Golden, crispy hash brown patties, cooked straight from frozen in the air fryer! This method is super quick and super easy, giving you ready-to-eat hash brown patties in less than 15 minutes.
🥔 What Makes This Recipe So Good
- The air fryer makes cooking frozen hash brown patties SO easy, and the results are pure perfection. Golden and crisp on the outside, fluffy and tender on the inside. Best of all, you don’t need any heavy oil. The air fryer gives you deep-fried hash brown patties without actually having to deep-fry them!
- This is really a no prep recipe/method. I mean, you need to preheat the air fryer, but that hardly takes any time at all. We’re cooking the hash brown patties from frozen, which means you just have to take them out of the freezer and put them into the air fryer! 10-12 minutes later you’ve got perfect, crispy potato patties ready to enjoy however you want. Might I recommend some air fryer hash brown toast?
- If McDonald’s hash brown patties are your go-to, this will totally make your day. Now you can skip the drive-thru and make your air fryer hash brown patties FAST-FOOD STYLE instead! Just spritz a little oil on the hash browns directly, then salt them to taste. The oil makes them even crispier, and the salt makes them taste just like the restaurant’s.
👩🏼🍳 Chef’s Tips
- I wrote this for 4 hash brown patties, but you can honestly cook as many as you want. If you’re working with a smaller air fryer, you’ll want to cook the hash brown patties in batches so you don’t overcrowd the basket. Remember, the air needs to circulate around all sides of the food in order to cook it completely. If you want to avoid soft or soggy spots, don’t stack or overlap the patties.
- Each air fryer cooks a little differently. Even two of the exact same model will cook differently in the exact same kitchen. Keep an eye on the hash brown patties, especially the first couple of times you try this method, and adjust the cook time as needed so you don’t under- or over-cook them.
- This method is specific to frozen hash brown patties. You can totally cook shredded hashbrowns in the air fryer, too, though! The cook time and temperature are a little different than what we use here, but both styles of potato are ready in a matter of minutes.
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- 4 frozen hash brown patties any brand
- salt to taste, optional
- air fryer
- neutral spray oil must be safe for air fryers, see Notes
- Tongs or spatula
- Preheat air fryer to 400° Fahrenheit. Once air fryer has preheated, remove basket and lightly spritz bottom of basket with neutral oil.
- Place 4 frozen hash brown patties in air fryer in one flat layer, making sure not to stack or overlap hash brown patties.
- Optional: For fast-food-style hash brown patties, lightly spritz tops of patties with neutral oil and sprinkle salt onto each patty to taste.
- Place basket in preheated air fryer. Air fry hash browns 5 minutes, then remove basket and flip hash browns over. Return basket to air fryer and air fry hash browns 4 minutes more.
- After 4 minutes, begin checking doneness of hash browns. If needed, continue air frying hash browns 1 to 3 minute more or until hash browns are golden, crispy, and warmed through completely.
- When desired doneness is achieved, carefully remove hash brown patties from air fryer and serve as desired.
- Spray Oil: Use a neutral oil in an oil spritzer. Aerosolized cooking sprays can damage the coating on the air fryer basket.
- Hash Brown Patties: Cook straight from freezer, do not thaw first.
- Cook Time: Every air fryer is different. Your hash brown patties should be ready in roughly 10-12 minutes, but check them often and adjust the cook time as needed so they don’t come out under- or over-done.
- Make it Gluten Free: Use frozen hash brown patties that are specifically gluten free, or double-check the ingredients list for hash brown patties that may not say “gluten free” but don’t use any gluten-containing ingredients or cross-contaminants.
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