Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles

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Get ready for the savory waffle recipe you didn’t know you needed in your life! With crispy ham and cheese in these waffles, plus a dose of green onion, they’re everything you could dream of in a savory waffles, and then some.

If traditional waffles are more your style, check out this Classic Fluffy Buttermilk Waffle Recipe and these Extra Light and Fluffy Homemade Waffles for your next family breakfast.

Savory Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles Recipe
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Savory Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles Recipe

There are a handful of classic culinary combinations you just can’t beat: peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, meatballs and spaghetti, and let’s not forget the motherlode… Ham and cheese. It’s a tried-and-true combination of a sharp bite of cheese with the salty slice of rich ham, and I can never get enough. Enter: these insane crispy ham and cheese waffles.

You might’ve noticed, but this gal loves a good waffle. And there are SO many fun ways to whip ’em up. From cornbread waffles to chocolate chip waffles, the options are literally endless. And that just makes my heart and soul pleased as pie. This concoction creates a crisp exterior that gives way to a flavorful inside of cheddar or swiss cheese (or any of your favorite shredded cheeses), chopped deli ham, and optional green onion.

The cheese forms a melty interior but cooks into a satisfactory crunch on the outside. Just be sure to cook them a little longer to really get a nice bite! I like to cook mine for 1.5 cycles, and then we treat them like a savory biscuit and serve them with eggs or on the side of a big bowl of tomato soup. You’ll be oh-so glad you made these…

Easy Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles Recipe

What do you put on top of ham and cheese waffles?

Have FUN with these guys and dress them up however you’d like! We like to put an egg on top, sort of like a savory biscuit or piece of toast. You could also treat them like a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and pair them up next to some tomato or chicken noodle soup. Or, just keep them plain! They’re so filling and flavorful that it’s totally up to you.

Which waffle maker is the best?

I love all types of waffles irons! This heart-shaped one is a steal (and adorable, too), while this classic Belgian waffle maker has impeccable reviews.

Is waffle batter supposed to be thin?

Waffle batter should be runnier than it is thick, but not so runny that it’s a water-like consistency (this will make a mess if you put it in a waffle maker). It should also be lumpy because lumps lend to a fluffier, more tender waffle — and because of all the additions in this recipe, it’ll be thicker and lumpier than a normal batter, which is just fine!

How long do ham and cheese waffles stay good for?

You can store ham and cheese waffles in a plastic, sealable baggie or airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.

Homemade Savory Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles
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5 from 1 vote

Crispy Ham and Cheese Waffles

Get ready for the savory waffles you didn’t know you needed in your life! With crispy ham and cheese in these waffles, plus a dose of green onion, they’re everything you could dream of in a savory waffles, and then some.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 large waffles


  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup light oil, such as canola, vegetable, or avocado oil
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • 1 cup finely chopped ham lunch meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheese, such as sharp cheddar or swiss
  • 2 green onions, finely chopped, optional


  • In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, garlic powder, and onion powder, and stir to combine.
  • Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add the eggs, oil, and milk.
  • Whisk all ingredients together until a thin and slightly lumpy batter forms.
  • Fold in the ham, cheese, and green onion if using.
  • Pour the batter into your waffle iron according to manufacturers directions.
  • When the waffle is done cooking, carefully place it on a wire rack to cool, taking care not to stack the waffles on top of each other. Repeat with remaining batter.
  • Serve waffles hot.


  • I like to cook these longer than other waffles so that they crisp up and the cheese doesn’t stick. I normally do a cycle and a half, or turn my waffle iron up to a “darker” setting.
  • We love to eat these like a savory biscuit with a fried egg on top, and they are also great like a sandwich next to a bowl of tomato soup.
  • Be sure to spray your waffle iron well with cooking spray so that the cheese doesn’t stick.


Serving: 1 of 6 large waffles, Calories: 520kcal, Carbohydrates: 34g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 33g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Monounsaturated Fat: 19g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 110mg, Sodium: 946mg, Potassium: 299mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 331IU, Vitamin C: 0.02mg, Calcium: 318mg, Iron: 3mg
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  1. 5 stars
    These were interesting! I shouldn’t have diced my leftover ham up so small (1/8″ squares). I loved dunking it into my tomato soup. Next time, I will leave the ham bigger, add more cheese because you can never have too much and some black pepper…with an egg on top! Now my brain is thinking….hmmm….tomato, parmesan and Italian seasonings to serve with spaghetti over spaghetti squash….Thanks!!!!!