Falafel Burgers with Cabbage Salad and Tahini Spread

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 falafel burgers
These patties are big on chickpeas: There are mashed chickpeas, chopped chickpeas and chickpea flour in the mix! They can be vegan if you skip the honey and use vegan buns.


For the Cabbage Salad:

For the Tahini Spread:

For the Burgers:


  1. Make the cabbage salad: Toss the cabbage, olive oil, lemon juice, honey and mint in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Make the tahini spread: Whisk together the tahini, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup water. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of water until the mixture is the consistency of mayonnaise. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Make the burgers: Combine the onion, scallions, garlic, parsley, cumin, coriander and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Mash 1/2 cup of the chickpeas in a small bowl with a fork; set aside. Add half of the remaining chickpeas to the food processor and pulse until finely chopped (the mixture should look smooth but not pasty). Add the remaining whole chickpeas and pulse until roughly chopped (a few chickpeas may remain whole). 
  4. Transfer the food processor mixture to a large bowl; add the chickpea flour and reserved mashed chickpeas and fold together with a rubber spatula until well combined. Form the chickpea mixture into four 4-inch-wide patties (1/2 to 3/4 inch thick). Place on a plate lined with wax paper. Loosely cover and chill for at least 30 minutes or up to overnight. 
  5. Heat the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 patties; cook until dark brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Carefully flip and cook until the other side is browned and the patties are hot in the center, 3 to 4 more minutes. Repeat with the remaining patties. Spread the tahini spread on the buns. Serve the burgers on the buns with the cabbage salad, pickles and pepperoncini.