Have you ever had a falafel? You know, those little fried patties drizzled with tzatziki wrapped in a warm soft pita. No?! Well, you better get on that!
In the meantime, if you’re intimidated by the prospect of making falafels at home like I am, I have a fix for you. I made some Almond Chickpea Burgers tonight that remind me of falafels and just knock my socks off in general! Dinner tasted amazing and was super duper simple to make! And I can almost guarantee that you already have all the ingredients you need. Can it get any better than that?!
Ok, I’ll stop blabbering and get right to it…
Almond Chickpea Burgers
Adapted from this Women’s Health Magazine recipe
Yields 4 burgers
1/2 cup toasted almonds (slivered or sliced)
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 garlic cloves, minced (I just used these)
1 1/2 teaspoon dry parsley
1 1/2 ground cumin and coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon paprika
1 large egg
4 teaspoons olive oil
toasted whole wheat pitas (I used a toasted breakfast thin)
Few dashes of paprika
Lemon juice to taste
In a food processor (I used my Ninja), grind almonds into a fine, loose powder (don’t turn them into a paste). Transfer almonds to a bowl. In the same food processor, now blend the chickpeas and garlic until chunky and combined. Add chickpea mixture, parsley, cumin and coriander powder, and salt to almond mixture and mix until combined. Add the egg and mix well. Divide and shape the mixture into 4 patties. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add all 4 patties to the pan and cook on each side for about 5 minutes or until brown and crispy. Mix the mayo, paprika, and lemon juice until combined. Spread “aioli” on pita or bread of choosing. Top with burgers and toppings of choice (I topped my burger with tomatoes and onions today). And don’t forget to enjoy every bite!
An added bonus of making these burgers is that they are kid tested and mother (and father) approved. My aunt and I actually made these at her house back when I lived in Arizona, and my little cousin and uncle loved them!
Oh and another added bonus is that they are healthy and SO filling!
So let’s see…delicious, simple, loved by all, healthy, and filling. I rest my case!
The only downside to all of this is that I have to go clean up the mess I made…bleh!
Have a great night, y’all!