Waffle Iron Hash Browns

Waffle Iron Hash Browns are a delicious and fun recipe to try for a weekend breakfast.

Waffle Iron Hash Browns

This is one of those recipes where the outcome turned out to be a super exciting and delightful surprise!  I’m just going to state it right up front:  Hash Browns made in the waffle iron are the way to go, People!  SO DARN GOOD.

Will It Waffle

The recipe comes from this super cool, new book from Daniel Shumski:  Will It Waffle?  He shows you how to make all kinds of things using your waffle iron, and they really work!  I think it’s a super cute book to work through with your kids.  And it would also be a fun gift for the holidays:  waffle iron + the book.  I have already tried the Waffled Banana Bread, and my family LOVED it.  Other fun recipes in the book that my son and I plan on experimenting with:  Griddle Grilled Cheese, Spaghetti and Waffled Meatballs, Waffled Macaroni and Cheese, Waffled Chicken Fingers, Waffled Onion Rings, Waffled Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Waffled Apple Pie.

Hash Browns made in the waffle iron

It all starts with shredded potato mixed with a little rosemary, salt and pepper.  Into the waffle iron it goes!

My recommended waffle iron is THIS ONE.  I love that it can make two waffles at once.

Waffle Iron Hash Browns

And then it comes out like this!!

Waffle Iron Hash Browns

Perfectly waffled!  And Hash-Brown-Perfect too- crispy on the edges and potato cooked through.

Waffle Iron Hash Browns

I opt to top my Hash Browns made in the waffle iron with melted cheddar cheese, sour cream, crispy bacon and a sprinkle of fresh rosemary.  In the author’s headnotes on this recipe, he states: “If I ever open a diner, these are going on the menu. Nothing else.  Just these.”  I COMPLETELY AGREE!!!  These were the best hash browns ever.  Split between me and my husband, it was the perfect treat for a weekend breakfast (though I would have happily eaten the whole waffled hash brown myself!)

Here are a few more breakfast potato recipes you might enjoy:

Waffle Iron Hash Browns

These hash browns are so delicious made in the waffle iron!

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword hash browns, waffle iron hash browns
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 131 kcal


  • One 10-ounce Russet baking potato, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter, melted
  • grated cheese, sour cream, bacon or ketchup (as desired, for serving)


  1. Preheat the waffle iron on medium.

  2. Squeeze the shredded potato with a towel until it's as dry as you can manage (excess liquid is the enemy of crispiness; your potatoes will steam if they aren't dried well.)

  3. In a large bowl, combine the shredded potato, pepper, rosemary and salt.

  4. With a silicone brush, spread the butter on both sides of the waffle iron.

  5. Pile the shredded potatoes into the waffle iron- overstuff the waffle iron a bit- and close the lid. (The pressure of the lid will compress the potatoes and help them emerge as a cohesive waffled unit.)

  6. After 2 minutes, press down a bit on the lid to further compress the potatoes. (Careful: The lid maybe hot.) Check the potatoes after 10 minutes. They should be just starting to turn golden brown in places.

  7. When the potatoes are golden brown throughout, 1 to 2 minutes more, carefully remove them from the waffle iron. Serve with grated cheese, sour cream and/or ketchup. I added bacon too!

Recipe Notes

  • Note: the nutritional information does not include any toppings.
Nutrition Facts
Waffle Iron Hash Browns
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 131 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 5mg 2%
Sodium 316mg 13%
Potassium 591mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 26g 9%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 9.8%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Jim Price wrote:

    Can you make this with frozen hashbrowns?

    • Lori Lange wrote:


  • Richard wrote:

    Should the potato be cooked before shredding or raw?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Raw- it will cook in the waffle iron.

  • Karen wrote:

    Has anyone tried making these? 10 minutes seems like a long time for them to cook in the waffle iron without burning?