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What’s a Griddle Cake?: Your Query Answered With A Savory Griddle Recipe

What’s a Griddle Cake?: Your Query Answered With A Savory Griddle Recipe

I won’t make you wait that long. A griddle cake is a PANCAKE. Mystery solved. Your welcome.

But if you stop reading now you won’t get the juicy details leading up to my deliciously divine recipe: Savory Three Meat n’ Cheese Griddle Cake Topped with Pico De gallo and sour cream. Que the “MUAH Ha Ha Ha Ha” laughter in the background.


Again. You’re welcome.:)


While visiting my boyfriend’s family recently in Colorado, I happened upon a place known for their griddle cakes and saw a savory griddle cake on the menu and thought, “Ah, What the hell.” And boy, I do declare, that thing was banging.


I was on the search for the exact meaning of a griddle cake and everything pointed back to the very well known and much loved pancake. There’s many names for pancakes: hotcakes, flapjacks, flapcakes, and I guess GRIDDLE cakes. I thought that they HAD to be different in some way, shape, or form. But, nope. It’s just a pancake.


I contemplated doing a mix of cornmeal and flour to give it a sturdier, more earthy texture and flavor. But then I remembered how much I liked the contrast of the sweet pancake batter and the meat that filled it. It was quite pleasant and I wanted to recreate that. So, here we go:


Remember, I’m from the south. And people round here ain’t too fond of change. So, I’ll most likely be the main one eating this loaded pancake and I’ll make enough batter for a few “regular” pancakes for my mom and dad. Maybe I’ll throw in a bag of tortillas for the parental units to use as vessels for the pico that they will more than likely NOT be eating. Did I not say I’m from the south AND my family is very “meat and potatoes.”


After some looking and researching and reading and comparing I decided a buttermilk pancake recipe that was printed in the Times. It makes a load of cakes so call your grandma too for this sit down breakfast extravaganza.


We’re gonna keep the batter sweet and add a mixture of cooked bacon, breakfast sausage, and sweet deli ham. This is all topped off with shredded cheddar cheese while the pancake is cooking. Once the pancakes are done serve them with a dollop of sour cream and a spoon (or two) of pico de gallo.

Make the Pico 1st: Refrigerate

Pico De Gallo

: 1 cup/prepared
: 10 min
: 10 min
: Easy

If you like spice, feel free to up the jalapeno amount, or use a serrano (if you're feeling extra adventurous)


  • 1/2 cup yellow or white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes
  • I used grape but roma's are good, chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced
  • sea salt
  • 1 lime
  • Step 1 Dice onion, tomatoes, and half the jalapeno. Using half the lime’s juice, squeeze on top of the veggies. Season with salt. Mix in cilantro. Taste. Adjust seasoning. Add more lime juice if necessary.




Breakfast Meats:

  • 6 to 8 strips of bacon, cooked
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, browned
  • 1/3 pound Good Deli Ham, thinly sliced and torn into pieces
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


I cooked the bacon first in a cast iron skillet followed by the breakfast sausage and scraped the crud from the pan. I wiped it out and added the vegetable oil for my pancakes. Have all your meats and cheese(s) out in front of you ready to top your cakes. The process goes fast once you start cooking.

Buttermilk Griddle Cakes (Pancakes)

Recipe courtesy of : Alison Roman/NY Times


  • 2 cups all purpose flour (I used my usual White Lily brand)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups Buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • Vegetable or canola oil for the pan

Heat oven to 200°. Whisk dry ingredients in bowl. Make a well. Pour in buttermilk. Add eggs. Add slightly cooled butter. Start whisking from the middle outward until all ingredients are combined. Don’t worry about the little lumps. They’re good! Don’t overmix


Heat cast iron skillet over low heat for a few minutes. Add 1 Tablespoon of oil and turn heat up to medium heat.


*Note: A tablespoon seems like a lot but go with it. If you’re using a nonstick pan you can cut the oil back to a teaspoon per batch.


*Drop in 2/3 cup of batter into the middle of the pan for large plate sized pancakes or 1/3 cup for smaller pancakes. I made both.


*Top pancake(s) with a scattering of shredded cheese and top with meats. You’ll notice bubbles starting to form in pancakes. Peek at the bottom(s) to make sure it’s browned and flip over. Cook another minute or two and set on baking sheet. Continue with rest of pancakes.


