Falafel Beef Burgers

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 15 min./batch


4 servings

Updated: Feb. 13, 2024
My husband loves falafel! This is a healthy and tasty twist on a traditional favorite. We like to serve them with an assortment of olives, peppers and pickles. —Marla Clark, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Falafel Beef Burgers Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup falafel mix
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning or dried oregano
  • 1 pound lean ground beef (90% lean) or turkey
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 whole wheat pita breads (6 inches), halved
  • 1/2 cup refrigerated tzatziki sauce
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 medium red onion, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, combine falafel mix, water and Greek seasoning. Add beef; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into four 1/2-in.-thick patties.
  2. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. In batches, cook burgers until a thermometer reads 160°, 6-8 minutes on each side.
  3. Stuff each pita pocket with a patty, tzatziki sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion.

Nutrition Facts

1 stuffed pita half: 394 calories, 17g fat (5g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 825mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein.