Vegan Hash Browns — Waffle-Style! {Easy & Crispy}

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vegan gluten free recipe for hash browns made with waffle iron and topped with avocado
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Level-up your vegan breakfast game with these hash brown waffles! If you’re a lover of vegan hash browns and a lover of waffles, this easy recipe is a perfect fusion of two American favorites. With just four ingredients and a waffle iron, you’re in business!

Waffle irons can be used much more than waffle batter. You can use them to cook tofu (tofu waffles!), as a fun panini press, and to make waffle grilled cheese. But today we’re excited to introduce you to our latest obsessions—Vegan Hash Brown Waffles! Get ready, these leved-up vegan hash browns are about to blow your mind. 

Better Than Vegan Hash Browns

Celebrated vegan cookbook author and fellow food photographer Hannah Kaminsky just released her newest work of art. Meet her brand-new vegan cookbook: Real Food Really Fast. This cookbook has broad appeal to all, I imagine. Because who doesn’t want delicious home-cooked meals made in the least amount of time possible? I know I do.

Today we’re delighted to share one of the most popular vegan breakfast recipes from this cookbook: hash brown waffles. Epic? Why yes, yes they are. While this may at first glance seem like a Pinterest hack bound to fail, Hannah swears by this recipe. 

What separates superlative vegan hash browns from the merely adequate hash browns all comes down to texture. Shatteringly crisp on the outside yet tender, even borderline creamy on the inside, it’s a fine balance that’s difficult to strike. Using a waffle iron instead of a standard frying pan maximizes the surface contact for a far more satisfying crunchy crust, while the enclosure allows the spuds to essentially steam from within, ensuring perfectly tender bites through and through.

With that, here is the recipe! Enjoy!

Best Vegan Hashbrowns Made Waffle Style With Avocado

Why We Love These Hash Brown Waffles

The amazingness of these hash brown waffles is apparent in the photos, but here are some other nice perks. These vegan hash browns are:

  • Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based
  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Gluten-free
  • Soy-free (assuming you use soy-free vegan butter)
  • Sugar-free 
  • Cholesterol-free 

…and crazy simple and delicious! They can also be made using zero waste so if you’re trying to cut down on single use plastic, make these instead of store bought vegan hash browns. 

Hash Brown Recipe Q&A

What Type of Potatoes Should I Use?

You’re welcome to use whatever potatoes you have to make this recipe. We usually use russet potatoes because they’re large and easiest to shred! 

How Should I Shred My Potatoes?

We recommend using a food processor with the shredding attachment! With the food processor you will be able to shred your potatoes in snap. While it’s possible to shred the potatoes by hand, that will take significantly more time and effort, and also provides more opportunity for injury. But work with what you have!

What Type of Waffle Iron Do I Need?

Any type of waffle iron should work—the traditional kind or Belgian waffle makers. Just make sure it’s non-stick and well greased before adding your shredded potatoes. 

Can I Make Regular Vegan Hash Browns With This Recipe?

Absolutely! Instead of pressing the shredded potato mixture into he waffle iron, fry them up on a hot pan in some vegetable oil. Voila! 

Vegan Hash Browns — Waffle-Style!

Author: Hannah Kaminsky
5 from 7 votes
These vegan hash browns are hash browns, but waffle-style! This innovative spin on vegan hash browns uses the power of the waffle iron to get extra crispy hash brown waffles. Grab your favorite ketchup and get ready to dig into these hash brown waffles!
vegan gluten free recipe for hash browns made with waffle iron and topped with avocado
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 waffles


  • 1 pound frozen shredded potatoes, thawed
  • tablespoons vegan butter or coconut oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat your waffle iron.
  • Squeeze excess water out of the shredded potatoes and toss in a large bowl with the melted vegan butter or coconut oil, salt, and pepper. Stirring until well incorporated. The shreds should be evenly coated before proceeding.
  • Lightly grease the waffle maker. Distribute the potato mixture evenly and packing it in firmly. Close the lid tightly and cook on medium-high for 5-8 minutes (longer if using a thicker Belgian-style waffle iron), until golden brown all over. Serve right away, while still hot and crisp!


  • You can find ready-to-cook shredded potatoes in the refrigerated section of some grocery stores, alongside prepared and packaged side dishes.


Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 350mg | Potassium: 326mg | Fiber: 2g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American
Keyword hash brown waffles, vegan breakfast ideas, vegan hash brown waffles

Other Vegan Potato Breakfast Recipe Ideas

Wondering what other delicious vegan sides you could have for a bombastic breakfast? Here are just a few of our suggestions:

  • Savory Scramble – A tofu scramble pairs perfectly with these hash brown waffles! You could mix in your favorite ingredients such as spinach, mushrooms, and bell peppers for a colorful and complete meal. You could also use an egg substitute such as the Just Egg or Follow Your Heart vegan scramble.
  • Get Your Greens On – Cook up a bunch of your favorite greens to go along with your hash browns! If you’re looking for a kick then check out our Spicy Sesame Sautéed Kale. Spring mix also makes a great choice.
  • Flavor Flair – Your possibilities for saucing up your hash brown waffles are endless! Keep it classic with ketchup, slice up some avocado, or get sweet ‘n’ salty with some maple syrup!

Real Food Really Fast Cookbook

Hannah is imaginative, dedicated, and passionate about food and it shows through in all her recipe creations. She is also the author of My Sweet Vegan, Vegan Desserts, Vegan à la Mode, and Easy as Vegan Pie, and you can find more of her magic on her award-winning blog, Bitter Sweet Vegan

Real Food Really Fast cookbook cover by Hannah Kaminsky

More Magical Vegan Waffles & Breakfast Ideas

The vegan hash browns recipe was reprinted with permission from Real Food, Really Fast by Hannah Kaminsky. Published January 2018 by Skyhorse Publishing. Please note that this article contains Amazon affiliate links which help us keep the lights on here at World of Vegan. 

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Recipe Rating

  1. Renavie Agno says:

    5 stars
    The combination of waffles and hash browns is perfect for me! Perhaps I’ll leave out the avocado and add a drizzle of maple syrup and crunchy peanut butter instead. It’s already making me hungry!

  2. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    OMG these are mouth-watering!!

  3. 5 stars
    Wow now this is hash brown game on point! these look amazing!

  4. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    I need to try these amazing-looking waffles! A waffle maker has been on my to-buy list for too long 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I love waffles and hash browns, so this recipe is like a dream come true! I might leave out the avocado and add some crunchy peanut butter and a drizzle of maple syrup. My mouth is already watering!

  6. 5 stars
    I had to make these immediately and they were delicious!! Now I’m left wondering what other epic foods I can turn into a waffle. I want to write a “will it waffle” cookbook!

  7. 5 stars
    There aren’t many things better in this world than hash browns in the form of waffles! YUM!!

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