Waffle House has delicious waffles, but the cheddar waffles with kielbasa and maple syrup are simply outstanding! Here's a copycat recipe for them, so that you can make them at home.

I'm not a breakfast person. I think it's because I don't wake up hungry and by the time my stomach kicks in it wants something with a bite. Something meaty, savory and preferably still bleeding. A bite from last nights burger, that cold soggy bun with the cheese stuck to it and the meat still pink in the center - yeah, that's what fuels me in the morning.

I never liked Chex or Cheeries. I didn't want to be like Mike and mornings only make my Wheaties angry. And did I mention I don't eat eggs. They are just weird.

But every now and then when he we need to get over last night's bender, we take a trip to the local Waffle House to help with the recovery process. (Seriously, it works - try it). They do hold true to their name - the waffles are delicious. I may never order one myself, but I can't stop myself from stealing a bit or two from Handsome's plate.

I do love the play with sweet and savory in a lot of dishes though and when I saw the concept for a waffle topped with crispy kielbasa my inner meatatarian did cartwheels. Finally a breakfast just for me!

Warning! This recipe is not for the faint of heart. The syrup slathering everything is very very sweet but the crunchy pan fried kielbasa evens it all out. And then there's the waffle, that signature delicious waffle dripping in buttery goodness. This meal is a gift from the heavens.

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Waffle House Cheddar Waffles with Kielbasa in Maple Syrup

Inspiration from Vanilla Sugar - Copycat Waffle House waffle recipe adapted from Food.com
Copycat Waffle House Cheddar Waffles Recipe with Kielbasa in Maple Syrup \\ Pass the SushiIngredients:

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • ½ cup half-and-half
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup mild cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 lb kielbasa, chopped into small blocks
  • 1 cup of maple syrup


Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a medium bowl and stir to combine.
Lightly beat the egg in another medium bowl and combine with sugar, butter, and shortening, mixing well until smooth.
Add the half & half, milk, buttermilk and vanilla and mix well.
Add the dry flour mixture to the wet mixture while beating and mix until smooth. Fold in the cheese.
If you can, cover and chill overnight, though the batter can be used right away.
Rub a light coating of vegetable oil on a waffle iron, and preheat it.
Leave the batter out of the refrigerator to warm up a bit as your waffle iron is preheating.
Spoon ⅓ to ½ cup of batter into the waffle iron and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until the waffles are light brown.

Keep waffles warm in the oven.

In a skillet over medium high heat, fry up the kielbasa until nice and crispy. Drain grease. Over low heat, pour maple syrup over the kielbasa and warm through.

Serve over waffles immediately.


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In case anyone is curious, I did make this for supper, not breakfast. That's because as I mentioned earlier, I don't wake up wanting food. I can see it being worth the effort for a late Sunday brunch though. And by worth the effort, I mean really worth it, as it only takes 10 minutes to come together if you made the batter ahead of time.

Even Waffle House can't make them for you that quickly.

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Enjoy! I know I did... 🙂


  1. The Harried Cook says:

    That looks amazing! I love the mixture of sweet and salty! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Blog is the New Black says:

    I don't have the right words for this, kita. Wow.

  3. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen says:

    I'd definitely have this for dinner, love me some keilbasa!

  4. Steph@stephsbitebybite says:

    It's like you're in my brain and listening to all of my cravings! This is so bad but so good! Love it!

  5. RavieNomNoms says:

    Oh man, talk about a serious breakfast/brunch! That looks really amazing...I am not normally a breakfast person either. I tried to break myself of that habit just recently...I feel a ton better now that I have a little something in the morning! I am sure that if I had THIS in the morning, I would be sleeping at my desk by 10am haha

  6. spcookiequeen says:

    I'm not usually a big breakfast eater either. But I do like all the things you've combined here. My husband loves sausage, I'm sure he would love these. Hope you had a great weekend.

  7. briarrose says:

    Yum....it's the kielbasa and maple syrup that just calls to me. 😉

  8. Dionne Baldwin says:

    WOW I'd totally eat these. I SO wish we were neighbors...I love breakfast but it doesn't have to be a breakfast food to be eaten in the mornings. Cheddar waffles would be insanely good!!

  9. I actually love breakfast, but I love savory breakfasts like these. Wow that looks like a pile of awesomeness with more awesomeness poured over it. I never would have thought of kielbasas with maple syrup and waffles, but I really want to give it a try!

  10. looks so good and I am a huge breakfast person, thank you Kita for adding this to the Sunday Spotlight link up. Have a great weekend 🙂

  11. I'm not a huge breakfast person either but I was instantly attracted to this post. I also like sweet and savory together. When we were kids, my sisters and I would heat up salami slices and dip them in maple syrup. Your kielbasa drenched in syrup reminded me of that right away. YUM!

  12. How many Belgian sized waffles would your recipe make?

    1. We got about 8 regular waffles out of this recipe. I would guess that with a belgian waffle press, which are larger, you will get about 4.

      Hope this helps!

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