Fried Mashed Potato Balls are cheesy, crispy fried mashed potatoes packed with bacon and green onion. These are fried mashed potatoes at their best, perfect as appetizers for parties, potlucks and holiday entertaining. Plus video tutorial!

Easy Cheese Stuffed Mashed Potato Balls – crispy, cheesy and packed with bacon and green onion. So delicious! Great for parties, brunch, appetizers or an afternoon snack! Party food, quick and easy recipe. Video recipe.

These fried mashed potato balls could possibly be the most delicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes. They’re like cheese pull aparts, but even more addictive and yet strangely comforting too.

At just over 150 calories per ball, you can indulge in 3-4 of them guilt-free! Serve them with a dipping sauce like salsa, guacamole, sour cream or ranch and you’ll be on cloud nine…! If you follow the instructions, you should get some epic cheese pulls too.

Fried Mashed Potato Balls Cheese Pull - so irresistibly delicious

How to make mashed potato balls

To make them, you’ll need about 3 cups of mashed potatoes, and cold leftover potatoes are great. Leftover baked potatoes can also be used with skins removed.

Combine them with with shredded cheddar cheese, minced green onion and crumbled bacon in a mixing bowl.

Mashed Potato Balls - here is how to mix the ingredients together in a bowl

Then form 1 1/2 inch round balls and place them on a baking sheet to chill for 15 minutes while you get ready for deep frying.

Mashed Potato Balls set on a baking sheet prior to deep frying

The last step is battering the balls in bread crumbs and beaten eggs before frying for 2-3 minutes in 375°F oil. Follow the video tutorial below to see how to make them. Enjoy!

Watch how to make mashed potato balls:

Fried Mashed Potato Balls make a delicious appetizer for a party or just a comforting snack, and they're perfect for using up leftover mashed potatoes. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. So good! Video recipe.
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Fried Mashed Potato Balls (with video)

Fried Mashed Potato Balls are a delicious appetizer snack using up leftover mashed potatoes with bacon, cheese, green onions and lightly battered with breadcrumbs, parmesan and egg. They're crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. So good!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 18 servings


  • 3 cups mashed potatoes, see note
  • 1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
  • 3/4 cup cooked bacon , crumbled
  • 1 cup jack cheese, in 1/2" cubes
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups oil, for deep frying
  • dipping sauce, of choice


  • To a large bowl, add the potatoes, cheddar cheese, green onions and bacon. Mix until combined.
  • Scoop the potato mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls and set on a plate. Press a jack cheese cube into the middle of each ball, and form the potato around it. Chill for 15 minutes.
  • Beat the egg in a small-medium bowl. In another medium bowl, add the bread crumbs, parmesan, salt and pepper.
  • Add oil to a deep fryer or medium sized pot, it should be a depth of nearly 3 inches. Heat to 375°F.
  • One by one, using tongs if available, dip each mashed potato ball in the beaten egg and then dredge in bread crumbs. Place on a plate and set aside.
  • When the oil is hot, use a slotted spoon to gently add 3-4 balls into the pot. Fry for 2-3 minutes gently moving them around to brown evenly. Remove to a paper towel lined plate.
  • Repeat for remaining balls. Serve with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy!

Recipe Video


  • Leftover mashed potatoes are perfect if you have some after a party
Author: Cindy
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fried potato balls, mashed potato balls, potato balls
Nutrition Facts
Fried Mashed Potato Balls (with video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 159 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 225mg9%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 165IU3%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 0.5mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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