Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, that’s a fact. Breakfast is also one of the most delicious meals of the day, also a fact (well a strongly held opinion of ours, anyway).
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After a long busy day, sometimes you just feel like you need something comforting and simple that still tastes delicious. That’s where breakfast for dinner comes in. I love French toast for dinner. Really any breakfast idea is fair game in our home for dinner.
While breakfast is one of the most delicious foods it’s also often the easiest too. For some reason, throwing a bunch of tasty ingredients in a dish with some fluffy eggs and gooey cheese is THE most satisfying and comforting food out there.
You may think the only way to do breakfast for dinner is to literally eat breakfast foods at dinner time, but it’s much more than that.
Breakfast for dinner is supposed to be the perfect combination of breakfast food and dinner time foods and the combinations are basically endless.
This article is a round-up of our favorite, most delicious and inventive breakfast for dinner ideas we could find. Keep reading for all the breakfast for dinner inspiration you need!
Veggie Breakfast Tacos | Cookie + Kate
Tacos are a delicious dish any time of day, especially for a tasty after work dinner. Classic taco toppings include ground beef and salsa but have you ever tried using some of your favorite breakfast ingredients?
This recipe by Cookie + Kate shows you how to make veggie breakfast tacos that work great as an easy-to-make dinner option.
You can add whatever toppings you like, but this recipe uses scrambled eggs, onions, zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, tomatoes, crumbled feta and Jalapeño peppers.
Italian Hash with Eggs | Eat This Not That
What’s more satisfying than a hearty hash packed with delicious fresh veggies, hot crispy potatoes and an oozing fried egg? Nothing, we agree.
What’s more, this recipe takes hash to a whole new level as it also incorporates juicy chicken sausage, banana peppers, kale and Asiago cheese which gives it a lovely creamy but milf cheesy flavor complimenting the fresh veggies very well.
It’s both visually satisfying and super delicious, what more could you want from a breakfast-for-dinner inspired dish!
It’s the perfect combination of breakfast and dinner, with all the ingredients of a classic Italian sandwich all fried together with cubed potatoes that are fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside and topped, in classic breakfast style, with a fried egg.
If you love breakfast, and you love Mexican food, the breakfast burrito is the perfect combination and a delicious idea for breakfast for dinner.
You can fill yours with whatever breakfast foods you like but this recipe from Once Upon a Chef is filled with smoky scrambled eggs, spicy sausage, avocado salsa and cheese – the ideal mix of breakfast food and classic Mexican ingredients.
The breakfast burrito is a super easy dish to make for a quick breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Fried chicken and waffles is the ultimate breakfast meets dinner combination. Everyone loves waffles for breakfast and crispy buttermilk fried chicken is the perfect comforting dinner so, why not combine them?
This may sound strange but the two foods compliment each other really well and with a hearty drizzle of maple syrup this dish makes for a super indulgent breakfast for dinner dish.
Breakfast Quiché | Blue Bowl
Quiche is a perfect simple dinner idea, it goes well with a side salad or a baked potato or really anything you like!
This recipe incorporates all the best bits of breakfast into this delicious dinner. This dish is filled with fluffy eggs, cheddar cheese, crispy bacon and spinach.
If making the crust from scratch is intimidating to you don’t fret because this recipe is a great easy-to-follow guide. You’ll find it is much easier than you anticipated, and you’ll impress your family at dinner time!
Breakfast Grilled Cheese | Don’t Go Bacon My Heart
The ultimate guilty pleasure dinner idea – the breakfast grilled cheese. This recipe by Don’t Go Bacon My Heart is packed with sausage, bacon, egg and, of course, cheese.
Sometimes all you need is a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner but why not incorporate some of your favorite ingredients!
To add some more flavor, you can add some Sriracha and chives like the recipe recommends or maybe some red pepper flakes or Jalapeños for some added texture and heat.
Tater Tot Breakfast for Dinner Casserole | 5 Dinners in 1 Hour
Mmm, casserole for dinner! But, not just your average casserole, this recipe is for a Tater Tot breakfast for dinner casserole!
