Air Fryer Falafel

by Karly

This AIR FRYER FALAFEL is a quick, easy way to get that falafel fix! We started with canned chickpeas, fresh herbs, and plenty of seasonings. The falafel balls get fried in the air fryer in just 13 minutes!

A close up of falafel, tomatoes, and lettuce in a pita

I had falafel for the first time in Austin, Texas served from a food truck! If you haven’t experienced the plethora of food trucks in Austin you are missing out! They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

Anyway, needless to say, I fell in love with falafel that day. Since then, I have had it restaurants a couple times, and I have cooked myself several times.

Making the falafel mixture is easy enough and you can pan fry, bake, or air fry them. We, obviously, LOVE the air fryer method. It makes the best falafel, in my opinion. Plus, it’s super easy!

overhead view of a bowl of chickpeas next to other falafel ingredients

How to air fry falafel:

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  • Drain and rinse your canned chickpeas to remove excess sodium. Pat them dry.
  • Add the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne to a food processor and pulse until well combined.
falafel mixture in a clear glass bowl
  • Use a large cookie scoop to form the falafel into balls.
  • Spritz the air fryer basket with your preferred oil spray (we use avocado oil).
falafel balls spread out in an air fryer basket
  • Space out the falafel balls in a single even layer in your air fryer basket then spritz them with the same spray.
  • Air fry them for 13 minutes at 370 degrees F.

Helpful tips for this recipe:

  • If your mixture is too wet to press together you can add a tablespoon of flour to the mixture. Repeat this if necessary until the mixture comes together. Alternatively, if it is too dry (which shouldn’t be the case with our recipe, but may be with others) you can add a small amount of oil to the mixture.
  • Falafel is best served hot and fresh! If working in batches, keep them warm on a baking sheet in a low oven until the rest of the falafel are cooked.
  • Reheat leftover falafel in the air fryer. Spritz with oil again and cook at 350 degrees F until they are heated through.
  • We serve our falafels in a pita, but they are also great piled on top of rice. They go great with a fresh salad, French fries, and chips too!
falafel balls piled on a square white plate

Air fryer tips and tools for this recipe

Cookie scoops are one of my most commonly used kitchen utensils. They are easy to find in any store, we have small, medium and large cookie scoops. I think you would find you use them often in your kitchen too!

This recipe requires a food processor. Honestly, food processors are workhorses in the kitchen. If you have the counter space and budget for one, they are worth it. However, if you need a more budget-friendly option, or need something easy to hide away, then try this mini prep processor. It will still get the job done for your falafel!

We use the OMORC 6qt air fryer. It’s a good size, cooks evenly, and is dishwasher safe. You can use any air fryer you want. We do like the basket models better than the toaster oven style air fryers, but we have and continue to use both types. You can’t go wrong here!

Last, you should never use the cans of non-stick spray in your air fryers. They can damage your air fryer basket over time. So instead, you should apply your vegetable oil using refillable pump spray mister. This will lengthen the time you own your air fryer.

falafel on a counter next to tomatoes and lettuce leaves

More air fryer recipes you might like:

Falafel in a pita wrap with lettuce and tomatoes.
close up of a falafel pita on a square plate

Air Fryer Falafel

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes

This falafel recipe is easy to make in the air fryer with hardly any mess. It has become our favorite way to cook falafel. Serve in a pita or over rice for a quick vegetarian lunch.

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces canned chickpeas
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • ⅓ cup fresh cilantro
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Oil spray
  • Flour, if needed

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Pat dry.
  2. Add the chickpeas, parsley, cilantro, garlic, salt, cumin, and cayenne to a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. 
  3. Pulse until well combined and the mixture is coarse. Do not overmix or you'll end up with hummus.
  4. Use a large cookie scoop to scoop out the mixture into 10 balls. 
  5. Spritz the air fryer basket with oil spray. Arrange the falafel in an even layer in the basket. Spritz the falafel with oil.
  6. Air fry at 370 degrees for 15 minutes.

Notes

If your mixture is too wet to hold together, add flour 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together.

If making multiple batches of falafel, keep the cooked falafel on a baking sheet in a warm oven until all is ready to serve.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 3 falafel balls
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 312Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 550mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 9gSugar: 5gProtein: 12g

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