87 Easy Brunch Recipes You'll Want to Use ASAP
Oh, brunch. It's the meal between breakfast and lunch where you can eat French toast or a burger with some mimosas. Anything truly goes! If you happen to be a fan of a weekend brunch, you can actually save quite a bit of money by making it at home. You can also omit much of the salt, fats, added sugars, and calories found in most restaurant brunch dishes. Invite over friends and family and set up a menu with any of these easy, healthy, and delicious brunch recipes.
Now, here are 87 super easy, yummy brunch recipes you're going to want to whip up right away.
Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples
Fire up the griddle and make these delightfully warming and sweet cinnamon apple oatmeal pancakes. Be sure to use real maple syrup here (not the cheap, fake, corn syrup-heavy variety at the grocery), or simply rely on the gooeyness from the cinnamon apples to flavor the pancakes.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal Pancakes with Cinnamon Apples.
Black Bean Omelet
Omelets are a great brunch dish because they are versatile and customizable. This black bean omelet is packed with protein, and the fresh topping of pico de gallo makes it restaurant-worthy.
Get our recipe for a Black Bean Omelet.
Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Banana
Oatmeal makes the list again, especially considering it is so easy to increase the amount you make to feed a crowd for brunch! This recipe calls for the addition of peanut butter for protein and bananas for potassium, together creating a dreamy flavor combination.
Get our recipe for Oatmeal with Peanut Butter and Banana.
Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage
Brunch is hardly complete without a hearty hash, and this one benefits from the nutrients found in sweet potatoes, like beta-carotene, vitamin C, and fiber, as well as the lean protein in chicken sausage, so you'll stay full for hours.
Get our recipe for a Breakfast Hash with Sweet Potato and Chicken Sausage.
French Toast Stuffed with Strawberries
Sure, you could serve traditional French toast for brunch, but why not wow guests by stuffing it with ricotta, fresh strawberries, honey, and almonds for a burst of flavor.
Get our recipe for French Toast Stuffed with Strawberries.
Baked Eggs with Mushroom and Spinach
If you don't mind standing at the stove frying eggs (and carefully trying to get that perfect, runny yolk), more power to you! But we suggest trying these baked eggs, which are served over savory, sauteed mushrooms and spinach. The oven will yield that golden, flowing center you want with minimal effort on your part.
Get our recipe for Baked Eggs with Mushroom and Spinach.
Some of the best recipes for brunch, especially if you plan to feed larger groups, are the ones where people can build their own customizable versions. That's why breakfast pizzas will be a hit at your next gathering. This recipe is a breeze to make, too, because the base is actually English muffins.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Pizzas.
Breakfast Tacos with Bacon & Spinach
Breakfast tacos are a quintessential brunch dish. Your guests will love this combo of bacon and spinach; feel free to swap for turkey bacon for an even healthier take.
Get our recipe for Breakfast Tacos with Bacon & Spinach.
Egg Sandwich with Pastrami and Swiss
These egg sandwiches benefit from the pastrami's protein and the English muffins' fiber. Plus, the eggs on these sammies are scrambled, which are quick to make, even in large quantities.
Get our recipe for an Egg Sandwich with Pastrami and Swiss.
As guests stream in and hover around the dining table while brunch is still cooking, appease appetites by laying out this moist, lighter take on traditional banana bread alongside some honey. It's a sweet treat before the big meal.
Get our recipe for Banana Bread.
Quiche is a great brunch dish that's easy to prepare. This recipe calls for 2 percent milk rather than a heavier cream, plus turkey or chicken sausage, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes, and cool, creamy feta. Serve alongside a simple salad to round out the meal. You could even eat this quiche for dinner!
Get our recipe for an Artichoke-Feta Quiche.
Turn on some Jack Johnson and get to flipping these banana pancakes, which are made with whole wheat flour, a great source of fiber, and caramelized bananas and Greek yogurt for added protein.
Get our recipe for Banana Pancakes.
Breakfast burritos are another customizable dish for your guests to enjoy. This recipe offers plenty of protein (black beans, chicken sausage, and eggs), healthy fats (avocado), and fiber (whole wheat wraps) to keep you full and your tastebuds happy. Set up a station, and have people build their own!
