28 Best Waffle Recipes

Start Your Day Right With Fluffy Breakfast Waffles

Gluten-Free Buckwheat Waffles with Strawberry Compote

The Spruce / Leah Maroney

Wake up to waffles with our collection of the best sweet and savory waffle recipes. From classic breakfast waffles and sweet Belgian waffles to crispy gluten-free waffles, holiday gingerbread waffles, savory fried chicken and waffles, and more, your search for the perfect waffle recipe ends here.

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    Basic Breakfast Waffles

    Basic Breakfast Waffles

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    Whip up a batch of traditional, fluffy breakfast waffles with this foolproof recipe, and your trusty waffle iron. Adjust your waffle iron setting to get your perfect texture, whether you prefer them lightly cooked, or crispy and browned on the outside.

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    Gluten-Free Buckwheat Waffles with Strawberry Compote

    Gluten-Free Buckwheat Waffles with Strawberry Compote

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Crispy, airy buckwheat waffles are gluten-free and full of fiber, with a naturally toasty, nutty flavor you'll come back to again and again. This special occasion-worthy dish would make an elegant Mother's Day breakfast treat. The recipe adds a sweetened yogurt glaze and a strawberry-cherry compote on top, for a breakfast plate that looks as great as it tastes.

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    Homemade Dairy-Free Waffles

    Homemade Dairy-Free Waffles

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    Waffles made with almond milk, soy margarine, and soy yogurt in place of the usual dairy ingredients make wonderful comfort food at breakfast or brunch for those eating dairy-free. Add a little cinnamon to the batter, if you like a hint of spice for these homemade dairy-free waffles.

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    Raspberry Whole Wheat Waffles

    Raspberry Whole Wheat Waffles

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Waffles made with whole wheat flour let you indulge in all the fluffy sweetness of your favorite breakfast waffles, and feel virtuous, too. These nutritious, high-fiber waffles are topped with fresh, juicy raspberries in season, plus a drizzle of warm maple syrup.

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    Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Waffles

    Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Waffles

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Warm, homemade waffles with a savory surprise inside make a filling hand-held breakfast. Layer bacon bits, an egg, and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese onto the batter in your waffle iron, then cover with more batter and cook for an instant, portable breakfast waffle sandwich.

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    Low-Calorie Waffles With Blueberries

    Low-Calorie Waffles With Blueberries

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    Waffles don't have to break the calorie bank, as this health-conscious recipe proves. It calls for whole wheat flour for added nutrition, just a scant bit of sugar and oil, and no butter, for waffles you can enjoy without the guilt.

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    Overnight Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles

    Overnight Gluten-Free Belgian Waffles

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    Wake up to waffles with this easy, awesome overnight Belgian waffle recipe suitable for gluten-free diets. Mix up the yeast batter the night before, and leave covered on the kitchen counter. Pour it into your waffle iron in the morning, for wonderfully pillowy, raised waffles you can serve with syrup, chocolate sauce, or fresh fruit.

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    Sugar-Free Dinner Waffles

    Sugar-Free Dinner Waffles

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    Waffles are a popular breakfast treat, but they can also work for dinner, topped with fried chicken, pulled pork, or other savory ingredients. This simple recipe omits the sugar from the batter, transforming waffles into dinner-ready vessels.

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    Potato Waffles

    potato waffle on plate

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    Rethink everything you know about the waffle and try potato waffles! They're similar to potato pancakes, and the waffle batter includes a shredded potato, cheese, and bacon. It cooks up wonderfully in the waffle iron and makes a delicious, unique brunch dish or dinner side.

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    Sweet Potato Waffles

    Sweet potato waffles

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo 

    Sweet potato waffles are delicious, easy, and a perfect way to use leftover sweet potatoes from dinner. This recipe uses oat flour, so it's also naturally gluten-free. You can also add spice or use dairy alternatives to customize it to your family's needs and tastes.

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    Mochi Waffles

    mochi waffles

    Leah Maroney 

    Add an Asian twist to your morning with this recipe for mochi waffles. Mochi refers to a sweet rice flour that is traditionally used to make Japanese rice cakes. When added to the batter, the waffles take on a pleasing chewy texture on the inside while staying nice and crispy on the outside. Delicious topped with fruit, syrup, or even ice cream.

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    Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

    Chicken and Waffle Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social

    Use sugar-free dinner waffles (or frozen waffles in a pinch) for this mouth-watering, filling, Southern-style lunch or dinner dish that pairs crispy waffles with down-home buttermilk fried chicken, applewood smoked bacon, maple syrup, and hot sauce.

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    Chocolate Waffles

    Chocolate Waffles

    Kristina Vanni 

    Tired of plain old waffles? Stir some melted chocolate into your batter and make decadent chocolate waffles. Serve topped with cocoa powder and strawberries for breakfast or with a scoop of ice cream and chocolate sauce for a delicious dessert.

