers on toasted buns w/ tzatziki or tahini, sliced tomatoes, greens, pickled peppers or onions and lettuce.


When pan-searing falafel burgers, place them in a well-oiled skillet. Do not move or mess with them, until they form that deep golden crust, which, once there, will help the falafels naturally release from the pan. If you try to move or flip too early they may fall apart. Using a thin, metal spatula is ideal here, to help preserve that  golden crust ( vs. a thinker plastic one).


  • Serving Size: one falafel patty
  • Calories: 385
  • Sugar: 5.9 g
  • Sodium: 483.8 mg
  • Fat: 7.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.9 g
  • Fiber: 6.6 g
  • Protein: 10.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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