Easy and crispy 4-ingredient hash brown patties in the air fryer made from scratch using only a few simple ingredients. The homemade hash browns are so simple to make that you will stop buying the frozen store-bought hash browns. These patties are crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. For an extra taste, serve them near a sour cream, yogurt, or marinara sauce.
After you will try this recipe, I think you will stop buying frozen hash browns from the stores and will make your own homemade hash browns patties.
Besides the thing that these patties are healthier, you can also use better ingredients and adjust them exactly to your taste and needs.
I highly encourage you to prepare your own hash browns for yourself and your family. They are very easy to make.
All you will need for this recipe besides the potatoes is one onion, one egg, a little bit of flour, salt, and pepper. These are all the needed ingredients to make homemade crispy and delicious air fryer hash browns.
You can eat them as is, as a crispy and delicious appetizer, near a lovely sauce, or near some air-fried eggs for the breakfast.
If you’re limited on time, you can put them on the table in less than 20 minutes by cooking them at 400°F / 200°C. If you have some additional time, I will suggest you cook the hash browns at a lower temperature and cook them for approximately 45 minutes.
Yes, they will cook longer, you the result also will be better.
Pick the variant that fits better your needs.
Pro Tip: If you want to make the hash browns crispier, you can leave them for a few minutes extra to get a crispier texture. Or vice-versa, if you see that the patties become too dry, you can use an oil sprayer and sprinkle a few times on them to soften the hash browns.
🥰 Why You Will Love This Recipe?
- The homemade hash brown patties are a lot healthier than frozen store-bought hash browns. You can control the quality of the used ingredients.
- You can adjust the taste to your own preferences by using and combining different spices.
- These hashbrowns are cooked not fried. That means that you will need much less oil.
- This is a budget-friendly recipe. You will need only accessible ingredients that you always have on hand or are easy and cheap to get
- It is an easy and quick snack to make.
🏆 Tips for Success? How to Make Them Better?
- As we will form patties, we need to make a composition that will keep the shape. Use potatoes that are rich in starch.
- Don’t cook the hash browns at the highest temperature in the air fryer, because the hash browns will burn on the outside and will remain undercooked on the inside. Give them some time and cook them on low heat if you want to get the best results. This way you will get a more uniform color and correct cooking.
- Consider serving the hash brown patties with a sauce based on sour cream or yogurt. If you don’t have yogurt or sour cream in the fridge, serve them near a sauce based on tomatoes such is the classic marinara sauce. It will fit perfectly.
🥘 Ingredients Needed for This Recipe?
- Potatoes. It is important to choose some potatoes that have a high starch content, like Russets or Idahos potatoes.
- Onion. You can replace the onions with leeks or omit them altogether.
- All-purpose Flour. I used all-purpose flour to form easier the patties more and to make sure that they will keep their form. If you don’t want to use flour, you can use starch or some starch alternatives.
- Egg. Use one medium fresh chicken egg.
- Olive Oil. You can use any other type of oil, melted butter or you could get an impressive taste using goose fat.
- Seasonings. You can add also chili flakes, dried oregano, garlic, rosemary, or other mixes of spices that you prefer to use for potatoes.
- Topping. You can use another sauce that you prefer.
For correct and evenly cooked, cook the hash browns at a lower temperature of 300°F / 150°C) and a longer time (40 minutes).
If you are limited in time, you can make the same recipe at a higher temperature (400°F / 200°C). In my air fryer (Cosori Air Fryer 5.8QT I needed 16 minutes until a perfect cook). If you will go with the fastest route, the hash browns will be darker on the outside and a little drier on the inside.
🍽️ Serving Suggestions
I will recommend serving them next to a sauce based on sour cream or yogurt. Also, you can give them a thinner shape and use them as a base for different appetizers.
You can serve them as they are, next to some fried eggs for breakfast. You can use them as a base for finger food snacks. You can serve them with a lot of sauces that you like. Some ideas would be to serve them with a tzatziki sauce or marinara sauce.
👩🍳 Step-by-step Directions
Peel the potatoes and onion. Shred them with a cheese grater or if you are planning to make a bigger number or serving, you can use a food processor with a shredder disk. After you shred the potatoes and onions, add over them, the egg, flour, oil, and spices.
Mix well the ingredients. Don’t worry when the potato will start to leave the water. This is absolutely normal. You can drain it on a sieve, or as I did, squeeze them well in the hands before forming the hash brown patties. This way you will eliminate the liquid excesses and as a result, the patties will keep better their shape.
Preheat the air fryer to 300°F / 150°C, and in the meantime form the patties.
Pro Tip: Make all the patties the same shape and size. This will allow us to cook them evenly.
