Brown Sugar Bacon Buttermilk Waffles


So you pretty much need to make these waffles immediately. This was my first foray into homemade waffles, and I was blown away by the results. Although I have owned a Belgian-waffle maker for a few years now, all I had ever done was mix up some Bisquick which, now that I think about it, is probably an insult to my awesome Waring Pro round “flip over” fancy-schmancy waffle maker. Well, I’m sure it was happy to see this batter hitting its surface. Imagine bacon that is topped with brown sugar and then baked in the oven so that the brown sugar carmelizes into a glaze on top of the bacon. Then a homemade waffle batter made with buttermilk that is thick, lumpy, and creates the perfect waffle. Mix the bacon into the batter, scoop onto the waffle maker and, voilà!, waffles that combine two favorite breakfast foods.



My favorite part of grabbing breakfast out at a diner where they load up all the food on one plate is that, without fail, the bacon and/or sausage will always end up, at least in part, sitting in syrup that has pooled somewhere on the plate. I absolutely love the taste of breakfast sausage and bacon with maple syrup, and I think that is why these waffles will capture your taste buds too. The bacon is already in the waffles, and then you douse on the maple syrup – all of those wonderful breakfast flavors all in one bite. You seriously cannot go wrong  with this recipe. Make them for house guests and you will be a hero.

Tip: This recipe makes a good amount of batter. You can cut the recipe in half to make less, or you can make the full recipe and wrap any extras in plastic wrap (individually) and then place in a freezer bag and freeze. Reheat the waffles in a 250°F oven until warmed through. (You could also microwave if you’re in a hurry, but it could result in a somewhat gummy texture.)


More great breakfast recipes:
Vanilla and Brown Sugar Breakfast Polenta
Cream Cheese Cinnamon Rolls
Baked Oatmeal
Herbed-Baked Eggs
Bacon, Cheddar & Green Onion Scones

Brown Sugar Bacon Buttermilk Waffles

Yield: 7 Belgian-style round (7-inch) waffles

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For the Bacon
10 slices of bacon
¼ cup brown sugar

For the Waffles
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup brown sugar
2/3 cups canola or grapeseed oil
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2½ cups buttermilk


To make the Bacon: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and line with foil. Arrange bacon in a single layer on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Place in the upper third of the oven and bake until sugar is caramelized and bacon is brown and crispy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Immediately remove bacon slices using a pair of tongs. Place them on a cutting board (not paper towels, they’ll stick!) to cool before chopping. Once cool, chop the bacon into bite size bits and set aside.

To make the Waffles: Preheat your waffle iron.

In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and brown sugar. Whisk to blend. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil, buttermilk and vanilla extract. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold. Once almost fully incorporated, add the bacon and stir. Mix only until most of the dry ingredients are moistened in the batter; like pancakes, it's good to have a lumpy batter.

Cook according to your waffle machine instructions.

Serve with maple syrup.

(Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker)



85 Responses to “Brown Sugar Bacon Buttermilk Waffles”

  1. Nic on August 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    once while in northern california a waitress mistakenly gave me a bacon waffle instead of a pecan waffle, she let me keep the mistake and brought me the waffle I ordered…. of course we couldnt let food go to waste so we all ate the bacon waffle too….heaven!


  2. Meghan on August 3, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    These look delicious! I too have never made waffles from scratch before but have wanted to for a while now. I keep seeing bacon paired with sweet things – like bacon muffins and even bacon chocolate!


  3. Bridget {Bake at 350} on August 3, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Oh my! I have a recipe clipped for bacon pancakes, but waffles….even better! They look heavenly…perfect combination of sweet & salty!


  4. Erin on August 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    This looks delicious! Waffles are one of my favorite breakfast foods, and I like it even better with bacon!


  5. Jessie on August 3, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    what a wonderful sweet and savory breakfast!


  6. Stephanie on August 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    Oh, my husband would LOVE these!! (Ok, I admit it, so would I!!!) This is getting put in my “to try” file!! YUMMM! I haven’t dug out my waffle maker since we moved…I think it needs a housewarming gift of bacon! 😉


  7. Jen @ MaplenCornbread on August 3, 2009 at 8:19 pm

    WOW now this is something I know the men in my life (my hubby and daddy) would LOVE!!!!!!!! Im totally trying this out for them!!! thanks!!!!


