Picture this: a late weekend morning, a table laden with foods both savory and sweet, and, most importantly, a really good group of friends and family, all sitting down together for a long, languid, and delicious meal. This is brunch, and it is good. Brunch is a magical time of day when good things come together — when morning meets afternoon, savory meets sweet, day-drinking is encouraged, and bacon can go on anything.
Hosting a weekend brunch party, whether it’s for two people or 20, is one of the most idyllic things you can do with your weekend. Celebrate a sun-drenched summer Sunday with fresh fruit and delicious, health-boosting smoothies, or cozy up on a cold, grey, winter’s morning with a comforting casserole and a warm mug of something delicious.
For this year’s collection of egg-ceptional and oat-erly delicious brunch recipes, we turned to Google Analytics to see which brunch-appropriate recipes our readers have turned to the most over the past year.
From gorgeous (and easy-to-make) potato rösti, pancakes, and French toast casseroles to wonderful homemade challah, buttermilk biscuits and easy, cheesy, slow-cooker grits, these most-popular recipes cover all the brunch bases. Read on to find out which recipes made the cut for our 50 best brunch recipes for 2018!
Turmeric, ginger, and jalapeño add a spicy kick to these scrambled eggs and make for a truly tasty brunch with a unique twist.
If you are looking for a brunch recipe that’s easy and healthy, look no further than this simple overnight oat recipe that is full of fiber and protein — and tastes just like apple pie.
Looking for something a bit different? This recipe for spaghetti with smoky bacon, Parmesan cheese, bacon, and scrambled eggs is sure to be a hit.
These homemade bacon, cheddar, buttermilk biscuits will definitely take your brunch to the next level — after all, who can resist a freshly baked biscuit?
Prepare this breakfast French toast casserole the night before your brunch and rest easy knowing that all the hard work has already been done.
Just because you adhere to a particular diet plan doesn’t mean you should ever miss out on brunch! Make these paleo pancakes and enjoy them in all of their fluffy deliciousness.
If you have a hankering for cake at breakfast, try making biscuit strawberry shortcakes by swapping out the sugary sponge cake for a buttery, flaky biscuit instead.
Easy and delicious, this tasty casserole will help you feed a crowd without breaking a sweat.
These French toast muffins are an easy way to make lots of individual portions of French toast all at once. You can even make them the day before you need them, then heat them up the next morning for a stress-free brunch that’s still full of flavor.
Serve this decadent blueberry-stuffed French toast with some Greek yogurt for an added dose of protein that complements this sweet recipe incredibly well.
Using a cup of dry cake mix transforms French toast into a decadent morning treat — it’s easy, and you can turn to your favorite cake mixture for a variety of different flavors.
Regular bacon is all fine and dandy, but why not kick your bacon up a notch by candying it? Using just brown sugar, you can turn bacon into a wonderful savory, sweet, and caramelized version of what is already a delicious breakfast food.
You’ll be the host with the most if you make homemade challah for your brunch guests. Sure, it might take a bit of hard work and elbow grease, but warm rolls straight out of the oven will make everything worthwhile.
Coffee flour is nutritious, gluten-free, and easy to use, so why not whip up a batch of these chocolate coffee flour muffins? After all, chocolate and coffee is a match made in heaven!
Hearty and more nutritious than toast, these stuffed potatoes are a great way to get some gluten-free, vitamin-laden carbs into your day while still indulging.
These baked apples are healthy and so delicious — a perfect stress-free treat to make for any brunch crowd.
Monkey bread is a fun, easy, and tasty way to transform some pre-made biscuit dough into a sugary, decadent brunch treat.
Cloud eggs — a cooking method that involves baking a kind of savory meringue nest, with a yolk in the middle — became wildly popular recently. It’s a cute and unusual way to cook eggs!
A Vietnamese specialty, this coffee with egg recipe is similar to Italian zabaglione and is a surprisingly satisfying way to start the day.
This classic Croatian cake is perfect for any occasion. With a sweet and sour apple filling and delicious, crumbly pastry, you will certainly go back for a second slice.
Rather than spend your brunch chained to the stove, watching and stirring grits, let your slow-cooker do all the work so you can actually enjoy the morning.
How do you serve a great, pressed sandwich to a crowd of hungry people? Make this convenient, cheesy, and ham-filled Cuban sandwich casserole — your guests will love it.
A classic Pillsbury recipe, this one will have all hands reaching for the sweet cinnamon-sugar-covered bites.
