Homemade Buttermilk Waffles are a classic breakfast dish that can be easily made at home! Tender and delicious, this is the best waffle recipe!

If you’ve been using a box mix, you’ll find that Homemade Waffles are not as daunting as you might expect, and much tastier! If my husband can make them, then so can you!!!!

Homemade Buttermilk Waffles on a white plate with berries,

Why You Must Make

  • If you can take an extra 5 minutes, making buttermilk waffles from scratch isn’t much more difficult than using a box mix.
  • Plus, you have control over what goes into the batter.
  • Adding a touch of sugar make them extra delicious!!

Bill makes pancakes or waffles with bacon nearly every weekend…under the guise of “for Katie” or “for Nick.” Yeah, we all know they’re for him. His secret recipe for both these dishes involves a box, some milk, and eggs. So I decided to treat him to some Buttermilk Waffles from scratch. A new concept. He’s now a convert!

Ingredient Notes

  • Kitchen Staples – Flour, Sugar, Baking Soda, Salt
  • Baking Powder – You will need both baking powder and baking soda. Baking powder has a much shorter shelf life than baking soda, so check the expiration date. Replace if needed.
  • Buttermilk – Helps make tender waffles due to its acidic nature. See how to make a buttermilk substitute at home with 2 simple ingredients in the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Butter – Melt and cool to room temperature. Salted butter is fine.
  • Eggs – Have them at room temperature for easy incorporation.
  • Vanilla Extract – Use real vanilla extract, not artificially flavored. I use the Nielsen-Massey brand.
Homemade Buttermilk Waffles stacked on a white ceramic plate with a trio of berries.

Better Than Box Mix Waffles

The first homemade waffle recipe I tested was similar to his mom’s recipe. Whipped egg whites were folded into the waffle batter to make a lovely, light waffle. Well, I guess I’m the one who likes this version. The leftovers stayed parked in the fridge till I tossed them a few days later. Back to the drawing board.

I used almost exactly the same ingredients, but this recipe eliminated the step of beating and gently adding the whites to the mix. That was fine with me. I knew I could find a recipe BETTER than the box mix. No fru-fru fluffy waffles for my man. No sirree. These buttermilk waffles passed Mr. Persnickety’s taste test with flying colors.

How to Make Waffles

  • PRO-Tip: This waffle recipe is super easy. Whisk together the dry ingredients first. This helps disperse the baking powder, baking soda, and salt throughout the flour.
  • In another bowl, mix the liquid ingredients, then mix together the wet and dry ingredients.
  • PRO-Tip: Do not overmix as this will over-activate the gluten.
  • Having a few lumps in the batter is better than beating until smooth!
  • After making the batter, cook according to your waffle maker’s instructions, then dig in!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Use Buttermilk in Waffles?

Buttermilk is a magical ingredient when it comes to baked goods. It’s slightly acidic, and it’s the acid that works on altering the gluten in the flour. Gluten is what gives bread and waffles their structure, but too much gluten can make baked goods tough. Adding buttermilk as a gentle tenderizing effect that makes for perfectly textured waffles.

What is a Substitute for Buttermilk?

If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, you can easily make an Easy Buttermilk Substitute at home. Measure one tablespoon of lemon juice or vinegar into a one-cup liquid measuring cup, then add milk to the one-cup line. Mix and let sit for a few minutes before using it.

How to Serve Waffles?

Just like with pancakes, how you serve waffles is up to you! Maple syrup is classic, but berries and cream is another delicious option. And fresh butter is a must. If you’re entertaining, make a waffle bar. Here are some fun toppings to offer on a waffle bar at your next brunch:
Real Maple Syrup, warmed
Sliced strawberries, fresh raspberries, blueberries or all three
Powdered sugar, to sprinkle over berries or buttered waffles
Jams and jellies, warmed
Lightly sweetened whipped cream
Chocolate chips
Chopped, toasted pecans

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Buttermilk Waffles - A classic that's always a winner

Homemade Buttermilk Waffles

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 waffles

Terrific homemade waffles that are worth the extra effort.


  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, melted and cooled to room temperature
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together the buttermilk, melted butter, eggs, and vanilla.
  3. Combine the liquid and dry ingredients and mix until almost combined (don't overmix).
  4. Cook according to your waffle maker's instructions. Serve warm with butter, syrup, and/or fresh berries.


Adapted from King Arthur Flour.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 waffle

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 709mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 8g


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