May 31, 2010

Falafel burgers

I was trying to think of another way to make a vegetarian burger that was made out of beans. I often make black bean burgers, but wanted to make a different bean-based burger. I have been making baked falafels for a while and thought that the recipe would make a great burger recipe. I was correct. They turned out really well and were very flavorful. I bought some multi-grain mini pitas and split them in half to use as the bun. The recipe made four mini-burgers. I also made a yogurt sauce to go on top of these burgers. Both recipes as well as suggested toppings are below.

Falafel burgers
1 can chick peas, drained well
1/2 medium red onion, plus more sliced for topping
about 1/3 cup fresh parsley
about 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
2 garlic cloves
zest of half a lemon
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon paprika
about 1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
about 1/3 to 1/2 cup bread crumbs (whole grain, if possible)
olive oil for cooking

In a food processor, pulse the onion, garlic, cilantro, parsley, hot sauce, lemon zest, and all spices until smooth. In a large bowl, mash the chick peas with a potato masher or fork until the are pasty, but still have some texture and chunks. Add the mixture from the food processor to the bowl along with the baking powder and bread crumbs and mix to combine. Add the breadcrumbs slowly until the mixture looks fairly dry and holds together well. Form into four patties. Heat a skillet with olive oil until hot. Fry to patties until golden brown on both sides.

For the sauce:
1 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat)
zest and juice of 1/2 a lemon
about 2 tablespoons finely diced cucumber
1 teaspoon dried dill
dash of salt

Mix all of the above ingredients in a bowl and refrigerate until serving time.

sliced feta
sliced cucumber
sliced red onions
sliced tomatoes

Serve hot on a split pita. Top with the yogurt sauce and any of the above toppings.

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