"Almost" Waffle House Hashbrowns

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Recipe: #12651

May 29, 2014

Categories: Waffles

"I originally posted this recipe to another site back in 2008 and here's the ORIGINAL DESCRIPTION:I love the hashbrowns you can get at Waffle House.I love mine fixed the way they call them "Scattered,Smothered,Chunked".But I don't always have the time or the money to go very often.So I decided to come up with what I consider to be close enough to them to satisfy that "Waffle House Hashbrown Craving".You could use regular potatoes that have been peeled and shredded,but for this recipe I prefer to use the refrigerated ones.Serve with your favorite style eggs and toast. Posted to " ZAZZ " on May 29th.2014. " Keep Smiling :)"

Original is 2 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (185 g)
  • Calories 246.6
  • Total Fat - 13.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 19.9 mg
  • Sodium - 870.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 22.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 0.8 g
  • Protein - 9.4 g
  • Calcium - 19.9 mg
  • Iron - 1.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 10.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Melt 1 Tablespoon margarine in a medium sized non-stick skillet,over medium heat.

Step 2

Add onion and diced ham,cook until onion is soft and ham is heated through.

Step 3

Spread ham and onion into an even layer,add rest of margarine in center of ham/onion mixture.

Step 4

Cover ham/onion mixture evenly with shredded potatoes.

Step 5

Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper.

Step 6

Cover with lid and let brown for about 5 to 10 minutes.(depending on how brown you like your potatoes).

Step 7

Remove lid and divide into 4 pieces,turn each piece over to brown other side.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When choosing the margarine, make sure to not use butter as it will burn easily.
  • For the hash brown potatoes, make sure to use refrigerated ones as they will have a better texture than regular potatoes.

  • Replace the ham with cooked bacon for a smoky flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds a unique flavor to the hashbrowns that will be different from the traditional Waffle House version.
  • Replace the margarine with olive oil for a healthier option. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds a healthy fat to the recipe and is a good alternative to margarine.

Cheesy Hashbrowns Add 1/4 cup of shredded cheese to the potatoes before covering with the lid and let cook for 5 to 10 minutes.

Cheesy Bacon and Egg Sandwich: A cheesy bacon and egg sandwich is the perfect accompaniment to these Almost Waffle House Hashbrowns. This sandwich is easy to make and is full of flavor, with the salty bacon and creamy cheese. The eggs provide a nice protein boost to the meal, making it a great breakfast option.

Fried Tomato and Avocado Salad: Fried tomato and avocado salad is a great side dish to pair with these Almost Waffle House Hashbrowns. The tomatoes and avocados provide a fresh and flavorful contrast to the savory hashbrowns. The tomatoes are lightly fried, giving them a crispy texture that is sure to please. The creamy avocado adds a nice richness to the salad, making it a great addition to any breakfast or brunch.


Q: What kind of margarine should be used?

A: Use melted margarine, not butter, for this recipe.

Q: How long should I bake the dish?

A: Bake the dish for 25 minutes at 350°F, or until the top is golden brown.

2 Reviews

dienia b

i went to waffle house after work and had these with the cheese and onion love them thanks for the memory


review by:
(12 Sep 2014)


I tripled the ingredient amounts for my family, used bacon instead of ham, served on Sunday morning, my family enjoyed this, thanks


review by:
(2 Jun 2014)

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: The Waffle House chain was founded in 1955 by Joe Rogers Sr. and Tom Forkner in Avondale Estates, Georgia, and has since become a popular restaurant chain in the Southern United States.

Fun Fact 2: The Waffle House hashbrowns are so beloved that they have been referenced in popular culture, including the hit TV show "The Office" and the movie "The Hangover".