Recipe: Falafel Spiced Turkey Burgers {Whole30}

by Cate on February 18, 2020

Those hints of falafel seasoning mixed with ground turkey serves up one delicious bite after another – let’s make Falafel Spiced Turkey Burgers!

Turkey Falafel Burger

I love falafel, and its seasoning, so when I saw Molly Yeh make these Falafel-Spiced Turkey Burgers on a recent episode of Girl Meets Farm on Food Network, I made a mental note to go look up the recipe. There was only one problem … I was doing a round of Whole30, and her recipe wasn’t completely Whole30-compliant. A couple small tweaks and changes and here we are … a crazy delicious Turkey Burger recipe that is packed with flavor and kid-approved! My oldest loved them, and some mornings, I even crumbled a few pieces into my scrambled eggs. So freaking good, guilt-free, quick, and healthy. I loved them so much I actually made the recipe four times over the course of ten days! Winner, winner, turkey dinner!

Falafel Spiced Turkey Burgers
Recipe courtesy of Cate O’Malley (adapted from Molly Yeh)

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for cooking patties
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
Kosher salt
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 large egg
1/2 cup almond flour
1 pound ground turkey
Pinch crushed red pepper
1 bunch fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and a pinch of salt and cook until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the garlic, cumin and cinnamon and cook until fragrant, about another minute. Remove from heat and let cool. Combine the egg and almond flour in a large bowl. Add the turkey, 3/4 teaspoon salt, a few turns of black pepper, the crushed red pepper, cilantro and the slightly cooled onion mixture and use your hands to mix to combine. Do not overmix. Divide the mixture into four even sections and form into balls. Heat up the same skillet from the onions and  add a thin layer of olive oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle both sides of the patties with salt and pepper and cook until browned, about 5 minutes on each side.

I topped each burger with homemade mayo and red onions (skip a bun if you’re doing Whole30).

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