Air Fryer Fusion

Mashed Potato Balls with a Crunchy Air Fried Exterior

Air Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Elevate your potato game by diving into mashed potato balls, beautifully golden from the air fryer, promising a crispy exterior with a creamy center.

Air Fried Mashed Potato Balls Recipe and Detailed Instructions


  • 2 cups cold mashed potatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray or light oil mist

Steps to Create the Perfect Mashed Potato Balls:

  1. Preparation: Start by combining the mashed potatoes, cheddar cheese, and green onions in a mixing bowl. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Forming Balls: Using your hands, shape the mixture into 1-inch diameter balls.
  3. Dipping: Roll each potato ball first in the beaten egg and then coat with bread crumbs.
  4. Air Frying: Preheat the air fryer to 400°F. Place the potato balls in a single layer, ensuring they don’t touch. Lightly spray or mist with oil. Air fry for approximately 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

Why Choose Air Frying Over Traditional Methods

Air frying offers that crispy, crunchy texture we crave without the excess oil of traditional frying. Plus, dishes like the Air Fryer Potato Gratin showcase how the appliance can tackle more than just snacks, but gourmet dishes as well.

Variations and Tips

  • Cheese Varieties: Whether you’re aiming for the melty perfection seen in Incorporating Cheese recipes or wanting a spicy kick, try mozzarella or pepper jack cheese.
  • Herbs and Spices: Add finely chopped herbs like parsley or basil for an aromatic twist, similar to the flavors in our Zesty Lemon and Herb Air Fried Potatoes.
  • Dipping Sauces: These potato balls pair well with a variety of sauces. Try garlic aioli or a spicy ketchup.

Nutritional Value Versus Traditional Frying

Air frying significantly reduces calorie and fat intake:

Cooking Method Calories per Serving Fat per Serving
Traditional Frying 300 20g
Air Frying 200 10g


  • Can I store leftover mashed potato balls?
    Absolutely! Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Reheat using the air fryer to maintain crispiness.
  • Can I use flavored breadcrumbs?
    Yes, using Italian or herb-flavored breadcrumbs can add an extra layer of flavor.


Mashed potato balls, with their crunchy air fried exterior, are a delightful treat that showcases the versatility of both mashed potatoes and air fryers. Simple, yet indulgent, they’re a must-try for any potato lover.



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