The 7 Best Falafel Mixes in 2021

These mixes make a quick and easy dinner

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Just the thing to stock up your pantry in case you need a quick, healthy dinner.
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While this mix boasts a long list of things it doesn’t include, it's still a tasty and reliable pantry staple.
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It can also be used instead of bread crumbs as a chicken coating or added to meatloaf for extra bulk and flavor.
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While it does have some wheat added, the ingredient list is fairly traditional.
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It’s one that’s intended for baking, so if you’d prefer not to fry, look no further.
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Tasty and higher in protein than most, you can thank its fava bean base.
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A variety pack keeps things interesting while still offering fairly traditional flavors and simple, healthy ingredients.
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Falafel, the iconic Middle Eastern food, is a great dinner. It’s plant-based, well-spiced, versatile, and not difficult to make from scratch, although it does require a bit of planning. That said, we love a good falafel mix. Unlike some other boxed or premade foods, falafel mix offers fairly simple ingredients while delivering on flavor. It will usually have a chickpea or fava bean base, salt, spices, maybe baking soda for texture, and that’s about it.

Some recommend frying the final product, some allow for baking, and others offer both options. Frying is more traditional and will offer a lighter texture, but baking makes a slightly healthier option. If it’s a hectic night at your home, having a box or two of falafel mix around will ensure that you and your family eat well without resorting to pricey takeout. Get out your hot sauce, tzatziki,hummus, couscous salad, and maybe even baba ghannouj because it’s falafel night.

Here are the best falafel mixes.

Best Overall: Ziyad Premium Vegetable Burger Falafel Mix

What We Like
  • Delicious and healthy

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • Not processed in a gluten-free environment

Ziyad is a quintessential falafel mix—in the best way. Its ingredients are simple and easy to understand: ground chickpeas, ground fava beans, fragrant spices, minced onion, garlic, baking soda for crunch, salt, and sesame seeds. It’s vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and egg-free. Just add water and bake or fry. The 12-ounce box makes 10 to 12 falafel balls, and it’s just the thing to stock up your pantry in case you need a quick, healthy dinner.

Best Gluten-Free: Orgran Gluten-Free Falafel Mix, Traditional Recipe

OrgraN Falafel Mix
What We Like
  • For those seeking allergen-free products

  • Pea-based

What We Don't Like
  • A little pricier

Orgran’s ingredient list is simple, but a little different from the others: yellow peas, onion, parsley, garlic, salt, turmeric, traditional herbs and spices, mustard, and sodium bicarbonate. Right off the bat, you’ll notice the yellow pea base instead of the chickpea or fava beans. That’s not traditional, of course, but if someone happens to be allergic to chickpeas or fava beans, it’s a great option. Orgran’s motto is “time to feel good” and its mission is to offer food suitable for those on restrictive diets. While this mix boasts a long list of things it doesn’t include (dairy-free, egg-free, gluten-free, GMO-free, Kosher, no added MSG, nut-free, soy-free, vegan, wheat-free, yeast-free), it's still a tasty and reliable pantry staple.

Best Flavor: Casbah Authentic Grains Falafel Chickpea Mix, 10 Ounce

What We Like
  • Great spicing

  • Not too salty

  • A little pricier

  • Not suitable for gluten-free diets

This mix has a host of fans, with one reviewer saying that it reminds them of the falafel they used to buy on Main Street in Queens, New York. Another reviewer notes its versatility—not only does it offer both baking and frying as preparation options, but it can be used instead of bread crumbs as a chicken coating or added to meatloaf for extra bulk and flavor. The 10-ounce packet serves six or so, and it has a chickpea base. Important to note, though, for those sensitive to gluten, that this one has some flour added.

Best Budget: Knorr Mediterranean-Style Falafel Mix

Knorr Falafel Mix
What We Like
  • Great spicing

  • More affordable than the other options

What We Don't Like
  • Frying is the only recommended preparation method

  • Not suitable for gluten-free diets

In general, if you’re ordering falafel mix online, it will be more expensive than if you found it in a store. For some, that’s fine, as you don’t have to go out searching for it. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option, though, Knorr has you covered. While it does have some wheat added, the ingredient list is fairly traditional and there are two packs within the box, meaning your mix will stay fresher for longer.

