Spinach Falafel Burger

Written by chanie on July 31st, 2014

I’m pretty particular about how I like my falafel. And if you’re a true falafel lover, then I’m sure you are too! My first falafel rule of thumb is: it’s got to be GREEN!

Green falafel means it’s got a lot of herbs mixed in, which make them incredibly moist. If they’re too beige, they almost certainly have flour added, which makes them especially dry. The worst thing about dry falafel is that it gets stuck in your throat and you’re almost choking on the cardboard bits. YUCK.

That’s the other thing about falafel – it’s got to be fried. Baked falafel just isn’t the same! It’s the same thing with donuts. If you’re gonna have a donut, then have a donut. Just don’t bake it and squeeze the life out of the crispy fried donut dream.

And I’m not just saying it. I know because I put this recipe to the test – baked vs. fried. Sure the baked falafel patties were edible. A bit crispy, even. But they didn’t stand a chance near the uber crispy fried ones – with a moist and fluffy center and the crunchiest crust you’ve ever had.

You’re probably wondering where I came up with the idea of making spinach falafel. Well, I’ll tell you. My husband and I are both seriously averse to cilantro. It’s good that we’re on the same page about it, because otherwise we’d be having a fight every time I make Pad Thai. But there’s another issue too. My husband doesn’t like parsley either. And I do. So when it comes to dishes like falafel (especially green falafel), what’s a girl to do? Especially a girl with a cardinal rule of green falafel. She adds spinach (and sneaks in a little parsley!)…just don’t tell the hubby ;)

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  1. This sounds really good! Sometimes it is hard for me to find kosher or organic foods though, so I order mine online and save a lot of money!

  2. Rae says:

    Best green falafel I have ever tasted was at Jerusalem Pizza in Livingston NJ. If you’re ever there, you should try it!

  3. Tami Weiser says:

    like you, I enjoy felafel but, also like you, I dislike to dry dry ones and just like you I love them green and fried. I am totally making this recipe! Yum-o!

  4. Looks awesome…really like the addition of spinach to falafel

  5. Jamie Geller says:

    OMG this looks incredible I want to make it for dinner tonight!!!!!!

  6. Ronnie Fein says:

    I cannot wait to make these. I love falafel, love veggie burgers and love meatless meals. A great big thanks.

  7. We agree about green falafel, it is always the best. Such a great idea to make it into a burger and the spinach is a great addition.

  8. Chanie T says:

    I just made these and I don’t think they’ll make it to the dinner table! They’re divine!

    • chanie says:

      So glad to hear it Chanie! Just wondering – did you need to add any flour to the mixture?

      • Chanie T says:

        Hi Chanie,
        Truthfully, it could have used a bit of flour but I didn’t bother adding and almost all of them held together just fine. In the future I would probably consider adding some flour though.

        One question for you, can I freeze raw falafel batter? We loved it straight off the stove but since we have leftovers, the next day I heated them up again but they weren’t as much of a hit reheated. So I’m wondering if I can shape them, freeze and then fry. Do you think that would work? Thanks

        • chanie says:

          Thanks! I didn’t need any flour, but one reader told me that hers was falling apart, so I was just curious. I’m not sure about freezing raw falafel batter. My concern is that it might become too wet and it will be too difficult to remove the excess moisture. I have frozen these already cooked and they were great – but I agree, there is nothing like fresh fried falafel – straight out of the pan!

  9. shaina says:

    I was wondering how many cups of dried chick peas were in a lb? I don’t have a weigh to measure and buy mine in bulk.

  10. Claudia Harary says:

    Where did you get that metallic container/bucket that has the falafel in it? I love it and wanted to get something similar for my rosh hashanah desserts that I’m sending as gifts.

  11. Angie says:

    Hi. What kind of bun did you use? I am gluten intolerant. I’ve had a hard time finding a decent bun sold in stores! Thanks!

  12. naami says:

    Can I sub canned chick peas for dried?

  13. Estee says:

    finally a recipe that tastes like real israeli falafel balls! my kids love them!

  14. Jb says:

    I opted to bake these because I hate the mess of frying stuff in a pan. Anyways, it’s been baking for over 40 mins and still pretty mushy. Tried to take one out the pan and it felt apart. Not sure what went wrong but the flavor is perfect.

  15. i m looking to challenging who is making a burger falafel like mines i m sure nobody make it like me

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