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Croque Madame Waffles

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This is sure to become a brunch favorite. A ham and cheddar waffle is topped with creamy Dijon bechamel. More ham and cheese and a perfectly poached egg seal the deal for a fun waffle twist on the classic French sandwich.

Plate with waffle madame featuring creamy Dijon béchamel sauce, ham, cheese, waffle, and egg.

Take your brunch game to the next level with these croque madame style waffles. They are a little bit sophisticated mixed with a healthy dose of fun.

Or course the layers of flavors make for a delicious taste experience. They are a perfect breakfast for company or a fabulous breakfast for dinner option.

This final recipe is a perfect brunch dish in my eyes. It is a slightly more grown up and definitely more savory version of one of my all time brunch favorites, the Belgian waffle.

Using some inspiration from the decadent French sandwich, the croque madame and sprinkling in a healthy dose of Vermont cheddar cheese for a new brunch treat.

That’s right, folks! I took a French sandwich, a Belgian waffle and the finest of American cheddar cheeses for an international brunch delight.

It is also great with Dutch gouda or Swiss gruyere. It is a small world after all!

I topped it with a farm fresh poached egg straight from my parents’ house for a touch of eat local and farm to table too.

This dish covers all of the bases!

Let me break it down for you a little more. These waffles aren’t just any old waffles.

They are stuffed with ham and freshly grated cheddar. Then they are cooked until golden and crispy.

waffle topped with white sauce, ham and cheese ready  to go into the oven.

They would be great with some butter and syrup and you should definitely try that someday. But not today!

Oh no, today you are going to spread some bechamel flavored with a bit of Dijon on it. Then you are going to grate some of that delicious cheese on top.

Waffles after they have been broiled, showing gooey bechamel sauce, warm ham, and melted cheese.

Go ahead, pile it on. This is your brunch, you might as well go for it.

Now stick that puppy under the broiler until everything is gooey, bubbly and scrumptious. Now put a perfectly poached egg on top and admire your creation. Not bad, huh? Ok, go ahead and dig in! I dare you!

fork breaking into runny poached egg yolk on top of waffle topped with bechamel, ham and cheese.

If you love savory breakfast and brunch recipes, check out my collection of egg based breakfast recipes.

Maybe you are looking for something more on the sweet side? How about red, white and blue sourdough waffles or brownie baked oatmeal? What are your favorite brunch dishes?

How do I poach an egg?

I use a egg poaching pan to make it easy. They also make silicone cups just for that purpose.

Either of those options allow you to cook the eggs easily without having to drop them into the pot of water.

Fork breaking the yolk of a poached egg on a madame waffle.

Or follow the link to see step by step instructions on how to poach an egg without any extra tools.

Did you make this great recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

fork going into runny egg yolk in poached egg over waffle with beschamel, ham, and melted cheese.

Croque Madame Waffles

Servings: 6 Servings
Author: Carlee
Madame waffles take the flavors of the classic French croque madame and add the goodness of a savory waffle. They are the perfect brunch entree. Change up the cheese to easily make it your own.
4.91 from 10 ratings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes



  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • 1 cup shaved ham diced
  • 1 cup gruyere shredded
  • 18-24 slices shaved ham
  • 1 cup gruyere shredded
  • 6 eggs poached or fried to your desired doneness
  • salt and peper
  • chives for serving optional


To make the bechamel

  • In a small saucepan or skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Whisk in flour and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently. You don't want to brown, just enough to cook off the flour flavor.
    4 Tablespoons butter, 4 Tablespoons all purpose flour
  • Whisk in the milk a little at a time to ensure you don't have lumps. 
    2 cups whole milk
  • Once all of the milk is added, continue to cook and stir until the bechamel is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Remove from heat and stir in Dijon mustard. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

To make the waffles:

  • Preheat the waffle maker.
  • In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder and salt.
    2 cups all purpose flour, 3 teaspoons baking powder, ¼ tsp salt
  • Mix in the eggs, milk and melted butter until just combined.
    2 eggs, 1¾ cup whole milk, ¼ cup butter
  • Fold in the ham and cheese.
    1 cup shaved ham, 1 cup gruyere
  • Grease the waffle maker and put about ¾ cup of batter onto the surface. Close and cook until golden brown.

To assemble:

  • Put waffles on parchment or silicone mat lined baking tray. Top each waffle with about ⅙ of the bechamel sauce.
  • Place 3-4 slices of shaved ham on top and sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Broil until the cheese is melted and the bechamel is hot and bubbly.
  • Move to serving plate and top with an egg and chopped chives if desired.


There are lots of different cheeses that are good on these waffles. Gouda is a good alternative, so is white cheddar. Emmental or Swiss also work great. 


Serving: 1ServingCalories: 744kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 43gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 20gPolyunsaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 526mgSodium: 3981mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Cooking With Carlee” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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Saturday 11th of May 2019

These waffles look so good and I love poached eggs. I want some!


Saturday 8th of June 2019

It is such a fun way to do a savory waffle!


Sunday 29th of April 2018

Ummm.... YUM!!!! I"ll be right over!!!! Ok.. maybe I'll just have to make this myself.. Sigh..


Tuesday 1st of May 2018

Come on my way! I'd happily make some for you!

A Day in the Life on the Farm

Wednesday 7th of June 2017

I put this on my list to make when I first saw it but haven't gotten to it yet. I can't wait to try it.


Thursday 8th of June 2017

I hope you love it! Thanks, Wendy!

Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

What a great dish!


Thursday 8th of June 2017

It is definitely worth making. Thanks, Sid!

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 18th of May 2017

Recipes like this are why I shouldn't read so late at night! It's 10 pm and now I want to go make waffles and create this deliousness! Seriously, Carlee, this looks amazing!


Saturday 20th of May 2017

Just make them first thing in the morning! They are sooooo good and really don't take that long to put together!