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Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls

Got leftover mashed potatoes? Liven them up with a batch of these Vegan Air Fryer Mashed Potato Balls! Perfectly crispy on the outside with a pillowy potato filling on the inside, they're easy to make and ready in just 10 minutes in the air fryer! These gluten-free air fried mashed potato balls make a great party appetizer or side dish.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Gluten-Free, Vegan
Keyword air fryer, aquafaba, dairy-free, egg free, gluten free, gluten free vegan, leftovers, mashed potatoes, nutritional yeast, vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 16 potato balls



  • Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, garlic powder, black pepper and salt on a plate. Add aquafaba to a bowl and place nutritional yeast on a plate. Set aside.
  • Remove the mashed potatoes from the refrigerator. Using a small cookie scoop, scoop out the potatoes into your hand and roll into the shape of a ball. Place on a plate and repeat until all of the potatoes are used up.
  • Roll each ball into the nutritional yeast, followed by the aquafaba and then the bread crumb mixture. Place on a plate and continue until all of the balls are coated.
  • If your brand of air fryer comes with an elevated crisper plate/tray, be sure to insert it into the basket. Lightly grease the crisper plate or bottom of the air fryer basket with a non-propellant olive or avocado oil spray.
  • Place the potato balls in a single layer in your air fryer basket. Lightly spray the tops of the potato balls with a non-propellant olive or avocado oil spray and air fry at 390° F for 10-15 minutes until the potato balls are golden brown but not burned, lightly shaking the basket 3-4 times during cooking. 



  • It's VERY IMPORTANT that the mashed potatoes be both COLD and FIRM or they won't form properly or stay together, especially if they are loose. Be sure to use a recipe that elicits a firm result. If you are planning on making mashed potatoes just for this dish, I recommend making them the night before so that they are cold enough to work with. 
  • If you want to prep these in advance, you can store the prepared potato balls on a plate in a single layer in the refrigerator for a few hours. Lightly lay a paper towel over top of them so they do not get smushed. Keep them in the fridge up until the time you are going to air fry them.
  • You can double the recipe if needed. If you do so, you will most likely have to air fry in batches. Just be sure to keep the second batch of potato balls in the fridge while you are air frying the first batch.
  • If you have leftover mashed potato balls, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will last about 1-2 more days depending on when you originally made the mashed potatoes.
  • You can reheat them in the oven or toaster oven at 400° F until warmed throughout. You can also pop them back in the air fryer at 390° for a few minutes until warmed throughout, shaking the basket a couple of times during reheating.