Get our recipe for Breakfast Burritos.
The combination of crispy, hot bacon with fresh, cold lettuce and tomato is a classic. Make this sandwich a healthier, more satisfying option by adding a perfectly oozing egg instead of mayo. Pile on the lettuce and stick to a healthier (but still hearty) bread, like a 7-grain option or sourdough.
Get our recipe for the Ultimate BLT.
Perhaps you prefer blueberry pancakes to banana, or maybe you are ambitious and plan to serve both (you can never have enough pancakes). This recipe calls for Greek yogurt, which adds protein and makes the pancakes light, fluffy, and moist. Plus, a blueberry compote is a healthier and more flavorful swap than the standard grocery store variety of maple syrup.
Get our recipe for Blueberry Pancakes.
Sunrise Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar & Guacamole
The best way to start the morning is with a well-balanced meal. This sammy does just the trick, thanks to protein in the turkey and egg, healthy fats in the guacamole, fiber in the whole-wheat English muffin, and antioxidants in the tomato.
Get our recipe for a Sunrise Sandwich with Turkey, Cheddar & Guacamole.
Crepes are an attractive and customizable dish, but no one will have an objection if you made just one huge batch of these banana-and-Nutella-stuffed crepes. Who can say no to that delightful combination?
Get our recipe for Banana-Nutella Crepes.
Crispy Ham Omelet with Cheese and Mushrooms
This savory omelet is packed with umami flavor, and the texture contrast between the crispy ham and hot, oozing cheese will surely please your taste buds. Making omelets at home instead of going to a restaurant will also cut down on the calories and unhealthy fats restaurants add in thanks to oils and other additives.
Get our recipe for a Crispy Ham Omelet with Cheese and Mushrooms.
Vanilla-Bourbon French Toast
A boozy brunch, anyone? The flavors of vanilla and bourbon add a warming, comforting touch to French toast. Sure, it all sounds indulgent, but our recipe is actually low-sugar, so you won't crash in the afternoon.
Get our recipe for Vanilla-Bourbon French Toast.
You'd be hard-pressed to find a restaurant that doesn't have huevos rancheros on its brunch menu. Luckily, you can make this dish easily at home and enjoy all the benefits of antioxidants, protein, and fiber it has to offer.
Get our recipe for Huevos Rancheros.
Scrambled Eggs with Salmon, Asparagus and Goat Cheese
For a luxe brunch that doesn't break the bank or leave you feeling sluggish all day, this egg dish is a must-have on the menu. Salmon and asparagus add omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K while also elevating the entire meal. Consider this a loaded version of your usual scrambled eggs.
Get our recipe for Scrambled Eggs with Salmon, Asparagus and Goat Cheese.
Ignite the ultimate debate of whether or not pineapple belongs on pizza with these crepes inspired by Hawaiian pizza. Everyone will have to try them and weigh in!
Get our recipe for a Hawaiian Crepe.
Spinach and Ham Quiche
For another quiche option, try tossing in ham and spinach (those wilted greens from last week's grocery run will work like a charm) into this low-calorie dish. Leftovers? Pack some up for lunch, because this also reheats well.
Get our recipe for a Spinach and Ham Quiche.
Eggs in Purgatory
Served up in a hot cast-iron skillet, eggs in purgatory are a savory show-stopper. This dish is also balanced with protein and healthy carbs and fats, so it will keep guests full and happy.
Get our recipe for Eggs in Purgatory.
Frittata with Arugula and Pepper
If you have guests who follow a gluten-free or low-carb diet, a frittata is the crustless counterpart to quiche. It's just as easy to make, and this recipe balances garlic and pepper with the fresh flavor of arugula.
Get our recipe for a Frittata with Arugula and Pepper.
The Denver, or Mile-High, omelet is a staple in diners everywhere, but you can make it at home yourself, all while cutting the calories, fat, and sodium.
Get our recipe for Mile-High Omelet.
Waffles With Ham and Egg
We love a savory waffle moment! Best of all, we make this recipe even easier with our recommendations for healthy freezer waffles, so you don't even have to fuss with batter.
Get our recipe for Waffles With Ham and Egg.
