Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties

Three Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties on a bed of green beans on a long rectangle dish garnished with two lemon slices

What do you do when you have leftover mashed potatoes?  What about using them to make these mouthwatering Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties

I wanted to make something a little more interesting than mashed potatoes, so I made these Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties instead. Now, let me start by saying that this recipe is perfect when you have leftover mashed potatoes, either made from scratch or from a box. In this case, I just decided to make mashed potatoes specifically for this recipe.

Close up of Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties on bed of green beans with a fork resting on a dish

First start out with cool mashed potatoes, which yours will already be if they’re leftovers.  Add shredded parmesan cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, an egg, parsley, garlic powder and a little Panko bread crumbs.

Using your hands, form the mashed potatoes into patties and place them in a little hot oil in a pan. Cook a couple of minutes per side, just until they start to become a golden brown.

Three Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties on a bed of green beans on a long rectangle dish garnished with two lemon slices next to a stack of small plates

In my opinion, this is the best way to eat mashed potatoes…leftover or not.  I love the warm, crisp outside and the flavorful, creamy inside and the mild saltiness from the cheese gives these mashed potato patties a wonderful taste.

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Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties

Transform leftover mashed potatoes into delicious Parmesan Mashed Potato Patties. These lightly fried patties have a lovely crisp outside and a creamy, cheesy inside.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Servings: 10 patties
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 4 cups mashed potatoes, cooled
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil


  • Mix all of the ingredients except the oil together. Using your hands, form into 1/2-inch patties and flatten with your palms.
  • Heat the oil in a large saute' pan over medium heat.
  • Gently place the patties into the pan and lightly flatten with a flat spatula. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.
  • Cook until golden brown for about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • Remove from the pan. Serve immediately.
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