Cheddar & Chive Savory Waffles

These cheddar and chive savory waffles are perfectly fluffy, topped with white cheddar cheese and a gooey poached egg yolk.

Savory Waffles with White Cheddar and Chives

Ready for waffles with a spin? Here we’ve got some savory waffles. Yes, white cheddar and chive savory waffles! Alex and I can’t believe we’ve never tried this until now. We’re totally savory people, so the idea of turning that typically sugar-ladden breakfast into a savory one was totally up our alley. Heck, topped with a poached egg, it even turns into a vegetarian version of chicken and waffles that you could serve for dinner! Here’s our savory waffles recipe: and we hope you love it.

How to make savory waffles

This savory waffles recipe is in celebration of a very special lady. The ultra-talented Melissa of The Faux Martha is having a sweet baby girl, and our friend Erin was kind enough to arrange a celebration for her. We’ve joined together with some other food bloggers to celebrate Melissa by riffing on her whole wheat waffles recipe and sharing a personal kitchen tip, Faux Martha style. If you don’t know it, head on over to The Faux Martha blog to read a mix of stunning food photography, design content, and honest, fresh prose.

For our take on waffles to celebrate our friend, in a moment of telepathy Alex and I both declared we should make savory waffles with a poached egg on top. We added some chopped chives to the batter for an onion-y bite. And then for the topping, we added grated white cheddar cheese, just a bit of maple syrup for a little sweetness, and a poached egg. The result: fluffy, savory waffles with a savory sweet topping, punctuated by savory egg yolk.

Kitchen tip: how to make poached eggs?

These savory waffles are served topped with a poached egg on top to make for a filling meal. How to poach an egg? Here’s our tried and true method: How to Make Poached Eggs. A tip: make sure your eggs are as fresh as can be when you poach them. The whites on older eggs don’t firm up as well, leaving you with some not-so-lovely looking shapes. We know from experience – lots of it!

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Cheddar & Chive Savory Waffles

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  • Author: a Couple Cooks
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


These cheddar and chive savory waffles are perfectly fluffy, topped with white cheddar cheese and a gooey poached egg yolk.



  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 4 eggs
  • Maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup grated white cheddar cheese


  1. Heat waffle iron on high heat.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the white whole wheat flour, baking powder, and kosher salt; mix to combine.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter. Add the milk and microwave for another minute. Whisk the egg into to the wet ingredients until fully combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined; do not overmix (batter can be lumpy).
  5. Chop the chives; add 2 tablespoons to the batter and reserve extra chopped chives for a garnish.
  6. Add the batter to the heated waffle iron and cook the waffles until golden brown. Remove the cooked waffles and place on a baking sheet without stacking. Place in the oven to keep warm.
  7. Meanwhile, poach the eggs.
  8. When ready to serve, place the waffle on a plate and drizzle with a bit of maple syrup. Top with a poached egg, additional chopped chives, and grated white cheddar cheese.


Adapted from The Faux Martha

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Savory Waffles, Waffle Recipe, Brunch Recipes, Cheddar Waffles, Chive Waffles, Recipes with Chives

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.


  • Reply
    Belinda @themoonblushbaker
    September 4, 2013 at 7:15 am

    I personality would eat brunch food every day and remain happy.Your waffles look perfect! I love the use of whole wheat; anything to balance out the sweetness of my blog bakes. You should do waffles more often! I love to use them in place of bread or if I have stale ones toast them for waffle croutons on soup.

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    September 4, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Oh poached eggs and waffles together sound so good and look incredible! What a fun baby shower focused around waffles. That would be awesome!

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    Melissa // The Fauxmartha
    September 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

    My heart is overflowing like crazy this morning. Thank you, thank you Alex and Sonja! My confession: I’ve never poached an egg before. I’m going to follow your lead! Love this savory combo with a touch of sweet. I think Kevin would thank me forever for this. My savory recipes are lacking big time. So much love! xoxox

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      September 19, 2013 at 10:18 am

      You are so welcome, lady! We’re so excited to welcome your sweet little one into the world!

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    September 4, 2013 at 10:00 am

    What a wonderful treat for Melissa! Love the idea of these savoury waffles – what a great quick and tasty dinner idea!

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    September 4, 2013 at 10:08 am

    LOVE the savory. I’ve actually never made savory waffles before so that’s going to have to happen soon!

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    September 4, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Savory waffles!!! Yessss! These sound like perfection and I just so happen to have a pot of chives in my backyard. p.s. get a waffle iron…changed my life :)

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    September 4, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Savory waffles–hooray! I love the idea of oozing egg yolk with a subtly oniony & crispy waffle.

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    September 4, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    Yum, love poached eggs! Congrats on your first waffle post :)

    • Reply
      September 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Haha! Thanks Jeanine :)

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    September 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I’ve never had a savory waffle before, but this caught my attention with that beautiful poached egg! This would be a fabulous brunch dish.

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    Kiran @
    September 4, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Absolutely love the idea of savory waffles. And to top it off with poached egg?! Brilliant!!

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar
    September 4, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    These waffles are the shiz! Love them!

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    Courtney Jones
    September 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    Wow! What a gorgeous photo. Delicious looking waffles! I love the idea of a savoury waffle. And what a sweet idea to do a waffle-themed baby shower for Melissa. Love it!

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      September 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

      Thank you, Courtney!

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    September 6, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Three years and no waffles?! Funny how visitors never notice these omissions until we mention them (liiike there are no beets on my site, or poached eggs). It’s about time I get on the savory waffle bandwagon. These look terrific!

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      September 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm

      Time to get on the poached egg bandwagon… they are seriously the best!

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    September 6, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Love that you guys went savoury on this. You neeeed a waffle iron in that sweet new kitchen of yours! We started making waffles with surprising frequency around here once I remembered that it was lurking in the back of the cupboard ;)

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      September 8, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      Maybe we just won’t return the one we borrowed… :)

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    September 7, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    I’ve never made savory waffles! I’ve been meaning to. I can’t wait to try your version. (And, see you in a few days!!) xo

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      September 8, 2013 at 10:19 pm

      We’ve really enjoyed the savory waffles. I think we really may end up getting a waffle iron :) See you soon!

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    September 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    nice breakfast entry!

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