Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes

Fuss-Free Meals to Kickstart Your Holiday Morning

Open faced smoked salmon bagel recipe

The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

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 be put together ahead of time, frozen, pulled out the night before and baked on the morning of. 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.

Our collection compiles sweet and savory dishes, including casseroles, muffins, quiches, scones, and frittatas. Don't miss out on these tasty recipes. Thanksgiving feasting can start early in the day!

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    Spicy Chorizo Sweet Potato Casserole

    Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
    Leah Maroney

    Versatile breakfast casseroles work well for a big group of people because they come together quickly and can live in your freezer until you need them. If you have visitors during the holidays, plan ahead and make some casseroles to have at hand.

    This hearty bake is made with sweet potato tater tots, cheddar, and spicy chorizo, but you can easily substitute other meats and cheeses and even sneak in some veggies! Ready in 40 minutes.

  • 02 of 19

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

    Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    Bake up a batch of these pumpkin and cream cheese muffins to get the traditional Thanksgiving flavors going before the main event. Pumpkin everything seems to be the theme when the weather gets colder, and these muffins do not disappoint if you're a fan of pumpkin and pumpkin spice.

    These rich muffins will remind you of a pumpkin cheesecake. Mix the batter and make cream cheese and sugar balls. Bake on a muffin tray and "hide" a cream cheese ball inside of each muffin. Perfect for your morning coffee. Ready in 35 minutes.

  • 03 of 19

    Stuffed French Toast

    Stack of stuffed french toast with blueberries and blackberries on a plate.

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Buttery, fluffy brioche bread meets its match with the tang of the whipped cream cheese filling in this stuffed French toast recipe. While we love the classic French toast, when we want something with a bit more wow-factor for a holiday brunch this recipe is the decadence we all deserve.

  • 04 of 19

    Easy Vegan Pumpkin Scones

    Pumpkin Scones
    The Spruce

    Nothing says fall like pumpkins, and these vegan pumpkin scones are the perfect snack or dessert when the weather has you thinking about crisp leaves, cozy fires, and sweater weather. These scones come out nice and moist, and they are spiced with ginger which leaves your kitchen with a wonderful aroma that smells of a heavenly, homey fall or winter. 

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  • 05 of 19

    Quick Strata

    Quick strata recipe

    The Spruce / Victoria Heydt

    Perfect for breakfast, lunch, brunch or even dinner, this savory bread pudding goes together fast and is packed with flavor.

  • 06 of 19

    Quiche Lorraine with Bacon and Gruyere

    Quiche Lorraine With Bacon and Gruyere

    The Spruce / Tara Omidvar

    If you're foreseeing a busy Thanksgiving week and have family visiting, prepare this quiche in advance and freeze it. Our recipe makes the perfect busy morning breakfast – you just have to be sure to defrost it entirely before baking it.

    Bacon and gruyere work best, as in the traditional recipe, but you can also use other cheeses, sausage, or skip the meats altogether for a vegetarian and lighter start to the day. Serve with a fresh vegetable or fruit salad. Ready in 1 hour.

  • 07 of 19

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    Pumpkin Pancakes

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Fluffy and full of autumnal spices, pumpkin pancakes make for a delicious fall breakfast. They’re just as easy to make as any regular old pancake and only require a few additional ingredients. We made a delicious maple bourbon whipped cream to go on top, but you can also use regular whipped cream or plain maple syrup

  • 08 of 19

    Pumpkin Doughnuts

    Pumpkin Cake Doughnuts

    The Spruce Eats / Jessie Sheehan

    Bake pumpkin doughnuts in advance and all you have to do on Thanksgiving morning is brew the coffee and squeeze the orange juice.

    This simple baked recipe requires a doughnut pan and creates 18 doughnuts, so you'll have enough for everyone. The batter includes canned pumpkin purée and all the signature spices that normally accompany it in the pie. They're irresistible and delicious.

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  • 09 of 19

    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters

    Spiced Pumpkin Fritters
    Diana Rattray

    These spiced pumpkin fritters are a great accompaniment to a festive family brunch or a lighter start to the day with a strong cup of coffee.

    Make a flavorful batter and fry spoonfuls of it in neutral oil for 5 to 6 minutes. Roll them in cinnamon sugar and serve. The recipe yields 18 balls, which you can present in a breadbasket as part of the morning meal. Ready in 27 minutes.

