Brunch Recipes

Whether you’re hosting a formal brunch for a shower, or having a casual brunch with your ladies, anything from this collection of brunch recipes is sure to be a hit!

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A collage of brunch recipes

What is Brunch?!

Breakfast + Lunch = Brunch.

Brunch is generally served at about 10 am and can consist of breakfast foods and/or lunch items! If you would like a wider spread, you could even include both.

Hosting brunch may seem a bit daunting, especially if you’ve opted to make it all yourself as opposed to pot luck style. To help make things run smoothly and to be sure there is something for everyone, I’ve gathered up some of my favorite Brunch Recipes.

I’ve also included some of my best tips, so take a deep breath and get your host on!

A slice of crescent breakfast casserole on a white plate

Tips for Hosting Brunch

  1. Decide if you want to have a more formal sit down brunch or take a family style buffet approach.
  2. Set up as much as you can the night before. Arrange furniture and serving tables. Set out utensils, trivets, and chafing dishes. Hang up decorations. 
  3. Utilize multi tiered platters. They provide extra serving space and look visually appealing.
  4. Make and prepare as much food as you can in advance. 
  5. Will there be children attending? Have an activity area for them. 

Is there a theme? Sometimes this is easy to determine when you are serving brunch at a bridal or baby shower. Other times you might decide to use a flower or color theme. You can even have food theme:

  • Waffle Bar 
  • Donut Theme
  • Pancake Party Theme
  • Mini Theme when everything is served in tiny portions
  • Omelette Bar
  • Breakfast Burrito Bar
Closeup of donuts on a white plate

Planning the menu

Plan the menu a couple of weeks beforehand. There are several perks to doing so. 

  • It allows you to watch for sales at the grocery store.
  • You have time to try out new recipes to work out any tweaks. 
  • If you have a guest offering to bring a dish, you’ll know what will go well with the other menu items.
  • You have about a week to make any changes.

Here are some things to consider when deciding what to put on the menu:

  • If you picked a theme, what correlates?
  • What dishes can be made ahead of time?
  • What needs to be heated/cooked the morning of and is there enough time and space to do so?
  • Not everything needs to be homemade. Are there any items that you can purchase already made from the grocery store?
  • Make sure you have a balance of sweet and savory,  hot and cold. 
  • Be considerate of any allergies that you know guests have. 
Broccoli quiche cut into slices -one of our favorite brunch recipes

Keeping Food Warm

There are several tricks you can use to keep food warm before and during a party. 

  • Chafing Dish: If you don’t  have one, you can create a similar effect using an electric heating pad. Be sure to pair the heating pad with a tray that is slightly larger. Set the safety temperature of the heating pad and place the dish right on top. Also, be sure that any cords are out of the way so no one trips on them.
  • Crock Pots: Crock pots are a favorite appliance in my kitchen. Even if you don’t use the pot to cook the dish you can use it to keep one warm. 
  • Cookler: Insulated coolers can be used to keep food warm. Be sure that any dishes you place in there will not get squashed when stacked. You can Use hot water bottles or hot bricks wrapped in a towel to help maintain the warm temperature.
  • Oven: Set the oven to 200°F and it can be used to keep many different dishes warm.

How much to serve

This is one of the most difficult parts of hosting any party. You don’t want to prepare too much, but you definitely don’t want to run out of food. It can be tricky to determine how much each person will ultimately eat. Use the following information to help you out:

  • Quiche- 1 slice per person
  • Bakes/Casseroles- 1-2 pieces that are 2 inch squares
  • Pancakes– 3 large per person
  • Waffles– 2 per person
  • French Toast– 2 slices per person
  • Bacon or Sausage– 3-4 pieces per person
  • Eggs- 2 per person no matter how they are made
  • Coffee cake or pastry- 1 ½ slices or pieces per person

Western omelet - a classic brunch recipe

Best Brunch Recipes

These are all the food items you hope to see when you attend a brunch—all the classics like pancakes and waffles, along with some other best loved breakfast dishes.

