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


Recipe Summary

25 mins
45 mins


Ingredient Checklist


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

3 falafel
216 calories; protein 9.8g; carbohydrates 31g; dietary fiber 8.8g; sugars 5.6g; fat 6.5g; saturated fat 0.8g; vitamin a iu 665.7IU; vitamin c 14mg; folate 192.1mcg; calcium 76.4mg; iron 3.9mg; magnesium 55mg; potassium 367.3mg; sodium 383.9mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

2 starch, 1 lean protein, 1/2 fat