35 Easy Thanksgiving Brunch Recipes for a Stress-Free Holiday
The holidays tend to warrant a house full of overnight guests. Don’t get us wrong, we love hosting for holidays, but we also know feeding your guests can bring unwanted stress! Mornings with holiday company can be made much easier with our Thanksgiving breakfast recipe ideas. Our make-ahead casseroles provide a quick alternative to making an entire Thanksgiving breakfast spread. Simply brew a piping hot pot of your favorite coffee blend, set the table (we've got plenty of ideas!) and warm up your pre-made casserole, bread, or morning cake in the oven. Easy as that, and you’re ready to host a delicious Thanksgiving brunch. If your guests prefer a more protein-packed start to the morning, we’ve included strata, baked egg dishes, and quiche for a more savory taste. Even the hungriest holiday guests will be satisfied with these quick and easy breakfast recipes.
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast Casserole
Certainly a crowd-pleaser, this overnight breakfast casserole gets started the night before Thanksgiving.
Recipe: Breakfast Enchiladas
Roll together your ingredients and refrigerate the night before for a no-hassle morning meal.
Orange-Vanilla French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup
Whether you add bourbon or not, be sure to choose the good stuff: 100% pure maple syrup.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
We added bacon and cheese to this dish for the ultimate shrimp and grits casserole.
Recipe: Biscuits-and-Gravy Skillet
We’ll take these fluffy homemade biscuits with extra gravy.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Take classic pumpkin muffins to the next level wth a streusel topping.
The Big Cinnamon Roll
Recipe: The Big Cinnamon Roll
This gigantic cinnamon roll is just as delicious as it looks. Plus, it's kid approved and party ready.
Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Marble Bread
These marble loafs are made for holiday mornings. Slice and serve, though we wouldn't blame you if there were a piece or two missing by the time these make it to the table.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
This cheesy breakfast bake combines two of our favorite things: sausage and hashbrowns.
Best-Ever Sticky Buns
Recipe: Best-Ever Sticky Buns
We call dibs on licking the spoon! This sugary treat is just want your Thanksgiving brunch bunch needs.
Recipe: Baked Oatmeal
Leave the indulgence for later in the day. This healthy oatmeal can be filled with your favorite seasonal fruits.
Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Don't let your slow cooker miss out on the fun. While your other appliances set the scene for dinner, let your slow cooker work on breakfast.
Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
This savory tater tot breakfast dish will hold you over until Thanksgiving dinner.
Fried Chicken Biscuits with Rosemary Hot Honey
We can't let a holiday go by without a little something fried.
Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
Recipe: Bakeshop Blueberry Muffins
These fluffy homemade blueberry muffins will save you a trip to the bakery.
Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake
Recipe: Cheesy Ham, Corn, and Grits Bake
This easier twist on a soufflé is sure to wake up guests with a smile.
Recipe: Tomato-Herb Frittata
Not sure what to feed vegetarian guests? This frittata is filled with fresh herbs and tomatoes.
Huevos Rancheros Bake
Recipe: Huevos Rancheros Bake
Thanksgiving guests will be asking for seconds of this hearty Tex-Mex bake. Just remind them that dinner is coming sooner than they think.
Country Ham Hash
Recipe: Country Ham Hash
Invite sleepy Thanksgiving guests down to the kitchen with these holiday-worthy breakfast potatoes.
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
Juicy and refreshing, this customizable fruit salad is just what your brunch table needs.
Recipe: Blueberry-Cornmeal Cake
Top this scrumptious blueberry cake with a dollop of whipped cream.
Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese
This breakfast sandwich is a breeze to build. Start with homemade biscuits and add egg, sausage, and your favorite toppings.
Creamy Egg Strata
Recipe: Creamy Egg Strata
This dreamy egg strata is worth waking up for.
Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Recipe: Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Get the kiddos involved in making these sticky sweet treats.
Recipe: Biscuit Beignets
A sugar rush for brunch? Count us in!
Fried Skillet Potatoes
Recipe: Fried Skillet Potatoes
Skillet potatoes are so easy to make. Add eggs and bacon for an ultimate savory dish.
Blueberry Coffee Cake
Recipe: Blueberry Coffee Cake
There’s nothing simpler or more elegant that pulling a coffee cake out of the oven just in time for morning brunch. Sunlight streaming through the windows, a cup of coffee steaming on the counter, and plates gleaming on the table, ready for a slice of this crisp, tender cake, studded with juicy blueberries and sprinkled with slivers of almonds. To make this scene even easier to recreate, combine the dry ingredients the night before brunch. This will give you a quick morning start, and it will shave a few minutes off of your preparation time. Serve this cake warm or at room temperature—both pair beautifully with a cup of coffee, tea, or orange juice.
Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Recipe: Caramel-Glazed Monkey Bread
Monkey bread is a favorite of kids and kids at heart everywhere. You really can’t go wrong with this monkey bread at brunch, as it has all of the sweet indulgence that we love for brunch mixed with the delicious textures of this tasty variation on bread. When you mix up this recipe, the final result is a dish that is beloved all across the South. The dough is soft and cakey, and the loaf dons a scrumptious sugary crust, creating a gorgeous mixture of textures that is ultimately so satisfying. You’ll want to pull it apart just to watch the dough stretch and split into portions that will be gobbled up immediately. Seconds, please!
Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns
Recipe: Ham-and-Swiss Sticky Buns
This brunch recipe is both indulgent and filling, and somehow, it checks all of the tasty brunch boxes. Filling? Check. Traditional? Check? Unexpected? Absolutely. It is both surprising and familiar all at once, with the comfort (and full-all-morning feeling) of ham and swiss plus the indulgence of a fan-favorite sticky bun. When you are preparing this dish, be sure to stuff the dough deep into the muffin cups so that the tops rise into a cheesy dome while baking. This will give the buns their characteristic appearance, with luscious mountains of sticky bun on top and ham and cheese warm and bubbling and hidden inside.
Recipe: Sausage-and-Grits Quiche
This is a go-to. It is the recipe that so many hosts and hostesses reach for again and again, with recipe cards stained, creased, and much loved from years of use. It’s a trusty recipe to keep in your back pocket, and it is one that—when you master it—it is so easy to whip up at a moment’s notice. You will certainly impress your brunch company with this clever, simple spin on a traditional quiche. They’ll be delighted, and you’ll know that, once again, the trusty sausage and grits quiche came through for breakfast and saved the day, or the morning, as it were.
Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
Recipe: Baked Eggs with Spinach and Tomatoes
Casseroles are great for breakfast, but we are also partial to brunch dishes baked in ramekins for individual guests. This recipe for baked eggs with spinach and tomatoes is a perfect dish for breakfast—it is savory and filling, with the vibrancy of vegetables and the comfort of baked eggs. It is a great way to incorporate oft neglected vegetables into brunch. This individually portioned breakfast is certainly elegant enough for company, and the best part is that it only takes two minutes to throw together. Once baked, this bubbling creation will delight your guests, and they will definitely want your recipe.
Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
Recipe: Buttermilk-Glazed Cherry Sheet Cake
Another great brunch food to feed a crowd, this sheet cake is sweet and substantial, but not too dessert-inspired for a morning meal. It takes one of the most beloved fruits—the delicious, bursting cherry—and showcases it in a tender sheet cake with a melt in your mouth buttermilk glaze. If you're ready to step up your brunch game, and we think you probably are, then this beautiful cake will definitely do the trick. It pairs beautifully with so many other dishes, but be sure to serve it with lots (and lots) of coffee. It’s a sophisticated addition to any brunch table.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
When you have a houseful of visiting family to feed, nothing is easier than a cheesy quiche still warm from the oven. It can keep a whole family full until lunchtime, and this recipe involves breakfast ingredients that are sure to please: bacon, cheesy grits, and a traditional egg quiche. To prepare, you will spread cheese to the edge of the warm, bacon-laden grits –which forms the crust. This will prevent any custard from seeping out while the quiche bakes. It is also easy to customize quiches to your and your family’s tastes, so start with this recipe and broaden your quiche repertoire.
Recipe: Country-Ham-and-Egg Toasts
If you are looking for a brunch recipe that is both delicious and out of the ordinary, then this is the dish for you. It is an out of the box option that is so very easy to prepare—and even easier to eat. They are also infinitely customizable, and you can top these open-faced sandwiches with anything and everything. We think some of the best versions include poached eggs or leftover chicken. You can certainly use leftovers from last night’s dinner, but you can also create a toast bar with all of the breakfast fixings so that your guests can individualize their egg toasts.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
This casserole is rich, delicious, and worthy of any Thanksgiving Brunch or Christmas Morning Breakfast. Topped with Gruyère cheese, the casserole browns beautifully and has a delicious nutty flavor, but you can sub Swiss cheese if you prefer. Pre-made store bought croissants from your local grocery give bakery-fresh flavor with minimum effort, and add a flaky crust to the dish’s edges. Serve with grits and fruit for a filling meal, and finish the brunch with a decadent desert like Bananas Foster Coffee Cake with Ambrosia Sauce for a holiday-worthy brunch that all of your friends will remember for years to come.