A classic frittata is a great egg dish to turn to for any brunch. You can make them ahead of time and serve them at room temperature, and you can easily customize them depending on your preferences and what ingredients you have on hand.
Pair these grilled avocados, stuffed with tomato and feta with an egg (cooked in the style of your choice) and some lovely, crusty bread for an excellent brunch.
Filled with protein from eggs and vitamins from the veggies, this frittata will give you plenty of energy for whatever the rest of your weekend has in store.
Traditional avocado toast has loads of healthy fats and healthy carbs to get you through the day — but it's missing protein. The yogurt in this recipe helps solve that issue, while adding a nice creamy texture.
These small pan-cooked dollops of cornbread are a great version of pancakes. Drizzled with maple syrup and served with a side of bacon, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make these for brunch.
This sweet take on pizza is a fun way to combine everyone’s favorite foods and can be made so easily, using store-bough, ready-to-roll pizza dough.
Cooking and peeling boiled eggs perfectly every time isn't as easy as it seems. Thankfully, the Instant Pot makes the oftentimes intimidating task a breeze. Following these simple instructions will give you flawless hard-boiled and soft-boiled eggs in a matter of minutes.
Use either sweet or spicy Italian sausage for this scrambled egg and sausage skillet. Garnish with fresh basil from your garden before serving to a hungry crowd.
Freshly made doughnuts, warm and straight from the pan, are a joy to eat. Sure, they take a bit of time and certainly more effort — but they are definitely worth it!
If these waffles were good enough for John F. Kennedy, they’re good enough for us!
There’s no need to go out and buy store-made doughnuts when you can make your own instead! You never know, they may turn out to be even more delicious that your local Krispy Kreme.
This is the perfect sweet and savory accompaniment to any breakfast or brunch dish. If you aren’t actually hosting the brunch, this is a great idea for a gift to bring along to a friend’s in-home brunch.
If you love McDonald’s hash browns, you can now make this copycat version at home using a handful of simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.
Jazz up this fast food favorite by making it at home instead of stopping by your local drive-through. These are easy to make and much more delicious when you make them at home!
Make this Pillsbury Bake-Off-winning recipe for your next brunch. With just six ingredients, it is easy to make, and pairs exceptionally well with eggs and bacon.
This simple bread recipe is the perfect addition to your bread basket. It works perfectly for savory brunches and sweet brunches.
For the No-Knead Water-Rising Twists recipe, click here.
This Italian doughnut is so sweet and so crave-able. It’s all thanks to that delightful beast known as Nutella (and deep fried dough, of course).
Why should you make this waffle at your next brunch? Well, it’s all in the name! This waffle recipe is simple yet so flavorful.
For The Only Waffle Recipe You Will Ever Need recipe, click here.
Honestly, it’s just easier to make things on a sheet pan than in a frying pan! This ham, egg, and potato bake is no exception.
For the Potato Rösti With Smoked Ham and Eggs recipe, click here.
Somewhere between a classic breakfast sandwich and your local Chinese restaurant, this unique twist on fried rice is sure to shake up your average brunch.
For the Sausage, Egg and Cheese Fried Rice recipe, click here.
If you’re watching your waistline this brunching season, opt for this healthy smoothie with jicama, almond milk, ginger, and kiwis. Your gut will thank you!
For the Scandalously Simple Jicama Smoothie recipe, click here.
Made using just a sheet pan, this twist on a classic quiche will save you time and dishes — two very valuable things at brunch.
For the Slab Quiche with Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Caramelized Onions recipe, click here.
Banana bread is a cheerful addition to any brunch spread. This recipe foregoes the oven in favor of a slow-cooker.
For the Slow-Cooker Banana Bread recipe, click here.
Does the idea of making French toast intimidate you? This popular brunch dish has never been easier than with this slow-cooker recipe.
If you’re busy preparing other things for your brunch party, you may not have time to whip up fresh batches of eggs. This savory sausage, Cheddar, and egg casserole solves that dilemma.
For the Slow-Cooker Overnight Breakfast Casserole recipe, click here.
Sweet Chick is known for their perfectly-fried chicken and airy yet crisp waffles. Recreate these famous waffles at home to wow your guests — just don’t forget the herb butter! These waffles are delicious for dinner as well — a great excuse to east waffles any time of day!
For Sweet Chick’s Waffle recipe, click here.
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