Every January you can look around your social media profiles and instantly guess what everyone’s New Year’s resolutions are. There’s one that’s likely more widespread than any other, wanting to be healthy. For many people, becoming healthier means losing weight. For me, being healthier means cutting out unnecessary calories, like calories that come from donuts, pizza, and even waffles!
On the other hand, though, I do love to treat myself on the weekends. And because I make my own waffles, I control everything that goes in the batter. That means that I can customize my waffle batter to be as healthy as possible. It doesn’t matter if I want Vegan waffles, Gluten Free Waffles, Paleo Waffles, or indulgent dessert waffles topped with whipped cream and Nutella, I can make it! And because waffle irons are durable and affordable, I can make it happen.
If you think that all waffles are created equal, you’d be wrong. Waffles vary in shape, in texture, in size, and in thickness. The greatest disparity takes place between regular waffles and Belgian waffles. It’s not only chefs who can tell the difference, you’ve likely seen it yourself, whether you realized it or not.
Belgian Waffle vs Regular Waffle
History of Belgian Waffles
History of Regular Waffles
Waffle Thickness – Belgian vs Regular
This is the most noticeable difference between the two. Belgian ones are larger in size and much thicker compared to regular or American style waffles. Belgian waffles have deep grid patterns and are lighter in batter, resulting in a fluffier waffle. These deep grids make Belgian waffles ideal dessert waffles since they can hold large amounts of chocolate syrup, maple syrup, honey, whipped cream, ice cream, or whatever else you desire.
Pure Belgian waffles use yeast or egg whites in its batter while the regular waffles consist more of baking powder.
This difference in batter makes Belgian waffles richer in texture. This also makes Belgian waffles crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside if they’re cooked just a little bit longer than usual. Personally, this is how I like them.
However, regular waffles have an advantage here for some people. If you’re looking at making a waffle sandwich, that means taking two waffles and putting ham or cheese in between them, you need to use regular waffles. Being thinner gives them the advantage here. Putting together two Belgian waffles for a sandwich would just be too much!
Belgian Waffle and Regular Waffle Recipe Differences
Regular waffles are made using baking powder instead of yeast. This is done with the aim of giving the batter a slight lift. Regular waffles are a little denser compared to their Belgian counterparts. Since Belgian waffles are usually made using yeast dough, they normally require eggs or egg whites. Belgian waffles also tend to be more crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, especially if cooked for a little longer than usual.
Not only are Belgian waffles thicker than regular waffles, but they are also often larger in size. Many Belgian waffle makers boast 7 or even 8 inch waffles that are often round in shape. Athough you can also find regular waffle makers that are round in shape, most often they’re square.
Personally, I prefer Belgian waffles over regular waffles. I prefer Belgian waffles because I love the fluffiness of them and I love to load them up with Greek yogurt and bananas for breakfast or with Whipped cream and Halo Top Ice Cream for dessert.
One of my favorite Belgian Waffle Makers being the Hamilton Beach Flip Belgian Waffle Maker with Removable plates.
Not only does this Hamilton Beach Flip waffle maker make great waffles, and fast, but its removable plates means that cleanup is a breeze, since you can just pop off the plates and put them in the dishwasher. Read our full, in depth review here.
My favorite regular waffle maker isn’t really a regular waffle maker at all. It’s actually the George Foreman GRP4842P Multi-Plate Evolve Grill. This is a favorite of ours because it’s multi-functionality and because it’s waffle plates are removable and ceramic. There are many people who don’t want to eat off of a nonstick Teflon coating, so they prefer the more natural ceramic coating. Being removable means that you can take off the plates and leave them soaking in order to easily clean them later on. You can read our in depth review here.
At the end of the day, the decision is yours to make, you can’t go wrong with either waffle maker!