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Tater Tot Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

There  is a lot right about a tater tot waffle, topped with bacon, eggs and cheese sauce. And of course, it is breakfast! And who doesn’t love breakfast? 

tater tot breakfast sandwich

Sometimes you just gotta go with what’s on hand and this breakfast sandwich recipe was one of the best breakfast sandwiches I’ve had!

We love breakfast but usually find ourselves eating it for dinner and often when I didn’t plan ahead.

Which in my case meant scoping out the premises and seeing what there was to work with.

tater tot breakfast sandwich

In this case, the freezer offered up tater tots that really needed a home. We always have eggs and if we don’t, I know I can always rely on my neighbor who raises chickens!

Bacon? Really? Who can go with out?

The cheese sauce? Well, I must admit this was an impulse purchase. I saw it at Kroger and the ingredients sounded OK so like I said…I must have been hungry that day while grocery shopping.

But yeah. I am ALWAYS hungry!

tater tot breakfast sandwich

And now…about this breakfast sandwich. I love breakfast sandwiches. This one may not actually qualify because it is open faced and really couldn’t be wrapped up in a paper bunting so easily.

But for lack of creativeness at this point in the evening, I am choosing to call it a breakfast sandwich with a tater tot waffle substituting for bread.

I hope no one fights me on this.

After all, I’d do just about anything to get my almost daily fix of potatoes.

And you can see I’ve made many versions of this tater tot waffle sandwich!

tater tot breakfast sandwich

How do you make a tater tot waffle?

Since every waffle iron is different, I’ll tell you how mine are made. My very old Salton waffle iron is square and makes two waffle at a time. It takes me 15 tater tots per waffle.

Merely preheat the waffle iron, put in the defrosted tater tots, shut the lid, and let them cook for about two to three minutes.

This makes them stick to each other and you end up with a nice crispy potato waffle. Yes, you can do this with defrosted hash browns, too!

Don’t have a waffle iron? Well, you should, but if you don’t I suppose you could bake them as usual though they may not have the super crunchy golden crust that is created by none other than the waffle iron.

tater tot breakfast sandwich

This was a good discovery. These tater tot waffles really are quite scrumptious.

In fact, I could have made this a true sandwich with a tater tot waffle on the top and bottom, but I restrained myself.

After all, this is the year of the wedding diet and so far I’ve lost three pounds.

It wasn’t easy, but I am trying to focus on said wedding and not the diet!

So with that being said, I leave the option up to you whether this breakfast sandwich should be open faced or not.

I fried the bacon crisp and because we were so hungry, I cooked it in the microwave which makes like zero mess. 

tater tot breakfast sandwich


And that cheese sauce is of the queso version. I did doctor it up, by adding in some pickled jalapeno pepper juice. It really was great drizzled on this breakfast/dinner sandwich.

Eggs? Well by now you should know that Manservant always like his fried and Mrs. Manservant prefers scrambled. Take your pick!

Please don’t forget the pickled jalapenos on the top. These are truly a necessity!

And now that I’ve hopefully quenched your appetite, it’s time to deliver the recipe. 

Ready in about 20 minutes, this might be the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever had!

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tater tot breakfast sandwich

Tater Tot Waffle Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star 5 from 3 reviews
  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 Servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American


This tater tot open faced waffle is the base for crisp bacon, fried eggs and topped with a queso cheese sauce. And yeah! Don’t forget the pickled jalapenos on top!



15 defrosted tater tots per waffle* (This depends on your waffle machine.)

2 slices of bacon per sandwich fried crisp* or slices of ham would work too!

1 or 2 fried eggs per sandwich

Cheese sauce – queso or otherwise (I stirred some pickled jalapeno juice into the cheese sauce to give it some extra flavor. Heated per instructions. I use about 2 T drizzled on top!

Pickled jalapenos for garnish


Defrost tater tots. Heat waffle iron and place the tater tots in waffle iron. Each waffle iron is different but in mine it takes 2 – 3 minutes to cook them until crisp.

Fry bacon while tots are cooking. Use your preferred method or check out my microwave method below.

Fry eggs. If you fry your bacon in a pan then use the bacon grease to fry your eggs.

Heat up queso as per directions on container.

Assemble by placing bacon on tater tot waffle, top with bacon or ham, top with fried egg. Drizzle with cheese sauce and top with pickled jalapenos.


*To defrost the tater tots I place the bag of frozen tots in the microwave on power level 4, for about three minutes. Then I take out what I need and refreeze the rest. If the tots haven’t thawed enough, place them back in the microwave and on the power level 4 setting, cook them for about 1 :30 seconds until they are thawed enough to put in the waffle iron.

* I also cook the bacon in the microwave. Place bacon slices on a paper plate which is placed on a dinner plate. Cover with a paper towel. Cook for up to 5 minutes depending on the thickness of the bacon. We like thick! I always drain off the grease and pour it into a can to use for cooking.


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Linger A Little, Kristy

Friday 7th of October 2022

Abbe, this is a brilliant idea! I would have never thought of this but boy am I glad you shared this post. So I'm going to pull out my waffle maker that is in the back of my cabinet and give this a try. Also, I love breakfast for dinner. It's one of my favorites.


Thursday 4th of February 2021

Tater tots in waffle machine ? I'm in !

Jeff the Chef

Sunday 31st of January 2021

First, let me just say that this sandwich looks hands-down fabulous! But the biggest revelation to me is that you can put tater tots or hash brown in a waffle maker! I had no idea! I will be making use of that real soon.


Saturday 30th of January 2021

Just put a stack of those tater tot waffles in front of me and I will eat them all! YUM! But probably an open-faced sandwich would be a more prudent route---I'll take mine with scrambled eggs and your toppings! So yummy!!


Thursday 28th of January 2021

That's what I call CREATIVE! This is one amazing waffle recipe, Abbe.