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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Falafel Burgers #SecretRecipeClub



It’s March Secret Recipe ClubTime!  In SRC, members are secretly assigned another participating blogger and then whip up something delicious from their recipe archives.

This month, I was assigned Corey’s blog, Learning Patience.  Corey is a world traveler, loves food, and loves to run.

I love being assigned bloggers who have been part of SRC for a long time.  It’s like bumping in to an old friend…in fact, Corey had my blog a year and a half ago and totally made one of my recipes better!  You should definitely check it out!


Since Corey describes herself “mostly-vegetarian” and since it’s the season of Lent (I’m Catholic, so we abstain from meet on Fridays until Easter), I decided to make her delicious Falafel Burgers!

You guys.  These were SO GOOD!  Especially with the sauces and fresh pita bread!

Thank you, Corey, for an amazing recipe!


Recipe Note:
You have 3 options with the chickpeas. 
Option 1 (pictured): Soak dried chickpeas but do not cook them (for the why, check this post at Tori Avey’s blog).  This will create a drier, sturdier burger
Option 2: Soak dried chickpeas and cook them according to packaging.  This will create a more tender burger, but should still hold up well (I plan to try this next time)
Option 3: Use 1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed.  Burgers will be mushier and may need a lot more breadcrumbs.  I’ve used canned beans a lot in the past (see recipes here and here), but the burgers can be very difficult to flip and don’t hold up well to a bun.

Falafel Burgers
Adapted from Learning Patience

Burgers
1 small onion, finely diced
¼ cup canned diced green chilis (½ of the small can)
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 tsp coriander
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp sea salt
1 ½ cups chickpeas (see note)
Juice & zest from ½ lemon
¼ cup tahini
1/3 cup panko crumbs
1 egg

Lemony Greek Yogurt Sauce
3 tbsp Greek yogurt
1 tsp lemon juice
Dash of garlic powder
Salt & pepper, to taste

Toppings
Lettuce
Cucumber ribbons
Sliced avocado
Sriracha (or favorite hot sauce)


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add the onions and green chilis and cook until the onion is softened.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Scoop the mixture into a bowl and stir in the turmeric, coriander, and salt.  Set aside to cool slightly.

Place the chickpeas, lemon juice & zest, tahini, and 1 tablespoon olive oil into the bowl of a food processor.  Process until the chickpeas resemble a chunky paste (if it begins to look like hummus – stop blending!)

Scoop the chickpea mixture into a bowl.  Add the onion mixture, panko, and egg.  Mix until well blended and form into 4 patties.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Place the patties into the hot skillet and cook for 4 minutes per side or until browned and crisp.

Meanwhile, stir together all ingredients for the yogurt sauce.

Serve with a dollop of yogurt sauce, lettuce, cucumber, avocado, and a dash of hot sauce.  Stuff into fresh pitas, if desired.


Serves 4

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10 comments:

  1. I love a Falafel Burger and was happy to read your recipe tips. I will try the dry method next time, thanks for the tip. Have a great week, its fun cooking with you in the SRC!
    Miz Helen

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  2. Hi there...wowsers, so glad you picked this recipe, it's crazy awesome!!! Glad you enjoyed it - ps these freeze great too!
    Great SRC pick!
    xoxo from London

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  3. These look fantastic. I've always used canned chickpeas in the past but had the problems you've mentioned so I really should get some dried ones to use next time as I love making things with chickpeas. THey're perfect for meat-free days.

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  4. I am a guest for Group B this month. I was assigned a new SRC Blogger, Clark's Condensed. I have never had falafel, I will have to give it a try.

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  5. I love the idea of a flafal turned burger. Nice meatless meal choice! Great choice for SRC!

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  6. I will try these with a different bean...my little one developed an allergy to garbanzo beans. Go figure. These look fantastic, Amy!

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  7. Three cheers for falafel! I've never thought about adding the green chilies, will have to try that next time. I would recommend using dried chickpeas too, I actually use option 1 when making falafel, but I haven't had an issue with them turning out dense. I usually make them about golf ball sized though.

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  8. I keep thinking about trying falafel and this might push me to finally do it. great choice!

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  9. Stopping in from Group C to comment. I love falafel and I've been meaning to make something like this for a while. Great SRC post

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  10. I love falafel, even if/when it falls apart. Will have to try this panko crumb version and see if it helps. Great SRC choice!

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