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Air Fryer Falafel

Air Fryer Falafel is packed with garlic, scallions, onions, plus herbs and spices then air-fried until it’s tender inside and perfectly golden and crunchy outside.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Mediterranean
Keyword Air Fryer Falafel
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 12 falafel balls
Calories 54kcal
Author Catalina Castravet


  • 15.5 ounce can chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 small yellow onion quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian dried herbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
  • olive oil spray
  • For serving:
  • hummus
  • sliced tomatoes
  • cucumber
  • pita bread


  • Dry the rinsed chickpeas on paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
  • Place the onions, garlic, parsley, scallions, cumin, salt, and red pepper flakes in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade.
  • Process until blended for 30 to 60 seconds, after that add the chickpeas and pulse 2 to 3 times until just blended, make sure they are not pureed.
  • Sprinkle in the baking powder and add the flour, make sure to scrape the sides of the bowl with a spatula, and pulse a few more times.
  • Transfer mixture to a bowl, stir in paprika and Italian dried herbs. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate, covered, 2 to 3 hours.
  • Preheat the air fryer 350F.
  • Form 12 falafel balls, if the emixture is too sticky add some flour to your hands and the working surface.
  • Arrange the falafels in one layer in the air fryer basket, so they don't overlap and don't touch.
  • Spray the falafel with cooking oil.
  • Cook 14 minutes, in batches until golden brown, turning halfway.
  • Serve with hummus, veggies and pita bread.


  • Drain your chickpeas very well to avoid soggy falafels.
  • PULSE, don’t blend. You want a slightly chunky mixture instead of a paste.
  • When adding the flour and baking powder, fold it in by hand. Don’t blend it, or it can turn gummy. 


Calories: 54kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 131mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 264IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg