Loaded Air Fryer Hash Browns {gluten-free}

Loaded Air Fryer Hash Browns

Last Updated on December 1, 2022 by Kayla

Three ways to air fry hash browns

I experimented with three different potato preparations with this air fryer hash browns recipe. Refrigerated hash browns, frozen hash browns, and sweet potato hash browns.

Loaded Air Fryer Hash Browns
Loaded air fryer hash browns made with Simply Potatoes shredded hash browns

Refrigerated hash browns

The Simply Potatoes refrigerated hash browns were the first up for experimentation. One of the first things I noticed was that the middle of the air fryer cooks more slowly.

Simply Potatoes Shredded Hash Browns
Simply Potatoes refrigerated hash browns

The trick to air fry hash browns with max crispiness is to loosely pile the potato mixture against the walls of the air fryer as best as you can. By distributing the hash brown mixture so as many potatoes touch the metal walls as possible, you will get crispy air fryer hash browns in a matter of minutes!

Frozen hash browns

I was skeptical using frozen hash browns in the air fryer. I expected them to be much soggier compared to the refrigerated shredded hash browns.

To my surprise, they turned out fantastic and were my favorite of the three variations simply due to convenience. The only necessity for this recipe is adding an extra minute or two to the cooking time which is outlined in the recipe below.

Cascadian Farm Frozen Hashbrowns
Cascadian Farms frozen hash browns

Sweet potato hash browns

Rather than using prepared sweet potatoes, I made my own shredded sweet potato hash browns. Simply peel and grate a raw sweet potato. If you choose to shred your own, it adds a bit more prep time and clean up.

Shredded sweet potatoes with metal grater

One sweet potato yields about 1 to 1 1/2 cups shredded sweet potato. I used two sweet potatoes instead of the prepackaged shredded hash browns. This recipe variation had a slight sweetness which I really enjoyed.

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Hash Browns
Loaded air fryer hash browns made with sweet potatoes

How many calories in hash browns?

Compared to fast food or restaurant hash browns, this recipe is much more nutritious and could stand alone as a complete meal unlike a majority of the sides listed below.

To give you an idea of how many calories are in hash browns, the nutrition for several varieties of fast food and restaurant chains are listed below:

  • McDonald’s hash brown: 140 calories
  • Burger King small hash browns: 252 calories
  • Perkins crispy hash browns: 210 calories
  • IHOP hash browns: 210 calories
    • with American cheese: 270 calories
  • Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole: 420 calories
    • hashbrown casserole (side): 190 calories
    • Bacon n’ Egg hashbrown casserole: 980 calories
  • Waffle House hashbrowns (regular): 190 calories
    • hash browns (large): 380 calories
    • hash browns scattered “All the Way”: 550 calories
  • Holiday Stationstores hash brown patty: 110 calories

As for carbs, hash browns are primarily made up of carbohydrates. Unprepared, hash browns are essentially shredded potatoes which are nearly 90% carbohydrates.

Oil is used to either deep fry or cook the shredded potatoes on a flattop grill. Fat from the oil helps achieve the highly desired crispy texture. Once prepared, about 50% of hash brown’s calories are derived from fat.

Protein is found sparingly, about 2-3 grams per serving, unless the hash browns are topped with breakfast meat(s) or cheese. To amp up the protein in this recipe, the hash browns include ham, cheese, and the option to top with a fried egg (or two) which I highly recommend! I mean look at that yokey goodness! 🙂

Loaded Air Fryer Hashbrowns with Egg

Furthermore, white potatoes and sweet potatoes are nearly identical when comparing calories and macronutrients such as carbohydrates. White potatoes offer more potassium over sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes take the cake for vitamin A, though, as a 3 1/2 oz serving meets the RDA for vitamin A. White potatoes, on the other hand, provide <1% of the RDA for vitamin A.

Bottom line: Potatoes, both white and sweet potatoes, fit into a well balanced, healthy diet, so choose whichever you prefer!

Gluten-free hash browns

Some of the aforementioned fast food hash browns include additives that aren’t always allergen friendly. McDonald’s, for instance, adds beef flavor to their hash browns which includes wheat and milk derivatives.

This recipe – whichever way you choose to prepare it – is gluten-free. Be sure to review the ingredient label for the ham and potatoes if you use a brand other than those pictured above.

This gluten-free hash browns recipe does include cheese. To make it dairy-free, simply omit the cheese, and you are good to go!

Hope you enjoy!

In health,

Kayla Girgen, RD, LD
Bariatric Dietitian & Mindset Coach
Digital Creator, LIFe app

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Loaded Air Fryer Hashbrowns with Egg

Loaded Air Fryer Hash Browns {gluten-free}

Crispy, hearty, easy! Make this loaded air fryer hash browns recipe with frozen or refrigerated potatoes in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 250 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 16-20 oz bag shredded hash browns refrigerated or frozen*
  • 2 bell peppers diced fine
  • 1/2 cup ham diced
  • 2 Tbsp oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1 roma tomato diced
  • 1 stalk green onion sliced thin

Instructions
 

  • Preheat air fryer to 400F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add shredded hash browns, diced bell peppers, diced ham, oil, salt and pepper; toss to combine.
  • Using your hands, add mixture to air fryer, avoiding the center holes of the air fryer (if your system has these) and loosely pile the shredded potatoes up against the walls of the air fryer.
  • Cook for 9-10 minutes (*11-12 minutes if using frozen hash browns). During the last 30-45 seconds of cooking, cover with shredded cheese.
  • Garnish with diced tomatoes and green onion. Top with an over-easy egg, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories, 11g fat, 30g carbohydrates, 9g protein
*Nutrition information based on using a 20 oz bag of refrigerated shredded hash browns; egg not included. 

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