Makin’ pancakes, makin’ bacon pancakes! Loaded with delicious salty and sweet flavors these pancakes are the ultimate breakfast mash-up!
Tell me you’re a parent, without telling me, you’re a parent! I’ll go first, does this song get sung in your house daily like it does in mine? “Makin Bacon Pancakes, Makin Bacon Pancakes. Get some bacon then you put it in a pancake.” You know what I mean, I hear it a lot so it loops through my head because my kids love Adventure Time.
So I’ve started going down the cartoon rabbit hole a little bit… a la Binging with Babish. (L-O-V-E- Andrew’s cookbook! You need it in your life.)
I started with delicious Belgian Waffles that got turned into Together Breakfast from Steven Universe. Now it’s Bacon Pancake time!
Why We Love Bacon Pancakes
My son is obsessed with Adventure Time currently and I’ve grown to love the show just as much as he does. I decided to surprise him and whip up some Adventure Time bacon pancakes too! If you haven’t seen this one, hit up season 4 episode 16 – “Burning Low”. And then you can dance to the bacon pancakes song while you cook!
Sweet and salty is my favorite combination and bacon and pancakes are a solid pairing for breakfast and brunch! Or a weeknight dinner when you are tired of all the usual dinner food. My family loves brinner!
Bisquick Mix: Measure this as you would flour. Spoon the Bisquick into the measuring cup, and then level it off… don’t pack it down.
Evaporated Milk: This gives the pancakes a rich flavor. That being said, you can use regular 2% milk or whole milk if you don’t have evaporated on hand.
Pure Maple Syrup: For the best flavor use real pure maple syrup. Believe me, the stuff in the “pancake syrup” bottles is not real maple syrup. If you can’t get the real thing use granulated sugar or brown sugar instead.
Eggs: Make sure you read that right, you need two whole eggs plus an extra yolk.
Bacon: At least six slices of cooked bacon chopped as fine as you can get it. That way there’s some bacon in every bite! I like to cook up some extra bacon to sprinkle on top too.
I’ve seen people put whole strips of bacon into their pancakes instead of chopped bacon. If you want to do this, you totally can. You’ll want to lay 1-2 strips of cooked bacon (cut in half) onto the griddle and then spoon the batter over it. Once the batter bubbles, flip and pancake and cook until it’s golden brown.
I like the chopped bacon because you get some in every bite. Using big strips leaves gaps where it’s just pancake. But… if you want to go full out, make the batter as directed and then pour it over bacon strips for double bacon pancakes!!
How to Make Bacon Pancakes
MIX together the dry batter ingredients in a medium bowl and the wet ingredients in another bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix.
REST the batter so those lovely bubbles start forming and flavors develop. This is the real secret to amazing homemade pancakes!
COOK the bacon so it turns out crispy and perfectly cooked while the batter rests. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to cool and then chop it up.
FOLD the bacon into the batter.
COOK the pancake batter on a hot griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat until bubbling. (I even use some of the bacon grease to prep the griddle.) Then flip and cook until the pancakes are golden brown. Repeat with the remaining batter.
Tips & Tricks
- Low and slow is much better than fast and burnt! Keep the griddle at a lower temp and wait for those air bubbles to form and pop. Then gently slide the spatula under to make sure they are ready to flip. You only want to flip once and DON’T mash the pancakes down once you flip!
- Keep a baking sheet covered with parchment or aluminum foil ready with a 200 degree F oven, so you can put finished pancakes on the sheet and place them in the oven to keep warm while you finish cooking the pancake batter.
- I keep a bowl of melted butter and a brush next to my griddle so I can brush some melted butter on the pancakes as soon as they come off the griddle. It soaks in nicely and makes serving faster if I don’t have to spread butter on the pancakes as we go. No hungry kids staring me down while they wait. #momwin
What Goes with Pancakes and Bacon?
You can always have some more bacon with your Bacon Pancakes, but let’s see what else we can come up with. My first thought is delicious Deviled Eggs Benedict to add a gourmet element to the table for the grown-ups. I also like to add in sausage and potatoes so Kielbasa and Potato Scramble would be perfect. Last but not least, this birthday girl would definitely have an Orange Mimosa Float in hand while making and eating bacon pancakes.
How do I store leftover Bacon Pancakes?
Separate pancakes with parchment paper between them and place them in zipper bags or an airtight container. They can stay in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to three months.
More delicious pancake recipes
- Carrot Cake Pancakes
- Dad’s Potato Pancakes
- Chocolate Hazelnut Pancakes
- Homemade Pancakes
- German Pancakes
- 2 cups Bisquick spooned and leveled
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1 large egg yolk
- 1 cup evaporated milk (or 2% milk)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (or sugar)
- 6 slices bacon
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the Bisquick and baking powder just until mixed, some lumps are okay.
- In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and egg yolk together. Then add in the milk and maple syrup.
- Add the egg mixture to the Bisquick and mix with a rubber spatula just until combined, then let the batter rest for 30 minutes.
- While the batter is resting, cook the bacon in a large skillet (or on your griddle) until it's crispy. Transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Once it's cool enough to handle, finely chop the bacon and fold it into the pancake batter.
- Pour 1/4 cup portions of batter onto a griddle preheated to 275 degrees F. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes until bubbles form on the top of the pancake, then flip and cook for 1 additional minute.
- Serve warm with butter and maple syrup. I like to sprinkle a little extra chopped bacon on top too.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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