If we could eat breakfast for every meal, we would. Specifically, we'd eat waffles for every meal. Since so many delicious sweet and savory recipes abound, we'd argue that they're the most versatile breakfast option out there. And those notches that soak up all the syrup don't hurt either. Whether you're getting creative with the batter, or simply craving that perfect texture from the crispy outer shell and fluffy insides, there are endless reasons to whip up waffles.
Below, we rounded up 12 delectable waffle recipes you can indulge in morning, noon, and night. Each is completely unique, from eccentric flavor combinations to the classics, as well as vegan-friendly and paleo variations, so you can meet all your waffle cravings.
Here are the best waffle recipes to try this weekend.
Tater Tot Waffles With Bacon, Eggs, and Truffle Oil
Tater tot waffle, or giant hash brown? Either way, we're counting this Yes to Yolks concoction a waffle recipe. Spread tater tots on a waffle iron, and press. Then top with crispy bacon, an egg your way, a drizzle of truffle oil, and scallions.
Pro Tip: Sky's the limit here on toppings. Yes to Yolks suggest a salmon and crème fraîche combo, or a meat medley with sausage, prosciutto, and ham, for example.
Churro Bacon Waffles
For a sweet and savory waffle, make this churro waffle recipe from Hola Jalapeño. Waffle batter is sweetened with maple syrup, and crispy bacon pieces provide savory contrast. Ground cinnamon and granulated sugar is brushed on freshly pressed waffles, just like a churro.
Pro Tip: Go all out and serve hot waffles with softened butter, whipped cream, and syrup.
Waffles With Chia and Cherries
Brown Sugar & Vanilla's nourishing waffle recipe includes chia seeds and cherries. Her dairy-free batter features almond or rice milk, apple cider vinegar, salt, baking powder, orange juice, and pistachio pieces to serve.
Pro Tip: To make the cherry topping, "Put cherries in a saucepan with the orange juice. Let them over medium heat until thawed and the liquid evaporates a little," recommends Brown Sugar & Vanilla.
Classic Crispy Belgian Waffles
For something more classic, these Belgian waffles will do just the trick. These waffles from Half Baked Harvest are simultaneously crispy and fluffy. To make the batter, mix all-purpose flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, salt, shaken buttermilk, separated egg, vanilla extract, butter, and granulated sugar.
Pro Tip: The recipe also includes directions for a whipped eggnog spiced butter (softened butter, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves) for extra pizazz.
Cheddar Cornbread Waffle BLT
Hungry for something savory? Try this waffle recipe from Half Baked Harvest. With a cheddar cornbread batter, these waffles are good enough to eat on their own. But you'll also probably want to start stacking on the bacon, cherry tomatoes, and chipotle butter (softened, salted butter and finely chopped chipotle chiles in adobo).
Pro Tip: Let batter sit 5–10 minutes before ladling into heated waffle iron.
Coconut Banana Yogurt Waffles
From Minimalist Baker, this waffle recipe is vegan-friendly, gluten-free, and offers flavors of coconut and banana. To make the batter, mix unsweetened almond milk, dairy-free yogurt, coconut oil or olive oil, maple syrup, gluten-free rolled oats, gluten-free flour blend, salt, baking powder, and coconut sugar or cane sugar.
Pro Tip: There are so many ways to bump up the base batter recipe. For example, Minimalist Baker recommends a touch of vanilla extract, chia seeds, flaxseed meal, or ground cinnamon.
Fried Chicken and Waffle Sliders
Chicken-fried waffles are a classic, and this egg sandwich upgrade, courtesy of Foodie Crush really calls to us. It's an easy recipe to follow, yielding a delicious meal you'll want to enjoy again and again. Your ingredient list will include waffle mix, buttermilk and hot sauce to brine the chicken breast, and flour to coat chicken with before frying; plus salt, garlic powder, and eggs.
Pro Tip: "Keep the chicken warm in a 250 degree oven," writes Foodie Crush. When ready, "Stack the chicken in between the waffles and drizzle or serve with dipping sauces."
Cinnamon Sugar Churro Waffles
From Half Baked Harvest, this recipe is a sugar lover's dream. The name speaks for itself. Cinnamon sugar waffles? You're basically mixing our two favorite things—churros and waffles—so it doesn't get any better than that. Oh, and you get to top things off with a drizzle of chocolate sauce or dulce de leche, take your pick. To make the batter, you'll need buttermilk, eggs, butter, vanilla, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and sugar.
Pro Tip: Everyone has their texture preference, however you might want to follow Half Baked Harvest's lead for a pillowy waffle, "I like to slightly undercook my waffles so they are super soft in the center," she writes.
If you've got extra sourdough starter, make Feasting at Home's homemade waffle recipe. In addition to unfed sourdough starter, you'll need all-purpose flour, sugar, buttermilk, eggs, butter, baking soda, and vanilla extract.
Pro Tip: Feasting at Home tops her waffles with glazed peaches, so if you're also keen, you'll need peaches, coconut oil or butter, and maple syrup for drizzling.
Paleo Banana Bread Waffles
To make these paleo banana bread waffles, Hummingbird High used a paleo-friendly baking flour to cut down on time spent combining different nut flours and starches. For soft and fluffy waffles, her batter includes ripe, brown-spotted bananas for optimal banana flavor, along with baking soda, eggs, coconut milk, cinnamon, and a bit of salt.
Pro Tip: Ensure all of your ingredients are at room temperature, "Specifically, the maple syrup, eggs, and coconut milk if it’s been refrigerated," writes Hummingbird High. "This is because the recipe uses melted coconut oil, which solidifies at temperatures below 76 degrees. Adding cold ingredients to the melted coconut oil will cause it to seize into pebbles in the batter."
Apple Cider Waffles
The secret to Hummingbird High's sweet and tangy buttermilk waffles is adding reduced apple cider, like Tree Top 100% Pure Pressed Sweet & Tart Apple Cider, to the batter. Whip this recipe up with buttermilk, unsalted butter, cinnamon (and 1 cinnamon stick), all-purpose flour, egg yolks (and whites), baking powder, and baking soda.
Pro Tip: Save time by prepping the reduced apple cider syrup a few days ahead.
Double Chocolate Mint Waffle Cookies (Allergen Free)
Boulder Locavore turns her waffle mix recipe into cookies for a convenient, hand-held treat that's also free from common allergens; meaning this recipe is vegan, gluten-, and dairy-free. Combine pancake and waffle mix, unsweetened cocoa powder, granulated sugar, peppermint extract, and mini semi-sweet baking chocolate chips. The result: Fudgy texture that satisfies a craving for waffles and cookies at-once.
Pro Tip: This recipe works best on a traditional waffle iron instead of a deep, Belgian-style iron, writes Boulder Locavore.