Most falafel burgers suck. They tend to have a large and stodgy patty that gums up your mouth when you eat it and the whole thing tends to be very unsatisfactory. This was equally true of the ones I made as well as the commercial ones from the gourmet burger places.
I thought about it. Big falafel is stodgy. Small falafel is crispy and delicious.
And then all the pieces seemed to fit into place. What a sucker I’d been. What a fool. The answer was there all the time. That’s how I discovered the secret – two thin falafel patties, separated by cheese!
Edit: I bring glad tidings from our kitchen-lab! This burger is even better if you replace the fried onions with some tabouleh.
You will need (per burger):
- Burger bun
- 90gm falafel (Lebanese Delicious Snack Company is a good brand)
- 0.25 tsp baking powder
- pinch baking soda
- two patty sized pieces of baking paper
- half a chopped onion
- 1-2 tbsp hummus (LDSC is again good)
- 1 slice cheddar cheese
- two slices tomato
- 1 tbsp Moroccan chutney (or similar)
- olive oil for frying
Do all your prep first:
- Mix the falafel with the baking powder and baking soda
- Chop the onion
- Slice the cheese
- Slice the tomato
- Cut the bun in half
Turn on the oven to 180c (for lightly toasting the buns later), then put a small frying pan and a large frying pan onto medium heat and add some olive oil.
While they heat up:
- Tear the baking paper into patty sized pieces.
- Shape half the falafel into a patty on the paper as shown in the picture, then repeat for the other half. Leave each one on the paper.
Put the onions into the small frying pan and lightly saute (i.e. stir them every so often until cooked).
Put the falafel patties into the large frying pan, falafel side down.
Cook the patties for a bit and then carefully peel off the paper. It may be useful to have a tool you can use to stop the patties tearing if the paper is sticking.
When done on the first side, flip the patties over and put the cheese on top to melt.
While the second side cooks, toast the buns briefly in the oven (a minute or two, just enough to get them warm and slightly crunchy).
When everything is done, assemble the burgers in this order from bottom to top:
- Bottom bun
- Moroccan chutney
- Fried onions
- Falafel patty with cheese on top
- Other falafel patty
- Hummus (apply to top bun)
- Top bun