Falafel is the ultimate finger food that you’re going to be craving on the reg after you make this recipe! It’s packed full of flavor but it isn’t just tasty; it’s also bursting with protein from hearty chickpeas and our air-fried twist keeps things light on the oil. It’s like a flavor-packed high-five for your taste buds.

Interested in a deep dive into the history of falafel? Check out our Deep Fried Falafel recipe.

a plate o fair fryer falafel over a bed of greens with a side of tzatziki

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What type of chickpeas to use for this air fryer falafel recipe

Our recipe calls for fava beans and chickpeas in their dry form. This requires you to rehydrate them ahead of making the recipe. But, if you don’t have time to soak the beans, you can use canned beans! Beans in a can have a higher amount of sodium but are otherwise the same.

If you are new to rehydrating dried beans and chickpeas, don’t worry! We have detailed instructions on how to rehydrate dried chickpeas in the blog for our One Pot Greek Couscous.

Is falafel a healthy recipe?

What we love about this falafel recipe is that it is healthy! Even our deep-fried falafel is healthy. Falafel is naturally packed with vitamins and nutrients and chickpeas and fava beans are a solid source of plant-based protein.

One of the main benefits of using an air fryer is that it makes every recipe healthier. That’s right! Because the air fryer eliminates the need for saturating the food in oil, it is so much better for you. So, there’s much less fat in this falafel recipe than most others!

a hand holding an air fryer falafel

How to make air fryer falafel

  1. A day before you are going to make this recipe, get out your chickpeas and fava beans and soak them overnight.
  2. Grab your food processor and add chickpeas, green onion, chopped onion, garlic cloves and cilantro to the food processor. Blend until you have a thick, fluffy dough.
  3. Then add salt, pepper, coriander, and cumin to the food processor. Mix it together.
  4. Scoop the falafel dough mixture from the food processor into a bowl.
  5. Right before you are going to air fry the falafel, add baking soda to the bowl. Give it a final mix.
  6. Make patties out of the dough and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  7. Arrange them in the air fryer and cook for 15-18 minutes at 350. Flip the falafel halfway through the cooking time to make sure they’re crunchy on both sides!
  8. Serve hot or at room temperature on its own or with dip!

How to store air fryer falafel

We doubt you will have leftovers because this recipe is just THAT good. But in case you do, these tasty falafel are super easy to store! This recipe also lends itself well to making a large batch if you like to meal prep.

They will last for 3-5 days in an airtight container in the fridge, or for up to 3 months in the freezer. To reheat, we recommend popping them in the oven or a toaster oven!

Other air fryer recipes

We are obsessed with our air fryer! There are so many benefits to making food in an air fryer.

Not only is it healthier than deep frying, but you can also avoid all the mess associated with deep frying. Plus, there is a much lower risk of burning yourself!

close up image of an air fryer falafel topped with sesame seeds

Here are some of our favorite air fryer recipes you are going to love:

  • Our Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings are to die for! Chicken wings make for a great meal that everyone loves. And since these wings are made in the air fryer, they’re healthier than traditional fried chicken wings.
  • Love fried cheese? Say no more! You have to try out our Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks. They are the easiest take on this childhood staple.
  • If you have been here a while, you know that we LOVE feta in all of its forms. But we have to say our Air Fryer Sesame Crusted Feta is the very best! It is crunchy, salty, and creamy on the inside.
  • Last, but certainly not least, we have to share our Crispy Air Fryer Potato Nuggets. Similar to this falafel recipe, these nuggets are the perfect finger food. They are absolutely delish!
two fingers holding an air fryer falafel topped with sesame seeds


5 from 1 vote
Author: Food Dolls
Servings: 8 people
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Our Mom's Egyptian falafel recipe is easy and delicious! We air fry them for a lightened up version!


  • 1 cup chickpeas soaked overnight
  • 2 cups fava beans soaked overnight
  • 6 whole green onions
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 small bunch of cilantro stems removed
  • 1 tsp sea salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • Sesame seeds for topping


  • Soak the chickpeas and fava beans overnight to rehydrate them.
    1 cup chickpeas soaked overnight, 2 cups fava beans soaked overnight
  • Set up your food processor. Add chickpeas, green onion, chopped onion, garlic cloves and cilantro to the food processor. Blend everything together.
    1 medium red onion, 6 whole green onions, 4 garlic cloves, 1 small bunch of cilantro
  • Next, add salt, pepper, coriander, and cumin to the food processor. Pulse it together.
    1 tsp sea salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1 tsp ground coriander, 1 tsp cumin
  • Remove the falafel dough mixture from the food processor and place it in a bowl.
  • When you are ready to start frying the falafel, add the baking soda to the bowl and mix it all together.
    1 tsp baking soda
  • Use an ice cream scooper to scoop out little balls of falafel dough. Release it into your hand and press in sesame seeds.
    Sesame seeds for topping
  • Arrange them in the air fryer and cook for 15-18 minutes at 350. Flip the falafel halfway through the cook time to make sure they’re crunchy on both sides!
  • Serve hot or at room temperature on it’s own or with tahini, hummus, pita bread, and salad.




Serving: 1serving | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 434mg | Potassium: 239mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 173IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Hi Alia and Radwa! I was curious if I can use canned chickpeas and canned fuul beans for this recipe? I’m looking for an even quicker version and I usually forget to soak anything the night before!