Our 20 Best Pancake Recipes of All Time
Our home cooks at Allrecipes love pancakes...in fact several of our most popular recipes across the whole site are pancake recipes. I mean, there's a lot to love about pancakes — they're quick to make, require only a few staple ingredients, and they make any breakfast feel like a special comfort food treat. As easy as they are to make, you can always use some helpful tools to make the process even easier, like an electric griddle, a nonstick pan, or a batter dispenser. And if you're feeling fancy, you can even make a showstopping pancake board that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at any brunch. So get your spatulas ready because we've curated a list of our 20 best pancake recipes of all time, as rated by our community of home cooks. From classic buttermilk to healthy whole-wheat, these pancakes are simply the best.
It's #1 for a reason. These tall and fluffy pancakes have over 11,000 glowing reviews. "This recipe has served me well for years. Whenever we have overnight company, everyone insists these are the best pancakes they've ever eaten," says reviewer kris.
Good Old Fashioned Pancakes
Sometimes simple is best. This recipe uses ingredients you likely have on hand for pancakes the old-fashioned way. Reviewer K.C. says, "This is a perfect recipe, it works, and it's just plain right."
Buttermilk Pancakes II
This recipe requires buttermilk, for a classic, buttery flavor. Reviewer KLUGLE says, "These have become my default pancakes. I made them again this morning. Use the old baker's tricks of letting your buttermilk, milk and eggs sit out for an hour before baking to get to room temperature and you'll get increased fluff on these. And don't overmix."
Bring the flavors of fall into your kitchen by adding a little pumpkin puree, allspice, cinnamon, and ginger to your pancakes. "We ate Pumpkin pancakes at the restaurant, IHOP, last winter," says reviewer Tammy M Curry. "I have searched for recipes to try and duplicate the pancakes...this recipe took the first place ribbon."
Banana Pancakes I
Looking for a way to put those brown bananas to use? These made-from-scratch banana pancakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser. Reviewer CINJOY4 says, "What wonderful pancakes! I made a plain batch and then a batch with toasted pecans added to the batter. Both excellent!"
This simple recipe is perfect on days when you haven't gone grocery shopping. Some reviewers suggest cutting down the amount of baking soda. Reviewer gottabakefor3boys, "This is a great recipe. Especially while most of us are trying to cut back on spending at the market. Beats Bisquick any day!"
Todd's Famous Blueberry Pancakes
Reviewer SPETROVICH says, "This is a top of the line blueberry pancake recipe. It always comes out perfect--fluffy, yet not cake-like. It's very moist with the blueberries; not a dry pancake at all. I even made it without the blueberries one time because we ran out, and it was delicious, too. But the blueberries put it in first gear!" Keep frozen blueberries on hand at all times so you can enjoy these pancakes anytime — or use fresh when they're in season.
Mom's Buttermilk Pancakes
Reviewer NO KIDDING? Says, "These were the BEST buttermilk pancakes! They were super easy to make. If you have 3 or more people, I would double the recipe." Real buttermilk is the key to this easy recipe.
Truck-Stop Buttermilk Pancakes
"A yummy breakfast treat, and very easy to make! Serve with bacon or sausage, and some fried eggs, wonderful," says recipe creator Steve Whiting. "Batter will keep in the fridge for a couple of days if you can't make it all at once, or you can freeze and make it at a later date."
Chef John teaches you how to go above and beyond the box mix. Take it from reviewer Dal-Pal says, "I've tried numerous pancake recipes over the years, but this is the first recipe I've found that truly matches the flavor, fluffy texture, appearance and convenience of a box mix."
Oatmeal Pancakes II
Add a healthy dose of fiber to your pancakes with the addition of whole oats. "These are healthier and more flavorful than regular pancakes," says reviewer MELODY_JO.
"With a recipe like this there is absolutely no reason to buy a box mix ever again," says Baking Nana. "I am one of those oddballs that doesn't like syrup on my pancakes so the sugar in this recipe added just the right amount of sweetness."
No eggs, milk, or butter, these vegan pancakes are a life-saver when your dairy stock is low. Reviewer odiebear's_mom says, "I tried this recipe this morning for my son and I and they were wonderful!! I especially loved the fact that the ingredients were things I already had in my pantry. No 'fancy' ingredients that I would have to substitute."
Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes
"The blueberries in these whole wheat pancakes are so sweet and moist that they don't even need butter when eaten while hot," says recipe creator brossettelewis. "This is our Saturday breakfast, healthy for me; yummy for husband and kids."
Dutch Babies II
Dutch babies, sometimes called German pancakes, are even easier to make than traditional pancakes. Simply pour the batter into a heated cast-iron skillet and pop it in the oven. "Wow, this recipe was SO good! Very impressive the way it looks when it's done, too," says reviewer cookinmama.
Buttermilk Pancakes I
"My family loved, loved, loved, this recipe! We just finished eating a batch of these yummy pancakes! They are so light and fluffy," says reviewer Melanie Anderson. "I didn't have any buttermilk, so I added 2 tbs. of vinegar to regular milk. It helped give it that delicious buttermilk flavor."
Self-rising flour, milk, an egg, and vegetable oil come together to make this simplified pancake recipe. Reviewer J.R.B. says, "Grabbed this recipe and 30 mins later we sat down to a giant stack of pancakes."
German Apple Pancake
"Also known as a Dutch baby, this is a terrific 'special day' recipe. If you are strapped for time, you can start it the evening before and pretty much pop it in the oven," says recipe creator Mollie_Cole. "The presentation is excellent! You can shorten the preparation time by using apple pie filling, but the crisp of new apples really makes it."
Wheat Germ Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Pancakes
This health-conscious pancake recipe pairs wheat germ and whole-wheat pastry flour for a healthy and filling breakfast. Reviewer chibi chef says, "These pancakes turned out so delicious, we've decided to make them a tradition/treat for Sunday morning breakfast. I'd choose these pancakes over any made from a boxed mix or at a restaurant. I don't keep whole-wheat pastry flour so I just use regular whole-wheat flour or sometimes white whole-wheat."
Oatmeal and Wheat Flour Blueberry Pancakes
To round out the list, these whole-wheat pancakes are made with instant oats and frozen blueberries. "Excellent and healthy," says reviewer DUCKDOG1. "I have made these many times. If you're not a fan of soy milk you can substitute buttermilk or evaporated milk."