Grilled Falafel Burgers

Grilled Falafel Burgers


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded & minced
  • 15 ounces can garbanzo beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 cup cooked long-grain rice (basmati is good)
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 3/4 cup bread crumbs
  • salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • red pepper or hot sauce to taste


Heat olive oil in a small skillet until sizzling. Cook onion and garlic until onion is wilted and garlic is golden. Add jalapeno and stir well. Cool. Place cooled onion mixture, garbanzo beans, and rice in a food processor. Pulse on and off several times until the mixture becomes a smooth puree. Transfer to a large bowl. Add the lime juice and 1 cup of bread crumbs. Season to taste with salt, pepper,a nd red pepper or hot sauce. Mix with your oiled hands to combine. Shape into 3-inch patties about 1/2-inch thick, adding extra bread crumbs if patties don't hold their shape. They will be slightly sticky. Prepare a grill or preheat broiler. To grill, place the patties on a fine-meshed grid and grill about 5 inches from heat for 4-6 minutes per side until lightly browned. When one side is done, turn the patties carefully with a spatula and cook other side. To broil, place patties on a broiler pan or large cookie sheet lined with lightly-oiled foil and broil 3-5 inches from heat about 4-6 minutes. To serve, place patties into warmed pita pockets, hamburger buns, or toasted sandwich buns along with shredded lettuce, tomato slices, onion, sprouts, etc., and Tahini Mustard (recipe follows) if desired. Tahini Mustard 1/4 cup roasted tahini 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup lime juice 1 tablespoon garlic, minced 3/4 cup water salt to taste Place all ingredients in blender or food processor and process until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and salt to taste. Add up to 1 tablespoon more mustard, if desired.

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