Our 50+ Best Brunch Recipes
Over 50 of our very best brunch recipes to please a hungry crowd, all in one place. From sweet to savory to coffee to cocktails, we’ve got it all. Scroll through to learn about each recipe, including dietary info and make-ahead options. Click on your favorites, and don’t forget to pin this post on Pinterest to come back to again and again.
Our best brunch recipes, all in one place
You guys, the thing is, I really like brunch. I can’t say I exactly noticed this happening over the years, but SEVERAL of Umami Girl’s heaviest hitter recipes of all time are brunchworthy. Lots of these recipes have become family favorites for longtime readers. (Including — true fact — one of our best friends almost served us our banana bread as her banana bread. Nothing in the world makes me happier than that.)
I’m finally putting all our best brunch recipes all in one place for you, so you can browse, pick something that looks good for this weekend, your next party, or even the holidays — and get cooking.
No matter your style, you’ll find a few new favorites in the mix. Promise.
There's no more classic brunch fare than quiche, and we're so happy it's stood the test of time. A little retro, a little modern, a lot convenient for feeding a crowd with all your prep done in advance. Here are our favorites.
Quiche Lorraine is as classic as it gets, and we think that's a great thing. After much hemming and hawing and testing, our winning Quiche Lorraine recipe uses plenty of bacon and Gruyere, a low oven temperature to keep the filling tender, and a good-quality pre-made pie crust to keep this dish easy enough to make on a regular basis (or for a special occasion where you're making lots of other things, too). You can bake it right alongside our Quiche Florentine, too.
Spinach Quiche (Quiche Florentine)
Spinach quiche (Quiche Florentine) is a nice, classic, hearty vegetarian option for a brunch buffet that also works well for lunch or dinner. This dish is make-ahead friendly to the point that it actually improves with a little rest. (Don’t we all?)
Big-Deal Kale and Pancetta Quiche
This epic kale and pancetta quiche recipe, adapted from Michael Ruhlman's Ratio, is purported to be the "world's sexiest pie." It's definitely a big deal. It feeds approximately ten thousand people (okay, give or take). If you're in the mood for a showstopper, serve this.
Right, so. In the world of brunch (and in the world in general), bacon gets its own category. Here are all our best tips and tricks for making bacon for a crowd. Psst...The oven is your friend.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
I won’t waste your time telling you bacon is good. I mean, hi. You know bacon is good. Bacon in the oven, though? Bacon in the oven is GREAT. It’s easy and hands-off and consistent, and it works for a few or a crowd. Here's how to cook it.
Keto, Paleo, Gluten-free
Speaking of classics with a retro/modern vibe, deviled eggs have a special place in our hearts. Turn them into a buffet bar that's basically a party in itself, go basic with our classic recipe, or make something stunning with one of our specialty versions like BLT or Bagel and Lox Deviled Eggs. We're showcasing a few of our favorites here, and you can find our entire deviled eggs archive right here.
Keto, Gluten-free options Vegetarian options
From basic (and basically perfect) to a little out-there, let us meet your deepest pancake needs.
A Fabulous Basic Pancake Recipe + Tips for the Best Pancakes
This post is an absolute can't-miss. This wonderfully fluffy, crowd-pleasing, basic pancake recipe is just perfect dressed down with butter and pure maple syrup. It's also very flexible and accommodates pretty much any toppings or mix-ins your heart desires. Plus, protips for making the best pancakes at home.
Zucchini Bread Pancakes
Zucchini bread pancakes are a brunch dream. They're lightly sweet and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. They're zucchini bread but without the hour in the oven, basically. And they're a great way to use up a lot of zucchini in not a lot of time.
Waffles and French Toast
Just like with pancakes, we love a wide variety of waffle recipes. Our basic recipe is a can't-miss, both for the recipe itself and for all the tips and tricks in the post. And when you're looking for something a little crazier, we've got savory and sweet options to please a crowd.
A Fabulous Basic Waffle Recipe + Tips for the Best Waffles
We adore this flexible basic waffle recipe, which produces fluffy, delicious waffles every time. Plus, protips for making the best waffles at home.
We've got a dozen eggs, and ain't no stoppin' us now. A frittata is infinitely customizable and make-ahead friendly. It's perfect for a low-key brunch.
Broccolini Cheddar Bacon Frittata (+ How to Jazz Up a Frittata in 30 Seconds)
This frittata recipe with broccolini, cheddar, and bacon is the bomb. But wait, there's more! Learn how to turn a frittata into a party by getting it all decked out in about 30 seconds.
Super-Savory Frittata with Potato, Shiitake and Garlic Scapes
Here's a super-satisfying frittata with potato, shiitake mushrooms and garlic scapes. It's even got briny capers and a generous sprinkle of pecorino cheese.
Whether fried or baked, you can't go wrong with a big platter of donuts on your brunch table. Here are a couple of our very favorites.
Glazed Homemade Donuts with a Hint of Gingerbread Spice
Homemade donuts are easier than you think. These glazed beauties have a hint of gingerbread spice, which is perfect for the holidays or whenever the craving strikes.
Easy Baked Apple Cider Donuts with Whole Wheat Flour
Let's be honest. Some baked donuts are just stupid cakes with a hole in the middle. Not these, though. These baked apple cider donuts please a crowd. If they're a little better for ya, so be it.
