61 Fabulous Breakfast and Brunch Recipes

potato waffle on plate

The Spruce / Pete Scherer

This gallery of delicious breakfast favorites includes special and elegant breakfasts, easy breakfast and brunch recipes, all-in-one breakfast casseroles, pancakes and waffles, muffins and sweet bread and rolls, breakfasts the kids will love, and more. Don't be afraid to make any of these recipes for dinner as well.

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    Quick Cornbread,Bacon, and Egg Casseroles

    Cornbread,Bacon, and Egg Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Cornbread takes the place of bread in these easy single-serve casseroles, and they bake to perfection in just 15 minutes. Follow the simple 6-step assembly and enjoy a fabulous bacon and egg breakfast!

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    Streusel Coffee Cake With Cinnamon Crumb Topping

    Coffee Cake With Brown Sugar and Cinnamon Streusel Topping

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    This coffee cake is the perfect cake for a coffee with friends and neighbors or makes it for a holiday morning with family. The spiced brown sugar mixture is the perfect topping for the moist vanilla cake.

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    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake

    Blueberry Dutch Baby Pancake
    Diana Rattray

    This fluffy blueberry oven pancake is easy to mix and bake. The blueberries add color and flavor, and it's so much easier than making pancakes in batches.

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    Southern Buttermilk Cornmeal Pancakes


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    These cornmeal pancakes offer fabulous flavor and texture. Serve them with butter and maple syrup or use another syrup or fruity sauce. Try this apple cider syrup or fresh blueberry sauce.

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    Skillet Home Fries

    Perfect Home Fries

    The Spruce / Christine Ma

    A side of home fried potatoes will turn an everyday breakfast into a special meal os skillet home fries. Add eggs and bacon, sausage, or sliced ham for a hearty breakfast or brunch.

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    Copycat Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole

    Hash brown casserole on a serving plate

     The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    The reputation of this copycat Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole recipe precedes itself, so you know it's good. This make-ahead dish just takes reheating on the day of the event or freeze for up to three months. It's perfect for your Easter brunch or dinner, as it pairs nicely with baked ham. 

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    Simple Shirred Eggs With Cheddar Cheese

    Simple shirred eggs

    The Spruce

    These single-serve breakfast ramekins are a snap to fix and bake. Just break eggs into buttered ramekins, add cream, seasonings, and cheese. Pop it into the oven and enjoy! 

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    Single-Serve Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancake
    Diana Rattray

    Dutch babies are oven pancakes made with eggs, milk, and a small amount of flour. The single-serve dutch baby pancake puffs up beautifully in the oven, and it's fabulous with a simple topping of powdered sugar. Or top the pancakes with berries or preserves.

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    Buttermilk Biscuits

    Make Ahead Biscuits
    Make Ahead Buttermilk Biscuits. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Light handling of the dough makes these buttermilk biscuits light, flaky, and absolutely delicious. Make sure you butter the biscuits while they're hot!

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    Country Garden Omelet

    Easy Vegetarian Omelet With Bell Peppers recipe

    The Spruce / Ahlam Raffii

    This country garden omelet is one of our favorite breakfast omelets, and it's very versatile. With a little practice, you'll find omelets are easy to prepare and very adaptable. Use your favorite breakfast meat and diced vegetables, and try your omelets with different kinds of cheese, seasonings, or herbs.

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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 dinner option too.

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    Chocolate Chip Pancakes

    Fluffy chocolate chip pancake recipe

    The Spruce

    These kid-friendly chocolate chip pancakes are filled with chocolate chips. Try the banana variation or add some chopped pecans.

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    Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

    Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole
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    This simple breakfast casserole is made with eggs, bread, cheese, and sausage. It's a fluffy, souffle-like breakfast bake.

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    Potato Waffles

    potato waffle on plate

    The Spruce Eats / Pete Scherer

    This potato waffle recipe reimagines a favorite morning dish. It's similar to potato pancakes, and the waffle batter includes a shredded potato, cheese, and bacon. You can change it up with a variety of ingredients and it cooks up quickly in a standard waffle iron.

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    Apple Fritters

    Deep fried apple fritters

    The Spruce

    Deep-fried fritters are delicious little doughnuts, and these apple fritters are especially nice on fall mornings. Roll them in cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar, or serve them with syrup.

