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 115 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
    Well, I tried them this morning. After figuring out that our buttermilk was not good and having to run to the store for more…they were delicious! Definitely keeping this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Buttermilk Waffles is great! They look very attractive. Thanks for your guide recipe. You make processing them easier. will try it soon. Cherish for your sharing

  3. 5 stars
    I love how easy these were to make! My family prefers waffles over pancakes & they said these were the best! Super soft!

  4. 5 stars
    What a great way to start my day! This looks delicious; can’t wait to enjoy this with my morning cup of coffee!

  5. 5 stars
    Thanks for the Buttermilk substitute tip. I never have it on hand Either, but was still able to make the recipe.

  6. 5 stars
    My family loves a good homemade waffle. These were so light, soft and fluffy! This is a recipe we will make often!

  7. 5 stars
    I love Fluffy Waffle, it’s great to be able to do it at home, thank you for your detailed videos and tutorials, just follow and everything is easy.

  8. 5 stars
    Absolutely loved thIs recipe. It was very fluffy and DELICIOUS. I added chopped bananas into the waFfle iron as toppings aFter pouring The batter and it cAme out so good. It was a big hit at our house. Thanks

  9. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe but my only suggestion is if you want fluffier waffles separated the egg whites and egg yokes. Then beat the whites and added them at the end. I also doubled the amouun of sugar for sweeter waffles.

  10. 5 stars
    It is now the family recipe!!! I also did half wheat, half white flour and it was actually even lighter! Thank you!

  11. 5 stars
    These are the best waffles, so light and fluffy! Very low in sugar too, only 8 grams. I served them to 15 family members and they all raved aBout them.

  12. 5 stars
    Used 1/2 WHOLE-WHEAT flour and 1/2 white floyr and used low fat buttermilk. Let rest 10 minutes. Great recipe!!

  13. 5 stars
    Incredibly light and fluffy with a nice tangy taste, due to using buttermilk.
    Prior to finding this recipe, I used one that required separation of the eggs and beating the egg whites. But this recipe is easier and produces fluffier waffles. It’s my new goto waffle recipe. Thanks!

  14. 5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe many times and it’s my FAVE! I was wondering if I could make the batter the night before? Will it still be okay to use?

    1. So glad it’s your favorite! I personally haven’t made the batter the night before. Not sure if it would thicken up.

  15. 5 stars
    I have tried other buttermilk recipes……this one’s hands down at the top of my list. My daughter loved it….I will be using the leftovers for breakfast tomorrow…..THANKS 🙂

  16. Can you make the batter the night before and put it in the fridge with some plastic wrap? I have a brunch that I’m hosting tomorrow and I want to save as much time as possible.

    1. I haven’t tried making the night before. It might get thick & you’d want to add a little liquid when you are ready 🙂

  17. 5 stars
    I didn’t have buttermilk so I used kefir instead cup for cup and WOW this is the best waffle batter I’ve ever tried! They’re perfectly fluffy with the perfect amount of substance and crunch. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  18. 5 stars
    Made these a couple of days ago. They were delicious! I don’t always have buttermilk on hand so they were a nice new addition to the Sunday lineup.

  19. 5 stars
    Waffles are my kids favorite! We love this recipe and it’s a hit with my picky waffle eaters. I love the buttermilk flavor in it and the recipe instructions are specific enough to help me avoid lots of spilled over batter in the waffle iron! Another Lil’ Luna hit in our home!

      1. 5 stars
        Love this recipe! I use half oat flour half regular flour which gives it a heartier flavor. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe! 😊

  20. 5 stars
    Best waffles I’ve ever made; at 64 and having cooked from scratch from a young age, this is saying a lot. Picked this recipe because it had 5 stars, so happy I did.

  21. Would you please let me know how many waffles this recipe will make? I see that it is 6 servings, but how many waffles in a serving?

    Thank you!

  22. 5 stars
    Soooo good! Our new favorite waffle recipe. We cut the recipe in half and had 4 Belgian squares. Served with syrup with a little melted butter and vanilla. Amazing!

  23. 5 stars
    This recipe was amazing! I had some blueberries and added the with a little cinnamon!! This is a keeper for sure.