This dish is packed with tasty classic breakfast ingredients all layered over each other and baked in the oven – drool.
Ingredients include a bottom layer of Tater Tots, followed by cut up sausage, then a sprinkle of cheese, this recipe uses cheddar, but you can use whatever cheese you like. Next, pour over the scrambled egg mixture and go back in with another layer of grated cheese followed by some bacon bits and seasonings.
Then bake until it is piping hot, and the eggs are fully baked and served with plenty of Ketchup to dip in (or whatever condiments you prefer)!
Breakfast for Dinner Pasta| Australian Eggs
This is probably the most weird-sounding breakfast for dinner idea we could find: breakfast for dinner pasta!
It may sound strange, but everyone loves pasta and everyone loves breakfast food so what could go wrong?
This pasta dish features fresh chorizo sausages, kale, eggs, prosciutto, cherry tomatoes, fresh ricotta, Parmesan cheese and thinly chopped parsley.
It’s not a very saucy dish, so it isn’t too rich, but it has a lovely mixture of textures and salty flavors and when mixed hot the cheese will become melty, combining all the ingredients into a mouthwatering breakfast for dinner pasta dish.
Breakfast Pizza | My Life Cookbook
A breakfast pizza is the perfect ‘brinner’ idea! This recipe by My Life Cookbook is a low carb option that utilizes an egg crust instead of dough, so it’s gluten free too.
You can top your egg crust pizza with whatever toppings you like, but this recipe tops it with sausage, bell peppers and cheese.
If you wanted to add some heat you could include some Jalapeño peppers or switch the sausage out for spicy sausage.
Scrambled Eggs with Salmon & Asparagus | Eat This Not That
We love a good scramble. You can have it for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can include basically any ingredients you like – there’s nothing that won’t work in a scramble!
This dish combines breakfast eggs with a classic dinner of salmon and asparagus to make this tasty breakfast for dinner style scramble dish.
It’s a super hearty dish packed with healthy oils and fats, but it’s actually pretty low in calories compared to restaurant style scrambles.
The egg on its own is only 200 calories which is super low! The asparagus adds a lovely crunch and some much needed texture to the dish which complements the soft eggs and melt in the mouth salmon.
To add some more flavor, this dish is topped with some crumbled fresh feta – delish!
Spinach Frittata with Bacon and Cheddar | The Spruce Eats
Frittatas are a great simple meal idea that make for a great quick lunch or dinner when you’re tight on time.
They’re also great for using up leftover ingredients. All you need to do is fill a dish with whisked eggs and a selection of chosen ingredients and bake it all together, sort of like a crust-less quiche.
This recipe by The Spruce Eats uses bacon, spinach and cheddar cheese but you can incorporate any of your favorite fillings. We think some sausage and chili flakes for some extra flavor and spice – delicious!
It works great for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Sweet Potato Waffles | Feel Good Foodie
Leftover sweet potatoes from yesterday’s dinner? Turn them into some delicious sweet potato waffles for today’s dinner!
Waffles are typically a sweet breakfast dish but by making them with sweet potato they become the perfect simple, light dinner dish.
This recipe is a great low carb option, and you can top the waffles in literally anything you like! They can still be eaten sweet with berries, yogurt and honey, or you could add some streaky bacon and maple syrup!
Another great option if you want something a little more on the dinner side of ‘brinner’, you can top this with some black beans, salsa and avocado.
This recipe opts for a simple drizzle of syrup, but you can create as many flavor combinations as you desire.
What’s great about this recipe is that it’s also 100% gluten free and suitable for a keto diet.
Shakshuka | The Live-in Kitchen
Shakshuka is a traditional dish that originated in The Maghreb, in Northern Africa, but it has since become a popular brunch dish in parts of the Western world.
The dish consists of poached eggs cooked in a rich tomato-based sauce with peppers, onion, garlic and other spices.
