Weeknight Vegan Falafel Burgers
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Note that the patties for these vegan falafel burgers will be soft, so they are best pan-fried or baked. They won't work well on the grill.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Serves: 4 servings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (16-ounce) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup dry dairy-free bread crumbs (gluten-free, if needed)
  • 1 (7.75-ounce) can spinach, well drained
  • 4 dairy-free hamburger buns (homemade or store-bought; gluten-free, if needed)
  • Sliced tomato
  • Sliced red onion
  • Dairy-free tzatziki sauce (this recipe with mint or this recipe with dill)
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the red onion and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, until tender-crisp. Remove the vegetables to the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add ¼ of the garbanzo beans to the food processor, along with the lemon juice and salt. Pulse to create a smooth paste. Add the remaining garbanzo beans, bread crumbs and spinach. Pulse until coarsely chopped.
  3. Shape the mixture into 4 (4-inch) patties. If desired, refrigerate until ready to cook.
  4. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the falafel patties and cook until golden and crisp, turning once.
  5. Serve the falafels on buns and top with tomato, onion and dairy-free tzatziki sauce, as desired.
Recipe by Go Dairy Free at https://www.godairyfree.org/recipes/vegan-falafel-burgers