Buttermilk Waffles

There’s nothing better than big, fluffy Buttermilk Waffles first thing in the morning! This will be your new favorite breakfast recipe!!

Buttermilk waffles are right up there on the list of favorite breakfast recipes! My kids love these waffles just as much as they love a stack of pancakes, or a slice of french toast!

A stack of Buttermilk Waffles on a plate, topped with strawberries and blueberries.

Homemade Breakfast

I LOVE breakfast. I can’t go a day without it. And I think we can all agree that a homemade breakfast is the best – especially when it’s waffles!

Classic Buttermilk Waffles are fluffy, light, and taste great with a bunch of yummy toppings. My kids beg me to make waffles almost daily. They love this recipe and it’s quickly becoming our go-to waffles.

What’s the difference between buttermilk waffles and classic Belgian waffles?

Belgian waffles are made with a very deep waffle maker and call for different ingredients. Buttermilk waffles are a classic recipe that can be made in any waffle maker!

Collage of mixing the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients for the waffles.

How to Make Buttermilk Waffles

Dry Ingredients. Mix your dry ingredients together – flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Wet Ingredients. Then mix your wet ingredients together- buttermilk, melted butter, large eggs, and vanilla.

Combine. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Make sure not to over mix.

Cook. Grease and heat up your waffle iron. Pour about ⅓ – ½ cup of batter into the waffle iron (or until batter reached about ½ inch to the edge of the iron). Cook according to your waffle iron. Top with syrup and berries or any other topping you desire!

Make your own buttermilk. I almost never have buttermilk at my house. You can easily make your own buttermilk with this trick:

  • Pour a little less than 2 cups of regular milk into a bowl. Add two tablespoons of vinegar to the bowl. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. You just made buttermilk!

Variations + TOppings

  • Shapes. Invest in a waffle maker with shapes. I’ve seen hearts, sea animal shapes, zoo animals shapes, and more. When using a new waffle maker make a couple test waffles so you can determine the right timing for beautiful crisp golden brown waffles. (See manufacturer’s instructions for guidelines) 
  • Sprinkles. Pour the batter in the waffle iron and add sprinkles to the top before closing the lid.
  • Nuts. Mix chopped nuts or chocolate chips into the mixture.
  • Seeds. Chia seeds, flax seed, and using whole wheat flour are all ways to add some extra nutrition.

What to use for toppings?

So many options, but some of our favorites include:

Closeup of a fluffy buttermilk waffle inside the waffle iron.

waffles tips

What does Buttermilk do in waffles? First, the buttermilk adds a bit of tangy flavor to the waffles. Next, the acidity in the buttermilk helps the baking soda work even better to create a light fluffy waffle. It also breaks down the gluten which gives a finer texture. 

Make your waffles fluffy. Make sure not to over-mix the batter- the less you fuss with the batter the fluffier your waffles will be! I always let my batter sit for a few minutes to thicken before I make the waffles. This helps them to be extra fluffy!

Butter. Add butter or cooking spray to the waffle maker as needed to keep the waffles from sticking. 

Make ahead of time. The batter can be made the night before and kept covered in the fridge. Allow it to come to room temperature and give it a gentle stir before pouring onto the waffle iron.

serving + storing

Keeping Waffles Warm. Keep the following tips in mind when you need to keep a stack of waffles warm before serving. 

  • Don’t stack them. The steam from the freshly cooked waffles will transfer to the waffles underneath making them soggy. Don’t cover them with foil for the same reason.
  • To keep warm, I place a couple of baking sheets on the oven racks. Then, I heat my oven to 200 degrees then turn it OFF. As the waffles finish cooking place them in a single layer on the baking sheets.

Freezing leftovers for easy morning meals. We always have leftover waffles that we don’t even up eating. These are GREAT for freezing and eating later. Freeze the waffles in a single layer until they are frozen, then put them into an airtight container or bag and freeze until you need them.

Perfect for heating up or toasting for busy on-the-go mornings!

Homemade buttermilk waffle topped with berries and syrup.

We love to eat these with our waffles:

For more waffle recipes, check out:

Buttermilk Waffles Recipe

5 from 147 votes
There's nothing better than big, fluffy Buttermilk Waffles first thing in the morning! This will be your new favorite breakfast recipe!!
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 331 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna



  • In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  • In another medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk and butter. Add eggs and stir until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined (there were still be lumps). Fold in vanilla. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.
  • Preheat waffle iron and grease. Pour about ⅓ – ½ cup of batter into the waffle iron (or until batter reached about ½ inch to the edge of the iron). Cook until ready. Top with syrup and berries. 


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    1. 5 stars
      This recipe is amazing! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
      My kids loved it and I will definitely make again. My buttermilk was old, so it ended up adding vinegar to milk and it worked just fine!

  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is fabulous! I actually subbed out part of the white flour for whole wheat. We topped ours with whipped cream and strawberries. From now on, this is my go-to-recipe.

  2. These are the BEST waffles I have ever made!!! Going to make chicken and waffles tonight and infuse maple syrup with red pepper flakes. Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  3. 5 stars
    Just made these and this just became my favorite Belgian waffle recipe. So good! Thank you so much!

  4. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I used to make waffles often in the past, but haven’t in many years. This morning I couldn’t find my old recipe so I Googled “buttermilk waffles.” This one came up and I knew it was similar so I gave it a try. Very glad I did because the flavor was outstanding! I put pecans in them which made them even better. My husband (we’re newlyweds) was delighted, too!

    One thing that I’m not happy about is they didn’t crisp up, no matter how long I cooked them. I let my Krups waffle iron heat up well in advance and it only has one setting (on/off), so I can’t make it any hotter. Any idea what else it could be? I followed the recipe to the letter and let the batter rest, too.

    I put the cooked waffles in the oven on Warm, on a cooling rack, and that did crisp them up a bit.

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the waffle recipe. Typically soggy waffles happen from the iron not being hot enough, the batter being overmixed/overworked or stacking them on top of each other. So maybe one of those factors? I’m glad that putting them in the oven for a bit helped them crisp up a little.

  5. This recipe is 100% the same as the highest-rated buttermilk waffle recipe on AllRecipes – but published afterward. Not cool.

    1. To be fair. This is the waffle recipe my mom used. I have no clue where she got it. Recipes have no copyright. Many are handed down for generations. Allrecipes been around for over 20 years, and many people “published” recipes straight from a cookbook…or that were handed down.

  6. 5 stars
    Best waffle recipe I’ve made in 30 years! And so simple. Crispy on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside. Sometimes I need a ‘practice’ waffle to get the cooking right. I had buttermilk but it can be made with 1 tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice added to a scant cup of milk. So glad I found this recipe.

  7. 5 stars
    These waffles are amazing! So easy to make, light and fluffy. My family loved them. This is my new waffle recipe. Thanks for all your great recipes!

  8. 4 stars
    I cut the ingredients in half to make enough for two people and was able to get 4 decent sized waffles! I used buttermilk and also added frozen blueberries. Simple and tasty recipe!

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