These easy Air Fryer Hash Browns are perfectly crispy and made without adding any oil! Learn how to cook frozen hash browns in the air fryer for the best breakfast.
Air Fryer Hash Brown Patties
Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside–These frozen hash browns are perfect in the air fryer! In under 20 minutes, you can have delicious, easy hash brown patties ready for breakfast. The crunchy texture is exactly like those addictive fast food patties but without the excessive oil and salt!
Why you’ll love these hash browns:
- Easy – It’s seriously 1 ingredient and 1 appliance. There’s no measuring, chopping, or special steps! The air fryer does all the work to make these frozen hash browns perfect.
- Convenient – Since this 1 ingredient is frozen hash browns, that means this is a great option to keep around in case of emergencies! Keeping a box in the freezer means you can have a quick side dish to turn some scrambled eggs and fruit into a full meal.
- Picky Eater Approved – If your house is full of picky eaters, you know meals can be stressful. This side is a favorite amongst kids, especially when given some ketchup on the side!
Air Fryer Hash Brown Ingredients:
Here’s a quick (very quick) rundown of what you’ll need for this recipe. For a printable recipe card, keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page.
- Frozen Hash Brown Patties – I used Kroger’s Seasoned Shredded Hash Brown Patties, about 2.22 ounces each. These are in the freezer section. Feel free to use any type or brand, but note that smaller or larger hash browns will require different cooking times.
That’s seriously it! No oil, cheese, eggs, or extras needed. Some people do spray their hash browns with oil, but I had no trouble getting a great crisp and golden brown color without adding any oil at all. You will need an air fryer, though.
How to Cook Frozen Hash Brown Patties in the Air Fryer
This is a simple 1-step, 1-ingredient recipe that anyone can make! Here’s an easy step-by-step guide for the crispiest, crunchiest hash browns.
Preheat air fryer
Take just 3 minutes to preheat the air fryer to 380 degrees F. This is a simple step that will help ensure even cooking and perfect crispiness in every bite.
Cook hash browns
Place frozen hash brown patties in the air fryer, making sure there’s space between each one for air circulation. Do not stack; cook in batches if you’re making more than your air fryer can fit in a single layer. Cook for 15-17 minutes, flipping once halfway through cooking. Once golden brown and to your preferred level of crispness, remove from air fryer and allow to sit on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up any excess oil.
NOTE: If you’re in a rush, you can cook the hash browns at 400 degrees F for 12-14 minutes. The crunch on the crust isn’t as thick, but it’s still nicely cooked on the inside with some crispiness on the outside.
What to Serve with Hash Browns
Hash browns are a favorite at breakfast or “br-inner!” We love them with Pesto Eggs and a side of sausage! Add an easy Cold Brew Coffee or healthy smoothie for a complete breakfast that will keep you going for hours. For a protein-heavy meal, these hash browns are perfect with classic Steak and Eggs.
If you like eggs but struggle with having the same thing for breakfast all the time, check out this list of the BEST egg breakfast recipes! It’s got a ton of different ways to enjoy the healthy, nutritious egg.
More breakfast dishes that go with hash browns:
- Parmesan Eggs and Swiss Chard
- Chorizo Breakfast Scramble
- Shirred Eggs & Bacon
- Asparagus & Cheddar Quiche
- Mushroom Swiss Omelette
Cooked hash browns can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days, so this is a great meal prepping option for the week! Technically you can even freeze these hash browns after cooking (up to 3 months if wrapped in plastic and stored in a freezer bag), but there’s a higher likelihood that they will dry out.
Our favorite way to reheat these is simply to pop them back into the air fryer–380 degrees for about 3 minutes (more if you like them extra crispy). If you overcooked them a bit the first time, consider reheating at a lower temperature like 350, though this may take a couple extra minutes.
You can also reheat them in the oven (about 5-8 minutes at 350 – cover with foil if too browned), on the stove (dry skillet on medium-low heat, about 2-3 minutes on each side), or in the microwave (will lose crispiness but only takes about 30 seconds).
If you love this easy side, you’ll love these air fryer breakfast recipes:
- Air Fryer French Toast – These are so easy, and you can even freeze the leftovers for another day! Perfect meal prep breakfast.
- Air Fryer Breakfast Potatoes – Perfect classic diner copycat. These make great breakfast bowls with eggs, cheese, and bacon!
- Eggs in the Air Fryer – This has a delicious little prosciutto cup and melty parmesan for a super-satisfying meal.
- Air Fryer Eggs – If you love a Denver Omelet, this is a quick, easy version you’re going to want every week!
Air Fryer Hash Brown FAQs
No, these hash brown patties will likely fall apart if you allow them to thaw. Instead, cook them straight from the freezer for quick, sturdy hash browns that won’t crumble.
For a thick, crispy exterior crunch like you get from deep-fried hash browns, cook at 380 degrees for 15-17 minutes. If you prefer them just a little crispy but pretty soft in the middle, cook at 400 degrees for 12-14 minutes instead.
Yes, though you have to be careful! This is a great homemade hash brown recipe you can use. The key is to form patties and freeze them for at least an hour before air frying to help them stay together. The cooking time will depend on the thickness and size of your hash browns.
- 4 frozen hash brown patties
- Preheat air fryer to 380 degrees F for 3 minutes for even cooking. Add hash browns and cook for 15-17 minutes. Flip once in the middle of cooking time, but otherwise don't shake or bother until finished. Remove from oven once golden brown and crisp to your preference.
- If you're in a hurry, you could cook these at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes. The crispy edges don't get as thick and crunchy, but they are still delicious and crisp enough to replace a fast food hash brown.
- Many foods benefit from shaking a few times while cooking in the air fryer (to increase air circulation), but this is not one of them! You want pretty even, unbothered cooking on both sides, so it's best to leave it alone other than flipping around the 8 minute mark.
- I used Kroger's frozen Seasoned Hash Brown Patties in the freezer section. These patties are 2.22 ounces each. If the frozen patties available to you are smaller or larger, you'll need to adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Serving Size:1 hash brown
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 130Total Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 280mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 1g