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Falafel Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce

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These hearty Falafel Burgers are bursting with Mediterranean flavors! Every taste is filled with beluga lentils, chickpeas, seasonings, and a subtle sweetness that is pure heaven.

falafel burgers pictured against a marble background, topped with tomatoes and lettuce and a feta sauce

I’m thrilled to share these homemade falafel burgers with you. They are flavorful, easy to make, and are great for all occasions. They are hearty enough to keep you filled up but light enough to not be heavy in your stomach. 

These patties are made from tiny, quick cooking beluga lentils and chickpeas. Sweet potato is the sneaky ingredient that beefs up these patties and gives them a slightly sweet flavor. Spices like cumin, sumac, and oregano take you straight to the Mediterranean, and breadcrumbs help bind the mixture together.

What you end up with is a delicious and nutritious falafel-style burger that is topped with a creamy feta and mint sauce that I could just eat straight from the bowl!

I served these burgers on whole wheat burger buns, but you could use whole wheat pita or even lettuce wraps if you wanted to! The feta sauce acts like a healthy version of “mayo,” and you can top it with any fresh veggies you like! I chose tomatoes, red onions and cucumbers to keep with the falafel theme.

These falafel burgers are elegant enough to be served at a dinner party, or down-home enough to have on a busy weeknight. Any way you serve them, they’re guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser!

Tools and Equipment You’ll Need

Recipe Ingredients & Notes

ingredients for falafel burgers
  • Beluga Lentils: I like these lentils because they’re tiny and hold up when cooked, but you could use brown or green lentils if you can’t find beluga specifically.
  • Chickpeas: I used canned chickpeas to save on time here.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Critical to giving these burgers a nice sweetness and texture! You could also use carrots if you don’t have sweet potatoes.
  • Eggs: Feel free to substitute 1 flax egg to make these vegan friendly.
  • Breadcrumbs: I used whole wheat panko breadcrumbs, but you could also use whole wheat flour or oat flour (to make these gluten free).
  • Spices: They are critical to giving these burgers great flavor! Even though there are quite a few spices in this recipe, I wouldn’t recommend omitting any of them.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the burgers: In a medium pot, add the lentils, sweet potato and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the lentils and potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain the mixture.

sweet potatoes and lentils cooking a in a pot

Step 2: Transfer the lentil mixture to a food processor. To the lentil mixture, add the onion, egg, panko breadcrumbs through salt and pepper. Pulse until coarsely chopped, about five 1-second pulses. 

burger ingredients combined in a pot

Step 3: Shape the mixture into four 4- to 4½-inch patties, each about ½ inch thick. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat the skillet with nonstick pan spray and add two of the lentil burgers. Cook until the burgers are browned, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with the remaining patties.

burger patty cooking in a pan

Step 4: Make the sauce: To a medium bowl, add the feta cheese, then use a fork to crumble it. Stir in the yogurt and mint. Place a lentil burger on 4 burger bottoms, top each with some of the feta sauce and your veggies. Top with the remaining burger buns. Serve immediately.

falafel burgers pictured against a marble background, topped with tomatoes and lettuce and a feta sauce

What Makes These Burgers Healthy?

  • Fiber and Protein: Lentils, chickpeas and sweet potatoes are packed with fiber, and all beans and legumes have tons of plant-based protein. Each burger has 18 grams of protein and 11 grams of fiber!
  • Low Calorie: These drool-worthy falafel burgers are only about 365 calories per serving – and that includes the burger bun! But since they are so filling, you can enjoy a low-calorie meal that keeps you satisfied.
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Thanks to the beans, veggies, and herbs in this recipe, these burgers are Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Thiamine, Phosphorous, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, and Magnesium.

Will Kids Enjoy These Falafel Burgers?

This meal is ideal for kids! While they won’t even realize these burgers are healthy for them, they will love the subtle sweetness they offer. The sweet potatoes are a flavor that kids are drawn to just because they are naturally sweet. Some kids aren’t huge fans of feta cheese and mint leaves, so if they don’t like the sauce, you might want to set it on the side so they can try it out dip it. This will give them a chance to try the flavors until they get used to it. Overall, most kids are going to devour this meal like crazy!

falafel burgers pictured against a marble background, topped with tomatoes and lettuce and a feta sauce

Recipe FAQs

What Is Falafel?

