Air Fryer Mashed Potato Bites

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Try these excellent Air Fryer Mashed Potato Bites only 5 minutes in the air fryer and yummy! These Mashed Potato Bites are loaded with bacon, green onions and stuffed with sharp cheese. Crispy on the outside, soft and yummy on the inside and sure to please anyone and everyone.

Leftover mashed potatoes are perhaps the easiest to transform into something super-special on day 2, and Air Fryer Mashed Potato Bites leave the door wide open for customization. I’ve kept it simple with bacon, cheese and scallions for mix-ins, but chopped leftover turkey or ham would also be a welcome addition. Try different cheeses!

Air Fryer mashed potato bites are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The key to making this recipe is to use mashed potatoes that start out firm from chilling. Serve these fried mashed potato balls with sour cream or ranch salad dressing on the side. Even ketchup is a nice dip.

This can also be called a croquette which is a type of dumpling consisting of a thick binder combined with a filling, which is breaded and deep-fried, and served as a side dish, a snack, or fast food worldwide. WikiPedia

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Air Fryer Mashed Potato Bites

air fryer mashed potato bites

Tasty Air Fryer Mashed Potato Bites Filled with Sharp Cheese, Crispy Bacon, and Green Onion! Top with Parmesan Cheese and enjoy!
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  • Prep Time: :30
  • Cook Time: :05
  • Total Time: :35
  • Yield: 25 Balls 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Dinner, Snack
  • Method: Air Fryer


  • 10 Potatoes Medium Sized
  • 10 slices Bacon
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 3/4 cup Green Onion
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups Bread Crumbs
  • Cooking Spray


  • Peel the potatoes. Once peeled, rinse the potatoes in a colander under cold water for about 1 minute.
  • Carefully heat a stovetop burner on high heat. Put the potatoes in a deep pot, then fill with water until the potatoes are covered. Season with some salt – around ½ tbsp. Boil on high heat for about 30 minutes, or until the potatoes are soft and cooked through.
  • Carefully heat a stovetop burner over medium heat. Add the bacon to a frying pan and fry until the bacon is cooked through, it should be crispy, but not burnt.
  • Shred the cheddar cheese, either using a grater or a food processor.
  • Chop the green onion.
  • Once the potatoes are cooked strain the water and put the potatoes back into the pot or a deep bowl. Add the butter and season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then mash it all together. (You could also add this to your stand mixer and allow the mixer to mix it for you!)
  • Add the bacon, green onion, and cheese to the mashed potatoes and mash together again.
  • Cool the potatoes in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Whisk the eggs in a bowl.
  • Add the breadcrumbs to a bowl and shred the parmesan cheese, then mix them both together.
  • Once the potatoes are cooled use the trigger release scoop to form potato balls. Roll the balls in the egg wash, then in the breadcrumb mixture. Set aside on a tray until you are ready to fry them.
  • Spray the air fryer with cooking spray, then place the potato balls (5 – 6 at a time depending on your air fryer) spray the potato balls with cooking spray, turn them over and spray the other side with the cooking spray. Air Fry for 5 minutes at 400F.


  1. Make sure to cool the potatoes before you begin to roll them. It is difficult to roll the potatoes when they are hot or warm. Cooling the potatoes will also help them keep their shape in the air fryer.
  2. Do not skip rolling the potatoes in the egg wash. Eggs act as a binder and will also help the potatoes keep their shape. They will help to hold in the cheese and not let it melt out through the breadcrumbs!
  3. Make sure to use cooking spray and spray the entire potato ball. This will ensure you get that golden crispy outer shell.
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