Air fryer hash browns are the tastiest, crispiest way to enjoy this breakfast side dish - without the extra grease from deep frying. Plus, frozen hash browns in the air fryer couldn't get easier. You just need frozen hash brown patties and an air fryer!
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There's something about a golden, crispy hash brown that is just sooooo delicious and satisfying. And the crispier the better!
Per usual with my air fryer obsession, I think hash browns taste even better in the air fryer. They can get super crispy, but you don't have any extra greasiness that comes from the deep fryer. And if you're like me with a sensitive tummy, that means no stomach aches from the excessive deep fried greasiness!
What You Need to Make Air Fryer Hash Browns
All you need are frozen hash brown patties and an air fryer.
Since hash brown patties are the only ingredient, choose one that you love! I find different brands taste different with various seasonings used, so if you have strong preferences for different flavors, be sure to check the ingredient list.
My personal favorite are Trader Joe's Frozen Hash Brown Patties.
How to Make Hash Browns in the Air Fryer
Start by placing frozen hash brown patties in your air fryer basket on top of the air fryer rack. Be sure to not cram them in there - you don't want the hash browns to touch or overlap. Keeping more space in between them allows air to flow more evenly around the whole hash brown, giving that extra crispy exterior you know and love.
Then air fry at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 10-12 minutes. Flip them over after the first five minutes.
If you like yours really crispy, you can add an extra 1-2 minutes, too!
Air Fryer Notes
If you want more than one or two hash browns at a time, you want an air fryer that has a large enough basket to space out your hash browns. I recommend at least a 4 quart air fryer, but I personally prefer a 6 or 8 quart (especially as I have a family of four).
One more note on air fryer cooking: air fryers are amazing appliances, but they can all differ a little! Get to know your air fryer - some I find require a little less time or a little more time (like much bigger air fryers).
I have an Instant Vortext 6 quart air fryer and love it!
Can You Make Shredded Hash Browns in the Air Fryer?
You can, but to be honest, it's not my personal favorite. I love the extra crispy exterior of the patties, and I find shredded never get quite the same consistent crispy texture.
If you want to make air fryer shredded hash browns, spray them with a little olive or avocado oil spray and sprinkle with whatever seasonings you prefer (try salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika!). Spread them out over the rack in your air fryer basket (don't overcrowd them), and air fry at 370 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-10 minutes.
What to do with Leftover Hash Browns?
Truthfully, one of the great things about the air fryer is it's typically smaller batch cooking, so you often won't have a ton of leftovers.
That said, you can store leftover hash brown patties in the fridge in an airtight container, and then pop back in the air fryer to reheat for another 2-3 minutes when you're ready.
Alternatively, you can use the hash browns in other recipes! Try chopping them up and adding to dishes like casseroles, quiches, frittatas, and egg muffins!
When it comes to frozen hash brown calories and nutrition stats, it's going to vary based on the brand and type of hash brown you buy. My favorite are the Trader Joe's Frozen Hashbrown Patties, which come in at 120 calories.
How to Enjoy Air Fried Hash Browns as Part of a Balanced Meal
No one's pretending that hash browns are the most nutrient-dense option, even when you choose air fried hash browns instead of deep fried (they're not).
But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy them.
One of the greatest shifts you can make with your health and your relationship with food is embracing that you can eat all of your favorite foods as part of a healthy balance that works for you.
And balance includes your favorite foods that may not be as nutrient-dense, AND understanding the science of how to fuel your body and what makes you feel good. Like - enjoy a hash brown WITH some plants and protein, like with some eggs and berries. Easy!
More Air Fryer Recipes You'll Love
Love these air fryer hash browns? Try other trending air fryer recipes like:
- air fryer turkey bacon
- cinnamon rolls in the air fryer
- air fryer blueberry toast
- air fryer mozzarella sticks (with options for gluten-free included!)
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Air Fryer Hash Browns
- 4 frozen hash brown patties
- Place hash brown patties in the air fryer basket, on top of the rack or tray. Be sure not to overlap, stack, or touch the hash brown patties.
- Air fry at 400°F for 10-12 minutes. Flip halfway, after the first five minutes.
- If you like yours extra crispy, add an extra 1-2 minutes.