Savory Waffles


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These cheesy waffles served with sour cream and green onion are the perfect thing to make if you are craving a savory breakfast or waffles for dinner. Easy to customize and filling. 

savory waffles.

Waffles don’t always need to be sweet. You can make them savory too. We love them when we want something savory for breakfast or also if it’s breakfast for dinner too!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Simple ingredients. They use basic ingredients like flour, eggs, and milk, with a few little additions to take it to the next level. 
  • Easy to make. The beauty of a waffle iron is that it takes care of all the hard work for you! 
  • Crispy and fluffy. In terms of texture, these tick all the boxes.
  • Healthy. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, these are a meal in one. Oh, and they are also gluten free.

What we love about this savory waffle recipe is just how easy they are to customize! You can literally throw in leftover veggies, deli meat (or even last night’s dinner) and honestly, they’ll still taste amazing. 

What are savory waffles made of?

There are hundreds of waffle recipes online. But only a few yield waffles that are airy inside and crisp on the edges. Here’s everything you will need to make the best savory waffles. 

  • Eggs. Like any other classic waffle batter, this one starts with eggs too. Eggs are responsible for the structure of the batter. They also add flavor and richness.
  • Milk. Add moisture to the waffle batter and acts as a binding agent between eggs and the dry ingredients. Whole milk works perfectly for waffle batter. You can use plant milk instead of cow’s milk if that is what you prefer. 
  • Greek yogurt. Using Greek yogurt for the batter is an excellent way to enrich them with protein and make them more filling. They also keep them soft in the middle. 
  • Self-rising flour. Skip the expensive pre-made stuff and make your own
  • Olive oil. Adding a little oil to the waffle batter is always a good idea. The extra fat ensures the smooth consistency of the batter and results in fluffy waffles. It is also responsible for the crispy exterior. If you don’t like the flavor of olive oil, use any neutral-flavored vegetable oil instead. 
  • Cheese. What makes these waffles truly savory is the shredded cheese in the batter. I use a Mexican cheese and Cheddar cheese blend for a rich, cheesy flavor. You can go with only one type of cheese and use cheddar, Monterey Jack, Asiago, or any cheese that you like and that melts well. 
  • Green onions. Adds a pop of green and subtle flavor to the waffles.

How to make them 

This recipe is very simple and requires very few steps. Honestly, the waffle iron takes care of all the hard work! Ready to make some waffles?

Step 1- Make the batter

Start by adding the eggs to a mixing bowl and whisk them together. Mix in the Greek yogurt, olive oil, and drizzle in the milk.

eggs and flour.

Slowly add the self-rising flour to the rest of the ingredients and mix until there are no lumps in the batter. Fold through the cheese at the end. 

savory waffle batter.

Step 2- Cook the waffles 

Next, heat the waffle iron and butter it. Ladle the batter into it when it is hot. Cook the waffles following the instructions of your waffle maker. Repeat this process until all the batter is used up. 

cooked waffles.

Step 3- Serve 

Serve the waffles while they are still warm. I like to keep it simple with my toppings: a dollop of sour cream and some chopped green onions. 

waffles for dinner.

What to serve with savory waffles

You can eat savory waffles for any meal of the day. Here are some serving suggestions depending on which meal it is: 

  • For breakfast. Scrambled or fried eggs, avocado, bacon, or breakfast sausage.
  • For lunch. Pair it with a simple salad or something classic, like coleslaw.
  • For dinner. We often use these waffles as an evening carb source and pair it with some protein. Our favorites include chicken breast, steak, pork chops, or lamb chops

Tips to make the best recipe 

As we mentioned earlier, this recipe is foolproof, but there are a couple of tips for success: 

Grease the waffle iron. Even a non-stick waffle iron needs a little help. Always grease your waffle iron with some vegetable oil or butter, as it prevents the waffles from sticking to it.

Beat the egg whites separately. If you want to make the fluffiest waffles, take a few extra minutes to whip the egg whites separately. Then fold them into the batter carefully. Doing this makes the waffles rise to their full potential. 

Don’t over-mix the batter. Beating the egg whites separately won’t make sense if you over-mix the batter. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until they are nicely mixed. Avoid unnecessary mixing or you will end up with tough and thin waffles. 

Storage info 

If you made more savory waffles than you could eat, transfer them into an airtight container once they cool and store them in the refrigerator. Properly stored waffles will be good for 3 to 5 days.

You can also freeze leftover waffles. Put the waffles in a heavy-duty zip-top bag. Place sheets of parchment paper in between the waffles to prevent them from sticking to each other. Push out the excess air from the bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

savory waffle.

More savory breakfast recipes to try

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you put on top of waffles?

A creamy element is best for topping savory waffles, like sour cream, plain Greek yogurt, or even some flavored cream cheese. Alternatively, you could add some eggs (try over easy, over medium, and over hard varieties).

Can I substitute the eggs?

These waffles cook best with some egg in them, but you can try an egg substitute.

savory waffles recipe.

Savory Waffles In 5 Minutes | Crispy, Fluffy, And Healthy

5 from 56 votes
These cheesy waffles served with sour cream and green onion are the perfect thing to make if you are craving a savory breakfast or waffles for dinner. Easy to customize and filling. 
Servings: 8 waffles
Prep: 1 minute
Cook: 4 minutes
Total: 5 minutes


  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups self rising flour
  • 3 large green onions chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese


  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, olive oil, milk, sour cream until smooth. Slowly add the self rising flour until combined. Fold in the shredded cheese and green onions.
  • Add butter to a waffle iron and heat up. Once hot, add batter to the waffle iron and cook as per waffle iron instructions. Repeat the process until all the waffles are cooked up.
  • Serve with sour cream and sprinkle with more green onions.


