21 Easy Half-Asleep Brunch Recipes

Breakfast at home, especially on weekdays, isn’t always the best – a sad toaster pastry, a lone egg on a slice of toast, or any other hallmark of a rushed weekday meal. Everyone works for the weekend, which means one thing: brunch! When you can’t find a table at a hip spot in town, any of these sweet or savory brunch recipes will please everyone.

We love brunches!

1. Without a bell, without a whistle, fucking good French toast

French toast is not and should not be overdone. A spicy custard and good bread (we like challah or brioche) are really enough to perfect this easy brunch recipe.

2. Mashed potatoes and ramp frittata

When looking for a quick and easy brunch recipe, skip the quiche and go straight for a frittata. This one skillet egg dish is meant to be part of your spring brunch and is vegetarian to boot.

3. Creamy Scrambled Eggs 15 seconds Lady and Pups’s Magic

There’s nothing easier or faster than these scrambled eggs, which literally cook in 15 seconds. A few beaten eggs are mixed with a porridge made from cornstarch and milk, which not only makes the eggs creamier, but also helps them cook in a snap.

4. Buttermilk Waffles

Making waffle batter completely from scratch is as easy as using store-bought dry mix, I promise. This large batch recipe will feed six to eight people, or a few very hungry guests on a Sunday morning.

5. Hollandaise sauce in the blender

If you were planning on making a smoothie for brunch, how would you feel if I told you that you might as well make Eggs Benedict? There’s no need for a double boiler or a balloon whisk to make this hollandaise sauce – just a powerful blender and many of butter.

6. Citrus Salad with Lime Ginger Syrup

For a light and colorful brunch side, turn to this wintry fruit salad bursting with three kinds of citrus, two kinds of pears, persimmons and pomegranate seeds.

7. Zucchini frittata with caramelized red onions and goat cheese

This frittata is even easier than the aforementioned potato and ramp frittata; choose your poison (then try the recipe you didn’t choose next weekend).

8. Easy apple pancake

I will be the first person to say that any fruit galette absolutely counts as breakfast or brunch. Pastry and appearance aside, it’s no different from the widely accepted Danish. So relax your shoulders, loosen your jaw, throw away any misconceptions that you shouldn’t have dessert for breakfast, and cut yourself a slice of that rustic apple pancake.

9. Pasta for breakfast

carbonara has been the breakfast pasta of all the breakfast pastas (it’s literally bacon and eggs!) until all the spicy buttery noodles arrive and claim a place on the table.

ten. Avocado toast

You can never, ever go wrong with an avocado toast. It’s nutritious, satisfying and, above all, delicious.

11. Salvadoran Breakfast Cake (aka Quesadillas)

“Think cheesecake. Think party food. Think happy mornings, putting too many quesadillas in your mouth. In El Salvador they eat rich buttery quesadillas in the morning with a big cup of coffee and I suggest you to do the same. You will love the light crunch of the sesame seeds in combination with the sweet/salty cake,” writes recipe developer Sasha of Global Table Adventure.

12. Our best classic mimosa

Rhetorical question: is it really brunch if you don’t pour mimosas for the crowd? Squeeze your own oranges for the best tasting mimosa, or swap in any other fruit juice (pineapple, pomegranate, guava, passion fruit, watermelon juice) because why not?

13. Toasted bread with milk

Two brunch staples – milk and toast – come together for this warm and friendly meal. Think of it as a super low maintenance bread pudding with all the cozy feels.

14. Pan American breakfast sheet with bacon and eggs

Bacon, eggs and hash browns – what more could you want in an easy brunch recipe?

15. Essential Vegan Pancakes

You won’t miss the eggs, butter, or cow’s milk in these dairy-free pancakes; a combination of apple cider vinegar, melted coconut oil, and non-dairy milk makes them flavorful and moist.

16. Mike’s Famous Fried Eggs

Kristen Miglore, Creative Director of Food52 and Resident Genius, shares her husband’s recipe for fried eggs, which are delicious with hash browns, on toast or an English muffin, or salty porridge.

17. Spiced Pear Bellini

Give this classic brunch cocktail a fall twist with homemade spiced pear puree. To make it, combine fresh pears, the zest and juice of one lemon, maple syrup, a bunch of ground spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice) and vanilla pod. Cook everything in a saucepan until the pears break down, then puree until super smooth and smooth in a blender.

18. Virginia Willis Deviled Eggs

I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to host an Easter or Mother’s Day brunch without serving deviled eggs and this recipe is as classic as it gets.

19. Game-Changing Muffin Mix

Want to know the secret to winning brunch? Make-ahead muffin mix, which you can bake on the fly with the add-ins of your choice (think blueberries, cranberries, or chocolate chips).

20. popovers

There’s a lot to love about popovers, but most of all, it’s their versatility. They can fill an upgraded bread basket or they can be the main event, especially if served with maple butter for a sweet iteration or filled with scrambled eggs.

21. Eggs and potatoes on a plate, Huevos Rotos style

The quickest and easiest way to feed a crowd for brunch is to prepare a large batch of huevos rotos style eggs and vegetables on a baking sheet. Minimal prep work, minimal cleanup.