Elegant and/or Hollandaise-drizzled brunch recipes
If you're hosting a smaller group and don't mind working a bit at the last minute, these recipes are among our very favorites for brunch. Blender Hollandaise Sauce is sheer perfection, and it's very easy to make. We've also got tips for perfect poached eggs every time.
Prosciutto Eggs Benedict with Blender Hollandaise Sauce
Brunch doesn't get better than Eggs Benedict — except maybe when you make your Benedict with prosciutto. Our five-minute, five-ingredient blender Hollandaise sauce makes this a truly easy meal.
5-Minute, 5-Ingredient Blender Hollandaise Sauce: A Fabulous Party Trick
Blender Hollandaise, made with five ingredients in 5 minutes with a stick/immersion blender, is easy as heck and actually really hard to screw up. It's one of those smart-person party tricks — dare I say life hacks? — that makes you look impressive without really requiring much skill. Try it on asparagus, prosciutto eggs Benedict, or Carluccio's-style eggs Florentine.
Quick breads, Muffins, and Coffee cake
Baked treats to share with a happy crowd. We don't really do fussy baked goods ever, and certainly not for brunch. These recipes are easy to make and totally satisfying.
The Best Banana Bread Recipe (with Chocolate Chips)
This recipe is a one-bowl wonder that’s just the thing when you could use a little comfort food with some nutritional saving grace: Less sugar. More banana. Dark chocolate. Walnuts. And a one-bowl, no-fuss spirit that makes it a thing of beauty.
Blueberry Overload Coffee Cake Recipe with Streusel Topping
This is our absolute favorite coffee cake. While it's originally designed to help process an overabundance of blueberries, it also works great with frozen ones if you can't (or simply would rather not) live without it in the winter.
Vegan Pumpkin Muffins, with or without Cream Cheese Frosting
You'd never know these pumpkin muffins are vegan based on their taste or texture. You can leave them nude or frost them with your favorite frosting. They're great either way.
Something truly epic and truly random
Look, let's just allow the following brunch item to speak for itself, shall we? It tastes fabulous and will certainly be the talk of the town.
Smörgåstårta Recipe (Savory Swedish Sandwich Cake)
To be honest, Smörgåstårta is just a really good, party-ready sandwich. That it happens to be Swedish, and styled like a cake, and super-retro and totally fabulous? That's all just — as they say — bonus material included.
An epic brunch casserole and more great egg recipes
Easy Vegetarian Make-Ahead Breakfast Casserole
This wonderfully savory make-ahead breakfast casserole is brimming with vegetables. It’s perfect to feed a crowd at a festive brunch. You can prepare this dish a day in advance, store it in the fridge, and bake it in the morning. There's no wonder it's been one of our most popular recipes for years.
Fried Eggs with Creamed Spinach and Toast Soldiers
This satisfying meal of fried eggs with creamy spinach and toast soldiers makes a great brunch. Easily scale it down or up to suit your crowd.
Vegetarian, Gluten-free option
Easy Migas (Tex-Mex Scrambled Eggs and Tortillas)
A quick and easy migas recipe with pepper and onion-studded scrambled eggs, corn tortillas, salsa and cheese. Hearty brunch doesn't get better! The original recipe is for one very hungry person, but you can scale it up as much as you like to suit your crowd.
Vegetarian, gluten-free option
Oats, Sweet and Savory
There's no wrong way to do oatmeal. Though we often think of it as workday food, It's great for a crowd on brunch day, too. Whether dairy-swirled or vegan, sweet oats are always great. And if you haven't tried savory oats, don't wait one minute more.
Savory Oatmeal with Shallots and Spinach
This umami-rich savory oatmeal recipe with shallots and spinach makes a great brunch. The recipe here is for one hearty breakfast portion, but it scales beautifully, so you can double it or more if you like. Brunch guests will eat less if there are lots of options on offer.
Creamy Vegan Oatmeal with The Works
Here's a great recipe for a quick and easy creamy vegan oatmeal with peanut butter, berries, flax, dessicated coconut. These toppings work great together if you don't feel like brainstorming your own combos. And though the recipe is vegan, it's creamy and satisfying enough to please a wide variety of eaters.
Toppings for Yogurt or Oatmeal
Set out a variety of yogurt flavors and styles (or just a big pot of our perfect oatmeal recipe) along with one or more of these crowd-pleasing toppings.
Homemade Granola with Coconut, Almonds, and Cherries
This easy homemade granola recipe makes a nice big batch and keeps for weeks. Toss a handful onto a bowl of Greek yogurt and call it breakfast.
Brunch Cocktails and Cold Brew
Coffee and cocktails are equally important at brunch. We've rounded up a few of our light, bubbly, day-drinking favorites — one of which is coffee and cocktail combined.
Aperol Spritz Recipe: Classic Cocktails
I’ve loved this light and refreshing aperitif for years. Like Aperol itself, it originates in Italy and is one of those classic recipes that transports you to an early evening in summer, sitting at a cafe table in a piazza, feeling the slightest bit tipsy and watching beautiful people go by. Not the worst feeling to induce at brunch.
Mom's Italian Soda: A Campari and Prosecco Cocktail
A Campari and Prosecco Cocktail. Sometimes Mom (and Dad!) just need an "Italian soda." This simple and sophisticated Prosecco cocktail hits the spot for brunch.
Perfect Cold-Brewed Iced Coffee
Perfect cold-brewed iced coffee is easier than you think. And at *least* as important. With this easy overnight method, you'll brew a smooth, satisfying coffee concentrate in a French press, and it will be waiting for you to press and pour in the morning.
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