Loaded Ham and Cheese Waffles

Facebook reminded me recently about these ham and cheddar waffles, which I first made a year ago. At the time I had thought they weren’t hammy or cheesy enough.

I’ve nearly doubled the mix-ins in these loaded ham and cheese waffles – they’re probably more mix-in than waffle batter now. As a result, they’re crispy and packed with flavor.

You’ll want to use a hard cheese that melts well. Think cheddar, gruyere or Swiss, Fontina, or even Parmesan.

three ham and cheese waffles on a plate

I was trying to decide how a blue cheese waffle would taste, but I think the ham would need to be replaced. Bacon? Maybe chopped up figs?

I just might have to try that fig and blue cheese waffle.

FAQs about these ham and cheese waffles

How should I serve ham and cheese waffles?

Plain, they make a great snack on the go. Or divide one in half, top it with cheese or eggs, and turn the waffle into a sandwich. Or treat them like every other waffle and pour maple syrup over them.

Can I freeze these waffles?

Yes. Waffles, even homemade ones, freeze very well in a freezer bag. You just might have to play around to figure out how best to re-heat them, depending on your toaster.

What waffle iron do you use?

I have used this basic Cuisinart waffle iron and the All-Clad waffle iron. Both work reasonably well enough for me to recommend them.

Loaded ham and cheese waffles

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 5 waffles
Author uglyducklingbakery


  • Waffle iron


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (94 grams or 3.3 ounces) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (32grams or 1.1 ounces) cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • cup (210mL) buttermilk
  • 3 ounces ham, chopped
  • 3.5 ounces (7/8 cup) grated gruyere, swiss, or cheddar cheese


  • Preheat the waffle iron.
  • Melt the butter in a small pot.
    2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt).
    3/4 cup (94 grams or 3.3 ounces) all purpose flour, 1/4 cup (32grams or 1.1 ounces) cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoons baking soda
  • Mix the liquid ingredients. If you've measured your buttermilk in a 2 cup measuring cup, just add the egg and butter to the measuring cup and whisk.
    1 large egg, 7/8 cup (210mL) buttermilk, 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
  • Add the cheese and ham and mix in.
    3 ounces ham, chopped, 3.5 ounces (7/8 cup) grated gruyere, swiss, or cheddar cheese
  • Follow your waffle iron's instructions for making the waffles. This recipe makes five 1/2 cup waffles in my waffle iron.

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Check out other breakfast recipes like these mini banana muffins. Or other waffles like nutella waffles, peanut butter waffles, or even the fawaffle (and try not to smile when you say it).

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