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I Tested 5 Internet-Approved Waffle Iron Recipes To See If I Ever Needed To Use A Stove Again

by Morgan Greenwald
Morgan is a writer on the branded content team who loves breakfast food almost as much as she loves dogs.

If I hadn’t become a writer, I like to think that I would’ve become a chef. Nothing makes me happier than trying a new recipe or hearing someone compliment my cooking skills.

When I’m not at work, you’ll often find me scouring Pinterest boards for crazy pumpkin pie recipes or in the kitchen experimenting with kitchen hacks.

Still, as much as I love to cook, I hate the time it takes for my food to be ready, which is why I’m always looking for tips to cut my baking and prep time in half. So when I came across a slew of recipes that would supposedly take just minutes in my waffle iron, I was intrigued, albeit skeptical: Could my waffle iron really make eggs and pizza?

The only way to know for sure what my waffle iron could and couldn’t do was to try it out myself, so I decided to put some of the strangest recipes I found to the test.

The Hacks

<u> The Hacks </u>
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Though Pinterest is full of fun hacks to try in your waffle iron, I narrowed my experiment down to just five: hash browns, pizza, blueberry muffins, cinnamon rolls, and an omelette.

Right off the bat, I was most skeptical about the omelette and the pizza. I know a waffle iron gets hot, but is it really hot enough to cook raw eggs and melt cheese? I guess it’s time to find out.

Waffle Iron Hack #1: Hash Browns

<u> Waffle Iron Hack #1: Hash Browns </u>
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According to the food bloggers of the internet, all you have to do to make a hash brown in the waffle iron is line the iron with frozen hash browns and let them cook, covering the empty spots with more hash browns about one minute into cooking.

Many bloggers noted that it might require some pressure to close the waffle iron on the hash browns, and they were absolutely right. It took a few minutes (and a lot of effort on my part) for my waffle iron to close completely over these dense spuds, and I worried that this meant that the experiment was a failure.

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However, when I opened the waffle iron about four minutes into cooking, I was surprised to see that the hash browns were nice and crispy and managed to form into a waffle-like shape.

Upon a taste test, I found that my hash brown waffle tasted as good as it looked, and was cooked all the way through. Definitely a pleasant surprise!

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Waffle Iron Hack #2: Pizza

<u> Waffle Iron Hack #2: Pizza </u>
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To make pizza on a waffle iron, all you need are refrigerated biscuits, pizza sauce, and cheese. If you want, you can even add pepperoni to your pizza waffles, but I’m a vegetarian so I opted out of that.

I love biscuits in any size, shape, and form, so I was excited to try the pizza waffles.

The pizza waffles were extremely easy to assemble — my pizza was on the iron in under a minute!

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When I took my pizza out of the waffle iron, it smelled delicious and looked golden brown and ready to go — but the inside of the pizza told another story.

Apparently, the outside of my pizza cooked much faster than the inside did, likely because of how thick the biscuits were. Because of this, the inside of the pizza was completely raw and I couldn’t even take a bite.

I put the pizza back on the waffle iron for another few minutes and the dough cooked through, but at that point, the sauce and cheese were nowhere to be found.

It seems like you can cook a biscuit in a waffle iron, but not so much a pizza. If I were to try this again, I would cut the biscuit dough thinner so it could cook all the way through.

Rating: 2/5 stars

Waffle Iron Hack #3: Blueberry Muffins

<u> Waffle Iron Hack #3: Blueberry Muffins </u>
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Since you can’t exactly make muffins on a waffle iron, I guess it’s more accurate to call these “blueberry muffin waffles” than blueberry muffins.

Regardless, all you have to do to make these is prepare your blueberry muffin batter as you normally would and pour it onto the waffle iron.

Not too bad, right?

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At least, that’s what I thought.

Maybe it’s the batter I used or maybe I didn’t spray enough oil on my waffle iron, but my blueberry muffin waffles were a hot mess. They tasted just as bad as they looked!

Honestly, if you want blueberry muffin waffles, I think it would be easier to just put blueberries in a regular waffle batter. I don’t know where these blueberry muffin waffles went wrong, but they went wrong somewhere. I think the bottom line here is that not every batter works in a waffle iron.

Rating: 1/5 stars

Waffle Iron Hack #4: Cinnamon Rolls

<u> Waffle Iron Hack #4: Cinnamon Rolls </u>
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No matter what happened with this experiment, I knew I was going to be happy because honestly, how do you mess up cinnamon rolls?

All you have to do to make cinnamon roll waffles is cook refrigerated cinnamon rolls on a waffle iron. Literally, that’s it.

This “recipe” requires zero prep work and five minutes of cooking time, aka it’s a lazy girl’s dream.

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Unsurprisingly, these cinnamon roll waffles were delicious.

The cinnamon roll dough cooked all the way through for a delicious cinnamon treat. I would enjoy these with syrup in the morning or the frosting that comes with the cinnamon rolls for dessert.

Rating: 4.5/5

Waffle Iron Hack #5: Omelette

<u> Waffle Iron Hack #5: Omelette </u>
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I saved the omelette for last because I was most skeptical about cooking eggs on a waffle iron. I’ve seen people cook scrambled eggs in boiling water before, though, so I thought maybe it might work.

To make an omelette on a waffle iron, all you have to do is thinly chop whatever vegetables you want to add to your omelette, whisk your eggs, and combine them into one mixture.

The eggs then cook for a few minutes. Afterward, they should be fluffy and ready.

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As you can see, though, my eggs didn’t turn out fluffy in the slightest.

I prepared my eggs as I normally would with just two eggs and a splash of milk, but it doesn’t seem like that was enough “batter” for the iron. While the omelette is thick in some places, in others it is stretched out and was barely even there.

The texture of the omelette aside, the eggs didn’t even taste good. Perhaps it was the way they were cooked, but these tasted artificial, as if they were powdered.

The texture was off-putting enough, but the flavor really pushed me over the edge. If you want an omelette, I would just use a pan!

Rating: 0/5 stars

Final Thoughts

<u> Final Thoughts </u>
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The clear winner, and perhaps the only one of these that I would ever make again, is the cinnamon roll waffles. These maintained a relatively similar texture and taste to the original and slashed the baking time!

As for the other waffle iron hacks, I don’t think I would recommend most of these to anyone without some tweaks.

There are definitely some things you can make in a waffle iron — like French toast — but you cannot make an omelette. You just can’t.

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