  8. Kerstin on August 3, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    Mmm, these waffles sound amazing – the best of the both savory and sweet! Bacon really does make everything better, doesn’t it!


  9. Cookin' Canuck on August 3, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Okay, I REALLY need to buy a waffle maker. I’ve had one on my list for years, but other gadgets keep butting in line. These look absolutely wonderful!


  10. bakingmomma on August 4, 2009 at 12:02 am

    Wow would have never thought it. These sound great and I know my boys would love these. It’s going on the to do list.


  11. Joy the Baker on August 4, 2009 at 12:49 am

    soooo good, right!? so crazy good!


  12. CheapAppetite on August 4, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Wow, you add bacon bits in the batter. That’s genius. Love the idea:) This way, you’ll get bacon in every bites.


  13. Chris on August 4, 2009 at 2:09 am

    Bacon in a waffle, that’s awesome.


  14. Carrie on August 4, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I want a waffle maker BADLY. My husband thinks it’s a ridiculous thing to own. Maybe this recipe would change his mind!


  15. Shelly (cookies and cups) on August 4, 2009 at 8:28 am

    This sounds awesome!! I took the kiddo to ihop for breakfast and they have nothing on you! Do u take reservations ;)?


  16. ang on August 4, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Your description of food alone makes my mouth water…. but bacon in waffles…. oy vey!!


  17. Auntie Fi on August 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    My mama always crumbled bacon in the waffle batter. Man, now I’m having a craving! I wonder if she’d would come over and make me some. (I know I could make my own, but mama made food always tastes better!)


  18. Liz Marr, MS, RD on August 4, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Mouth is watering….


  19. Lizz Slabaugh on August 4, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Oh mannn juicy photography! Looks like something my bf would go gaga over! lol…
    thanks as always!


  20. Hilary on August 5, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I came through to you from Carrie’s Kitchen Creations. Great blog! And how I wish I had a waffle iron right now…


  21. Shauna on August 5, 2009 at 4:04 pm

    This is SUCH a natural combination! I can’t wait to try this on a lazy Saturday morning. Thanks for sharing 🙂


  22. crankycheryl on August 5, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I am SOOOO making this. Oh yes indeed.


  23. waffelina on August 5, 2009 at 11:23 pm

    I have one of thes waffle makers, i think it’s the same like yours. tried many different recipes. choped apples or other fruit, candied ginger and so on…. never thought about bacon 🙂

    But, you have to try following out: make more waffles than you can eat, put the leftover waffles in a container and heat them up for breakfast, just for 1 or max. 2 minutes in the toaster. They will be so crusty and crunchy! yummmmmm!!!

    Thanks for sharing your recipe


  24. Amber on August 7, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    Ummm, these sound (and look) awesome! Waffles sound so good right now.


  25. gina on August 9, 2009 at 8:22 am

    My Goodness, I made these yesterday, THE BEST WAFFLES EVER!!! My kids 2,4,5, & 15 ate all of them. They did not even leave 1 for their dad. I will make these again, again, again….I found that the bacon needed a little longer to cook & the mix needed to be mixed a bit longer, but overall YUMMY!! Thanks for this recipe


  26. Michelle on August 10, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Hi Gina – So glad that you and your family enjoyed these waffles!! Thanks for stopping back to share your results!


  27. B on August 18, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    I made this over the weekend. Wonderful! Thank you for the recipe!


  28. Michelle on August 18, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Hi B – I’m thrilled that you liked these waffles! Thanks for your comment!


  29. BethieofVA on August 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I am moving in! LOL!! On my menu for this weekend.


  30. Chef Maven on November 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    nice twist to an ol fave of mine – thanks for sharing and posting your recipe


  31. Lyss on December 3, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    I made them last week, they were really yummy. I’m reheating one now for brunch!


  32. Heather on January 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Made these for our New Year’s brunch today… holy YUM! Like someone else mentioned, my bacon took a little longer to cook, but it was completely worth it. Got 12 4″ waffles using my square waffle maker. I managed to slip half of them in the freezer for later too, so I’ll get to enjoy them again! Thank you so much for the recipe and the year in review to remind me!


