Bacon Cheddar Waffles are the perfect mash-up of sweet and savory. A buttermilk waffle with bacon and cheddar cheese mix-ins, topped with an egg cooked over-easy, and a big drizzle of maple syrup. Breakfast just got elevated!
I love a great scone (woohoo for my Maple Nut Scones or my Mini Chocolate Chip Scones!) or a Banana Coffee Cake for breakfast. But when it comes to my preference, I’ll take something savory first. In fact, I often times enjoy leftovers from last night’s dinner for breakfast!
Savory waffles just make sense. Balancing out the sweet waffle with bacon and cheddar cheese and then topping them with an egg (over easy!) and a drizzle of syrup is pure excellence. Carbs plus protein is also a great way to balance out the blood sugars!
To make this a complete breakfast, I recommend a fruit smoothie, like our favorite Berry Peanut Butter Smoothies, simple Orange Julius Smoothies, or some delicious Cherry Smoothies. So many choices, so little time. Ha!
- Flour – Use all-purpose flour for these waffles. You could also try substituting other flours, but I haven’t tested that.
- Sugar – You’ll only need a couple of tablespoons of sugar for these waffles. If you like a sweeter taste, then you can add a bit more.
- Baking Soda, Baking Powder, and Salt – These three are vital components for waffles.
- Vanilla – A couple of teaspoons of our go-to vanilla extract.
- Butter – Using unsalted butter is the perfect fat for these! You could also substitute an oil of your choosing.
- Eggs – I used two large eggs.
- Buttermilk – You can make your own buttermilk by adding vinegar to milk. See below for more details.
- Bacon – I used thick cut cooked bacon.
- Cheddar – An equal amount of cheese to bacon is the perfect combo.
To serve these waffles – I recommend topping these waffles with an over-easy egg plus a drizzle of syrup. You could also add extra bacon and cheese to the top!
How to make bacon cheddar waffles
I recommend cooking the bacon in advance, and storing in the refrigerator or freezer. Just crisp it up in the microwave, chop it up, and add it to the waffles. A super quick breakfast or breakfast-for-dinner for busy nights!
- Cook the bacon. You can choose from a variety of methods to cook the bacon. Sauté it in a pan, microwave it, or bake it in the oven.
- Mix up the batter. In a mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add in the wet, and combine. Don’t over-mix. It’s ok to have some lumps of flour. Then add in the crumbled bacon and the cheddar cheese, Mix again.
- Make waffles. Heat up your waffle maker and add batter. Cook until done. (Waffle iron I use is linked below.)
- Serve. Serve these waffles with butter and syrup, or add an over-easy egg to the top. So delicious!
How to make your own buttermilk
I rarely buy buttermilk at the store, because it usually expires before I get a chance to use it. It’s far easier to just make your own buttermilk with two simple ingredients.
- Pour milk into a measuring cup. You can use 1%, 2%, or whole milk. Stay away from skim because it’s watery.
- For every cup of milk, add about one tablespoon of vinegar. I normally use a regular distilled white vinegar but you can use rice vinegar or another clear version in a pinch. You can also use lemon juice instead of vinegar.
- Stir and then let the mixture sit. You’ll see it start to curdle and thicken. That’s buttermilk!
National Waffle Day
Dust off that waffle maker, Audrey from That Recipe is hosting a Waffle-Fest for National Waffle Day. We’ve got sweet waffles savory waffles, breakfast waffles, waffle sandwiches and dessert waffles. So many delicious ways to enjoy!
Apple Cider Waffles from Jen Around the World
Bacon Cheddar Waffles from SueBee Homemaker
BLT Waffle Sliders from Jolene’s Recipe Journal
Blueberry Waffles from Life, Love and Good Food
Brownie Mix Waffles from Cheese Curd in Paradise
Carrot Cake Waffles from Fresh April Flours
Chicken & Waffle Club Sandwich from Palatable Pastime
Chocolate Cherry Waffle Cake from The Freshman Cook
Chocolate Chip Waffles from Salt and Baker
Chocolate Waffles from Devour Dinner
Cinnamon Roll Waffles from House of Nash Eats
Classic Buttermilk Waffles from Kathryn’s Kitchen Blog
Cornbread Waffles from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Fresh Peach Waffles with Cinnamon Syrup from Our Good Life
Gandana Waffles from Magical Ingredients
Nutella Waffles with Raspberry Syrup from The Spiffy Cookie
Sourdough Waffles from That Recipe
Storing and Freezing
Storing – These can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. Simply warm them up in the microwave or use toaster to get them a little crunchy.
Freezing – I’m always looking for meals that are freezer friendly for a grab-and-go meal. Waffles freeze up great, and I’ve been doing that for years. You just place them in freezer bags, separated by parchment paper, and freeze up to three months. Grab one on your way out the door, or eat them at home with a freshly cooked egg on top.
Other savory breakfast ideas
For a delicious pancake recipe, my Classic Buttermilk Pancakes are a MUST TRY!
Kitchen Tools Used: (affiliate links)
Bacon Cheddar Waffles
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter – melted and cooled slightly
- 3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 cup bacon cooked and diced
- eggs cooked over easy – for serving
- maple syrup – for serving
- Cook the bacon. You can use the skillet, microwave, or the oven to cook it. I prefer cooking a whole package of bacon in the oven using a wire rack on a baking sheet.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients – the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
- To the bowl, add the eggs, buttermilk, vanilla, and melted and cooled butter. Mix with a large spoon. Be careful to not over-mix. Some small clumps of flour are ok. Let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes.
- Prepare a waffle iron. When hot, add batter and cook until done. You should get approximately 12 waffles.
- Serve by topping the waffles with an egg over easy, a few extra pieces of bacon, along with a big drizzle of maple syrup!