As a suggestion, I used ½ cup as a reference for each hashbrown. In that way, I made all the patties the same size. After the air fryer has warmed up, arrange the hash brown patties in the air fryer basket and make sure to leave free space between them.
Pro Tip: It is important to not overload the air fryer basket because the hot air should easily circulate between the hash browns and cook them evenly on all sides. Also, if your air fryer is smaller, you will need less time to prepare the hash brown patties because they will cook faster.
After you put the hash browns in the air fryer basket, sprinkle over them a few splashes of olive oil.
Cook them for 40 minutes at a temperature of 300°F / 150°C.
Quick Note: Keep in mind that the cooking timing may differ from one air fryer model to another because the power is different, air fryer baskets may have different sizes and different brands can use different heating methods. Because of that, in the last minutes of cooking verify from time to time how your hash browns are looking and adjust the timing if is needed. The timing from this recipe is for the Cosori Air Fryer 5.8QT. If you are using a smaller air fryer, the hash browns will cook faster and you may need a shorter time.
Serve them still hot because when they will cool down, they will not be so tasty and crunchy. Today, I served them near a tablespoon of sour cream, and for extra flavor, I sprinkled over them some dried oregano.
Take a look at their soft and fluffy texture on the inside, even if on the outside they remain crispy.
♻️ Make Ahead, Storage, and Heating:
Can I Prepare the Hash Browns Ahead?
Don’t make them in advance because they will change their taste. They are delicious and served as soon as they are hot.
How Long Will Hash Browns Last in the Fridge?
You can keep the hash browns in the fridge for up to 2-3 days, but I don’t recommend doing so. This type of food is good only freshly cooked and served while it is still hot.
🤔Answering Your Questions:
What Hash Browns Are Made Of?
For the homemade hash browns, you will need potatoes, onions, eggs, flour, oil, and spices.
Can You Make Hash Browns in the Air Fryer?
Yes! You will get an even better result if you will make them in the air fryer. You will use less oil, and the hash browns will have a crispier texture on the outside and a soft texture on the inside.
Which Potatoes to Use for Hash Browns?
Choose potatoes that have a high starch content such as Russets or Idahos potatoes.
How to Make Hash Browns Crispier?
If you want the crust to be even crispier, sprinkle the hash brown patties well with oil before cooking and leave them in the air fryer for an extra 2-3 minutes.
Are Hash Browns Gluten-Free?
If you use wheat flour, they are not gluten-free. But of course, you can replace this flour with rice flour for example, and turn this recipe into a gluten-free recipe.
Why My Hash Browns Mushy?
You didn’t squeeze enough liquid from the potatoes. When you add salt to the potatoes, they will leave the water. You have two options on how to avoid the hash browns being mushy: 1. Mix the potatoes with salt and let them drain for 15 minutes, but you risk them changing color during this period. Or mix all the ingredients from the beginning and squeeze the composition well between the hands before shaping the hash brown patties.
Why Are My Hash Browns Grey?
Potatoes contain a lot of starch which in contact with air they oxidize and the potatoes become gray. This of course does not affect their taste significantly, but it is not very attractive in appearance. To avoid changing the color, I can recommend shredding them as soon as possible and immediately adding oil over the shredded potatoes. This will limit the access of air to the starch and you will stop the oxidation process.
Can You Make Hash Browns From Boiled Potatoes?
You can make the hash brown patties from boiled potatoes, but they will have a texture closer to puree inside. If this didn’t stop you, give them a try.
Can You Make Hash Browns From Mashed Potatoes?
Yes. If you have any mashed potatoes leftovers, you could easily turn them into hash browns by repeating all the above steps just use mashed potatoes instead of shredded potatoes.
📋 Recipe Card:
Air Fryer Hash Browns Patties
- Peel the potatoes and onions and grate them.1.5 lb Potato, 1 Piece Onion
- Over potatoes, pour flour, egg, oil and spices. Mix well all the ingredients.1 Piece Egg, ⅓ Cup All-purpose Flour, 1 teaspoon Salt
- Preheat the air fryer to 300°F / 150°C. In the meantime form the hash brown patties.
- Arrange the hash browns in the air fryer basket, sprinkle them with oil and cook the hashbrowns at 300°F / 150°C for about 40 minutes.2 tablespoon Olive Oil
- Serves the hash brown patties with a sauce based on sour cream, yogurt or tomatoes.2 tablespoon Sour Cream
I highly recommend reading the entire recipe to find more tips and notes about this recipe. Read Full Recipe ⇑
- If you want the hash browns to keep their shape, use potatoes with a high starch content like are Russets or Idahos potatoes.
- Do not overload the air fryer basket. Leave space between the patties.
- If you want a better result, opt for a lower temperature and a longer baking time.