Breakfast Easy Pancake Recipe
The easiest and yummiest basic pancake recipe. Use this recipe if you're out of mix for delicious pancakes that everyone will love. Plus, check out all our tips on how to change them up for even more flavor!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 39 votes
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Breakfast Swedish Pancakes Recipe
This Homemade Swedish Pancakes recipe makes the softest, most delicious pancakes. Fill and top them with cream, fruit or buttermilk syrup for a delicious breakfast!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.97 from 29 votes
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Breakfast Chocolate Chip Pancakes Recipe
Delicious and Fluffy Chocolate Chip Pancakes served with a Macadamia Almond Buttermilk Syrup!
5 from 13 votes
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Breakfast Fluffy Pancake Recipe
Waking up to a big stack of fluffy pancakes it THE BEST! This recipe is foolproof for the best pancakes in the world!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 40 votes
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Breakfast Belgian Waffle Recipe
Crispy, fluffy, Belgian waffles to start your day off with a smile. Top them with all of your favorite fruits , spreads and syrups. Once you try these homemade waffles, you’ll never want the box mix again.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Breakfast Buttermilk Waffle Recipe
What’s better than a big, fluffy waffle first thing in the morning? Almost nothing! These buttermilk waffles are your new favorite breakfast recipe—everyone will love them!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 46 votes
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Breakfast, Dessert Pound Cake French Toast Recipe
Have you tried making French toast out of pound cake? If not, you need to! It's thick, delicious and an easy breakfast for weekends and holidays!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Breakfast Breakfast Potatoes Recipe
Crispy breakfast potatoes are seasoned to perfection. Look no further for a breakfast potato recipe because this one has everything you need!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Breakfast Breakfast Sausage Recipe
Homemade breakfast sausage is so easy and will taste 100% better than anything you'll find at the grocery store!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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Breakfast, Dessert Homemade Donut Recipe
Not sure what is so addicting about these donuts (perhaps the fact that they’re fried?!), but I promise you they are. Everyone loves these homemade donuts.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.94 from 29 votes
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Breakfast Oven Bacon Recipe
Crispy bacon in the oven is SO easy, leaves no mess, and is perfectly crisp every time. Once you try oven-baked you'll never go back!
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Breakfast Western Omelet Recipe
This Western omelette is packed with cheese, bell peppers, and ham!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Bread, Breakfast Orange Rolls Recipe
One of our favorite morning treats! A sweet roll recipe made with an orange filling and an irresistible lemon glaze. Everyone loves these delicious Orange Rolls!
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
4.85 from 20 votes
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Breakfast Breakfast Burrito Recipe
Delicious breakfast burritos are the perfect on-the-go breakfast! Load them with all your favorite fixings.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups stacked on a white plate - an easy brunch recipe

Easy Brunch Recipes

Preparing an entire brunch spread can be daunting and time consuming. That’s why these recipes come in handy! They’re all made in 30 minutes or less, and most require few and simple ingredients.

Breakfast, Dessert Cinnamon Roll Bites Recipe
Ooey gooey cinnamon roll bites taste just like cinnamon rolls, but are SO much quicker! They are a tasty make ahead breakfast.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.94 from 15 votes
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Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls Recipe
This simple 3-ingredient appetizer is great for parties and get togethers and is so full of flavor! Everyone will love these Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Breakfast Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe
This cinnamon roll cake takes your favorite breakfast treat and puts it in cake form. With buttery cinnamon swirls and a sweet glaze, this cake is sure to be a new favorite!
Total Time: 36 minutes
4.94 from 63 votes
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Breakfast Oven Bacon Recipe
Crispy bacon in the oven is SO easy, leaves no mess, and is perfectly crisp every time. Once you try oven-baked you'll never go back!
Total Time: 23 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Breakfast Easy Cinnamon Rolls Recipe
Delicious One Hour Cinnamon Rolls with homemade cream cheese frosting. These rolls are super soft and result in a quick, mouth-watering cinnamon treat that is delicious any morning or holiday.
Total Time: 1 hour
4.91 from 84 votes
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Breakfast Breakfast Potatoes Recipe
Crispy breakfast potatoes are seasoned to perfection. Look no further for a breakfast potato recipe because this one has everything you need!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Breakfast Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll Ups Recipe
Delicious Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups – a simple and yummy breakfast treat. White bread flattened and rolled with a cream cheese and powdered sugar mixture, dipped in butter, cinnamon, and sugar!
Total Time: 21 minutes
4.83 from 51 votes
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Breakfast Avocado Egg Recipe
Avocado Bacon and eggs – one of our favorite breakfast recipes. They’re topped with cheese and so delicious!
Total Time: 19 minutes
4.79 from 60 votes
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Dessert, Snack Cinnamon Twists Recipe
Flaky cinnamon twists are buttery and sweet. They take only 15 min. to make, and will disappear in minutes!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.72 from 14 votes
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Cinnamon roll french toast casserole being served with a spatula

