Kitchen Experiments: Waffle Iron Hash Browns

Best hashbrowns recipeRecently I saw a fun idea on Pinterest involving hash browns and waffle irons. I'm a MAJOR hash brown fan. It's probably one of my favorite foods in the whole world. If I go out for breakfast and hash browns aren't on the menu, I feel a little let down. I guess it's the country girl in me. (Actually, I don't really know if hash browns are considered "country food" by most people. What do you think?)Making hashbrowns in a waffle ironBecause of my deep love for hash browns, I was excited to give this a try. I saw quite a few different people sharing their tips and tricks, and I wanted to see what worked best for me. Here are my results:Technique for making awesome hashbrownsI used this waffle iron. I set it on 5, which is one of the hottest settings. I used store-bought hash browns (fresh, not frozen). First I put the uncooked hash browns in a mixing bowl and added a few tablespoons of oil. Just enough that every piece got coated but wasn't dripping with excess oil. I then seasoned them with a little salt and pepper. Then I cooked them in the hot waffle iron for twice as long as I would waffles (mine has a timer that goes off, so I just doubled that time). You can check them as they cook, so they can get as crispy as you prefer. We found that a thicker layer of hash browns (than what is pictured above) worked best, but don't overdo it or else the inside can get too mushy.How to make great hashbrowns at homeI'm really glad I stumbled across this idea and tried it out. I love how easy it is and how it can free you up to focus on cooking your eggs instead of watching to pans. If you like hash browns, give this a try and let us know what you think. xo. Emma

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  • Yummy, love hash browns with ketchup. I don’t own a waffle iron but I wonder if this would work on a Forman grill, will have to try. Thanks!

  • Yum! I absolutely love hashbrowns, but hate pan frying them. Thanks for the idea!

  • I’m exactly the same way with hash browns! If they’re not on a breakfast menu, it’s a big fat fail. Also, if I order hash browns and they’re more like home fries…SO SAD. Not that I have anything against home fries. All fried potato products are pretty much the coolest. There’s just something about hash browns…

  • Emma thank you for the hashbrown-waffle post. Tried it this morning, worked GREAT. Always look forward to the recipe posts. Need to try out one of your drink recipes soon.

  • Made them, just grated some peeled potatoes and added oil, pepper and salt. Delicious! Thanks!!

  • I just had to google what “hash browns” are… I’m from Germany, so I didn’t know! But now I have to say “Great Idea”…:)

    By the way… hash browns are “Reibekuchen” or “Kartoffelpuffer” or “Kartoffelpfannkuchen” in german or even worse “Reibedatschi” in our accent… Sounds funny, doesn’t it? 😀

  • Looks good! Might give this a go myself, I love hash browns! x
    Amy |

  • OMG what a creative idea! I love hash browns. When I was little we went to visit relatives in Wisconsin during the summer. They made a country breakfast every morning, including hash browns. This is on my “to do” list this weekend. Thanks!

  • ah, yum! this kind of looks like rosti, that they have in Germany – basically a whole plate (like pizza) of fried grated potato, served with different toppings 🙂

    Katie x

  • I saw that on pinterest last year, too! It’s now my favorite way to make hash browns. I even make them as a dinner side dish sometimes, mixing in garlic and onion (grated). It’s really yummy!

  • fab idea. i HATE when the hash browns aren’t as cooked in the middle as they are on the outside. problem solved.

    xo, esther, cuteheads kidswear

  • My husband will be so excited. This is one of his favorite sides. Now I guess I have a reason to replace our waffle-maker. Thanks for sharing!

  • I can’t wait to try this. My husband loves hash browns, but I hate frying ANYthing. This looks like a great alternative.

  • Looks so good!!! Will have to try this 🙂


  • oooh nice!


  • Great idea! My husband has been wanting a waffle maker so this is another great reason to purchase one!

  • Yum!! I Love hashbrowns 🙂


  • Oooo I love hash browns too! I need to invest in a waffle maker and will be trying this way of making HB when I get one!

    Lulu xx

  • Mmm this made me hungry – breakfast eggs/bacon/potatoes/toast is my favorite meal!!


  • Great idea! I love hashbrowns 🙂

    Carina xx

  • That is so brilliant!!
    And dangit I just ate, but you’re making me hungry again haha!

    The Patch Diaries

  • I just got a waffle iron for my birthday. Might have to try this out!

  • Ah this looks delicious! And lovely photos.

  • Do you know what’s weird? hash browns in the UK are totally different… smaller, more compact, triangular and a potato-y inside but not a potato-y outside… when I went to Vegas a month ago & had real hash browns (cause they’re American not English!) it was a bit of a surprise! I actually prefer the US version. 🙂

  • This looks gorgeous! Hash Browns are my favourite! I’m definitely going to try this!

