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Air Fryer Falafel

This air fryer falafel is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and incredibly flavorful throughout! Chickpeas and a variety of fresh herbs are what make this plant-based recipe delicious. This air fryer falafel is a healthier take on a much-loved classic!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: air fryer, easy vegan, plant based
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Cheryl Malik


  • Food processor
  • Air Fryer


  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup parsley chopped
  • 1 cup cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup fresh dill chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour see Notes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes optional

For air frying:

  • spray cooking oil


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped, but not pureed.
  • Refrigerate falafel mixture for at least one hour.
    Air Fryer Falafel process photo 2
  • Remove from fridge and scoop two tablespoons of falafel mixture into your hands then roll into a ball. Repeat with remaining mixture.
    Air Fryer Falafel process photo 3
  • Coat the basket of your air fryer with spray cooking oil and transfer falafel to the basket. Lightly spray falafel with cooking oil and set the air fryer to 15 minutes at 375° Fahrenheit.
  • Flip each falafel and cook for an additional 10 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.


  • Make it Gluten-Free: Use 1:1 gluten-free flour instead of all purpose flour in this recipe.
Recipe yields approximately 12 falafel. Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect the information for four falafel out of 12. Macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 810mg | Potassium: 842mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2743IU | Vitamin C: 38mg | Calcium: 197mg | Iron: 7mg | Net Carbs: 43g