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The Best Copycat McDonald’s hash browns Recipe


They’re Iconic, and you know you love them. Why bother trying to mess with a good thing? Well, because I can! And truth be told, this recipe is even better than the original. If you don’t believe me, you’ll just have to give this Copycat McDonald’s hash browns Recipe a try for yourself. Serving this for Christmas morning or a family get together? This vegan recipe is super easy to double or triple batch to feed all your friends and family!

Description for Copycat McDonald’s hash browns:

These Copycat McDonald’s hash browns are extra thick, crunchy on the outside and perfectly soft in the middle. Dip them in your favourite condiment for the perfect breakfast side.

We love easy recipes in this house as you know, so make these using minimal ingredients like potatoes, vegan egg, and corn starch. And just like that, you’ve got the perfect copycat McDonald’s hash browns on a budget.


How do you make Copycat McDonald’s Hash Browns?

What ingredients to use:

This may not come as as surprise, but to make the Best Copycat McDonald’s Hashbrowns from the comfort of your own home, you don’t need a lot of ingredients! Start by gathering the below ingredients before following the instructions on how to make this iconic McDonald’s breakfast recipe for your next family brunch gathering!

  • medium or large russet potatoes
  • salt
  • cornstarch
  • peanut oil/canola oil/hydrogenated soybean oil/ vegetable oil (high smoke point oils recommended)
  • pepper
  • vegan egg (I used JustEgg)

What are the steps to making homemade hash browns?

The steps are simple to this copycat hash brown recipe, but be prepared to get up a little earlier to prepare for breakfast or prep the night before because these homemade hash browns need to go in the fridge to cool for about an hour before cooking! Aside from that, follow the below instructions for perfectly mouthwatering, crunchy hash browns that will change the way you make the iconic copycat recipe  forever.

… First you simply need to parboil the peeled and chopped potatoes in a pot. Boil for about 10 minutes, checking that they do not get too soft throughout so that they are capable of shredding on a box grater. Grate into a large bowl before adding the rest of the ingredients.

… This is where your personal flavor comes in. Personally, I like them simple with salt and pepper for flavouring, however another great way to emphasize the aromatics would be to add onions, onion powder, spices, dried basil, or garlic powder. Once combined, add the cornstarch and vegan egg (Optional) into the potato mixture. Because they are parboiled, there is no need to strain in a strainer or cheese cloth. This makes for a moist interior and crunchy exterior once cooked.

… Lastly, all there is left to do is fry the best copycat hash browns you’ll ever make! After cooling the formed patties in the fridge on parchment paper for about an hour, heat a pan or skillet before adding the vegetable oil. Make sure it’s hot before frying. Let each rectangle patty fry on each side until golden brown and remove from medium-high heat. Alternatively, you can douse in oil and bake in the oven on high heat until golden, or pop in the air fryer for 15 minutes on high heat.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How late does McDonald’s Serve Breakfast?

Most McDonald’s locations stop serving breakfast around 11 AM, or until sold out.

Are Hash browns just potato?

Mostly! Hash browns also contain corn starch or flour sometimes to help binding.

Do McDonald’s Hash browns have dairy?

No. McDonald’s hash browns do not contain any dairy products inside.

Are Mcdonald’s Hash browns Vegan?

Yes! McDonald’s Hash browns are naturally vegan and do not contain dairy or eggs. However this recipe calls for tbsp vegan egg to aid even further in the binding process for better results.

Are McDonald’s Hash browns healthy?

I recommend tracking the accurate information for calories, carbohydrates, fat, fiber, protein and vitamins on MyFitnesPal.

Where can I find more copycat vegan recipes like this?

Try making this Copycat fried Chick’n Big Mac or these Copycat Hardee’s Breakfast Biscuits for more recipes like this!

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The Best Copycat McDonald’s hash browns Recipe

  • Author: Gregs Vegan Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 1:10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Total Time: !:20
  • Yield: 4 large hash browns 1x


These Copycat McDonald’s hash browns are extra thick, crunchy on the outside and perfectly soft in the middle. Dip them in your favourite condiment for the perfect breakfast side.



  • 3 large russet potatoes peeled and chopped into thirds
  • 3 tbsp corn starch
  • 3 tbsp vegan JustEgg (optional but recommended)
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for shallow frying
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a medium pot over high heat, parboil the potatoes until slightly softened on the exterior. Remove from heat and cool in cold water before shredding into a large bowl with a box grater.
  2. add cornstarch, salt, pepper and vegan egg to the potato mixture. Stir until fully combined.
  3. On a large baking sheet, form the potato mixture into four rectangle hash brown patties. (This calls for making the hash browns larger, but you can form them into 6 equal smaller patties instead).
  4. Refrigerate the patties for up to an hour.
  5. Bring a medium pan with oil to heat and fry each side of the hash browns evenly until golden brown on both sides.
  6. Remove from heat and set aside to let cool.

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