This loaded air fryer potato rounds are the best. An easy appetizer recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. Crispy loaded baked potato rounds with soft centers topped with cheese, bacon bits, sour cream and scallions, what’s not to love.
This Potato appetizer will definitely fly off the plates at your next get together. You know what? No fast food restaurant will match yours so let me show you how to make it in easy steps with pictures included.
Air fryer loaded baked potato rounds Recipe
With a few ingredients (3 main ingredients excluding the toppings) you are about to make one of the most mouth watering and pleasing appetizers of all times. We made this for our super bowl party and it’s on reorder because it’s so good and the air fryer makes it easy to make as often as you’d like.
These are great on their own or could be dipped in a sour cream dip like the one used in this air fryer bacon wrapped potatoes recipe.
Why make potato rounds in air fryer?
- Small batch
- Spice blend
- Bacon crumbles
- Sour cream
- Make it Vegan or Vegetarian by swapping out bacon for vegan bacon bits.
- Cheese: use dairy free cheese (vegan cheese)
Which Air fryer is best for potatoes?
I used my Cosori 5.8qt for this recipe. However because of the way air fryers work, you can use any air fryer for potatoes. The only difference might be timing. So Start with less time and adjust accordingly.
In the light of the above, Ninja foodi, Power XL, Pampered chef, Gourmia, Instant pot vortex, Cusinart, Kalorik, Nuwave etc would work.
How to make it
This is an overview of the recipe with step by step photos. Scroll down to end of post for a printable recipe card with the amount of ingredients and full recipe instructions.
Wash potatoes no need to peel. Cut into rounds about ¼ to ½ inch thick. Toss in oil and seasoning.
Bake at 400°F for 15 to 18 mins flipping half way through.
Top with cheese and bacon bits and melt in the air fry for a minute. Add the rest of the toppings (sour cream and scallions) and serve yum!
What to serve with loaded baked Potato rounds
These loaded potato rounds can be served it’s own as an appetizer or as a combination with other foods as a main meal. Here are some of our favorite recipes to serve with these.
- Bbq Chicken wings
- Honey sriracha chicken wings
- Air fryer Boneless skinless chicken breast
- Hot dogs
- Air fry fried rice
How to store and reheat
These are best eaten the day they are made. However if you do have leftovers or want to make these ahead to reheat for later, it will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Be sure to let it cool completely before storing and do not add the sour cream
Air frying Tips
- No need to preheat the air fryer if using the Cosori, Gourmia or Ninja foodi. If using the instant pot vortex oven, it comes with a preheat option so either put it in the beginning while it preheats or wait for it to preheat before adding the potato rounds.
- If using the instant pot vortex oven, bake in the middle rack. If baking with the two racks, switch levels by placing the lower rack on top and the upper rack below. The instant pot also has a broil function you can use when melting the cheese.
- Cut potato rounds in equally so they cook evenly
- To make these vegetarian, leave out that bacon and sour cream.
- If you love a crispier chip like consistency for your potatoes, cut your potatoes thinner.
Frequently asked questions
Who invented loaded potatoes?
Loaded potatoes started out as jacket potatoes which is traced back to the mid 19th century in the Uk. Where potatoes are baked and the insides fluffed then butter, sour cream and meats are added.
What does￼ loaded potatoes mean?
Loaded potatoes simply means potatoes loaded with a variety of delicious toppings.
Do I need to boil the potato rounds before air frying?
No you don’t need to boil these rounds before air frying.
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Air fryer loaded baked potato Rounds
- 1 Large Baking potatoes (Russets or any other one you prefer)
- 1 Tablespoon Olive oil
- ½ Teaspoon Garlic powder
- ½ Teaspoon Granulated onion
- ¼ Teaspoon salt
- ¼ Teaspoon Black pepper
- ¼ Cup Bacon crumbles/ bits (or 2 slices of cooked bacon crumbled)
- 6 Tablespoons Shredded cheese (I used a mix of cheddar and mozzarella cheese)
- ¼ cup Sour cream
- 2 Tablespoons chopped scallions or chives
Prepare the potatoes
- Wash and dry potatoes with paper towel. Slice potatoes into ¼ inch or ½ inch rounds.
- Transfer to a bowl, add oil and potato seasoning then toss to combine. Make sure all potato rounds have been coated evenly.
Air fryer instructions
- Place coated potato slices in the air fryer basket or rack then air fry at 400°F / 200°C for 15 to 18 mins or until potatoes are soft in the middle with browned and crispy edges.
Load it up with toppings
- When potatoes are fully costed and crispy. Pull out air fryer basket and let it cool for 30 secs so you don’t get burned while adding the toppings.
- Top potatoes with cheese and bacon. Push basket back into air fryer base and melt the cheese at 400°F / 200°C for a minute.
- Transfer loaded potatoes to a plate then add dollops of sour cream on each round before topping off with scallions or chives. Serve immediately.
- Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C / Gas mark 6
- Place coated potatoes on a baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 mins or until fully cooked.
- Gently pull out baking sheet, top the potato rounds with cheese and bacon. Return the baking sheet to the oven and broil till cheese melts.
- Bring out from the oven and add the other toppings and serve.
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