Crispy Falafel

crispy falafel platter

This crispy falafel can be prepped in large batches and eaten in pitas or as burgers with veggies, feta, and tzatziki sauce.


  • 2 c dried chickpeas, soaked
  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and quartered
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 bunch flat leaf parsley, destemmed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 T Olive oil, plus more for frying
  • 75 g Tahini
  • 2 T Sesame seeds
  • 1.5 T Cumin
  • 1 T Salt + to taste
  • 1/2 c Panko breadcrumbs


  1. Add onion, garlic, lemon juice, cumin and parsley to the food processor and pulse until evenly incorporated. Add about a cup of chickpeas, then a drizzle of 2 T olive oil and 75 g tahini, followed by a drizzle of olive oil. Continue slowly adding the chickpeas while pulsing the mixture in order to evenly incorporate the beans. Avoid over-processing or you;ll end up with hummus!

  2. Turn the mixture into a large mixing bowl and fold in salt, panko, and sesame seeds. 

  3. Chill the mixture for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, heat olive oil in your cast iron or nonstick skillet until shimmery OR preheat your oven or air fryer to 425.

  4. Shape falafel mix into small rounds or burger patties. If frying, the patties take about 3-4 minutes on each side until dark brown. In both the oven and the air fryer, the patties will cook for roughly 20 minutes, and benefit from a flip halfway through. 

  5. Batch: Cook up only the falafel you plan on eating right away. The rest can be stored in one of two ways:

    • Store raw mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Form and cook individual servings on demand through the week.

    • Form all of the remaining mix into patties and lay out on a baking sheet covered in a silpat. Freeze flat, and when they are solid they can be tossed into a gallon ziploc and kept in the freezer for months! Cook individually following the same instructions as when fresh, but add a couple extra minutes to the cook time.


For serving: We love these in a pita or on a bun with tzatziki, feta, and the mixed veggies from our thai salad. Show us how you served these by tagging us on Instagram @seasaltcouple!