  • 10 of 19

    Overnight Sausage and Egg Breakfast Casserole

    Overnight Sausage and Egg Casserole

    The Spruce

    Once you eat a serving of this hearty casserole, you won't need to eat again until Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe is the right fuel if you're in charge of the holiday cooking. All you have to do in the morning is remove it from the refrigerator, let it stand to warm up a bit, and then pop it into a preheated oven. 

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    Phyllo 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 phyllo sausage egg bake fits the bill. Layer a sausage, mushroom, and egg mixture with phyllo dough and a spinach and ricotta preparation. Although the ingredients are numerous, once you've cooked the sausage and eggs, the dish is actually fairly simple to put together.

    Prepare the night before and bake it in the morning, or make it weeks in advance and freeze. Just thaw it completely in the refrigerator before sticking it in the oven. Ready in 1 hour and 20 minutes.

  • 12 of 19

    Homemade Granola

    Homemade Granola

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    The holidays are the days to indulge without remorse, but too much of a good thing can leave you frowning all the way from your host's place back to your house. Start your day with a filling, nutrient-dense, and healthy option, and leave room for fatty meats and gravy for later in the day.

    Mix rolled oats, seeds, nuts, and dried fruits, and moisten with a mixture of maple syrup, honey, vanilla, and oil. Bake for 25 minutes. If you're hosting, make a "buffet" with granola, Greek yogurt, and fresh fruit so each person can make their own parfait.

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    Mini Sausage Frittatas

    Mini Sausage Frittatas
    Mini Sausage Frittatas. Diana Rattray

    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.

  • 14 of 19

    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Pecan Pie Muffins

    Kristina Vanni 

    Muffins are an easy, make-ahead way to feed company, and these pecan pie muffins taste like Thanksgiving. With a cinnamon cake base and crunchy, nutty topping, they're all of the flavors of pecan pie in breakfast form. You can even double the recipe and, after letting them cool completely, stash them in airtight containers for the long weekend. They're delicious paired with coffee or hot tea.

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    Sausage Cheddar Biscuits

    sausage cheddar biscuits
    Leah Maroney

    Bake these sausage Cheddar biscuits ahead of the holiday week, store them in the freezer, and pop them in the oven, toaster oven, or even microwave to warm up.

    Thanksgiving is not the right time to watch your calories, so don't use lean sausage in this recipe because the fat is needed for the biscuits to stay moist. Ready in 25 minutes.

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    Instant Pot Breakfast Casserole

    slice of instant pot breakfast casserole
    Diana Rattray

    Simplify breakfast on a busy cooking day by making this Instant Pot breakfast casserole. It's chock full of all of the favorite savory breakfast foods, like bacon, cheese, eggs, hashbrowns, peppers, and onions, and cooks in the Instant Pot, freeing up the oven for the big bird.

    Select the saute function on the Instant Pot to cook the bacon, then layer it with the rest of the ingredients in a springform pan and cook until set. The casserole is a delicious, filling breakfast that will hold everyone off until dinner.

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    Swedish Tea Ring

    Swedish tea ring recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Anfisa Strizh

    For a sweet breakfast starter that's beautiful, tasty, and festive, try this fruit and nut-studded Swedish tea ring. This recipe makes enough for two or three rings, depending on their size, so keep some for your household and bring the others to family and friends.

    You'll need to plan ahead to make this recipe, but you can enlist some of your guests to help as a fun holiday project. Much in the fashion of a cinnamon roll, a fluffy dough is stuffed with dry fruit, nuts, and spices, but instead of being cut into rolls it's shaped in a big ring and baked whole. A sugary icing tops the ring. Ready in 1 hour and 40 minutes.

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    Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Capers Bagel

    Open faced smoked salmon bagel recipe

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    This open-faced smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel is a great breakfast or brunch offering. Most grocery stores sell presliced smoked salmon and cream cheese, which makes this recipe a snap to put together and even easier to serve.

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    Triple Berry Sheet Pan Pancakes

    Sheet Pan Pancakes

    The Spruce / Morgan Walker

    Pancakes have always been a tried-and-true brunch staple. The catch is how to feed a crowd all at once without letting some cakes go cold. If this is your brunch dilemma, sheet pan pancakes are the cure. With this method, you can easily make brunch for a large ground. Consider doubling the recipe to feed even more.