1 can chickpeas, drained
1 bunch of cilantro, leaves only
1/4 of red onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, chopped
juice of 1/2 lemon
chickpea flour (only need 3 Tbsp)
dried dill (1.5 tsp)
dried oregano (2 tsp)
smoked paprika (1 tsp)
cumin (1.5 tsp)
nutritional yeast (1.5 tsp)
Salt & black pepper
Sriracha - Tahini Sauce
Tahini (1/4 cup)
Sriracha (2 Tbsp)
Water (1/4 cup)
juice of 1 lemon
1 garlic clove
Whole - wheat hamburger bun
1 Roma Tomato
Mixed Greens or Spinach
1. Dump all the ingredients into a food processor and process it for a minute or so until it is smooth. Refrigerate it while you make the burgers.
Dump all the ingredients for the falafel burger in a food processor until you have the consistency that can create a smooth ball. If it's too dry, add a teaspoon of water.
Scoop out the "dough" and make it into a smooth ball. Then gently press down on the ball with your palm to make the shape of a burger patty. If you mess up, roll it back into a ball and start over. No worries!
Heat olive oil in a small pan on medium high. Then, place the falafel patty on the pan. Cook it for about 3 minutes on each side, or until it is slightly crispy on both sides.
Put it together:
1. Cut a couple slices of tomato and grab a handful of mixed greens.
2. Place the following toppings on your bun in the order you prefer. Here's my order: sriracha-tahini sauce on the bottom, then falafel patty. Top it with mixed greens and two slices of tomatoes on top. Add more sauce on top if needed.
I must give credit to Kristy Turner and her book, "But I Could Never Go Vegan" for the falafel recipe and the sriracha-tahini sauce. We slightly modified it and made it into a burger instead of her taco recipe.
Being vegan means we sometimes miss eating burgers but one day, we walked by a food truck that was selling falafel burgers. We never tried one but I did promise that we would try and make some at home that would have maybe less grease and be healthier. This turned out DELICIOUS.
I think the MVP in this recipe is the food processor. I never owned a food processor until a month ago and holy moly, WHERE HAVE I BEEN?! This thing is insane. It does everything and can even chop stuff for you with just a touch of a finger. INSANE. The one I bought is from Bed, Bath, and Beyond and you can also find it here. It is under $100 and even though it's not one of the high-end fancy ones, I wouldn't know the difference because it does the job perfectly and is pretty easy to clean. I've even put some of the parts in the dishwasher top rack and came out just fine.
Have fun making cool burgers (that have no animal meat and are equally delicious)!