Father's Day

28 Father’s Day Breakfast Recipes the Whole Family Will Love

From perfect pancakes to spicy shakshuka.

May 10, 2022
Photo by Julia Gartland

Father’s Day can feel like a hard one to get right. Do you plan a full schedule of activities? Do you let Dad relax? Do you take him out for dinner? Or do you cook him a nice meal? And what about a gift? Does he really need another grilling set? How about a salami bouquet? The options are at once completely overwhelming and totally limiting. Lucky for you, we've got some good news. As it turns out, all dads really wants is a great breakfast. 

Here are 28 never-fail morning meals to whip up for the father figure in your life this Father's Day—from apple and pork sausage (with a side of eggs, of course) to the perfect waffles and pancakes. Serving a homemade card alongside never hurts, either. 

1. Cinnamon Rolls

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Dads with a sweet tooth will absolutely love these ooey-gooey cinnamon rolls slathered in frosting, especially with a cup of fresh-brewed coffee on the side.  

2. Waffles

These waffles—with a moist, tender inside and golden-crisp exterior—are the kind you (and your dad) dream about, and they're an excellent alternative to the overnight yeasted kind (meaning you can make 'em morning-of).  

3. Pancakes

If your dad's more of a pancake person, make him a super-fluffy stack with this whole-wheat recipe (and don't forget to warm up the maple syrup). 

4. Breakfast Tacos

It's hard to go wrong with these riff-able breakfast tacos—they call for just a few ingredients, but you can add as many toppings as you like. Or better yet, set out a lineup of all sorts of extras and let your dad mix and match. 

5. Breakfast Fried Rice

This contest-winning breakfast fried rice couldn't be simpler to make, but there is one suggestion we'll make: double up the bacon (you can't go wrong). 

6.  Speculoos Breakfast Cake

For more of a dessert-for-breakfast vibe, bake this easy speculoos cake (if you've ever tasted Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, that's the flavor of speculoos cookies). This moist sheet cake, which tastes like rich, warm spices, thanks to the Cookie Butter in the batter, pairs perfectly with a hot cup of coffee or an ice cold brew

7. Apple & Pork Breakfast Sausage

Your dad will be oh-so-impressed that you made this sweet-yet-savory sausage all by yourself (you know, instead of just picking up a package from the store). Made with tart apples, plenty of herbs, Dijon mustard, and ground pork, this sausage can be made days ahead of the holiday and heated up the morning of. Our favorite way to serve it: alongside creamy scrambled eggs—with a bit of ketchup or hot sauce.

8. Shakshuka with Grains & Feta

This spicy, hearty shakshuka is the best way to kick off any Father's Day festivities. As a bonus, it's extra easy to make. The grains, tomato-y stew, and perfectly poached eggs all come together in one skillet, which means you'll spend less time doing the dishes and more time hanging out with dad.

9. Sharp Cheddar & Mustardy Greens Breakfast Sandwich

This isn't your average breakfast sandwich of dry scrambled eggs and floppy bread. This flavor-packed number gets its star power from Swiss chard—cooked until soft and tangy in mustard and heavy cream—along with sharp cheddar, perfect fried eggs, and fluffy biscuits.

10. Tofu Breakfast Scramble

This tasty tofu breakfast scramble is for all of you out there with vegan dads. It's packed with flavor thanks to garlic, nutritional yeast, and lots of spices, and still maintains that egg-y texture using a combination of extra-firm tofu and chopped vegetables. If you're feeling really ambitious, turn it into a breakfast burrito with tempeh bacon and fresh avocado.

11. Carla Hall's Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits

These are fluffy, flaky biscuits anyone (even first-timers!) can pull off, thanks to endlessly helpful tricks and tips from chef, and cookbook author, Carla Hall

12. Spinach Quiche

This spinach quiche is definitely a project—everything is carefully made from scratch, including the crust—but we can't think of a better (edible) gift to wake up to on Father's Day. 

13. Egg Sandwich With Mayo & Chile Paste

This five-ingredient egg sandwich might seem simple, but it's packed with flavor, thanks to a Calabrian chile-infused mayo, toasty bread, and runny fried eggs. We pretty much guarantee you'll be asked to serve up seconds. 

14. Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata

Pasta for breakfast? We can't think of anything better. "Have it hot, warm, at room temperature, or straight from the fridge the next day," says Big Little Recipes columnist Emma Laperruque, "(if a leftover pasta frittata sandwich with chile mayo is wrong, I don’t want to be right)."

15. Banana Bread Scones From Samantha Seneviratne

This Genius recipe from cookbook author and food stylist Samantha Seneviratne is the best of both worlds. "Think: all the comforts of banana bread, with more crunchy-sweet edges and fluffy, chocolate-spiked middles—and ready in, oh, about half the time."

16. Smashed Potatoes With Bacon & Eggs

Nickel & Dine columnist Rebecca Firkser takes a bacon and eggs breakfast to a whole new level with this recipe, featuring crispy smashed baked potatoes, a spicy-creamy sauce, and greens for good luck. Plus, it’ll feed a family of four for less than $10.  

17. Breakfast Casserole

“You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner, but have you met dinner for breakfast?” asks recipe developer Ella Quittner. “If not, allow me to formally introduce you to a morning-friendly dish that’s got the structure and heartiness of a proper casserole, with your favorite parts of breakfast.” This breakfast casserole is built like a lasagna, but has all the fillings of a breakfast plate (sausage, eggs, cheese, hash browns). Need we go on? Didn’t think so.

18. Latke, Egg & Cheese Sandwich 

This latke, egg, and cheese sandwich—which feels like it was practically made to please hungry dads—was actually born from a collaboration between the Manhattan restaurant B&H Dairy and Lawrence Weibman, also known as @nycfoodguy on Instagram. Whatever you do, don’t skip a generous drizzle of hot sauce and ketchup before eating.

19. Ham & Cheese Quiche With a Cheese Cracker Crust 

This ham and cheese quiche (with a Cheez-It crust!) is an ideal morning meal—because you can make the whole dang thing the day before. In fact, it’s actually better after it has time to rest. Get creative with the ham and cheese options if you’re feeling it: swap the Taylor Ham for crispy-salty bacon or even chopped prosciutto; and if Gruyere isn’t your thing, try cheddar, Gouda, or Monterey Jack instead.

20. Toast Frittata 

Another Nickel & Dine recipe, assigning editor Rebecca Firkser’s toast frittata is perfect for those lazy Sunday morning brunches: It takes just 15 minutes to put together and bakes while you’re brewing coffee. Bonus points: it’s just as good warm as it is cold, so there’s no pressure to serve it immediately after it comes out of the oven. As is always the case with this column, it’ll serve four, for just $10.

21. Cream Cheese Omelet With Everything Seasoning

Give Dad the best of both worlds—the flavor of an everything bagel with the luxury of a tender omelet—with this cheesy recipe.

Cream Cheese Omelet

22. Deviled Eggs With Crackly Bacon

Even if Dad isn’t much of a brunch guy, this mid-morning holiday staple has his name written all over it. Classic deviled eggs are each topped with a crispy strip of bacon, making us wonder why we haven’t been serving them this way all along.

Deviled Eggs

23. Double-Streusel Coffee Cake

Father’s Day calls for a better-than-average coffee cake. This one has an extra layer of streusel in the middle. It’ll convert every dad who insists that he doesn’t have a sweet tooth.

Double-Streusel Coffee Cake

24. Baked Challah French Toast

If Father’s Day is a full-blown affair in your house, a crowd-friendly breakfast recipe is in order. That’s where this French toast casserole comes in. “Topped with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup, the sweet strata makes a gorgeous centerpiece for any brunch gathering,” writes recipe developer Leah Koenig.

Baked Challah French Toast

25. Caramelized Cream Eggs

Dad deserves more than an ordinary serving of fried eggs for Father’s Day breakfast. Enter: these silky skillet eggs. Instead of frying eggs in oil or butter, they sizzle a puddle of heavy cream until the cream caramelizes and the whites are set.

Caramelized Cream Eggs

26. Avocado Toast

If Dad intends to spend Father’s Day going for a long hike or 30-mile bike ride, he might be thankful when you serve him something on the lighter side for breakfast, like this absolutely perfect slice of avocado toast. Use really good crusty seeded bread for the best bite.

Avocado Toast

27. Sweet & Spicy Sausage, Egg & Cheese

Want to make the father figure in your life feel really special? Make him a sausage, egg, and cheese sandwich. But here’s the real kicker: The sausage is entirely made from scratch using ground pork, fresh rosemary, ground allspice, garlic, and red chile flakes.

