January 28, 2014

Homemade McGriddles and Perfect Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

One of my favorite weekend traditions is sitting down to eat a lazy, conversation-filled brunch with my family. It’s a time during each of our weeks when we can recharge and regroup after the hustle and bustle of our usual routine. Sometimes I like to throw a change-up into our typical brunch menu, like I did a couple of weeks ago when I turned a batch of our favorite buttermilk pancakes into delicious breakfast sandwiches inspired by McGriddles from the restaurant famous for its golden arches. Our entire family loved them, and this is a recipe that has been added to our regular breakfast and brunch recipe rotation!

The perfect homemade McGriddle has to start with the perfect pancake, and today I’m sharing my tried-and-true favorite buttermilk pancake recipe. Of course, you can use any pancake you wish to make these sandwiches, using a mix, or even frozen pancakes. The choice is up to you!

Homemade McGriddles sandwiches made with perfect buttermilk pancakes. So yummy!!

Homemade McGriddles with Perfect Buttermilk Pancakes

Serves: 18

Serving size: 6

Calories: 360

Fat: 16g

For the pancakes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (1 cup whole wheat flour may be substituted for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour)
  • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
For the McGriddles, pick and choose from any of the following
  • Eggs: scrambled, poached or fried
  • Meat: cooked bacon or sausage, or fried ham
  • Cheese: cheddar, swiss, American, etc.
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and next 3 ingredients. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Add wet ingredients all at once to the dry, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. (If mixture is too thick, add a bit more buttermilk to achieve a thinner consistency.)
  2. Heat a griddle over medium heat. When griddle is hot, rub the cut end of a stick of butter over the surface of the griddle to grease. Pour ¼ cup of prepared batter for each pancake onto the griddle and cook until tops of each pancake are bubbly and the edges are dry. Flip with a spatula and cook until pancakes are cooked through.
  3. To assemble the McGriddles, layer the desired egg and meat ingredients on top of one prepared pancake. Layer with cheese, if desired, and top with a second pancake. Place sandwich in a 300-degree oven just until cheese is melted and sandwich is warmed through. Serve immediately.
Substitute 1 cup of whole-wheat flour for 1 cup of the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe to up the nutrition in the recipe.
This batter can be stored in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to 1 week.
Pancakes can be made ahead and frozen in a zip-top bag for up to 3 months.

This pancake recipe yields the fluffiest, lightest pancakes you can imagine, thanks to the buttermilk in the batter. And when coupled with bacon and eggs, they make the most delectable breakfast sandwich you can imagine!

Homemade McGriddles sandwiches made with perfect buttermilk pancakes. So yummy!!

Homemade McGriddles sandwiches made with perfect buttermilk pancakes. So yummy!!


Looking for even more breakfast and brunch recipe inspiration? I’ve got you covered!

Blueberry Muffins with Oat-Pecan Struesel

Super Food Doughnuts

Miniature Frittatas

Cream Cheese-Filled Sweet Bread

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Amy @ Positively Splendid
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2 Responses to Homemade McGriddles and Perfect Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

  1. Sherry February 9, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    Hey, quick question. What would you recommend getting the little pockets of maple that you would find in the McDonald’s version? That’s my favorite part about the McGriddles. The best that I can come up with are maple “chips” like the ones you can find on Amazon. Ideas?


    • Amy @ Positively Splendid February 10, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Hi, Sherry! The maple chips might be a great option. Or maybe drizzle a bit of syrup over the inside ingredients?

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