Brunch Casserole Recipes

Casseroles are the ultimate brunch item for a handful of reasons! They’re usually really easy to prepare, a lot of them are overnight casseroles and only need to be tossed in the oven the morning of, and one dish easily feeds a whole crows! Here are our favorites.

Breakfast Baked Egg Casserole Recipe
Baked  eggs are your new breakfast best friend! It takes only minutes to whip up, and it comes out perfectly cheesy and delicious every time.
Total Time: 1 hour
4.89 from 9 votes
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Breakfast Blueberry French Toast Casserole Recipe
Easy and delicious blueberry french toast casserole is an indulgently sweet breakfast. It will be a showstopper at brunch or perfect to serve for holiday mornings.
5 from 6 votes
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Breakfast Crescent Roll Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Crescent roll breakfast casserole is savory and cheesy. It is easy to assemble and bakes in under 30 minutes!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Breakfast Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole Recipe
Cream cheese french toast bake is slightly toasted on top, soft in the middle, and each bite is bursting with rich cream cheese. Just add your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 5 hours
5 from 18 votes
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Breakfast Biscuit and Gravy Casserole Recipe
A casserole version of a classic breakfast dish!! This Biscuits and Gravy Casserole is simple and perfect for weekend mornings and holidays – especially if you’re feeding a crowd!
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.62 from 21 votes
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Breakfast Eggs Benedict Casserole Recipe
Eggs Benedict Casserole – the perfect breakfast dish made with English muffins, Canadian bacon, eggs and It’s delicious!!
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Breakfast French Toast Casserole Recipe
This super delicious overnight French Toast Bake recipe takes French toast to a whole new level! Pieces of sourdough bread covered in an egg mixture, topped with cinnamon sugar, and baked to perfection! This easy French toast casserole is the ultimate holiday or weekend breakfast!!
Total Time: 1 hour
4.97 from 378 votes
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Breakfast Breakfast Potato Casserole Recipe
Cheesy Potato Breakfast Casserole – it takes minutes to make and is delicious!! Our family loves this recipe.
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.84 from 12 votes
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Breakfast Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole Recipe
Potluck, Easter brunch or just your typical Sunday Breakfast, this Slow Cooker Hash Brown Casserole is easy, delicious and a family favorite!
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
4.63 from 8 votes
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Breakfast Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake Recipe
Cinnamon Roll French Toast Bake has all of the ooey gooey goodness of warm cinnamon rolls, with the ease of an overnight breakfast casserole.
Total Time: 6 hours 50 minutes
4.75 from 31 votes
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Breakfast Breakfast Strata Recipe
This breakfast strata is great for brunches, holidays, or a yummy family breakfast!! With buttery layers of bread, ham, cheese, and egg, this Ham and Cheese Strata is guaranteed to please any crowd! Better yet, it only takes a short time to prepare.
Total Time: 55 minutes
4.73 from 11 votes
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Breakfast Crockpot Breakfast Casserole Recipe
Hearty Crockpot breakfast casserole is a tasty make-ahead meal filled with hash browns and sausage that you NEED in your life!
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Breakfast Overnight French Toast Recipe
Overnight French Toast Bake is a layered breakfast recipe has layers of Texas toast, cinnamon, sugar, brown sugar and eggs!
Total Time: 4 hours 50 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Blueberry muffins in a basket

Make Ahead Brunch Recipes

The best brunch recipes to make ahead are pastries and muffins that can sit at room temperature for a longer period of time—Things like donuts, muffins, and scones.