A falafel is a dish that is well known in Middle Eastern cuisine. It’s typically made with chickpeas or fava beans. Then it’s fried and placed either on flatbread or in a pita pocket. My version has black beluga lentils and sweet potatoes along with chickpeas to give it more of a “burger” consistency, and it is perfection! It’s filled with all sorts of tasty seasonings that go well with the other ingredients. Cumin, sumac, oregano, and dried marjoram are all an asset to falafel burgers.

What Are Beluga Lentils?

Surprisingly beluga lentils resemble caviar because of their dark black coloring. They are super healthy and are often used in place of meat in vegetarian diets. They are filled with protein and taste, similar to a black bean. Because the beluga lentils are able to be cooked quickly, you don’t need to soak them like other varieties of lentils.

How Do You Store Leftover Falafel Burgers?

To Store: Allow the falafel burgers plenty of time to cool after cooking. Don’t add the sauce or put them on a burger bun until you are ready to serve. Put the burger patties in an airtight container and place them in the fridge for 4-5 days. Store the sauce and the burger buns separately.
To Freeze: You can freeze the patties and the burger buns, but I wouldn’t freeze the sauce. To freeze, allow the burgers to cool and then wrap the burgers individually in foil and transfer to an airtight freezer bag or container. Put the burger buns in an airtight container and freeze. They will last in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: Heat the burger patties straight from the refrigerator or freezer in a 350 degree oven until crispy and heated through (about 10-15 minutes). You can warm the burger buns in the toaster oven or toaster. You can also heat the buns and patties in the microwave, but I don’t recommend it because they won’t get that crispy exterior the oven / toaster oven will provide.

Top Tips For Making Falafel Burgers

  • Don’t overcook the lentils and sweet potatoes. You want them to be be fork tender, but not falling apart.
  • A food processor is exactly what you need to get the best texture for these falafel burgers. It will chop the ingredients perfectly. 
  • You can double this recipe easily to make 8 burger patties if you’re serving this to friends and family.
  • To pan sear these burgers, place them in a well oiled skillet and don’t move them until they form a golden crust which will help the burger patties stay together. They should be crispy on the outside and slightly soft on the inside. If you’re having trouble getting the mixture to stay together, add 1-2 tablespoons more flour (or until the mixture is the consistency you want).
  • To make these vegan, omit the feta sauce and use tahini instead; and use a flax egg instead of a regular egg.
  • To make these gluten free, use gluten free burger buns and oat flour or gluten free flour in the patties.
  • For alternative sauce ideas, try these falafel burgers with hummus, siracha, tahini or tzatziki sauce!
  • Serving suggestions: pair with sweet potato fries, roasted potatoes, or zucchini chips and a Mediterranean inspired salad
  • Feel free to switch up the whole wheat burger bun for a whole wheat pita, sprouted wheat bun (or bread), or even lettuce wraps!
falafel burgers pictured against a marble background, topped with tomatoes and lettuce and a feta sauce

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Falafel Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce

These patties are made from tiny, quick cooking beluga lentils. Sweet potato is the sneaky ingredient that beefs up these patties and gives them a slightly sweet flavor. Spices like cumin, sumac, and oregano take you straight to the Mediterranean.
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 burgers
Calories: 363.5kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For the Burgers:

  • 1/3 cup dry black beluga lentils or green lentils, rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • ½ medium sweet potato peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 4 cups water
  • ½ small red onion finely chopped
  • 1 large egg or 1 flax egg
  • 2/3 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs or oat flour
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 4 teaspoons sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sumac optional
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Nonstick pan spray

For the Toppings/Burger Buns:

  • 4 whole wheat or sprouted wheat burger buns
  • 2-3 vine-ripened tomatoes cored and thinly sliced
  • Sliced cucumber
  • Diced red onions
  • Fresh baby spinach

For the Feta-Mint-Yogurt Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint leaves