Egg & Cheese 

28. Crispy Potato, Egg & Cheese Tacos

Complete an early morning feast with hash browns, which instantly make any recipe here—from a sausage and egg sandwich to French toast—feel like a total holiday win. Here, eggs are cracked directly into the cheesy hash browns.

Potato, Egg, & Cheese Tacos

What are you making Dad (or the father figure in your life!) for breakfast this Father's Day? Tell us in the comments below!

This article was updated in May 2022 by our editors with even more delicious breakfast recipes for Dad!

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cpc June 12, 2022
Wow. So much drama on here. I was impressed with the great variety of options for all kinds of dads and definitely got ideas that I can tweak according to our tastes and food issues. I get that some people don't cook a lot and don't know how to do substitutions to existing recipes but Google can be a great resource for Diabetic friendly breakfast recipes or whatever it is you're looking for. Once you get the hang of it, substituting the things you can't eat for things you can, becomes a lot easier. I avoided all peppers for years because I can't digest bell peppers. It turns out that it's literally only bell peppers and I have found a number of other peppers that substitute perfectly. It just takes some research and practice to find what works for you.
Gail B. June 14, 2021
Clares husband needs to see a registered dietitian for the food aspect of diabetes. The RD could help you fit foods into your meal plan. Unfortunately the nurse practioner is limited in knowledge of food/carbs . You will also need to see a podiatrist, eye doctor and possibly a kidney doctor to check out all systems. Good luck and keep an open mind [and don't get medical information from an unreliable source]
Clare C. June 14, 2021
My husband does see all the doctors you list on a regular basis. As far as seeing a “registered dietician,” I’ve yet to find one who was any good at making realistic suggestions about diet. The entirety of their “assistance” is to exhort you to eat less and then charge you and your insurance, if you have coverage.
Kt4 June 14, 2021
I suspect a good psychiatrist would be helpful too, considering the everybody-is-out-to-get-me outlook.
Eugenie A. June 13, 2021
Smoked salmon avocado toast with roasted cherry tomatoes. Fresh squeezed 50/50 OJ and grapefruit juice. Hot coffee with cream.
carole G. June 13, 2021
Wow. get a job. these are some nice recipes. maybe just for normal people okay?
Gail B. June 13, 2021
Clare I feel sorry for your husband, as a diabetes educator basically all foods can fit-but portion control is a big thing. Need to have smaller portions. It appears that you and your husband could benefit from education from a diabetes educator and learn how to count carbs and have a diabetes plan. Please contact your physician and have him write a referral to a diabetes education center.
Clare C. June 13, 2021
My husband sees a nurse practitioner who is a diabetes educator and she told him to avoid carbs as much as possible, especially if he wanted to lose weight. IMO, “portion control” is a scam. You don’t tell an alcoholic to drink in moderation, do you? By definition, an addict (and carbs are addicting) can’t only have small amounts of the substance they are addicted to. That’s setting them up for failure.
Lori June 19, 2022
Comparing carbs to alcohol is ridiculous. My MIL was a diabetic from the age of 40 until she died 2 months short of her 95 birthday. She relied on portion control.h Her diabetic doctor never said to eliminate carbs all together. Said if she wanted to have bread for a meal, go for it, but then eliminate simple carbs the rest of the day.
Clare C. June 19, 2022
Since your MIL didn’t become diabetic until 40, I’m guessing she was Type Ii, which is a very different animal from Type I. My husband is Type I.
Clare C. June 13, 2021
My husband is a Dad and also follows a low carb diet because he is a diabetic. This is one sorry collection of recipes. Even traditionally low carb dishes like shashuka and frittatas are loaded up with carbs like grains, pasta and bread. The one dish that isn’t a blood sugar rush on a plate is the tofu, and no adult male should eat that because the high dose of estrogen is toxic for him.
Epic fail.
Danielle June 13, 2021
Tofu is not toxic for men. Plenty of men eat tofu and other soy-based products
Clare C. June 13, 2021
Tofu is high in estrogen, which is not good for an adult male. The fact that they eat despite its deleterious effects isn’t relevant. People with high blood pressure eat salt, too. Doesn’t make that good for them, either
Danielle June 13, 2021
Citations please. Here’s one I found really quickly for you https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0890623820302926
Clare C. June 13, 2021
Danielle June 13, 2021