  • I love this idea!! I will sooo…try this for breakfast tomorrow morning!! or perhaps for supper!! 😉

  • This is genius! I’m always looking for other uses for my waffle iron so it’s not such a rarely used commodity. I also love hashbrowns, and the idea of not having to watch and dirty another pan to make them. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • I saw this on Pinterest a while back, but I’m not a hash brown fan at all. Glad they turned out good though because I know my mister would LOVE these!
    xo Heather

  • Absolutely delicious!

  • I love hashbrowns, but I’ve never made them. The only hashbrowns we can but in South Africa are the frozen ones that have onions added and a crumb coating. They’re pretty good and I think grating potatoes would just take too much time for breakfast for me.

  • I’ve never seen hashbrowns like this before, they look so much better than the ones from mcdonalds 🙂 x

  • Yummy idea!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  • Yum! Waffle irons are so not a thing in the UK. Well not in my house. In fact the only waffles I’ve eaten have been cold from a bakery…
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Yum! First move, buy a waffle iron.

    xo Lisa

  • Oh what a wonderful idea! I wonder it this will work for other grated veggies like squash and sweet potatoes as an alternative to roasting/grilling. I’ll have to give it a try!

  • You can also use tater tots!!! That’s what I used the first time I tried this. I loooove hashbrowns too!!

    <3 Lauryn

  • What about using freshly grated potato? Do you need to cook down the potato first or can you just throw it onto the waffle iron?

  • These are like my mums good old had browns. I hardly make them because of prep time but these look awesome. Now…just need a waffle maker :/

  • You’ve just made me hungry and it 2:00am from where I am! Hahaha.

  • What a great idea! Wish I had a waffle maker hah

  • I saw this on Pinterest recently, too! Needless to say, I was intrigued, so I’m glad someone took the time to work it out before I did. 🙂 Nothing better for your morning than some quick eggs and hash browns (and I completely douse both in hot sauce!).

  • So trying these for breakfast this weekend. Thank you as always!! 🙂

  • This is all kinds of ingenious I love it1

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • Genius!!! Oh no, now I’m going to be making these every morning 🙂 I am totally pinning this to my “potato obsession” board!

  • What a great idea! I will try this out for sure! Thank you 🙂 Love these quirky food experiment posts!

  • I’ve known people to use tater tots in the waffle iron to make hash browns. I don’t have a waffle iron, so I haven’t personally tried this, but I was told that they were absolutely delicious.

  • My local brunch spot does amazing hash browns – called hangover hashbrowns and they are delicious – I keep meaning to try out the other things on the menu but I the hashbrowns get me every time!!


  • I tried this and mine turned out terrible. But I used frozen hash browns so maybe that’s why.

  • Oooh this is such a good idea! They look tasty! I love hash browns, definitely is the cherry on the cake for breakfasts 😉 xxx

  • Im going to have to try this out! Hashbrowns are my favorite and breakfast is my favorite meal of the day!

  • Those potatoes look DELICIOUS! yum yum.


  • Great idea! I love hash brown for brunch, but watching the pan can be tedious.
    Thanks for sharing this!


  • I tired this too (before starting Paleo) and it didn’t hold a waffle shape like I’ve seen pictured on Pinterest. They were not as crispy as I would have liked them.. but oh well! Cool idea nonetheless.

  • I’m from Northern Europe so for me anything fried or baked or sweet for breakfast is a big no-no 😀 but I have an American friend who absolutely adores these and makes them once a week – for a student whose parents don’t even own an oven I think that’s pretty good! 😀

  • I really need to purchase a waffle iron, that thing does magic with literally anything.

  • I was just talking to the hubby about this last night! I’m so doing this. Thanks for the tutorial.

  • They look sooo tasty!

  • How smart!! Hash browns are my FAVE! I’ll have to give this technique a whirl!

    Rachael from THE PARADERS

  • AH. I looove hashbrowns. I’m the same way when I go out and they aren’t on the menu! However I live in New England, so I’m not sure if it’s a country thing! I am always making them, but a waffle iron? Best idea ever. Tomorrow b-fast for sure!

    Juliette Laura

  • What a neat idea! I will have to try this sometimes!

  • Great idea for the waffle maker, I make cinnamon rolls for my husband all the time on ours. So really they’re more of cinnamon roll waffles, but either way they are delicious and SO easy to make.

    Looks like I just found what I’m making for this weekends breakfast!

  • Crazy! I am not a huge hashbrown fan because I grew up with breakfast potatoes since my mom was from Texas. But my husband LOVES hashbrowns. I will definitely have to give this a try….once I find a waffle iron 🙂

  • I adore hash browns and found an American diner that does them 5 minutes from my flat! In heaven (and we ate them there on Sunday too!)

    xoxo PARIS BEE kids blog

  • I was so hoping you were going to have a tip to make this foolproof – the idea is so appealing. I tried it and didn’t have much success. My results were very meh and took so long. Maybe my waffle iron is to blame. Don’t think I will be trying it again.

  • I love hash browns! I am the same way when I go out to breakfast… if I can’t eat hash browns then something is wrong.

  • Fantastic idea! I am going to make some right now! Thanks!

  • I saw this on Good Eats and have been sold on it since! These look great 🙂

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