The 51 Best Recipes to Bring Those Sunday Brunch Vibes Home
These sweet and savory brunch recipes are ready for the weekend.
For me, the hardest thing about brunch has always been deciding whether I'm in the mood for something savory or sweet. Normally, I'd stare at the menu for 15 minutes until the server comes around and I'm forced to make a snap decision. These days, I stare into the fridge and let the ingredients I have on hand dictate what I'm going to make.
In the last few weeks, pancakes, waffles, and scrambled eggs with sausage have all made it to my Sunday brunch table. But after weeks of rotating through my tried-and-true stalwarts, I think it's time to mix things up.
So I rounded up our 51 best brunch recipes, from shakshuka focaccia and everything bagel casserole to chocolate babka French toast and cinnamon buns. In the weekends to come, I'll be working my way through this list, mixing and matching the recipes with these easy breezy brunch cocktails. Join me.
1. The BLT Benedict
This BLT eggs Benedict combines my favorite brunch dish (don't hold back on the hollandaise) with one of my favorite sandwiches—the ultimate win-win.
2. Nori & Sesame Avocado Toast
Classic avocado toast, with an umami twist.
3. Our Best Quiche
The platonic ideal of a quiche—flaky crust, creamy custard filling and all.
4. Red Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Crispy-spicy-cheesy chilaquiles, where have you been all my life? (Psst: right here.)
5. Cacio e Pepe Biscuits
Ultra-fluffy biscuits become even more magical with the addition of pecorino cheese and lots of black pepper.
6. Croque Madame Hot Dish
Hotdish (a Midwestern term for casserole) and croque madame team up for the ultimate family-style breakfast: toast layered with creamy béchamel sauce, ham, and Gruyère cheese, with a few eggs on top.
7. Pumpernickel Focaccia with Lox & Schmear
This tender pumpernickel focaccia is basically one giant bagel—top it however you like, but I'm partial to lox, schmear, red onions, and capers.
8. Pizza Omelet
Pizza for brunch? Yes, please.
9. Mushroom, Kale, and Sausage Strata
This simple yet satisfying strata makes the most of your leftovers. Toss in that soon-to-be-stale bread, the last of your kale and mushrooms (or any other veggies you have on hand), mix in a couple of beaten eggs, and you're in business.
10. Chrissy Teigen's Everything Bagel Cream Cheese Breakfast Bake
If, like Chrissy Teigen (and me), you think everything bagel spice is the bomb, give this casserole a shot. It's technically a breakfast dish, but you know as well as I do that it would be perfect for brunch.
11. Menemen (Turkish Scrambled Eggs with Tomatoes and Peppers)
This tomatoey egg dish is typically served with Turkish simit, but any crusty bread will play nicely.
12. Julia Turshen's Olive Oil-Fried Eggs with Yogurt & Lemon
This Genius-approved method for frying eggs is quick, repeatable, and totally satisfying—what more could your brunch want?
13. Shakshuka Focaccia
One reviewer of this shakshuka-inspired focaccia recipe wrote: "I want.....to live......inside......this recipe." Honestly, same.
14. Spanakopita Scones
You can prep these spanakopita scones ahead of time and keep the dough in the freezer. Bake them about 15 minutes before you're ready to serve brunch, and they'll be toasty-warm by the time everyone sits down to eat.
15. Smashed Potato & Ramp Frittata
Ramp season comes and goes in the blink of an eye, so if they're not available, don't worry—leeks make an excellent swap.
16. Egg Sandwich With Mayo & Chile Paste
Six ingredients (including salt) and less than 10 minutes gets you the ultimate egg sandwich, which I'll happily eat any time of day, but especially at brunch.
17. Dyers Island Lobster Hash
Make your homemade brunch feel extra special with a bit of lobster (I promise you won't regret it).
18. Hot Chicken & Jalapeño Bacon Cheddar Waffle
This hot chicken and jalapeño bacon-cheddar waffle won our recipe contest for "The Best Thing I Ate This Year," and I am so not surprised. I mean, how could something that beautiful be anything but sublimely tasty?
19. Ham, Egg, & Gruyère Galette Complète
This ham, egg, and cheese galette might look (and taste) fancy-schmancy, but it's actually very easy to make.
20. Potato Chip Tortilla Española From Ferran Adrià
This potato chip tortilla comes together in 15 minutes flat, which means you can have brunch on the table in a snap.
21. Pesto Brown Rice Bowl with Quick-Pickled Radishes
If the weekend got the best of you, this hearty pesto brown rice bowl with tangy radishes and soft-boiled eggs will help you recharge.
