Brunch recipes to enjoy your weekends – when you’ve fully rested and you’re not thinking about work.
When you don’t need to wake up early, it’s always a good idea to sleep in, especially when you’ve deprived yourself of sleep during the past few days.
However, it may no longer make sense to make breakfast when you wake up. Thankfully, you can prepare a brunch instead!
So yes you can still start your day with a delicious food even when it’s too late to get a McMuffin!
Here are 20 great brunch ideas for days that start late, commonly during weekends. And these are good even for early afternoon parties.
Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your family, or your friends, you can’t go wrong with some classy, well-portioned bites!
1. Rusted Balsamic Roasted Cherry Tart
This dish may just become your go-to for brunch ideas especially when you have guests!
For the perfect pie crust, use only cold ingredients and a cold rolling pin.
2. Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole with Tater Tots
For a brunch that still feels like breakfast, bake this veggie-loaded casserole. While the recipe doesn’t normally call for mushrooms, you can throw some in if you’d like to.
If you’re a vegetarian, or you’re simply choosing to put more veggies in your diet, this is for you.
3. Lemon Lavender Scones
These scones take 30 minutes to make, and they pair well with a good book or good company.
The glaze is made using ingredients you likely have at home already – milk, sugar, and lemon zest.
4. Butternut Crust Quiche with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Kale
This quiche is one of those brunch ideas which is great for your health! It’s gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo and whole 30 friendly.
The crust is made of sweet potato. Hmmm… Love the healthy sweetness! The sausage used is homemade, which is another paleo approved meal!
5. Keto Chicken Salad
I’ve always loved a salad! Commonly eat one for snacks.
And now here’s a chicken salad for brunch, and it’s keto-friendly!
Bacon and cream cheese keep this chicken salad high in fat, protein, and flavor. Turn it into a wrap to eat it by yourself or serve it as-is at a brunch party.
6. French Crêpes
Add flavors like vanilla, lemon, or orange to these basic crêpes to truly make them your own. If you don’t have caster sugar, feel free to use fine white or brown sugar instead.
You can also use a plant-based milk and a butter replacement (I prefer this too) to make this dish vegan.
7. Banana Pancakes
Looking for a sugar-free, late morning treat?
These homemade pancakes take the guesswork out of eating healthy, since they use just three ingredients. When you eat them, you’ll know exactly what you’re putting in your body!
8. Mini Loaf Banana Bread
Bake for one with a mini loaf pan – if you’re serving multiple people (a.k.a. your family), simply use a larger one.
You can also use this recipe to make muffins. I’m sure you’ll love that too!
9. Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pinwheels
Even though this is technically a breakfast recipe, there’s nothing wrong with turning it into a brunch recipe! It bakes in under 20 minutes and serves 12 people, making it perfect for early afternoon gatherings too.
10. Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs
What sets these deviled eggs apart from the rest?
A little bit of juice goes a long way, and when done right, the flavor isn’t overbearing. If you’d rather leave this ingredient out of your eggs, simply use more salt and pepper.
11. Spinach, Feta, and Tomato Frittata
Fritattas are loaded with nutrients from the vegetables that go in them. To cut back on calories, use a carton of egg whites instead of whole eggs.
12. Mexican Eggs Benedict
For a new take on eggs benedict, use onions, pork sausage, tomatoes, and an avocado.
This brunch recipe was made by someone who lived in Mexico, so the Mexican flavors are authentic!
13. Quinoa Muffins
Make these healthy muffins early in the week to re-heat when you don’t want to cook.
Since they fit nicely in a small Ziploc bag, you can even take some on your errand runs!
14. Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Here is one of those brunch ideas which is relatively easy to make, despite its fancy name.
Use hot salmon for a stronger flavor and cold salmon for a fresher one.
There’s also a guide on the recipe post on how to create the perfect hollandaise if it’s your first time making it.
15. Blistered Tomato Toast with Pesto and Arugula
Serve up a gourmet brunch this summer – you deserve it!
If you’d rather not bake this dish in your oven, you can use a skillet instead. You can also substitute kale or spinach for the arugula if you don’t have any on hand.
16. Bosnian Minced Meat and Poached Eggs
This dish is popular on restaurant menus in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but you don’t need to travel to Europe to enjoy it. You can cook this awesome brunch recipe at home!
Also known as čimbur, this light brunch uses just a few common ingredients and can be made in a single pan.
17. Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
If you’ve ever been to an event with a chocolate fondue station, you know that bananas pair well with chocolate.
Combine the two to create a portable, freezable brunch for weekends.
18. Orange and Fennel Salad
A brunch buffet wouldn’t be complete without a splash of color! You’ll also receive plenty of nutrients with every bite – namely, vitamin C, folate, and fiber.
If you don’t have fennel, use fennel seeds instead.
19. Cucumber Salmon Bites
Seafood lovers on low-carb diets will love this brunch appetizer. Instead of serving your smoked salmon on crackers, use some refreshing cucumbers.
If you’re not worried about carbs, you can always replace the cucumbers with crackers or bagels.
20. Pea and Mint Frittata
This high-protein dish uses fresh and frozen ingredients, and there’s some wiggle room for substitute ingredients.
You can use any type of onions you have on hand, vegan milk instead of cow’s milk, and rosemary instead of mint.
Enjoy your brunch!
Brunch ideas do look fancy, but it really doesn’t have to be complicated.
As you have seen in this collection, you can even start out with a brunch recipe having only three ingredients.
Then aim to cook a new recipe every weekend.
Whatever brunch idea you come up with, always remember that it’s never too late to eat breakfast, never too early to eat lunch, and never a bad time to eat well!
Looking for other recipes to include in your next meal plan? Try these out!
- 20 Easy Chicken Recipes for Dinner
- 20 Delicious Crock Pot Delicious Meals
- Quick & Healthy Breakfast Meals for Busy Mornings
- Healthy Meal Prep Ideas
- Blueberry Smoothie