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    Green Shakshuka

    Green Shakshuka

    Anita Schecter

    Green shakshuka replaced the typical tomato sauce with tender greens for a colorful breakfast dish. Serve with crusty bread.

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    Homemade Pork Breakfast Sausage

    Homemade pork breakfast sausage
    The Spruce

    This homemade perfectly spiced sausage mixture starts with lean ground pork, or grind your own pork with a meat grinder or food processor. 

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    Broccoli and Ham Quiche With Tomatoes

    Broccoli Ham Quiche
    Diana Rattray

    A quiche always seems extra special, and it's really quite easy to prepare and bake. Use ready-made pie crust or a frozen deep dish crust if you don't have time to make homemade pastry. Diced ham and broccoli team up in this easy quiche, along with sliced mushrooms and sliced tomatoes.

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    Eggs Benedict

    Homemade hollandaise sauce

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    Delicious and elegant eggs Benedict take a bit of time, but they make a great weekend or holiday breakfast or brunch dish.

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    Scrambled Eggs With Cream Cheese

    Scrambled Eggs With Cream Cheese
    Photo: Pete Scherer.

    Surprise your guests with a dish of not-your-ordinary scrambled eggs. The secret ingredient is cream cheese, which contributes a creamy, luscious texture and subtle tanginess.

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    Apple Bacon Muffins

    Apple Bacon Muffins
    Diana Rattray

    The unexpected combination of apple and bacon in these muffins gives them incredible flavor. Add some chopped pecans for extra crunch.

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    Mochi Waffles

    mochi waffles

    Leah Maroney 

    Change up the breakfast routine with a bit of Asian flair. Mochiko is a Japanese sweet rice flour used to make Japanese rice cakes. When used in place of some of the flour, mochi adds subtle flavor and wonderful texture to the typical waffle recipe. These mochi waffles have a crispy outside with a pleasantly chewy interior, perfect for topping with whipped cream, fruit, syrup, or Nutella.

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    Red Velvet Waffles

    red velvet waffles

     Leah Maroney

    Red velvet cake fans will love these unique red velvet waffles. They have all of the flavors of the famous cake, with chocolate in the batter and a vanilla cream cheese drizzle.

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    Orange Rolls

    Orange Rolls

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    For a fruity take on cinnamon rolls, swap the spice for a swirl of marmalade and a citrus cream cheese icing. Orange rolls make the first meal of the day really special.

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    Sweet Potato Waffles

    Sweet potato waffles

    The Spruce Eats / Jennifer Perillo 

    Got sweet potatoes leftover from dinner? Transform them into delicious sweet potato waffles. The gluten-free batter is made with oat flour, and they cook up as easily as any other waffle. It's a healthy option that's a great start to your family's day.

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    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

    Banana Oatmeal Muffins

     Kristina Vanni

    Perfect use of those overripe bananas on the counter, these muffins are moist and delicious. Oatmeal is not only in the batter but also made into a crumble with butter and cinnamon, making for a nice crunchy topping. Enjoy these muffins for breakfast or serve as part of a brunch buffet.

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    Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole

    slice of instant pot breakfast casserole
    Diana Rattray

    If your oven is filled with muffins and biscuits, this Instant Pot breakfast casserole is an ideal recipe. Layers of bacon, hashbrowns, cheese, eggs, peppers, and onion cook together in a springform pan to make an attractive presentation. The topping of shredded cheddar and fresh parsley are the finishing touch.

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    Dutch Baby Pancake

    Dutch Baby Pancakes

     Kristina Vanni

    Ideal when you are serving a crowd, this large Dutch baby pancake is simple to prepare and impressive to serve. A few simple ingredients are mixed together and then baked in a hot buttered pan until puffed up and crispy on the edges. Dust with powdered sugar and serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup, and jam.

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    Breakfast Enchiladas

    breakfast enchiladas

     Leah Maroney

    Take enchiladas to the breakfast table by stuffing the tortillas with scrambled eggs, chorizo, hashbrowns, and cheese.

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    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Kristina Vanni 

    Scented with cinnamon and crowned with a crunchy, nutty streusel topping, pecan pie muffins are a breakfast treat.

