34 Breakfast for Dinner Recipes

Fun, Easy Recipes for Lighter Weeknight Dinners

Breakfast Tacos

Leah Maroney

Wake up your usual weeknight dinner routine with our best breakfast for dinner ideas. Browse this collection of awesome, delicious recipes for breakfast tacos, grilled cheese toasties, chicken and waffles, diner-style sandwiches, and more comfort food classics that are quick and easy to make, and fun to eat. You may never think of dinner quite the same way again.

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    Scrambled Eggs in Puff Pastry

    Scrambled eggs

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    Enjoy eggs for dinner with this rib-sticking recipe that looks fancy, but is very simple to prepare. Pile fluffy, creamy scrambled eggs, prepared alfredo sauce, and Swiss cheese into muffin tins lined with thawed frozen puff pastry, and bake for 15 minutes. Feel free to add some crumbled bacon or green onions for extra savory flavor.

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    Cheesy Pasta Frittata


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    Frittatas are baked Italian omelets that are often enjoyed for lunch, but make a warming and filling dinner with some greens on the side. This hearty version includes cooked pasta, along with eggs, plenty of cheese, bell pepper, and seasoning.

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    Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole

    Crockpot breakfast casserole recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Victoria Heydt

    Assemble the ingredients for this hearty crockpot casserole in the morning, and come home to breakfast for dinner, courtesy of your slow cooker. With eggs, hash browns, ham, cheddar cheese, bell peppers, and onion, this dish makes a filling, protein-rich meal any time of day.

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    Breakfast Burritos

    Breakfast Burritos


    Any time of day is a good time to enjoy this classic breakfast burrito, made with spicy chorizo sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheese, folded in a flour tortilla. The recipe freezes well too, for a make-ahead meal.

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    Chorizo Shakshuka

    Chorizo Shakshuka

    Leah Maroney

    Shakshuka is a tasty dish of eggs poached in a spicy tomato sauce that's a popular breakfast in the Middle East. This flavorful version features chorizo sausage, crumbled cotija cheese, and cilantro, for a satisfying skillet you can enjoy for weeknight dinners.

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    Croque Monsieur

    Croque Monsieur

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    Say bonjour to a croque monsieur for dinner. This classic bistro brunch favorite is essentially a grilled ham and Swiss cheese sandwich with Dijon mustard. The crispy, tantalizing top is easily prepared using your oven's broiler.

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    Avocado Bacon Breakfast Burger

    Avocado Bacon Breakfast Burger

    Grilled Cheese Social

    Skip the take-out window and try this awesome homemade breakfast burger for dinner. Sausage meat adds extra flavor to a beef burger patty piled high with melting gouda cheese, bacon, avocado, tomato jam, and a fried egg. Serve on a sesame seed bun.

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    Tomato Egg Fried Rice

    Tomato egg fried rice recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Fried rice is a Chinese restaurant favorite that is quick and easy to cook at home, making it a great weeknight meal when you're rushed. This yummy one-skillet fried rice includes soft scrambled eggs, tomatoes, and onion, all stir-fried with Asian seasonings.

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    Potato Waffles

    potato waffle on plate

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    Create savory potato waffles for dinner. This waffle batter includes a shredded potato, cheese, and bacon. You can switch out the meat, add veggies, or create a waffle sandwich with fried eggs. It's a great way to break up a routine and really transform a breakfast favorite into a tasty meal.

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    Japanese Soufflé Pancakes

    Japanese Souffle Pancakes

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Airy Japanese soufflé pancakes will be a brilliant addition to your dinner table. This unique pancake recipe begins with a typical batter of cake flour, milk, butter, and baking powder. A lemon-kissed egg white meringue is folded in and that's the secret to their amazing fluffiness. Cooked inside pastry rings, the perfectly shaped discs are just waiting for your favorite sweet or savory toppings.

