Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

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Crispy panko crusted Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes are a fun and delicious way to enjoy leftover mashed potatoes. They go from fridge to table in just minutes.

Loaded with bacon and cheese, these potato cakes are also coated in Panko and pan sauteed to a golden perfection. This makes them crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. They may justs be your family’s favorite new side dish.

 Potato Pancakes

Potato pancakes is a recipe from my childhood. We didn’t have them often, but they were one of my favorite side dishes. I added bacon, cheese, and panko to them to make them even better. They tasted like a loaded baked potato, but better.

Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

  1. There are, of course, many options for different spices and topping for your Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes. If you prefer, you could mix in ham instead of bacon.
  2. Try topping your Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes with a dollop of sour cream and green onions or chives.
  3. Another option, if you like hash browns for breakfast, this is a great replacement for hashbrowns. Top your potato cakes with a fried egg and hollandaise sauce.
  4. Finally, if you’re purist, a generous dunk in Lulu’s Wow Sauce or Light Copycat Outback Blooming Onion Sauce would make them out-of-this-world!
  5. Depending on the consistency of your potatoes, you may need to add a little flour to your mixture. You want the cakes to stick together but not be too sticky. Start with two tablespoons of all-purpose flour and add more if needed.
  6. Purchase my favorite kitchen items at Paula’s Picks.

You may also like these potato recipes

  1. Famous Potato Salad
  2. Bacon Ranch Twice Baked Potato Salad
  3. Twice Baked Pimento Cheese Potatoes
  4. 9 Meals less than 600 Calories


 Potato Pancakes

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary based on products used.

Watch this quick video of me making the recipe.


Potato Pancakes

Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes

This recipe is a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes. Leftover Loaded Mashed Potato Pancakes have great flavor from the bacon. They are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside. 
Author: Paula
5 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8 patties


  • 3 slices bacon cooked and chopped
  • 3 cups cold leftover mashed potatoes
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt adjust to your taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 and ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs

see post above to tips and alterations


  • Cook the bacon, remove, chop, and reserve drippings.
  • Mix the mashed potatoes, eggs, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and pepper together in a bowl.
  • Stir in the bacon and cheese
  • Form the mixture into 8 patties.
  • Coat the patties in panko.
  • Heat the bacon drippings over medium heat and pan-fry the patties about 4 minutes per side. 
  • Remove and drain on a paper towel.
  • Serve immediately. 



Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 428mg | Potassium: 321mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 180mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing this amazing leftover loaded mashed potato pancakes recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m going to have to start making mashed potatoes more often, just to have these! I really like how versatile they can be too, but you can’t beat cheddar and bacon.

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