Falafel burger

A vegetarian burger that resembles the real thing.

falafel-burger

Ingredients

  • 200-250 gr raw chickpeas (430 gr boiled)
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tsp cumin
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 4 burger buns
  • Lettuce

Tzatziki

  • Cucumber
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • salt, pepper
  • dill

Preparation

Prepare the tzatziki by combining all its ingredients in a large bowl and keep in the fridge until the burger is ready. It is important to remove as much water as possible from the cucumber.

Boil the chickpeas, if fresh, after having kept them in water overnight. A bit of bicarbonate of soda goes a long way towards softening them while soaking them.

Burgers: Food process the garlic, chickpeas and oats until combined well.

Add mint, lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and mix until homogenised. It should become a dry mix that is maleable. If too dry, you can add some of the chickpea water.

Split in 4 flat 'beefs'.

Mix breadcrumbs with 1 Tbsp lineseed. Crack and mix the egg on its own.

Put each beef in the egg and then the breadcrumb mixture.

Fry in medium-high heat about 5 min each side. Alternatively, put in the over until they stay in one piece.

Combine in burgers along with tomato, lettuce and tzatziki.

Congratulations!

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