There is a time for flaky pastries that hide melty chocolate and almond paste—but exactly when that time can be a matter of debate.
Some of us wake up fixated on sweet dishes, with visions of pancakes buoyed on pools of syrup; others wake up craving salt and hot sauce and would rather save the sweet for later in the afternoon.
If you're the type of person who'd always choose a bacon-egg-and-cheese over pancakes, a scallion biscuit over a croissant, here are 36 of our best savory breakfast recipes for you.
Herby mushrooms and a custardy egg batter team up for a crowd-friendly dish that is anything but average.
If you like eggs and oatmeal separately, why not try them together in this umami-packed riff on risotto.
Yes, it's possible to make a grilled cheese even better (hint: just add a bagel).
You're less than five minutes away from the best hash browns of your life, thanks to this technique from food writer and editor Josh Ozersky.
This satisfying skillet recipe is the best way to use up leftover brown rice and that jar of canned tomatoes, if you ask us.
The only thing better than a bacon-egg-and-cheese sandwich? A broccoli-egg-and-cheese sandwich.
7. Boosted Jook
This contest-winning recipe for jook, a Chinese rice soup (that's also known as congee), can be served any time of day or night; at breakfast, we like it with a poached or fried egg.
Creamy, cheesy, and extra-eggy? Sign us up.
Don't let these flaky turnovers trick you into thinking they're for dessert—the tomato and cream cheese filling makes them a savory breakfast-worthy bite.
To achieve breakfast greatness, all you need are three simple ingredients: an egg, a bagel, and butter (oh, and a dash of salt and pepper).
Salt and vinegar chip fans, this one is for you.
This Chrissy Teigen-approved casserole is packed with all your breakfast favorites, like everything bagels, sausage, and eggs.
This herby riff on Georgian khachapuri (a cheese bread or pie) is one of our favorite ways to start the day.
In the mood for quiche but don't have what you need to make a crust? Try this cheesy smashed potato frittata from baking pro Erin McDowell.
This soft-scrambled tamago recipe is "every bit as good as promised," writes one reviewer. Why not give them a try one morning?
These onion- and potato-filled beauties are sprinkled with an everything bagel-inspired seasoning—perfect for an early morning bite.
"This one is a keeper," one reviewer said of these savory masa corn cakes with a zingy lime crema drizzle.
French toast goes the savory route thanks to a mashed avocado filling and hot sauce-spiked egg mixture.
This egg-y chicken hash recipe is great for using up any odds and ends in the fridge, like half a red pepper and a handful of green beans.
Another take on risotto for breakfast, this time with peas pulled straight from the freezer.
These quick and portable muffins have all your morning musts—eggs, ham, and the like—in just a few bites.
The spicy sweetness of the tomatoes and brightness of the mint make a delicious match with rich, runny egg yolks—don't forget crusty bread or pita for scooping up all that goodness.
This strata basically takes the ultimate bagel spread—complete with lox, capers, and dill—and combines it in one dish.
All that leftover fried rice needs to become breakfast is a bit of bacon and an egg, any style.
"Anything is better with a fried egg, and this mustardy, cheesy galette is no exception," one of our editors wrote when describing this breakfast-y galette. We couldn't agree more.
Get your daily fill of greens in this tasty, slow-cooked kale dish.
Fluffy biscuits, gooey cheddar, and mustardy greens—there's nothing not to love about this vegetarian-friendly breakfast sandwich.
Top these huevos rancheros any which way you like—avocado slices, sour cream, grated cheese, sky's the limit.
29. The BLT Benedict
Two classic dishes—eggs Benedict and BLT sandwich—join forces for a positively delicious breakfast or brunch.
Simple and oh-so satisfying, these breakfast tacos require little more than eggs, tortillas, and avocado to pull off.
For an umami-rich, two-bite breakfast in a hurry, make a batch of these soy sauce eggs and grab and go as needed.
32. Our Best Quiche
Consider this the quintessential quiche, buttery-flaky crust and all.
"The vegan answer to scrambled eggs, this easy dish is sure to become one of your meatless favorites," writes recipe developer Gena Hamshaw.
34. Pizza Omelet
It's just like eating pizza for breakfast—without actually heating yourself up a leftover slice.
You can't go wrong with this feta-flecked rendition of avocado toast.
Chorizo and paprika bring a wonderful smokiness to this hearty frittata.