Best Baked: Tarazi Falafel Mix

What We Like
  • Good flavor

  • Offers the option to bake

What We Don't Like
  • Some say it’s a little dry

Tarazi Falafel Mix has a chickpea and fava bean base, a fairly traditional ingredients list, and does not have gluten added. It’s also one that’s intended for baking, so if you’d prefer not to fry, look no further. It’s on the less-expensive side, too—about 61 cents per ounce. Some say it’s a little spicy, which may be a pro or a con depending on your palate.

Best High-Protein: Trader Joe's Gluten-Free Falafel Mix

What We Like
  • Spiced well

  • High in protein

What We Don't Like
  • More expensive online than in Trader Joe’s

The Trader Joe’s Gluten-Free Falafel Mix is delicious and worth your time, period. It also happens to be higher in protein than many other mixes due to the fava bean base and is vegan, gluten-free, and kosher (pareve). Fragrant cumin, coriander, garlic, and onion give the final product dimension, and the mix is suitable for baking. Sure, you'll pay more online for it than you’d pay at Trader Joe’s, but it’s also one of the least expensive options per ounce (about 63 cents per ounce).

Best Variety Pack: Wild Garden Ancient Grains Falafel Mix Variety Pack

What We Like
  • Several flavor options

  • Bake or fry

What We Don't Like
  • No plain option

  • Not suitable for gluten-free diets

If you plan on making a lot of falafel, this variety pack will keep things interesting while still offering fairly traditional flavors and simple, healthy ingredients. It comes in three flavors: quinoa and beet, lentil and berbere, and freekeh and ras el hanout. Each mix has a chickpea and/or fava bean base (the lentil and berbere with the addition of lentils) and can be baked or fried. The freekeh mix, by definition, includes gluten (freekeh is green durum wheat rubbed and roasted), but no flour is added as a binder or filler. We love the resealable bags and flavor options. At about $.75 per ounce, it’s still a reasonable pantry staple.

Final Verdict

For a vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, wheat-free, and egg-free meal encompassing the savory flavors and scrumptious texture you expect in falafel, we recommend the Ziyad Premium Vegetable Burger Falafel Mix (view at Amazon). If you follow a gluten-free diet, but aren't interested in a traditional base, ditch chickpeas and fava beans for peas with Orgran Gluten-Free Falafel Mix (view at Amazon).

What to Look for in Falafel Mix

Preparation Time 

As we’ve noted, falafel isn’t that hard to make from scratch. So, if you’re going to buy a mix, it should ideally save you more time. If you have to soak it overnight or anything like that, you may as well just make it from scratch. 


Ingredients

Most mixes just call for water and have simple ingredients, such as salt, spices, and maybe a binder or two. Most will have a chickpea or fava bean base. Some will have flour added, so if you’re sensitive to gluten, make sure to read the ingredient label. 


Storability 

Some of these mixes are meant for one meal, while others are meant to be used multiple times. If you’re going to be storing it, make sure the package reseals well or rehome it in a good storage container.



FAQs

Can you freeze falafel mix?

You can freeze falafel mix if you’d like. However, because falafel mix isn’t all that perishable to begin with, it’s not really necessary. If you’re worried about pests getting into your open falafel mix, though, and you’d like to keep it in a very cold, dark place, absolutely feel free to store your mix in the freezer. Otherwise, you could invest in glass or plastic storage containers.

Does falafel mix expire?

There should be an expiration date on your falafel mix. That said, if keep your falafel mix longer than that, it’s not going to suddenly become dangerous. Most mixes have a fair amount of salt in them, which acts as a preservative, plus there’s not much moisture in the mix to begin with. Falafel mix past its expiration date might not have the same vibrancy of flavor or the tiny bit of oil in the mix might have gone rancid.

What can you add to falafel mix?

Most falafel mix just calls for some water, but feel free to customize the blend to your liking. You can always add some spices or finely chopped aromatics, like onions and garlic.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Christine Clark is a cheese expert and opinionated eater. When she was eight years old, her father took her to a tiny, wonderful Lebanese restaurant in Phoenix, Arizona, and she has been obsessed with falafel ever since. She has a cheese podcast, a fridge that is always too full, and a very lived-in kitchen.

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