Leftover Breakfast Hash

For those of you that have children I am sure you have made hamburgers and tatertots at least once for lunch or dinner.  In my experience, unless your kids are really ravenous, you have had some of these leftover after the meal as well.  As with any leftovers, the decision then becomes: do I throw them away or save them for another meal?

Recently I was faced with this same question.  Of course, the answer was pretty easy for me, I saved the leftovers.  I know that many people would have just thrown the food away.  In fact, according to a 2004 study by Timothy Jones of the University of Arizona in Tucson, 40-50% of the food harvested in the United States never gets eaten[1].  This statistic is pretty unconscionable given that the UN Food and Agriculture Organization reported that in 2010 there were 925 million hungry people in the world.[2]

This morning, I got up and looked through the pantry and refrigerator for something to cook for breakfast.  I realized that I had a plastic container half full of leftover tatertots as well as two leftover hamburger patties that needed to be eaten.  So I made some hash.


  • two hamburger patties
  • leftover tatertots
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup of water


  1. Put two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet to heat
  2. Chop the tatertots into small pieces
  3. Cube the hamburger patties
  4. Add the minced tatertots into the oil and begin re-browning them
  5. Add the cubed hamburger patties
  6. Add salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  7. As the mixture heats and browns add water slowly to add moisture back to the food that was lost during refrigeration
  8. Once thoroughly heated, remove from skillet and enjoy!


If you have some onions or peppers, you could add them as well for even more flavor.  Also, for a Southwestern flair you could add leftover corn, tomatoes and chili peppers.


  1. Study: Nation Wastes Nearly Half Its Food. UA News, website.
  2. 2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics. World Hunger Education Service, website.