Breakfast food tends to be so different from the food we eat the rest of the day that it’s a whole different category.
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For many people, breakfast is their favorite meal of the day. It’s a rich American tradition to go to an all-night restaurant after a night on the town and have breakfast at 1:00 a.m. We’re all about that, so why not make breakfast for dinner? Your family will love it!
If you think about it, many of our lunches could also serve as dinner, and vice versa.
Breakfast for dinner is a delightful twist on conventional mealtime norms. Not only does it offer a change of pace, but it also allows for an array of delicious and creative dishes that make for a satisfying end to the day. Embracing breakfast foods for dinner adds an element of novelty, inviting families to enjoy familiar favorites in a new context.
This versatility results in a multitude of options for breakfast-for-dinner menus, ranging from indulgent savory dishes to lighter, healthier fare. Additionally, many of these recipes are budget-friendly, quick to prepare, and easily adaptable to individual tastes or dietary restrictions. By exploring various breakfast for dinner ideas, it is easy to discover new culinary combinations that delight the palate and rejuvenate the routine of meal preparation.
From wholesome omelettes and hearty waffles to protein-packed quinoa bowls, there are countless possibilities to satisfy both breakfast and dinner cravings. These innovative options challenge the traditional conventions of mealtime, proving that a delicious and fulfilling dinner can be created using breakfast-inspired ingredients and dishes.
But what if you want to have breakfast for dinner? Who’s going to stop you when you decide to go wild and crazy?
And also, when you serve breakfast for dinner it can seem like a super special treat. It can be a lot of fun to change things up a bit.
Ready to get creative with your evening meal? Let’s discover the 24 best breakfast for dinner ideas.
Anytime a breakfast idea calls for green olives, you know it’s going to be a lot more exciting than usual.
These green olives are castelvetrano olives, and they come together with eggs and swiss chard to make a luxurious breakfast for dinner recipe.
The eggs are sunny-side-up and baked with a mixture of swiss chard, olives, and heavy cream.
For some extra texture, sprinkle this dish with panko breadcrumbs. Tossing some salty Greek feta cheese on top will add creaminess and even more protein.
Pair this meal with some bread and good coffee.
A bagel is great to eat any time of the day, and that includes breakfast for dinner.
This bagel is topped with smoked salmon, cream cheese, and has flavors of fresh dill and lemon juice.
Fresh lemon juice makes this recipe pop and the capers add tons of flavor.
Red onions add both flavor and color.
Serve this breakfast for dinner recipe with a salad, sliced Persian cucumbers, or whatever you like.
You can’t go wrong with fried rice for dinner and there’s so much you can do with it.
This recipe is for classic fried rice, but we take this fried rice up a notch with crispy bacon, a nice punch of garlic, and fluffy eggs.
For veggies, you can use frozen peas and diced carrots.
With onions and four cloves of garlic, this dish has tons of flavor, but the oyster sauce, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, and green onions make it absolutely perfect.
Who doesn’t love jalapeno poppers? They’re cheesy, hearty, and spicy, and we can’t get enough of them.
It’s hard to go wrong when you put bagels and cream cheese together, and this is one of the breakfast recipes that turns up the heat just enough to make things interesting.
With three types of cheese, what’s not to love? Think shredded white cheddar cheese, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and cream cheese.
Garlic powder, kosher salt or sea salt, and black pepper are all you need for seasoning.
Another thing that makes this recipe super special is that it calls for crispy bacon. Serve with avocado slices.
We love the idea of a delicious breakfast burger for dinner. After all, anytime is a good time for a hamburger.
The tomato jam is made from tomatoes, sugar, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and curry powder.
The hamburger patty has both ground beef and spicy breakfast sausage.
For cheese, consider shredded cheese ideas like gouda.
Serve this bad boy up on an everything bagel with avocado, fried egg, and plenty of crispy bacon.
Feel free to serve this burger with tater tots.
quesadillas are an excellent way to use up leftover meat and veggies, but you can also make a breakfast quesadilla using traditional breakfast foods.
You can use whatever type of tortillas you like, but these breakfast quesadillas are perfect with flour tortillas.
For the meat, you can use bacon, but breakfast sausage, chopped ham, and even cooked chicken all work well.
Serve your quesadillas with all of the usual Mexican food favorites, including guacamole, salsa, pico de gallo, and sour cream.
If you love French toast, this French toast casserole breakfast recipe will make your day.
This classic casserole is crispy on the outside, sweet and rich, and fluffy at the center.
Even better, it has everything you love about French toast, but it’s a one-pan meal that you can have ready in no time.
