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34 Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas That Just Might Outshine the Turkey

Whether your relatives are coming over early on the big day to watch the parade or staying overnight to divide and conquer on Black Friday, you’ll all need plenty of fuel to make it through the long weekend. Read on for 34 Thanksgiving breakfast ideas that are seasonal, elegant and—most importantly, after roasting a whole turkey and cooking a million sides—easy to pull off. Many of these recipes are also great for feeding a crowd, just in case a few extra guests decide to turn dinner into a slumber party. To that end, how about a big-batch brunch cocktail to seal the deal?

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thanksgiving breakfast ideas Baked Eggs And Potatoes Recipe
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1. Baked Eggs & Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, kid-friendly

Because last night’s mashed potatoes aren’t going to finish themselves. Pair them with crispy bacon, grated Parm and runny eggs to create an unexpected breakfast dish.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas pumpkin french toast recipe
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2. Pumpkin Pie French Toast

  • Time Commitment: 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, special occasion-worthy, beginner-friendly

You only need three slices of leftover pumpkin pie (homemade or store-bought) to pull this autumn delight off. Wash it down with a homemade PSL to drive the flavor home.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Apple Cider Doughnut Holes Recipe
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3. Apple Cider Doughnut Holes

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, kid-friendly, crowd-pleaser

Even if you don’t serve these doughnuts with anything substantial, your guests will happily eat their fill of the poppable fall treasures—especially picky kids.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas 30 minute breakfast hash recipe
Katherine Gillen

4. 30-Minute Breakfast Hash with Kale and Sweet Potatoes

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, one pan, vegetarian

If you’re still feeling full from last night’s smorgasbord, this satisfying skillet gem is just the ticket. The eggs will hold you over before lunch, while the veggies keep things light.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas pecan pie scones recipe
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5. Pecan Pie Scones

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

What makes these pie-inspired scones so incredibly buttery and flaky? We’re glad you asked. We’ll chalk it up to pieces of real pie crust folded into the dough.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole Recipe
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6. Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, slow cooker recipe, <10 ingredients, high protein

Plop all the ingredients in the slow cooker when you wake up, then start prepping the bird and sides. By the time your guests arrive, breakfast will be ready to serve.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas bacon apple cheddar waffles recipe
Jennifer Davis/The Southern Baking Cookbook

7. Bacon, Apple and Cheddar Waffles

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 10 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly,

You know those spare Granny Smiths in your fridge? We have just the job for them. Shred ’em up, pair them with extra sharp cheddar and Maplewood bacon and mix them into these buttermilk waffles.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Thanksgiving Leftovers Eggs Baked With Stuffing Recipe
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8. Eggs Baked with Stuffing

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, <30 minutes

A girl can only eat so many stuffing-turkey-cranberry sandwiches before she gets sick of them, right? These cups are way easier to prepare and just as resourceful.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Cinnamon Roll Pancakes Recipe
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9. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Warning: The buttery brown sugar-cinnamon filling will absolutely knock your socks off. Now, the moment of truth: vanilla icing or maple syrup?

thanksgiving breakfast ideas waffle iron sweet potato hash browns recipe
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10. Sweet Potato Hash Browns Made with a Waffle Iron

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, vegetarian, gluten free

Even if you make the world’s best scrambled eggs, these crispy spuds are bound to overshadow whatever they’re plated with. Finish them with flaky salt, hot sauce or ketchup.

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11. Biscuit Dough Pumpkin Hand Pies

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, special occasion-worthy

Once again, the day is saved, thanks to your Thanksgiving leftovers. This time, it’s store-bought biscuit dough, which is filled with simple pumpkin pie filling and finished with cinnamon-vanilla icing. Pop Tarts could never.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Breakfast Sliders Recipe
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12. Breakfast Sliders

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, high protein

Feeling all the wine from last night? Breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, arugula and slider buns are the ultimate antidote.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Apple Pie Biscuit Recipe
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13. Apple Pie Biscuits

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, beginner-friendly

The recipe calls for mixing your own buttery biscuit dough, which comes together with mostly pantry staples…but we won’t tell if you opt for store-bought dough instead.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas fried egg breakfast tacos with hot honey recipe1
Katherine Gillen

14. Fried Egg Breakfast Tacos with Hot Honey

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, <10 ingredients

Breakfast for the fam doesn’t get easier than this, friends. Prepare the honey the night before to save time in the morning (and to infuse as much heat from the chiles as possible).

thanksgiving breakfast ideas pumpkin spice pecan rolls recipe
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15. Pumpkin Spice Pecan Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, kid-friendly

There’s plenty of pumpkin-y flavor in the filling and icing, but it’s also an important component of the dough. Not only does pumpkin purée make it moist and soft, but it also tints it orange.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas espresso streusel coffee cake recipe v2
Katherine Gillen

16. Espresso Streusel Coffee Cake

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, beginner-friendly

Whether it’s Thanksgiving or the day after, caffeine is a must. Pair your morning java with this sweet-but-not-cloying coffee cake, which calls for spiking the brown sugar streusel with instant espresso powder.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas leftovers frittata recipe
Katherine Gillen

17. Leftovers Frittata

  • Time Commitment: 25 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, one pan

Remaining goat cheese from the salad course? Toss it in. Shredded leftover turkey? Fair game. Spare roasted potatoes? Why not. The frittata is your oyster.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas apple blinchiki recipe
Emily Morgan

18. Apple Blinchiki (Russian Pancakes)

  • Time Commitment: 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <30 minutes,kid-friendly, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