This is an article from 2009 that was written by a journalist with no scientific background (although kudos on his swimming abilities) and also provides links on how to “banish your man boobs.”
RecipeCat June 13, 2021
While I won't speak for the multiple countries in Asia that eat tofu regularly, I can speak as a Japanese person. We eat tofu regularly - men and women. So... yeah. Hmmm.
This is usually when people who claim that tofu is bad for you, back track and start talking about GMOs. "It's not the soy... it's the GMO soy that's bad." Well if THAT was the point then say that from the start.
This was just a little article that lists indulgent dishes to cook on a special occasion. Is it really right to nitpick articles like this because it doesn't fit our unique and very specific needs? Perhaps the way algorithms have smartly catered to our tastes and needs have begun to spoil us in the way we consume content. We all seem to expect everything to check every box for every single one of us. That's simply not realistic.
Clare C. June 13, 2021
You’ll notice I said nothing about GMOs so I’m not sure why you brought that up.
As far as “individual tastes,” I’m not asking that the entire article feature low carb recipes. My point was that it contains none, and that even the few dishes that are usually low carb are needlessly full of carbs. Pretty much every recipe on this site is like that. I find what I hope is a good recipe, I read the ingredients and, sure enough, there is some form of sweetener slipped in the sauce and some grain that doesn’t need to be there. It’s frustrating even if you don’t have to avoid sugar but you just don’t want everything you eat to be sweet and carb heavy all the time. It must be that no one writing for this site has ever heard of umami.
Danielle June 13, 2021
So leave it out! Yeesh! I’m lactose intolerant and I’m not asking for every article to be made for me. Know your substitutions. A bunch of these recipes could be made low carb with little additional effort: breakfast tacos (you can get tortillas made of anything these days), shakshuka, apple pork sausage, spaghetti frittata (use zoodles), tofu scramble. Use these recipes as inspiration, not as a targeted attack on our diabetic community.
Clare C. June 13, 2021
A targeted attack on our diabetic community? Pointing out that the recipes published here don’t serve that community is an attack on that community? How?
Achefwannabe June 24, 2021
Clare, Danielle did not say that you pointing out the recipes here is an attack on the diabetic community. What she is saying is YOU are implying this recipe collaction is an attack on the diabetic commmunity.
Based on your response, vegetarians should be complaining about this collection as should vegans. The lactose intolerant (which Danielle claims to be) should be picketing in front of Food52's office. And those allergic to eggs, tree nuts, gluten and dairy should bring a class action lawsuit against Food52.
Where in the title of this article were you mislead about this being about diabetics?
Like Danielle said, use these recipes for inspiration and make what ever modifactions and substitutions are necessary to make them compatible to your family's needs. I'm sure there are blogs that cater specifically to a diabetic's.
Good luck and I hope your husband enjoyed his Father's Day.
Lori June 19, 2022
I must have missed the part of the headline that said the recipes were for dads with health problems. I’m 66 years old and my husband is 70. We eat lots of carbs because we are physically very active. My husband is pre-diabetic and his doctor has said that as long as he remains physically active, he needs to stick with the carbs. I find it concerning that you can’t read these recipes and determine how to make them diabetic friendly. Or here’s an idea, have one of these breakfasts and then decrease carbs the rest of the day.
Lori June 19, 2022
Have you tried jicama tortillas? Only ingredient is jicama—absolutely fantastic. Also good substitution for tortilla is lettuce leaves.
Clare C. June 19, 2022
This discussion was from 2021 by and I’d appreciate your not piling on with the rest of the people here a year later. It’s great your system works for you, but my husband is a Type I diabetic and exercise alone won’t control his blood sugar. And I still don’t understand all the hostility to asking for a few of the hundreds (thousands) of recipes on this site to be low carb. I think it would also be a great idea for them to have a few recipes for people who are vegetarians, vegans, lactose intolerant, etc. it’s the Internet and it’s not like there are space constraints.
JLGM June 8, 2021
Did any dads contribute to this list?
Cary May 27, 2019
Try the smothered Denver Burrito at that little place in Denver between Lincoln and Broadway. I think it's on Ellsworth or 2nd St.
Best breakfast ever, wish I were there.