With just three simple ingredients, these Waffle Iron Hash Browns are easy to make and super yummy for breakfast. These are super crispy and browned on the outside, with just a bit of soft potato goodness on the inside.
And, they take all the guesswork out of making them on the stove. Have you tried these frozen hash browns in a waffle iron yet? You’ll love them!
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Less oil and easy to make
One other thing I really like about these hash browns in waffle maker is that they use a lot less oil than cooking them in a skillet.
Just 2 tablespoons for all those shredded potatoes.
And they still come out super crispy and browned. Win!
You can top these with cheese (either before or after cooking), especially cheddar cheese, for a delicious treat.
Oh and add a fried egg after cooking! In fact, you can add an egg before cooking and have egg waffles. You can cook your egg at the same time you cook the hash browns!
Or serve them with some Microwave scrambled eggs.
great for breakfast or brunch
Try them on a breakfast sandwich with English Muffins, eggs, and cheese.
They’re perfect for eating as a simple side dish with scrambled eggs. Your family will love these, and you’ll love how easy they are.
The waffle iron cooks the hash browns on both sides simultaneously, leaving the outsides crispy and the insides soft and creamy.
Or, have your kids make them for you for Mother’s Day! I mean, who wouldn’t want these for breakfast in bed?!
Microwaving the potatoes to defrost them is such a time saver! Keep in mind that microwave power varies.
My microwave is pretty powerful, so it doesn’t take long to defrost the potatoes.
Keep an eye on the potatoes as they defrost so you can get a good idea of how long they take. Unlike my microwave, my waffle maker is old.
So I imagine most people have a newer fancier waffle maker than I have. Cook according to the directions on your machine.
And, take the hash browns out when they are nice and golden brown and crispy!
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Foods you can make in a waffle iron
Isn’t the waffle iron fun? There are many things you can make in it. This recipe for hash browns is super simple but you can also mix in cheese and herbs to your liking. Make them more savory and they will be perfect for dinner. Ohhh, add in some shredded onion, garlic or garlic powder too!
Toss in some crumbled bacon or ham pieces for a meat lovers treat.
You can even make latkes (very similar to these hashed browned potatoes).
Try using frozen (thawed) tater tots as well!
If you’re having problems with getting the potatoes to stick together, it could be for a few reasons.
First, make sure you’re microwaving the potatoes. Pre-cooking them a bit helps to cook off some of the moisture. If you don’t they will be too wet to crisp up.
I find that Ore-ida brand hash browns works well for these. Some of the other brands don’t seem to stick together well.
And, be sure that you’re cooking them long enough to get nice and browned. Don’t skimp on the cooking time. There is some amount of guess work in the time because the cooking time will depend on how finely the potatoes are shredded and the temperature of your waffle iron. So there will be some variation in the time.
Make ahead and storage
These tasty breakfast side dishes can be made ahead. Making them perfect for busy mornings!
The cooked and completely cooled waffles can be wrapped in plastic and stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
For longer storage, place them in freezer ziptop bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
Reheat them in the toaster or toaster oven.
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Waffle Iron Hash Browns Recipe
Waffle Iron Hash Browns
- 3 cups frozen hash browns
- 2 tablespoons oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Defrost frozen hash browns in the microwave, about 2-4 minutes on full power. Microwave power varies, so check the hash browns as you defrost them.
- Once defrosted, stir oil and salt into the potatoes.
- Preheat waffle iron. Brush griddle of waffle iron with oil. Once waffle iron is hot & ready, place the potatoes on the griddle of the waffle maker and smooth out so they are flat. Close lid of waffle maker and press down on the lid. Following the manufacturer’s directions on your waffle maker, cook the hash browns until golden brown and crispy, about 10-14 minutes.
- Open waffle maker and carefully remove the waffle iron hash browns.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations, and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.