French Toast With Vanilla Bourbon and Caramelized Bananas
Remember our vanilla-bourbon French toast? This is just another take on that delicious dish with the addition of walnuts and caramelized bananas for a sweeter meal.
Get our recipe for French Toast With Vanilla Bourbon and Caramelized Bananas.
Asparagus with Fried Eggs and Prosciutto
Salad isn't the only way to add plenty of greens to brunch. This recipe, essentially a salad made solely with asparagus, is light, fresh, and delicious. Prosciutto and fried eggs make it a protein-packed option, too.
Get our recipe for Asparagus with Fried Eggs and Prosciutto.
Sausage Frittata with Mushrooms
This light, fluffy frittata gets a boost of umami flavor from the mushrooms and plenty of protein from the andouille sausage. It's easy to make, too; pop it in the oven while you ready the charcuterie board, and it'll be ready and warm for when guests arrive.
Get our recipe for a Sausage Frittata with Mushrooms.
Shiitake, Spinach & Goat Cheese Scramble
Toss in shiitake mushrooms, handfuls of spinach, and crumbly goat cheese to take standard scrambled eggs to the next level.
Get our recipe for a Shiitake, Spinach & Goat Cheese Scramble.
Yogurt parfaits are simple to make and gorgeous to serve, especially in lovely glassware.
Get our recipe for a Yogurt Parfait.
Shrimp and Grits
Shrimp and grits is a great dish for that time between breakfast and lunch, and we've lightened it up with this low-calorie recipe. There's nothing stopping you from making it for dinner, too!
Get our recipe for Shrimp and Grits.
Mediterranean Tofu Scramble
Whether you plan on a post-brunch hike or a post-brunch nap, a brunch full of tofu and veggies will keep you fueled and full long after the dishes have been cleared away from the table.
Get the recipe for a Mediterranean Tofu Scramble from Oh My Veggies.
We've really piqued your interested with this one, haven't we? A play on the traditional cheese board, this so-called brunch board can be mixed-and-matched with an array of staples—bagels, salmon, eggs, tomatoes, bacon, fresh vegetables, and much more.
Get the recipe for a Brunch Board from Half Baked Harvest.
These muffins get a healthy makeover thanks to applesauce, lemon zest, almond milk, whole wheat flour, and, of course, plenty of spinach nutrients.
Get the recipe for Spinach Muffins from A Healthy Slice of Life.
Shakshuka is quite similar to eggs in purgatory, but this dish calls for poaching eggs in tomatoes and adding seasonings like paprika and cumin.
Get the recipe for Shakshuka from Cookie and Kate.
Chilaquiles are another brunch hit at most restaurants. Luckily, you can make it at home, too with a vegan, soy- and nut-free recipe that can also be adapted to be gluten-free; it's a dish everyone can enjoy!
Get the recipe for Vegan Chilaquiles from VeganRicha.
Similar to a pancake and a crepe, Dutch babies are an impressive recipe to serve brunch guests. It can go sweet or savory; pair a savory option with red wine and a sweet variety with mimosas. This is a basic recipe that you can change up to suit your taste.
Get the recipe for a Dutch Baby from A Beautiful Mess.
Breakfast Quesadilla with Cheese, Spinach and White Beans
Like breakfast burritos and tacos, a breakfast quesadilla is adjustable to meet each guest's preferences, and they are sure to be a favorite. This one is stuffed with white beans, cheese, and spinach for a flavor explosion.
Get the recipe for a Breakfast Quesadilla with Cheese, Spinach and White Beans from Well Plated.
Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole
Nothing makes brunch prep easier than a dish you can throw in the oven. This casserole couldn't be easier, and it is packed with sausage, veggies, eggs, and plenty of cheese.
Get the recipe for an Easy Cheesy Breakfast Casserole from Gimme Some Oven.
Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowls
Quinoa is a favorite grain around here, as it is a powerhouse of protein, fiber, and folate. Combine that with the flavor of a dark-chocolate brownie, and guests will be begging for the recipe.
Get the recipe for Chocolate Quinoa Breakfast Bowls from Minimalist Baker.
