How to make Hash Brown in the Air fryer? (Easy and delicious)

As children, we would have all attested to loving Hash Browns from McDonald’s and other food restaurants.

But, now, with modern technology development, we can easily make it at home with our super amazing air fryer, which personally gives me almost the same taste as I used to get from McDonald’s, but without the oil.

What is the point of breakfast without having a big portion of hash browns? Air fryer hash browns are easy and quick to make, so let’s get started.

McDonald's hash browns and coffee
McDonald’s hash browns are everybody’s favorite.



  • Potatoes
  • Green onions
  • salt and pepper
  • Oil
  • Garlic chives


  • Air fryer
  • Saucepan
  • Cookie cutter
  • Food processor
  • Pastry brush


  • Step 1- In a saucepan full of boiling water, add potatoes in it and let it semi or partially cook along with salt.
  • Step 2 – Once the potatoes are boiled, take them and let them cool down.
  • Step 3 – Once potatoes are cooled down, peel them.
  • Step 4 – Now grate potatoes using a food processor and grater.
  • Step 5 – Add oil, salt, pepper, green onions, and green garlic chives to the potatoes and mix them well.
  • Step 6 – Meanwhile, put the air fryer on preheat at 400°F.
  • Step 7 – Now make a patty of the desired shape of the potato mixture by using a cookie cutter and place it in the preheated air fryer.
  • Step 8 – Make sure the patties are not overlapping each other, and spray some oil on them before starting to cook.
  • Step 9 – Let it air fry for 15 minutes at 400° F and keep spraying oil on it once in cooking.
  • Step 10 – Brush oil on them, especially on the edges, then flip it and let it cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Step 11 – Again, flip them on the other sides and spray oil. Let them cook for another 5 minutes or until they get a perfect brown layer on top.
  • Step 12 – Once done, take them out and serve.

Frozen hash browns

Step 1 – Place the frozen hash browns in the air fryer basket without spraying oil on it. Frozen hash browns already contained a bit of oil in them.

Step 2 – Let it cook at 380° F for 8 minutes, and keep flipping in between the cooking process. And in no time, you’ll have perfectly cooked, crispy, and delicious hash browns.

If you like spicy hash browns, you can coat them in peri sauce, and you can also season them with your favorite ingredients plus 1tbsp oil to give them a new taste like Siracha, Moroccan, or Cajun.

Another important point to note is that hash browns taste amazing when fresh, but if you have leftovers, you can freeze them by putting them in a plastic box and can air fry them later before serving.

Here is the video guide for making hash browns in the air fryer.

Air fryer hash browns.

Tips for making the hash browns

  • For best results, the use of frozen shredded hash brown is recommended.
  • Make sure not to crowd the basket with hash browns all at once, or else you won’t achieve the crispiness.
  • It’s better not to skip the flipping part of hash browns to get the perfect crisp on both sides.

Nutritional chart

Fat 10g15%
• Saturated fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 16mg5%
Sodium 292mg13%
Potassium 490g14%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Protein 4g13%
Iron 1mg6%
Nutritional chart.
A breakfast platter
Hash browns give life to breakfast.

Why should I make hash browns in the air fryer?

Because the air fryer cooking method is way faster than the traditional oven.

The traditional oven requires a lot of time to preheat, and the additional cooking time for potatoes is 20-25 minutes to the overall cooking process.

On the other side air fryer is the best way to make hash browns because

  • The air fryer only takes 2 minutes to preheat to the perfect temperature.
  • The circulation of hot fans cooks the food evenly from both sides and gives them absolute crispiness.
  • The air fryer process is fast. It almost cuts down the time by half, at least.

How to choose potatoes for making hash browns?

For the perfect taste of hash browns, choosing potatoes is one of the essential tasks. I think the following varieties of potatoes work well in hash browns.

You will find one of these varieties, depending upon the places you live. I have tried making hash browns of King Edward, Russet, and Dutch Cream, and all of them turned out great.

However, the best taste was with Kind Edward and Russet potatoes. I haven’t tried the other varieties, but I am sure they must also be good.

How many hash browns can be put in the air fryer at a time?

When it comes to air fry baskets, know that less is always more. So, make sure to put them in layers.

If you crowd the air fryer basket with too many hash browns, they won’t even cook properly, let alone of getting crispy from both sides.

So, just put them in a single layer in the air fryer basket to have evenly cooked hash browns with a perfect brown layer of crispiness on both sides. If you want to cook them in large quantities, it’s better to cook them in batches.

Why do hash browns not get crispy in an air fryer?

The reason hash browns don’t get crispy is they have a lot of moisture in them.

That’s why most of the time, people prefer to use frozen hash browns to get the perfect crispiness.

However, if you want to make it from raw potatoes, then it’s better to squeeze the moisture of the potatoes by putting them in between a paper towel or kitchen towel to get water out of them.

Burger with crispy hash browns.
Burger with crispy hash browns.

Allow them to let it dry for a few minutes, which would help them to get crispy.

Another tip to get the crispy hash browns is to add some oil to them. What I do is, add olive oil to the hash browns before putting them in the air fryer, and you can also add oil halfway through the cooking process to get them crispy enough.

Recipe Suggestion

I par-cooked the potatoes in the microwave in the same bowl they were soaked in to reduce the number of dishes.

Instead of microwaving the potatoes, you can boil them. Simply put the whole, unpeeled potatoes in the pot and bring them to a boil for 5 minutes. Allow to cool slightly before removing the peels and shredding them. If you don’t mind the hash browns being firmer and less soft on the inside, you can skip this step.

How to Keep Air Fryer Hash Browns Fresh?

Wrapped in foil, these hash browns will keep in the fridge for 3 days and reheat for a few minutes in the air fryer.

If you don’t want to air fry them all at once, you can easily freeze them. Simply place them on a baking sheet streaked with parchment paper and freeze. Set frozen hash browns in a zip-top freezer bag and they’ll stay up to three months in the freezer.


In summary:

  • Hash browns in an air fryer are easy to make and take 15 minutes.
  • Air fryer cut downs the cooking time by half at least.
  • If patties of hash browns have moisture, they won’t get crispy.
  • Before putting the hash browns in the air fryer, their moisture should be squeezed out by placing them in between a paper towel or kitchen towel.

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