Reuben Fritters

March 1, 2024 - Country Cooking

Reubens become party food with these delicious Reuben Fritters with a Thousand Island Dipping Sauce. The base is mashed potatoes with chopped corned beef, swiss cheese, and sauerkraut added in. They’re formed into balls, coated in Panko crumbs, and fried until golden.

Anything tastes good deep-fried right?

Especially when dipped in sauce.

Reuben sandwiches are my favorite. I love the tang of the sauerkraut, the gooey swiss cheese mixed with the sweetness of a Thousand Island dressing or Russian Dressing. Besides a traditional Reuben sandwich, there are all kinds of ways you can enjoy the flavors of a Reuben including Reuben Dip and Reuben Crescent Rolls.

This is a great recipe to make when you have leftover mashed potatoes or you made Reuben sandwiches and just have a little of each ingredient left.

How To Make Reuben Fritters

(More detailed directions below.)

Mix together the Thousand Island ingredients and refrigerate until needed. Note: Store-bought dressing can be used as a timesaver.

Combine the mashed potatoes, corned beefm swiss cheese, green onions, and Thousand Island.

Shape mixture into balls. Dip in egg wash and then coat in Panko crumbs.

Refrigerate at least 30 minutes. This will help them hold their shape when they fry.

Fry in batches in 350 degree oil.

Ingredient Notes

Corned Beef- You can use deli-sliced corned beef or leftover St Patrick’s Day Corned Beef. Or you can use pastrami instead.

Thousand Island Sauce- As a shortcut, you can use store-bought Thousand Island Dressing for dipping.

Swiss Cheese- If you don’t like swiss cheese, try using Pepper Jack, Provolone cheese, or Monterey Jack cheese.

Recipe Tips

Add a quarter cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese for more flavor.

You want to use leftover mashed potatoes that are fairly thick and stiff.

More Reuben Recipes

Reuben Soup

Reuben Egg Rolls

Crock Pot Reuben Brats

Spicy Reubens

Reuben Potatoes

Slow Cooker Reuben Dip

Baked Reuben Sliders

Reuben Casserole

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Reuben Fritters

These crispy Reuben Fritters are made from mashed potatoes with chopped up corned beef, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese mixed in. Fried until crispy and served with Thousand Island dressing. A delicious twist on the classic Reuben sandwich.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword corned beef, mashed potatoes, St Patrick’s Day
Prep Time 40 minutes minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes minutes
Total Time 50 minutes minutes
Servings 14 fritters
Calories 286kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


Thousand Island Sauce

1/2 cup mayonnaise3 tablespoons ketchup2 tablespoons chopped sweet picklespinch of salt


2 cups leftover mashed potatoes2/3 cup finely chopped corned beef2/3 cup shredded swiss cheese1/3 cup sauerkraut, drained well (squeeze dry in paper towels)2 green onions, sliced2 eggs, lightly beaten2 tablespoons water1 1/2 cups panko crumbsVegetable oil


Combine all ingredients for Thousand Island sauce in a bowl and refrigerate.
In a medium bowl, mix together mashed potatoes, corned beef, swiss cheese. sauerkraut, and green onions. Form into balls a little smaller than golf balls.
In a bowl, whisk together eggs and water.
Place panko crumbs in a pie plate.
Dip each fritter ball in egg mixture and then coat in panko crumbs. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Pour about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven. Heat oil to 350 degrees and fry fritters in batches until golden.
Serve with dipping sauce.


As a shortcut, you can use store-bought Thousand Island Dressing.


Calories: 286kcal

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Originally posted February 18, 2016.

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