17 Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes for Feeding a Crowd

Fuss-Free Meals to Kickstart Your Holiday Morning

Pumpkin Spice Scones
Leah Maroney

Thanksgiving breakfast food should taste festive, yet free of fuss—after all, you want to save the big effort for dinner. All of these easy recipes will feed a crowd and can come together a day or even weeks in advance. You can even freeze many of them to pull out the night before to bake that morning. That means more time spent with the family watching the parade, snuggling by the fire, or getting a head start on your Turkey Day Feast.

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    Spicy Chorizo Sweet Potato Casserole

    Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
    Leah Maroney

    Versatile breakfast casseroles work well for a group because they come together quickly and live in your freezer until you need them. This hearty dish calls for sweet potato tater tots, cheddar, and spicy chorizo, but you can easily substitute other meats and cheeses—and even sneak in some veggies!

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    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
    Leah Maroney

    Bake up a batch of these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins to get the traditional Thanksgiving flavors going before the main event. These rich muffins taste almost like a pumpkin cheesecake, perfect for munching on while watching the parade. Double or even triple the batch if you're expecting a huge group.

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    Overnight French Toast Casserole

    overnight french toast casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Because it comes together ahead of time and improves in the refrigerator overnight, this French toast casserole makes a perfect Thanksgiving breakfast. Prep the entire thing the day or night before, pop it in the fridge overnight, and simply bake it in the morning. 

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    Pumpkin Spice Scones

    Pumpkin Spice Scones
    Leah Maroney

    Start Thanksgiving off right with these sweet and buttery pumpkin scones. The flavor and texture of these scones rival that of any you would buy in a bakery or coffee shop. They will give you a taste for pumpkin pie well before dessert.

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    Corned Beef Spinach Strata

    Savory Breakfast casserole
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    A strata works great as a make-ahead recipe for busy mornings and it can also feed a whole slew of people. If you have vegetarians at the table, feel free to use mushrooms instead of the corned beef. Day-old bread also works best for this dish.

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    Quiche Lorraine with Bacon and Gruyere

    Quiche Lorraine
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    Because you can prepare it weeks in advance and freeze it, a quiche makes the perfect busy morning breakfast. Just make sure they defrost entirely before going in the oven. Everyone will love the combination of bacon and gruyere, but you can also use other cheeses, sausage, or leave it vegetarian for a slightly lighter start to the day.

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    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters

    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters
    Diana Rattray

    These spiced pumpkin fritters taste like fall in every bite and taste awesome as a light and sweet start to the day. The recipe comes together easily and fry in batches of 5 to 6 for just a few minutes. Enlist one of your guests to make them, so you can rest up for the big event.

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    Sausage, Egg, and Biscuit Casserole

    Breakfast Casserole With Sausage and Biscuits

    Diana Rattray

    A breakfast casserole like this one will start your day off on a hearty note, so you won't need to eat again until Thanksgiving dinner. Prepared biscuits, pork sausage, and shredded cheese come together for a classic Southern flavor that your whole crew will love. Mix up the cheeses, substitute bacon for sausage, or omit the meat entirely for a different flavor.

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    Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

    Crock Pot Breakfast Casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Just set it and forget it with this overnight breakfast casserole that bakes up right in your slow cooker. Frozen hash browns, diced prepared ham, eggs, and shredded cheese make a filling breakfast that cooks while you sleep so you don't have to worry about making a big breakfast and dinner on the same day.

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    Filo Sausage Egg Bake

    Crispy Filo Sausage Egg Bake

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    For a pretty presentation that looks like far more work than it actually takes, this filo sausage egg bake fits the bill. Pull it together the night before, then bake in the morning—or make it weeks in advance and freeze for an even easier breakfast. Just thaw it completely in the refrigerator before sticking it in the oven for an accurate bake time.

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    Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls

    Crockpot Cinnamon Rolls

    Leah Maroney


    These cinnamon rolls "bake" right in your slow cooker, so you can free up oven space for the all mighty bird. Just assemble the night before then pop in when you wake up. They'll be all warm and gooey by the time the parade steps off on Thanksgiving Day.

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    Muffin Tin Frittatas

    Greek Mini Frittatas

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    With zesty Greek flavors, these bite-size frittatas make a quick and portable breakfast if you have running around to do on the morning of the big dinner. Make them ahead and store in the fridge for a quick toaster oven or microwave meal or whip up a batch for a pre-portioned breakfast that can easily scale up for a big group.

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    Filling Sausage Biscuits

    Sausage Filled Biscuits
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    Bake these sausage-stuffed biscuits whenever you have a minute, then store them in the freezer for the easiest crowd-pleasing breakfast around. Just pop them in the oven, toaster oven, or even microwave to warm up. Don't use lean sausage in this recipe; it needs the fat to stay moist.

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    Swedish Tea Ring

    Swedish Tea Ring
    Leah Maroney

    For a sweet breakfast starter that looks impressive and tastes like a special occasion, try this fruit and nut-studded Swedish tea ring. Best of all, this recipe makes enough for two or three rings, depending on their size so you can satisfy the whole crew. It does take some time to come together, but make them ahead or enlist some of your guests to help as a fun holiday project.

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    Sausage Cheddar Biscuits

    sausage cheddar biscuits
    Leah Maroney

    With all of the flavor of your favorite breakfast sandwich, but baked in a batch so you don't slave over the stove, this sausage and biscuit bake has it all. Cook and cool the sausage completely before adding it to the biscuit mixture. Otherwise, it will affect the texture of the finished product.

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    Cranberry Orange Bread with Orange Icing

    Iced Orange Cranberry Bread
    Photo Credit: Diana Rattray

    If you toss some orange zest into your cranberry sauce, you already know how well those flavors go together. Serve this cranberry orange sweet bread on Thanksgiving morning for a light coffee pairing that will introduce seasonal flavors to start the day. An orange glaze levels up the sweetness without overpowering the berry taste.