40 Breakfast Ideas for a Crowd

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Best breakfast ideas for a crowd help you set up the perfect breakfast buffet for an open house, holiday brunch, or other special event with lots of friends and family. Find easy make ahead breakfast recipes you can reheat in the morning and arrange for a delicious start to everyone's day.

The photo collage shows a breakfast buffet set up on a table next to three photos of breakfast recipes included on the list.

These easy breakfast ideas for a crowd will help you pull together an epic breakfast buffet filled with delicious options for guests of all dietary requirements.

From celebratory breakfast casseroles and sweet breads to protein-heavy dishes for anyone who needs low-carb or gluten-free breakfast options, your breakfast spread will have a little something for everyone.

Pick a hearty main dish, pair it with a sweet bread and some jam, platters of fresh fruit and a savory side like bacon or breakfast potatoes, and you're ready to go!

Make Ahead Main Dishes

Since breakfast arrives early in the morning, choosing strategic make ahead main dishes is just smart planning.

You can prep or bake these easy recipes weeks to months in advance and store them in the freezer.

For most of them, I recommend thawing in the fridge overnight and then simply reheating in the oven on big baking pans.

Breakfast Burritos

My make ahead breakfast burritos are perfect for feeding a crowd. You can get all the prep work done for a big batch ahead of time and pop them in the freezer.

Individually wrap them in aluminum foil and you can reheat them in the oven on big baking pans all at once.

Serve them on a buffet table with big bowls of fresh salsa, bottles of hot sauce, a container of sour cream.

Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
This big batch of spicy egg and sausage breakfast burritos are perfect for feeding a crowd or keeping on hand for busy weekday mornings.
4.49 from 128 votes
A blue plate has a stack of breakfast burritos, one is sliced open to show the sausage, eggs, and potatoes inside.

Breakfast Sandwiches

Frozen breakfast sandwiches work just like the breakfast burritos -- get all the prep work done in advance, wrap in foil and freeze them.

I suggest thawing them in the fridge overnight before reheating them in the oven for the best texture.

To feed a crowd, you could mix and match the fillings from some of these options:

  1. Sausage, Egg, and Cheese
  2. Sausage and Cheese
  3. Egg and Cheese
  4. Just Sausage
  5. Just Egg
Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches
These delicious egg, sausage, and cheese frozen breakfast sandwiches are perfect for making in a big batch for easy school morning breakfasts. They also would make a great breakfast for a crowd, simply reheat them in a big batch in the oven so they are ready to serve all at once.
5 from 2 votes
A pile of sausage and egg english muffin sandwiches are ready to be wrapped for the freezer.

Baked Egg Patties

If you don't want to make the frozen breakfast sandwiches in advance, my easy baked egg patties cook in just 20 minutes. You could bake several pans of them at once.

Slice and serve them with trays of english muffins, platters of sliced fresh tomato, sliced cheese, and a bowl of arugula for everyone to build their own egg sandwich.

Baked Egg Patties
Easy baked egg patties are the perfect make ahead protein for adding to a quick breakfast sandwich or wrap on a busy morning. Mix up the seasonings for fun variations on a delicious breakfast that you can store in the fridge or freezer.
5 from 44 votes
A breakfast sandwich has 2 egg patties, sliced tomato, and fresh arugula leaves on an english muffin.

Easy Eggs Benedict for a Crowd

Believe it or not, my version of easy eggs benedict is perfect for feeding a crowd. This is a recipe inspired by one we enjoyed at a bed and breakfast for our anniversary, if it works for an entire B&B, it will work for you too!

Scramble the eggs in big pans, toast the croissants in the oven on a big sheet pan, and then offer the easy parmesan cream sauce in a pitcher on the buffet table for everyone to build their own eggs benedict.

Easy Eggs Benedict
This delicious eggs benedict variation is so much easier to make than the original! Perfect for making a single serving or scaling for a large crowd for a special brunch menu. You can plate the assembled sandwiches or serve the elements family-style at the table.
5 from 1 vote

Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables

You could serve this easy scrambled eggs with vegetables in warming trays for a crowd. Roast big pans of the veggies, scramble big skillets full of eggs, and then just keep them warm on the buffet table in covered warming dishes.

