Frozen Hash Browns in an Air Fryer (Trader Joe’s Patties)

Skip the oven this morning and try these Trader Joe’s Frozen Hash Browns in an air fryer! They are perfectly crispy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside. Season your hash browns with salt and pepper and serve this easy breakfast in just over 10 minutes.

Why You’ll Love Frozen Air Fry Hash Browns

  • Perfectly crispy. While there are many ways to cook frozen hash browns, the air fryer is hands down the best way to get the perfect combination of fluffy potato shreds on the inside and a crispy exterior. and golden on the outside. This is a serious game changer for extra crispy hash browns!
  • Faster than the oven. These air fryer hash browns don’t require you to wait for the oven to preheat! During prep time, you can start them up and let the hash brown patties cook while you make some silken tofu scrambled eggs and cut up some fresh fruit in just about 10 minutes.
  • Perfect for beginners. If you received an air fryer for Christmas and are intimidated about using it, starting with frozen foods like hash browns is the best way to get comfortable! Even the most novice cooks can make crispy air fryer hash browns every time.
  • Economic. Frozen foods are a great option to keep on hand because they last for months, can be very inexpensive, and make a great quick breakfast side. Grab some frozen patties next time you’re at the grocery store (my favorites are from Trader Joe’s) and you can make them quickly at any time.
  • No gluing. Unlike baking or frying, when you make frozen hash browns in the air fryer, you don’t have to worry about them sticking to the air fryer basket.
Frozen hash brown pancakes on plate.Frozen hash brown pancakes on plate.

All you need to make this simple recipe are Trader Joe’s frozen hash brown patties and an air fryer! You don’t even need a little spray of oil, because the hash browns themselves have enough oil.

How to Make Frozen Hash Browns in an Air Fryer

  1. Place frozen hash brown patties in the air fryer. Place the frozen hash browns in a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer basket or air fryer tray. Spray with a little cooking spray, if using. Make sure to leave a little space between each one for optimal crispiness.
  2. Air Fry. Air fry at 400 degrees F for 7 minutes. Remove the basket and return the patties to the air fryer tray. Cook at the same temperature for another 3 minutes or until desired crispness is achieved.

Presentation suggestions

These delicious hash browns make a great breakfast side dish, afternoon snack, or even a side dish for dinner. Here are some of my favorite ways to serve them:

  • Seasonings: Add flaky salt, black pepper, garlic powder or onion powder.
  • Dips: Try dipping your hash browns in ketchup, hot sauce, cashew sour cream, avocado cream (vegan), or vegan barbecue sauce!
  • Breakfast Ideas: These would be perfect with some of my Just Egg recipes, Mixing Sheet Pancakes, French Toast Casserole and Smoked Tempeh Bacon Strips.
  • Dinner Ideas: If you don’t have time to make my Oven Roasted Potatoes or Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes, make some frozen hash browns to serve with Air Fryer Green Beans, Air Fryer Brussels Sprouts and a meatless main dish like Classic Beyond Meat or vegan meatloaf. Lentil and Oatmeal Meatloaf! Or serve them with your favorite burger, just like you would frozen fries, frozen air fryer onion rings, or air fryer tater tots.

Storage Instructions

Leftover cooked hash browns will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Store leftovers in an airtight container once cooled to room temperature.

These hash browns can also be refrozen, if necessary. To do this, place the hash browns in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze. Once completely frozen, you can store them in freezer bags for up to 3 months.

Reheat frozen or refrigerated hash browns in the air fryer until they are hot and crispy again!

4 hash browns on plate with orange juice.4 hash browns on plate with orange juice.

Recipe FAQs

What temperature should I set my air fryer to for frozen hash browns?

For the best, crispy hash brown patties, I recommend cooking frozen hash brown hash browns at 400 degrees F in the air fryer. Any lower, and the outside of the hash browns won’t get as crispy.

How long should I cook frozen hash browns in the air fryer?

Cooking times vary depending on the brand and thickness of hash browns, as well as the specific model of your air fryer. Typically, I recommend cooking these frozen hash brown patties for about 10 minutes, turning once. This cooking time works great for Trader Joe’s hash browns, but if your hash browns are thicker, they may need longer than 12 to 15 minutes to crisp up.

Should I use oil when cooking frozen hash browns in the air fryer?

I don’t add extra oil to my frozen hash brown patties because I find they are already naturally oily. However, if you prefer a really crispy hash brown, you can spray or brush the patties with a little oil. If you’re using a little oil, I recommend a neutral-tasting oil with a high smoke point like avocado oil, canola oil, or vegetable oil.

Can I cook a large batch of frozen hash browns at once?

You can absolutely fry several hash brown patties at once, but it’s important not to overcrowd the air fryer basket. For them to cook evenly and get crispy, they should be stacked in a single layer with a little space between each patty. Overlapping or grouping them will yield less than optimal results. If you have to cook more than one, I recommend cooking in batches and keeping them warm in the oven on low as you go.

How do you know if hash browns are cooked properly?

One of the benefits of frozen hash browns is that the breakfast potatoes are already thoroughly cooked. You don’t have to worry about crispy potatoes inside. This way, you’ll know the hash browns are ready when they are golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. You can test for doneness by piercing them with a fork to make sure they are cooked through.

Expert tips and tricks

  • Cook from frozen. The cooking time for this recipe is based on frozen patties. You don’t need to defrost them or leave them at room temperature before cooking. Just take them out of the freezer and air fry them!
  • Adjust the time if preheating. I didn’t preheat my air fryer. If desired, you may need to adjust the cooking time. I would start with 1-2 minutes less.
  • Check a few minutes in advance. Your cooking time may vary depending on the size of your air fryer. Check a few minutes in advance to make sure you don’t overcook your hash browns. I like them golden. Crispyness can also be a personal preference, so make sure the crispy edges are exactly how cooked you want them to be!
  • Choose your brand carefully. I use Trader Joe’s frozen hash browns, but if you shop at other grocery stores there are many very similar brands of hash brown pancakes. Some contain dairy ingredients, so read carefully!
Cut the hash browns with a fork.Cut the hash browns with a fork.

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Close-up of a hash brown.Close-up of a hash brown.

Air Fryer Frozen Hash Browns Recipe (Trader Joe’s Patties)

Skip the oven this morning and try these Trader Joe’s Frozen Hash Browns in an air fryer! They are perfectly crispy on the outside, but soft and tender on the inside. Season your hash browns with salt and pepper and serve this easy breakfast in just over 10 minutes.

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Total time: 12 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

Cost: $1.24 per recipe / $0.31 per serving

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Instructions

  • Place the frozen hash brown patties in a single layer in the bottom of the air fryer.

  • Air fry at 400 degrees F for 7 minutes. Remove the basket, flip the patties and fry them again at 400 degrees F for another 3 minutes or until they reach your desired crispiness.

  • Serve hot as desired.

Recipe Notes

  • You do not need to spray the basket. They are fatty enough not to stick.
  • Do not thaw hash browns before air frying.
  • I didn’t preheat my air fryer because I didn’t feel the need to. If you choose to preheat, the cooking time may need to be adjusted.


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Nutrition

Calories: 129kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Sodium: 35mg | Fiber: 2g

Disclaimer: The nutritional information provided for this recipe is an estimate only. The accuracy of the facts listed is not and cannot be guaranteed.

Course: Breakfast

Kitchen: American

Photography by: Your home made healthy

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