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    Pumpkin Waffles With Cinnamon Caramel Syrup

    Pumpkin Waffles With Cinnamon Caramel Syrup

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Indulge yourself at breakfast or brunch with these sweet, spiced waffles that are full of autumn flavors. Pumpkin puree, pie spices, and vanilla in the batter deliver a fantastic, dessert-like taste, and the included cinnamon caramel syrup topping sends these waffles right over the top!

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    Red Velvet Waffles

    red velvet waffles

     Leah Maroney

    Red velvet waffles make a colorful addition to your morning meal. They have all of the flavors of the famous cake, with chocolate in the batter and a vanilla cream cheese drizzle. Red velvet cake fans will love this unique waffle.

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    Blueberry Waffles

    Blueberry Waffles

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    Use fresh or frozen blueberries to make these classic waffles that are extra-puffy and light-tasting, thanks to whipped egg whites folded into the batter. Don't miss the included recipe for delicious blueberry sauce, which turns this simple breakfast into a dish elegant enough for Mother's Day or Easter brunches.

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    Keto Waffles

    Keto waffles

    The Spruce / Laurel Randolph

    Gluten and grain-free, these high protein keto waffles swap wheat flour for almond flour. Almond butter adds a pleasantly nutty flavor and whipped egg whites create a fluffy texture. The waffles reheat well in the oven or toaster for an easy weekday breakfast.

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    Churro Waffles

    churro waffles

     Leah Maroney

    Brushed with butter and dusted in cinnamon sugar, churro waffles are a delicious way to start the day. Drizzled with chocolate sauce, they also make a decadent dessert. They're sure to be popular with the whole family.

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    Sweet Corn Waffles

    Sweet Corn Waffles

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Fresh sweet corn kernels are used to make these homestyle corn waffles, which also include cornmeal and buttermilk in the batter. They are fantastic for breakfast topped with bacon and maple syrup. Or go savory and serve with chili and shredded cheddar for dinner!

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    Belgian Sugar Waffles

    Belgian Sugar Waffles

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Soft, chewy Belgian sugar waffles have a sweet, crunchy sugar coating, a lovely golden color, and will fill your kitchen with the homey aromas of vanilla cake. No wonder they are a favorite European dessert, to enjoy with Nutella or chocolate sauce.

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    Buttermilk Waffles

    Buttermilk Waffles

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Buttermilk in the batter creates thicker, puffed-up waffles in this classic recipe that tastes wonderful topped with sliced bananas and maple syrup, or whipped cream and fresh berries in season.

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    Mini Chicken and Waffles

    Mini Chicken and Waffles

    The Spruce / Milena Perrine

    Serve these fun, scrumptious, Southern-style chicken and waffle bites when you host guests for brunch. Coat chicken breast tenders in buttermilk and panko and fry, then load onto miniature waffle squares, and top with warm honey and parmesan cheese. Yum!

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    Gingerbread Waffles

    Gingerbread Waffles

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Spiced gingerbread waffles make a wonderful Christmas breakfast treat, but feel free to enjoy them all year-round. They smell fantastic while cooking and have a rich, dessert-like flavor that practically begs for whipped cream on top!

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    Peanut Butter Waffles

    Peanut Butter Waffles

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Peanut butter-lovers are sure to flip for these easy, nutty breakfast waffles. Simply add some peanut butter and hot water to basic waffle batter for a delicious waffle breakfast. Top with Nutella, fresh banana slices, or maple syrup.

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    Fluffy Pecan Waffles

    Fluffy Pecan Waffles

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Chopped pecans add a welcome crunch and great nutty flavor to traditional, fluffy breakfast waffles. Be sure to check out the great ideas and tips for variations in the recipe, for waffles made to order.

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    Low-Fat Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles

    Low Fat Vegan Whole Wheat Waffles

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    Enjoy waffles on a vegan, low-fat diet with this must-know recipe. Applesauce is used in place of the usual oil or butter, along with soy milk instead of dairy, for nutritious, lower-calorie waffles that are satisfyingly tasty.

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    Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social

    The popular Southern dish of fried chicken and waffles converges with America's favorite grilled cheese sandwich in this breakfast-meets-lunch mashup. It's a little bit crazy, and a lot delicious. Serve it with a side of fries for a filling, diner-style lunch.

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    Waffle Quiches

    Bacon and eggs on waffle

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    You can use store-bought frozen or homemade waffles, to make these kid-friendly, hand-held waffle "quiches." Waffles are layered with a quiche filling of eggs, diced cooked ham, and cheese, and baked in the oven until puffy and golden brown.