Mashed Potato and Onion Patties

Mashed potato and onion patties are what you serve when you have only instant potatoes left in the cupboard. I’d planned hamburgers for dinner but ran out of time to make poatoe or kidney bean salad. The patties can take the place of fried potatoes and go well with almost any meal.

You can dress the patties up with a cheese sauce, gravy, or serve with ketchup. This recipe  makes use of leftover biscuits or any other day old bread. If you have a small amount of cooked vegetables add them. The patties could be baked in a greased pan instead of fried.

The recipe will make eight patties each about 2 ½ inches in diameter and about ½ inch thick. Leftovers can be reheated in the oven, frying pan or microwave. They are pretty good cold for a midnight snack.


  • 1 cup of instant mashed potatoe flakes
  • ½ cup of warm tap Water
  • ¾ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg (optional)
  • ¼ of a large onion diced
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 day old homemade biscuits
  • All-purpose flour
  • Cooking oil


Dice the onion and put in a mixing bowl. Add potato flakes, water, seasoning, and egg. Beat together and add a bit more water if needed. Crumble in the biscuits and mix well.  It  will form a firm dough like ixture. Cover and refrigerate the bowl about 30 minutes.

Over the medium high setting heat enough oil in a frying pan to coat the bottom. With floured  hands Form patties and coat in flour, shaking off excess.  Place about three at a time in the frying pan. Cook and turn to brown both sides. Remove to a shallow pan and keep warm covered with foil in a 300 degree F. oven until ready to serve.


You can use leftover mashed potatoes in this recipe.

You can coat the patties in half flour, half cornmeal or in breadcrumbs. If the coating starts to brown too much lower the heat.

Cooked cold rice can be used instead of biscuits. Even leftover macaroni would work as filler.

Other cooked leftovers, such as vegetables, can be added to the mixture.

Sour cream can be mixed in or served with the patties.

Chives, parsley or green onions would be good in this recipe.


About dwittopinions

A great grandmother living in the middle of the United States. My interests include art, needlework, reading, history, politics, and cooking.
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2 Responses to Mashed Potato and Onion Patties

  1. Micha says:

    I could go for some of these right now! Yumm…

  2. Jewels says:

    Mmm these sound super yummy…

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