Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce

Perfect oven baked homemade falafel recipe with a lemony tahini dressing and a fresh veggie salad. Like any classic falafel, this recipe is vegan (dairy free, egg free), gluten free, soy free and nut free.
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Experience the ultimate falafel delight with our Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemon Tahini recipe! These golden, flavorful falafel patties are a healthier twist on the classic Middle Eastern dish. Made with a blend of chickpeas, fresh herbs, and aromatic spices, they are baked to perfection, resulting in a crispy exterior and a tender, moist interior. Drizzle them with our tangy and creamy lemon tahini sauce for a burst of zesty goodness. Whether you’re a falafel aficionado or new to this tantalizing dish, this recipe is a must-try. Perfect as a protein-packed appetizer, a satisfying lunch, or a delightful addition to your Mediterranean spread, these falafel bites will have you craving more. Pin it now and embark on a flavor-packed culinary adventure!

Falafel is a popular Mid-Eastern street food typically made with chickpeas or fava beans. It is often served in pita sandwiches, as part of an appetizer platter, or just as an appetizer or finger food. They are crispy on the outside and nice and tender inside.

Crispy Baked Falafel

Chickpea recipes are very common in any middle-eastern cuisine, and you’ll find variety of falafel recipes in restaurants as well as on pretty much every street corner. It’s a favorite no matter where you are.

Chickpeas or fava beans are used in different ways somewhere soaked or dried (mostly in Israel). While researching for falafel recipes I found in Ledanon they use for fava beans and chickpeas.

I have no experience with fava beans, so I decided to go with chickpeas which I am pretty used to with.

Crispy Baked Falafel with Lemony Tahini Sauce

Crispy from outside, light tender and crumbly from inside homemade falafel recipe which is perfect even for beginners. Served with fresh salad and a lemony tahini dressing for a perfect vegan snack meal.

Prep Time 10 mins Cook Time 30 mins Total Time 40 mins Difficulty: Intermediate Servings: 4 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Falafel Ingredients

Sauce Ingredients

For Serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease a large rimmed baking sheet with one tablespoon of olive oil.

  2. In a food processor, add chickpeas, onion, garlic, parsley, cumin, salt and the remaining olive oil. Pulse a couple of times to break down the chickpeas, then process until a smooth and thick mixture forms, approximately 1-2 minutes.

    Crispy Baked Falafel

    Crispy Baked Falafel

  3. Scoop 2 tablespoons of the mixture and form into a patty using your hands. Repeat until you've used all of the mixture. This should yield approximately 18 falafel patties.

    Crispy Baked Falafel

  4. Arrange falafels on the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven to roast until golden brown and crisp, approximately 25-30 minute, flipping halfway through the baking time.

    Crispy Baked Falafel

  5. In the meantime, make the tahini sauce. Whisk tahini and lemon juice in a small bowl. Lightly season with salt. The mixture will become very thick. Thin tahini sauce into desired consistency by adding water, 2 tablespoons at a time. Amount needed will vary based on liquid content of your tahini and lemon.

    Crispy Baked Falafel

    Crispy Baked Falafel

  6. Arrange crispy falafel patties on a bed of leafy greens and fresh vegetables on the side. 

  7. Drizzle with lemony tahini sauce. Enjoy!

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