Trying to find easy brunch recipes when you are feeding a crowd can be tough! With savory and sweet options plus drink recipes this list has it all plus ideas for how to prep or make everything ahead of time.
Choosing the right recipes can reduce stress and increase enjoyment. I’ve found the secret to hosting a brunch is to make smart swaps to make it easier on myself. The easiest swaps are to start with store bought ingredients as a starting point.
Some of my favorites are using canned crescent rolls, refrigerated pizza crust, or puff pastry as your base. Adding fresh ingredients make all the difference!
You can eliminate much of the day of stress by making ahead as many recipes as you can. Don’t forget to hand off some responsibility to those attending your brunch. There’s no reason why you should be doing all the work by yourself!
Choose recipes for others to bring that are easily portable like casseroles, drinks, fruits, or baked goods like muffins or scones. Casseroles and baked goods can be easily reheated once they arrive and drinks can be poured into fancy pitchers before serving.
Here’s a list of easy recipes with some tips and tricks that will make hosting brunch a little easier.
Savory Brunch Recipes
It seems most brunch options tend to be on the sweet side. Savory options are always good to have on hand to balance out all those sweet treats.
Spinach and Feta Breakfast Croissants
These breakfast croissants are a good vegetarian option to have on hand. You can prep all the ingredients the night before, making sure to slightly under cook the eggs since they will get cooked again in the oven. Assemble them the morning of and bake.
Savory Cheddar and Chive Waffles
Savory waffles are always a nice surprise on a brunch menu. I’ve found men are especially excited for savory options like this. Serve these and please the sweet lovers with blackberry waffles. Win, win!
You can even make these waffles a few weeks ahead and keep them in the freezer in a freezer Ziploc bag. To reheat, remove from the freezer, separate and bake at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes until hot and crisp.
Potatoes O’ Brien
This breakfast classic can be made on the stove top or in the oven. Prep all of the ingredients ahead of time and the morning of you can pan fry them as usual in a large cast iron skillet or in the oven.
To make in the oven, toss all the ingredients in the oil and spices and arrange on a cookie sheet. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes.
Easy Cheese Egg Breakfast Casserole
This egg casserole is a must at every brunch we go to. Everyone raves about how good it is and it is SOO easy to make.
To make ahead, make and bake the casserole as usual but for 10 minutes shorter than you would when serving immediately. Finish baking the morning of.
Another easy croissant this time for the meat lovers. Crisp bacon and herb butter make these very popular. Cook the bacon before hand and assemble in the morning.
Cheddar and Fresh Tomato Pizza
Using refrigerated pizza dough, or puff pastry if you want, is the key to making this quick and simple appetizer. Wait to drizzle with balsamic vinegar until right before serving time.
Sweet Brunch Recipes
Sweet treats for a brunch are always going to be popular. Most baked goods can be baked and frozen ahead of time before being reheated the day of the brunch.
Honey Lime Fruit Salad
This fruit salad tastes really good when the fruit are allowed to mix with the dressing overnight. Use whatever fruits that are available or in season.
Overnight Berry Baked French Toast
Serving at least 12, baked french toast is a great option for crowd. Don’t want berries, change it up and use different frozen fruit!
Orange Yogurt Scones
Make a couple batches of these orange yogurt scones and save the drizzling of the glaze for the day of. Or make a lemon and orange version for variety.
Peanut Butter and Banana Croissants
Kids love these peanut butter and banana croissants. You could even add a bar of chocolate to each one for an extra treat.
Lemon Yogurt Muffins
These yogurt muffins are so versatile. In that post there are lots of different combinations you can try and they freeze really well. Reheat in the microwave for a few minutes until warm. It may take more time depending on how many you are trying to microwave at a time.
Easy No Yeast Orange Rolls
Since these have no yeast they are more biscuit like than usual orange rolls but they are still super tasty. Reheat in the oven for 5-7 minutes before drizzling with the icing.
Brunch Drink Recipes
No brunch is complete without drinks. Here are a few easy options, some cold and some hot. Plus, all of these recipes are appropriate for both kids and adults so there’s no worry about separating out the drinks.
Fresh and fruity, this sangria looks gorgeous in a pitcher thanks to slices of fresh fruit.
Slow Cooker Mulled Berry Orange Juice
If it’s cold out, having a hot drink like this mulled orange juice is nice to warm everyone up. Keep it in a slow cooker on warm for serving.
Mango Herbal Iced Tea
Iced tea is always a classic and this herbal version is sans caffeine so safe for your pregnant friends or family and no kids will be running around bouncing off the walls.
If you’re not a Harry Potter fan you might not be aware of how amazing pumpkin juice is. It’s less fall like than you would think with lots of fresh fruit flavor and can be served warm or cold depending on the weather outside.