Falafel Focaccia Sandwich


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time20 mins
  • Makes4 servings
Falafel Focaccia Sandwich

Photo: John Cullen

Take your homemade falafel out of the wrap and onto a bun (or focaccia bread) with this easy homemade patty from Top Chef Dale MacKay.


  • ¼ cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tbsp fresh mint, chopped

  • ¼ cup red onion, roughly chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tbsp fresh parsely, (just the leaves)

  • 1 540-mL can chickpeas

  • ½ cup fresh bread crumbs

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp cumin

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 loaf focaccia bread

  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce

  • 12 thin slices cucumber


  • In a small bowl, combine yogurt, mint and 1⁄4 tsp each salt and pepper. Set aside.

  • Place chopped red onion, garlic and parsley in the bowl of a food processor and chop finely. Drain and rinse chick- peas; add to the food processor along with bread crumbs, coriander, cumin, baking powder, 1⁄2 tsp salt and cayenne. Pulse until a coarse mixture forms. Divide and shape into 4 balls. Flatten each to 3⁄4 in. thickness.

  • Heat oil in a nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add patties and cook 3 to 4 min per side, or until golden, turning carefully with 2 spatulas (the falafel patties will be fragile).

  • Cut focaccia bread into 4 squares slightly larger than each patty, then cut each piece in half horizontally. Place lettuce on bottom halves. Top with a falafel patty, a dollop of the yogurt mixture and cucumber slices, then the remaining focaccia.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 337, Protein 11g, Carbohydrates 59g, Fat 7g, Fibre 8g.


Not into focaccia? Tuck patties inside whole wheat hamburger buns or your favourite bread.

Originally published in the June 2012 issue. Photo by John Cullen. 

This article was originally published on Jun 11, 2018

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