  33. Margie on January 9, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I made these this morning for a sleepover! Awesome! I (like Gina) needed to cook the bacon in the oven longer… (mine went for 20 minutes, but it is thick-cut home-smoked by my brother)
    I was dubious about using oil instead of butter, but they were great!


  34. Natty on March 5, 2010 at 1:35 am



  35. couture prom dresses on March 31, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    I always dunk my bacon in maple syrup too! So when I only saw this recipe, I knew I;ll be making waffles this weekend.


  36. Michelle on April 16, 2010 at 10:29 am

    This sounds absolutely, over-the-top delicious!


  37. Tracy on April 16, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Um, excuse me while I go purchase a Belgian waffle maker. 😉


  38. Cookin' Canuck on April 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    We make waffles every weekend and these are definitely going into the rotation!


  39. Maggy @ Three Many Cooks on April 17, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Aww man, now I’m craving waffles – these looks amazing!


  40. Jen @ How To: Simplify on April 19, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I absolutely love waffles…and bacon-flavored waffles? Even better! Yum!


  41. Malin on June 16, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Waffles with brown sugar, buttermilk AND bacon! Yeah, I pretty much need to make these! 😉 I recently got a waffle maker, but haven’t tried it yet. This will make a flying start – probably this weekend!


  42. Malin on June 16, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Opps, slight mistake! My website is http://www.iheartcakes.wordpress. 🙂


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  46. Russ on January 16, 2011 at 11:23 am

    WOW, these were fantastic!!!!


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  48. cloverleaf on March 17, 2011 at 12:01 am

    Great-looking recipe! Back in the day (1960s/1970s), IHOP had bacon waffles on the menu. I used to crave them and had them at least once a month.


  49. Sharyce on August 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I found these today while looking for a bacon pancake recipe, and now we are having them for dinner( and the house smells fantastic!)! Love your whole site! A tip for draining the bacon is to put it on a non stick cooling rack with paper towels underneath, and use non stick foil on the pan for easy clean up


  50. cloverleaf on August 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    IHOP had bacon waffles on the menu in the 70s and it was one of my favorite dishes. Thanks for posting your recipe — looks great!


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  54. Kim on December 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

    These turned out great!! The only thing I did was swapped out the bacon for blueberries in half waffles and chopped green apples in the other half. Everything I make from your site is always excellent – keep up the good work!


  55. Esther on December 8, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Looks sooooo good!!! BTW, is this a good pancake recipe too?


  56. Esther on December 9, 2011 at 4:57 am

    Thanks! I’ll try this as a waffle recipe! P.S. Luv ur blog!


    • Silvana on February 2nd, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Now that’s what I call a mifufn! What a wonderful recipe, Shanon. These look so moist, flavorful and delicious. Thanks for sharing!


  57. dog snuggie on March 9, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Well, all things considered…


  58. Jeanne on March 10, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Does the bacon have to be uncooked or can you just use the premade bacon strips that you just heat up?


    • Michelle on March 10th, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Hi Jeanne, I’ve never used the premade bacon strips, but if you typically use them as you would uncooked bacon in a recipe, then I think you would be fine to substitute them. I just wouldn’t want them to get over-cooked in the oven.


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  65. Kendra on January 28, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I took a risk on this new recipe for a large team work event and everyone loved them! I cooked the bacon the night before and my house smelled fabulous. I brought the batter to work separately as dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and cooked chopped bacon and mixed them right before we ate them. Everything just worked out perfectly.


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  78. James Grummell on May 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    A very good recipe and the buttermilk has made a great difference in the flavor!
    Trying them 4 times however, my waffles tend to come out too much like pancakes in the middle. Do you have any suggestions for that?


    • Michelle on May 12th, 2014 at 10:40 am

      Hi James, I’m not sure what you mean? Too thin?


      • James Grummell on May 14th, 2014 at 12:27 pm

        Thanks for the reply Michelle!
        I meant that that seemed more “cakey” than a typical waffle and more like a pancake. The exterior of the waffle is soft and the interior is dense and moist. While that is great in a pancake it is just not my preference in a waffle.
        Since then I have done some research and found using a little corn starch seems to make the waffle a bit firmer. I also started applying the bacon (and a little cheddar) to the top just before pressing down the waffle grill to ensure a good bacon ratio for each waffle. Just some small changes I found experimenting though. The original rescipe is still fantastic and I love using brown sugar with the buttermilk.


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