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21 brunch ideas and recipes

21 Brunch Ideas And Recipes

If you’re looking for some delicious brunch ideas, you’ve come to the right place! In this article, we will share 21 brunch ideas and recipes that are perfect for a weekend breakfast or lunch. So let’s have some fun, from savory dishes to sweet treats, we have something for everyone at your next brunch party. We have included a bonus idea in this article as well just to make your brunch even better!

What is Brunch?

Before we get to the recipes and awesome brunch ideas, let’s answer the question “what is brunch?” Brunch is a meal that is typically eaten between breakfast and lunch and in most cases is your first meal. If you have ever heard of “Sunday brunch” this is what all the talk is about. It usually consists of food items that you would eat as breakfast or lunch options, such as eggs, toast, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, sandwiches, salads, soup, and so on. Don’t forget the drinks, a mimosa is a classic brunch beverage.

Some people believe that brunch should only be eaten on weekends around noon, while others think it can be enjoyed any day of the week. There are even restaurants that serve brunch all week long! Most of the time brunch is served buffet style. No matter when you choose to enjoy it even as a dinner option, one thing is for sure – brunch is a meal that is meant to be shared with friends and family.

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Waffles

low calorie waffles

Let’s start with a classic – waffles! Our Waffle recipe is perfect for a lazy weekend morning. They are low-calorie, easy to make, and can be topped with just about anything you like. We suggest serving them with fresh berries, whipped cream, and a drizzle of syrup but choose your favorite toppings for your brunch party.

Waffle Irons

waffle maker

If you don’t have a waffle iron, no problem! These days, you can find them just about anywhere – from your local grocery store to online retailers. Just make sure to read the reviews before purchasing one. We recommend an iron that is easy to use and clean. The one below is excellent for making more waffles for bigger get-togethers.

Pancakes

21 brunch recipes and ideas pancakes

Pancakes are another breakfast favorite, and they can be just as easy to make as waffles. Who doesn’t like some fluffy pancakes after all? Use your favorite recipe or make are waffle batter into pancake batter following the directions in our waffle post. We like to top ours with butter, syrup, and fresh fruit.

French Toast

21 brunch ideas and recipes french toast

What’s brunch without French toast? This dish is easy to make and can be tailored to your liking. Use your favorite recipe or you can come back to checkout out our recipe that will be released soon. Serve it with some fresh fruit and syrup, or your favorite toppings, and you’re good to go!

Griddles

griddle

If you don’t have a griddle, we suggest investing in one. They are versatile and can be used for so many different things – pancakes, eggs, bacon, sandwiches, and more. You’ll get years of use out of it, and it will make your brunch prep a lot easier. Especially if you are cooking for a large group having a larger cooking area to prepare your food will save you from the wait of making the next batch.

Cinnamon Rolls

21 brunch ideas and recipes cinnamon roll

Cinnamon rolls are a delicious treat that can be enjoyed any time of day breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can make your own or save some time and buy premade ones so you have more time to prepare the rest of your brunch. They’re perfect for a lazy weekend breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Crepes

21 brunch ideas and recipes crepes

Crepes are a bit more time-consuming to make than the other dishes on this list, but they are well worth the effort. They can be filled with just about anything, sweet or savory making them a great meal option. Find a great recipe and add it to your brunch arsenal.

Crepe makers

crepe maker brunch

Crepe Makers can make your life a lot easier if you plan on making them at brunch often. If you don’t have a crepe maker, don’t worry! You can use a skillet or even a pancake griddle. Just make sure the surface is smooth so the crepes will slide right off.

Eggs

eggs

Eggs are a staple of any brunch menu, and there are so many ways to prepare them. Our personal favorite is scrambled eggs with cheese. They are easy to make and can be on your table in less than 15 minutes. Serve them with some toast or pancakes, and you’re good to go!

Popular Egg Ideas For Brunch

Scrambled eggs

Scramble up some eggs and put them on a platter to serve buffet style.

Omelets

Make some delicious omelets with your favorite fillings and toppings.

