Savory Waffles


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Start your mornings with something savory, with my crispy and fluffy savory waffles. Cheesy, protein-packed, and so easy to customize.

Craving more savory breakfast recipes? Try my crustless quiche, egg white omelet, and turkey breakfast sausage.

savory waffles.

I used to think I was a sweet breakfast or brunch person, but after sharing my savory pancakes, that quickly changed. I do need some variety, though, so I loosely tweaked them to be transformed into crispy, savory waffles.

Table of Contents
  1. Why I love this recipe
  2. Ingredients needed
  3. How to make savory waffles
  4. Arman’s recipe tips
  5. Storage instructions
  6. More waffle and pancake recipes
  7. Savory Waffles (Recipe Card)

Why I love this recipe

  • Simple ingredients. My recipe calls for flour, eggs, and milk, with a few little additions to take it to the next level. You can also customize it with different filling ideas.
  • It’s easy to make. The beauty of a waffle iron is that it does all the hard work for you! 
  • Perfect texture. Crispy edges, golden brown on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside.
  • Healthy. Packed with protein, healthy fats, and fiber, these are a meal in one. Oh, and they are also gluten-free.

★★★★★ REVIEW 

“I made these tonight in my Belgian waffle maker. I used two sections of it as a hamburger bun. It was yummy! Thanks for the great recipe!” — Heather

Ingredients needed

  • Eggs. Eggs are responsible for the structure of the batter. They also add flavor and richness.
  • Milk. Add moisture to the batter and act as a binding agent between eggs and the dry ingredients. I prefer using whole milk or non-fat milk, but non-dairy milk will also work.
  • Greek yogurt. My secret ingredient! It not only adds extra protein to the recipe but keeps the middles of the waffles soft. Not a fan of Greek yogurt? Try sour cream.
  • Self-rising flour. Skip the expensive pre-made stuff and make my homemade self rising flour.
  • Olive oil. I know it sounds a little odd to add oil to the batter, but the extra fat ensures a smooth consistency and fluffier waffles. It is also responsible for the crispy exterior. If you don’t like the flavor of olive oil, use melted butter.
  • Shredded cheese. What makes these waffles truly savory is the shredded cheese in the batter. I typically use sharp cheddar or Mexican cheese (I love that pop of color!).
  • Green onions. Adds a pop of green and subtle flavor to the waffles.

How to make savory waffles

I’ve included step-by-step photos below to make this recipe easy to follow at home. For the full printable recipe instructions and ingredient quantities, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Step 1- Make the batter. Start by adding the eggs to a mixing bowl and whisk them together. Mix in the Greek yogurt and 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 waffle 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 3Serve 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 these

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

If you love the sweet and savory, pair the waffles with bacon, potatoes, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Keen on having them for lunch or dinner? Pair them with some salads and/or with some simply cooked protein, like air fryer salmon, parmesan crusted chicken, or beef shanks.

Arman’s recipe tips

  • Grease the waffle iron. Even a non-stick waffle iron needs a little help. Always grease your waffle iron with some 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. This will help the waffles rise to their full potential. 
  • Don’t over-mix the batter. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until they are just combined. Avoid unnecessary mixing or you will end up with tough and gummy waffles. 


As mentioned above, these waffles are a blank canvas that is so easy to customize:

  • Use different cheeses, like Monterey Jack, Asiago, or any cheese that you like and that melts well.
  • Mix in some greens, like English spinach, baby spinach, or arugula.
  • Add roasted veggies, like sweet potato cubes, butternut squash, or even potatoes.
  • Change up the seasonings, and use chives, garlic powder, or other herbs.
  • For gluten-free waffles, use gluten-free self-rising flour.
  • To make them eggless, use an egg substitute.

Storage instructions

To store: Place leftover waffles in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To freeze: Once the waffles have cooled, transfer them to a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer for up to 3 months.

savory waffle.

More waffle and pancake recipes

savory waffles recipe.

Savory Waffles

5 from 120 votes
Start your mornings with something savory, with my crispy and delicious savory waffles. Cheesy, protein-packed, and so easy to customize. Watch how I make both in my kitchen in the video below!
Servings: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 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. 


Serving: 1servingCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 14gFat: 9gSodium: 159mgPotassium: 83mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 236IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 149mgIron: 0.5mgNET CARBS: 18g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Author: Arman Liew
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Originally published September 2022, updated and republished April 2024

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. 5 stars
    I only cook sweet pancakes, but for this I really want to experiment.
    It can be “pancake lunch”.

  2. I, for one, am so glad you picked up that waffle iron. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them.

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