The falafel was introduced to Prince Edward Island by Lebanese immigrants who first began to settle in the province in the 1950s. The Abdallah family of Cedar’s Eatery was the first to introduce the flavours of Lebanon to Charlottetown in 1979.
For the falafel patties:
- 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
- 1 tsp each cumin and coriander
- ½ cup parsley leaves
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 small red onion, minced
- ½ tsp each salt and pepper
For the toppings:
- sliced radishes
- sliced cucumbers
- pickled turnip Maroun’s garlic paste from Cedar’s Eatery
- 4 sesame buns, cut sides brushed with olive oil
- Combine all the patty ingredients in a medium bowl. Use a potato masher or pastry cutter to mash up the chickpeas, until a rough paste is formed. Form the mixture into 4 patties about ¾ inch thick and refrigerate for at least one hour.
- Preheat one side of your grill at 450F for at least 10 minutes. Place the patties on the hot grill and cook for 5 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another 4 minutes, then remove to a cooler side of the grill.
- Reduce heat to 350F and grill buns until golden brown and crispy. Build your burgers as desired and enjoy