These brunch recipes perfect for entertaining or a cozy weekend at home! From savory to sweet, there’s something for everyone.
Brunch is one of the most festive meals around! It’s perfect for celebrating holidays like Easter or Mother’s Day, for baby showers or bridal showers, or just enjoying a cozy weekend! Great brunches need the most delicious foods imaginable, and we’ve got you covered no matter what your diet or taste preferences.
Here’s our list of best brunch recipes, based on type! For each category, we’ve listed all the different flavors and variations so you can customize them for any occasion or season. Whether it’s a pancake bar, smoothie bowls, or favored mimosas, pick your favorites and let’s get brunching!
Our favorite of all brunch recipes: baked oatmeal! There's nothing better for serving a crowd or a fancy brunch than baked oatmeal. This banana baked oatmeal is cozy-spiced, wholesome and filling, made with good-for-you ingredients: mostly oats and bananas. It happens to be a gluten free and vegan recipe, but it pleases absolutely everyone. Serve it for guests or even better, make up a big pan on the weekend and eat off of it all week.
Here's an easy make-ahead brunch recipe: mini frittatas! Basically a muffin made of egg, they’re easy to meal prep in advance. You can serve them room temperature or warm. The best part: they’re so tasty! They’re filled with colorful veggies and crunchy pecans.
What's more perfect as a brunch recipe than waffles? These blueberry waffles are impossibly fluffy, lightly sweet, and flecked with tangy bursts of blueberries. To set them over the top, make this festive quick blueberry sauce. Simmering blueberries with maple syrup makes a purple, thick glaze that tastes like pure heaven. Try this recipe or the variations below for any season!
Next up in our brunch recipes: fancy scrambled eggs! These fluffy scrambled eggs with goat cheese come together quickly and tangy goat cheese adds an elevated flair. They’re perfect for a special breakfast or brunch with a side of asparagus. Or for vegan or plant-based, try a tofu scramble!
Diner-style fried eggs are great for brunch! There are 4 main ways to make them fried: sunny side up, over easy, over medium, and over hard. Or try an omelette or poached! Here are all the methods so you can master these techniques! Add toast, sautéed veggies, or hash browns for a hearty breakfast.
There's nothing better than pancakes for a cozy brunch! Make up a few batches and keep them warm in a low oven, or make them in advance and freeze them. Then have a toppings bar with nut butters, fruits, sauces, and more! Here are all our best pancake recipes:
Smoothie bowls like this acai bowl are a perfect centerpiece in a brunch! What’s an acai bowl? This smoothie bowl made from acai berries is loaded with toppings like fruit, granola, coconut and almond butter. If you’re serving it for brunch, whip up the smoothie directly before serving and serve with bowls that have been in the freezer to avoid melting.
Scones are the perfect brunch recipe! There's nothing more cozy for weekend brunch than a fragrant batch of scones in the oven. These are perfectly crumbly with tangy blueberries and a crunch of turbinado sugar on top! They're perfect for brunch or entertaining. Said one follower: "My family reviews the blueberry scones 7 thumbs up!"
One of our favorite make ahead brunch recipes is this healthy granola! Serve it as a granola bar with yogurt and other fruit toppings like berries, sauces, and more. Our favorite maple pecan granola is low calorie and still nutrient dense...and full of toasty, cozy flavor.
This smoked salmon bagel is ideal for a bagel brunch! Make a big platter with bagels and different types of cream cheese and bagel toppings, and it’s ideal for a lazy brunch with friends. Here are a few ideas for what to have on hand for a bagel brunch:
Toasted bagels of various flavors: plain, everything, onion, and so forth
Quick breads are great as a brunch recipe! A favorite is our healthy banana bread, made of 100% whole grain oats (no flour) and lightly sweetened with maple syrup. And it’s easy to whip up in a blender! But there are lots more quick breads depending on the time of year and occasion. Here are some of our favorites:
Here’s a genius simple idea that tastes far greater than the sum of its parts: Fancy Toast! Spread ricotta or any creamy topping on toast, then load it up with sweet or savory toppings. Go basic with juicy ripe tomatoes and a drizzle of olive oil, or hearty with tender smoked salmon, capers and fresh dill. Or go sweet with fruit, a drizzle of honey and cinnamon. It feels luxuriously elegant.
What's more fun for brunch than traditional English crumpets? These perfect circles of golden batter are crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside, ideal for topping with butter or jam. This mashup of an English muffin and a pancake is one of the most satisfying breakfast you’ll find. It’s a fun project that results in irresistible golden orbs with the best yeasted flavor and spongy texture (or find them frozen at the grocery).
Hash browns are a great savory side for a brunch! Oven baked hash browns are easiest for a crowd. They’re easy to prepare and mostly hands off while you’re making the rest of your brunch recipes. They’re delicious, simple, and fit a variety of diets since they’re both gluten free and vegan.
