Meatless Monday: Vegan smoky falafel burgers with tzatziki or spicy salsa

This recipe can easily be scaled up if you are feeding a crowd this Bank holiday Monday!  You can enjoy these burgers with tzatziki or spicy salsa or both and some warm pitta breads.  They are not only vegan but gluten free too - so let's cook!

Vegan smoky falafel with tzatziki or spicy salsa

You will need

Makes 4 Serves 2

For the tzatziki 

200g soy yogurt
1/2 large cucumber
1/2 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp lemon juice

For the smoky falafel burgers

1 can chickpeas
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tbsp olive oil 
juice lemon
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
pinch pink salt
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp gluten free flour
olive oil spray

For the salsa

2 tomatoes, chopped
1/4 red onion
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 red chilli, deseeded and chopped
splash cider vinegar
fresh coriander, finely chopped
pinch salt
Pittas to serve

To make the tzatziki line a sieve with a muslin square or if you do not have any with kitchen paper and add the yogurt.  Place the sieve over a bowl and place in the fridge to drain off some liquid and thicken the yogurt for around an hour.  After the yogurt has thickened add the remaining ingredients. 

Blend the ingredients for the smoky falafel in a high speed blender.  Spray a baking tray with the olive oil spray and form the mixture into 4 burgers.  Place the burgers on the tray and spray again.  Place in an oven at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes, turning once.  For the last few minutes place the pittas in the oven wrapped in kitchen foil.

Meanwhile make the salsa.  Combine the ingredients for the salsa in a bowl.

Serve and enjoy!

Have a great Bank holiday Monday!

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