Instructions

Make the burgers:

  • In a medium pot, add the lentils, sweet potato and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer until the lentils and potatoes are tender, about 25 minutes. Drain the mixture.
  • Transfer the lentil mixture to a food processor. To the lentil mixture, add the onion, egg, panko breadcrumbs through salt and pepper. Pulse until coarsely chopped, about five 1-second pulses.
  • Shape the mixture into four 4- to 4½-inch patties, each about ½ inch thick.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Lightly coat the skillet with nonstick pan spray and add two of the lentil burgers. Cook until the burgers are browned, 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side, about 3 minutes more. Transfer to a large plate and repeat with the remaining patties.

Make the sauce:

  • To a medium bowl, add the feta cheese, then use a fork to crumble it. Stir in the yogurt and mint.
  • Place a lentil burger on 4 burger bottoms, top each with some of the feta sauce and your veggies. Top with the remaining burger buns. Serve immediately.

Video

https://youtu.be/YOXMAmaFJl4

Notes

Top Tips For Making Falafel Burgers
  • Don’t overcook the lentils and sweet potatoes. You want them to be be fork tender, but not falling apart.
  • A food processor is exactly what you need to get the best texture for these falafel burgers. It will chop the ingredients perfectly. 
  • You can double this recipe easily to make 8 burger patties if you’re serving this to friends and family.
  • To pan sear these burgers, place them in a well oiled skillet and don’t move them until they form a golden crust, which will help the burger patties stay together. They should be crispy on the outside and slightly soft on the inside. If you’re having trouble getting the mixture to stay together, add 1-2 tablespoons more flour (or until the mixture is the consistency you want).
  • To make these vegan, omit the feta sauce and use tahini instead; and use a flax egg instead of a regular egg.
  • To make these gluten free, use gluten free burger buns and oat flour or gluten free flour in the patties.
  • For alternative sauce ideas, try these falafel burgers with hummus, siracha, tahini, or tzatziki sauce!
  • Serving suggestions: pair with sweet potato fries, roasted potatoes, or zucchini chips and a Mediterranean inspired salad
  • Feel free to switch up the whole wheat burger bun for a whole wheat pita, sprouted wheat bun (or bread), or even lettuce wraps!
Each serving includes: 1 burger patty, 1 whole wheat burger bun, and 1/4 of the sauce and veggies. 
Adapted from Tasting Table
 

Nutrition

Serving: 1burger + bun | Calories: 363.5kcal | Carbohydrates: 60.6g | Protein: 18.2g | Fat: 8.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 55.1mg | Sodium: 1406.1mg | Potassium: 243.4mg | Fiber: 11.4g | Sugar: 3.8g

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32 responses to “Falafel Burgers with Creamy Feta Sauce”

  1. That’s such an amazing twist to the traditional falafel recipe! I feel this could be a great option for vegans and vegetarians. Middle-Eastern cuisine seems to be heaven for vegans!

  2. I really like the flavors in this falafel burger. And the feta sauce sounds perfect. Can’t wait to try this.5 stars

    • I think that’s right! Whole Green Moong Dal sounds right to me. Let me know if that ends up working for you in this recipe!

  3. Hi! I just found your blog and I can’t wait to try some of these recipes! I was wondering where you managed to find whole wheat panko?

    • Hi Abby! So nice to meet you! 🙂 So I actually found whole wheat panko at my local grocery store (Berkeley Bowl – where I get all of my produce and other food items). I bet you could find whole wheat panko at any Whole Foods or health food store, and as a last resort you can always find it online. Hope that helps! Let me know how you like this recipe!

  4. This looks delicious, i am always looking for variations to veggie burgers. I love lentils, so i can’t wait to try this. Thank you for the recipe.

  5. Oh my gosh, this looks so good! I am definitely gonna have to give this a try when I go home tonight. I unfortunately do not have a food processor in my apartment 🙁

    • Thanks Hayley!! Oh and if you don’t have a food processor, you can try a blender or a potato masher should work too! Just make sure you beat the egg lightly before you mix it with everything else. Let me know how it turns out!!

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