TO STORE: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 5 days. 
TO FREEZE: Place the cooked and cooled waffles in a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. 
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. I’ve never had a savory waffle before! this is making me want to get a waffle iron though. You had me at cheddar + garlic 🙂

  2. Those look great! I AM a sweet pancake/ sweet waffle girl but you are about to convince me to surrender and change to the dark side of the power 😉
    There’s no peanut flour available here (as I said, food-wasteland) Do you think you can substitute peanut flour by almond flour?
    My aunt once made me eat cheese waffles and I didn’t like them at all. But I was a little girl and ate zero cheese. I was a very fussy eater!
    I am such a sucker for a good bargain! Horrible! I might have bought them all 😉 No kidding, I already have a waffle maker and chocolate fountain and mini gugl baking dish and medi gugl baking dish and macaroon baking dish and sandwich maker and mini gril… you get the point!

    1. I cannot believe you didn’t like cheese as a little girl..lucky it’s been rectified!

      You most definitely can make it with almond flour- just be wary with the liquid you use and not make it soupy!

      …they actually have baking dishes for MACAROONS?

      1. Really yummy waffles, thank you, only just got my waffle iron, what a great start to my waffle days. will try othere recipes, 🤗

  3. Oh my gosh I need a cheapo waffle maker now! I like the idea of freezing them for later, sounds super handy.
    The espresso maker that was recently purchased was the cheapest one in the store and we now use it several times a day! Riley has become an espresso monster (even though I’m pretty sure it was a gift for me). I’m a total sucker for the cheap items by the cash register haha.

    1. YES! You should see my freezer set up- I have batches of 3 which I just defrost the night before and lather with butter the next day. Bliss.

  4. Minus the fact that this would kill me, it looks good! Any peanut flour substitution ideas? I don’t think I’ve ever had a savoury waffle before… except for the time I added cumin instead of cinnamon to the batter (I was a little hungover, hence the error)… I didn’t end up eating them. 😛

    1. Yes my dear Kale face- you can use standard whole wheat, white or all purpose- just reduce the liquid a tad!

      I’ve made the cumin instead of cinnamon before…in oatmeal!

  5. I never had a waffle in my life, yup. They’re as unpopular as donuts in our country. BUT thank you for providing the GRAMS in this recipe, you’re the best!!! This cup measuring madness drives me crazy!
    Aaaaand weeeekend!!!

  6. So…I have a waffle maker and a chocolate fountain. I don’t have a donut hole maker though! But I have a mini cupcake maker…shit. And all of them were given to me as gifts – apparently, people think that I’m a marketer’s dream? And I wonder why my storage closet feels like it’s exploding…
    I was going to make pancakes for dinner tonight, but I think I’m officially switching them to waffles. Annd still need to try the savoury waffle thing…must get on that soon.

  7. It’s like you’re in my head. I’ve been hard core about to get a waffle maker, and this is posted. I’ve been adding butter, and you slathered these perfect-looking waffles with it. I think it’s a sign.

  8. holy moly! i’m impressed and need these. I love cheddar, garlic, and vegemite, and duh.. grainfree! Now I need a waffle maker. cheapo one please

  9. Ok I’ve said it before but I NEED a waffle maker. I’m seriously missing out on all the good recipes. Plus I feel like they might turn out better for me than my pancakes do…

    1. Dude! this works as a pancake- you just need to cook them slow on low heat. And covered. You can do it (put your back into it).

  10. Wow! I don’t see a lot of true waffle makeovers and this one is so original. My favorite waffle topper when I eat them is agave. Yum 🙂

    1. You know, I’ve never tried Agave before! It went through a health trend here but I’m yet to see it consistently pop up!

  11. I’ve actually never tried one before, but I love the idea of a savory waffle!

    Funny story…for my bridal shower years ago, I received a waffle iron as a gift. Mind you, in wasn’t on the registry and I was annoyed that I got one seeing as I thought I’d NEVER use it. So, I returned it to the store. Low and behold, 6 1/2 years later, and now I want a waffle iron. Guess I should of kept it!!!

  12. Cheapo is the wayyy to go (except in certain circumstances…NSFW). Also old, gifted appliances are the best too. My food processor is older than Australia but seeing as we used to live in a world where appliances weren’t meant to break it makes nut butter like a champ and I don’t have to worry about it imploding…but now that I said that it’s for sure going to break on me…

    remind me to tell you about how C and I scored a 52 inch TV from a crack den. I wish I were making this up.


    1. I think your food processor had an affair with my mum’s food processor- it is probably older than the Paleo Cavemen but makes bomb almond butter….although it takes FOR-EVER.

      …I need to hear this story. And in other news, guess who will (hopefully) have cable internet come friday.

  13. These sound amazing. I love savoury flavours like this one- a cheddar and garlic waffle sounds and looks brilliant 🙂

  14. bahhhh this look SO GOOD! I want to try them after I’m done with this challenge (yay for a fellow blogger/friend doing it too!) and then I will devour all. of. the. cheese.

    1. I made sure to include cheese in #WholeArman 😉

      At least the cheese will taste extra nice once your done with it!

    2. Also just realised you included white potatoes too- Hi 5! I could and NEVER would cut them out! Nice one!

  15. Ok. I guess I am forced to put peanut flour on my grocery list this week. 2 recipes of yours I need to try now. Glad you picked up that waffle maker.