This Waffle Iron Tater Tots recipe makes the most delicious and savory breakfast in 10 minutes! Drop a fried egg on top and you will have a deluxe breakfast in no time. You can make this recipe any day of the week and top your tater tot waffle with whatever topping you like!
I always want a delicious breakfast, but I don't want it to take forever to make. Enter the Waffle Iron Tater Tots! This has quickly become one of my favorite breakfasts for many reasons: they are crispy, a little salty, and really, really easy to make.
All you need is some frozen tater tots and a waffle maker and you are in business! That being said, I also like to add a fried egg to the top just to keep make sure I have a nice rounded-out breakfast 😂. I am one of those people who can't resist a runny egg yolk. But if that's not your jam, try something else. I give you some ideas in this post.
How to Make Waffle Iron Tater Tots
- Preheat the waffle iron on med-high heat. Carefully place the defrosted, slightly warmed tater tots in the middle of the waffle iron.
- Press down the lid as much as you can. As the tater tots cook, you can press down a little more to make sure they are pressed and nice and crispy.
- Cook the tater tot waffle for 4-5 minutes. Carefully remove the waffle using a fork and enjoy it immediately.
How to Quickly Defrost Frozen Tater Tots
Since tater tots usually come in frozen form, you will want to defrost them before placing them in the waffle iron. I find it's easier to shape them and they cook faster. Simply place the tater tots in a microwave-safe bowl and defrost them for 1 minute. Stir them and cook them for another 2 minutes. They should be unfrozen (or mostly unfrozen). Don't worry if they look a little soggy, they will crisp right up in the waffle maker.
What to Put on Top of a Tater Tot Waffle
My first choice is a fried egg. There is nothing better than something crispy like a tater tot waffle with a runny egg on top, in my opinion. But, if you don't care for runny eggs or don't like eggs at all, here are a few more ideas:
- scrambled eggs
- sour cream and chives
Which Waffle Maker To Use
I used my Cuisinart waffle maker to make my tater tot waffles. I like it because it's not too big and not too small, it's just right, LOL! This recipe should work in any waffle iron. If your waffle maker is larger or a Belgian style, you may need to add more tater tots. Every waffle iron will perform differently, of course, but these tater tot waffles are pretty easy to adapt.
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Waffle Iron Tater Tots
- waffle iron
- 1½ cups frozen tater tots (about 28)
- 1 large egg (optional, but highly recommended)
- Preheat the waffle iron on med-high heat. Place the frozen tater tots in a microwave-safe bowl and defrost for 1 minute. Stir the tots and place them back in the microwave and cook for 2 minutes. They should be unfrozen by now (or mostly). If they are a little mushy, don't worry, they crisp right up in the waffle iron.
- Open the hot waffle iron and carefully place the tater tots in the middle, spreading them out in a circle (or square if that is the shape of your waffle maker). Press down the lid as much as you can. As the tater tots cook, you can press down more.
- Cook the tater tot waffle for 4-5 minutes. Continue to check on the waffle as it's cooking to make sure it doesn't burn. The tater tots will turn a nice dark brown and should be crispy. Carefully remove the waffle using a fork. Enjoy immediately!
- Always read and follow the instructions and safety guideilines of your gadget.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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Can you please advise where/when the egg is used, if using? Thanks so much in advance. Can't wait to try these!
Hi Candi. I add a fried egg after I cook the tater tots in the waffle iron. You could also scramble some eggs and place them on top or skip the egg altogether. If you do like eggs, I highly recommend a fried egg with a runny yolk, it pairs perfectly with the crispy tot waffle. Enjoy!
So good! And so fun to make!
OMG....so easy....and the kids adored them!
So glad to hear it, Debra. This is definitely the perfect recipe for kids!
This is such a genius idea! Really love how quick and easy this is to make AND the tip for defrosting the tater tots! Worked like a charm!
Thank you, Suzy! Anything quick and easy is right up my alley!
Wow! This was so delicious and I loved the crispness! My teens loved it and so did my hubby! I can’t wait to make these again!
Beth, I'm so glad everyone enjoyed these waffles. It's great to find something everyone loves!
Is it inappropriate to say shut up and take my money? 🙂 these look so easy and delicious!
LOL🤣! Nope, not in my book! Enjoy!!
I’ve got to make this for my kids! They love tater tots!
Katie, I hope you and your kids have so much fun making and eating these!
This is JUST the recipe I was looking for. I enjoy making breakfast every morning and I like my hash browns extra crispy. This totally fits the bill.
Yes! This will be the perfect recipe for the crispiest hash browns around!
Wow I am literally obsessed with tater tots and this sounds like the perfect upgrade. Going to try this ASAP! I love the idea of adding chives to it!
Oh, I have a minor tater tot obsession myself 😂. You are going to love these!
Brianna May says
What a fun idea to use tater tots with the waffle iron. So tasty and easy to make.
These look so delicious - I badly want to try them!
I hope you do!!
This is so clever using a waffle iron! Great idea!
I know I'm not the first to do it, but it does create a delicious breakfast!
These were so tasty - everyone loved them!
So glad to hear it 😊.
Why did I not think of this before? So fun and so easy...the kids love it!
Right?!? The kids are going to love them!
Super crunchy! What a great way to shake up breakfast.
I totally agree, Angela! I love these tot waffles.
I prefer waffle iron tater tots. They are so crunchy and so delicious!
I Totally agree!😁
Best use of a waffle iron yet! I had mine with a fried egg and can't wait for tomorrow when I can do it again! YUM
These can definitely be addicting, 😂...enjoy!
Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady says
This is such a great idea! I need to add tater tots to my grocery list!
Yup, I have them on hand all the time now...which may be good or bad 😂
I can't wait to try this tomorrow for breakfast with hasbrowns. Yummy. I'm intrigued.
You are going to love it, I promise!😁
What a fun idea! I was not aware that you can do that with frozen tater tots in a waffle iron! Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome!!
Dang, these look good! What a brilliant idea. I always have tater tots in my freezer because my kids love them. But you're right; they take a long time to cook, so I love the idea of cooking them in a waffle maker. I think these will be great with bacon and eggs. I can't wait. Thanks for the tips!
😂 They are pretty delicious I must say and if you already have them in the freezer, even better!!
Christina's Bread Bakes says
So easy and clever! My kids love these with the egg on top for breakfast . I love that they get a good breakfast before school.
They are a perfect breakfast before school! Have fun making these with the kiddos!