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If you are a potato and cheese lover, these crispy cheddar hash brown waffles are going to make your day! These cheesy waffle iron hash browns are perfect for breakfast or a side dish. 

A cheddar potato waffle on a plate.

Have you used your waffle iron to make non-traditional foods yet?

I love to make hash browns in a waffle maker because it makes them super crispy, almost like a latke, without the greasy mess you would get from frying in hot oil.

The secret to getting your potatoes to crisp up is patting them dry with a paper towel after you shred them. Potatoes can release a lot of water when they are shredded, and blotting up that moisture helps make your potatoes can crisp up.

I love savory recipes made in a waffle iron. I shared this Curry Sweet Potato Waffles recipe not too long ago, and it was a huge hit in our house. My kids also surprised me when they liked these Crispy Eggplant Parmesan Rounds that I baked in my waffle maker.

A stack of hash brown waffles on a plate.

Can you imagine a fried egg on top? It is making me hungry to think about it! Use gluten free panko to keep this recipe gluten free!

Your whole family will want to devour these waffle iron hash browns. You can top your savory waffles any way you like.

Hash Browns Toppings Ideas:

  • Sour Cream
  • Applesauce
  • Scallions
  • Guacamole or Avocado
  • Top them with a fried egg!

If you are looking for another great way to use hash browns, try these hash brown egg cups!

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

It is so easy to cook hash browns in a waffle iron.

Step 1: Shred and dry your potatoes.

*Tip: If you want to save time, you can also use frozen hash browns to make these hash brown waffles. Just thaw out the hash browns and blot with a paper towel to dry.

Potato hash brown waffle ingredients in a bowl.

Step 2: Add shredded potatoes, cheddar cheese, gluten free bread crumbs, scallions, an egg, and seasoning to a bowl and mix well.

Step 3: Plug in your waffle maker to preheat. Make sure it is hot before you add your hashbrown potato mixture. I like to spray my waffle iron with olive or avocado oil to simulate it frying in oil. I like this easy-to-use oil mister for this purpose.

Raw shredded potato and cheese on a waffle maker.

Step 4: Add a medium-sized dollop of the shredded potato mixture onto the waffle iron. Add your hash brown potato mixture to the hot waffle iron and close the lid.

Cook time varies per brand and how hot the waffle iron gets. These hash brown waffles took about 5 minutes to cook.

(Don’t forget, you can always lift the lid and check on your hash browns easily to see if they are ready.)

A crispy hash brown waffle on a white plate. A stack of hash brown waffles are on a plate behind this.

Recipe FAQ:

What is the best waffle iron to use to make hash browns?

I like to use my Oster waffle maker to make savory waffles. It gets hot, and the food gets very crispy.  I will say that clean-up isn’t the easiest with this brand of waffle iron, though, so consider using a waffle iron where the plates are removed for easier cleanup.

How do you get the hash brown potatoes to stick together?

I used egg and cheese to help bind the shredded potato together for this savory waffle recipe. If you need this recipe to be egg-free, consider using an egg replacer.

Can you make these hash brown waffles dairy-free/

You can easily substitute and use dairy-free cheese.

How long will these keep fresh?

These waffles will keep fresh for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer. To re-crisp them, reheat them in the toaster oven for 5-10 minutes.

More Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas:

Savory Crispy Cheddar Hash Brown Waffles

Sandi Gaertner
Easy crispy hash brown waffles you make in your waffle iron.
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5 from 25 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 177 kcal

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  • 3 cups shredded russet potatoes
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • cup gluten free panko
  • ¼ cup scallions
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil spray


  • Preheat your waffle iron.
  • Wash the russet potatoes. Shred them with a shredder into a bowl.
  • Use a paper towel to blot the extra moisture from the shredded potatoes.
  • Add all ingredients to the shredded potatoes and mix well.
  • Open the waffle maker and spray with olive oil.
  • Add a dollop of potato mixture to the waffle iron. Close the lid and cook for 5 minutes. (You may need to open the lid and check how the potato waffle is cooking. It may take longer based on how hot your waffle iron gets.)
  • Serve with sour cream, applesauce, or any topping you like.


These are delicious fried in a waffle maker but you can cook them stovetop if you don’t have a waffle maker.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 177kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 7gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 286mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1g
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Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.

This post was updated from an older April 2018 post with more recipe details.

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  1. 5 stars
    These waffle hashbrowns were a great side with our eggs and bacon last night. We used the ones you find in the refrigerated section of the store (a bag is 4 cups,we adjusted the ingredients accordingly). Are waffle maker is a Waring professional after some trial and error we determined a full 1/3 cup cooked the best..at 4 min. set at level 5. They were nice and crispy.

  2. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness this looks so delicious and perfect for weekend brunch! Can’t wait to try this recipe! YUM!

  3. 5 stars
    What an AMAZING idea! This is a great breakfast for me and my family! I like that it is possible to cook quickly and easily. This is perfect for me. I definitely want to try it and I’m sure it is very tasty! Thank you for sharing this great recipe! YUM!

  4. 5 stars
    wow you got me at crispy and waffles! What a great idea to serve not only for breakfast but also as a side dish for dinner or to eat as an appetizer, Really lovely!

  5. 5 stars
    I am a potato lover!
    I am a cheese lover!
    I am definitely a lover of food I can cook without splattering my kitchen with oil!!!
    Thank you for sharing!!!

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