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These burgers are super versatile! Serve them on pita for a more traditional falafel feel, atop greens for a seriously substantial salad, or wrapped in chard for a naturally gluten-free option. This recipe is simple, requiring just 7 ingredients. Plus, it’s seriously well spiced with infusions from both garlic and cumin for a tangy, smoky flavor.  As for sauces, hummus makes a lovely touch!

PREP TIME: 20 minutes

COOK TIME: 40 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 1 hour


CATEGORY: Entree, Side

CUISINE: Gluten-Free, Mediterranean-Inspired, Vegan



– 1 bundle fresh parsley (~2 cups chopped)

– 3 large cloves garlic

– 1 large lemon (~2 1/2 Tbsp juice)

– scant 1/2 tsp sea salt + black pepper

– 1 1/4 tsp cumin

– 1 15- ounce can chickpeas, well rinsed and drained

– 1/4 – 1/2 cup ground raw walnuts, pecans, almonds, or GF oat flour



– Garlic Dill sauce

– Chili Garlic Sauce or Sriracha

– 5-minute Hummus

– Tomato

– Lettuce

– Onion

– Pita or sturdy greens, such as chard or collard greens



  • Add parsley, garlic, lemon juice, cumin, and a healthy pinch each salt and pepper to a food processor and mix to combine.
  • Add chickpeas and pulse until incorporated but still slightly chunky. You want to maintain a bit of texture.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and add nut meal (or oat flour) and mix again until a loose dough is formed that’s firm enough to be handled. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. I added a touch more salt.
  • Draw an “x” in the dough to form 4 sections, then use your hands to form into 4 large patties roughly 1/2-inch thick.
  • Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and refrigerate or freeze for 15 minutes to firm up. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (in the meantime.

OPTIONAL STEP: For a little extra crust on the outside, before baking heat a large skillet over medium to medium-high heat and add 2 Tbsp olive or canola oil. Swirl to coat pan, then add falafel. Carefully flip once golden brown – about 3-4 minutes – and then cook on the other side until golden brown as well – 3-4 more minutes. Return to baking sheet to continue baking. Otherwise, just add them straight to the oven for baking. Bake for a total of 30-40 minutes, flipping once at the halfway point for even cooking. The longer you bake them, the firmer they’ll get! Serve warm wrapped in a pita or chard bun and desired sauces / toppings. Alternatively, serve atop a salad and use the garlic sauce as a dressing. Burgers will store in the fridge, layered with parchment paper in an airtight container, for several days. Freeze to keep longer.


* Adapted from my Better Than Restaurant V GF Falafel

* Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 of 4 burgers without toppings.

Nutrition Per Serving (1 of 4)

Calories: 180 Fat: 10g Saturated fat: 0.7g Sodium: 620mg Carbohydrates: 17.2g Fiber: 4.6g Sugar: 0.8g Protein: 9.4g (Author: Minimalist Baker)