43 Big-Batch Breakfast Recipes for Your Tailgate
Just because your team has an early kickoff doesn't mean you should go without a tailgate. Although your menu is usually filled with burgers, wings, and dips galore, you’ve got to rethink the spread when game time is brunch time. These tailgate breakfast ideas for a crowd were made to feed a big, hungry Southern crew—so don’t forget to invite family and friends. Whether you’re hosting an at-home tailgate or you’re going to campus for the big game, these breakfast ideas have you covered.
From comforting casseroles that are easy to bake-and-take, to grab-and-go bites like doughnut hole muffins, sausage balls, and ham-stuffed biscuits, your rise-and-shine tailgate will be a winner. These easy breakfast ideas are ideal for making the night before, so you know your game day morning will go smoothly. With these tailgate breakfast ideas, you’ll actually be excited when your team gets scheduled for an early game. Don’t forget the mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar!
Serve up These Tailgate-Friendly Breakfast Recipes Before the Morning Game
Recipe: Pancake Casserole
This is the tastiest way to make pancakes tailgate-ready.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole
For a big-batch egg casserole, this recipe—packed with hash browns, sausage, and plenty of cheese—makes the ultimate crowd-pleaser.
Breakfast Sausage Meatballs with Apple Butter Dipping Sauce
Put these make-ahead meatballs on the spread, and watch them disappear in two minutes flat.
Snickerdoodle Doughnut Hole Muffins
These bite-size muffins give every tailgating Southerner with a sweet tooth just the thing he or she needs to make it through the game.
Breakfast Biscuit Sandwich with Sausage, Egg, and Cheese
This easy breakfast recipe uses miniature biscuits and sheet-pan eggs and sausage. The tiny bite-sized portions are the perfect tailgate snack.
Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Say hello to the easiest way to make cinnamon rolls portable and crowd-friendly. Switch things up later in the season with our option for an orange-apricot version.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon
Recipe: Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Bacon
Cooking bacon little by little in the skillet isn’t exactly practical for a big crowd, right? But...everyone loves bacon. This sheet pan method is easy, delicious, and serves a crowd.
Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Recipe: Shrimp and Grits Casserole
Get ready to wow the watch party with this family-style casserole version of a traditional Southern breakfast dish.
Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Let the slow cooker do the work while you get ready to cheer on your favorite team.
Tater Tot Bake
Recipe: Tater Tot Breakfast Bake
This one-dish breakfast casserole is ideal for a crowd. Assemble it the night before and pop it in the oven before the game.
Spicy Sausage-and-Cheddar Kolaches
This is just the upgraded version of sausage biscuits your tailgate needs. Our take on the Czech pastries called kolaches are filled with Southern favorite Conecuh sausage.
Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Recipe: Mini Bananas Foster Sticky Buns
Turn one of New Orleans’ famous desserts into a sweet tailgate treat.
Big Batch Bloody Marys
Recipe: Big-Batch Bloody Marys
Set up a Bloody Mary bar with celery stalks, pickled okra, and lime wedges—and instantly become the tailgate everyone wants to be at.
Country Ham Hash
Recipe: Country Ham Hash
Get a headstart on this savory breakfast dish by chopping the veggies a day in advance—it'll make day-of prep so much easier.
Sausage-and-Cheese Grits Quiche
Recipe: Sausage-and-Cheese Grits Quiche
It's like two of our favorite breakfast recipes rolled into one—or rather, springformed into one.
Pumpkin Spice-Chocolate Marble Bread
You'll make this heavenly recipe over and over again this fall.
The Big Cinnamon Roll
Recipe: The Big Cinnamon Roll
When cooked in a cast-iron skillet, this massive cinnamon roll is oh-so tasty and easy to bake-and-take.
Spinach-and-Broccoli Breakfast Bread Pudding
We'll never say no to bread pudding at breakfast—especially when it can be made in the slow cooker.
Recipe: Sausage Balls
This easy three-ingredient recipe yields dozens of bite-sized sausage balls that are way too addicting.
Orange-Vanilla French Toast Casserole with Bourbon-Maple Syrup
For a hungry crowd, look no further than this next-level overnight breakfast casserole.
Ham Buttermilk Biscuits
Smoky Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs
No Southern tailgate would be complete without pimiento cheese, even in the morning.
Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Recipe: Croissant Breakfast Casserole
Did someone say croissants? In a casserole? Genius.
Best-Ever Sticky Buns
Recipe: Best-Ever Sticky Buns
These sticky and sweet pecan-topped buns will steal the show on your tailgate spread, mark our words.
Apple Cider Doughnuts
Recipe: Apple Cider Doughnuts
Fluffy and cakey on the inside with a crispy sweet exterior, these spiced doughnuts make the perfect sweet for a fall tailgate.
Ham-Stuffed Biscuits With Mustard Butter
This recipe yields five dozen biscuits. As in, you're set with an easy-to-serve tailgate snack.
Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Recipe: Sweet Potato Breakfast Casserole
Could you find a recipe any more perfect for an early kickoff the week of Thanksgiving?
Fresh Fruit Salad
Recipe: Fresh Fruit Salad
Dress up any fruit that’s in season with a mint-honey orange juice mixture.
Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
Recipe: Bacon-and-Cheddar Grits Quiche
You’ve never had quiche quite like this one made with a grits “crust.”
Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders
Recipe: Scrambled Egg Muffin Sliders
A little different than the cheeseburger sliders you usually serve at a tailgate, these sliders have all the makings of a filling breakfast.
Fried Skillet Potatoes
Recipe: Fried Skillet Potatoes
These go-with-anything spuds will be a crispy sensation at the tailgate.
Any-Berry Muffins with Cornmeal Streusel
Raspberry, blueberry, blackberry—pick your favorite combination when making these cornmeal muffins.
Herbed Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Another big-batch breakfast casserole that lets the slow cooker do all the work.
Barbecue Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Barbecue Deviled Eggs
If your tailgate is usually filled with barbecue, an early game time doesn’t have to ruin that.
Recipe: Strawberry Kuchen
Halfway between coffee cake and strawberry cake, this classic pastry makes a fresh and fruity treat.
Recipe: Muffin-Cup Soufflés
These savory soufflés filled with breakfast flavors are so easy to bake and take (and take off the plate).
Recipe: Bacon-Herb Cupcakes
This recipe makes dozens of savory mini cupcakes that tailgaters won’t be able to resist every time they pass by.
Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Because you always needs a dessert-for-breakfast option, and these best-ever pumpkin spice muffins are the perfect grab-and-go recipe.
Recipe: Cornmeal-Chive Biscuits
These homemade biscuits have a high yield and come together quickly. Set out a biscuit-filling table with ham, bacon, cheese, and various jellies and jams.
Roll Tide Breakfast Rolls
Recipe: Roll Tide Breakfast Rolls
Even if you’re not an Alabama fan, these breakfast rolls are a quick, easy, and filling breakfast on the go. If “Roll Tide” isn’t in your vocabulary, make up your own team-centric name for this delicious dish.
Pepper Jelly Danish
Photo: Pepper Jelly Danish
If your tailgate usually has a pepper jelly-topped dip, you’ll love these danishes for a breakfast bite that’s sweet and savory.
Cheesy Sausage-and-Croissant Casserole
Game days get long, so you need a hearty breakfast like this casserole to fill you up.