Fried Oatmeal Patties

Fried Oatmeal Patties

(2 servings)    Printable Version
  • 2 cups cooked oatmeal (plain or flavored)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar - for topping
  • 3/4 cup seasonal berries - for topping
Follow package directions to make oatmeal.

(If using Old Fashioned oats, it's 2 parts water to 1 part oats with a pinch of salt for each serving. Add oats to boiling salt-infused water, reduce heat to simmer and cook 5 to 6 minutes).

Pack the oatmeal in a small greased loaf pan and refrigerate until it can be turned out in a solid mass - overnight or at least 4 hours.

Gently, invert the oat loaf onto a cutting board and cut it into 3/4-inch slices.

Melt butter in a medium frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook each side of each slice to golden brown - about 4 minutes per side.

Top with berries and a generous sprinkle of sugar.

Fried Oatmeal Patties

Cooking Notes:

If preparing oatmeal specifically for this recipe: try mixing 1/2 cup of nuts or dry fruit in the oatmeal "batter". Chocolate chips are great, but best stirred in after the oatmeal is cool. Experiment with spices. I like to add a teaspoon of cinnamon or a 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg to the oatmeal. The flavor combinations are endless. This is basically an oatmeal pancake, so most anything you might add to a pancake batter can be added to the oatmeal.

As for toppings: Berries and sugar is just one idea. I also love this with a smear of extra butter and lots of pure maple syrup. Anything you might use as a topping for pancakes, waffles or French toast should work.

If for some reason your loaf doesn't hold together... no problem. Just make patties out the oatmeal like you would for a hamburger and fry it up that way.

This is a great use for any leftover oatmeal. When I make oatmeal from scratch, I'll often make a couple extra servings just so I can see what it's also like fried.

If you leave oatmeal out or refrigerate it, it becomes dense and holds its shape to form patties. A quick fry-up in a non-stick pan and you'll be eating oatmeal in an all new way.

Mr Breakfast would like to thank Mr Breakfast for this recipe.

Comments About This Recipe
What do you think of Fried Oatmeal Patties?
Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 9 votes.

From DrewS
Rating (out of 5):  

I tried frying oatmeal like ground beef and adding seasonings to be like taco meat then put in a burrito. I didn't have taco seasoning but will try that next time. It was actually quite good and texture was a lot like meat for those who might be vegan or vegetarian.

Comment submitted: 8/2/2019 (#20819)

From Phyllis
Rating (out of 5):  

My mother often made fried oatmeal out of leftover oatmeal. I have always imagined that it was a recipe created by thrifty cooks who never threw out anything. She followed the basic recipe above, but she coated the oatmeal slices with flour before frying, which adds some crispness to the crust. Fried oatmeal is now a nostalgia food for my family, something we don't make often, but which connects us to the past.

Comment submitted: 5/29/2018 (#20577)

From BingoBongo
Rating (out of 5):  

Lovely. I had been hoping there was such a thing as fried oatmeal, so I'm glad your post came up. After reading it, I heated up some leftover steamed cauliflower and did a quick bake of tofu with tamari and olive oil. Not breakfast, but I can't wait to do this again tonight with butter, maple syrup, and maybe some defrosted frozen cherries and surprise hubby with a new dessert.

Comment submitted: 4/18/2018 (#20554)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom lonie (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

Such a great idea!

Comment submitted: 11/26/2016 (#20131)

From Grandma Morris
Rating (out of 5):  

I've had fried oatmeal since I was a little girl. Now I'm 65. It's great with maple syrup. And if you know of it... scrapple fried beside it is also great.

Comment submitted: 9/10/2016 (#20043)

From Bill543
Rating (out of 5):  

To the comment about 'How about fried oatmeal with a little meat mixed in like scrapple!?' - that would be goetta, a German dish popular in Ohio, for one.

Comment submitted: 5/14/2016 (#19925)

From Pork Chap
Rating (out of 5):  

I like fried oatmeal with leftovers. It fills the void. How about fried oatmeal with a little meat mixed in like scrapple!?

Comment submitted: 9/19/2015 (#19551)

From Wendy
Rating (out of 5):  

Fried oatmeal is really good. I use it instead of hash browns. So while frying the oatmeal, cook a couple eggs, maybe some bacon or sausage and you have a night time breakfast.

Comment submitted: 5/13/2015 (#19409)

From jjfabu21

What else can you put for the toppings?

Comment submitted: 12/18/2014 (#19156)

Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom outhouse1 (Team Breakfast Member)
Rating (out of 5):  

Sounds really good. I threw away some leftovers just yesterday. (kicking self right now). I wonder if you could freeze it and reuse this way??? Oh! BTW, had oatmeal with honey, cinnamon, raisins and nuts yesterday. This finicky cat liked it too. He ate it like it was soft cat food from a can.

Comment submitted: 10/20/2014 (#19064)

From TimAngela

Is there any reason you couldn't mix bulk pork sausage with the cold oatmeal... refrigerate overnight, slice and fry? Sounds like what we had years ago... but of course after butchering!

Comment submitted: 5/27/2013 (#15957)

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