Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

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Mashed Potato Balls are a delicious way to use up leftover potatoes from a holiday meal. Rolled in crispy bacon bits on the outside; hot and creamy with potatoes, green onion, and cheese on the inside, this recipe is a little bit of savory heaven!

Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole is always a family favorite, and these scrumptious little bite-sized versions are just as tasty, and work great as an appetizer instead of a main course. Sometimes I even serve baked mashed potato balls with gravy or veggie dip on the side! Ridiculously good!

Mashed potato ball on a plate with parsley on top

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls

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How to Make Perfect Mashed Potato Balls

When I was a kid, whenever there were leftover potatoes everyone cheered because it meant our favorite for breakfast- potato pancakes! But I have to admit that mashed potato balls with bacon and cheese are even better.

  1. Mix mashed potatoes, green onion, and 1/4 of the bacon crumbles together. If potatoes are dry, add a little milk, water, or even sour cream to moisten. Be careful not to use too much. These potatoes should have a slightly sticky, dough-like texture making them easy to shape.
  2. Roll mixture into one inch balls, as with cookies. If you don’t have fresh green onion on hand, use dried chives and add a little onion powder. Flatten each ball into a pancake shape.
  3. Place a cube of cheese in the middle of each pancake and wrap the potato around the cube. Roll into a ball shape again.
  4. Dip ball into egg rolling it around to cover completely, then dredge in bacon bits. I like to keep a bag of bacon crumbles on hand, but you can make your own if you prefer. Alternately you can use Panko crumbs and sprinkle parmesan on top! So delicious!
  5. Bake on a cookie sheet until the cheese melts and starts to bubble out. It’s that simple!

How to roll up a mashed potato bowl

Can They Be Reheated?

Mashed Potato Balls can easily be reheated.

  • Microwave: Simply place them in a microwave safe dish and heat for about 10-20 seconds. (Times will vary depending on microwave.) After 7-10 seconds, check to make sure the bacon isn’t getting overdone. If they still aren’t hot enough, reheat at 5 second intervals until desired temperature is reached.
  • Oven: Preheat oven to 325°F, place them in a baking dish covered with foil, and heat for about 10 minutes or so (checking that the bacon crumbles don’t burn.)

Mashed potato balls on a baking sheet

Other Delicious Additions

These potato balls taste great alongside our garlic dill refrigerator pickles. There is something about the cool tart pickles that just sets off this  mouthwatering treat!

Mashed Potato Balls are also great with a variety of dips. Serve them at a party with a combination of gravy, cheesy chili dip, sour cream and onion dip (my fave) or ranch. They’ll disappear off the plate in seconds so be sure to make lots!

Mashed potato balls on a plate with parsley

More Bacon Filled Appetizers

Mashed potato ball on a plate with parsley on top
4.2 from 10 votes
Servings: 6 servings
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls with Bacon Bits
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Author: Holly
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon bits, mashed potatoes

Loaded Mashed Potato Balls are rolled in Bacon Bits and are the perfect way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!

  • 2 cups mashed potatoes cold
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese cubed
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1/2 lb bacon cooked & crumbled
  1. Mix mashed potatoes, green onion, and 1/4 cup of the bacon crumbles.
  2. Shape mashed potatoes into 1 in. balls.
  3. Put a cube of cheese into the potato ball and press potatoes around it until cheese is completely covered.
  4. Roll into a ball.
  5. Dip the ball into the eggs, then dredge in the bacon bits.
  6. Place onto cookie sheet or baking dish.
  7. Bake at 375°F for 15- 20 mins or until cheese is oozing out.

Nutrition Information
Calories: 316, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 399mg, Potassium: 335mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Protein: 12g, Vitamin A: 285%, Vitamin C: 17%, Calcium: 151%, Iron: 1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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A close up photo of a potato ball with bacon bits
The top photo shows the cheese oozing out of the potato ball. The bottom photo shows the mashed potatoes prior to being rolled into balls

A close up of a mashed potato ball with cheese oozing out


66 comments on “Loaded Mashed Potato Balls”

  1. Any idea if these can be made ahead of time? If so any ideas on how to warm when.you don’t have a kitchen at work? I thought maybe a crock pot but I don’t think that would work. The microwaves are so small here at work as well. Or maybe I just cook in the morning, cover I foil and serve as is when the lunch potluck time comes around. Just afraid they will change texture and get soggy.

  2. oh yum a nice mini-“party” – maybe switch out the cheddar for pepper jack or some of each

  3. Hhhhmmmm yummyyyy..there’s are the business for real

  4. Looks good

  5. would love to get recipe. a mixture as do not have pork or beef but can change around. would love veggie snacks as well.

    thanks Buggie

  6. Time to try

  7. So I looked through the comments and the article and didn’t see any tips for this. I know this uses cold leftover potatoes, but could you use warm potatoes instead? Wanted to make these as a small lunch today and didn’t have any leftovers left 😛

  8. Don’t forget to eat with sour cream

  9. 1 star
    Tried for Thanksgiving. Wasn’t really our thing. Would be easier to just mash up potatoes and add bacon and cheese to it in one bowl instead of shaping them and doing all that extra work. Just my opinion. I am also confused how it is ok to rate this 5 stars but not even try the recipe? I notice others rated it saying it “looked good” and they want to try it. That doesn’t mean it is good just because it looks good. I dislike when people do that. It gives a false star rating. Would be better if they made it and then decided how it was.