Keep in mind, a lot of the casseroles in the previous category are overnight casseroles and can be made in advance as well!

Bread Mini Applesauce Muffins Recipe
These Mini Applesauce Muffins are the perfect snack for the whole family! Deliciously moist muffins filled with applesauce, and dipped in an irresistible cinnamon sugar topping.
Total Time: 21 minutes
4.73 from 11 votes
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Breakfast Cherry Danish Recipe
This easy Cherry Danish is made from puff pastry dough filled with a sweetened cream cheese mixture and topped with cherry pie filling.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Breakfast, Dessert Mini Donut Muffins Recipe
Mini Donut Muffins are coated in cinnamon sugar and topped with a DELICIOUS cream cheese frosting. It's hard not to eat the whole batch!!
Total Time: 23 minutes
4.5 from 2 votes
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Breakfast, Dessert Scones Recipe
Bake up a few of these blueberry scones for a delicious breakfast or brunch. They are flaky, buttery, and easy to make!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Breakfast Biscuit Donuts Recipe
These delicious Biscuit Donuts are beyond simple and made using canned biscuits!! If you're looking for the quickest and easiest ways to make donuts, this is it!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Breakfast Blueberry Muffins Recipe
These soft, delicious Blueberry Muffins are simple and perfect for breakfast, snack or after-school treat. They’re filled with blueberries and topped with coarse sugar making them irresistible.
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.91 from 21 votes
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Breakfast, Snack Homemade Granola Recipe
Baked homemade granola is naturally sweetened with the perfect amount of crunch. It is completely customizable for a go-to pantry staple.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Old Fashioned Donut Recipe
Old fashioned donuts will melt in your mouth. These glazed buttermilk beauties are so easy to make!
Total Time: 33 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Asparagus quiche being served with a spatula

Healthy Brunch Recipes

While some brunch recipes tend to be heavy on calories, sugars, or cheeses, these ones are filled with fruits, vegetables, and/or protein! Add a few of these to the spread and give your guests healthy options.

Main Course Frittata Recipe
Fluffy frittata stuffed with asparagus, ham, and parmesan cheese. It's a breakfast dream—so simple and delicious!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Breakfast Broccoli Quiche Recipe
Broccoli quiche is one of my favorite hot breakfast recipes! Healthy, filling, and flavorful. It has everything you want and more!
Total Time: 1 hour
5 from 8 votes
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Breakfast Hash Brown Egg Cups Recipe
Hash brown egg cups are a creative and yummy way to combine two tasty breakfast foods into one. These are perfect for a breakfast gathering with friends and family.
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Fruit Salad Recipe
A fresh fruit salad that makes the perfect side dish to any meal! Colorful, healthy, delicious, and filled with all your favorite fruits!
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Main Course Asparagus Quiche Recipe
This simple asparagus quiche is loaded up with eggs, asparagus, and cheese. It's terrific for a brunch spread or weeknight meal.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Bread, Breakfast Healthy Apple Muffin Recipe
Delicious and Healthy Apple Muffins filled with oats, bran, and cinnamon. These muffins are not only simple but are great for breakfast and after-school snacks.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Breakfast Egg Muffin Recipe
These Healthy Egg Muffins are super simple and delicious! Add cheese, meat and veggies to make these tasty breakfast muffins or customize them with your favorite ingredients. They’re not only great for breakfast but also for snacks and lunch!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.92 from 12 votes
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Drinks Kale Smoothie Recipe
Let’s lighten things up this month with this fresh kale smoothie! It’s packed with delicious healthy ingredients that will make you feel energized all day long.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.8 from 5 votes
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Drinks Fruit Smoothie Recipe
A fresh and tasty easy Fruit Smoothie that takes minutes to make. It is filled with kiwi, banana, blueberries, strawberries and more making it delicious and healthy.
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Main Course Spinach Quiche Recipe
Hot and cheesy spinach quiche with a buttery crust is the perfect start to your morning. This is a wonderful breakfast dish for any sized crowd. Everyone will love it!
5 from 9 votes
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