While there’s nothing like a classic waffle drenched in maple syrup, your waffle maker has so much more potential.
From unique spins on the traditional waffle to using your waffle maker to elevate other dishes, there are plenty of creative waffle recipes out there for fans of the famed breakfast dish.
If you’re looking for new ways to use your waffle maker, here are our favorite creative waffle recipes.
Cuisinart Maker Waffle-Iron
Make more than traditional waffles with this maker.
Just like omelette recipes, womelette recipes will vary wildly depending on what ingredients you like to add to your eggs. This recipe by The Cozy Cook, who refers to the dish as waffle iron omelettes, combines eggs, sausage, cheese, peppers, and onions for a delightfully fluffy and savory dish.
Leftover mac and cheese? Revitalize those day-old noodles by making this tasty and fun dish.
According to Hungry, all you need to do to create this spin on a classic childhood food is mix refrigerated macaroni and cheese with bacon, shape into baseball-sized balls, roll in whisked eggs, and coat with panko breadcrumbs.
Japanese Style Toasted Bread Crumbs
The best panko bread crumbs.
After heating your waffle maker, place one to four balls of the mixture in your waffle iron depending on its size. Cook for three minutes and voila! You have a crispy, crunchy, cheesy masterpiece that will be a hit with anyone who eats it.
Aside from the very cool rhyme, this recipe by The Edgy Veg is a fun spin on a classic Middle Eastern food. Falafel is popular in many Middle Eastern countries and is made by combining ground chickpeas or fava beans with spices and herbs, then formed into balls or patties and fried.
The key to great falafel is a crispy exterior. Using a waffle maker ensures that every corner has texture while still allowing a fluffy interior. This recipe tops the falafel waffles with a garlic yogurt sauce that adds the perfect about of tang and brightness.
There is one rule when it comes to making hashbrowns: they can’t be soggy. One way to guarantee you get crispy hash browns every time is to cook them in a waffle maker, as The Pioneer Woman points out.
BELLA Electric Griddle
You can also make hash browns the traditional way if you prefer.
This recipe adds cheddar cheese and ham for extra flavor, but you can keep it as simple as shredded hash browns, salt, and pepper. Mix everything with some melted butter and spread it onto a waffle maker before cooking for about 15 minutes. Eat these hash browns on their own or as a part of the rest of your breakfast.
Pizza? Waffles? Could this dish get any better? This recipe by Spend With Pennies only takes three ingredients to create the dinner of your dreams.
KitchenAid Classic Pizza Wheel
Get perfect slices of your pizza waffle.
All you need to do to make this dish is line a waffle maker with packaged crescent dough, top it with cheese and pepperoni, add more crescent dough, and pinch the sides to seal everything in. After letting the waffle maker do its thing for five minutes, you’ll be rewarded with a gooey, crispy, cheesy pizza in the shape of a waffle.
If pizza waffles weren’t enough, this waffle iron grilled cheese sandwich recipe by Fifteen Spatulas is sure to become a favorite in your household. This dish is super easy to make but takes a traditional grilled cheese to a whole different level.
Grilled Cheese Toaster
A different fun way to make grilled cheese.
To make the sandwich, start by heating up your waffle iron. Then, butter one side of a slice of bread and place it on the waffle iron, cheese-side down. Add another slice of bread on top, butter-side up. Close the waffle iron and cook for about two minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted. Enjoy the sandwich on its own or with a bowl of hot soup.
Waffles aren’t limited to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. With this sweet recipe by Rachel Cooks, they can be the star of dessert, too. This recipe is ideal for people who prefer the corner pieces of brownies, since you’ll get crispy edges in every bite.
Yihong Seven Piece Mixing Bowls with Lids
Mix up that brownie batter in the perfect bowl.
All you’ll need is your favorite boxed brownie mix, the ingredients required for the mix, and an extra egg to hold everything together while cooking. Top the brownie with ice cream, fruit, or whatever else your heart (or stomach) desires.
Quesadillas are an easy weeknight go-to for many parents, and cooking them in a waffle maker makes them even easier (no flipping!). While you’re free to use any ingredients you like, this basic recipe by Inspire to Cook only requires tortillas, shredded cheese, and cooking spray.
Taco Tuesday Deluxe Electric Quesadilla Maker
You can also use this to make easy quesadillas at home.
Simply place a tortilla inside your waffle maker, top with cheese (and other ingredients like chicken, veggies, or beans if you wish, add more cheese, and top with another tortilla. The quesadilla only needs to cook for a couple of minutes until the outside is lightly browned and all the cheese is melted inside. Serve with salsa, sour cream, or whatever condiments you prefer.
Your favorite food doesn’t have to be limited to breakfast. From crunchy hash browns to delicious brownies, put your waffle maker to good use with these creative recipes.