12 Waffle Iron Hacks That Go Beyond Dough and Syrup

How often do you use the waffle iron? It gets busted out for the occasional weekend brunch, but other than that, it sits dormant. The waffle iron is about as good as a panini maker. The concept sounded great when you bought it, or when someone gifted it, and yet all it manages to do is take up kitchen space.

That is, until someone got a little creative and decided to put that one trick pony to good use. From simple hash browns to the most insane ingredients you can sandwich between two slices of bread, the waffle iron is one kitchen tool you have been using all wrong.

1. Peach Bacon Brie Grilled Cheese

Damn Delicious
Damn Delicious

Who said the waffle iron had to just be for kids? Sweet peaches, crisp bacon, and gooey brie sandwiched between two slices of bread cooked on a waffle iron just showed the panini press what’s up.

Get the grilled cheese recipe here.

2. Greek Spinach, Feta and Potato Waffle Frittata with Tzatziki

Supergolden Bakes

Breaking the boundary, this tzatziki-dipped Greek frittata changes the way we look at the waffle iron.

Get the recipe here.

3. Waffle Iron Hash Brown Breakfast Potatoes

The Busy Baker

If you like your hash browns golden brown, try cooking them in the waffle iron. It’s a crispy hash brown guarantee.

Get the recipe here.

4. Waffle Omelette

Growing Up Gabel
Growing Up Gabel

Flipping an omelette just right takes skill. Do yourself a favor and let the waffle iron do it for you instead.

Let Growing Up Gabel show you how with this recipe.

5. Waffled Breakfast Quesadilla

Real Food By Dad

Breakfast burritos are coveted, but face it, they can get a tad messy. Enter the breakfast quesadilla. This genius idea makes breakfast on the go mess free.

Get the Waffled Breakfast Quesadilla recipe here.

6. Loaded Potato Waffle Bites

Quarter Life [Crisis] Cuisine

Got leftover mashed potatoes? Perfect. Let the potato expert from Forking Up show you how it’s done with these Loaded Potato Waffle Bites.

7. Waffle Iron Winter Squash

Apron Strings

Forget going through the trouble of preheating the oven. Grab the waffle iron and grill your winter squash instead.

Get the recipe here.

8. Quinoa Zucchini Pizza Fritters

Kelly’s Ambitious Kitchen

Who doesn’t love pizza? Put your waffle iron to good use and whip up these Quinoa Zucchini Pizza Fritters.

9. Cheddar Cornbread Waffle BLT with Chipotle Butter

Half Baked Harvest
Half Baked Harvest

If this is what the waffle iron can do, then I’m going to use it for everything! I mean, just look at this epic BLT. Layers of cheddar cornbread, bacon, tomato, and avocado smothered in chipotle butter – this is what the waffle iron is really for. 

Get the recipe here.

10. Funfetti Waffles

The Worktop
The Worktop

Spoil the kids on their birthday and surprise them with Funfetti Waffles for breakfast!

11. Waffled Brownies

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Cooking with Curls

Waiting for brownies to bake is like using an easy bake even, it takes forever! Okay, not really, but if your sweet tooth can’t wait to sink into a chocolatey brownie, then try making them in the waffle iron.

Get the recipe here.

12. Donut Waffles

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And We Play

Yes, it’s true. You can even make waffle iron donuts! Or Wonuts as the cool kids call them.

Get the recipe here.

What are you waiting for, bust out the waffle iron and see what you can waffle!

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