Shakshuka is one of the most delicious brunch recipes! Shakshuka is a dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce that originates from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean regions. This one features white beans and bell peppers, and is sprinkled with feta cheese.
What's better to serve as a side with brunch fruits than...biscuits? These particular biscuits are the most tender, flaky, comforting homemade biscuits you’ll find. (We think, at least!) Alex and I have been eating them drizzled with hot honey or smothered with strawberry jam. They’re always a huge hit with brunch guests. Or, try the Southern favorite, biscuits and gravy!
What's better as a brunch recipe than a pan of muffins? There are fun flavor variations for every season. One of our most popular that works for anytime is these healthy banana bread muffins! They’re lightly sweet and made mostly of oats and bananas. They’re blender muffins so they’re easy to make at home: you can make them in advance and refrigerate prior to brunching.
These thin breakfast potatoes are browned in a skillet until they’re crispy and golden. And the seasoning is perfect: just the right amount of smoky, salty, and savory. With the hint of sweetness from the potatoes, there’s a lot going on with only a few ingredients.
A showstopper brunch recipe! The buttery scent of this recipe in the oven will win over everyone. This delicious Asparagus Quiche is packed with savory, cozy flavor. It’s a total crowd pleaser and you can serve it either warm or room temperature.
A savory tart is one of our favorite ideas for brunch recipes! Try our blackberry and ricotta tart, where berries combine with onions and a bit of balsamic to make a savory purple compote, which is smothered over a lemony, salty ricotta topping. And as a base: a savory tart crust made with whole wheat flour that’s flaky and crisp. Or if it's summer, try our hands-down fan favorite, the Tomato Pie.
This braided bread recipe is a complete showstopper of brunch recipes! The bread has a filling of raspberry jam and lemony cream cheese. Here’s how to make the challah bread, fill it, and braid it. It’s not as hard as it looks!
What's a good list of brunch recipes without the Bloody Mary? This famous classic cocktail was born in the 1920’s, and has been going strong ever since. And because it’s so beloved: there are lots of riffs on the drink that have become famous in their own right!
The other most popular brunch drink recipe: the Mimosa! How to make a perfect mimosa? Use Prosecco instead of champagne for a sweeter, nuanced flavor. Use it with a heavy hand, and add a dash of orange liqueur. It’s tart, just sweet enough, and bubbly as all get out. Or, try one of our flavor variations below!
These breakfast cookies are perfect as brunch recipes too! They’re hearty, carrot cake spiced, and the texture is just right: pleasantly chewy, almost like a Cliff bar–but better! They’re also easy to make in advance: you can even freeze when making ahead.
It’s cinnamon-scented, crispy on the outside and custardy on the inside: try our best French toast recipe! It’s basic, but it can taste like a luxurious morning of hotel room service if it’s done right. Here we’ve cracked the code to the very best way to make this classic breakfast recipe.
This tacos rancheros recipe transforms the Mexican standard into egg tacos! A delicious huevos rancheros sauce covers the runny eggs, topped with queso fresco. It’s perfect if you’re planning some Mexican inspired brunch recipes (accessorize with these simple refried beans and strawberry margaritas).
This yogurt fruit dip is one of our favorite brunch recipes because it is so fast to whip up! Simply stir together yogurt, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla, and you’ve got a delicious fruit dip in no time. Pair with strawberries and apple slices.
These tender herby baked eggs are a delightful brunch recipe! We love finding unique ways to eat the same ingredients, and this trick falls into that category. It’s a simple way to make a special breakfast out of everyday ingredients. Here you’ll throw the eggs into small baking dishes, then load them up with toppings of your choice. Go simple like Parmesan and herbs, or fancy like sautéed spinach and mushrooms.
A few more brunch ideas
Outside of these brunch recipes, here are some more tips for throwing a brunch! They work whether you’re staying in or entertaining:
Grease an 8 x 8″ or 9 x 9″ pan with coconut oil or a neutral oil. In a medium bowl, mix together the rolled oats, pecan pieces, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.
Dump the dries into the prepared pan.
Mash the bananas. In the same bowl, whisk together the bananas, milk, maple syrup, and vanilla. Drizzle the milk mixture over the oats. Stir lightly with a fork to make everything gets evenly incorporated.
Bake 40 to 45 minutes until the top is nicely golden and the oat mixture has set. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes (or more for the texture to fully set).
Before serving, spread the top with almond butter or peanut butter (or a combination) and top with banana slices. Store leftovers refrigerated for up to 1 week: reheat in a 300 degree oven or microwave until warm.
*Make ahead instructions: do not make the entire pan in advance and refrigerate overnight because the oats will absorb all the liquid. You can mix up the wets and dries separately and store in separate containers (with the wets refrigerated), then pour them together in the morning and bake.