This recipe for buttermilk waffles is a breakfast delight of light and fluffy waffles cooked to golden brown perfection. These waffles are easy to make and are perfect for any breakfast or brunch gathering!

When I’m hosting guests for brunch, I always make red velvet waffles, breakfast egg muffins, cream cheese danishes, and these simple, but totally satisfying buttermilk waffles.

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A stack of buttermilk waffles topped with syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit.

When we’re enjoying a leisurely weekend morning, I’ll often whip up a batch of waffles to get everyone’s day off to a great start. I’ve been making these buttermilk waffles for over 10 years, and they come out perfect every time!

How do you make buttermilk waffles?

This recipe starts with your basic waffle ingredients of flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. The wet ingredients of eggs, melted butter, buttermilk and vanilla extract are mixed into the dry ingredients to form a smooth batter. Pour your batter into the waffle iron, then all that’s left to do is wait for your waffles to cook! Top your waffles with plenty of maple syrup and berries, then serve and enjoy.

A bowl of waffle batter.

Tips for buttermilk waffles

  • The batter can be made in advance. You can refrigerate the batter for up to 4 hours before you plan to use it.
  • Not all waffle makers are made equal! Make sure to check the instructions that come with your waffle iron for the manufacturer recommendations on cooking time.
  • You can enhance your waffle experience by adding 1/4 cup of mix-ins to the batter such as chopped nuts or miniature chocolate chips.
  • For healthier waffles, try substituting one cup of the all purpose flour with one cup of whole wheat flour.
  • Not a fan of maple syrup? Try a drizzle of homemade raspberry sauce instead!

Waffles inside of a waffle iron.

What is a substitute for buttermilk?

You can enjoy a batch of these waffles even if you don’t have buttermilk on hand. You can make a buttermilk substitute by mixing slightly less than 2 cups of milk with 2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes, then you can use it in this recipe.

A plate of cooked waffles.

How to store waffles

The great thing about homemade waffles is that they stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you’re planning to keep your waffles in the refrigerator, you can store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to reheat them. To store your waffles in the freezer, wrap them individually in plastic wrap, then place all the wrapped waffles in a gallon size freezer bag.

A stack of buttermilk waffles topped with syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit.

How to reheat waffles

The easiest way to reheat waffles is in the toaster oven. The waffles will come out crunchy and golden brown. If you’re starting with frozen waffles, you’ll want to add an additional 1-2 minutes to the toasting time. I find that with my toaster oven, a refrigerated waffle needs to toast for 5 minutes, and a frozen waffle will cook in 7 minutes.

What I love about these buttermilk waffles is that they’re perfectly light and fluffy. My kids request homemade waffles all the time, and I’m always happy to oblige!

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5 from 11 votes

Buttermilk Waffles

AuthorSara Welch
A stack of buttermilk waffles topped with syrup, whipped cream and fresh fruit.
This recipe for buttermilk waffles is a breakfast delight of light and fluffy waffles cooked to golden brown perfection. These waffles are easy to make and are perfect for any breakfast or brunch gathering!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Serves 8 waffles


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cooking spray
  • berries and maple syrup for serving


  • Preheat your waffle iron.
  • In a large bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar.
  • Add the buttermilk, eggs, butter and vanilla extract to the bowl. Stir until just combined.
  • Coat the waffle iron with cooking spray.
  • Spoon 1/2 cup of batter into the wells of your waffle maker and cook according to manufacturer directions - these waffles cook for 6 minutes in my machine. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve immediately, topped with maple syrup and berries if desired.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 292mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g

This post was originally published on May 26, 2016 and was updated on July 23, 2019 with new content.

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  1. 5 stars
    These look so good. They’re making me drool. I am making these this weekend for the family.

  2. 5 stars
    Talk about a fantastic start to a wonderful weekend! How could your day go wrong when you start with these waffles? They look so soft and fluffy! YUM!

  3. 5 stars
    Yep, these waffles are speaking my language! Golden brown, crispy, and soft on the inside – what’s not to love. I’ll definitely be making these on repeat, thanks!

  4. I try to keep meal times stress free, so they feel comfortable trying new things.

  5. 5 stars
    Those look delicious- I know we would all love those! We like to incorporate having fun with cooking our meals. We liked to let the little ones help and contribute to cooking. I also do sneak things either blended, pureed, or shredded into foods that I know they do enjoy!

  6. 5 stars
    I used sweet potato baby food and baby oatmeal in waffles and pancakes. The kids and adults loved them and were none the wiser. 😉

  7. Serve everything with “dip” – which can be yogurt or hummus. Kids love dipping fruits and veggies.

  8. Making foods look fun helps – like cutting into fun shapes, or making things look bright and colorful.

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  9. I say get one of those cookbooks that have recipes on how to sneak vegetables into foods without the kids knowing about them!

  10. Um, looks DELICIOUS. I love waffles and love adding blueberries to my breakfast. This one specially is one I would love to be eating right now!

  11. How did I miss this recipe??? So pretty and that blueberry compote is calling my name. You are so creative! I often hide good for you greens in smoothies for my grandson – yummy!

  12. I like to incorporate fruits in smoothies or yogurt. Adding vegetables is hard though. I usually just make a roast or casserole and hope every one likes it. I always bribe by saying there will be dessert after.