Falafel Recipes

Falafel are even better when they're homemade. Whether baked or fried, this simple vegetarian dish is sure to be a new family favorite.

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Chef John's Falafel

Rating: 4.5 stars 154
Unlike most of America's other favorite fast foods, falafel is rarely attempted at home, which is a shame, since it's very simple to do, and even a relative novice like me can get some very decent results. One word of warning: you do need to know you're going to have a craving for this a full day before you actually want to eat it.

Air Fryer Falafel

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
Once you've soaked your chickpeas, you can use a food processor and an air fryer to quickly bake these spicy falafel patties. Serve with your favorite garnishes and sauce.

Baked Falafel

Rating: 4.5 stars 245
An easy, yummy way to make falafel. Serve with pita bread and your favorite tzatziki.

What is Falafel?

Explore the ingredients of this popular "fast food" dish.
By Nadia Hassani

Falafel Pita Sandwich with Tahini Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 2
Falafel has such a prominent taste, but the tahini and freshness of the vegetables really complement it nicely.

Chef John's Tahini

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
The technique is very simple, and every ingredient is to taste. So please use the ingredient amounts as a guide, and then add more of whatever until you have it exactly how you want it.

Jeanie's Falafel

Rating: 4.5 stars 251
This is a tasty dense falafel that contains no eggs. Serve on pitas with tzatziki or tahini sauce with lettuce and tomato.

Vegan-Friendly Falafel

Rating: 4.5 stars 62
This is an easy vegan falafel using dried garbanzo beans and ingredients you already have in your cupboard. No eggs or bread crumbs either as filler--just tasty falafel! Serve with tzatziki and typical falafel fare such as lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. It's not much more work than using canned beans, but the taste is phenomenal and authentic.
By Marian

Authentic Falafels

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
These falafels are the closest thing to NYC street vendor falafels! Made the traditional way with dried soaked chickpeas! Great on a pita with lettuce, cucumber and yogurt. Asafoetida is usually found in Middle Eastern or Indian food stores. If you prefer, you can use 2 to 3 garlic cloves and 1 small chopped onion instead. This is a great base recipe, customize it to your own tastes.

Chickpea Falafel Burgers

Rating: 4 stars 74
Falafels so good they blow store bought ones out of the water. Serve on pitas, with your favorite sauces and toppings, or on buns like a burger. This recipe is good accompanied by any Middle Eastern dish such as tabouleh or roasted potatoes.
By Allrecipes Member

Falafel II

Rating: 3.5 stars 6
These taste great in pita with salad, yogurt, and mint sauce!! The preparation time is minimal as the various ingredients can be left to soak/chill overnight.
By Catherine

Inspiration and Ideas

Our Best Falafel Recipes
Falafel's a fave! We're big fans of these deep-fried chickpea patties. Enjoy them in wraps or sandwiches, plus try these new spins on the classic.
Falafels with Yogurt-Dill Sauce
Rating: Unrated 53
"Excellent! This was a big hit with my husband and son." – Diane
Falafel with Canned Chickpeas
Rating: 5 stars 18

Falafel made with canned chickpeas - just like the ones you taste in a Greek restaurant. Makes about 12 patties. Serve with hummus or tzatziki sauce.