Craving brinner? These irresistible breakfast for dinner ideas will please everyone around the table! Try tacos, pancakes, and more.
Out of dinner ideas? There’s nothing more fun than a good breakfast for dinner, aka brinner! Eating breakfast foods for dinner can be hearty, filling, and just more fun! We prioritize savory recipes when we eat brinner, so you’ll see lots of hearty egg bakes, cheesy skillets, tacos, burritos and quesadillas. But we’ve thrown in a few pancakes and waffles because…why not! Some weeks call for it. (Is this one of them?)
And now…our top breakfast for dinner ideas!
Here’s a recipe we always eat as breakfast for dinner: this tasty Breakfast Quesadilla! Wow, is it satisfying! Scrambled eggs, black beans and melty cheddar cheese sandwiched between toasted tortillas and dipped into in guacamole? It’s basic in all the right ways, and at the same time a revelation in each bite.
Want a hearty, savory breakfast for dinner? Try this Breakfast Skillet! Sure, it’s designed for mornings…but why not eat it for brinner? We often go the breakfast for dinner route over here, and this one is a solid part of our repertoire. Cheesy hash browns topped with runny egg yolks and salsa? Yes please! Even better, the spices in the potatoes mimic breakfast sausage, so the entire vibe is extremely hearty and satisfying.
Love breakfast for dinner? Try this genius Breakfast Burrito! In just 15 minutes, you’ve got a burrito that’s bursting with zesty flavor. Many breakfast burrito recipes call for rice or cooked meat or potatoes: and who has time for that? You’ll need just 5 minutes to cook two layers of eggs here: one chorizo-spiced and one cheesy. Take a bite and it’s irresistibly savory and delicious, with all the right cozy textures.
When it comes to breakfast for dinner…this one's another favorite. Try these epic Breakfast Tacos! They're solidly Tex Mex, stuffed to the brim with breakfast potatoes, cheesy eggs, cilantro and pickled onions. It’s the perfect fast and easy breakfast for dinner idea.
Pizza for brinner? You bet. This breakfast pizza is loaded with crunchy veggies, our easy pizza sauce, and topped with crumbles of scrambled eggs. And the secret ingredient? A sprinkle of fennel seeds evokes the flavor of breakfast sausage.
These banana oatmeal pancakes are on the healthy side, which makes them ideal for breakfast for dinner! They’re made mainly of oats and bananas in a blender: no all purpose flour at all! No one will believe the magic. Slather with a little nut butter to make them filling enough for dinner.
Here's an easy breakfast for dinner that's loaded with veggies and protein: this Breakfast Vegetable Scramble! Sautéed peppers, onion and spinach are the perfect combination with savory eggs. Add a few avocado slices and you've got a meal.
What's better than an egg sandwich for dinner? Growing up this was our dinner when my mom ran out of ideas. There’s really nothing better than a great fried egg sandwich -- for any meal! This one is our ultimate: gooey, messy, requiring lots of napkins, and slathered with smoky mayo.
The omelette is an ideal breakfast for dinner: especially since you can customize your fillings. This recipe makes for the most delicious omelette you’ve ever had: classic French style, with a golden exterior, soft interior, and loads of savory flavor. Have it with cheese, or customize with sauteed mushrooms, bell peppers or greens.
Here's another fun breakfast for dinner idea: Almond Flour Pancakes! They’re outrageously fluffy and vanilla scented, and so tasty that no one would guess there’s none of the standard all purpose flour. Load them up with nut butter for a more savory, dinner-like spin.
When it comes to scrambles, here's a plant-based variation that's just as delicious as the real thing. Try this Tofu Scramble! You'll be surprised how savory and fluffy the texture is. It's an ideal breakfast for dinner recipe, accompanied by sautéed veggies and toast.
Got eggs and need dinner? Enter, The Frittata! A frittata is an Italian dish that’s best described as a crustless egg pie. It’s often served for breakfast or brunch, but it works for dinner too. You can eat it at any temperature and it saves well: and it’s great for using up odds and ends in your veggie drawer.
Here’s a deliciously comforting recipe that makes your kitchen smell like a cozy diner: Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole! This tasty number is absolutely ideal as a make-ahead breakfast for dinner. It works cold, room temp or warm, so you can easily make it ahead. Leftovers stay good for days! It’s beautifully hearty, pairing cheesy hash browns with chili powder, garlic powder and cumin for massive savory flavor.