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    Instant Pot Kugel

    noodle kugel slice on a plate
    Diana Rattray

    Noodle kugel may be a traditional Jewish holiday recipe, but it is a perfect sweet casserole to serve at any brunch—and the fact that it is cooked in the Instant Pot means your oven is free for other dishes. Cooked egg noodles are combined with ingredients like sour cream, cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and cinnamon and pressure cooked until set. The kugel is finished off with a crispy cornflake topping.

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    Cream Cheese Pancakes

    cream cheese pancakes

    Leah Maroney

    Whether you are looking for a gluten-free, low-carb, or keto-friendly pancake recipe, this cream cheese pancake is sure to please. More crepe than fluffy pancake, this simple recipe combines just four ingredients.

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    Lemon Cream Scones

    Lemon Cream Scones
    Diana Rattray

    Lemony biscuit-like scones make a delicious breakfast or snack. Make them for visiting friends and family!

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    Pizza Omelet

    Pizza Omelet

    The Spruce / Kristina Vanni

    Two great dishes collide in this family-friendly recipe for a pizza omelet. With marinara sauce, cheese, and pepperoni, it's a low-carb, fun way to start your day.

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    Egg White Omelet

    Egg White Omelet

     Leah Maroney

    For a healthy way to start the day, make an egg white omelet filled with spinach, tomato, olives, and feta cheese. Leaving out the yolks makes this breakfast low-fat and low-cholesterol but still high in protein.

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    Themed Pancakes

    St. Patrick's Day Pancakes
    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    These clover-shaped tinted pancakes may perfect for St. Patrick's Day, but this recipe shows how simple it is to customize your flapjacks for any holiday or special occasion. All you need is a cookie cutter and some food coloring. Place the cookie cutter on a hot griddle, pour in some batter, and before flipping remove the cutter. Add toppings that go along with the theme.

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    Chicken Quiche

    chicken quiche

     Leah Maroney

    Perfect for a brunch or a hearty breakfast, this chicken quiche is pretty enough for a gathering since it is baked in a springform pan. Rotisserie chicken, Gruyere cheese, onion, and parsley are combined with eggs and cream and poured into a homemade crust and baked until set and golden brown.

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    Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

    Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

    The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

    For a sweet and wholesome treat first thing in the morning, make a quick and easy chocolate chip zucchini bread. Lightly spiced and pleasantly moist, it tastes great with coffee or tea.

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    Air Fryer Bacon

    Air Fryer Bacon

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    The air fryer is a great way to make no-mess, perfectly crispy bacon for two or three people. Air fryer bacon is a delicious side dish for breakfast or brunch.

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    Churro Waffles

    churro waffles

     Leah Maroney

    These cinnamon and sugar-dusted churro waffles are a real breakfast treat. Drizzle with chocolate for a decadent sweet treat.

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    Sausage, Eggs, and Biscuits Breakfast Casserole

    Breakfast Casserole With Sausage and Biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    A breakfast casserole is always easy and convenient. Most can be made in advance and refrigerated overnight. Just let it stand at room temperature for about 20 to 30 minutes before baking.

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    Instant Pot Grits

    Grits in a bowl with butter and biscuits.
    Diana Rattray

    Instead of standing over a pot and stirring grits until perfectly cooked, make them in the Instant Pot. While they cook away, you can make other breakfast dishes.

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    Sausage Pinwheels

    Sausage Pinwheels
    Diana Rattray

    These sausage pinwheels can be served as an appetizer or as a breakfast bread. They're great with eggs. They're easy to make with puff pastry and breakfast sausage. 

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    English Muffin Bread

    English Muffin Bread

     Kristina Vanni

    Everything you love about English muffins in an easy-to-make bread. With the same flavor and nooks and crannies, English muffin bread tastes great sliced with butter, jam, or as the base of an eggs benedict.

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    Breakfast Bulgur Cereal

    Bulgur Hot Cereal
    Diana Rattray

    This hot breakfast bulgur cereal is a tasty change from the everyday oatmeal or cream of wheat, and it's very easy to make.

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    Oat Flour Pancakes

    Oat Flour Pancakes

     Leah Maroney

    Naturally gluten-free, oat flour pancakes are light and fluffy. They're especially good topped with a homemade strawberry sauce.

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    Scrambled Eggs With Tomatoes and Peppers

    Scrambled Eggs Deluxe
    Diana Rattray

    Scrambled eggs are easy enough to make every day, and they always satisfy.

