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Ah, I’m so excited! I can finally feel the summer breeze around here in New Jersey and it makes me want to dance in the sun. When the weather is good, I’m always in the mood for spending time outdoors, whether that involves a fun backyard barbecue with family and friends or an impromptu road trip. When I’m looking to flex my tourist muscle, I head to one place…the Big Apple. I’m lucky enough to have grown up 45 minutes outside of New York City, a city with more international types of cuisine than most other places on the planet. One of the highlights of my weekend visits to NYC ALWAYS involves stopping by the nearest Middle Eastern food stand and grabbing a piping hot falafel sandwich, drenched with tahini, a mysteriously delicious garlicky white sauce and a dash of hot sauce. This delicious vegetarian snack is packed with plant-based protein, which helps me have the energy to enjoy all the sights and sounds of one of the greatest cities on Earth!
If you’ve never had falafel, you’re missing out! Falafel or felafel is a deep-fried ball, doughnut or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food, that most likely originated in Egypt. It’s one of those foods that appeals to most people, whether you’re a vegetarian or not. They’re just so delish! That’s why I love MorningStar® Farms products, they’re not only for vegetarians – they are for everyone!
I’ve recently decided to follow a more plant based diet, and there’s no one I trust more for delicious vegan and vegetarian products than MorningStar® Farms. MorningStar® Farms is a perfect, healthier meal solution for any occasion. Whether it’s meatless Monday, a summer barbeque, or kicking off football season, MorningStar® Farms has options that everyone will love, and now with no artificial ingredients, made with non GMO soy, and vegan options.
That’s why I’m literally obsessed with the NEW MorningStar® Farms Quarter Pound Veggie Burgers. They’re super delicious, perfectly crafted burgers that will fill your bun with MORE and leave you satisfied every time. Each quarter pound burger is perfectly seasoned and packs each bite with plant based protein and tasty veggies! Save a space on the grill for MorningStar® Farms vegan burgers. They’re packed with flavor and easy to prepare, perfect for a weekend cookout or any night of the week. But did you know, these awesome veggie burgers can also be used to make delicious falafel style fritters!?
MorningStar® Farms Veggie Lovers Burgers are a better for you burger packed with 12 different veggies, 2 seeds & 2 grains, plus 10 grams of Plant Based Protein. This makes them the perfect foundation for this creative recipe that will have you experimenting with all types of ways to cook up a veggie burger! I use my air fryer to cook my falafel style fritters, so they’re even better for you than the traditional deep-fried falafel. Serve them up inside of a pita with my homemade tzatziki sauce and you’ve got a recipe that the whole family will love!
I bet you had no idea you could get so creative with veggie burgers! I hope I’ve inspired you to stock up on these versatile and delicious products.
You can find the NEW MorningStar® Farms Quarter Pound Veggie Burgers in your local Walmart’s freezer section, or in the frozen foods section of your local grocery story. The MorningStar Farms Burger Bar Truck will be driving around to visit Walmart stores around the country, click below to see if they are coming to a Walmart near you!
Falafel Style Fritters
A creative way to use a veggie burger to make falafel style fritters.
- 2 MorningStar® Farms Veggie Lovers Burgers defrosted
- 1/4 cup fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 tbsp red onion, chopped
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tbsp flour
- olive oil cooking spray
- Pita bread
- Tzatziki sauce (recipe link below)
- Lettuce leaves
- Tomato slices
- Sliced cucumber
Add the MorningStar® Farms Veggie Lovers Burgers, parsley, cilantro, cumin, garlic, red onion and salt and pepper to a food processor. Pulse the mixture just until everything is finely chopped, scraping down the sides as needed. Don't overmix.
Scoop the fritter mixture into a bowl and add the flour. Mix the fritter mixture until the flour is incorporated (don't overmix).
Spray a bit of cooking spray onto the palms of your hand, then grab a bit of the mixture and form into round falafel style fritters. You should be able to form 5-6 fritters.
Using an air fryer or convection over, bake the falafel style fritters for 15 minutes at 400 degrees F.
Split a pita pocket in half, then add two falafel style fritters into each half. Add lettuce, tomato, cucumber and tzatziki sauce. Serve immediately.