Chaffle 101: Everything You Need to Know + 10 Delicious Recipes

If there’s one thing I’ve seen plastered throughout my Pinterest and Instagram feed lately it is the chaffle — in every single form. From sweet to savory, there’s a recipe for just about anyone.

If you’re not a social media person, you probably think I’m crazy. Let me explain.

What is a chaffle?

A ‘chaffle’ is a fusion of the words cheese + waffle. As the name suggests, they’re comprised almost entirely of cheese and prepared in a waffle iron. Most recipes will also call for egg as well, to bind the cheese together. There are variations that exist that create some interesting flavor profiles.

Who invented the original chaffle?

This is up for debate. There have been many users (and clout chasers) claiming the credit, but it’s unclear where it originated.

Personally, I found the recipe and verbiage from watching @KetoMadMan’s stories on Instagram.

Around the same time, I also tried and loved a recipe from @keto_okie which varies slightly in ingredient amounts. Her recipe is more of an Eggo waffle dupe and she’s provided step-by-step instructions in the highlights of her page.

Which waffle iron is best for chaffles?

Any waffle iron will work, but the Dash mini waffle iron maker took over the Instagram community by storm.

You can pick this magical device up for under $10 at most Target stores, but it’s also available online at a number of places.


One egg is usually enough for two mini waffles, which make a PERFECT breakfast sandwich!

They come in a variety of colors and the waffles come out perfect every single time. I purchased the teal.

Can you freeze chaffles?

In most instances, yes. I’ve had no issues freezing these. But the reality is that they’re so easy that it takes no time to whip up!

I find that an air fryer works best for reheating and making them even crunchier.

Do chaffles taste like eggs?

This totally depends on how much egg you use in your recipe. I find that most are light and crunchy — not eggy at all!

If you sprinkle cheese in your waffle iron before putting the batter, the edges get even crispier.

What do chaffles taste like?

Can I make the recipes as pancakes?

In most instances, yes. Pan frying should yield some sort of flatbread/pancake.

I like to use the waffle iron because it’s less maintenance and it makes the edges nice and crispy — much like a traditional waffle.

10 Delicious Chaffle Recipes to try

For the basic chaffle recipe, grab it on this Instagram post from @KetoMadMan.

For some variations, try these recipes:

Do you have a favorite chaffle recipe? Comment below!