Leftover Mashed Potato Patties

Got leftover mashed potatoes? Don’t despair, rejoice at your good fortune and make these tasty mashed potato patties.

plate of fried mashed potato patties
Golden fried mashed potato patties.

Make and enjoy them right away or freeze them for another day.

potato patties in cast iron fry pan
Fry in canola oil and flip carefully, they are a little soft.

I recently made a big batch that I fried, cooled and froze. I laid them out on a cooling rack so they could cool, then I placed the whole rack in the freezer so each patty could freeze separately. After a couple of hours I transferred them to a freezer bag. Now, whether for a family meal or an individual snack (ie. after school snack for teenagers) these patties are ready to heat up in the microwave or in a frying pan.

potato patties
Freeze on a wire rack and save for quick dinners. Great with fried eggs.
plate of fried potato patties
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4.41 from 5 votes

Leftover Mashed Potato Patties

A delicious way to enjoy leftover mashed potatoes. Add your favourite seasoning.
Prep : 5 minutes
Cook : 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 3


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp minced onion or green onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper optional
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1-2 Tbsp canola oil


  • In a bowl, mix potatoes, egg, onion, parsley, Parmesan cheese, jalapeno peppers salt and pepper.
  • Using your hands roll mixture into 6 to 8 balls, then flatten each to 1/2 inch thick patties.
  • Pour flour on large plate. Dredge both sides of each patty in flour to get a light coating.
  • Heat 1/2 Tbsp oil in fry pan over medium heat; add additional oil as needed when frying.
  • Fry patties for 3 to 5 minutes per side until golden. Flip gently as they are a little soft.
  • Enjoy immediately, or freeze.


To freeze, cool patties in a single layer on a cooling rack, then place entire cooling rack in freezer for 2 hours. Transfer individually frozen patties into a freezer bag, seal well, label and freeze for up to six months.
Reheat patties in microwave or fry frozen patties over medium heat until heated through.
Change up the seasoning – try Samosa flavours: coriander, cilantro, cumin, ginger and garam masala.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 7g | Sodium: 287mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Iron: 2mg
Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: leftovers, mashed potatoes, potatoes, Thanksgiving leftovers

Here are some action shots of making mashed potato patties.

It all begins with seasoning your favorite mashed potatoes and adding an egg to help hold its shape.

egg and seasoning on mashed potatoes
Season well with favourites like Parmesan, parsley, green onions and jalapeno.

Shape them into balls.

balls of mashed potatoes on cutting board

Flatten balls into patties – about the size of your palm and dredge both sides lightly in flour.

potato pattie on plate of flour

Fry to golden perfection.

potato patties in cast iron fry pan
Fry in oil, adding more oil as needed.

Eat or cool and freeze.

plate of fried mashed potato patties

Reheat in microwave or in fry pan.

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