12 Best Falafel Recipes from Classic Sandwiches to Falafel Waffles and Pizza
Falafel's a fave! We're big fans of these deep-fried chickpea patties. We love ours served in the classic style, stuffed into an envelope of pita bread with all the traditional falafel fixings -- sliced cucumbers, chopped lettuce and tomato, and, of course, a big splash of tahini sauce. Often we'll pop in some pickles, too! The falafel sandwich makes for a filling lunch, for sure. But we don't stop there. We'll also top salads with falafel patties, pour falafel batter into a waffle iron, and form it into pizza crust. Read on for some of our very favorite falafel recipes, including one that's made Egyptian style, with fava beans instead of chickpeas.
Chef John's Falafel
"Falafel is very simple to make," says Chef John. "And even a relative novice like me can get some very decent results. I think you'll be surprised how close this is to your favorite falafel stand. Be sure to taste and adjust until you get it just right." Watch the video to see how it's done.
This batter is chock-full of fresh herbs, roasted garlic, spices, and garbanzo beans (aka chickpeas) and so simple to make. Using a waffle iron to cook helps crisp it up without requiring too much oil. "A delicious twist on a classic!" says The Gruntled Gourmand. "Keep cooked waffles warm in a low oven. Serve with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, and parsley."
Ta'ameya (Egyptian Falafel)
Unlike most parts of the Middle East, where falafel is made with ground chickpeas, in Egypt, it's made with dried fava beans. "Falafel, or ta'ameya as we call it in Egypt, is an all-time favorite street food," says Gamila Salem. "Best served with pita bread, tomato, onions, and tahini sauce."
Here's a hash inspired by falafel and flavored with Indian spices. It makes a hearty weeknight vegetarian or vegan main dish. "While I have made falafel before, I find that it's a whole process for patties that end up being a lot of extra work given that this recipe is, in essence, deconstructed then accompanied by other complementary vegetables," says Kameron.
Falafel Cobb Salad
This Mediterranean-inspired take on the traditional cobb salad features falafel, avocado, feta cheese, eggs, and crispy bacon. "Considering the dish is a salad, it is still plenty filling and full of fresh flavors," says Jenn T. "The time spent making it is all in the prep work, then just simply assemble."
Falafel Mushroom Loaf
Shiitake and cremini mushrooms combine with cannellini beans, falafel mix, spices, and fresh herbs in this vegetarian loaf that tastes like falafel. "This loaf is great for those who love the flavor of falafel," says Cally. "The leftovers also make great sandwiches!"
"I love falafel, but I don't deep-fry them," says T.J. "This is how I make them in a pan. Serve with warm pitas, tzatziki, and your favorite diced vegetables. Enjoy!!!"
Chickpea Falafel Burgers
"These falafel are so good they blow store bought ones out of the water," says Jojo Pinko. "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 tabbouleh or roasted potatoes."
Falafel Dough Pizza
"Falafel is one of the most popular foods in Egypt," says Shemoo Seif. "It's made out of peeled beans and always served fried. It's also made in the Levant area (mainly Syria and Lebanon) using chickpeas. In my recipe, I used red lentils and replaced the traditional cooking method (frying) with baking. Using lentils instead of beans to create an innovative recipe has been quite satisfying."
"Super quick and easy," says jaclyncady. "You will probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already! Serve with your favorite sauce! I served mine with spicy mayo, made by mixing 3 tablespoons mayo with 1/2 tablespoon sriracha. It would also be great with tzatziki or spicy mustard."
You'll lightly pan-fry this falafel before finishing in the oven. "An easy, yummy way to make falafel," says Bette. "Serve with pita bread and your favorite tzatziki."
Air Fryer Falafel
Here's one for the air fryer. "Once you've soaked your chickpeas, you can use a food processor and an air fryer to quickly bake these spicy falafel patties," says Buckwheat Queen. "Serve with your favorite garnishes and sauce."