These 27 American breakfast recipes will give you some ideas for how to start your morning that is so much better than just coffee and toast!
We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but how often do we skip it or get tired of having cereal every single day?
If you have a friend who is unfamiliar with American foods, this is great for introducing them to our culture and the foods we probably grew up with.
A big part of culture has to be cuisine and just like how America is a melting pot of cultures, so is our food!
There is a lot of influence from other countries and cultures in our breakfast foods like French Toast and Kolaches.
But there are also lots of foods that are known for being American like Glazed Donuts and Fried Chicken and Waffles.
Most Americans are also familiar with enjoying a McGriddle on a busy morning when they need to grab something through a drive-through, and now you can make your own without leaving the house!
Many of these American breakfast recipes will be very familiar for those who were raised or have grown up in America!
Most of us do not differentiate between American and English pancakes but American pancakes will have something added to them to make them fluffy and light.
These are made from scratch meaning you can control exactly what goes into them and you are well aware of every ingredient being added.
Even if you are a novice when it comes to preparing breakfast foods, this recipe is easy to follow and totally foolproof!
Joining friends for breakfast or brunch in the south means you are sure to see some biscuits and gravy being served.
This recipe is great for introducing someone to the classic dish who may not have tried it before since it tastes like something your beloved Grandma would have perfected over time.
You can opt for store-bought biscuits if you don’t want to make them from scratch, but either way, the homemade sausage gravy can transform this dish into a home-cooked favorite!
3. Morning Buns
No, a Morning Bun is not a fancy cinnamon roll.
It is so much more than that.
Imagine a croissant and a cinnamon roll together!
This pastry is flaky with cinnamon and orange flavors filling the insides.
Casseroles are very popular in America due to the ease of throwing together a bunch of ingredients and getting a fresh and hearty meal that bakes in the oven.
Breakfast is no exception to this!
Whether you live in suburbia, the city, or on a rural farm, you can find these “farm” breakfast ingredients anywhere and make your own casserole fit for serving a crowd!
5. Creamy Grits
Once you are familiar with grits, you will want to try them so much more often.
Fortunately, they are super flexible and can be made either savory or sweet, and have a place in nearly every meal.
Grits are thick and rich and make a great base for so many different types of meals or sides.
Bacon and grilled cheese sandwiches are two very popular food items in America.
Adding in eggs makes it fitting for breakfast or even a breakfast for dinner!
You can make the eggs lighter or thicker depending on how long you beat them for, meaning you can make these slightly different to fit everyone’s preferences.
Making this ahead of brunch will impress everyone with how delicious it tastes and how complex it looks.
The secret is, it is actually very simple to make!
This golden pastry is full of almond paste and topped off with an optional glaze and sliced almonds.
Although pizza is thought to be an Italian dish, breakfast pizza is very popular in American homes and schools.
Often, children will grab a slice or two of these before getting ready for a day of learning.
Bacon, cheese, and eggs make your favorite choice for dinner perfect for breakfast, too!
9. French Toast
I made up this recipe myself after years of tweaking the egg slurry and the kind of bread to use.
Yes, it is simple and easy, but when you have something as delicious as this, there isn’t much that needs to be done to make it taste great.
As a fan of real butter, I use more butter than syrup on my stacked plate.
Optionally, you could always top it off with fruit or add your favorite side, but by itself, this french toast will be amazing.
Millennials and Gen-Z are known for their love of avocado toast and if you don’t get it, this recipe will help you understand what there is to love about this breakfast toast!
Everything bagel seasoning is a tasty addition to all types of foods but it has a special place on this toast.
Avocados are always a great addition to your breakfast foods and cream cheese is a given for your breakfast toasts!
Even more fun avocado recipes…and lots of avocado toast options!
What’s more American than apple pie?
If you love this fall-themed dessert, you can enjoy it for breakfast any time of year!
All you need to do is spend a little bit of time at night mixing together your overnight oats and when you wake up in the morning, you have an incredibly delicious breakfast ready to enjoy to eat hot or cold!
Here are a few of our tips for reheating oatmeal.
If you have yet to experience scrapple, you are in for a treat!
This is essentially a pork “meatloaf” that started out from the Pennsylvania Dutch.
Each spice that is added to your scrapple does wonder for the taste.
Then pan fry when you are ready to enjoy it for breakfast (it takes 20 minutes on medium, on the stovetop) for the tastiest, crispiest result.
I eat this with over-easy fried eggs, jelly toast, and hot coffee, but this northeast favorite has a soft inside that pairs well with so many breakfast foods!
13. Eggs Benedict
Although this is a typical American breakfast dish, it features Canadian bacon and an English muffin making it a well-rounded and multicultural dish.
The Hollandaise sauce that goes with your eggs is also quite amazing and a lot easier to prepare than you may think.
The result of putting all of these together is incredibly soft eggs, a smooth buttery sauce, crispy bacon, and a toasty English muffin.
If you find yourself skipping breakfast because you feel like there isn’t enough time for you to eat, you need a few of these muffins stashed away ready to go at a moment’s notice!
These are great to be prepped ahead of a busy week so in the morning, you can grab one and enjoy it while you are driving to work.
This is also a great way to feed the kids a morning treat without them realizing how much goodness goes into these muffins!