Need a great idea for a quick breakfast for dinner? Try this basic yet beyond satisfying Easy Breakfast Sandwich! There’s nothing better than fluffy eggs perched on a toasted English muffin with gooey cheese. The kicker for this one? A slather of smoky mayo brings an irresistibly savory undertone: and you can even skip the bacon.
Also try: Healthy Breakfast Sandwich
What’s better than a crispy-on-the-outside, fluffy-on-the-inside waffle warm from the griddle? Here’s your new go-to: the Best Easy Waffle Recipe. It’s simple to put together with that classic waffle house flavor, and works with a standard waffle maker or Belgian. When it comes to breakfast for dinner, we like to serve them savory style: with a fried egg and cheddar cheese.
When we don't know what to make for dinner, often we turn to scrambled eggs! Here are our secrets on how to make the best scrambled eggs! It's our time-tested technique of scraping the eggs into soft velvety folds of goodness. Every time we serve them, we hear a chorus of wow’s. Serve with toast or these Pan Fried Potatoes.
When it comes to brinner, biscuits and gravy is a comfort food standby. These biscuits and gravy are so full of flavor, you'd never know they're plant-based! The hearty gravy is rich and meaty, contrasted with the fluffy biscuits. You'll inhale these!
Adding a bit of creamy nut butter to pancakes is one of the best breakfast tricks in the book. It adds a savory, nutty flavor to flapjacks that’s absolutely irresistible! This peanut butter pancake recipe is ultra fluffy, and topped with bananas, maple syrup and another slather of peanut butter…it’s pretty heavenly.
Have you tried Savory Oatmeal? This recipe is the place to start! This makes a pot of chewy toasted oats that are irresistibly tasty. Top the bowl with a fried egg and garlicky sautéed kale, and the yolk makes a creamy sauce that covers everything in goodness.
Last up in our breakfast for dinner ideas, Oven Baked Eggs! It’s a simple way to make a special breakfast for dinner out of everyday ingredients. 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 sauteed spinach and mushrooms, or pico de gallo and cheddar.
More recipe ideas by type
There are lots more recipe ideas outside of our top 20 listed above. We’ve got breakfast recipes for special diets, easy recipes, healthy recipes, and more! Browse from these collections to find your perfect meal:
- All: Browse this list of 50 Breakfast Recipes to Power Your Morning
- Savory: Opt for 20 Savory Breakfast Ideas to Fuel Your Day
- Healthy: Go for 15 Healthy Breakfast Recipes
- Easy: Try 15 Easy Breakfast Ideas or 15 Make Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings
- By Diet: Try 20 Vegetarian Breakfast Ideas, 20 Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas or 15 Vegan Breakfast Ideas
- Eggs Only: Pick from our Top 10 Egg Recipes for Breakfast
20 Breakfast for Dinner Ideas: Breakfast Quesadilla & More!
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 1 quesadilla 1x
Need breakfast for dinner in a hurry? Try this tasty breakfast quesadilla recipe with scrambled eggs and cheddar!
- 2 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper
- 2 eggs*
- ¼ cup black beans
- 2 tablespoons butter, divided
- ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
- Fresh ground black pepper
- ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 6” tortillas (flour or corn)
- For dipping: Guacamole, salsa, and sour cream
- Dice the bell pepper. Whisk the eggs* in small bowl with a fork, and add the salt and pepper. Drain and rinse the black beans.
- Add 1 tablespoon butter to a small nonstick skillet and heat on medium until melted. Add the eggs to the pan and cook for about 1 minute until starting to firm up. When the eggs just start to set, use a flat spatula to slowly scrape sections of eggs, creating folds. Sprinkle on the black beans, bell pepper, and kosher salt. Keep cooking, scraping occasionally until eggs are fully cooked, about 2 minutes. Remove to bowl and set aside.
- Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter to the skillet and heat over medium high heat. Add a tortilla, half the shredded cheese, the scrambled eggs, remaining cheese, and the other tortilla. Cook 1 to 2 minutes per side, until browned and crispy. Cut into wedges and serve with guacamole and salsa for dipping.
*Step it up with chorizo-style eggs and add the following spices to the eggs while whisking: ¾ teaspoon chili powder, ¾ teaspoon garlic powder and ¾ teaspoon cumin.
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: Breakfast for dinner, Breakfast for dinner ideas
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