*Keep cooked pancakes in oven until finished with all of the batter and you’re ready to serve.


*When ready to serve. Remove from oven. Top with spoonful of pico and dollop of sour cream. I served mine with a fried egg on the side, too.



This recipe makes 9 to 10 large pancakes or 18 to 20 small pancakes. See? I told ya you’d need to call your grandma! If your family is anything like mine they may not all go for the meat pancake. I did half and half. So just cut back on the meats and make enough for your carnivores. I actually did a few plain and a few with blueberries and they were all a hit.


Have you ever had a savory pancake? Who, What, When, Where? Tell me all about it and why you liked or disliked it: below:)

See ya soon!:)

18 thoughts on “What’s a Griddle Cake?: Your Query Answered With A Savory Griddle Recipe”

  • Hey Jennifer,
    Thanks a lot for making me insanely hungry! Oh my, this looks insanely good! I am very excited to try this recipe! My wife is also going to be very happy with me so thanks for the husband points 🙂


  • Wow – this sounds amazing! I love pancakes and breakfast foods. Why not put them together like a sandwich? This sounds like a wholesome meal compared to a McDonald Griddle! lol I much prefer made from scratch meals. You did a great job at breaking down and explaining the steps in a fun way. I don’t tend to do a lot of variety in my cooking but I just may have to try this recipe out! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • Thanks Sherry! Waaaaay better than a McDonald griddle! Although I do like the bursts of syrup in each bite of theirs:/ lol

  • Thanks for clearing that up. I’ve often wondered what a griddle cake was and now I know. The pico by itself looks amazing – I’m sitting here mouth watering away lol. – but together they look just the job so I can’t wait to try the recipe. I’m no chef so thanks for keeping the instructions simple and straight forward by the way. Right off to find some food … thanks for that !!

  • Dear Jennifer
    Thank you very much for your fantastic website. It is amazing that you show people where to start and what steps to make towards their dream-like food. I hope more people will know about your website and follow your guidance.
    Kind regards,

  • Wow Jennifer! That looks delicious! I’m not very good at cooking, but reading this makes me want to practice more in the kitchen and improve my skills 🙂 I also like the fact that you made a batch of griddle cakes with less meat. It’s Pancake Day in the UK this Tuesday, so this is a good reason to be hands-on with it. Woooooh!

    Kind regards,


  • Hey Jennifer i giggled all the way through your instructions
    AND NOW I AM Hungry !!
    Guess what I am making for Dinner tonite ?
    My Husband is going to think I am genius!! ( which of course…I am )
    And he’s a pancake nut!
    In this case though your the geniu…s and I wont collect the Brownie points
    Cant wait till Dinner
    Thank you~~

    • lol. Thanks Kristin! I love when I can get a laugh (or two) out of people. Thanks for the compliments:)

  • Hi Jennifer, I love your writing style, you bring fun and play to cooking, which I often forget when I’m in the kitchen , you really make me want to jump up and just start on those pancakes right away. I am a sweet pancake freak but I’m trying your savoury toppings recipe only because I want to do something different and also want to have some fun with it. Ok now… I’m off to the kitchen

  • Hi I have always enjoyed pancakes but simply with lemon and sugar. It always feel rich when you add other ingredients. My question to you is how do you make crepes so thin compared to a pancake?



    • Crepes are a different animal and used as a vessel to either hold fillings or be folded and drizzled with a topping. Pancakes actually have a rising agent, like in this recipe I used both baking powder and baking soda. A crepe has neither so will not rise or be fluffy like my pancakes. Crepes are still delicious though:)

  • Wow Jennifer! This sounds amazing! I’m always interested in trying new recipes as I’ve finally grown accustomed to creating home-cooked meals as opposed to ordering something quick from a drive-thru restaurant. I’m going to buy the ingredients I need for this and try it tomorrow. Thanks for the great recipes and I’m sure my husband’s taste buds thank you too! Keep them coming . Have a great day 🙂

  • I love love love the little images telling the story of the recipe! when bacon met sausage and so on.. That is such a cute way to make a recipe fun to read. I can not wait to try this recipe…or make my boyfriend try it for me. hahaha just being honest. Thanks for a great share!

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