Easy Southern Breakfast Ideas So Good You'll Never Do Cereal Again
Nothing helps us get up and at ‘em like a warm bakeshop-worthy blueberry muffin, bacon-studded scrambled eggs, or the ultimate Southern classic for when we’re feeling extra snacky and craving something comforting: warm, fluffy buttermilk biscuits smothered in sausage gravy. It might be just us, but bran flake cereal and plain yogurt just doesn’t inspire the same excitement to take on the day. That’s why we’re happy to invest a couple extra minutes to turn out a way more exciting breakfast, at least a few times a week.
For weekdays, we’d suggest our big-batch baked oatmeal that’ll feed you for days or our family-favorite cheesy hash brown casserole that everyone loves. Saturday and Sunday mornings? Go all out, starting with more than one of these easy Southern breakfast recipes and ending with a lazy walk outside or late-afternoon nap on the couch. You’ll find everything on this list to satisfy your biggest breakfast daydreams with minimal effort, including perfect pancakes, egg-filled bakes, healthy oats, sweet breads, and—of course—all the biscuits.
Here are 36 super easy Southern breakfast and brunch ideas for you and your family to enjoy every morning.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
We're coming out with one of our most crowd-pleasing breakfast recipes of all time. A bag of frozen shredded hash browns can work wonders.
Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese
Everyone's favorite to-go breakfast sandwich just got an at-home sheet-pan makeover. Bake and slice to fit into any biscuits of your choice, store-bought or otherwise. May we suggest these classic Southern angel biscuits?
Recipe: Pancake Casserole
Say hello to the easiest show-stopper of sweet breakfast foods. The playful twist on pancakes bakes into warm, buttery perfection that the whole family will love.
Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Grits
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Buttermilk Grits
Words we love to hear: "Set it and forget it." Serve with toppings like shredded cheese, over-easy or scrambled eggs, wilted greens, and crispy bacon. Oh, and keep the slow cooker warm—because they'll be going back for seconds.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon
Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon
Cooking bacon on a sheet pan in the oven ensures ultimate crisp and mess-free prep, and this recipe takes things up a notch with sweet-and-spicy kick á la brown sugar and cayenne pepper.
Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel
Any berry means you can just use whatever you have in your fridge, which makes baking these fruit-filled streusel muffins easy as pie.
Crustless Ham and Collard Greens Quiche
Don't like to mess with making a pie crust? Enter a simpler take on quiche that skips the crust altogether and fills you up for the day with ham and greens.
No-Bake Granola Bars
Recipe: No-Bake Granola Bars
You'll never go back to store-bought after making these no-bake breakfast bars that we also find ourselves doubling as an afternoon snack and dessert. Feel free to add anything you're craving, like coconut, nuts, or dark chocolate chips; or try out one of the three different variations at the bottom of the recipe.
Huevos Rancheros Bake
Recipe: Huevos Rancheros Bake
Put a little Tex-Mex in your step with this quick skillet recipe for huevos rancheros that is gloriously layered with cheese, refried beans, corn tostadas (or crispy toasted tortillas if you don't have tostadas!), red enchilada sauce, and—of course—eggs. Serve with fixings like avocado, hot sauce, and sour cream.
Classic Belgian Waffles
Recipe: Classic Belgian Waffles
Everyone needs a dependable waffle recipe under their belt. This one is nice and thick, soft on the inside, and lends the perfect subtle crunch on the first bite. Top with berries, butter, and maple syrup.
Fried Skillet Potatoes
Recipe: Fried Skillet Potatoes
This quintessential recipe works from brunch to dinner. While we prefer to keep the spices around even when pairing with fried eggs and bacon, you can omit them to opt for simpler crispy potatoes.
Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
Recipe: Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
If you crave blueberry muffins from your local bakery or coffee shop, put the car keys down. This berry-studded recipe is as good—no, better—than anything you can get out there.
Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
Recipe: Sausage Gravy and Biscuits
It'd be wrong not to include this signature Southern dish—not just because everyone loves it, but also because sausage gravy is generally quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients. We won't tell if you pair with frozen biscuits from time to time.
