These tasty Falafel Burgers are a great, slimming friendly alternative to the shop bought version, and great if you’re calorie counting or following Weight Watchers!
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These tasty Falafel Burgers are a great, slimming friendly alternative to the shop bought versions and great if you’re counting calories or following a plan like Weight Watchers.
Our super yummy Falafel Burgers are so packed full of flavour that you won’t feel like you’re missing out on a meaty burger!
They’re also really versatile and you can serve them in a flatbread, shape them into traditional falafels or even serve them with some rice.
This recipe makes 8 small burgers, but you could easily adapt it and make 4 larger ones instead – just remember to adjust the calories and Points accordingly.
What diets are these Falafel Burgers suitable for?
This Falafel Burgers recipe is suitable for vegetarians, vegans and dairy free diets.
It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;
- Self raising flour
Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.
Do you need any special ingredients to make these Falafel Burgers?
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These Falafel Burgers are soooo easy to make. You’ll just need a food processor to blitz all the ingredients together! We use a food processor for loads of recipes – it’s a must have kitchen tool!
How many calories are in these Falafel Burgers?
There are 86 calories per portion in this Falafel Burgers, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.
These Falafel Burgers are perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.
As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Rinse and drain a tin of chickpeas and pat dry.
Pour the chickpeas into a food processor. Chop the onion and garlic into large chunks and add to the food processor, along with the chilli powder, ground cumin, salt, coriander and flour.
Blitz until the mixture starts to come together into a ball. Roll into 8 even balls and flatten to make burger shapes – these should be around 1cm thick.
Spray a baking tray with low calorie cooking spray and place the burgers onto the tray. Spray the tops of the burgers and cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Turn after this time, spray again with Low calorie cooking spray and cook for a further 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and eat while hot! You can also eat these cold with a dip!
What could I serve with these Falafel Burgers?
These Falafel Burgers work really well when served with the following accompaniments:
How do you know when these Falafel Burgers is cooked?
You’ll need to cook these Falafel Burgers for 40 minutes (remember to flip them over after the first 25 minutes) or until golden.
Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.
How long can you keep these Falafel Burgers in the fridge?
Once you’ve put this dish out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.
If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill. You can keep leftovers of Falafel Burgers in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.
Can I freeze Falafel Burgers?
Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;
- Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
- Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!
How do I reheat Falafel Burgers?
From chilled: Pop into a moderately hot oven for around 20 minutes or until piping hot, making sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn.
From frozen: Allow to defrost, and then as above.
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These tasty Falafel Burgers are a great, slimming friendly alternative to the shop bought version, and great if you're calorie counting or following Weight Watchers!
- KCals 86
- Carbs 11G
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Rinse and drain a tin of chickpeas and pat dry.
- Pour the chickpeas into a food processor. Chop the onion and garlic into large chunks and add to the food processor, along with the chilli powder, ground cumin, salt, coriander and flour.
- Blitz until the mixture starts to come together into a ball. Roll into 8 even balls and flatten to make burger shapes - these should be around 1cm thick.
- Spray a baking tray with low calorie cooking spray and place the burgers onto the tray. Spray the tops of the burgers and cook in the oven for 25 minutes. Turn after this time, spray again with low calorie cooking spray and cook for a further 15 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and eat while hot! You can also eat these cold with a dip!
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EmmaSunday 3rd July 2022
It says 400g of chickpeas. Is this 400g of chickpeas altogether once drained or just a 400g tin of chickpeas.Sorry just confusing myself.
HollyTuesday 5th July 2022
Hey Emma, we used a 400g tin of chickpeas which has a drained weight of approximately 240g, hope that helps!
Jenny BottleyWednesday 10th February 2021
Was thinking of making these but using Ras-el-Hanout spices instead of the cumin and chilli powder. Do you think 1 tbsp (equiv 2.5 tsps) would be ok? Also roughly how much in grams is 1 handful fresh coriander? Thanks.
HollyFriday 19th February 2021
Hi Jenny, a handful of fresh coriander is approximately 10g the Ras-el-Hanout spice mix would work fine in the Falafel Burgers the flavours would be slightly different to our tested recipe but still taste great, hope that helps!
AmyTuesday 30th July 2019
This is the most successful falafel recipe I have ever tried. Crispy on the outside and fluffy in the middle, nice round balls. However they were SOOO salty. I will use about a quarter of the recommended amount next time. I only used 1tsp of chilli as I ran out and felt that was also too much.
Emma TWednesday 25th September 2019
Ahhh fab, so glad you enjoyed them! ????
LouiseSunday 30th June 2019
I’m not sure what I’ve done wrong. Followed recipe exactly but mixture was far too goopy. Had to add LOADS of flour to be able to handle. What have I done wrong?
Emma TMonday 1st July 2019
Perhaps you didn’t drain and rinse the chickpeas fully? This would add additional liquid to the mixture and make it less easy to handle.
Hope that helps!
AndreaSunday 18th March 2018
Made these a few times now. Need to adjust chilli powder and salt measurements to maybe half a teaspoon. Too hot and salty. But I do love falafel ????
AliaTuesday 6th February 2018
Tried this recipe was lovely, the only thing I changed was that I used fresh chick peas. Makes the world of difference. Delicious recipe and very filling.
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