My husband's guilty pleasure is a classic burger. I, on the other hand, have to be in a particular mood to indulge. So whenever we go out to a restaurant known for their burgers, I always look to see if there any other delicious options. Lo and behold, staring straight at me was a glorious picture of a falafel burger. I immediately ordered it and had no regrets. The falafel was crispy but still tender and smothered with tzatziki sauce on a brioche bun. I knew I wanted to go home and recreate this dish to make it my own. So today I am presenting my falafel burger with a white bean herb hummus, crumbled feta, and the best garlic sauce ever. Get ready to become a vegetarian (or at least for one meal).
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
The older I get, the more I gravitate towards vegetarian dishes. Don't get me wrong, I love my steaks and BBQ, but sometimes I just want a giant bowl of roasted veggies for my dinner. This is where the falafel burger comes in. If you've made falafels before, this recipe will be very familiar. If you haven't had the pleasure, well, what are you waiting for?
Start by using dried chickpeas. In my experience, canned beans are too soft to use for falafel patties. Soak the dried chickpeas overnight, then the following day mix them with the remaining ingredients. Form the patties and let them chill in the fridge. By letting them chill before frying, the patties will hold its shape better.
While the patties are resting, prepare the white bean herb hummus and garlic sauce. The main difference between hummus and white bean hummus is that one is with chickpeas and the other is with white beans. In this instance, you can use canned beans since they will be pureed.
For the garlic sauce, you're going to be combining a mashed potato with garlic, water, salt, and oil. The potato adds the body to the sauce needs while helping balance the spiciness of the garlic. This is the best garlic sauce and I use it for almost everything.
Once you are ready to cook the falafel patties, heat oil in a pan. You're going to pan fry the patties rather than cooking them in a fryer (although an air fryer might be a great tool to use). Cook until golden brown, drain on paper towels and get ready to assemble the burgers.
Crumbled feta, fresh tomatoes, sliced cucumber, white bean herb hummus, garlic sauce, brioche buns, all of these components come together to produce one amazing falafel burger. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the falafel burger at the restaurant, but this might just be one step up. Delicious.
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