There are so many great ways to top and season your waffle hash browns. Be sure to check out the notes section for more flavor inspiration!
- 1 lb. potatoes, grated (about 4 cups), or 1 lb. frozen hash browns, like Sprouts brand (partially thawed)
- 2–3 Tbsp olive oil, melted ghee, or melted butter
- salt and pepper, to taste
- nonstick spray or additional oil, for greasing
- Grate potatoes, or partially thaw frozen hash browns.
- Place potatoes in a clean dish cloth or paper towel and squeeze to remove any extra liquid. Place in a sieve placed over a bowl (to catch extra liquid) and allow to drain for about 5-10 minutes. Squeeze any last amount of liquid out that you can.
- Preheat waffle iron.
- Toss potatoes with oil/butter and sprinkle generously with salt and any desired seasonings. Toss to coat.
- Spray or grease waffle iron and add 1/3 – 1/2 of your hash brown mixture. (It will look full, but will cook down quite a bit). Close waffle iron and cook 10-15 minutes, or until steam is no longer really escaping and the potatoes are golden.
- Working slowly and gently, use a fork to remove your hash brown waffle from the waffle iron. Repeat with remaining potatoes.
Any tips for avoiding sticking? Yes! You will be stirring some butter, ghee, or oil into your potatoes, but you’ll have the best results if you also lightly grease your waffle iron. You can do this with cooking spray (Sprouts carries a coconut oil spray I like), or with a pastry brush and a little bit of oil. I like that a brush can easily get into all the nooks and crannies of the waffle iron. And lastly, go slowly when removing your waffle from the waffle iron. Especially if you’re using a Belgian waffle iron, you’ll want to go slowly. I found I could work a little at a time to get it out without ripping it or ruining it.
Can I use sweet potatoes? I wish I could give you a straight yes. I’ve tried it four different times and never had a rousing success. The sweet potatoes behave much differently and cook differently on the waffle iron. They’re more prone to sticking and scorching. Some people can make it work by adding an egg or some flour, but I don’t care for the burned egg taste that gives.
How to change them up: try playing around with different seasoning blends! You can add some garlic and onion powder, fresh or dried dill, and a little salt and pepper for a ranch vibe, spicy or smoky seasonings for some kick, fresh herbs for some extra flavor, or some steak seasoning for some country-style flair!