Loaded ham and cheese waffles

Loaded ham and cheese waffles

Facebook reminded me recently about these ham and cheese waffles, which I first made a year ago. However, 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. 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? Try it and leave a comment below!

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 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup (94g) all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • cup buttermilk
  • 3 oz ham, chopped
  • 3.5 oz cheese (e.g. cheddar, swiss, gruyere), grated


  • Preheat the waffle iron.
  • In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients (flour, cornstarch, baking soda, and salt).
  • 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.
  • Add the liquid ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined.
  • Add the cheese and ham and mix in.
  • Follow your waffle iron's instructions for making the waffles. This recipe makes five 1/2 cup waffles in my waffle iron.

Frequently asked questions

  • 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 make these waffles ahead of time? 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.
  • Which waffles should I make next? If you like these ham and cheese waffles and want another savory waffle, you should try the fawaffle (and try not to smile when you say it). If you’re looking for something more traditional, try the orange poppy seed waffle recipe or the peanut butter waffle.

What’s next?

If you make these waffles or think they sound delicious, please leave us a comment and/or share a pic!

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