This French toast casserole recipe has step-by-step instructions to make it super easy for you.
You need a loaf of French bread that’s cut into cubes.
And yes, French bread really makes this casserole extra special. It’s just not the same with other bread.
In Japan, souffle pancakes are the latest craze and it’s easy to see why. These fluffy pancakes are essentially pancakes and souffle all rolled into one amazing meal.
These pancakes are incredibly airy and fluffy and they will absolutely melt in your mouth.
You can serve them with syrup and powdered sugar, or top them with fresh berries and whipped cream.
Also, these pancakes are incredibly easy to make. The secret to making them light and fluffy is to beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
Breakfast pizza for breakfast (and dinner)? You betcha! And we’re not talking about leftover pepperoni pizza breakfast pizza, either.
This recipe for breakfast pizza is the perfect way to feed a hungry crowd who is waking up after a big night, but breakfast pizza is also a great way to feed that same crowd a nice dinner.
We love that this breakfast pizza recipe calls for a tube of refrigerated pizza crust.
The Colby Jack cheese makes it super cheesy, and real bacon pieces bring so much flavor.
The eggs are scrambled just until they’re done and the sausage gravy makes it perfect. You can also make this with a baked egg.
This quiche is to die for. With ingredients like spinach, Gruyere cheese, and heavy cream, this delicious quiche is completely decadent.
To make this quiche, you can bake your own pie crust or use a frozen one from the grocery store. Be sure to buy a deep dish pie crust for this quiche recipe.
The ingredients are pretty simple and that’s what makes the flavor pop. With shallots and spinach, you have all you need.
The spices used are ground nutmeg and cayenne pepper.
Be sure to wring the spinach out to remove all the water.
11. Eggs Benedict
When you need to impress guests or your family with an elegant dinner, look no further than Eggs Benedict.
While it seems like a complicated recipe to make, Eggs Benedict is mostly pretty easy except for the Hollandaise sauce, and that just requires some patience. Just follow the instructions carefully and you will nail it.
However, in a pinch, you can buy a packet of Hollandaise sauce that you mix with water.
With English muffins, Canadian bacon, and a good old American poached egg, Eggs Benedict is an international dinner recipe that is sure to please.
Whoever first brought chicken and waffles together needs some type of official recognition.
The crispy fried chicken and tender waffles come together beautifully to give you the perfect breakfast for dinner recipe.
This chicken and waffles recipe is super unique because it includes a special spicy sauce that’s made with honey butter and chili powder. You can substitute maple syrup for the honey in the sauce.
The secret to getting the chicken thighs just right is to soak them in a buttermilk brine that has garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder (or hot sauce), and smoked paprika.
A breakfast casserole that’s full of sausage, eggs, and cheese is super comforting at any time of the day.
A breakfast casserole is traditionally served on holiday mornings, but why not pull one together to have breakfast for dinner?
With green onions, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper, this breakfast casserole is loaded with wholesome goodness.
Cheddar cheese adds tons of cheesy goodness, and sour cream makes this casserole nice and creamy.
Feel free to adapt this however you like, with different veggies like zucchini or spinach. You can also change up the cheese and add pepper jack cheese or Swiss cheese.
Are you looking for healthy breakfast for dinner ideas? Look no further! We are here to the rescue with these yummy sweet potato waffles.
These waffles are paleo friendly and they’re made with just six essential ingredients. Also, these sweet potato waffles are dairy free, sugar free, an gluten free.
To make these waffles, you need a sweet potato, eggs, green onions, garlic powder, black pepper, sea salt, and coconut flour.
Serve these waffles with your choice of syrup, including sugar free syrup.
A steak and egg sandwich is delicious for breakfast, and it makes an equally great breakfast for dinner.
With a runny egg and tender cube steak, you can’t go wrong with this sandwich.
Smoked paprika and cayenne pepper bring a lot of flavor, and the extra kick of crushed red pepper flakes in the caramelized onions just sends things over the top.
Spicy caramelized onions top this beautiful sandwich, and it’s served on a mouthwatering biscuit.
Feel free to serve this sandwich on another type of bread if you don’t have biscuits.
16. The Elvis
How does enjoying breakfast with dinner with The King sound? We’re talking about Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, of course.
Elvis Presley loved this sandwich with bacon, peanut butter, and sliced ripe banana on white bread.
The story is that on February 1, 1976, Elvis hopped aboard his private jet and went to Denver from Graceland in one night just to get his hands on this sandwich.
The original sandwich was made from a hollowed-out white bread loaf and stuffed with a whole jar of peanut butter.