Got more blueberries on the mind? Try CookingChew’s tried-and-true blueberry pancakes.
15. Steak & Eggs
If you need extra fuel in the morning to get you ready for the day, this breakfast recipe will do the trick!
Featuring steak, eggs, home fries, and homemade chili relish, there are tons of great-tasting flavors at play here!
This is great for hosting friends for brunch, having breakfast for dinner, or just because you wanted Steak and Eggs for breakfast!
16. Denver Omelet
It is hard to find a Denver Omelet that won’t satisfy, but have you ever found a recipe for one that has put as much thought into every ingredient as this one does?
Ham and vegetables are sauteed to release moisture and to let some of the flavors out.
The eggs that envelope all of this goodness are light and fluffy with a golden exterior while the cheese inside is melted and helps hold everything together.
Add a bit of sweetness to this savory omelet with our from-scratch Grownup Cinnamon Toast!
Kolaches come from a Czech origin but can be found in many breakfast and donut shops around America.
These round pastries are full of fresh fruit compote and baked rather than fried.
You even get a sweetened cheese filling inside which makes this sweet breakfast even tastier!
Crispy fried chicken and fluffy waffles together may sound unusual but for breakfast, this is a great way to get both sweet and savory in one meal.
It isn’t just the chicken and waffles that makes this so special; you also need to include a perfectly crafted sweet and spicy sauce that goes with all parts of this dish!
Anyone who may have doubts about this breakfast dish needs to give it one taste and they will understand what makes it so great!
19. Breakfast Quiche
A quiche is a socially acceptable way to have pie for breakfast, even if it is savory rather than sweet.
Although it may look fancy and complex, it is actually very easy to make a quiche, so even if you are a beginner you can go ahead and try your hand at this delicious American breakfast.
Full of mushrooms, bacon, cheese, and eggs, this is a great way to change up how you enjoy your breakfast!
Nearly all parents have experienced going to the store with their children and having them beg to buy a box of frozen toaster strudels.
For whatever reason you may have decided not to buy them, you can still let your kids enjoy this special breakfast by making it fresh at home!
Featuring a flaky puff pastry, your favorite berry jam, and a delectable vanilla-almond glaze, this will turn out way better than what you would have bought in the frozen foods aisle of your grocery store!
Rather than venturing out to a local McDonald’s to get this classic American breakfast, you can start making it at home!
Two buttery pancakes make a bun for your breakfast sandwich of a sausage patty, fluffy egg, melted American cheese, and crispy bacon.
This is a great way to get both sweet and savory in one meal!
23. Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Rolls are a great way to start off a special day, whether it is a brunch with friends or a little one’s birthday.
The maple frosting for these rolls really sets them apart from other cinnamon rolls you might have had before.
Starting your morning off on a sweet note is guaranteed to put you in a good mood as you prepare for the rest of your day!
CookingChew Tip for Reheating Cinnamon Rolls
Who would have thought that one pastry, in particular, would elevate your breakfast or brunch meals to the next level!
Popular in bakeries all over America, this flaky Danish is easy to make and tastes amazing, all from only six ingredients!
For a little more fun, you can add some fresh berries or chocolate with your Danishes too!
25. Glazed Donuts
Glazed Donuts is one of the most popular flavors and for good reason!
These homemade donuts are sweet and fluffy, and feature ingredients that you will recognize!
You can even prep these the night before and make them in the morning once they have puffed up.
Donuts are no longer for just kids!
Everyone will enjoy this homemade recipe!
The corned beef hash may have originated in Europe but today, it is not uncommon to see it served in many breakfast restaurants throughout America.
Leftover corned beef and potatoes are made new when baked with eggs, peppers, and tons of herbs!
This hearty dish is a great way to start off a morning with tons of filling foods and use up any leftovers that may be in your fridge.
27. Fried Biscuits
If you prefer to make your biscuits from scratch, feel free to do so, but using store-bought cans of biscuits will still result in amazing fried biscuits!
There are so many options on what to serve with these biscuits including cinnamon sugar, apple butter, honey butter, jelly, sausage gravy, or eat them plain!
This even makes a great delectable side dish for some of your dinners that need something sweet to accompany them.
The bottom line
American breakfast recipes are full of influence from all over the world, but they all come together to make something delicious and worth sharing with friends and family!
There are so many breakfast options, but here is our curated list of the best breakfast meals to eat FOR DINNER!
- Fluffy American Pancakes
- Southern Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
- Morning Buns
- Farmer’s Casserole
- Creamy Grits
- Bacon, Egg & Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Almond Bear Claw
- Breakfast Pizza
- French Toast
- Everything Bagel Avocado Toast
- Apple Pie Overnight Oats
- Eggs Benedict
- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
- Steak & Eggs
- Denver Omelet
- Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles
- Breakfast Quiche
- Homemade Toaster Strudel
- Bacon, Egg & Cheese Breakfast Sandwich
- Homemade McGriddle
- Cinnamon Rolls
- Cream Cheese Danish
- Glazed Donuts
- Corned Beef Hash & Eggs
- Fried Biscuits
- Get in the mood for some delicious American Breakfast Recipes!
- Pick one or two or all of these yummy options!
- Breakfast is served, day or night!