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Waffle Iron Hash Browns

These Waffle Iron Hash Browns are SO crispy and easy to make with frozen or fresh potatoes. Add onions and cheese for even more flavor!

Waffle Iron Hash Browns with an egg on top on a white plate with sausage and ketchup in the background.

I have to say, nothing cuts to the core of me like a crispy potato. And these suckers, are crisp-pay. 

I have tried making hash browns all sorts of ways, but this is the first one to actually land itself on the blog. I’ve pretty much failed at every other attempt that I’ve made to get hash browns to come out this crispy.

I had no idea that the secret was to use a waffle iron!

What You Need:

  • Frozen Hash Browns- you can also use fresh, see below
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Onions
  • Fresh Chives
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Nonstick Cooking Spray

Hash browns before and after being cooked in the waffle iron.

How to Make Waffle Iron Hash Browns:

-Frozen hash browns from the grocery store is a huge time-saver. (But you can use regular too, see below!)

-Make sure the waffle iron is well-coated with nonstick cooking spray. Before closing the lid, give the top of the potatoes a little spray.

-Add in some finely diced onions and lots of shredded cheddar cheese.

-Don’t worry about keep the potatoes together, they are meant to fall apart. This just means that every single individual piece of grated potato is super crispy and flavorful.

-Don’t be afraid to load up the waffle iron. The potatoes and onions decrease in size as they cook so you end up with less volume than what you start with.

-Open the lid to check on the potatoes as often as you want, then use a fork to remove them once they are as crisp as you want them to be!

A fork scooping up waffle iron hash browns with an egg on top on a white plate.

Using a Fresh Potatoes Instead of Frozen:

Fresh russet potatoes can also be used instead of frozen. For ultimate crispy results, shred the potatoes and soak them in water for 30 minutes (or longer). Use a colander to drain them and pat them completely dry.

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Waffle Iron Hash Browns

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These Waffle Iron Hash Browns are SO crispy and easy to make with frozen potatoes. Add onions and cheese for even more flavor!


  • 1 1/4 cup frozen hash browns
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/3 cup onions, diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh chives, diced
  • Salt/pepper, to taste
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  • Preheat the waffle iron and coat the top and bottom with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Combine all ingredients together in a small bowl and place in the pre-heated waffle iron. Waffle iron sizes may differ but simply load it up with as much potato mixture as will comfortably fit. It will decrease in size as it cooks. Top the potatoes with a little more nonstick cooking spray.
  • Close the waffle iron and wait until the indicator says that it’s done, about 4 minutes. (Or just under 2 minutes on each side if yours rotates)
  • Open the lid. If you would like for the potatoes to be crispier or cooked further, simply close the lid and continue to cook. You can check on them as often as you want to until your desired consistency is obtained.
  • Use a fork to lift the potatoes out of the iron. Place on a serving plate and top with a delicious egg if desired!


I used Grown in Idaho thick cut hash browns for this recipe.


Calories: 440kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 44mg, Sodium: 597mg, Potassium: 642mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 555IU, Vitamin C: 16.4mg, Calcium: 325mg, Iron: 0.8mg
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6 comments on “Waffle Iron Hash Browns”

  1. These were so good!  I chose this recipe to try because it looked the simplest of all the waffle iron hashbrown recipes I was looking at (no thawing/draining/cooking bacon or sausage!). It turned out perfect and delicious.  The potatoes definitely cooked down, I have a large waffle iron and could have fit a lot more in I think, so next time I’ll add more.  Thanks for the great recipe!

    • I’m so happy you enjoyed these and found them easy to make Katie! I love treating my daughter to these with extra syrup!😋 Thanks so much for the great review!

  2. Hi Stephanie. Any thing special I should do if using homemade frozen shredded potatoes 🥔 

    • Hi Dan! So sorry for the delay on my response, this one slipped by me! I haven’t tried it with homemade frozen shredded potatoes before but I think it should work the same way!

  3. Do you thaw the frozen hash browns first or put them in frozen?

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