Scrambled Eggs with Vegetables
Perfectly seasoned scrambled eggs with roasted vegetables makes an easy weekend brunch for the family or simple but elegant holiday breakfast menu. Mix and match your favorite veggie combos with fluffy eggs for a protein-packed way to start your day.
5 from 1 vote
A plate of scrambled eggs with vegetables.

Build Your Own Yogurt Parfait Bar

One of the easiest breakfasts for a crowd is to set up a build your own yogurt parfait bar with a variety of fresh fruits, tubs of yogurts in different flavors, and a big bowl of my homemade granola.

You can even bake more than one batch of the granola so that one bowl is nut-free or to offer a couple different flavor options.

The granola keeps in an airtight container for at least a week so it is a great make-ahead option.

Homemade Granola
This deliciously crispy homemade granola has hints of cinnamon and vanilla, crunchy almonds, and chewy raisins. Perfect for topping a yogurt parfait for an above-average weekday breakfast or a special addition to your brunch menu.
5 from 1 vote
A bowl of yogurt topped with homemade granola and fresh strawberries sits on a blue napkin.

Make Ahead Quiche

Stock up on a few freezer-friendly disposable pie plates so you can bake ahead a couple different flavors of my make ahead easy quiche.

You can store them in the freezer for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the fridge overnight and just warm them through in the oven before serving.

Even better? Keep it easy and use a store bought pie crust!

Easy Quiche
This classic quiche recipe can be mixed and matched with your favorite fillings to make a delicious egg dish for your brunch menu.
4.50 from 4 votes
A slice of spinach quiche is on a plate next to additional baby spinach.

Breakfast Casseroles

The best breakfast casserole recipes involve prepping the dish the night before and letting it sit overnight.

Then just pull these easy breakfast casseroles out of the fridge and pop them in the oven before serving.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole

I love to serve this sausage breakfast casserole with English muffins for Christmas breakfast with fresh fruit but it is great any time of year.

You could also pair it with a light green salad for more of a brunch item.

Sausage Breakfast Casserole with English Muffins
This deliciously easy overnight sausage breakfast casserole has an english muffin base topped with asparagus, red peppers, and cheddar cheese. It is the perfect easy breakfast recipe for Christmas morning or Easter brunch.
5 from 2 votes
A white baking dish has a cheesy sausage and egg casserole with green veggies mixed in.

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

For a more southern spin on your big breakfast, why not try this easy sausage biscuits and gravy casserole? It is a great choice for a hungry crowd.

Sausage Biscuits and Gravy Casserole
This delicious breakfast casserole spin-off of your favorite diner breakfast has a creamy sausage gravy over fluffy biscuits and eggs all in one easy to bake dish. Prep it ahead and bake for an easy weekend brunch or holiday breakfast.
4.60 from 5 votes
A baking dish is filled with an egg casserole that has sausage gravy over the top. Golden brown biscuits peek out from the corners.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

My husband particularly loves this overnight french toast bake with pecan praline because it has a hint of bourbon in the brown sugar mix.

I included several different flavor varieties for you to mix and match if you wanted to prep more than one for a really big crowd.

Overnight French Toast Bake with Pecan Praline
This sweet and salty bourbon pecan French toast bake is the perfect overnight breakfast to prep before a holiday. Serve it with peppery bacon.
4.75 from 4 votes
A serving of French toast casserole topped with pecans has slices of bacon on the side.

Egg and Ham Slab Pie

This cheesy egg and ham slab pie starts with my perfect butter pie crust recipe. You can actually bake it in advance and freeze it if you want, too.

Egg and Ham Slab Pie
This light and flaky slab pie is filled with savory ham, swiss cheese, and whipped eggs. Seasoned with a slight spicy kick, it is the perfect holiday brunch recipe.
5 from 1 vote
A metal baking pan has an egg and ham breakfast pie with a buttery, flaky pie crust.

Fluffy French Toast

Our whole family is pretty darn sure this is the best French toast recipe in the world. They all get SO excited when I make it but the prep work can be a little messy for a holiday or brunch.

