Getting together with friends for brunch is a great weekend activity, especially in the fall. It’s an opportunity to get dressed up and share a meal with people you care about, and making brunch at home is way less expensive than going out to a restaurant.
One of the good things about brunch is the flexibility that comes with food options. By definition, it’s the midpoint between breakfast and lunch so you can make food that falls into either category. The opportunities are limitless.
Here are 12 brunch recipes to try this fall that anyone can make!
1. Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Here’s a good brunch recipe if you’re looking to err on the healthier side. This moist and fudgy chocolate zucchini bread will make a great addition to your fall brunch, as it’s easy to share and enjoy as a side dish.
This recipe is made using cinnamon and nutmeg, a spice combination that’s a perfect fit for the fall season. It’s a healthy brunch option, but you’d never guess from how chocolate-y this bread is. Whether you’re looking for a brunch side dish or an easy grab and go fall morning breakfast, this chocolate zucchini bread is the way to go.
A frittata is a dish that looks like a Spanish omelet and is made with beaten fried eggs and jazzed up with additional ingredients. You have a ton of freedom when it comes to choosing what additional ingredients to add to your frittata, but a good place to start is with this bacon cheese frittata.
While it may sound fancy, a frittata is actually super easy to make. It’s as simple as combining your ingredients and baking. A frittata is, in a way, a more advanced version of scrambled eggs that be easily sliced and shared during brunch.
3. Breakfast Burritos
Breakfast burritos are another brunch recipe where you have lots of freedom. There’s no one way to make a breakfast burrito and it’s easy to add and subtract ingredients to fit your tastes and preferences. Some typical breakfast burrito fillings can include eggs, bacon, avocado, cheese, refried beans. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination.
You can even make a breakfast burrito bar, so your brunch guests can make their breakfast burritos exactly to their preferences. The hardest thing about this recipe may be mastering rolling the burritos up.
4. Honey Nut Cheerio Turnovers
If Pop Tarts are a typical part of your weekday on the go breakfast, these Honey Nut Cheerio turnovers will make a great addition to your weekend brunch. These turnovers are filled with raspberry and almond extract and topped with a sweet honey spread. It’s a more gourmet version of the store bought toaster pastries you may eat everyday.
The only thing to keep in mind with this recipe is the dough needs time to set, so it may be a good idea to do prep work for this recipe the night before.
5. Country Ham French Toast
Here’s a fun alternative to traditional French toast; it features a slice of country ham in every slice of French toast. The savory ham balances out the sweetness provided by the maple syrup and the French toast. Think of it as a main dish and side dish all on one plate.
6. Parmesan Egg-in-a-Hole
Egg-in-a-Hole is a breakfast recipe that features a fried egg nested in a hole that’s been cut out of a slice of bread. It’s a good brunch choice if you’re looking for a way to upgrade the traditional egg and toast duo.
A good way to upgrade your egg-in-a-hole even further is with this Parmesan egg-in-a-hole recipe. This recipe uses thick Texas toast and a toasted crust of mayonnaise and grated Parmesan cheese. It’s a perfect choice if you’re looking for a new way to enjoy a fried egg.
7. Strawberry Cheesecake Flapjacks
Strawberry cheesecake flapjacks are a sweet way to upgrade from a traditional pancake brunch. It’s a perfect choice if you like your brunch on the sweet side, rather than on the savory side. This is a pancake recipe you probably won’t find at your typical diner.
These flapjacks are super sweet, so it’s probably a good idea to pair them with a savory side dish, like bacon or sausage. Go for these flapjacks if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous than traditional pancakes.
8. Pimiento-Cheese Deviled Eggs
Deviled eggs are a good choice if you’re looking for a bite-sized appetizer to include in a multi-course brunch, and these pimiento-cheese deviled eggs. This recipe is pretty easy to pull together, especially if you hard boil a dozen eggs ahead of time. It’s a savory side dish that’ll make a nice change of pace from any sweet dishes you may be including in your brunch.
9. Bacon Gruyere Breakfast Pie
Think of this bacon gruyere breakfast pie as savory breakfast flatbread. It’s an easy dish to slice and share if you’re preparing brunch for a group of people. This dish is a nice alternative to something more traditional, like a bacon egg and cheese sandwich.
10. Omelet With Bacon, Mushrooms, and Ricotta
Omelets are an easy go-to for brunch if you’re looking for something that also gives you room to experiment with different ingredients and flavor combinations. One combination to consider, for example, is an omelet with bacon, mushrooms, and ricotta. The creamy ricotta cheese works wonderfully with the savory mushrooms and the salty bacon.
11. Buttermilk Pancakes
Buttermilk pancakes are a classic choice for brunch, especially if you’re looking for a universal crowd-pleaser. There are a ton of different recipes for them out there and countless ways to enhance them and make them your own. You’ll have your favorite, go-to recipe in no time.
12. Dark Chocolate Waffles
Dark chocolate waffles are a good pick for brunch if you’re looking for a sweet main dish. This recipe uses bittersweet chocolate, so your waffles will be rich and full of chocolate flavor without being too sweet.