Making falafel in the air fryer is practically foolproof. Just combine all your ingredients in a food processor, form into patties and drop in the air fryer. The countertop appliance is like a mini convection oven, so the falafel will cook up quickly and with way less oil than if you pan-fried them. Serve them with tahini sauce for dipping (see associated recipe). Source:, October 2018

Hilary Meyer


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Instructions Checklist
  • Drain chickpeas and transfer to a food processor. Add parsley, onion, garlic, oil, lemon juice, cumin, salt and baking soda; process, adding water as needed, until finely ground and the mixture just holds together. Using about 3 tablespoons per patty, shape into twelve 1 1/2-inch patties.

  • Lightly coat air-fryer basket with cooking spray. Place the patties in a single layer in the basket and coat the tops with more cooking spray. (Depending on the size of your air fryer, you may have to cook in batches.)

  • Cook the patties at 375 degrees F, carefully turning them over halfway through and coating the tops with more cooking spray, about 12 minutes total.

Nutrition Facts

216 calories; total fat 6.5g 10% DV; saturated fat 0.8g; sodium 384mg 15% DV; potassium 367mg 10% DV; carbohydrates 31g 10% DV; fiber 8.8g 35% DV; sugar 6g; protein 9.8g 20% DV; exchange other carbs 2; vitamin a iu 666IU; vitamin c 14mg; folate 192mcg; calcium 76mg; iron 4mg; magnesium 55mg; thiaminmg.