22. 8-Layer Breakfast Sandwich
This eight-layer sandwich takes a little bit of effort to put together, but trust me when I say it's so worth it.
23. Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata
With a few handy tricks and ingredients, a classic Roman pasta becomes this brunch-worthy frittata.
24. Tuffy Stone's Grilled Pork Chops with Chile Ketchup & Eggs
If you've got a grill, why not fire it up to make these pork chops with scrambled eggs and a homemade ketchup that packs a fiery punch.
25. Green Shakshuka With Cheese Recipe
In case you couldn't tell, this vibrant shakshuka is all about the greens—spinach, leeks, parsley, scallions, you name it.
26. A Perfect California Breakfast Burrito
This breakfast burrito with all the fixings (roasted potatoes, bacon, and pico de gallo for starters) makes a most soul-satisfying brunch dish—especially when it's paired with a Michelada.
27. Chrissy Teigen’s French Toast Casserole With Salted Frosted Flakes
Chrissy Teigen comes through with another brunch-perfect casserole—this time, with French toast and crunchy Frosted Flakes.
28. Cynthia Chen McTernan’s Buttermilk Mochi Pancakes
"These pancakes will taste richer, more buttermilk-y, and more complete in any side-by-side taste test—all thanks to one little ingredient switcheroo," says Kristen Miglore, our resident Genius. Can you guess what it is?
29. Raspberry Toaster Strudel
I get unreasonably excited about these raspberry toaster strudels, a homemade riff on the frozen breakfast pastry I loved oh-so much as a kid.
30. Vanilla Berry Baked Oatmeal
You'd never guess that this vegan-friendly baked oatmeal comes together with just a few simple stirs.
31. Currant Rosemary Scones
I'm a fan of every single thing that Ovenly—a beloved New York City bakery—makes, and these currant rosemary scones are no exception.
32. Chocolate Babka French Toast
The absolute best way to use up leftover chocolate babka: turn it into French toast.
33. Lemon Rosemary Muffins
The secret to these muffins' light and delicate texture? Olive oil and crème fraîche.
34. Fudgy Vegan Banana-Brownie Cake You Can Eat for Breakfast
Or, you know, brunch.
35. David Eyre's Pancake
With almost 200 comments attesting to it, it's safe to say this blissful pancake is a brunch winner.
36. Violet Bakery's Cinnamon Buns
These Genius cinnamon buns get their magic from a quick bread-style technique that makes them speedier than their slower-rising cousin, the cinnamon roll.
37. Toasted Pecan Yogurt
"We had this for breakfast this morning and thought it was such a nice change from our usual yogurt with some fruit thrown into the mix," writes one reviewer.
38. Lemony Cheese Blintzes
Light, lemony, and just-the-right-amount-sweet, these cheese blintzes are what breezy brunch dreams are made of.
39. Nigel Slater’s Raspberry Ripple Sandwich
This sandwich has been described as a "joyously messy experience." Consider me sold.
40. Bell-less, Whistle-less, Damn Good French Toast
You don't need much to make damn good French toast—just challah, eggs, heavy cream, and butter. Oh, and maple syrup, of course.
41. Leila Lindholm’s Classic Swedish Cinnamon & Cardamom Buns
These Swedish buns are soft, gooey, and well worth the time and care they take to make.
42. Our Best Apple Muffins
It took more than a few tries to get the apple muffins juuust right, so I can say with certainty that they really are the best.
43. Tahini-Chocolate Chunk Overnight Oats
A hands-off brunch dish you can completely prepare the night before? Count me in.
44. Blueberry & Cherry Buckle With Cornmeal–Poppy Seed Streusel
A dollop of whipped cream and a cup of hot coffee for sipping are the only finishing touches this divine blueberry and cherry buckle needs.
45. Rhubarb Almond Crumb Cake
Bake up this rhubarb cake the night before and enjoy a slice right around brunch time.
46. Cocoa Coffee Granola & Creamy Cold Brew Bowls
Combine granola and creamy cold brew for a fresh new take on cereal you'll slurp down to the bottom of the bowl.
47. Croissant Rolls
Why make individual croissants when you can make a whole loaf.
48. Sweet Vegan Chickpea Crêpes
These vegan-friendly crêpes are ready in a cinch, but they'll still feel like a special treat.
49. Warm & Gooey Citrus Pudding
Use your favorite citrus in this warm, gooey pudding—grapefruit, lemon, blood orange, sky's the limit.
50. Roasted Jam
Keep this roasted jam handy at brunch for spreading on toast, English muffins, and more.
51. Toasty Brown Butter Steel-Cut Oats
One extra step—toasting the oats—pays off big time in adding an extra level of sweet, nutty flavor to the finished dish.
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