Ultimate Falafel Patty Melts

Ultimate Falafel Patty Melts
  • 6Servings



  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 1 rounded tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (packed) mixed fresh herbs, such as mint, flat- leaf parsley, cilantro and dill
  • Juice of 1 lemon(about 1/4 cup)
  • About 3-4 tbsp. bottled or filtered water
  • 1 rounded tbsp. flour
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sumac
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 ground allspice
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Tahini Sauce

  • Juice of 1 1/2 lemons (about 6 tbsp.)
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt
  • Bottled or filtered water, for thinning

Assembly & Toppings

  • Olive oil (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 pound deli-sliced dill Havarti
  • Chopped romaine or iceberg lettuce
  • Chopped drained hot pickled vegetables, such as giardiniera or banana pepper rings
  • 3 large (about 10-inch) pita breads, lightly toasted and halved


For the falafel, in a medium bowl, cover the chickpeas and the baking soda with a few inches of water. Let sit overnight (the baking soda helps tenderize the beans). Or, to quick-soak them, place the chickpeas and baking soda in a medium bowl and top with 6 cups boiling water. Let stand at least 1 hour.

Drain the chickpeas well; transfer to a food processor. Add the remaining falafel ingredients. Pulse until the mixture looks like coarse sand. Transfer to a medium bowl, cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour. Form into 6 patties, each about 4 to 5 inches in diameter.

For the tahini sauce, in a blender or food processor, puree the lemon juice and garlic on high until smooth. Add the tahini and cumin and season with salt. Puree until the sauce is smooth and coats the back of a spoon, thinning with a little water if necessary.

In a large skillet, heat enough oil to coat in a thin layer over medium-high. Add the patties and cook until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip; cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Top with cheese; tent the skillet loosely with foil and cook until the cheese melts, 1 to 2 minutes.

Pile a little lettuce, pickled veggies and tahini sauce on one side of each pita half. Top each with a patty and fold the pita over.