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Easy Tater Tot Waffles

 These Tater Tot Waffles are not only fun to eat, they are fun to make! Check out this easy recipe that will make your meal that much more fun!

Most of us have eaten some type of regular waffle in our lifetime, right? What if you were able to create waffles out of tater tots, what would you think?

All you need to make these tater tot waffles is a waffle iron and non-stick spray. Once you have the equipment, you can easily make the waffles. 

Tater Tot Waffles: The Ultimate Comfort Food Hybrid

Imagine the joy of biting into a crispy waffle, but instead of the familiar sweet syrup, you’re greeted by the savory, mouthwatering taste of tater tots. Welcome to the glorious world of Tater Tot Waffles! Made with just a bag of thawed tater tots and your choice of seasoning, this delightful dish is where comfort food meets culinary innovation.


Can I use frozen tater tots?

For best results, make sure the tater tots are thawed. This ensures even cooking.

Do I need a special waffle iron?

Nope! A regular waffle iron will do just fine.

What seasonings work best?

You can use anything from classic salt and pepper to seasoned salt, garlic powder, or even a dash of paprika.

Tips and Tricks

  1. Preheat the Waffle Iron: Make sure the waffle iron is fully heated for that perfect crispness.
  2. Pack Them In: The tater tots should be tightly packed to form a cohesive waffle shape.
  3. Check For Doneness: Cook until the waffle is golden brown and easily lifts from the iron.

How to Make Tater Tot Waffles

You are going to need a bag of tater tots and salt and pepper. Basically, you are going to heat up your waffle maker. Go ahead and spray the non-stick spray and then lay down the tater tots on the waffle maker.


  1. Cheesy Delight: Add shredded cheddar for a gooey, cheesy experience.
  2. Herb-infused: Mix in finely chopped herbs like parsley or chives.
  3. Spicy Tot Waffles: Add a few dashes of hot sauce to the mix for an extra kick.

Where to Serve

This dish is versatile! Serve it for breakfast with a side of eggs, as an innovative dinner side dish, or even as a snack during game day. It’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.


You can store any leftover waffles in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. Reheat them in the oven to regain that delightful crispness.

Common Problems and How to Avoid Them

  1. Sogginess: Make sure the tater tots are fully thawed and patted dry to avoid a soggy waffle.
  2. Sticking to the Iron: A well-preheated and greased waffle iron prevents sticking.
  3. Uneven Cooking: Tightly packing the tater tots and consistent heating are key.

Press down on the waffle maker and cook for about 7 – 8 minutes. You are going to need two forks to get them out of the waffle maker. 

Tips for Making Tater Tot Waffles

I like to place my tater tots in the fridge the night before I make the waffles. Making waffles out of tater tots is hard with frozen tots. Making sure they are thawed out is a good idea. With this extra step, you will save yourself some time and effort. 

Get out your favorite toppings. These waffles can be eaten with ketchup. Whatever you want to eat them with is fine. I prefer ketchup on all of my potatoes!

For some people, they like the sweet taste of tater tots and for other people, they like the savory version. 

Tips for Making This Recipe with Kids

  1. Tater Tot Placement: Let kids have fun placing the tater tots in the waffle iron.
  2. Seasoning Sprinkle: They can also help sprinkle the seasonings.
  3. Taste Testing: The most fun part—let them taste and give their expert opinions!

Topping Options

  1. Sour Cream and Chives: A classic and delicious choice.
  2. Bacon Bits: For a meaty, savory crunch.
  3. Avocado Slices: For a creamy, healthy twist.

If you are tired of eating the same thing over and over again, then making these Tater Tot Waffles is a good idea.

Why This Recipe Works

The genius of Tater Tot Waffles lies in its simplicity and the clever repurposing of familiar ingredients. Tater tots bring the crispy, savory goodness, easily transforming into a waffle shape when cooked in a waffle iron. The seasoning—be it just salt and pepper or something more adventurous—adds the perfect flavor note to each bite. This recipe works because it taps into our love for comfort food while offering a surprising and delightful twist. Easy to make and even easier to devour, Tater Tot Waffles are an innovation that you didn’t know you needed, but once you try, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without them.

What are some more fun Waffles recipes to try?

Easy Tater Tot Waffles
Yield: 4 servings

Easy Tater Tot Waffles

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 9 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

These tater tot waffles are super easy to make, even the kids can do it!


  • 1 bag tater tots, thawed
  • Salt, Pepper, or Seasoned salt, to taste


  1. Preheat waffle iron. 
  2. Lightly spray with nonstick spray 
  3. Line up tater tots. 
  4. Press down the waffle iron. 
  5. After 3 mins or so, 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. Carefully remove with 2 forks, to not break them.
  7. Sprinkle with desired seasoning.
  8. Serve and enjoy 


This will not work on frozen tater tots. Thawing out in the fridge the day before is recommended but the frozen tots can be defrosted in the microwave. 

This will not work on a Belgium waffle iron, even after stacking them to fill in the gaps it was unsuccessful. Hash brown shreds with a binder would be the best way to achieve a Belgium waffle tater tot. 

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What is your favorite part of making these waffles? Do you prefer to add a savory topping or a sweet topping?

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