Vegan Breakfast Burritos With Tofu
If you or any of your guests follow a plant-based diet, plan to serve these breakfast burritos filled with scrambled tofu, hummus, kale, potatoes, and peppers. These are delicious for meat-eaters and vegans alike.
Get the recipe for Vegan Breakfast Burritos With Tofu from Minimalist Baker.
Breakfast Grilled Cheese
There's never a wrong time for grilled cheese! This indulgent sandwich has no shortage of cheese melted into soft, scrambled eggs and creamy pesto.
Get the recipe for a Breakfast Grilled Cheese from Half Baked Harvest.
Crockpot Breakfast Potatoes
If you plan to have a full breakfast spread, these breakfast potatoes are a must. They get tender with slightly crisp edges in the slow cooker, so you can set them on the counter to cook while tending to more labor-intensive dishes.
Get the recipe for Crockpot Breakfast Potatoes from Well Plated.
Oven-Baked, Gluten-Free Swedish Pancakes
Gluten-free Swedish pancakes will be a treat for everyone around the table, and this version is lightened up thanks to cutting down on the sugar and butter and subbing in some yogurt.
Get the recipe for Oven-Baked, Gluten-Free Swedish Pancakes from Cotter Crunch.
White Bean Artichoke Basil Toasts
You won't find a faster brunch recipe than these white bean artichoke basil toasts, which take just 10 minutes to get on the table. Together, these ingredients taste light and fresh, so be prepared to make extra, because they are sure to disappear faster than you can serve them.
Get the recipe for White Bean Artichoke Basil Toasts from Pinch of Yum.
Apple Butter Cinnamon French Toast Sticks
Finger foods make mealtime fun (for children and adults), so it simply makes sense to serve French toast sticks with the flavors of cinnamon and apple butter. They also take just 30 minutes, including prep time.
Get the recipe for Apple Butter Cinnamon French Toast Sticks from Half Baked Harvest.
Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Toast with Balsamic Drizzle
Here's another quick, easy toast option—everyone's favorite brunch star, avocado toast. Pair it with heirloom tomatoes, a great source of lycopene, and drizzle with balsamic for extra flair (and flavor).
Get the recipe for Avocado and Heirloom Tomato Toast with Balsamic Drizzle from Blissful Basil.
Classic Coffee Cake
Best reserved as a dessert with brunch, this classic coffee cake is soft and moist with that perfectly crumbly streusel topping. Don't forget to brew a pot of coffee to accompany it.
Get the recipe for a Classic Coffee Cake from Bigger Bolder Baking.
Baked Funfetti Donuts
Recipes for donuts can often seem like an intimidating task because they typically require frying. Luckily, these slightly healthier donuts are baked, and the sprinkle-covered, glazed topping will get plenty of likes on Instagram.
Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte
It's easy to neglect the beverages at brunch, especially the ones that don't involve alcohol. But guests will love the thoughtful addition of their favorite lattes to accompany their morning meal. This homemade PSL is healthier than anything you'd find in a cafe, and it is dairy-free.
Get the recipe for an Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte.
Vegan Mushroom Latte
If you are an avid podcast-listener, you've probably heard a lot of hype surrounding mushroom lattes. With this recipe, you can have your very own healthy, dairy-free mushroom latte in just five minutes.
Get the recipe for a Vegan Mushroom Latte.
Continuing with the latte trend, you'll really wow your guests with a variety of superfood latte options to choose from: turmeric vanilla spice, raw cacao and goji berry, or matcha and maca with tahini.
Get the recipe for Superfood Lattes from The First Mess.
When you think of brunch, mimosas are probably the first thing that comes to mind. Luckily, they couldn't be simpler to make. Whip up a pitcher—we recommend using freshly squeezed orange juice—and of course, remember to drink responsibly.
Get the recipe for Mimosas from Inspired Taste.
Whether you throw them on the aforementioned brunch board or you serve them solo with some cream cheese, these homemade bagels will make you feel like a star baker. Making them at home is also a great way to take control over the ingredients, which is always a win.
Get the recipe for Homemade Bagels from Sally's Baking Addiction.
This recipe offers not one but three popovers: chocolate, bacon and cheese, or raspberry and lemon. If you want to make them, don't attempt doing it ahead of time, as these little rolls are best eaten fresh from the oven. This is one recipe you'll want to save for right when guests arrive.
