Easy Falafel (Air Fryer & Oven)

5 from 8 reviews

This easy falafel recipe is full of zesty and fresh flavors. It’s vegan and made in the air fryer with an oven option.



3/4 cup water

1/2 cup bulgur wheat

1 tablespoon olive oil plus approximately 1 1/2 teaspoons for brushing on falafel

1 medium red onion minced

3 cloves fresh garlic

1/4 teaspoon crushed crushed red chili flakes

1 1/4 teaspoons cumin

1 1/2 cups canned and drained chickpeas

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/8 cup packed cilantro, chopped roughly

1/8 cup packed fresh parsley, chopped roughly


  1. Bring the water to a boil and remove it from the heat. Pour the bulgur into the water and cover it with a lid.  Allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes until it softens.
  2. Prepare the ingredients: chop the onions, garlic and herbs. Set them aside.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a small pan add the onion and garlic and sautee them until they become translucent.
    onions and garlic in a pan cooking
  4. Stir in the spices (1 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes) and turn the heat off.
    onions and garlic in pan with spices
  5. Place the chickpeas, onions, garlic, lemon juice and spice mixture into the bowl of a food processor along with the parsley and cilantro. 
    fresh herbs, chickpeas, bulger wheat and onions in a food processor bowl
  6. Blend in the food processor until all of the ingredients are mixed together, the mixture will be grainy.
    Falafel ingredients combined in a food processor bowl
  7. Place the mixture into the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes which will make the dough easier to form into balls.
  8. Use an ice cream scoop to shape the dough mixture into 2 inch balls and place them on the rack of the air fryer or the cooling rack (for oven method).
    falafel balls unbaked on a baking sheet
  9. Use a pastry brush to the falalfel balls with oil.
  10. Set the air fryer to 400 and bake 15 minutes.  For the oven bake place the cooling rack on top of a baking sheet and place into a 415 degree pre-heated oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes until they turn golden on the outside. 


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