Recipe: Baked Oatmeal
This hearty big-batch oatmeal recipe will feed you and your family many a breakfast. Pecans and apples add a nice crunch, while cinnamon and raisins give a touch of sweetness. Top each helping with options like more nuts, berries, dried cranberries, or sliced bananas if desired.
Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits
We couldn't leave this all-time best recipe off the list. Tender-soft and golden-topped, these buttermilk biscuits are Mama's secret weapon to happy campers all around.
Spicy Bisquick Sausage Balls
Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Get everything you love about cinnamon rolls and French toast, but without all the hassle. The simplicity of a casserole is a breakfast game-changer.
Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche
Recipe: Bacon-Hash Brown Quiche
We like to keep things interesting, so we replaced the usual pastry shell with a golden crust made from shredded potatoes and bacon. And trust us, you won't regret it.
Recipe: Bacon Pancakes
Salty and sweet is a combination we'll never get tired of. Pour simple pancake batter over cooked pieces of bacon for the mash-up of your dreams.
Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
Recipe: Blueberry Overnight Oatmeal
This hearty and healthy breakfast option is one of our favorites to take on the go. Stir all the ingredients into a Mason jar and add additional toppings in the morning, such as more berries, peanut butter, or sliced bananas.
Golden Beet-and-Potato Breakfast Bake
Beets add color and extra flavor to skillet hash browns in this hearty one-pan breakfast that makes quite the brunch standout.
Baked Buttermilk French Toast
Recipe: Baked Buttermilk French Toast
You won't find a more decadent breakfast casserole to serve your brunch crew. Not only does it make French toast feel super low maintenance, but we also added just a hint of lemon zest and juice to offset the sweetness perfectly.
Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole
Made with warm biscuits and delicious, creamy sausage gravy, you might never go back to the country breakfast joint after trying this comforting casserole. Plus, using store-bought frozen biscuits makes it oh-so simple to make in a jiff.
Sweet Potato Toast
Recipe: Sweet Potato Toast
If you’re trying to avoid gluten or bread, consider trying this newer trend on the brunch food scene, which is basically just piling all of your toast-topping favorites over thin, no-oil-needed oven-roasted slices of sweet potatoes.
Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Recipe: Cinnamon Coffee Cake
A little mixing, a little pouring, and a lot of butter are all you need to turn out a darn good coffee cake, and this one features a cinnamon ripple that is guaranteed to please.
Homemade Orange Rolls
Recipe: Homemade Orange Rolls
Using your muffin tin to make orange rolls is the smartest thing we've heard all day, especially for anyone who has struggled before with making perfectly round rolls in a baking dish. As far as ingredients go, these melt-in-your-mouth rolls are pretty simple to make.
Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole
Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Grits Casserole
We'll take anything and turn it into a casserole, and that definitely goes for melty, cheesy grits. This brunch-worthy recipe pairs well with crispy, salty bacon, if we do say so ourselves.
Spring Vegetable Frittata with Feta Cheese
A frittata is the best way to make eggs for a crowd that goes beyond scrambled. Feel free to fill with whatever veggies you have on hand, from tomatoes to spinach to roasted red peppers. Top with crumbled feta or goat cheese.
Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins
It basically goes like this: Handy muffins with the cinnamony flavor of snickerdoodle cookies and the novelty of doughnut holes. Enough said.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Everything you could want out of breakfast wrapped up into a single casserole dish that incorporates flaky, buttery croissants. The Gruyére cheese alone makes us swoon.
Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas
This beats your same old omelette every time. Make this big-batch Mexican casserole the night before and pop in the oven to bake in the morning to feed a crowd.
Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Cornmeal and buttermilk ensure that this breakfast cake isn't too sweet to enjoy with your cup of coffee. From there, blueberries and lemon make it burst with freshness.
Recipe: Country-Ham-and-Egg Toasts
Upgrade your time-tested jelly toast with this savory version topped with crispy ham strips, hard-boiled eggs, and Parmesan cheese. Hint: Sourdough bread makes all the difference.