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Fried Fava Falafel Burger

A falafel recipe using fava beans and a ton of greens. Use whatever herbs and greens you have on hand!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 12 falafels
Cost: $10


  • 2 cups cooked fava beans
  • 1 cup microgreens or parsley, dill, or other greens you have
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1/2 bunch mint
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp unrefined salt
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil


  • 4 burger buns or slider buns for fun!
  • 1 head bibb lettuce
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 red onion
  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt like Forager
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh dill or same amount dried


  • Finely chop greens and herbs. Add to fava beans.
  • Add zest and juice of lemon. Add seasonings to taste. Mix to combine.
  • Add rice flour. Do not add all at once. Once falafel holds together well, you can stop adding rice flour. Add water or lemon juice if mixture is too dry.
  • Add grapeseed oil to a pan at slightly less than half the height of your falafel. Heat the oil over medium heat to a temperature of 300-325ºF.
  • Shape falafels into 1 inch balls, and smash to your favorite falafel shape.
    Add to hot oil, and fry on each side for about 3 minutes. They should be a light golden brown! Be careful flipping them!

Building Burgers

  • Toast burger or slider buns.
    Mix yogurt, dill, and lemon juice to make sauce. Spread on top and bottom burger buns.
  • Slice onions and tomato. Add toppings and 2-3 falafels to each burger. Enjoy!!!