It is commonly served with some fresh bread for dipping too. This makes it a filling and comforting dish that can be eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
You get the perfect mix of breakfast and dinner with this dish: classic breakfast poached eggs and a hearty casserole style rich tomato sauce with fresh bread for dipping.
Sheepherder’s Breakfast | Taste of Home
Another casserole style brinner idea is this Sheepherder’s Breakfast dish. It’s great for when you just want to make something quick and simple for dinner that all goes in one dish to be baked in the oven and then served – simple but delicious.
This dish contains bacon, onion, eggs, cheese and shredded hash browns all baked in one dish into a delicious breakfast for dinner casserole.
It can be served with some fresh toasted bread or eaten on its own with some sauces to dip in.
You can add in any extra ingredients such as some jalapeño peppers for some added spice or maybe some red pepper flakes.
You could also add in some cut up sausage or chorizo sausage for a more meaty dish. Alternatively, you could swap out any meat ingredients for more veggies such as bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes for a vegetarian option.
Breakfast Quesadilla | Pumpkin ‘N Spice
Mexican food is one of our favorite dinner-time go to’s, especially Quesadillas! They are so quick and easy to make, and they can be filled with anything you like.
This recipe combines the deliciously cheesy and comforting dinner dish of Quesadillas with all the best bits of breakfast food to create the ultimate breakfast for dinner recipe idea!
Filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, gooey cheddar cheese, salty bacon and green peppers, all encased in a crispy, tortilla envelope – seriously, what more could you want after a busy day?
They take minutes to make, so you can feed your entire family with minimum effort and minimum mess, perfect!
Dinner Omelet | The Spruce Eats
An omelet is the perfect quick and simple meal to make when you're pushed for time, or you’re low on groceries.
You can use any fillings you have lying around your kitchen and lots of cheese, and you’ve got yourself a scrumptious meal that works for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This recipe is designed to work as ‘brinner’, so it includes mushrooms, tomatoes, green onions and cheese, but you can add in some classic breakfast meats like bacon and sausage if you wish.
You could also add in some chili peppers like jalapeños for some added crunch and heat.
Breakfast for Dinner Sandwich | Chatelaine
Sometimes after a long hard day, when you get home you don’t have the energy for a time consuming home cooked hot meal, so you settle for a good old fashioned sandwich.
You can’t go wrong with a good sandwich and with the right ingredients a sandwich can be one of the tastiest dinner ideas of all time.
This breakfast for dinner sandwich recipe is no exception! This dish consists of soft, freshly toasted bread filled with crispy, salty bacon, over easy fried eggs, strong cheddar cheese, avocado and tomatoes.
You can either include the avocados and tomatoes in the sandwich or serve them on the side. It's up to you.
This breakfast for dinner idea only takes around 15 minutes to make and can serve four! You can include as many or as little ingredients as you like, but we think this recipe rocks!
Eggs Benedict Burger | The Brewer & Baker
Yes, that’s right, an Eggs Benedict burger! The ultimate combination of indulgent breakfast food and greasy dinner food.
It’s everything you could imagine it would be: a thick, juicy beef patty sat on a toasted breakfast muffin and topped with crispy bacon, a poached egg and creamy Hollandaise sauce – we won’t judge if you’re already drooling as you read!
It’s not the healthiest of breakfast for dinner options, but it certainly is one of the tastiest! Enjoyed in moderation, this Eggs Benedict burger is the ultimate breakfast for dinner idea that you just have to try at least once, you’ll seriously impress your dinner guests, too!
We hope this article has given you some great breakfast for dinner ideas ready for the next time you get home from work and are craving something delicious and breakfast-inspired. ‘Cause let’s face it, breakfast at literally any time of day is what we’d all prefer, right?
What’s so great about most of these recipes is that they’re also easy to make and take around half an hour to make.
Don’t restrict yourself to only enjoying crispy bacon and fluffy eggs in the morning! Incorporate them into a hearty, delicious and nutritious breakfast-for-dinner style dish, you won’t be disappointed!