Mashed Potato Waffles

One of the best ideas ever: Mashed potato waffles made with leftover mashed potatoes! They get incredibly crispy on the outside, while being soft and creamy inside from the potatoes, cheese and sour cream. Add bacon bits or chives to the batter if you like, or just sprinkle them on top.

These waffles are so impossibly perfect, it’s even worth it to make a small batch of fresh mashed potatoes just to make these waffles. And, they are egg-free in case you have an allergy or just don’t have any eggs.

mashed potato waffles

This recipe makes about 4 waffles, which might serve 4 people, but they are so good most people will eat two waffles. Or three. Or four. Double the recipe if you have enough mashed potatoes. Leftover waffles can be refrigerated or frozen after cooking/cooling; reheat them in the toaster.

You might also like my savory ham and cheese waffles.

Mashed Potato Waffles Video (scroll down for recipe)

Mashed Potato waffles recipe


Mashed Potato Waffles

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

4.4 from 10 reviews

  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 4 tablespoons (1/4 cup) melted butter
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes (a little more or less is okay)
  • 1/4 cup grated cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sour cream (or plain yogurt)
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh minced herbs (thyme, rosemary, dill, parsley)
  • Optional toppings: more sour cream, butter, bacon bits, broccoli in cheese sauce


  1. Whisk the melted butter, potatoes, cheese, milk and sour cream together until combined.
  2. Add flour, baking powder, and spices and mix quickly. Batter will be quite thick, like cake batter. Add a little more milk or flour to adjust the consistency if you need to.
  3. Spoon about 1/2 cup scoops onto a hot waffle iron and spread the batter out a little. Close and cook until the waffle stops steaming and opens easily.
  4. Serve as-is or with more butter.
  5. For a more elaborate dinner, serve hot potato waffles with a baked potato-bar type set-up (bowls of sour cream, chopped chives, bacon bits, broccoli, cheese sauce) for people to dress their waffles.


  • Serving Size: 1 waffle
  • Calories: 322
  • Fat: 18
  • Carbohydrates: 31
  • Protein: 7

Did you make this recipe?

Share a photo and tag us — we can't wait to see what you've made!

This is the waffle iron I use and LOVE (affiliate link)


  1. Diane on November 4, 2015 at 11:52 am

    Chef Baby was totally flirting with his father during this shoot!!! Also, this makes me want to buy a waffle iron.

  2. The Other Randy on November 5, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    Okay, this has eliminated waffle iron buying paralysis brought on by last month’s purchase of an expensive toaster that doesn’t toast very well at all (to my mind this is yet another sign that civilization is going down the tubes: humanity has lost the secret to making toasters that toast well). You’d think that I’d have bought a waffle iron BEFORE I bought a cookbook called Will It Waffle.

    Seriously, though, this is a genius recipe. Making mashed potatoes for one is such a pain in the ass, I stopped making them. Between this and making samosas, I wouldn’t mind making them again in a decent amount. Do you think that making the mashed potato waffles, freezing them, and then heating them up in a toaster (I think my toaster should be able to handle that) would be okay?

    • Hilah on November 6, 2015 at 11:03 am

      I think you could totally freeze them and reheat in the toaster. I haven’t frozen them, but I have refrigerated them and that works.

    • Sue on November 12, 2015 at 7:47 am

      I prepare and freeze mashed potatoes all the time and they reheat very well. I bake homemade bread every week and adding in just 1/2 cup of the potatoes makes a nice soft textured whole wheat bread.

  3. Cathy on November 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Lush. Chef Baby also totally heard you say turd brain.

  4. Sue on November 12, 2015 at 7:51 am

    Hilah, I made this recipe last night for dinner with what we call a “breakfast supper”. This recipe is the bomb! After I spooned the batter onto my waffle iron, I laid a couple of thin slices of turkey bacon on top, then closed the lid. They were awesome!! Very ham & cheese like with diced green onions, cheddar cheese and sour cream added. I also added an egg to the batter since there are no egg allergies here. The texture was nice and fluffy but crispy on the outside. These could become very addicting!

    • Hilah on November 12, 2015 at 9:22 am

      Oh my gosh!! Adding bacon to the waffle iron is a brilliant idea, Sue! 😀 Thanks so much for sharing that here.
      Side note: since publishing this recipe, my son has had a few bites of egg-containing items with no side effects so we are thinking he’s outgrown his egg allergy! Yay for us! Still will proceed slowly but phew!

      • Sue on November 15, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        🙂 Yea for Flint!!

  5. paul on November 19, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    holey shit … was making twice baked potatoes and had some left over stuffing’s so i thought of you potatoes waffles …good …

    • Hilah on November 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      That’s pretty brilliant, Paul

  6. parthrawal on December 14, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    Nice recipe, however Something similar in india is called “Aaloo ke Parathe”… :p

  7. Blair on February 24, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Do you think this would work with sweet potatoes?

    • Hilah on February 24, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Hey Blair,
      I think there is too much sugar in sweet potatoes, which could cause them burn very easily.

  8. Sue W. on January 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    I made this waffle recipe for a New Year’s Day brunch and they were a huge hit! I added some yeast to the batter, then left it in the fridge the night before. They were so light, airy and crispy! Everyone raved about them. I tore them into quarter sections and people were snacking on them like potato chips! LOL!

    • Hilah on January 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Ooh, great idea! I bet the waffles tasted delicious, Happy New Year, Sue!

  9. Andy on January 7, 2018 at 12:58 pm

    Hilah, you have the best recipes ever! I love how easy everything is, you make it easy. Thanks for another super delicious one. Much love from Happy Valley Oregon.

    • Hilah on January 7, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      Aww, thank you, Andy! 😀 xoxo

  10. Sharen Clarke on June 2, 2021 at 1:00 am

    Absolutely Devine Hilah ❤️ I have tried other recipes and I end up with an eggy/cake style waffle ? These are an absolute must for our family Sunday breakfast, my grown kids call and make sure I’m making them and the Grandbabies can have them as well. Thank you from Melbourne Australia ??????

    • Hilah on June 2, 2021 at 8:32 am

      I’m so glad, Sharen! These are really incredible waffles 🙂

  11. Carla Barla on July 25, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    I made this mashed potato waffle recipe and it was a DISASTER. I followed the recipe, as I do when I try something for the first time. The batter stuck to my waffle iron plates (which I prepped with melted butter top and bottom). I hope the unit survives the scraping and cleaning of the burnt bits. I ended up turning them into frying pancakes which looked great but whose taste was still just HO-HUM. If you had success with this recipe, congrats. If you are thinking about trying it, don’t.

  12. Joanna on September 1, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Having read all comments, the latest one above included, I decided to try the recipe. Added an egg and the thin slices of bacon on top (mentioned in one of the comments), used butter-flavored non-stick spray on my waffle iron (rather mediocre quality but 1500W). The result was absolutely PERFECT, probably the best savory waffles I’ve ever made (better even than Hilah’s ham and cheese variety, and that’s saying a lot). Will probably be making them again and again. Thank you sooo much for the recipe, Hilah – and greetings from Warsaw, Poland, Europe!

    • Hilah on September 11, 2022 at 9:04 am

      Very glad you enjoyed the recipe, Joanna!

Leave a Comment

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.