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.
Why I Love This Recipe
I love this Waffle Iron Tater Tot recipe because it transforms ordinary frozen tater tots into crispy, golden waffles with a delightful texture that is both fluffy and crunchy. The waffle iron cooking method gives the tater tots a unique shape and allows for even cooking, creating a fun and delicious twist on a classic side dish.
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!
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 well 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.
Waffle Iron Tater Tots
- 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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