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Air-Fryer Turkey Croquettes

I grew up with family members who looked forward to leftovers, especially the day after Thanksgiving. But we didn't just reheat turkey and spuds in the microwave—we took our culinary creativity to a new level with recipes likes this. —Meredith Coe, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 10 min./batch
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 2 cups mashed potatoes (with added milk and butter)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh sage or 1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups finely chopped cooked turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1-1/4 cups panko bread crumbs
  • Butter-flavored cooking spray
  • Sour cream, optional


  • Preheat air fryer to 350°. In a large bowl, combine mashed potatoes, cheeses, shallot, rosemary, sage, salt and pepper; stir in turkey. Shape into twelve 1-in.-thick patties.
  • In a shallow bowl, whisk egg and water. Place bread crumbs in another shallow bowl. Dip croquettes in egg mixture, then in bread crumbs, patting to help coating adhere.
  • In batches, place croquettes in a single layer on greased tray in air-fryer basket; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Turn; spritz with cooking spray. Cook until golden brown; 4-5 minutes. If desired, serve with sour cream.

Test Kitchen tip
  • If you don’t have an air fryer, you can make this recipe in a deep fryer, electric skillet or on the stovetop.
  • Nutrition Facts
    2 croquettes: 322 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 4 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1 fat.

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    • Tim
      Dec 26, 2020

      We got a new Air Fryer for Christmas so I had to find ways to use all the leftover Turkey. These were absolutely delicious and turned out beautifully. They were a huge hit, crispy yet light in texture and packed with flavor. I served them with sour cream and a Cranberry and Goji Berry Compote.

    • Debi
      Nov 29, 2020

      I always have a lot of left overs and this recipe is totally great. Used all my leftovers and didn't have to throw out nothing so I saved money with this recipe. It is the best left over recipe I have ever used thank you its a keeper

    • Mona
      Nov 29, 2020

      Made this for husbands birthday dinner, easy to do and was a huge hit

    • Sue
      Nov 28, 2020

      Great way to use excess Turkey! Great flavor and texture prepared in the air fryer. Would be really good with gravy and cranberries

    • grandmascooking22
      Feb 20, 2020

      Loved the herbs in these croquettes. I used my fresh rosemary and sage. I did a quick pulse of the turkey in my food processor. Served with sour cream and lettuce salad. Also served leftover cranberry salad.