Perfectly creamy Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes made with Greek yogurt and plenty of toasty brown butter. This easy and delicious recipe takes mashed potatoes to the next level.

The Most Flavorful Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes

I love a good batch of mashed potatoes and these Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes are next level. The combination of toasty brown butter paired with the creamy potatoes is absolutely delicious.

If you have been looking for a way to spice up traditional mashed potatoes then this is it! They’re easy to make and perfect for a family gathering or your holiday table.

mashed potato ingredients

Ingredients You Need

Russet Potatoes: these are always my potato of choice when it comes to mashed potatoes. They give you a perfectly creamy mash that is so good.

Garlic: good mashed potatoes need plenty of fresh garlic, in my personal opinion. Don’t worry, you won’t have to do any mincing. Just let the whole cloves cook alongside the potatoes while they simmer.

Butter: these potatoes get a ton of delicious flavor from brown butter. Trust me if you’ve never had brown butter before then you are in for a treat. If you need a bit more instruction, this post on how to make brown butter will give you more details and our favorite brown butter recipes!

Salt: be generous with the salt, my friend! good mashed potatoes need a healthy amount of salt.

Greek Yogurt: to help make these potatoes nice and creamy we’re using whole milk Greek yogurt. It adds a delicious tang and texture to the potatoes.

Chicken Broth: we’ll also be using a bit of chicken broth to give the potatoes the perfect consistency. I like to use low-sodium chicken broth so that I can more easily control the amount of salt in the potatoes.

Fresh Herbs: fresh thyme and chives are the finishing touch that these potatoes need.

cooked potatoes

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Butter – feel free to use vegan butter instead of traditional butter if needed.
  • Greek Yogurt – swap the whole milk Greek yogurt for low-fat yogurt if you prefer. Some other options include using a vegan/dairy-free yogurt, sour cream, or cream cheese.
  • Chicken Broth – use vegetable broth if you prefer.

Helpful Kitchen Tools

small pot

silicone spatula

MEASURING CUPS

MEASURING SPOONS

colander

potato masher

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The Secret to These Mashed Potatoes – Brown Butter

If you’ve never had brown butter before then this mashed potatoes are the perfect introduction. Brown butter, which is also known as beurre noisette, is butter that has been melted and cooked until the milk solids in the butter have become toasted. Its rich flavor makes it the perfect addition to baked goods, roasted vegetables, fish, and the perfect topping for so many different things.

potatoes with greek yogurt and brown butter

How to Make Mashed Potatoes with Brown Butter

Step One: Add the potatoes, garlic, and one teaspoon salt to a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the potatoes and garlic to a boil and let them cook until fork tender, roughly 15-20 minutes. Once tender, remove the potatoes and from the heat and then drain.

Step Two: Add the diced butter to a small skillet or pot. Heat the skillet to medium heat. The butter will start to melt as the skillet heats up. Allow the butter to bubble and “cook” until it begins to change from a bright yellow color to a golden brown color. You will know the butter has “browned” when you see brown bits beginning to form in the bottom of the skillet or pot. Remove the butter from the heat and transfer to a heat safe dish. 

Step Three: Transfer the drained potatoes back to the warm pot and add the remaining salt, Greek yogurt, chicken broth, and all but 1 tablespoon of the brown butter.

potatoes being mashed

Step Four: Use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash everything together until the potatoes reach your desired consistency. Give the potatoes a taste and add extra chicken broth or yogurt if you prefer. 

Step Five: Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish. Top with remaining tablespoon of brown butter before serving, chives, and thyme for garnish. Enjoy!

What to Serve with Your Mashed Potatoes

Here are a few of my favorite main dishes to serve alongside these mashed potatoes:

mashed potatoes with serving spoon

Mashed Potato Variations

  • Use a splash of buttermilk or heavy cream – If you can tolerate dairy, try using heavy cream, half and half, whole milk, or even buttermilk instead of coconut milk in this recipe.
  • Add a bit of cheese – Parmesan or shredded sharp white cheddar are some of my personal favorites
  • Use different combinations of fresh herbs – Sage and thyme are both absolutely delicious in mashed potatoes.
  • Load them up! Stir in a bit of crispy bacon, green onion, and shredded cheddar for delicious loaded mashed potatoes.

More Thanksgiving Recipes to Serve

Here are few more of our reader favorite Thanksgiving sides to add your menu this holiday season:

brown butter mashed potatoes in bowl

I hope you give these Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes a try! They are so easy to make and delicious! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! 

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Brown Butter Greek Yogurt Mashed Potatoes

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 teaspoons salt (divided), plus more to taste
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • thinly sliced chives, for garnish
  • fresh thyme, for garnish

Method

  1. Cook the Potatoes: Add the potatoes, garlic, and one teaspoon salt to a large pot and cover with cold water. Bring the potatoes and garlic to a boil and let them cook until fork tender, roughly 15-20 minutes. Once tender, remove the potatoes and from the heat and then drain.
  2. Make the Brown Butter: Add the diced butter to a small skillet or pot. Heat the skillet to medium heat. The butter will start to melt as the skillet heats up. Allow the butter to bubble and “cook” until it begins to change from a bright yellow color to a golden brown color. You will know the butter has “browned” when you see brown bits beginning to form in the bottom of the skillet or pot. Remove the butter from the heat and transfer to a heat safe dish.
  3. Transfer the drained potatoes back to the warm pot and add the remaining salt, Greek yogurt, chicken broth, and all but 1 tablespoon of the brown butter.
  4. Use a hand mixer or potato masher to mash everything together until the potatoes reach your desired consistency. Give the potatoes a taste and add extra chicken broth or yogurt if you prefer.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to a serving dish. Top with remaining tablespoon of brown butter before serving, chives, and thyme for garnish. Enjoy!

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