Brunch Ideas: 20 Meals for a Nice Weekend Treat

Brunch recipes to enjoy your weekends – when you’ve fully rested and you’re not thinking about work.

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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.

brunch recipe - balsamic roasted cherry tart
Get the recipe at Asking Leslie

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.

Vegetarian Breakfast Casserole with Tater Tots
Get the recipe at Wow, It’s Veggie?!

3. Lemon Lavender Scones

These scones take 30 minutes to make, and they pair well with a good book or good company.

Lemon Lavender Scones
Get the recipe at Savor + Savvy

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.

Butternut Crust Quiche with Sausage, Tomatoes, and Kale
Get the recipe at Sorey Fitness

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!

Keto Chicken Salad
Get the recipe at Kim & Kalee

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.

French Crêpes
Get the recipe at A Baking Journey

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!

Banana Pancakes
Get the recipe at A Baking Journey

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!

Mini Loaf Banana Bread
Get the recipe at Tales of a Tired Mom

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.

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Pinwheels
Get the recipe at Drugstore Divas

10. Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs

What sets these deviled eggs apart from the rest?

Secret Ingredient Deviled Eggs
Get the recipe at These Hungry Kids

Pickle juice!

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.

Spinach, Feta, and Tomato Frittata
Get the recipe at These Hungry Kids

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!

Mexican Eggs Benedict
Get the recipe at Saving You Dinero

13. Quinoa Muffins

Make these healthy muffins early in the week to re-heat when you don’t want to cook.

Quinoa Muffins - brunch idea
Get the recipe at Swirls of Flavor

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.

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Get the recipe at Earth Food and Fire

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!

Brunch - Blistered Tomato Toast with Pesto and Arugula
Get the recipe at Swirls of Flavor

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.

Brunch recipe - Bosnian Minced Meat and Poached Eggs
Get the recipe at All that’s Jas

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.

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins
Get the recipe at Crayons & Cravings

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.

Brunch recipe - Orange and Fennel Salad
Get the recipe at Debra Klein

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.

Cucumber Salmon Bites
Get the recipe at Tasty Galaxy

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.

Pea and Mint Frittata for Brunch
Get the recipe at It’s Not Complicated

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!

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