  24. 5 stars
    We had breakfast for dinner today. These waffles were the delicious star of the meal. Topped with blueberries and raspberries & maple syrup they were perfection!

    1. 5 stars
      Easy recipe to put together. I had some buttermilk a little past the “best use by” date, so this recipe sounded perfect in that it used 2 cups of buttermilk. It made delicious, light, tasty waffles.

      1. I’m so happy to hear that! Simple & tasty is what we’re all about. Thanks for sharing!

  25. 5 stars
    I love these waffles, but will admit that I did add bit of my sourdough starter. I’ve found that a lot of recipes can be a dumping ground for my excess starter…I hate wasting!

    1. The nutrition facts/serving size is for one waffle (about the size as is in the picture). If you have a smaller waffle iron or one that breaks the waffle up into quarters, then the nutrition facts may be slightly different.

    1. I’m so glad your family loves them as much as mine does. They definitely are a go-to around here as well!

  26. I haven’t made them yet.
    Wondering how many waffles are considered “one serving” in the nutrition information?

  27. I changed recipe servings to 12. What does 0.67 cup of butter melted mean???? How much is that??

  28. 5 stars
    Great Waffles. I got a new Oster upright waffle maker yesterday and had to try this recipe. I notice my whole milk was a tad bit sour so I put in a little bit of white vinegar to make it buttermilk. I followed the recipe exactly but added more sugar and vanilla. Wow is all I can say. I made extra’s to freeze and I had a 1/4 of the waffle this morning. The waffles taste great, just like going out to eat at a restaurant. I was really amazed at the waffle iron as well as this one you pore the batter in a funnel at the top of the iron and the batter filles up the waffle iron with no mess and 3 minutes later when I open it up, no sticking the waffle was good to go. Two in one for me yesterday.

    1. That sounds like an awesome waffle maker! So glad you enjoyed the recipe and these ones are great to freeze for quick breakfasts too. Thanks for sharing!!

  29. 5 stars
    Delicious! We loved the flavor from the vanilla. I’ll be adding it to all my pancake and waffle recipes from now on!

  30. 5 stars
    We loved these homemade waffles so much! They were wonderful for brunch today! Can’t wait to make them again.

  31. 5 stars
    Easy to make and delicious! I used Stevia in place of the sugar. We have a flip over waffle iron and they cooked/baked beautifully! Crispy outside and fluffy inside. This recipe is a keeper!

  32. 5 stars
    Made it this morning without any modifications. Husband could not get enough of the waffles. He literally stood by the waffle maker waiting for it to beep done several times and kept saying it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe! I enjoyed it as well!

  33. 5 stars
    These are the best waffles I have ever had. I did not have APF so I used cake flour and it made them even more light and fluffy. I made them yesterday and put them in fridge, took one out this morning and quartered and placed in toaster. Served with syrup and bacon. They are delicious!!

  34. 5 stars
    We made these waffles for breakfast on Christmas morning and they were a hit. Added sprinkles the the batter for a little extra holiday flair!

  35. 5 stars
    UH….mazing! I used 2 parts regular flour with 1 part oat flour, a tablespoon of chia seeds and frozen small wild blueberries. Not only the best waffles I’ve ever made, maybe the best I’ve ever eaten!

    1. That makes me so happy to hear! Thanks for the kind words. I’m so glad that you enjoyed the waffles! Thanks for sharing what you did.

  36. 5 stars
    Perfect and delicious!! Every time a family breakfast hit! Followed the recipe exactly!
    Put fresh berries on top and sprinkle with powdered sugar!

  37. 5 stars
    I’ve made these waffles at least half a dozen times now, so I think they deserve a review. These are so easy to make and SO delicious and they make exactly 6 (or 3 if you half recipe) using my cuisinart machine. I have never purchased buttermilk before – I make my own. Just add 1tbsp of vinegar per cup of milk and let sit 10 mins while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Recently, I had leftover heavy cream that I wanted to use up… so I used it in place of milk (adjusted a few other ingredients) and they were the most delicious and rich waffles we have ever had.

  38. Just wow! I made these on a whim this morning because I happened to have buttermilk in the fridge. These will now be my go-to waffles. So light and fluffy and lightly crispy on the outside. The flavor is wonderful. New family favorite for sure! Thank you so much for sharing.