My kids LOVE their hash browns. They can eat them for every meal and in their opinion, no dish is perfect without them. So I’ve always got a bag of hash browns in the freezer, ready to pop them in the oven.

But you know how it is, the kids come home late from sport and they’re starving. I cannot get their dinner out fast enough and heating up the oven and baking a hash brown is just going to delay the process. But then I read about a shortcut that may change my relationship with the humble hash brown forever.

Toasted Hash Browns

A true genius shared in the Markdown Addicts Australia facebook group about how she successful crisped up her hash browns in the toaster.

OMG! This is brilliant! Why have I never thought of this before?

I knew immediately that I would have to try this out for myself. But it did sound like something our local fire fighter would waggle his finger at. So in preparation, I read the comments and a few other stories from others who’ve toasted their hash browns and lived to tell the tale (and taste the goods).

How To Toast Your Hash Browns

The basic guidelines were that you could toast a hash brown straight from the freezer. You should use a medium setting on your toaster and watch the hash browns carefully for any sign of burning. You may need to pop the toaster about three times before your hash brown is crispy to your liking and warm inside. But toasters vary quite a lot so you will need to find the ideal time and heat setting for your toaster. It’s best if you can turn the hash brown occasionally using a toast tongs (not your fingers!!!) but be gentle as the hash brown can break, especially while it’s still raw.

hash-browns-toasted

Some disbelievers warned that roasting a hash brown in a toaster could produce lots of oil that could catch alight. But I actually didn’t find that much oil was produced during the toasting process. There was a satisfying sizzle sound but there was certainly no drips of oil.

However, it is recommended that you clean the crumb tray after the toasting process, in case there are any oily bits left over.

Some people have said that they cook their hash browns in a flat sandwich press instead. I love this idea – I think this will be next on my list to try.

The Verdict

So, what’s the verdict? All hail the toasted hash browns. A quick and easy solution for when you need a hash brown right NOW! The downside is that you have to hover over the toaster during the cooking process and perhaps the crunch factor is not as good as the oven-cooked variety. But if you’re looking for an almost-instant hash brown fix, then this hack is for you!

What odd things have you cooked in your toaster? Tell us in the comments below.


  • Extremely dangerous due to the oil catching on fire I wouldn’t be doing this in front of children especially it takes these same amount of time to put hash browns in the sandwich press and is safe

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  • Not keen on this idea for many reasons – quite a few concerns about this method.

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  • I wouldn’t think this would be very safe? Hashbrowns leave a lot of oil and personally I wouldn’t want my toaster filled with oil

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  • Omg please dont follow these suggestions. It’s a fire hazard waiting to happen!

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  • Must try this out – don’t have them very often, but it should work a treat.

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  • Clever! But i don’t think I’d like to put them in my toaster. They are quite oily

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  • I am going to try this and if all goes well, I’ll be overjoyed. My oven is ancient and takes 3 times as long to cook anything than it’s meant to.

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  • Would this really be faster than the grill? That’s how I do mine.

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  • I often just put mine in the oven but this sounds much quicker. I’m not sure that I feel it’s safe enough though?

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  • I always thought hash browns were deep fried! I’ve only ever had a Maccas hash brown, though, they’re not something we ever eat at home. All hail anyone that makes life easier for others

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  • A very clever idea!l will have to try it!

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  • Omg this is the best idea ever! I’ve never even thought to try it. I know what I’m doing on the weekend

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  • This sounds like more work than just grilling them.

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  • I’ve never done it before, we’ve never really had them much over the years.
    I’ll give it a go. My younger sister heats them up in just the microwave, could imagine it would be a bit soggy! Lol


    • They sure won’t be crispy in the microwave, lol !

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  • Yes I’ve cooked them in the toaster, nothing new.

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