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    Vegan Apple Protein Pancakes

    Vegan Apple Protein Pancakes

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    Got a pancakes for dinner craving? Get your protein too, with these fruity flapjacks that include silken tofu and soy milk in the batter. Vegan apple pancakes are nutritious and yummy, with chopped apple bits, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pecans for crunch.

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    Huevos Rancheros

    Huevos rancheros recipe

    The Spruce / Alexandra Shytsman

    Huevos rancheros is a simple, Mexican-style farmer's breakfast of griddled eggs and spicy salsa layered onto warmed corn tortillas. Add a scoop of creamy guacamole to your plate if you like, for extra flavor and nutrition.

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    Sourdough Pancakes

    Sourdough Pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    There's no shortage of pancake ideas when it comes to breakfast, but have you ever had sourdough pancakes? These sourdough pancakes offer just the right mix of sweetness and tang, all with a tender, chewy bite. They require overnight prep, but the final product is well worth it. After you try this recipe, we're betting you'll add it to your stable of favorites.

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    Creamy Spinach Breakfast Pizza

    Creamy Spinach Breakfast Pizza

    Leah Maroney

    Save money on delivery, and satisfy your breakfast for dinner cravings, with this nutritious breakfast pizza that's ready in under 30 minutes. Pile creamed spinach, mozzarella cheese, and a sunny side up egg are onto Greek pitas, and bake in your oven.

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    Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Simple and impressive, this recipe for Dutch baby pancake requires just mixing a few ingredients together and baking the batter in one pan. The puffed-up pancake has a nice crispy edge with a creamy custard center. Top with a fried egg, fresh herbs, and/or smoked salmon for a savory twist.

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    Savory Oatmeal


    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    For an alternative to creamy grits, try this easy-to-make hearty bowl of savory oatmeal with bacon, eggs, and cheese. Quick in the kitchen and light on the wallet, the comforting flavor calls to mind your favorite weekend diner while the fiber keeps you full until lunch.

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    Chicken Omelet

    Chicken Omelette

    Leah Maroney

    Chicken adds a meaty component to an omelet without the high fat of pork products such as bacon, sausage, and ham. Paired with a salad and crusty bread, this chicken omelet makes a quick, filling, and healthy dinner option.

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    Chicken Quiche

    chicken quiche

     Leah Maroney

    Filled with chicken, cheese, and onion, this hearty quiche is perfect for a breakfast dinner. The recipe calls for a homemade crust, but you can use store-bought if need be. Pre-bake in a springform pan and then fill with an egg-cream mixture studded with rotisserie chicken, Gruyere, onion, and parsley; bake until set and golden brown.

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    Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole

    slice of instant pot breakfast casserole
    Diana Rattray

    All of the favorite savory breakfast foods are cooked together in this Instant Pot casserole making it a perfect dinner dish. Bacon, hashbrowns, cheese, eggs, and vegetables are layered in a springform pan and cooked in the Instant Pot until set. The breakfast casserole is finished off with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar and fresh parsley.

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    Sweet Potato Waffles

    Sweet potato waffles

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo 

    Bring sweet potatoes to the breakfast-dinner table. Sweet potato waffles are as delicious as they sound and naturally gluten-free because the batter is made with oat flour. It's a healthy option that everyone will love. Cook and mash the sweet potatoes or use leftovers.

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    Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Fried Chicken and Waffle Grilled Cheese Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social
    Crispy fried chicken sandwiched between two griddled breakfast waffles, al

    Crispy fried chicken sandwiched between two griddled waffles, along with plenty of gooey melted cheese, will definitely be satisfying enough to fill you up for dinner. Hot sauce and honey are tasty additions, or you could add some store-bought barbecue sauce for dipping.

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    Aussie Breakfast Fry-Up

    Aussie Breakfast Fry-Up

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    Dig into a classic breakfast plate for dinner, with this Australian breakfast fry-up for two. It makes a protein-packed meal, with fried eggs cooked in bacon drippings, along with crispy strips of bacon, buttered whole wheat toast, and saucy baked beans.

