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Tater Tot Waffles

We love our waffle iron. We’ve been through a number of them in recent years before we found one that has stood the test of multiple waffles weekly. I’m going to show you how to make the ultimate breakfast food hack – tater tot waffles!

tater tot waffles

Why make tater tot waffles anyway?

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If you’ve never made tater tots in your waffle iron before, you’re really missing out. Tater tots have to be one of my favorites (who doesn’t like tater tots?) and cooking them in the waffle iron brings a whole new fun twist to breakfast.

How to make tater tot waffles?

I feel silly writing a recipe to make tater tot waffles, because it really isn’t that hard to do.

Use some cooking spray on your waffle iron or wipe it down with oil.

Lay out your tater tots on the waffle iron – but there’s a really key piece of information there – they have to be thawed for this to work correctly!

Press down, cook, and enjoy. It’s pretty simple!

How do you thaw tater tots?

The easiest way to thaw your tater tots is to put them in the refrigerator the night before.

You can also put them in the microwave for a few minutes on defrost if you forgot. You really can’t make them too mushy since we are putting them in a waffle iron but try not to cook them too much.

Finally, you can use one of my favorite thawing methods of all time – soak your tater tots (in the bag) in cold water. This sounds silly, but it works! Pop a hole in your tater tot bag to get all of the air out, then be sure to leave a trickle of water running. Remove from the water and shake every once in a while for optimal thawing.

I’ve never tried it, but if you take a bowl of water and drop your tater tots into it, they will thaw pretty quickly. You should probably just test one or two out first though!

Tater tot waffle toppings

Wondering what to put on top of your tater tot waffles? Think of all your favorite breakfast food like bacon, eggs, cheese, and sausage. You can let everyone put their favorites on top of waffles, and really customize it to what your family likes.

You can even serve them as a dinner side dish!

Tater tot waffle breakfast sandwich

If you want to really get crazy, you can make a breakfast sandwich with pieces of your tater tot waffle. We do this all the time with regular waffles too!

Sweet potato tater tot waffles

You can also use sweet potato for your tater tot waffles. Depending on the type of sweet potato tots, you may need to cook them for a bit longer.

Where to buy tater tots for waffles

If you have a big family, you may want need to make quite a few tater tot waffles, even if you are using them as side dishes.

Aldi, Lidl, and WalMart, and Target all have pretty good prices on tater tots. These are also are great to stock up on and put in the deep freezer when they are on sale.

Are tater tots and hash browns the same thing?

While tater tots and waffles are similar, they are not the same. In many places, hash brows are made with shredded potatoes, though sometimes they are made with cubed potatoes. Tater tots consist of sort of shredded but more like diced potatoes mashed together, sometimes using mashed potato as a binder, then shaped into tots.

Hash browns are generally served pretty flat, like patties, even if they are made from shredded potatoes. In some cases, they are diced or cubes potatoes cooked with things like peppers and onions on a flat top griddle or in a frying pan.

Tater tots waffles approach the type of hash brown patties you find in many fast food restaurants.

What waffle iron should I use for tater tot waffles?

Of course, whatever you already have is best! If your waffle iron has very deep plates, you may want to add a few more tater tots on top of the ones you line up, and you will have to press harder on the waffle iron. Be sure to wear oven mitts if you need to apply pressure!


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Tater Tot Waffles

tater tot waffles

These tater tot waffles are a fun spin on breakfast, and great for a side dish too for dinner! You can even use them to make breakfast sandwiches.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 21 seconds
Total Time 5 minutes 21 seconds


  • Thawed tater tots
  • Salt, pepper, and seasonings to taste
  • Non-stick cooking spray


    1. Preheat the waffle iron.
    2. Lightly spray with nonstick spray
    3. Line up tater tots in a single layer, you may want to add some additional tots on top of the layer if you have deep plates.
    4. Lightly press down on the waffle iron.
    5. After 3 minutes, press the waffle iron down more to smash the tots so they will come together.
    6. Allow the waffles to cook 7-8 mins until your desired crispiness is reached.
    7. Carefully remove with 2 forks, to not break them.
    8. Sprinkle with desired seasoning and serve.


This recipe will not work with frozen tater tots. You can move them to the fridge the night before to thaw them, or defrost them in the microwave.

If you have a waffle maker with very deep plates, your results may vary, even after adding more tater tots on top. None the less, this still makes a great meal or side dish, but you may not be able to get them to stay togehter as a complete waffle.

These are great served with your favorite seasonings, salt, pepper, chili powder, or cayenne pepper for a special kick are some ideas.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 169Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 971mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 2g

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