30 All-Time Favorite Make-Ahead Breakfast Casseroles

Orange-Vanilla French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup
Photo: Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Mornings are usually the most hectic times of the weekday. Getting the entire family up on time, dressed, and out the door to work, school, or various appointments can be more difficult than we care to admit—and cooking up a nice breakfast is the last thing on our list. All too often, the most important meal of the day ends up being a slice of quick bread or a smoothie. It's no wonder the weekends are greeted with a long sigh! Weekend mornings should feel special and just a touch indulgent—that's where these make-ahead breakfast casseroles come in.

Make the most of lazy weekend mornings with a comforting breakfast casserole. Do the majority of the prep work the night before, then simply pop it in the oven the next morning while everyone is still sleeping. From pancake bakes to make-ahead egg casseroles, these easy recipes will carry you through a busy weekend. Your family will become a fan of weekend breakfast when you serve up one of these delicious make-ahead breakfast casseroles. And next weekend? Try some mouth-watering pancakes.

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Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Enchiladas
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Breakfast Casserole

Who says enchiladas are just for dinner? Flavored with bold Mexican flavors, like fresh red bell peppers, salsa verde, fresh cilantro, and chopped avocado, this make-ahead casserole is sure to wake everyone up.

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Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole

Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Smoky Sausage-and-Grits Casserole

You can assemble this cheesy grits casserole up to four days ahead, giving you a real jumpstart on your weekend planning.

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Creamy Egg Strata

Creamy Egg Strata
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata

A strata, similar to quiche and frittatas, is a rich mixture of eggs and cheese baked with buttered, cubed bread serving as a base. A mixture of Parmesan cheese and Swiss cheese pack a sharp punch, and dry white wine and chicken broth create an added layer of savory flavor.

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Praline-Pecan French Toast

Praline-Pecan French Toast

Recipe: Praline-Pecan French Toast

Oh yes, we did. We blended one of the South's most cherished desserts, Pecan Pralines, with one of its favorite breakfast foods—French Toast. Try it with French bread, challah, or Italian sweet bread for texture variety. Looking for a flavor variation? Try using pumpkin bread in the fall. Brew a pot of chicory coffee and your overnight guests will think they are waking up in New Orleans.

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Cheesy Sausage and Croissant Casserole

Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cheesy Sausage and Croissant Casserole

This casserole is rich, delicious, and worthy of a special holiday breakfast, but you don't need to wait for a houseful of company to prepare it. Gruyère cheese browns beautifully and adds a nutty flavor to the dish. You can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer.

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Sausage Gravy Casserole with Cheddar-Cornmeal Biscuits

Sausage Gravy Casserole with Cheddar-Cornmeal Biscuits
Greg Dupree; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Sausage Gravy Casserole with Cheddar-Cornmeal Biscuits

Our Test Kitchen developed this comforting recipe to be frozen ahead of time, which makes it perfect for holiday prep.

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Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana Bread French Toast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Banana Bread French Toast Casserole

Banana bread and French toast? This is one breakfast mashup we can totally get behind, especially when a homemade Honey-Banana Topping is involved.

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Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Victor Protasio

Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole

Smokey, savory country ham steaks are the ideal partner for buttery croissants in this ultimate make-ahead breakfast.

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Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Hash browns, sausage, eggs, and plenty of cheese, this recipe packs everything you love about a full breakfast into one dish.

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Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Causey

Recipe: Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole

You don't have to make this sweet breakfast casserole during the summer with fresh blueberries—frozen will work just fine.

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Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding

Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding

Recipe: Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding

Just when you thought breakfast casseroles couldn't get any easier, we made one that's made in the slow cooker.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole in a dish and on a plate
Photographer: Jen Causey, Prop Stylist: Christine Keely, Food Stylist: Ana Kelly

Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Bake

Grab a bag of frozen tater tots and a few pantry staples, and you've got a delicious breakfast even the pickiest eaters at your table will eat right up.

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Oven-Baked Buttermilk French Toast

Oven-Baked Buttermilk French Toast
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Oven-Baked Buttermilk French Toast

This big-batch French toast is delicious topped with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, a drizzle of maple sugar, and a side of fresh fruit.

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Shrimp and Grits Casserole

Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole

The crowning glory of this recipe is the extra pan sauce or "shrimp gravy." Save it so your family can pour a little extra over their serving of this remade classic recipe.

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

There's no smell more enticing than a batch of fresh cinnamon rolls fresh out of the oven, and this casserole recipe makes them even easier to serve.

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Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake

Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake

This is one of our Test Kitchen's all-time favorite breakfast casseroles they've ever developed, so you know it's holiday-worthy.

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Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole

Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Overnight Eggnog-French Toast Casserole

We can't think of a more festive recipe for Christmas morning than this sweet breakfast that's prepped a day in advance.

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Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata

Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata
Photo: Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Torie Cox; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke

Recipe: Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Pork Strata

Swap breakfast's usual bacon and sausage for slow-cooked pork chops for a savory breakfast that's out of this world with flavor.

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Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Recipe: Cinnamon-Pecan Breakfast Bread Pudding

Warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg makes this sweet-as-sugar breakfast ideal for the holiday season.

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Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole

Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Bacon-and-Tomato Breakfast Casserole

This slow-cooker casserole is delicious at breakfast, lunch, or dinner with a light green salad on the side.

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Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel

Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel Recipe
Hector Manuel Sanchez; Prop Styling: Karin Olsen; Food Styling: William Smith

Recipe: Pancake Bake with Cinnamon Streusel

This casserole is basically like a bread pudding recipe with pancakes as the base. A cinnamon-pecan streusel adds a nice crunch to every last bite.

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Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole

Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole Image
Southern Living

Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Casserole

Frozen biscuits speed up this breakfast favorite that's full of nostalgia.

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Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole

Need something to tide your little turkeys over before the big Thanksgiving meal? This seasonal breakfast casserole was made for fall.

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Christmas Morning Strata

Christmas Morning Strata
Southern Living

Recipe: Christmas Morning Strata

To prevent the kids from having all the candy from their stockings for breakfast, have a warm, cheesy breakfast casserole ready for Christmas morning.

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Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

Crock Pot Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole

This ultra-gooey, sweet breakfast casserole requires minimal hands-on time thanks to your trusty slow cooker.

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Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Recipe: Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Cutting into this slow-cooker casserole reveals beautiful layers of hash browns, sausage, veggies, eggs, and cheese.

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Waffle Casserole

Waffle Casserole
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Waffle Casserole

Frozen waffles get a whole new life as a breakfast casserole that can serve the whole family.

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One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

Recipe: One-Dish Blackberry French Toast

Although it looks and tastes impressive, this sweet breakfast comes together with a handful of store-bought ingredients.

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Pancake Casserole

Pancake Casserole
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Pancake Casserole

Nobody has time for flipping flapjacks by the stove all morning, so make this Saturday brunch classic ahead with a big-batch casserole.

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Overnight French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup

Orange-Vanilla French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup
Antonis Achilleo; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Overnight French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup

Our Test Kitchen just has one request for this recipe: Use the good stuff—only 100 percent pure maple syrup will get you the flavor this recipe was made to have.

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