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    Best Ever Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich

    Best Ever Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social

    Salty, crunchy, creamy, and fluffy — this ultimate smoked salmon bagel sandwich with scrambled eggs and cream cheese is absolutely packed with amazing textures and flavors. Steamed asparagus, fresh dill weed, and pickled onion add tangy brightness.

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    Easy Breakfast Migas

    Easy Breakfast Migas

    Leah Maroney

    Mexican-style migas is a delicious, easy one-pan egg dish that makes a comforting dinner. Fold a simple egg and bell pepper scramble into corn tortillas, along with shredded Mexican cheese, and prepared salsa verde.

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    Breakfast Tacos With Chorizo, Tater Tots, and Avocado

    Breakfast Tacos

    Leah Maroney

    Surprise your family on taco night with these fun, tasty, Tex Mex breakfast tacos. They are easy to make in under 30 minutes with classic Mexican breakfast ingredients, including chorizo, avocado, cheese, cilantro, and taco seasonings, plus frozen tater tots.

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    Hash Brown Frittata

    Hash Brown Frittata

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    Hash brown potatoes add a hearty texture and flavor to this dinner fritatta recipe, with eggs, onion, garlic, bell peppers, and loads of cheese. Freeze leftovers in individual portions to reheat and enjoy anytime.

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    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

    Diana Rattray

    When you're craving comfort food for dinner, reach for our Dutch baby pancake recipe. You only need basic pantry ingredients, plus fresh blueberries, to make this puffed pancake dish. It bakes in your oven, so you don't have to babysit it on the stove.

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    Corned Beef and Spinach Strata

    Corned Beef and Spinach Strata

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    Skip the delicatessen line-up and enjoy this hearty baked casserole that demands to be eaten for dinner. It's chock full of savory ingredients, including cooked corned beef, spinach, and cheddar cheese, plus eggs.

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    Easy Ham and Swiss Cheese Quiche

    Easy ham and swiss cheese quiche

    The Spruce

    A store-bought pie shell makes it easy to prepare this flavorful, fluffy quiche with diced cooked ham, chopped green onions, and shredded Swiss cheese. Serve with a pile of dressed salad greens on the side for a lovely light dinner any day of the week.

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    Vegan Curried Tofu Scramble with Spinach

    Vegan curied tofu scramble

    The Spruce


    Busy weeknights call for easy, nutritious meals you can make in minutes. When you're pressed for time, try this quick vegan tofu scramble with fresh spinach, tomatoes, and Indian spices. Feel free to toss in some mushrooms or bell peppers too, and serve with croissants or crusty bread.

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    Spicy Chorizo Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

    Spicy Chorizo Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

    Leah Maroney

    Sweet potato tots and spicy chorizo sausage add tons of texture and flavor to this hearty baked casserole, that also includes eggs, cheddar cheese, chili powder, and sriracha. Freeze leftovers up to 2 months, wrapped tightly.

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    Waffle Quiches

    Bacon and eggs on waffle

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    Waffles take the place of pie crust in this creative, easy twist on the classic ham and cheese quiche. Frozen waffles are covered with an egg and ham mixture, and your favorite cheese, and baked quickly until warm and lightly browned.

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    Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Egg Sandwich

    Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, and Egg Sandwich

    Grilled Cheese Social

    Sink your teeth into this classic "BLTE sandwich" with smoky bacon, crisp lettuce, juicy tomato, and a sunny side up egg. It's all sandwiched between two thick slices of Texas toast, spread with an easy, delicious homemade garlic and basil aioli.

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    Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole

    Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole

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    Assemble this easy casserole in 15 minutes, pop it into the oven to bake, and sit down to a comforting, breakfast-style dinner within an hour. Sausage substitute, egg substitute, and soy cheese make this vegetarian bake a hearty, protein-rich dish.