Today's recipe is one of those super easy, family friendly meals which can be prepared in minutes using very few ingredients. Did I get your attention? These Easy Chickpeas & Carrot Falafel Burgers are quick and easy to prepare, wholesome, vegan and gluten-free too!
If you falafel is your thing make sure to check out my Baked Beetroot Falafel as well!
My kids absolutely adore burgers. Give them meat patty in a bun and they will not ask any questions but dive straight in. So much so that when I first served my falafel burgers to them, they went for it without hesitation. After first bite there was a slight pause followed by "What burgers are these?" and without waiting for my answer they went straight in for another bite. That was few months back now and they have since been putting in special requests for these lovely, meatless burgers.
Ingredients & easy swaps suggestions
You might have noticed from the photos that my falafels are slightly purple-ish in colour. The reason for that is the addition of purple carrots I had in my veg box when I was making this particular batch of burgers to photograph for the blog. They are in coleslaw too. Another way to get this purple hue would be by using some grated, raw beetroot instead of carrot. I think it would work really nicely here.
I have recently discovered and started cooking/baking with gram flour* (chickpea flour) which is (as it turns out) quite versatile, naturally gluten-free and really good for you too. It is widely available in most supermarkets but if you don't currently have it and don't fancy buying it either, simply substitute it in this recipe with regular plain flour (remember to use gluten-free kind if you want to keep these gluten free).
Our favourite ways of enjoying Easy Chickpeas & Carrot Falafel Burgers
For us these burgers are pretty much store-cupboard ingredients supper as all of the items on the list you will find in our kitchen at any given time. Our favourite way of serving them is in my easy homemade flatbread or chapati and with simple side of buttered sweetcorn or corn ribs. My delicious Creamy Coleslaw or Easy Grated Carrot Salad usually serve as a side and topping in one. Myself and hubby are also known for "flooding" our falafel burgers with my homemade Tzatziki sauce or even Cucumber Raita which work soo well here. Simple green salad, baked polenta chips, regular potato chips, sweet potato wedges or my vegan potato salad would be nice too.
Recently I've tried these with a side of Mexican (I know, I know) Homemade Fresh Tomato Salsa (Pico De Gallo) and they pair together really well.
More recipe ideas you might enjoy!
If you love how quick and easy these falafel burgers are you should check out my Cheat's Jerk Chicken with Rice & Peas and Easy Lamb Kofta Meatballs - both no fuss midweek suppers. These Vegetarian Sausage Rolls don't take a lot of time to make either and are so good! If another burger is what you need this Portobello Mushroom Burger with Caramelised Onions is the one to try.
This comforting Easy Veggie Lentil & Bean Chilli (Vegan) is ready in just over 30 minutes and delivers on both ease and flavour! Have I mentioned how nutritious it is? If 30-minute meals are you thing you will love this 30-minute Vegetable Egg Fried Rice and my Easy Homemade Chicken Chow Mein. Perfect midweek meals for busy families!
These "pop in the oven and forget about" easy roasts are worth checking out too - Easy One-Pan Salmon & New Potatoes Bake and Roast Chicken with Wild Garlic Pesto & Shallots. They both take under an hour in the oven with minimum input from you! How great is that!
However, if you are searching for a lovely veggie centrepiece for a special occasion, check out my Easy Roasted Butternut Squash Veggie Wellington. It's a winner!
Easy Chickpeas & Carrot Falafel Burgers
- 2 400g tins of chickpeas drained and well rinsed
- 1 large or 2 smaller carrots peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 garlic cloves peeled
- 2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves and stalks
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (and more to taste)
- 2 tablespoon (heaped) gram flour (chickpea flour) or plain flour plus extra for dusting
- ½ lemon (zest and juice)
- 2 tablespoon olive oil/rapeseed oil
- Put all the ingredients in the bowl of food processor and whiz until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as per your liking.
- With floured hands shape the mixture into 4 large patties (feel free to adjust the size of the patties as per your needs especially when feeding kids when small size patties would be more appropriate).
- Heat up the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and fry your falafel burgers until nicely browned and warmed through ( 3-4 minutes per side).
- Serve in a bun or flatbread and sides of your choice.
- Nutritional information is approximate and meant as a guideline only.
- Feel free to whiz your falafel mixture to the consistency as per your liking. My kids like their patties really smooth but we prefer them slightly coarser.
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This is literally the best falafel/chickpea burger recipe I’ve ever used. Most of the time my falafel burgers just fall apart in the pan, and then they taste bland. But these were SO tasty and the texture is AMAZING. I will 100% be making these again, and sharing this recipe with my friends!
Hi Pollyanna, Thank you so much for your kind comment! I'm so so pleased to hear that you've enjoyed them, that's my job done! 🙂 x
Angie | Fiesta Friday says
Sounds wonderful! My daughter would love these!
Helen - Cooking with my kids says
These look really good - I think my meat loving kids would go for these. I might also see if I can find some purple carrots to see if they go down better than regular orange ones with my fussy wee man #cookblogshare
Thanks Helen! These went down a storm with my lot so fingers crossed 🙂
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie says
"Super easy, family friendly meals which can be prepared in minutes using very few ingredients" - sounds like my kind of recipe! I love falafels any which way - and burgers are always good. so YES PLEASE!! Thanks for linking up to #CookBlogShare Eb x
Ha ha it most certainly does Eb! 🙂 I've always loved falafels but when I discovered that my kids do to it was like winning lottery (well almost lol). They are so easy to make and pack a nutritional punch too which is fab! Thanks Eb! x
These look wonderful. Gram flour is one of my favourite ingredients - it's so incredible. I often use it to make vegetable fritters as it holds everything together beautifully and I even made a vegan omelette of sorts with it recently. So good. #cookblogshare
Thanks so much Mandy! 🙂 I am still learning about gram flour and all its uses but so far love it for its binding qualities. Like you say it helps things hold together beautifully. 🙂
Phil in the Kitchen says
That's a fine idea for using up the some of my excessive store of jars of chickpeas, although I don't have any exotic coloured carrots, sadly. I think I might just reach for the chilli sauce with these. Gram flour is such a useful ingredient - I do love a bit of socca.
Hi Phil and thanks for your kind comment. Beside making copious amounts of hummus this is by far my favourite way of using chickpeas and I'm really glad it caught your attention. The purple carrots are very pretty yet flavour wise they are just carrots lol so you are definitely not missing on anything there. I'm yet to make socca but it will happen one of these days in the very near future.
Corina Blum says
These sound delicious Jo and it's great that your kids love them too! I'll have to try them as I've been making some chickpea falafels recently and my daughter, who doesn't eat vegetables, loves them. Maybe if I tried this recipe I could get her eating carrots as well as chickpeas! Thanks for sharing with #CookOnceEatTwice!
Thanks Corina! I'm pretty sure she would be non the wiser if you added carrots here (especially if you use regular ones and not purple variety lol), although they do add a bit of nice veggie sweetness to the falafels but that can only be a good thing. 🙂 x
These look like such a healthy and delicious dinner. I’ve never made falafels before! I will have to give them a go 🙂
Thank you Nickki! 🙂 They are quite a hit in our house and perfect for when you want a little break from meaty dinners. 🙂