Our 35 Best Brunch Recipes of All Time
Classic Buttermilk Pancakes
We've developed the ultimate light and fluffy pancake recipe that will inspire everyone in your house to leap out of bed in the morning. How can you resist pancakes this enticing, especially topped with melty butter and syrup? Rest assured, this brunch recipe makes enough for everyone to have their own short stack—one batch of batter yields 10 to 12 pancakes.
Bagel and Lox Skillet Strata
Creamy Fruit-Filled Crepes
Give brunch a sweet note with pretty and tasty paper-thin crepes. Smear on a spoonful of honey-vanilla Greek yogurt, then top with fresh berries for a light, juicy treat. Or, if you'd rather, we included options for brunch crepes you can make with this recipe, like tomato-avocado crepes or ham and Gruyère cheese.
Butternut Squash Shakshuka
Eggs poached in tomato sauce (aka Shakshuka) is a classic Middle Eastern dish, and we take it to the next level by tossing in cubes of hearty butternut squash, crumbly feta, and a spicy jalapeño pepper. Allow the sauce to simmer overnight in your slow cooker, then come brunch time, add the eggs for the final 30 minutes. If you're planning to serve a huge spread, this make-ahead brunch recipe can save you some time.
Egg Baguette Bakes
A baguette filled with breakfast favorites is a delicious (and creative) thing to serve morning guests. Italian sausage, sweet peppers, eggs, and cheese bake in a hollowed-out loaf in our twist on classic brunch egg recipes. For an tastier touch, serve it with a bowl of warm marinara sauce for dipping.
Chocolate Cake Donuts
Chocolate cake is totally acceptable to eat at breakfast when it's served in donut form. These cocoa treats are actually surprisingly healthy when made with low-fat yogurt for a bit of protein, white whole wheat flour for the fiber, and a baked-instead-of-fried cooking method that cuts the fat. So go ahead, add these healthy-ish donuts to your regular rotation of brunch recipe ideas. Brunch is meant to be a little indulgent, right?
Sausage, Apple, and Cheddar Monkey Bread
Not all monkey bread recipes are gooey and sweet. Meet our favorite savory pull-apart bread that's oh-so-easy to prepare because it starts with refrigerated biscuits and breakfast sausage—and bakes in your slow cooker. Our favorite part of this brunch bread has to be the full cup of white cheddar cheese holding it together and oozing out of each bite.
Mexican Miga Frittata with Chipotle Guacamole
Chop the pepper, onion, and jalapeño the night before, cover, and refrigerate. All that's left to do is toss the tortillas, eggs, and veggies in the slow cooker and mash the guacamole. Let this easy slow cooker brunch recipe simmer in the background while you pull together the rest of the menu.
Coconut-Pecan Coffee Cake
This made-for-morning baked good is dense and delicious thanks to a carton of sour cream in the mix. Layer with cinnamon and pecans or coconut and chocolate, then finish with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and cocoa powder to make this brunch coffee cake recipe even more enticing.
Avocado Egg Bake
Not in the mood to put a lot of effort into brunch? Try this quick and easy four-ingredient, gluten-free option. It's like the classic toad in a hole (aka egg in a frame, aka egg in a hole) made with avocado instead of toast. And it'll come close to satisfying those avocado toast cravings for anyone interested in low-carb brunch ideas.
Best-Ever Cinnamon Rolls
Not much compares to homemade cinnamon rolls fresh from the oven. After countless trials, our Test Kitchen declared this their best variation because of its perfectly flaky dough, crunchy pecans, and streaks of sweet powdered sugar icing. You can end your search for the best cinnamon roll here: This is the only brunch roll recipe you'll ever need.
Mascarpone-Stuffed French Toast with Salted Caramel-Banana Sauce
French toast is one of our favorite brunch recipes, but this dish takes it a step further. Turn a slice of Texas toast into a French toast masterpiece. Start with lush marscapone-pecan filling, then finish with a silky drizzle of caramel-banana sauce for fancy French toast guests will love.
Sneak some veggies onto your plate by serving this brunch recipe that actually has us excited to see salad in the morning. Bagel croutons, crispy bacon, poached eggs, and an everything bagel-seasoned dressing make this salad perfect for brunching. If you prefer, swap in fried or over-hard eggs in place of the poached.
Eggs and Greens Breakfast Pizza
We wholeheartedly approve of pizza for breakfast, but leftovers won't do for Sunday morning brunch. Instead, we gave sausage and eggs a fresh spin in this brunch pizza recipe. Top each impressive pie with lightly dressed arugula for one of the easiest ways to sneak a serving of veggies in before noon.
Bread and Butter Pudding with Salted Caramel Whiskey Butter Sauce
Blue Cheese-Bacon Cloud Eggs
Cook an egg yolk in a fluffy cloud of whipped egg whites and serve with a side of toast and fruit for a well-balanced dish. We suggest sprinkling your brunch eggs with bacon, but there's no limit to garnish ideas. Try cooked and crumbled sausage, goat cheese, or hot sauce depending on your mood.
Dark Cocoa-Banana Muffins
Hot Grains Power Bowl
You might not usually include oatmeal on your brunch menu, but this recipe is far from usual. Nutmeg and cinnamon, plus some shredded carrot, make this 15-minute oatmeal-like recipe taste a bit like carrot cake! Drizzle with your desired amount of honey to tailor the sweetness to your palate.
Florentine Eggs Benedict
For a light take on eggs Benedict, try these spinach-and-tomato muffins. They come with a yogurt-mustard topping instead of buttery hollandaise sauce. You can make the sauce in the microwave and don't have to monitor a finicky hollandaise, so this recipe is more brunch-friendly than classic eggs Benedict, especially if you're trying to finish a few other dishes.