Ham and cheese hash brown waffles are the perfect all-in-one breakfast. Shredded hash browns, ham, eggs, and cheese are cooked in a waffle iron, making these savory waffles.
Have leftover ham from a holiday dinner, like Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas? This is the perfect time to make some savory waffles.
Using a waffle iron makes the crispiest, most perfectly cooked hash brown waffles. Plus, these waffles are filled with ham, cheese, and eggs - the perfect all-in-one breakfast.
Once you've made a batch of hash brown waffles, you'll see how easy it is to customize them with your favorite foods. Try using your favorite cheeses and herbs to create different flavors.
Ingredients and substitutions
For this recipe, you'll need frozen shredded hash browns (thawed hash browns will also work, but are not necessary). You can also shred fresh potatoes with a box grater if you have them on hand.
Sharp cheddar cheese can be substituted with just about any cheese you have on hand. Monterey jack cheese, pepper jack cheese, or parmesan cheese would all be great choices.
Chopped ham can be substituted with cooked and crumbled sausage or cooked and crumbled bacon.
For these waffles, I used an Oster Belgian Waffle Maker. It's inexpensive and always makes a great waffle - savory or sweet. I highly recommend it!
Please note that if you're making different sized waffles on a different type of waffle maker - your waffle quantity and cooking times may vary.
Hash brown waffle toppings
Now that you've made hash brown waffles - what do you top them with? I like to top my waffles with a dollop of sour cream and more fresh chives.
Here are some more savory waffle topping ideas:
- a fried egg
- greek yogurt
- sour cream
- caramelized onions
- sautéed mushrooms
- sliced tomato
- shredded cheese
Or, make a toppings bar and let everyone top their own waffles with their favorite toppings.
Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Waffles
- 3 cups frozen shredded hash browns
- 8 ounces ham, diced
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
- Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. Grease waffle iron with butter or oil
- In a bowl, add all ingredients, stirring to fully combine.
- Scoop 1 cup of mixture onto the middle of the preheated waffle iron. Cook until potatoes are crispy and golden, about 5-6 minutes. Remove from waffle iron and repeat with remaining mixture. Serve immediately.
- This recipe is intended for a round Belgian waffle maker, but hash brown waffles can be made in any waffle maker. Please note your waffle quantity and times may vary based on model of waffle maker.
- Savory waffle topping ideas: a fried egg, avocado, salsa, greek yogurt, sour cream, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, sliced tomato, shredded cheese, guacamole.
- Nonstick cooking spray, used repeatedly on waffle irons, can cause a sticky buildup, making your waffle iron more sticky over time. I suggest using butter or oil instead of nonstick spray.
It was delicious! My husband doesn't like breakfast casseroles much because the hash browns and meats are mushy. Using the components in a waffle maker allowed them to become crispy and the result was delicious! After reading that someone had a sticking problem I over-oiled my waffle iron but found that was unnecessary and was able to make 4 more waffles without re-oiling and had no sticking issues at all! Great job on the recipe!
I love potatoes but must be careful with my blood sugar. I substituted sweet potato for potatoes. I knew it wouldn't hold together as well and it didn't but great flavor! I had one, the cat stole one when I wasn't looking and my son ate the rest. I will try this again with half potato, half sweet potato. It's a great recipe and would probably work well fried like a pancake if one's waffle maker was too sticky. I'm happy to have found your site. There are many recipes I want to try!
This stuck to my well oiled round waffle maker. Sorry, I will not try again.
Hi Vicky, I'm sorry to hear that your waffles were sticking! It's hard to say what went wrong without being in the kitchen with you. I did some reading and often waffles will stick if the waffle iron is not hot enough, if the waffles didn't cook long enough, or if there is a buildup of nonstick spray on an older waffle iron.
This article may help future readers: https://www.foodchamps.org/keep-waffles-from-sticking/
Can you freeze these??
I have not tried freezing these myself so I'm not sure how they'd keep. Sometimes cooked potatoes that have been frozen and thawed can get a grainy texture. If you'd like to freeze your hash brown waffles, I'd recommend allowing them to cool completely, then placing a piece of wax paper between each and packing tightly in a freezer safe bag or container.
We used Spam instead of ham because that’s what we had.