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Potato Waffles

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Potato waffles are a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes, and a waffle shape is such a fun way to serve food!

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Simple potato side dishes are perfect in so many ways.

They can work with a lot of different main dish flavors. Everyone loves them. And they are super easy.

These potato waffles go a step farther because after you have made mashed potatoes, these use the leftovers and turn them into a brand new side.

I love using leftovers without feeling like I’m in a food network kitchen competition. Sometimes leftovers are stressful, but leftover mashed potatoes are exciting because they work in so many other dishes.

Whether you need a new leftover idea, or need a simple side dish that goes with almost any main course, these potato waffles are a perfect and fun way to take mashed potatoes you already have and turn them into a delicious side.

butter, onions and garlic in a skillet

What ingredients are in potato waffles?

  • Butter: this adds flavor and helps cook the onions
  • Onion: these add flavor, texture, and nutrients to the waffles
  • Garlic: this flavors the entire dish
  • Mashed Potatoes: thick mashed potatoes work best
  • Bisquick: this gives the waffle structure so the potatoes can take a waffle shape
  • Eggs: eggs hold everything together and help give a great golden color to the cooked waffles
  • Salt: salt makes all the other ingredients taste better
  • Black Pepper: this classic spice is perfect when combined with potatoes

Pro Tip: Mashed potatoes will thicken as they cool down. If your mashed potatoes are warm, let them cool before using in this recipe to help thicken the dish.

onion mixture in a bowl with mashed potatoes added.

How to make potato waffles:

  1. Cook onions in butter, and then add garlic.
  2. Mix in potatoes, and then mix in the other ingredients.
  3. Cook on waffle iron.
  4. Serve with toppings.

Are potato waffles gluten free?

Only if you use gluten free bisquick mix instead of the regular mix. The gluten free mix works great.

Also check your mashed potatoes. If you make your own mashed potatoes, you probably didn’t add any flour or gluten to them. But some packaged from the store will add flour as a thickener.

onion mixture in a bowl with mashed potatoes added.

Are potato waffles healthy?

Yes! Potatoes are full of fiber and other important nutrients. This potato waffle recipe adds onions and garlic which also have a lot of vitamins and are very important in a healthy diet.

Are potato waffles keto?

No. We use flour in the bisquick mix which is not keto friendly. 

Potatoes are also a vegetable that is hard to fit into a keto meal plan because of the high amount of starch and carbs inside the vegetable.

Bisquick added to mashed potato mixture.

What to put on potato waffles:

  • Sour Cream: a dollop of sour cream by itself is a perfect topping
  • Classic Potato Toppings: get fancy and make it a loaded potato with cheese, bacon, and green onions
  • Vegetables: try avocado, grilled mushrooms, onions, pickled beets, or fresh herbs
  • Leftovers: these are a great way to eat leftover meat in a new way add shredded chicken, turkey, pork, even taco meat on top of the waffle to make the leftovers seem new again

Pro Tip: These are the perfect post holiday or feast meal. When you have a meal with a lot of mashed potatoes like Easter, Thanksgiving, or Christmas, this recipe is such an easy way to serve the same ingredients but in a different and new way.

mashed potato mixture place in a waffle iron

Are potato waffles fattening?

No. Mashed potato waffles fit into a balanced, healthy, low fat diet. 

Potatoes are sometimes labeled a “bad vegetable” mostly because we love to eat them fried like in french fries or chips. 

When potatoes are cooked in oil, they absorb the oil which adds a lot of fat to them. That version is not healthy and is very fattening. But that comes from the oil.

Potatoes by themselves are actually full of fiber and nutrients, low in calories, and have no fat and zero cholesterol. 

Any fat or cholesterol in potato dishes comes from ingredients added to them.

This recipe uses butter to cook the onions which adds some fat. It also uses eggs which are full of nutrients including good fats. Adding a sour cream topping can add fat too.

As long as you don’t sit and eat an entire batch at once, these potato waffles are a great part of a low fat meal plan.

zoomed out image of potato waffles on a plate

What to make with potato waffles:

  • Toppings: waffles are delicious with toppings, so be sure to have some you love
  • Brunch: these are a fun brunch item and can look beautiful served with an egg and a vegetable like asparagus or artichoke
  • Soup or Chili: these are a fun variation to a traditional roll or breadstick
  • Barbeque: if you want an easy finger food potato side that isn’t fried, this is perfect and can be served next to pulled pork, ribs, or brisket
  • Grill: anything from the grill will go great with these waffles. Try chicken, steak, vegetables, or kabobs.
Tilted photo of potato waffles on a plate

Are potato waffles vegan?

No. This recipe uses butter and eggs to make potato waffles. 

While there are alternative oils you can cook the onions in and vegan egg options, those variations have not been tested with this recipe.

Can dogs eat potato waffles?

No. This recipe uses onions and garlic which are both dangerous for dogs. Keep this dish away from your pet.

More Potato Recipes You’ll Love…

You are going to love these potato waffles no matter what you serve them with; they are the perfect side to almost any dish.

Yield: 4 Waffles

Potato Waffles

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Potato waffles are a great way to use leftover mashed potatoes, and a waffle shape is such a fun way to serve food!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  1. Melt butter in a skillet and add onions.
  2. Cook for approximately 5 minutes or until tender and translucent.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  4. Transfer onion mixture to a medium sized bowl.
  5. Add mashed potatoes and mix well.
  6. Add Bisquick and mix well.
  7. Add eggs, salt and pepper, mix well.
  8. Mixture should be thick.
  9. Heat waffle iron to the highest setting.
  10. Once read, add approximately 1 cup of mashed potato mixture to waffle iron and cook according to waffle irons instructions.
  11. When ready, gently remove from waffle iron.
  12. Repeat with remaining batter.
  13. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and chives

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 218Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 564mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 6g

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