Lemon Buttermilk Waffles Recipe

Lemon Buttermilk Waffles have quickly become one of my favorite ways to spruce up my buttermilk waffle recipe. They add just the right amount of freshness and spark to the buttermilk waffle recipe I developed and have used for years.

To prepare the batter, I’ve modified my buttermilk waffle recipe with the change of utilizing whole milk instead of buttermilk. Then, you’ll add the juice of two large lemons and allow it to sit for about five minutes to allow the milk to begin forming a homemade buttermilk substitute. I’ve also scaled down this recipe to serve four, instead of the large batch recipe I provide for my buttermilk waffles.

Preparing the lemon to add to the light and fluffy batter immediately perks up the entire kitchen as you are zesting and juicing the lemon. It’s definitely an irresistible smell!


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The flavor of these Lemon Buttermilk Waffles goes perfectly with warmed maple syrup and immediately makes you think of spring and summer.

If you enjoy lemon, these waffles definitely need to be on your must-try list soon.


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They are out of this world delicious.

Here’s how I make my Lemon Buttermilk Waffle Recipe.

Lemon Buttermilk Waffles Recipe

These lemon buttermilk waffles make delicious waffles perfect for breakfast, brunch, or breakfast for dinner!
5 from 1 vote

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • zest of two lemons


  • Mix together whole milk and lemon juice. Set aside and allow to stand for five minutes.
  • In the meantime, whisk together flour, salt, sugar, lemon zest, and baking soda.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, and melted butter into milk mixture and lightly beat with a fork until well-combined.
  • Pour milk mixture into dry mixture and stir together just until combined.
  • Lightly spray top and bottom of waffle iron and preheat iron.
  • Pour batter into waffle iron and cook to your iron's instructions.
  • Serve immediately with your favorite maple syrup.
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  1. I am not really familiar with waffles, and I don’t have a waffle iron, but would you be able to make these as pancakes? I can make pancakes! Just not sure about the batter consistency, if this will work?

  2. Yay, waffles!
    I think we all love waffles because they have that nice Grandma’s kitchen touch. And let’s not forget that they are very easy to prepare. I always vote for waffles. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. We all love the taste of lemon so this will be perfect!! Can’t wait to make them! Another great recipe – thanks!

  4. This recipe is ideal. I happened on it searching for waffles and lemon juice – because I wanted some homemade waffles, and was fresh out of buttermilk. And no time for yeast. I made these exactly as described, no substitutions, on a Breville waffle iron.

    The waffles turned out perfect. Roasty on the outside, Light & fluffy on the inside, with just a hint of lemon scent & flavor. The lemon juice perfectly balanced out the alkaline baking soda, there was no hint of bitterness.

    The family gobbled them up, even my 5 y/o son, who Doesnt Like Anything.

  5. Robyn,

    Do you think there is a substitute for milk that we can use? It has to be non-dairy. These waffles sound amazing!


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