Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr
6 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed flatbread)

Falafel, a popular recipe from the Middle East, consists of seasoned pureed chickpeas that are shaped into patties and usually fried. It's worth the effort to seek out Greek yogurt, which is thick, rich, and creamy. Make the sauce up to three days in advance and the falafel mixture up to one day ahead; bake falafel patties just before serving.

How to Make It

Step 1

To prepare sauce, combine the first 3 ingredients, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cover and chill until ready to serve.

Step 2

To prepare falafel, bring 3/4 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan; add bulgur to pan. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 30 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

Step 3

Preheat oven to 425°.

Step 4

Combine chickpeas and the next 9 ingredients (through garlic) in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until well blended and smooth (mixture will be wet). Spoon chickpea mixture into a large bowl; stir in bulgur.

Step 5

Divide mixture into 12 equal portions (about 1/4 cup each); shape each portion into a 1/4-inch-thick patty. Place patties on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 10 minutes on each side or until browned. Spread about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce onto each flatbread. Top each flatbread with 2 falafel patties, 2 tomato slices, and chopped cilantro, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

gkd1029's Review

Mary Ruth
February 11, 2014

portland's Review

May 13, 2012
baked falafel, so much easier to digest than the fried. they did stick, so i will try parchment next time. the yogurt sauce was a little bland, needed a little more tartness. cucumbers would be a nice addition as a garnish.

sandralm's Review

March 24, 2013
These were fantastic! I've made them several times now -- tasty the first time, but too wet before baking (which more than doubled the cooking time). Definitely stick with 1/3 cup of water. Since that first time, they've been perfect, cooking them 15 mins/side. My 10-yr old daughter eats them plain; husband, teenage son & I have them on warm whole wheat pita with tomato, shredded lettuce, cucumber and sauce. For the sauce, I upped the tahini with a little less yogurt and added some dill. Delish! And so dang healthy. Served with red and green grapes. Now a part of the regular rotation.

rockstar's Review

July 31, 2012
These are absolutely amazing! I think they are better than I have ever had in a restaurant too! They are so light, so flavorful, and no fried oil taking over! I prefer tahini sauce without greek yogurt so I serve with a different tahini sauce for me and tzaziki sauce for my husband. These are easy to make too, throw everything in the food processor and then stir in the bulgar and your done. The baking time is at least double than listed to prepare earlier to allow for more baking time. These are a favorite in my house and we make them again and again!!!

Mary Ruth's Review

September 27, 2009
Easy to put together, we used nann instead of pita, and added sliced cucumbers to the sandwiches. I also used parchment paper to like baking sheet saves clean up.

mseapea's Review

October 31, 2010
The falafel was very tasty and easy to make. Definitely will make again.

lhelton1230's Review

August 23, 2011
These were really really yummy. We made some changes. A little more flour to help them hold together and we fried in a touch of oil rather than baking. The flavor was delicious though and the sauce was really good. We served with a salad.

preciousthings's Review

April 17, 2011
This is quite a good falafel recipe, and is the third falafel recipe I've tried from Cooking Light. How closely it compares to real falafel I'm not sure, but it made a tasty sandwich. I could not for the life of me find tahini ANYWHERE, so I was unable to make the sauce, but I did top it with full-fat Greek yogurt which was delicious (I've only ever had the fat-free kind and the full-fat really makes a huge difference!) and fresh tomatoes. The last few minutes of cooking the falafel, I added the pitas to the cooking sheet so they could get nice and warm. Still the best baked falafel I've found, but still searching for a better one...

8stringfan's Review

March 28, 2011
Found this kind of bland and just not that good. Honestly, I have yet to find a decent baked falafel recipe, and I've tried many. It would be better to call this a recipe for "baked chickpea patty sandwiches" because it bears so little relationship to even mediocre real falafel. Still, it was edible, and preferable to something like a fast food burger, so I guess it does have that going for it. Like someone else mentioned, the cooking time on this recipe is wrong. Bake at 20 minutes per side if you want them browned and cooked through enough to turn without falling apart.

GlenGerson's Review

September 07, 2013
The recipe looks so delicious and tempting..Have had something similar in restaurants, but wondered how they made it..Am surely gonna try this amazing recipe..Thanks for sharing..