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Grilled Falafel Sandwich

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  • Yields: 4 Servings
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Prep time: 15 minutes


  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans chickpeas (drained)
  • ½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic (roughly chopped)
  • 3 green onions (root removed and then roughly chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 cup flour
  • canola cooking spray
  • Yogurt Sauce (recipe follows)
  • lettuce
  • red onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 small cucumbers (thinly sliced)
  • 4 large pita
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 clove garlic (minced)
  • kosher salt and ground black pepper (to taste)


  1. Prepare the grill for two-zone cooking, placing pre-heated Kingsford® charcoal briquets on one half of the grill’s charcoal grate to create and hot and cool cooking zones. Replacing main cooking grate then adjust the bottom vents to bring the grill temperature to approximately 400°F.
  2. Place chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, egg, lemon juice, garlic, green onion, salt, lemon zest, cumin, coriander, and pepper in a food processer and pulse until completely blended but still slightly chunky. Divide the mixture into 12 portions then shape into ¾-inch patties. Place the flour in a shallow bowl then coat the exterior of each patty with flour. Spray both sides of the patties with canola cooking spray then place on the hot side of the grill.
  3. Allow the falafel to cook for 4–5 minutes per side until lightly browned then gently move them to the cooler side of the grill. Cover the grill and allow the falafel to continue cooking for another 10 minutes until the exterior is completely firm.
  4. To assemble the grilled falafel sandwiches, place lettuce, red onion and cucumber on one half of each pita bread. Top vegetables with 3 grilled falafel patties per pita then drizzle yogurt sauce over the falafel and serve.
  5. Yogurt Sauce: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and blend well. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

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