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.
This recipe began as a way to use up extra ham. I figured out that hash brown waffles are the perfect way to use up leftovers.
Try tossing in any meat you have on hand – sausage, bacon, chicken, ground beef, turkey, or ham.
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.
How to Make Hash Brown Waffles
Making hash brown waffles is as simple as mixing all of your ingredients into one large bowl. Let’s start by gathering your ingredients.
For this recipe, you’ll need frozen shredded hash browns (thawed hash browns will also work, but are not necessary). Along with your hash browns, you’ll need fresh chives, paprika, salt, pepper, eggs, cheddar cheese, diced onions, and diced ham.
Next, add all of your ingredients to a large bowl and mix until combined.
Next, preheat your waffle iron and lightly grease each side. For these waffles, I used this 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 quantity may vary.
I like to use a one cup measuring cup to evenly measure my hash browns.
Once your waffle iron has preheated (I turned mine to medium heat), gently scoop one cup of hash browns into the center of your waffle iron.
Using a spatula, spread the filling to the edges, and press the waffle iron down lightly to compress the hash browns. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until hash browns are browned across the top.
Feel free to open your waffle maker and check on your waffle every few minutes.
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.
Savory Breakfast Recipes
Looking for more savory breakfast recipe ideas? Check out some of my other recipes below:
- Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
- Hash Browns and Eggs Breakfast Skillet
- High Protein Freezer Breakfast Burritos
- Cheesy Hash Brown Potato Casserole
- Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Pinwheels
Ham and Cheese Hash Brown Waffles
- 3 cups frozen shredded hash browns
- 8 ounces ham diced
- 1/2 medium onion diced
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives chopped
- Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. Spray waffle iron with cooking spray.
- 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.