These aren’t conventional flapjacks. Take your pick from sweet or sour apples, depending on your preference—just be sure to slather them in sour cherry spread and sour cream before digging in.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas pear and chai masala cinnamon rolls recipe
Iain Bagwell/Mumbai Modern

19. Pear and Chai Masala Cinnamon Rolls

  • Time Commitment: 5 hours and 15 minutes
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, make ahead, crowd-pleaser

If you really want to wow the in-laws, serve this warm, cozy spin on cinnamon rolls. It stars a slew of wintry spices (like cinnamon, ginger and cardamom), along with from-scratch pear-chai masala jam.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Red Shakshuka With Tomato Sauce Recipe
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20. Red Shakshuka

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, one pan, vegetarian

This baked egg dish costs less than $2 per serving, which is a steal, considering how much you spent on your Thanksgiving menu. Serve it with plenty of crusty bread for dipping.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Cinnamon Sugar Waffles Recipe
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21. Cinnamon-Sugar Waffles

  • Time Commitment: 8 hours and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, make ahead, beginner-friendly

Thanks to a generous dusting of cinnamon sugar, these waffles veer into doughnut territory. Let the yeast batter chill overnight for the lightest, fluffiest waffles you’ve ever tasted.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Bacon Egg And Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe
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22. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, high protein

Add a jumbo muffin pan to your Thanksgiving shopping list so you can make these hearty handhelds the following morning. Douse them in hot sauce or ketchup and go to town.

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23. Braided Apple Danish Loaf

  • Time Commitment: 14 hours
  • Why We Love It: special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser, make ahead

If you’re feeling ambitious (or want all the oohs and ahhs from your guests), look no further than this bakery-caliber breakfast. The loaf is stuffed with cinnamon-kissed apples and brushed with apricot jam.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas skillet eggs and chorizo recipe
Kristin Perers/Round Ours

24. Skillet Eggs and Chorizo

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: beginner-friendly, one pan, high protein

Odds are you already have a mountain of dirty dishes in the sink from last night’s meal. Do yourself a favor by preparing a one-pan breakfast that will still impress.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Savory Breakfast Pie With Bacon Lattice Crust Recipe
Erin McDowell

25. Savory Breakfast Pie with Bacon Lattice Crust

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, <10 ingredients

The bacon lattice crust is an absolute game-changer (and we bet it would pair just as well with apple pie as it does this egg-and-cheese number).

thanksgiving breakfast ideas French Toast Sticks Recipe
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26. French Toast Sticks

  • Time Commitment: 40 minutes
  • Why We Love It: kid-friendly, beginner-friendly, vegetarian

If you don’t serve these cuties with a side of tater tots, you’re doing it wrong. Don’t even get us started on the drool-worthy honey-vanilla syrup.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas sheet pan chilaquiles recipe
Elizabeth Van Lierde & Abagail Halstead/Everyday Entertaining

27. Sheet Pan Chilaquiles

  • Time Commitment: 45 minutes
  • Why We Love It: sheet pan recipe, crowd-pleaser, beginner-friendly

This one-pan take on drunken nachos is pretty darn ingenious. Finish them with all the cotija, avocado, red onion, radishes and cilantro your heart desires.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas pumpkin brioche recipe1
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28. Pumpkin Brioche

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour and 50 minutes (plus rise time)
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, special occasion-worthy, crowd-pleaser

File this beauty under Ways to Upgrade French Toast. Since the bread is only slightly sweet in flavor, a layer of coarse sanding sugar on the outside is the perfect finishing touch.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas giant cinnamon roll recipe
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29. Giant Cinnamon Roll

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly, special occasion-worthy

Store-bought crescent roll dough makes this Insta-worthy confection a breeze to assemble. Don’t be shy with the two-ingredient icing on top.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Doughnut Muffins Recipe
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30. Doughnut Muffins

  • Time Commitment: 1 hour
  • Why We Love It: make ahead, crowd-pleaser, kid-friendly

Your kids will be stoked to dunk these into hot cocoa or apple cider. Let them help you coat the doughnuts in cinnamon sugar and confectioners’ sugar.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Sheet Pan Eggs With Smoked Salmon And Cream Cheese Recipe
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31. Sheet Pan Eggs with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Dill

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly

It looks and feels fancy but requires minimal work to come together. Basically all it takes is whisking the eggs, pouring them into a pan, adding the smoked salmon and cream cheese and baking to perfection.

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32. Maple Candied Bacon

  • Time Commitment: 30 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, <10 ingredients, kid-friendly

BRB, drooling. Serve it as a side for eggs, add it to a sweet-and-savory breakfast sandwich or use it to garnish a next-level bloody Mary.

thanksgiving breakfast ideas Eggs Benedict Recipe With Easy Hollandaise Sauce
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33. Eggs Benedict with Easy Hollandaise Sauce

  • Time Commitment: 35 minutes
  • Why We Love It: <10 ingredients, beginner-friendly, high protein

When you’re not sure what to serve company for breakfast, you can never go wrong with an old-fashioned benny. Feel free to substitute another leftover protein for ham.

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34. Slow Cooker Spiked Cinnamon Lattes

  • Time Commitment: 3 hours and 5 minutes
  • Why We Love It: crowd-pleaser, slow cooker recipe, <10 ingredients

After all that cooking, you deserve a boozy cup of joe, spiked with vanilla vodka and Kahlúa. Might we suggest a pot of mulled cider for the kids’ table?

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Taryn Pire is PureWow’s associate food editor. A former bartender and barista, she’s been writing about all things delicious since 2016, developing recipes, reviewing restaurants and investigating food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she isn’t testing TikTok’s latest viral recipe, she’s having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram @cookingwithpire.