All the Best Waffle Toppings – from Savory to Sweet

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How many waffle toppings can you think of off the top of your head? My family has a well-established weakness for waffles and with that comes a weakness for all the awesome ways that you can top a hot crisp freshly made waffle.

Is “waffle season” a thing? Or is that just me? We enjoy hot breakfasts all year long, but there is just something wonderfully fall and winter about pulling out the waffle iron and watching the steam rise as they cook in the mornings.

All I know is that right now, we are deep in waffle season over here and we’re making all the toppings to pour, stack, and pile on top of our waffles.

From the sweet to the savory there are so many options when it comes to dressing up your waffles. A basic Buttermilk Waffle can be transformed from simple to spectacular with the right combination of toppings.

I recently shared a list of some of my all-time favorite waffle recipes. After spending all that time thinking about waffles, it became clear that I’d need a whole other post just to talk about waffle toppings!

Sweet Waffle Toppings

Craving something sweet? My Grandmother’s Waffle Sauce will forever reign supreme, but there are so many other delicious ways to top them too.

Grandmother's Waffle Sauce

Classic Waffle Toppings

Maple syrup is a nearly universal favorite topping for a good reason. No self-serve waffle bar is complete without a bottle of the stuff. You can even try making your own homemade maple syrup if you like!

This Maple Cream Cheese Syrup I originally made for pancakes brings the best of a creamy sauce and a maple syrup together.

Beyond maple, there’s a whole world of other kinds of syrup to explore.

Banana Coconut Pecan Pancakes are fluffy, hearty banana pancakes sprinkled with sweet coconut and chewy pecans! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Buttermilk Syrup first caught my attention when I tried it on pancakes at a restaurant. As soon as I managed to recreate it at home, I knew it would be delicious on waffles as well and I was right.

This Strawberry Simple Syrup is a sweet taste of summer drizzled on top of waffles. Fruit lovers will enjoy it on waffles along with sliced fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas or peaches.

If you like fruity syrups, make sure to check out Meyer Lemon Syrup and Pomegranate Syrup, too.

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My waffle loving family also enjoys Brown Sugar Butter Syrup whenever we have sweet waffles and as far as homemade syrups go, it’s hard to think of one that’s easier to make.

Whipped cream is another classic waffle topping that’s never steered me wrong. Something about a fluffy dollop of whipped cream on a waffle makes breakfast feel extra special, whether it’s homemade or from a can.

Easy Waffle Toppings

One of the easiest waffle toppings is also among the tastiest–simple fresh fruit.

I could write sonnets about the magnificence of fresh fruit on waffles. Taking a bite of crisp fluffy waffle paired with a juicy berry, crunch sliced apple, sweet banana or tangy peaches is one of life’s greatest joys.

Homemade Peach Jam

Along with with fresh fruit, I also like to put cooked fruits and jams on top of my waffles. Try Brown Sugar Cinnamon Applesauce or Homemade Peach Jam on your next batch of waffles for a treat.

Peanut butter might not immediately come to mind as a waffle topping but it’s certainly one of my favorite quick ways to dress up a waffle, especially on a busy morning.

Popping a frozen waffle in the toaster and smearing some peanut butter on top makes for a nutritious and easy breakfast when we’re running out the door to a morning activity.

Whipped Strawberry Honey Butter is a dreamy spread for toast, muffins, croissants, rolls, and more! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Everyone’s had butter on waffles but have you tried Whipped Strawberry Honey Butter yet? This creamy sweet buttery topping is as pretty in pink as it is delicious.

Ice Cream

Waffle sundaes–waffles topped with ice cream–are the ultimate in breakfast decadence and also make for a jaw-dropping dessert. A scoop of ice cream melting into the grooves of a warm waffle is just about perfection to me.

You can eat ice cream waffles as is or top them with your other favorite sundae ingredients like whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and cherries.

Homemade Chocolate Syrup really is better than store bought! get the EASY recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

Savory Waffle Toppings

Have you tried a savory waffle? You’re really missing out if you haven’t tried them yet. Cornbread waffles or Cheddar Chive Waffles are a great place to start.

Soft fried eggs are a dream on top of a savory waffle. Serve with a side of bacon for a hearty weekend breakfast no one will be able to turn down.

Cheddar Chive Waffles with Sausage Gravy are BETTER than Biscuits & Gravy! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

If you like biscuits and gravy wait until you taste waffles and gravy. Try a ladleful of Sausage Gravy on a savory waffle for brunch, breakfast or a fun dinner.

If you like chili and cornbread and frito pie, then cornbread waffles topped with homemade chili should be on your menu soon! Add all your favorite chili toppings like sour cream, shredded cheese, and avocado and you’ll be in savory waffle heaven.

Cornbread Waffles topped with pulled pork and coleslaw on a plate. Get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

If you’ve tried a BBQ Sundae and loved it, these cornbread waffles with pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw are going to make you very happy.

I love the idea of these Taco Stuffed Waffles from Beyond Frosting. It makes perfect sense to take the best parts of tacos and stuff them into a perfectly cooked waffle. I can’t wait to give them a try.

Ham and Cheese Waffles are a sweet and savory breakfast that everyone loves! get the recipe at barefeetinthekitchen.com

How about sweet AND savory? These Ham and Cheese Waffles are pretty amazing topped with maple syrup, and their even more amazing topped with “hot” maple syrup. (It’s kind of amazing what a splash of hot sauce does to simple maple syrup.)

These are some of our favorite ways to top sweet and savory waffles.

Does your family have a favorite waffle topping? Whether it’s classic or completely non-traditional, I’d love to hear about it!

All the best Waffle Toppings - from savory to sweet!

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Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Anita Pinson says

    August is when peaches are ripe in Michigan. We take the hour trek to Romeo, MI every year for the best red havens around. I can them to enjoy for the rest of year. My husband is the waffle expert in the family. I like powdered sugar on mine, he prefers maple syrup. We BOTH add my canned peaches to make a heavenly breakfast on the weekend.

  2. Charleen says

    Just reading this post makes me hungry for waffles. I am pretty old school ,lots of butter or peanut butter and syrup.i like my waffles crispy !!love chopped pecans in them as well.Have a great week .

  3. Doreen says

    We generally keep it simple. our usual waffle topping is butter & maple syrup. I sometimes make a compote of berries or just strawberries. For really special occassions we will add whipped cream and some sliced toasted almonds.

  4. Paula Hitchcock says

    My favorite Homemade waffles with buckwheat flour, topped with blueberries or raspberries and maple syrup!

  5. Judy N says

    My favorite waffle topping–actually the only topping I ever use when making waffles at home–is what you call Grandma’s Waffle Sauce. The vanilla creamy sweet flavor is the perfect accompaniment to crispy hot waffles. Add a side of salty bacon–perfect!
    Growing up in a Mennonite Brethren home, this was my mother’s sauce, from her heritage. In fact, I remember as a child when we went to IHOP one day, and I tried to order “Cream Sauce” on my waffles. I was greatly disappointed to learn that the whole world didn’t enjoy waffles the way I did. Lol!

  6. Connie Dunfield says

    Hi, Growing up, waffles were a special treat. My mother always put jelly on her’s, never maple syrup. So when I see any recipe offer to put jelly on their waffles, it lovingly reminds me of my mother.