There are a few ways to cook them. They can also be baked, air-fried or cooked in a pan on the stove top. Out of these alternative methods, I prefer to cook in a pan to get a nice browning on the outside and less fattening , but it depends on the amount of oil you want to use. For the oven, the falafels will need pressed into patties and brushed with olive oil on both sides flipping halfway through cooking. To cook in the air fryer, make sure they are sprayed or brushed with oil and cooked for 15 minutes or less at 250-275 degrees.