Greek Baked Falafel Sliders

by Mary Papoulias-Platis

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Falafels are chickpea (garbanzo) patties placed in pita, to make a delicious sandwich. I chose a mini version, patties that can be served as an appetizer or a main dish as well.  So popular today due to many who are eating less meat, and adding more beans and grains to their diet, a nutritional option to the burger.  Falafels are generally deep-fried so I wanted them to be more healthful and accessible for to make in your kitchen and for your family. I chose sliders for their quick assembly. Choosing garbanzo beans can be a protein booster with their  23% protein value. Try them at your next party and you’ll be surprised how quickly they disappear from your table. If you are adventurous, you can make your own pita bread. Here’s my recipe for Homemade Pita Bread from my blog. Just make your pitas smaller to fit these sliders and you have a healthy meal for the family.

So what is Tahini?

  • Tahini is made by grinding sesame seeds into a smooth paste.
  • Sometimes the sesame seeds are hulled, sometimes they’re left unhulled; sometimes roasted, sometimes raw.
  • Top salads with a quick dollop of tahini.
  • Make your own salad dressing using tahini.
  • Dip vegetables into a tablespoon or two of tahini.
  • There are great benefits from tahini.

I tend to be very selective with my brands of tahini. This comes from Mighty Sesame Co. 

The other brand is Joyva Tahini.




Greek Falafel Sliders

Use these sliders for appetizers for your party, or make them larger for a side dish.
Course Main Dishes and Sides
Cuisine California Greek
Keyword falafel, Greek, sliders
Author Mary Papoulias-Platis


  • 1 15 oz. can garbanzo beans - rinsed and drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3/4 to 1 cup dry breadcrumbs or more
  • 1 package of whole wheat mini-pita breads or cut up one pita into four pieces.

Tahini Sauce

  • 3/4 cup sesame tahini
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 to 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt


  • 1 tomato, seeds removed and finely chopped
  • 1 cucumber, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red onion, peeled and finely chopped


Falafel Instructions

  1. In a food processor add the first nine ingredients.
  2. Pulse the bean mixture until chunky.
  3. Add the onion and breadcrumbs and process until smooth.
  4. You may need to add more breadcrumbs until mixture is thick enough to form a patty. Place in refrigerator until chilled.

  5. Heat broiler to high or oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Place parchment paper or Siltpat liner on a baking sheet pan.
  7. Using a large spoon scoop up the beans and drop on the pan.
  8. Place the patties, 1/2 inch apart on the baking sheet.

  9. Wet fingers and softly pat down on each patty to form a even round shape.
  10. Cooking time for the broiler is 10-12 minutes on each side until nicely browned.
  11. For the oven: 15-20 minutes on each side.

Tahini Sauce

  1. Place tahini, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor or blender.
  2. Begin to process and slowly pour in water, testing to consistency you want.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and season with salt and pepper. (Can be made a couple of days in advance.)


  1. Place the pita rounds on a plate add a falafel patty on top.
  2. Add the onion, cucumber, and tomato. Drizzle with tahini sauce.

  3. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.

 Prep all your ingredients for easy assembly. This is called “Mise En Place” in the culinary world.

Make sure to allow a nice brown crust to form on the patty.

Line them up , add all the veggies, add the tahini, and serve up!

Enjoy my Greek-Inspired Falafels


© 2012 – 2024, Mary Papoulias-Platis. All rights reserved.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jeanette

I love falafel but have never tried making them – these sliders look so fun!

2 Mary Papoulias-Platis

Thank-you Jeanette,
They are simple and can be made ahead of time for your guests!Enjoy!

3 Katina Vaselopulos

What a lovely bite! Great recipe and presentation!

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