  10. I would love a cookbook or some of you older recipes. Please let me know on my web address. Cost etc. thanks!

  11. 5 stars
    trying them tomorrow. look declious

  12. These are the best !!

  13. I can’t believe how STUPID people are CANT you READ the directions! Nowhere does it say to put sour cream in them, it gives you CLEAR directions on how to make them. They taught reading in FIRST grade!!

  14. There are many types of potatoes. Any preference?

  15. Could these be frozen and heated later?

  16. 5 stars
    It looks good will have to try them soon.

  17. Could you please tell us approximately how many potato cheese balls this recipe makes?

  18. Yum Yummy!! Can’t wait to try I love potatoes !

  19. I USED TO Make fried cakes but i am going to try these.

  20. 5 stars
    Super easy and delicious!

  21. How many do you get when you make them

  22. I made these and they were delicious! Had all the ingredients on hand. Preparation time was only 5 minutes. I made them as a side dish but will consider making them for a party as an appetizer!


  23. 5 stars
    Would this be considered a finger food or require a fork?

  24. Looks good we like fryer potatoes pancakes this sounds just as good and much easer to make

  25. How many did this make

  26. I tried these yesterday. My husband insisted on putting butter and milk to the potatoes while mashing them. They turned out quite sticky .
    Is it necessary to put in milk and butter to the mashed potatoes?

  27. 5 stars
    I actually laughed reading some of the comments, the post is self explanatory as in the directions are very easy to read!! Someone commented do you have to use sour cream. Ok I read the recipe 3 times. Nowhere is there sour cream in this recipe. But if you want to use sour cream sure you could use it!! Just use common sense and add whatever you want, or go strictly by the recipe 🙂 But for goodness thanks READ!! THEN IF IN DOUBT READ IT AGAIN 🙂

  28. 4 stars
    I amde the mistake of adding milk to get to the “mashed potatoes” stage. So will have to come up with a rescue plan! They look SOOOOO goood!

  29. Can you make these ahead of time and refrigerate? or do they need to be baked immediately?

    If you can make ahead and refrigerate, how much longer would you need to bake them?

  30. All of my family favorites – whats not to love? Cant wait to try them

  31. 4 stars
    a great use of leftovers – maybe use pepper jack cheese? I give it 4stars – wouldn’t light up

  32. Looks yummy and simple and just the right serving

  33. I really don’t understand why people have to be so fresh to others, geeez.
    How about this, if you won’t say your post to someones face, then don’t
    post your comments…..be nice….

  34. Think before you write people. You can put whatever you what to put in this recipe. Use real or fake Potatoes. The same with the Bacon. Use you head and think before you write something stupid!

  35. Can you use bacon bits instead of frying bacon

  36. This looks great can’t wait to try it.

  37. Do you have to use sour cream? I’m not a fan other wise it looks great

  38. These sound awesome,however,my only question would be, for those who made them,what is the texture like? To me it seems that they would be a little loose after adding the egg and sour cream. Kinda just like a blob of a mess and hard to form.

  39. These are AWESOME, JUST AWESOME !!!!

  40. Wow…. Some people just don’t know how to read…. These are amazing!!! Made them for lunch with my LEFTOVER potatoes from dinner last night (as the recipe clearly says) and everyone actually ate the potatoes this time! Lol! Great recipe.

  41. It states leftover potatoes before the actual recipe!!!

  42. I just made these and they are great…I didn’t have any issues with directions…kinda common sense…lol thanks for the recipe

  43. Why are people so dumb? READ THE DIRECTION! These are GREAT…..Thanks

  44. Plz can u tell me is it packet mashpotatoe ,as from reading ingredients n comments , that’s what I’m assuming, but I preferred homemade normal mash potatoes as I don’t like that packet potatoes stuff ,many thanks ,:)

  45. I made these last night and may I just add how freaking amazing these tasted!!! My pickiest daughter asked for thirds! This will be make over and over again in our house. Thank you so much for sharing! 🙂

  46. A little variation – once the potato balls (with cheese) are formed put them in the freezer to firm them up. Then roll in panko seasoned with garlic powder and parmesan cheese. Then bake as directed above or deep fry until golden brown and top with bacon.


  48. This look really good. I want to make them for a party. But it doesn’t say how many it makes. About how many balls will this recipe make?

  49. Love this recipe. My daughter’s favorite!

  50. OMG What a great idea to use leftover mashed potatoes. I always make more than I need and save the rest for another nite. Those balls are a great idea. We love potatoes any way, shape, or form. Thanks for the recipe.

  51. Guys, Look at instruction number 3…. “Put a cube of cheese into the potato ball and mash potatoes around it until cheese is completely covered.”

  52. YUM!

    Come party with APIMP!

    I would love for you to share and link up at my TGIF Link Party. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight.


    Hugs, Cathy

  53. Oh, wow! That’s really all I can manage right now 🙂
    Stopping by from Recipe Sharing Monday.

  54. Oh my, this looks SO good!

  55. Oh, boy.. I could go for some!! I’d love for you to come share it at the link party I am cohosting right now!

    Beth @ The First Year Blog

  56. See #2, then #3

  57. Folks, read step 3.

  58. These look delicious. When the instructions say to shape the mashed potatoes into 1″ balls, does that 1″ supposed to already have the cheese cube in the potatoes; or do you insert the cheese cube into a full 1″ ball of potatoes. It probably won’t make that much difference but I didn’t see instructions for the cheese cubes. Thanks.

  59. Your ingredients call for the Cheese, but the directions don’t say what you do with it. I’ll assume that you form the ball of mashed potatoes around it?

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