Hash brown waffles are the perfect all-in-one breakfast. Shredded hash browns, ham, eggs, and cheese are cooked in a waffle iron until golden brown and crispy.
Have leftover ham from Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas dinner? Hash brown waffles are a great way to use up those holiday leftovers.
Shredded hash browns, ham, shredded cheese, eggs, and savory spices are baked until golden brown and crispy in a waffle maker. They couldn't be easier to prepare and are a fun twist on your normal, everyday breakfast.
Serve hash brown waffles with a dollop of sour cream, fresh chives, salsa, or a fried egg on top.
Ingredients and substitutions
- Hash browns - For this recipe, you'll need frozen shredded hash browns or refrigerated shredded hash browns. If your hash browns are frozen, there's no need to thaw them beforehand. You could also shred fresh potatoes with a box grater.
- 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.
- Eggs - Eggs are necessary in this recipe because they act like a glue, holding the rest of the ingredients together as your waffles cook.
- Onions - Add flavor to your waffles. Onion can be substituted with ½ teaspoon of onion powder if desired.
- Seasoning - Salt, pepper, paprika, and fresh chives add flavor to your hash brown waffles.
Tips and tricks
Waffle iron - For these waffles, I used an Oster Belgian Waffle Maker (Amazon). It's inexpensive and always makes a great waffle - savory or sweet. This recipe will work in any size waffle maker, but the quantity of waffles and cooking times may vary.
Grease your waffle iron - Add a light layer of butter or oil to lightly grease your waffle iron before cooking each waffle. This ensures that each waffle releases easily when it's done cooking.
Don't use nonstick cooking spray - Nonstick cooking spray, used repeatedly on waffle irons, can cause a sticky buildup that's difficult to remove. I suggest using butter or oil instead of nonstick spray.
Toppings - Serve your hash brown waffles with a variety of toppings so everyone can customize their breakfast to suit their tastes. Fried eggs, sliced avocado, salsa, sour cream, caramelized onions, sliced tomato, shredded cheese, and guacamole are all great topping ideas.
Frequently asked questions
Make sure you're cooking your hash brown waffles long enough. They'll look golden brown all across the top when they're done. Add a light layer of butter or oil to your waffle maker before adding the hash browns. This helps crisp up the edges as they cook.
If you'd like to shred your own hash browns, russet potatoes or yukon gold potatoes work great in this recipe.
Leftover hash brown waffles will keep for 4 to 5 days in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the toaster oven to crisp them back up.
Yes, hash brown waffles can be frozen for 2 to 3 months in a tightly sealed, freezer-safe container.
Hash Brown Waffles
- 3 cups frozen shredded hash browns
- 8 ounces ham, diced
- ½ medium onion, diced
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
- In a bowl, add all ingredients, stirring to fully combine.
- Preheat waffle iron according to manufacturer's instructions. Grease waffle iron with butter or oil before preparing each waffle.
- Scoop 1 cup of mixture onto the middle of the preheated waffle iron and gently spread to the edges. 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, sour cream, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, sliced tomato, shredded cheese, guacamole.
- Nonstick cooking spray, used repeatedly on waffle irons, can cause a sticky buildup that's difficult to clean off. I suggest using butter or oil instead of nonstick spray.
- Leftover waffles will keep for 4 to 5 days in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.
- Waffles can be frozen for 2 to 3 months in a freezer-safe container.