The key to good falafel is the crunch—and the air fryer has what it takes to get the chickpea fritters golden and crispy. 


This easy Falafel recipe is made quicker and healthier in the air fryer with canned chickpeas – no deep frying!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Refrigerate2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Lebanese, Middle Eastern
Keyword: Air fryer falafel, Falafel canned chickpeas, falafel,
Servings: 4
Calories: 134kcal


  • 1 Can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (15.5 ounce)
  • 1 Small yellow onion, quartered
  • 3 Cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • cup Roughly chopped parsley
  • cup Roughly chopped cilantro
  • cup Chopped scallions
  • 1 tsp. 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ tsp. 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • tsp. 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp. All purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • olive oil spray

Optional for serving

  • hummus, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, pita, tahini, etc


  • Dry the chickpeas on paper towels.
  • Place the onions and garlic in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Add the parsley, scallions, cilantro, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  • Process until blended 30 to 60 seconds, then add the chickpeas and pulse 2 to 3 times until just blended, but not pureed.
  • Sprinkle in the baking powder and the flour, scape the sides of the bowl down with a spatula and pulse 2 to 3 times.
  • Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, 2 to 3 hours.
  • Form the falafel mixture into 12 balls, if it’s too sticky add some flour to your hands and your work surface.
  • Preheat the air fryer 350F.
  • Spray the falafel with oil. Cook 14 minutes, in batches until golden brown, turning halfway.


Refrigerate for up to 4 days. Freeze uncooked balls for up to 6 months. Defrost in the refrigerator overnight before air frying.

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories134
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2g 4%
    • Sodium 403mg 17%
    • Total Carbohydrate 24g 8%
      • Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
      • Sugars 1g
    • Protein 6g 12%

      * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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      Written by Lisa Yarde

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