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Charred Falafel Burgers

All you need is a big and juicy falafel burger.

May 4th, 2017

From: Falafel Forever, by Dunja Gulin, published by Ryland Peters & Small

There’s nothing quite like biting into a big, juicy falafel burger! A cast-iron pan/skillet is essential for frying these – it means they need very little oil but won’t stick to the pan. It also uniquely gives the delicious charred flavour.
6 big burgers
  • 260 g/11⁄2 cups cooked chickpeas/garbanzo beans, well drained
  • 130 g/3⁄4 cup very finely grated beetroot/beets
  • 130 g/1 cup pre-soaked couscous (pour 120 ml/1⁄2 cup boiling water over 65 g/1⁄2 cup couscous, add a little salt, cover and let sit for 10 minutes)
  • 70 g/1⁄2 cup good-quality bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sunflower or coconut oil, for frying
  1. In a food processor fitted with an ‘S’ blade, pulse the chickpeas/garbanzo beans. Transfer to a mixing bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, except the frying oil.

  2. Use your hands to knead the mixture thoroughly; everything should be well incorporated. Chill in the fridge for 20 minutes, or longer.

  3. Form the mixture into 6 patties. I usually use a big cookie cutter or an American 1⁄2 cup measuring cup for one burger – slightly oil the inside to prevent sticking, fill the cup and turn it over onto a baking sheet. Pat down to make a nicely shaped burger.

  4. Preheat a cast-iron pan/skillet over medium heat. Pour in 1 tablespoon of oil and add two–three burgers (more if your pan is bigger). Fry for about 5 minutes each side, adding a tablespoon more oil after the flip.

  5. Cook until the burgers are heated through, slightly charred and have a thin crust.

  6. Serve with your favourite burger condiments and toppings.

Charred Falafel Burgers
Tim Aitkins

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