Father's Day

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

From perfect pancakes to spicy shakshuka.

June  4, 2021
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 20 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.

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

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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.
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.
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.