17. Croque Madame
Traditional Croque Madame is a French breakfast sandwich that makes use of melty cheese, sweet deli ham, a rich Mornay sauce, and a fried egg on top of toasted bread.
The sauce can seem intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy. It’s basically just bechamel sauce that’s mixed with one of our favorite cheeses, melted Gruyere cheese.
This breakfast sandwich is traditionally made with thick slices of delicious white bread.
The seasoning used is stone-ground mustard, ground nutmeg, and fresh thyme.
Garnish this beautiful sandwich with chopped fresh chives for sheer perfection.
Not to be confused with the classic breakfast sandwich, this breakfast grilled cheese sandwich is in a league of its own.
This recipe calls for pre-cooked bacon, so it’s super easy. Naturally, you can cook your own bacon for this yummy sandwich.
Colby cheese or cheddar cheese is perfect.
The secret to the perfect grilled cheese sandwich is the type of bread you use.
Certainly, you can use any bread to make a grilled cheese, but an artisan white bread or sourdough really sends this breakfast sandwich over the top.
When’s a good time for a burrito? Anytime is a good time for a burrito, including when you’re eating breakfast.
This breakfast burrito recipe calls for melty cheddar cheese, soft scrambled egg, savory pork sausage, tender diced potato, creamy avocado, and whatever else you want to add.
The secret to getting this breakfast burrito just right is to fry your potato.
Also, this recipe doesn’t require a lot of clean-up because you cook your sausage, potatoes, and eggs all in the same breakfast skillet.
Serve your breakfast burritos for dinner with salsa, fresh cilantro, and, of course, a good Mexican beer.
If you’ve never enjoyed a frittata, you’ve been missing out and we say it’s time to try frittata when you have breakfast for dinner.
A frittata is an Italian omelet that you can whip up in less than 20 minutes.
A basic frittata recipe calls for large eggs, milk (almond milk is OK), sea salt, black pepper, and olive oil.
You can make a frittata out of anything you like when it comes to veggies, including green onions, chopped broccoli, feta cheese, asparagus, mozzarella cheese, mushrooms, pecorino cheese, cherry tomatoes, and more. The sky’s the limit when it comes to frittata!
21. Grilled Cheese
We have a couple of other breakfast sandwiches on this list, and we couldn’t resist adding a classic grilled cheese sandwich.
Some people like their bread buttered for their grilled cheese, but other folks swear by spreading the bread with mayonnaise instead of butter to toast it.
To make your cheese super melty, try cooking it first without the top slice of bread and with the skillet covered. The steam will help to melt the cheese.
One thing we recommend is that you add some mustard to your sandwich. It really does make it wonderful.
Sometimes we just want to chill and indulge ourselves with breakfast for dinner, and that’s where pancakes come in, specifically blueberry pancakes.
In this recipe, the lemon juice adds a wonderful zing and the pure vanilla extract is perfect.
We recommend using fresh blueberries for this delicious recipe if you can find them. Otherwise, you can use frozen blueberries, too.
If you use fresh blueberries, set some aside for serving on top of the pancakes. Be sure to have some room temperature butter on hand and plenty of maple syrup.
Have you ever heard of Tapsilog? If not, you’re in for a delightful surprise!
Tapsilog is a traditional meal from the Philippines that’s made with a fried egg, garlic rice, and a tapa.
Tapas are thinly sliced pieces of beef that are flavored with soy sauce, sugar, and calamansi juice. Then, the beef is fried until it’s perfect.
The three things together are just perfect as a meal for any time of day, including breakfast for dinner.
Feel free to add some veggies like sliced cucumbers or tomato slices.
One of our favorite easy breakfast for dinner ideas is a simple bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich.
This classic sandwich is a quick and easy breakfast favorite, and it can be a hearty protein-packed dinner, too.
To cook your eggs, instead of scrambling them, you’re going to cook them in the same style as an omelette. That way, you can build a breakfast sandwich that will stay together.
For the cheese, be as creative as you want. Cheddar cheese or American cheese is perfect, or you can try Havarti cheese or Monterey Jack cheese.
Do you want more unique breakfast ideas? Check out the Tasty video below the next time you’re looking for breakfast for supper ideas.
Our BEST 25+ Breakfast for Dinner Recipe Ideas (+Salmon and Bagel)
- 2 halved bagels
- 4 oz. smoked salmon
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. fresh dill
- Black pepper and sea salt to taste
- 1 cucumber
- Slices of red onion
- Combine cream cheese, lemon juice, and spices.
- Spread the mixture over toasted bagels.
- Top with remaining ingredients.
Organize all the required ingredients.
Enjoy the food.