Delicious Vegan Falafel Burgers with homemade tahini sauce and pickles
These homemade falafel burgers are made up of crispy yet tender vegan falafel patties served in the burger bun of your choice and topped with classic toppings like salad veggies, pickled turnips and pickles, and a creamy tahini lemon sauce. This recipe is simple, perfect for a quick mid-week meal, naturally vegan, and can be gluten-free!
Roughly chop the parsley, cilantro, onion, and garlic.
Step Two: Process the patties
Add the soaked chickpeas and the remainder of the falafel patty ingredients to a food processor except for the falafel spice mix and salt. Process to a crumb consistency and then add the spices and blitz to incorporate.*
Step Three: Shape The Patties
Shape the patties. Just use your hands and form balls, then flatten them a bit into a patty shape.You can also be precise by weighing the mixture and dividing evenly - but that's optional. You could also use a burger press or small ring mold for more precise patty shapes.
Depending on the moisture of your patty base, use either a sprinkle of chickpea flour or a few drops of water to adjust it to the correct consistency so that it holds its shape without crumbling.If you're not ready to cook the burgers immediately, then you can place them in the refrigerator , covered, until you're ready to do so.
Step Four: Cook The Falafel Patties
Heat up some neutral oil in a frying pan. I used sunflower oil. Fry the patties for 3-4 minutes on each side over medium-high heat until golden brown.
Step Five: Assemble The Burgers
Slice the veggies as thick as you'd like, add some tahini sauce and stack your falafel burger up with all the fillings. Enjoy!**
How To Store
The Uncooked Falafel mix:
The falafel mixture can be kept in the fridge or the freezer. It will last covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days and up to six months in the freezer.You can store it as a loose mixture or formed into patties. If freezing the formed patties, place them in an airtight freezer-safe container with a layer of beeswax wrap/ parchment paper between them so they don't stick together.
The Cooked Falafel patties:
I prefer leaving the freezing to the uncooked falafel mix. However, you can also freeze the cooked patties for between 3-4 months.If I plan on having falafel several times in one week then I'll usually just keep the mixture in the fridge and cook it fresh, as needed. However, you can also store cooked falafel for 3-4 days covered in the fridge.Once the burgers have been assembled then it's best to eat them as soon as possible. The condiments and pickles will make the bun soggy if left for too long.
* Unfortunately, due to the raw chickpeas, you won't be able to taste the mix to adjust the spices if necessary. If you know you prefer more/less salt in recipes then feel free to tweak the recipe.** You can leave your burger buns as is, lightly fry them in the pan, or even broil/grill them in the oven for a minute or so until toasted.