Eggs Benedict

Take your egg game to the next level with homemade hollandaise sauce and a fresh English muffin.

Nonstick Pan

pans brunch

If you don’t have a nonstick pan, we suggest getting one. They are essential for making eggs, and they make cleanup a breeze. The ones listed below are amazing for eggs or any other meal you make.

Bacon

bacon

Bacon is another brunch staple, and there are endless ways to prepare it. Use your griddle or frying pan to make perfectly crispy bacon. Use your serving trays to display them as an amazing option to go with the rest of your brunch.

Breakfast Burritos

breakfast burrito

Breakfast burritos are a great option if you’re looking for something that is easy to eat on the go and make a great meal by themselves. They also have so many options on how to prepare them. Fill them with eggs, bacon, sausage, freshly shredded cheese, or whatever ingredients you want. Serve them with some salsa or hot sauce, and you’re good to go!

Chipotle Egg Quesadillas

Chipotle Egg Quesadilla

Chipotle egg quesadilla? This is a great and delicious way to start a conversation at brunch. It will give your friends and family something new to try and you can offer something new they haven’t tried for breakfast.

Toast

toast

Toast is a simple, but essential, part of any brunch menu. It can be served with butter, jam, peanut butter, avocado, tomato, or anything else you like. Our favorite way to make toast is in the oven. It’s quick and easy, and you can make a large batch at once.

Biscuits And Gravy

biscuits and gravy

Biscuits and gravy is a Southern favorite that is perfect for brunch. Use your favorite recipe or buy store-bought biscuits and gravy to save time. The best part about this dish is that it can be served on your table in less than 30 minutes!

Pastries

21 brunch ideas and recipes pastries

No brunch is complete without some delicious baked treats! The smell alone will bring people into the room. Whether you’re in the mood for muffins, scones, or croissants, are an easy and delicious addition to brunch.

Fresh Veggies

21 brunch ideas and recipes veggies

Don’t forget the veggies! Brunch is the perfect opportunity to load up on some healthy vegetables. We suggest serving a veggie platter with your brunch spread. This will give your guests the chance to eat something light and refreshing.

Fresh Fruit

21 brunch ideas and recipes fruit platter

Fruits are a great addition to any brunch menu. Not only is it healthy, but it also adds a splash of color to your table. We suggest using seasonal fruits in your dishes, as they are typically the most flavorful. Other popular options are bananas, strawberries, blueberries, and peaches.

Serving Trays (bonus Idea)

serving trays

Serving trays are a must-have for any brunch spread. They make it easy to display food in a beautiful way. We suggest using serving trays that are large enough to accommodate all of your dishes, as well as any utensils or plates you may need to use multiple serving trays if you’re doing a big spread.

Coffee

21 brunch ideas and recipes coffee

A good cup of java is the perfect way to start your weekend. Whether you like it black or with a splash of milk, go nuts and create a coffee bar with options for everyone. Enjoy!

Mimosas

21 brunch ideas and recipes mimosa

A Mimosa is a brunch staple as far as drinks go, and they are so easy to make. All you need is some champagne and orange juice. We like to garnish ours with a slice of orange or cherry. Cheers!

Bloody Marys

21 brunch ideas and recipes bloody mary

Bloody Mary’s are the perfect drink for those who like their brunch with a bit of a kick. If you haven’t made one before, Bloody Mary’s typically uses vodka, tomato juice, and a variety of spices to create the perfect cocktail. Serve it with some celery or pickles, and you’re good to go!

Summary 21 Brunch Ideas And Recipes

We hope you enjoy our 21 brunch ideas and recipes as well as the bonus idea to help really display your food. Whether it’s breakfast or family events, brunch is a great way to not only share a great meal but enjoy each other’s company. From savory dishes to sweet treats, pancakes, to burritos, we have something for everyone. Brunch is perfect for indoor and outdoor dining, so make sure if weather permits you enjoy some sun with brunch. So what are you waiting for? Get cooking! And don’t forget the Mimosa! Tell us what your favorite weekend brunch items are or other ways you prepare brunch in the comments below.

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