Saturday, 3 October 2009

Falafel Burgers with Pitta Bread

For a while I've been dreaming about making these falafel burgers. I found the recipe in a GoodFood magazine, and was delighted that there were so many vegetarian recipes in the same magazine. I changed the recipe a bit, added more garlic etc. I love chickpeas and I love pitta bread, so making these burgers was really a joy (and easy)! And think that self-made pitta bread is absolutely better than the one you can buy, so I really recommend for you to try making them! I have to say that the burgers succeeded very well, ant that I was fully satisfied, they had a nice spicy kick and the salsa gave a wonderful flavour to the whole thing. Soooo gooood!

Falafel Burgers
(serves 4)

about 500g chickpeas (two cans)
1 red onion, roughly chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, pressed
handful of curly parsley
1 tsp each ground cumin and coriander
1/2 tsp chilipowder
2 tbsp plain flour
2 tbsp olive oil
fresh pitta bread, tomato salsa, green salad, rucola, red pepper in slices, tomato in slices and cucumber in slices to serve (I think you could also add some guacamole and creme fraiche)

1. Pat the chickpeas dry with kithen paper. Tip into a food processor along with the onion, garlic, parsley, spices, flour and a little bit of salt.
2. Blend until fairly smooth, the shape into four patties with your hands.
3. Heat the oil i a non-stick frying pan. add the burgers then quickly fry for 3-5 minutes each side until lightly golden.

4. Serve with pittas, green salad, fres vegetables, tomato salsa (guacamole and creme fraiche)

Pitta bread
(8 breads)

2,5 dl water
25 g fresh yeast
0,5 tsp salt
2 tsp sugar
about 5,5-6,5 dl white flour
2 tbsp olive oil

1. Warm the oven into 250 °C. Warm the water so that it's the temperature of your hand. Steep the yeast into the warmed water and add salt and sugar. Add the flour and beat the dough at the same time. The last, add the oil.
2. Let the dough rise so it doubles.
3. Share the dough into 8 balls and roll them into thin round breads. Let them rise on a baking sheet and then bake in the oven for 5-8 minutes until ready (the breads rise in the oven and become like balls, and they should get a light color, but you have to be careful and not to burn them)


  1. Wow! You did the pitta breads too?! You are one industrious girl! Keep up the good work! These recipes makes me hungry...

    Tiina (your dad´s work mate)

  2. Thank you very much for your kind words!

  3. Oh yes, I really recommend trying it!