Using a waffle maker

How to Use a Waffle Maker

​Do you have a waffle maker that you are dying to use but maybe you are a little unsure where to begin? Well, I am here to help! This basic guide will teach you how to use a waffle maker with great results! Don't have a waffle maker yet? Well check out our reviews and pick the best waffle maker for you (might I suggest the Presto Flip Belgian Waffle'll love it!). Our Ultimate Buying Guide is also a great place to start the search for your perfect machine!

Now lets use that waffle maker!

Make your batter

Waffle Batter

There are two ways to get your waffle batter ready-either get a ready-made waffle mix from the store or create your own! If you are using a ready-made waffle mix, ready a head to step two or keep reading to find out how to make your own perfect waffle batter!

Some argue that ready-made waffle mixes are better because they may save a lot of time. Others argue that the ready-made mixes are filled with unnatural preservatives and it’s much better to make your own. Basically, do whatever tickles your fancy and is convenient for you.

If you would like to try to whip up your own batch of batter, then follow the instructions below to create the perfect waffle batter. Otherwise, grab some waffle mix net time you are at the store or order this great Stonewall Kitchen Waffle mix that we love! 

Batter Recipe:

Ingredients (16 waffles):

  •  2 cups Flour
  • 4 teaspoons Baking POwder
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/3 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together
  2. Slowly add the milk, vegetable oil, eggs and vanilla extract into the bowl, whisking constantly so that no lumps form.
  3. Allow the batter to sit for 5 minutes to thicken (you can plug your waffle maker in during this time to let it heat up!)
  4. Keep reading below for very detailed directions on exactly how to use your waffle maker to get the absolute best waffle results!

Heat the Waffle Maker

waffle light

Once you have made your waffle batter mix or you have gotten your ready-made mix prepared, plug in and turn your waffle iron on. Some machines may automatically turn on when they are plugged in while others may have an on/off switch. Most machines will have an indicator light which shows that the waffle maker is on- no guesswork needed!

Make sure you put the waffle maker in a dry place and also on a flat surface. If your waffle maker has a drip tray, make sure it is secure under your machine. If you do not have a drip tray, consider putting a plate under your waffle maker to catch any leaking batter. 

Some waffle makers have a temperature dial and the best option is to turn to your desired setting right after you plug the machine in to get your perfect heat setting ready. The recommendation for most waffle machines is to keep the temperature low and bake slowly especially if you are using it for the first time. This will help you avoid the risk of accidentally burning the waffle! 

Grease the waffle maker – if needed!

Again, checking with your own waffle maker instructions, add some oil spray or brush on some melted butter to prevent the waffle batter from sticking onto the surface. Most non-stick waffle makers do not need anything added so you can just pour your batter right in, no greasing needed! The Oster DuraCeramic Waffle Maker has some amazing non-stick, chemical free plates that you should definitely check out! 

Keep the lid of your waffle maker closed while you wait for your Ready Indicator Light to tell you that the waffle maker is ready. If your waffle maker does not have a ready indicator light, wait about 5 minutes to ensure the machine is sufficiently heated. 

Remember to be careful when handling the waffle maker as it will be hot! (But waffles should be served nice and hot, right?!)

Pour on the batter

waffle batter pouring

When the waffle maker is ready, open up your waffle maker and pour in the waffle batter so that it is covering the entire waffle plate, and then close the lid. Often, the waffle maker will have a measurement of how much batter needs to be poured in so check the directions for your specific machines perfect amount!

As the waffle cooks, there will be some steam escaping from the sides and the lid may rise as the waffle rises. These are both signs of delicious waffles on their way!

Finish cooking the waffle

Some waffle makers have an indicator light to tell you that the waffle has been cooked and others may take a little more guesswork and clock watching. The best thing to do is look through the side of the waffle maker and watch the batter turn into a cake like texture. Most waffle makers take between 3-5 minutes.

If you're using a traditional waffle iron on the stovetop, you'll need to set a timer and expect it to cook for 5 or more minutes.​

Open up the waffle maker and have a look. Is the waffle golden brown and crispy? Or is it still pale and raw looking? If the waffle looks pale, it may need more time to cook so simply close the lid and keep cooking until it is the perfect color and texture for you!

Plate up and serve!

Best Flip Waffle Maker

Once your waffle has cooked, slide it off the waffle maker using a plastic spoon or tongs, and plate up. You can then go ahead and make more by repeating this process until all the waffles have been made. If you think the waffle maker needs a good cleaning, check out our blog about how to clean a waffle maker.


Finally, enjoy your waffles to your own preference. Some options are to add strawberries and Nutella or maple syrup with bananas. Try Greek yogurt and honey, or a mixture of berries with ice cream. However you want to top your perfect waffles is up to you- the will be delicious no matter what!

About the Author Amanda Bochain

I have a bachelor's degree for the Culinary Institute of America in Baking and Pastry Arts and over 16 years of food service experience. I also owned and operated a bakery cafe for several years. I have a two year old daughter who helps me write food blogs and articles as my official taste tester!

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