    Scrambled eggs are always welcome, and they are easy enough to make even when you're short on time. These scrambled eggs are made with chopped tomatoes and green onions, but feel free to add your own favorite herbs and seasonings. A little cheese can also be folded in just before the eggs are done.

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    French Toast

    Basic French Toast
    The Spruce

    This French toast is a basic recipe, but there are many variations. Feel free to add a bit of sugar and vanilla, or spice the egg batter up with a little cinnamon. It's an excellent breakfast with syrup and ham, sausages, or bacon if you like.

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    Ham and Egg Breakfast Casserole

    Western Ham and Egg Casserole Recipe

    The Spruce 

    This ham and egg breakfast casserole is ridiculously easy, and it's versatile as well. Use bread, biscuits, croissants, or English muffins in the casserole along with your choice of cheese.

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    Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

    Homemade Southern Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
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    Peppery sausage gravy makes a delicious topping for hot buttered biscuits.

    Sausage gravy has long been a favorite in the South, and it's delicious over split buttered biscuits or hot cooked grits. Here are some typical southern gravy recipes, along with a few other related breakfast favorites.

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    Chocolate Chip Muffins

    Best Ever Chocolate Chip Muffins
    Diana Rattray

    These chocolate chip muffins are delicious, and they will surely appeal to the kids! Mini chocolate chips make them a family treat, perfect for a quick breakfast or snack.

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    Family Style Bacon and Egg Bake

    Family Bacon and Egg Bake
    Diana Rattray

    This all-in-one breakfast bake is made with whole eggs, thick smoky bacon, and shredded cheese. It's easy to prepare and bakes quickly for a fabulous breakfast or brunch. Serve this dish with sliced fresh fruit or berries, or make a warm spiced fruit compote to go with it.

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    Breakfast Grits: Southern Comfort in the Morning

    Breakfast grits

    The Spruce

    Grits are a staple here in the South, and they are versatile enough to use as a rice replacement in many dishes. Sweeten the breakfast grits with syrup, preserves, or chopped nuts, or serve as a savory dish with eggs, cheese, and butter.

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    Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

    Bread machine cinnamon rolls recipe

    The Spruce / Cara Cormack

    The dough cycle of your bread machine makes these cinnamon rolls easy to mix. Add some finely chopped nuts to the cinnamon filling for extra texture.

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    Breakfast Casserole With Sausage and Ramps

    Breakfast Casserole With Ramps
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This breakfast casserole is very seasonal because of the spring ramps, but green onions (scallions) may be substituted for the ramps. The casserole may be prepared the night before, so it's a good choice for holiday or weekend breakfasts. Serve with delicious country fried potatoes.

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    Pain Perdu - New Orleans Style French Toast

    Pain Perdu - Cajun Style French Toast
    Pain Perdu - Cajun Style French Toast. Photo: Diana Rattray

    Pain perdu means "lost bread," as New Orleans style French toast is traditionally made with day-old French bread baguette slices. Baking the egg-battered slices makes it an excellent choice for a busy morning.

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    French Toast Sausage Wraps

    French Toast and Sausage Wraps
    Diana Rattray

    These wrapped French toast sausages will surely be a hit with the whole family, and it's especially kid-friendly. Serve them with fruit and maple syrup.

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    Basic Pancakes

    Basic pancakes recipe

    The Spruce

    These fluffy basic pancakes are perfect for a weekend morning or holiday breakfast, along with sausages or bacon and your favorite syrup. 

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    Crustless Spinach Quiche

    Crustless Spinach Quiche Recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    A crustless quiche is super easy to prepare, and it's high in protein. This version is made with fresh spinach and cheese.

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    Sour Cream Lemon Muffins

    Sour Cream Lemon Muffins
    Diana Rattray

    An easy lemon syrup and lemon zest flavor these fabulous lemon muffins. Serve them with breakfast or brunch.

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    Peach Coffee Cake

    Peach Crumb Cake
    Diana Rattray

    A streusel topping makes this peach cake perfect for a special brunch. Or serve it with a scoop of ice cream or whipped topping for a delightful summer dessert. The cake is made with fresh chopped peaches, but frozen or canned (well-drained) should work just fine.