I would say I use my waffle iron for waffles only, like, 40% of the time. The rest of the time I’m smashing other stuff in it to figure out what I can cook on it. Most waffle irons are super flexible and can work as a panini maker or a ton of other uses.

But breakfast potatoes. That’s where the waffle maker really excels! I’ve made hash browns with them with great success. But these home fries are even easier than hash browns, honestly.

I love the final texture of these waffle maker home fries and in my opinion good home fries are all about the texture. They should be light and fluffy on the inside, but have lots of crispy edges. A waffle maker is pretty much ideal for making them.

Waffle Maker Home Fries

4 from 8 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
This is the way to make crispy home fries easily using your waffle maker!



  • 2 pounds new potatoes, boiled and smashed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh chives, garnish
  • Ketchup, garnish


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer. Add potatoes and boil until they are fork tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Let potatoes cool slightly and then use a kitchen mallet to lightly smash them.
  • Season smashed potatoes with chili powder, paprika, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Season them liberally.
  • Drizzle potatoes with olive oil and spread them out on a pre-heated waffle iron. Close the iron and let cook for 5-6 minutes until they are very crispy. The exact time might change depending on your waffle iron. Check them occasionally.
  • When the potatoes reach your desired crispiness, remove them with a fork and do another batch. Serve home fries with ketchup and/or hot sauce!


Serving: 1plate | Calories: 242kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 987mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast & Brunch, Side Dishes
Cuisine: American

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Waffle Maker Home Fries

Of course, you’ll need potatoes to make these bad boys. Make your life easy by using these smaller new potatoes. Under no circumstances should you try to cook raw potatoes in a waffle maker. Will not work. So just boil the potatoes until they are fork tender in salted water. Depending on the size of your potatoes, that should be somewhere in the 8-10 minute range.

 Waffle Maker Home Fries

If you have the very small potatoes, you can keep them whole or you can chop them in half.

Once the potatoes are boiled, it’s time to take out some aggression. Smash ’em!

Waffle Maker Home Fries
A quick smash.

They don’t have to be pretty obviously. You just want them roughly the same thickness. Then season them really heavily with a mix of salt, pepper, paprika, chili powder, and garlic powder. Drizzle them with a little oil also and they should be ready to go!

Waffle Maker Home Fries
Season ’em.

Preheat your waffle iron and now you’re ready to rock. Spread out the potatoes in an even layer. You can really go all the way to the edges because obviously the potatoes won’t expand like a waffle batter.

Waffle Maker Home Fries
Start of something great.

Then waffle them!

Depending on your waffle iron, they should take somewhere between 5-7 minutes to get to ideal home fry texture. Feel free to open up the waffle maker and check on them, but don’t mess with them too much! Just let them get nice and crispy.

Waffle Maker Home Fries
Getting there!

You’ll probably have to use a fork to scoop out the home fries, but they shouldn’t stick at all assuming you have a good nonstick waffle iron.

I like mine with a little fresh chives and some hot sauce, but you could go the ketchup route also obviously!

You can definitely waffle home fries and they are very worth waffling!

Waffle Maker Home Fries: Crispy and perfect home fries made in a waffle maker! Well seasoned with crispy edges and tender interior. Pile them high and enjoy! | macheesmo.com
Waffle Maker Home Fries: Crispy and perfect home fries made in a waffle maker! Well seasoned with crispy edges and tender interior. Pile them high and enjoy! | macheesmo.com