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Falafel Burgers

Falafel Burgers
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The following recipe and photography were provided by local blogger Abby Thome of The Thome Home.

Plant-based burgers are by far my favorite burgers to create all year long, and this falafel burger is no exception!

Traditionally falafel is fried, but I was craving something easy and light, so I decided to skip the fryer and bake these beauties instead.

Falafel Burger

Incredible for burgers, wraps, salads and even grain bowls, serve these hearty, herbaceous and good-for-you patties with scratch-made tzatziki sauce for the most flavorful experience!

I recommend making these in a big batch and storing in the fridge to enjoy warm or cold throughout the week.

Falafel Burgers

Falafel Burgers


For the Falafel Burgers

  • 3 15 oz. cans Heinen’s organic garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup almond flour (or chickpea flour)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 tsp. coriander
  • 3 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 2-3 Tbsp. olive oil

For the Tzatziki Sauce

  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cucumber, seeded and diced small
  • 2 tsp. dry dill weed
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper

For the Pickled Red Onions

  • 1 large red onion, sliced
  • White vinegar
  • 2 heaping tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 heaping tsp. sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add all of the falafel burger ingredients to a food processor and blend for 3-4 minutes until the mixture is very smooth.
  3. Carefully remove the blade from the food processor and roll large portions of the mixture into balls with your hands. The balls should be slightly smaller than a tennis ball, for reference.
  4. Place the rolled falafel onto the prepared baking sheet. Use the bottom of a plate to push each ball into a burger patty that is ½-inch thick.
  5. Brush the burgers with olive oil and bake at 375˚F for 20 minutes.
  6. Turn on the broiler and let the patties get golden brown on the top for another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Simply stir all of the tzatziki ingredients together in bowl. Cover and store in the fridge until ready to enjoy.
  8. Add the sliced red onion to a large jar. Add the white vinegar, salt and sugar. Place the lid on the jar, give it a good shake and let it sit in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Falafel Burger

Heinen's Grocery Store

By Heinen's Grocery Store

In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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