Air Fryer Falafel (Easy + Crispy)

Three air fryer falafel balls in grey bowl with hummus, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Air Fryer Falafel cook up light, fluffy and deliciously crispy. Serve them with hummus and pita or top a salad with them and drizzle on a tahini dressing. 

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you today. First, because it’s perfect for Meatless Monday. But second, in this crazy time that we’re living in, these falafel are perfect because they’re affordable, they can be made with mostly shelf stable ingredients, and they can be made ahead of time and popped into the freezer, making meal prep super easy. 

Air Fryer Falafel Ingredients: 

  • Chickpeas
  • Onion
  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Serrano or Jalapeno Pepper
  • Garlic
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Cumin
  • Salt
  • Flour 
  • Baking Powder 

How to Make Air Fryer Falafel 

  • Soak. Soak chickpeas in water overnight. Canned chickpeas do not hold together well in this recipe. 
  • Process. Process soaked chickpeas with onion, herbs and spices. Then add in flour and baking soda until a coarse texture forms. 
  • Rest. Rest this mixture at least an hour in the fridge to allow it to firm up. Making it easier to form the falafel balls. 
  • Form. Using your hands, or a cookie scoop, form falafel into golf ball sized balls. 
  • Air Fry. Air fry at 380-degrees for 15 minutes, flipping over halfway through. 

How To Air Fry Falafel: 

  • Spray the air fryer basket with oil and place the falafel inside, leaving space between them (depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches). Cook until crispy and golden brown. 

How Long to Air Fry Falafel: 

  • Air fry falafel at 380-degrees for 15 minutes, flipping over halfway through. 

Uncooked falafel balls in air fryer basket.

How to Bake Falafel in the Oven: 

  • If you don’t own an air fryer, you can bake the falafel at 375-degrees until crispy and golden brown, about 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.

How to Reheat Falafel: 

  • Reheat in a 325-degree air fryer or oven, until warmed through, about 15 minutes. 

How to Freeze Falafel: 

  • Place uncooked, formed falafel balls on a cookie sheet and freeze until firm. Then place in a large freezer-safe bag or container. They will last in the freezer for about 3 months. When ready to use, defrost overnight in the refrigerator. 

How to Serve Falafel: 

Falafel balls stuffed into pita with ribbons of cucumber, hummus and green sauce.

What to Serve with Falafel: 

Three air fryer falafel balls in grey bowl with hummus, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Air Fryer Recipes

Falafel Wine Pairings:

  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Chenin Blanc

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Air Fryer Falafel Recipe

Three air fryer falafel balls in grey bowl with hummus, cucumber and cherry tomatoes.

Air Fryer Falafel Recipe

Air Fryer Falafel cook up light, fluffy and deliciously crispy. Serve them with hummus and pita or top a salad with them and drizzle on a tahini dressing. 
4.34 from 3 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)
  • 1/2 cup onion (roughly chopped)
  • ¾ cup parsley (roughly chopped)
  • ¾ cup cilantro (roughly chopped)
  • 1 serrano or jalapeno pepper (rough chopped)
  • 4 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-6 tablespoons chickpea flour or all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Olive oil spray

For Serving:

  • Green sauce (hummus, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, pita, tahini, etc)

Instructions

  • Place chickpeas in a large bowl and cover with at least 2 inches water. Soak overnight.
    Chickpeas soaking in bowl of water.
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas and add them to a food processor. Add onion, parsley, cilantro, pepper, garlic, sesame seeds, cumin and salt and process until it’s the texture of couscous.
    Ingredients for falafel in food processor bowl.
  • Sprinkle in the 4 Tablespoons flour and baking powder, and pulse, adding additional flour if needed so that you can form the mixture into a ball without it sticking to your hands.
    Processed falafel mixture in food processor bowl.
  • Place in a bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour to allow the mixture to firm up.
  • Using your hands, or a cookie scoop, form falafel into golf ball sized balls.
    Uncooked falafel balls on baking sheet.
  • Preheat air fryer 380 degrees. Spray the basket with oil and place the falafel inside, leaving space between them (depending on the size of your air fryer, you may need to cook them in batches). Coat the falafel with additional oil spray.
    Uncooked falafel balls in air fryer basket.
  • Cook 15 minutes, until golden brown, flipping over halfway through.
    Cooked falafel in air fryer basket.
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Equipment

Air Fryer

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 499mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 798IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 102mg | Iron: 4mg

5 comments

  1. Marlynn

    5 stars
    These falafels look perfectly formed and crispy! I haven’t made them in my air fryer yet and this definitely looks like a great way to make them without the usual mess. Thanks, Erin!

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You’re welcome Marlynn!

      Reply

  2. Kim Nguyen

    5 stars
    Looks delicious! Just curious, I wonder if there’s a way to “soak” the chickpeas in an Instant Pot to make the soaking process faster? Thanks for all the great recipes!

    Reply

  3. Kristen

    Could i make the “dough” the night before and then shape and fry the next day?

    Reply

    1. Erin

      You can definitely do that Kristen!

      Reply

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