Get the recipe for Popovers from Bigger Bolder Baking.
Hollandaise sauce is intimidating. Poached eggs? Even more so. But it is surprisingly achievable to make eggs benedict at home. This recipe outlines the process, step by step, from poaching the eggs to whipping up the sauce, so you can make this fan-favorite brunch dish without fail.
Get the recipe for Eggs Benedict from Cooking Classy.
Sausage Potato Pie
Get the recipe for Sausage Potato Pie from Pinch of Yum.
This is another meal with minimal ingredients and maximum flavor, plus the look of baked eggs and toppings inside a carved-out potato is quite impressive. Again, don't be afraid to try out sweet potatoes in place of the russet potatoes.
Get the recipe for Idaho Sunrise from Gimme Some Oven.
Egg Muffin Cups
Egg muffin cups are a standard meal for meal-prepping weekly breakfasts, but they can be a star at brunch, too. Make a few trays of these cups and serve them alongside those slow cooker potatoes or homemade bagels.
Get the recipe for Egg Muffin Cups from Show Me the Yummy.
Bacon-Wrapped Egg Cups
These egg cups are wrapped in bacon—need we say more? They align with both gluten-free and paleo diets, and you can swap the bacon for turkey bacon for an even lighter dish.
Get the recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Egg Cups from Fit Foodie Finds.
Overnight Vegetarian Breakfast Strata
No need to stress on the morning you plan to host brunch! Whip up this breakfast strata the night before, then throw it in the oven about an hour before guests are set to arrive. It is vegetarian, but meat-eaters will love it, too.
Get the recipe for Overnight Vegetarian Breakfast Strata from A Beautiful Plate.
Harissa Sweet Potato Hash
Spice up your brunch with this hash that has that delicious sweet-and-spicy flavor combination going on, thanks to the sweet potatoes and the harissa.
Get the recipe for Harissa Sweet Potato Hash from Running to the Kitchen.
Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks
These crispy, crunchy haystacks are an ideal side dish to eggs, turkey bacon, and veggies.
Get the recipe for Crispy Hash Brown Haystacks from Minimalist Baker.
If you like to enjoy alcohol in moderation, play bartender and make these homemade bloody marys at home. Store-bought varieties are often laden with preservatives, so you'll find this option to be slightly better for you and full of flavor.
Get the recipe for a Bloody Mary from Cookie and Kate.
Making cinnamon rolls for brunch serves a dual purpose—filling guests' bellies with a warm, indulgent breakfast and filling your home with a sweet scent.
Get the recipe for Cinnamon Rolls from Ambitious Kitchen.
Chicken and Waffles with Maple Gravy
Equal parts sweet and savory, this is the brunch dish that your guests will talk about for weeks, if not months, after they eat it.
Get the recipe for Chicken and Waffles with Maple Gravy from The Baker Mama.
Vegan Churro Scones
Part churro, part scone, and entirely vegan and delicious, these pastries will go well with coffee or a latte. They also make a great snack while the main entree finishes cooking.
Get the recipe for Vegan Churro Scones from VeganRicha.
Flourless English Muffin
If you want to make a healthy, flourless English muffin to rest underneath your eggs benedict or support any of the egg sandwiches that could grace your brunch menu, try your hand at this recipe.
Get the recipe for Flourless English Muffin from The Big Man's World.
The visual appeal of these avocado eggs is next-level. But the best part about these little breakfast boats, which are filled with protein and healthy fats, is that they take less than 20 minutes to make.
Get the recipe for Avocado Eggs from Lil Luna.
Sure, you have your typical bacon option and turkey bacon, but don't forget a vegan option! This coconut bacon requires only eight ingredients and 15 minutes to make, and the plant-based diners will appreciate the gesture as they top everything from pancakes to breakfast sandwiches with these faux-bacon pieces.
Get the recipe for Coconut Bacon from Minimalist Baker.
You are never too old for Pop-Tarts! These are not the preservative-heavy, artificially flavored toaster pastries of our youth, though. Make extra while you are at it because they freeze well to enjoy through the week.
Get the recipe for Homemade Pop-Tarts from Cooking Classy.
