5 Completely Different Recipe Hacks For Frozen Waffles

Frozen waffles are extremely convenient (if you've got a toaster, you're good to go), but the fact of the matter is that they just aren’t as fluffy and delicious as homemade. While we don’t dislike toaster waffles per se, these days, we’re more likely to order waffles at brunch than keep a sleeve of pre-made ones in our freezer.

But recently, we wondered if we’ve sold the frozen breakfast staple short. After all, they do heat up in a flash with no mess, and that’s not something you exactly grow out of appreciating. Rather than going back to eating them with just butter and syrup, however, we wondered if we could dress them up.

Click through to see the R29 Food team’s favorite ways to hack frozen waffles, whether it’s for a savory breakfast or an impressive dessert.

Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Breakfast Waffle
Olivia Harrison, Food News Writer

It is a well-known fact on the food team that Olivia’s favorite food is pizza — so, naturally, her waffle hack was pizza-related as well. There are plenty of ways to customize this with different toppings depending on your specific preferences.

Ingredients
Plain Toaster Waffle
Breakfast sausage of choice, crumbled
Mozzarella Cheese
Fried Egg (Optional)

Instructions
1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Toast a plain toaster waffle till it is no longer frozen but not crispy, either in a toaster or in the oven.

2. Meanwhile, heat up the breakfast sausage according to package instructions and dice it into small pieces or crumble it.

3. Top the waffle with sausage and as much mozzarella cheese as you want. Toast until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. Top with a fried egg and serve.
Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Blueberry-Lemon Tart Waffles
Amanda Johnson, Senior Editor Of Content Strategy

Amanda took regular blueberry waffles and turned them into a fun brunch treat or even easy dessert. She recommends using homemade whipped cream, which is easy to make even without a hand mixer (try the French Press hack), but store bought works as well.

Ingredients
Mini blueberry toaster waffles
Lemon Curd
Homemade or store-bought whipped cream

Instructions
Toast the waffles according to package instructions. Top with desired amount of lemon curd, then top with whipped cream and serve.
Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
PB & Honey Waffles
Marshall Bright, Food Writer

You can really do this with whatever waffle you want, but the heartiness of whole wheat waffles makes this an easy way to switch up breakfast toast.

Ingredients
Whole wheat toaster waffles
Peanut Butter
Bananas
Honey

Instructions
Toast the waffles until they are golden brown. Top with a generous amount of peanut butter and sliced bananas. Drizzle with honey and top with a second waffle if you want to make it to-go friendly.
Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Breakfast Waffle Sandwich
Zoe Bain, Senior Food Editor

If you’re a fan of McGriddles but don’t want to put on pants on a Saturday, consider adding a drizzle of maple syrup to this delicious sandwich. It’s like being there, without ever having to interrupt your current Netflix binge.

Ingredients
2 toaster waffles
1 fried egg
1-2 slices cheese of your choice
1-2 slices cooked bacon
Hot sauce, to taste
Butter, to taste

Instructions
1. Toast the waffles according to package instructions. (If you want to get really fancy, coat them in butter and cook them in a pan over medium heat until crispy and fully saturated to make it more like a grilled cheese.)

2. Top one of the hot waffles with a fried egg, cheese (do this while it's still hot so it melts), and bacon.

3. Top with hot sauce, or other desired condiments.
Illustrated by Louisa Cannell.
Easy Waffle Trifle
Elizabeth Buxton, Food Writer

Stacked cakes that allow fresh berries to show through are a gorgeous summer treat. But, you can make them in a fraction of the time by using waffles instead of cake. Substitute whipped cream or even icing if you want to make this less of a brunch dish and more of a dessert.

Ingredients
3-4 frozen waffles
1 tbsp salted butter
1-2 tbsp chocolate hazelnut spread
1-2 tbsp nut butter (cashew, almond, or peanut will do)
1/2 cup sliced strawberries and bananas
1 tsp powdered sugar

Instructions
1. Heat butter in a wide sauce pan over medium heat and toast frozen waffles until browned and buttery on both sides.

2. Spread the first layer with hazelnut spread, the top with fruit. Place the second waffle on top, then spread nut butter and top with fruit. Alternate each layer with nut butter or chocolate spread followed by fruit until you get to the top layer.

3. For the final layer, top with a few berries for decoration and then with a dusting of powdered sugar.