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How To Cook Hash Browns in a Waffle Maker

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Want to know how to cook hash browns easily? Just fire up your waffle maker! This easy trick is a fun and easy way to cook crispy hash browns.  

How to make hash browns in a waffle maker


Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  Pancakes, waffles, bacon, eggs, hash browns – it’s all just yummy. It can get a little tricky, though, trying to juggle making multiple foods at the same time. I love eating my eggs on top of hash browns, but it takes more time to cook the hash browns and then the eggs. I’ve seen the idea around but I finally took the time to figure out how to make hash browns in a waffle maker.

Of course you need hash browns to cook. You could grate potatoes and use those. Or make it easier and just pick up a package of Simply Potatoes hash browns.  Simply Potatoes is a line of refrigerated, prepared potatoes found in the dairy section. Simply Potatoes products are fresh, never frozen and made with real ingredients. No peeling or shredding required.

I decided to add finely diced onions and red peppers for a little added flavor. Simply Potatoes does carry a southwestern hash brown blend which would have been perfect for waffling.

I used butter on my waffle maker to give the hash browns some color. These do take about 20 minutes to cook in the waffle maker so you’ll have plenty of time to fry up bacon, eggs or make toast while they cook.  Just flip the waffle iron over to get the hash browns out as a “waffle” or you can just scatter them on the plate.  Serve with bacon and a couple of fried eggs right on top.

Find more fun breakfast recipes using Simply Potatoes on the Simply Potatoes Breakfast Lovers site. You can also find ideas by following Simply Potatoes on Pinterest.

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How To Cook Hash Browns in a Waffle Maker

Learn how to make hash browns in a waffle maker! Add in onions and red peppers for a delicious breakfast side dish.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1/2 bag Simply Potatoes Hash Browns
  • 1 Tablespoon finely diced onions
  • 1 Tablespoon finely diced red pepper
  • Butter


  1. Preheat waffle maker on high heat.
  2. Butter both sides of waffle maker. Add onions and peppers to waffle maker and close the lid for a few minutes.
  3. Add about 1 1/2 cups of Simply Potato Hash Browns to the waffle maker. The potatoes will cook down so it's OK if they are heaping. Close the waffle maker and put something heavy on top until the potatoes cook down.
  4. Continue to cook until potatoes are brown and crispy, about 20 minutes.
  5. Serve hot.
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  • Frugal Hausfrau
    April 5, 2016

    I have heard of these, but never made them! Maybe now I’ll have the courage and take the leap. I love hashbrowns that are perfectly crispy outside and these sure fit the bill!

    Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday!


  • Audrey
    March 29, 2016

    I love hash browns any way you make them. But the waffle iron does seem pretty easy. Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids Tasty Tuesdays. I hope you will party with us again next week.

  • Laurie
    March 28, 2016

    I’ve not tried using a waffle iron for hashbrowns, but I love this idea! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share

  • Erin
    March 27, 2016

    These look awesome! I just need a little cheese and ketchup on top! 🙂 So easy too!

    • Camille
      March 28, 2016

      Maybe some onions and mushrooms, too! 😉

  • Adrianne
    March 19, 2015

    We’ve got a sausage and egg breakfast casserole that I love, that uses hash brown potatoes as a base!

  • Brandie
    March 19, 2015

    My favorite would be Cheesy Potato Casserole, also known as “Funeral Potatoes” by my LDS friends!

  • Such a cool idea!

  • Pudyqat
    March 18, 2015

    I use the hash browns to make Potato Latkes. YUM

  • Auntiepatch
    March 18, 2015

    Hash Browns should be thin and crispy. Restaurants want to serve BIG, TALL, WHITE Hash Browns. Yuck! When I order them, I ask for flat and crispy and then send them back 2 or 3 times (while my husband finishes his meal). I rarely get what I want so Ii make them at home. This is a good idea! Thanks!

    • Camille
      March 18, 2015

      Yes, we always ask for them extra crispy which means sometimes we get them a little browned. LOL

  • Dana Coughlin
    March 18, 2015

    I love hashbrown breakfast casserole.