Cinnamon Faux-St Crunch Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Cereal
Continuing on the road of nostalgia, this homemade cereal will remind you and guests of many mornings parked in front of the television watching cartoons. Serve in small bowls as a starter; this cereal is both low-carb and gluten-free and tastes even better than you remember.
Get the recipe for Cinnamon Faux-St Crunch Low-Carb, Gluten-Free Cereal from I Breathe I'm Hungry.
Bread Pudding with Hot Butter Rum Sauce
This recipe does not shy away from sugar, butter, or cream, but it will certainly nourish the soul! This is a great menu item for colder months.
Get the recipe for Bread Pudding with Hot Butter Rum Sauce from Pinch of Yum.
A charcuterie board isn't meant to be the main dish; instead, it allows guests to graze through the morning and into the afternoon in between eating the other dishes you've prepared. This recipe gives you plenty of ideas for ways to get plenty of protein, healthy fats, fiber, and fresh fruits and vegetables onto your charcuterie board.
Get the recipe for a Charcuterie Board from Cotter Crunch.
Healthy Chocolate Almond Chip Biscotti
This is yet another snack idea to keep everyone content while you work on the main entrees; plus, biscotti is ideal for dunking in a cup of coffee.
Get the recipe for a Healthy Chocolate Almond Chip Biscotti from I Heart Vegetables.
Moscato Fruit Salad
Moscato fruit salad goes great with, well, moscato, but you are also welcome to omit the alcohol and serve a nutrient-packed fruit salad as a fresh option among the more indulgent meals that are often served at brunch.
Get the recipe for a Moscato Fruit Salad from Diethood.
Choose Your Own Adventure Granola Bars
These granola bars would make a fun party favor for guests to take home after brunch or a tasty, healthy snack to munch on while you are busy in the kitchen. The "choose your own adventure" descriptor just means you can decide what kind of nuts, fruits, and other fixings will make up your granola bars!
Get the recipe for a Choose Your Own Adventure Granola Bars from My Name Is Yeh.
Whole Wheat Waffles
We've recommended a savory waffle recipe, but what if you want sweet? This recipe makes the process easy by utilizing a blender to make fluffy, low-fat, whole wheat waffles with applesauce. Feel free to set out toppings like fresh fruit, chocolate chips, and real maple syrup for guests.
Get the recipe for Whole Wheat Waffles from Well Plated.
Blueberry Croissant Puff
This casserole dish has everything you love in a croissant, but it requires minimum effort and is meant to make the day before and sit overnight.
Get the recipe for a Blueberry Croissant Puff from The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes
These whole wheat pancakes are full of fiber and carrots, which are a great source of vitamin K, beta-carotene, and potassium. These stacks also taste incredibly decadent, like your favorite dessert.
Get the recipe for Whole Wheat Carrot Cake Pancakes from Cookie and Kate.
Show off your cooking chops with this traditional French sandwich that combines ham, egg, and cheese. It requires a bechamel, which is sure to impress your dining companions.
Get the recipe for a Croque Madame from Show Me the Yummy.
Sautéed Breakfast Salad
Salad for brunch is a genius move. It combines all of the nutrients of a big bowl of greens with the comfort and flavor of yolky eggs. It's also easy for each guest to customize with their choice of lean protein and healthy fats like avocado or nuts.
Get the recipe for a Sautéed Breakfast Salad from Eating Bird Food.
Pasta doesn't tend to top one's list of brunch dishes, but why not? A hearty carbonara-like pasta has everything you need in a brunch: eggs, bacon, and cheese.
Get the recipe for a Breakfast Pasta from The View from Great Island.
Many people love breakfast food for dinner, so we suggest flipping it and starting your day with a fulfilling brunch consisting of dinner foods, such as fajitas. Fajitas are shareable and easy to make on a sheet pan to serve a crowd.
Get the recipe for Breakfast Fajitas from Cooking Classy.
Turkey Brunch Burger
Burgers top brunch menus at many restaurants, so why not make them at home? A turkey burger provides lean protein, and top it with a golden, oozing egg and a touch of maple syrup for the perfect blend of breakfast and lunch.
Get the recipe for a Turkey Brunch Burger from Show Me the Yummy.