How to stop waffles from sticking

How to stop waffles from sticking

Having waffles that stick to the waffle grids is a bummer and can frustrate you enough to not even want to use your waffle iron. It can feel like a waste and can be frustrating to expect a waffle and receive crazy looking piece of cooked dough.

Restaurant quality waffles are so delicious that you might be tempted to hit up a restaurant every time you want waffles. However, the reason they’re so good isn’t because their appliances are better than what’s available on Amazon. It’s because they make so many waffles that they’ve perfected their techniques. These are techniques that you can master in just a few tries.

Stop your waffles from sticking!

Someone recently asked me advice on stopping their waffles from sticking to their Hamilton Beach Flip Waffle Maker. I see this as a common problem around forums and on websites all over. People’s waffles stick!

My initial piece of advice is this….. Better Butter Better Waffles.

All about Butter

There are some people that have no problem putting butter in their waffle recipes. Others are making their own waffles because of special dietary restrictions. For those who don’t eat butter, scroll further down for non-butter tips!

Unsalted or Salted

Unsalted butter is the go-to butter for baking waffles and other baked goods. However, choosing ingredients falls on preference. If you like an extra bit of saltiness to offset sweetness then choose salted butter. Recipes are often flexible and there’s no evidence that salted butter changes a baked good in any way.

What about Butter Temperature?

When it comes to ingredients, especially better, room temperature is ALWAYS better. It’s not necessary, but it makes mixing easier if you bring the butter out of the refrigerator about 30 minutes before you plan on using it. Cut the butter into small cubes and then mash in order to soften it faster. There’s usually no need to melt better for a recipe.

What about Fat Content?

High fat butter is better! Organic butter from grass fed cows is even better than that. Not only is it extremely healthy but it tastes great.

High Heat

Another problem that may be causing your waffles to stick is the heat. Sometimes we’re afraid of raising the heat for fear of burning our food. What happens is that the waffle isn’t being cooked well enough to harden and “unstick” itself from the waffle grids.


You might not be giving the waffle iron enough time to heat up before pouring in your batter. Waffle makers with indicator lights can help with this.

Spray or not?

Some people swear by Pam or similar cooking sprays.This may be necessary if your waffle recipe contains absolutely no fat at all. Fat ensures that your waffle doesn’t stick.

The fat in your recipe doesn’t have to come from butter, it can come from eggs or other sources.

For some great recipes that are also healthy, check out our Top 10 Paleo Waffle Recipes.

Therefore, if your recipe is a fat free one, you’ll likely need spray. Just know this, if you use spray you’ll need to use a damp cloth to clean your waffle iron plates. Nonstick spray can build up over time and damage your waffle iron.

Know your waffle maker

It can be tempting to just jump right now, but don’t! Read your instruction manual and know that it will take you a few times to understand exactly how to use it.

Mix Gently

Waffle batter can be tricky. It needs to be smooth enough to flow through all the waffle grids but think enough to bake and slightly rise. Mix ingredients together gently and with a rubber spatula in an unbreakable bowl until ready. Err on a thicker batter.

See steam? Good!

Don’t lift the lid too soon! Generally, always follow your waffle maker’s indicator lights, but it if doesn’t have one, steam is a good indicator that your waffle is ready. Don’t raise the waffle lid before you see this or you can prematurely cool the waffle and stop the baking process.

Doesn’t nonstick mean that it won’t stick?

No, not really. Having a nonstick waffle iron means that your waffles probably won’t stick, depending on your recipe. Again, the less fat you tend to use, the more likely that your waffles will stick.

One of our favorite nonstick waffle makers with indicator lights

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The Cuisinart WAF-F20 Double Belgian Waffle Maker is one of our favorites because it solves many problems that people have with waffle makers to begin with.

Not only does it bake two Belgian waffles at the same time, but it’s nonstick grids are especially good and it’s rotating action ensures even cooking. Even cooking means no undercooked spots that tend to stick.

In addition to that, it has a 6 setting browning control knob that allows you to customize heat. Best of all, it has two LED ready indicator lights to let you know when waffles are done. This is a GREAT waffle maker for those who constantly struggle with sticking waffles.

Here is a recap of it’s features:

  • Cooks 2 Belgian waffles simultaneously
  • 6 setting temperature control
  • Nonstick coating
  • 2 LED indicator lights
  • Rotating function
  • 1 year warranty

We hope that we’ve ended your waffle sticking problem forever. If not, please let us know if the comments below!


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