Waffle irons: they aren’t just for waffles! The versatile kitchen gadget is here for your savory and sweet cravings, too. From excellent egg dishes and crispy cauliflower to crave-able cookies, these easy waffle maker recipes will take your breakfast, lunch and dinner to the next level.

Breakfast

Tater Tot Waffle Grilled Cheese

Why settle for a simple tater tot waffle when you can make a tater tot waffle grilled cheese instead? This easier than easy recipe involves adding frozen tots to a waffle maker and smushing into a crispy waffle before adding your cheese and other fixings. Get the recipe at Kirbie Cravings.

Hash Browns

You don't have to settle for soggy or greasy hash browns when you use your waffle iron. Simply pour them on and let the magic happen! They make the perfect side or add-in for your breakfast burrito. Get all the details at Averie Cooks.

Omelet

You don't have to worry about perfecting your omelet flipping skills when you make it in a waffle iron! Premix your eggs, cheese and other toppings before pouring it in the waffle maker and cooking to perfection. Breakfast is done! Get the recipe at Growing Up Gabel.

Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Sticks

French toast and waffles meet in this delightful breakfast treat. Bread is dipped in egg custard, breadcrumbs and cooked to delightful crispiness. Head to Savory Nothings to get all the instructions and ideas for dipping sauce!

Dinner

Cornbread Waffles with Bacon & Cheddar

Great for cool autumn nights, these cornbread waffles are a nice twist on the traditional treat. Add in your fave savory sides like bacon and cheese to make this entree-worthy recipe a complete meal. Get the recipe at My Gorgeous Recipes.

Crispy Mac & Cheese Waffles

Oh, hello mac and cheese! This perfect for adults (kids, too) recipe involves chipotle mac and cheese, bacon and panko crumbs to get this to-die-for toasty treat. Get the full recipe at Kevin Is Cooking.

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CAULIFLOWER GNOCCHI WAFFLES Also known as a dream come true! 💫😂👏🏼 I got this idea from @lovelydelites & @himagetsfit and of course had to try it! I made mine a breakfast version but you could top these with whatever sounds good! The options are ENDLESS! Topped these beauties with avocado, a fried egg, and pesto and it was PERFECTION. What are you waiting for!? Try these ASAP! Ps BHF is now on TikTok so follow along to see some recipe vids!😉 How to:👇🏼 Microwave cauliflower gnocchi in a bowl until soft. Heat your waffle maker (I use the mini one from @unprocessyourfood ) and spray with a little oil. Add cauliflower gnocchi (about 1/3 of the bag) and press down. Cook for about ~4 min or until crispy & golden. ENJOY! 😊 #bellshappyfood #foodstagram #feedfeed #forkyeah #intuitiveeating #ichoosetobewell #thenewhealthy #dairyfree #healthylifestyle #instafoodie #foodshare #foodphotography #makesmewhole #thewayweeat #traderjoes #traderjoeslist #quarantinecooking #eatwholefoods #cauliflowergnocchi #wafflelove #foodporn

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Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi

Trader Joe's Cauliflower Gnocchi is already a hit, but take it for a spin in the waffle maker, and it's unstoppable! Microwave the tiny pillows before adding to the iron and heat for four minutes before completely enjoying. Get the easy recipe by @bellshappyfood.

Quesadilla

If you're looking for a quick quesadilla that offers crispiness the microwave can't offer, look no further than you waffle iron! The easy process is speedy and perfect for little ones to master in the kitchen. Find the recipe on Lovely Indeed.

Dessert

Brownies

Just when you thought brownies couldn't get any better! Perfect for those who love the crispy edges, this recipe involves boxed brownies and whips up in a flash. Get the recipe at Rachel Cooks.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

This delightful dessert recipe doesn't require an oven! You'll use a traditional dough recipe, but cook the cookies in your waffle iron before dipping them in a homemade glaze. Get the full recipe from Sprinkles for Breakfast, then enjoy with a cup of coffee!

 

––Karly Wood

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