Instead, make the entire batch of French toast and just store it in the fridge in an airtight container with layers of waxed paper between the slices.

Reheat it in the oven on big baking pans all at once and serve it family style. This trick works amazing because the toast retains that wonderful crispy texture when it heats back up in the oven.

French Toast
This crispy French toast is perfect for serving family style. Keep the entire batch warm in the oven until you're ready to serve. The rich vanilla custard batter makes the sweetest, most delicious French toast ever.
5 from 1 vote
Crispy french toast slices on a platter sprinkled with powdered sugar and a cup of maple syrup on the side.

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Another great prep ahead breakfast treat you can finish ahead of time and store in the fridge or freezer is my pumpkin pecan waffles.

You can griddle up the waffles in advance and then just reheat them in the toaster or on big pans in the oven.

Stir in butterscotch chips and chopped pecans to the batter before griddling and they almost don't need any syrup!

Pumpkin Pecan Waffles
Delicious homemade pumpkin pecan waffles are an easy recipe for your waffle maker and can be made ahead for a busy week or frozen for a holiday breakfast. Serve them with a dusting of powdered sugar or maple syrup but a handful of butterscotch chips really puts the recipe right over the top!
5 from 1 vote
A blue plate has 3 pumpkin waffles sprinkled with butterscotch chips and pecans.

Sweet Breads

Whether or not you have a big hearty main dish, it is easy to fill out a breakfast buffet for a crowd with a variety of sweet breads, tubs of flavored cream cheese, butters, and jams.

Let your guests make their own toasts or just enjoy a breakfast roll with some fresh fruit.

Most of these ideas can be made ahead and frozen to save time.

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Big Batch Pumpkin Bread

This big batch pumpkin bread recipe is one of the most popular quick bread recipes on my whole site because it uses one can of pureed pumpkin to make three loaves of spiced pumpkin bread.

You can mix dried cranberries, nuts, or even mini chocolate chips into individual loaves for variety.

Easy Pumpkin Bread Recipe
This big batch of pumpkin bread makes three loaves -- 1 to keep, 2 to freeze or share with friends. Such a tasty recipe for fall entertaining and easy breakfasts. Freezes so well!
4.87 from 59 votes
3 pans of homemade pumpkin bread cool on a stove top.

Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls

Good news! If you're too nervous to try making cinnamon rolls from scratch, you can make my cranberry cinnamon rolls with leftover cranberry sauce and a package of refrigerated cinnamon roll dough!

This lets you make pans and pans of easy cinnamon rolls that taste homemade in just minutes.

Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls
These easy cranberry cinnamon rolls use Pillsbury cinnamon roll dough (or another brand of prepared cinnamon roll dough) for the easiest Christmas breakfast ever.
4.98 from 37 votes
A cranberry filled cinnamon roll has a fork serving up a bite.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls

On the other hand, if you have a bread maker it is so easy to make a batch of my bread machine orange rolls in advance and freeze the pan for later.

This easy recipe is always a hit because it is unique and different from regular cinnamon rolls. The bright orange flavor is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter.

Bread Machine Orange Rolls
This bread machine orange rolls recipe is so easy because you prepare the fool proof dough in your bread maker, roll the dough out and bake it in your oven for perfect golden brown breakfast rolls. The filling is not too sweet and has a fresh burst of orange flavor all throughout the orange flavored dough and orange icing.
5 from 1 vote
A baking pan filled with finished orange rolls sits on a blue towel.

Monte Cristo Pinwheels

Another fun and easy crescent roll recipe is my sweet and savory Monte Cristo pinwheels filled with ham, turkey, and covered with a pinch of powdered sugar.

You can prep the pinwheel logs in advance and then just slice and bake big pans of them at once to serve warm with raspberry jam.

Monte Cristo Sandwich Pinwheels
These sweet and savory breakfast pinwheels are inspired by the classic Monte Cristo sandwich seen on many restaurant menus. Made into easy nibbles with crescent roll dough, they are perfect for a brunch buffet.
5 from 51 votes
A plate filled with Monte Cristo crescent rolls and a little cup of strawberry jam for serving.

Fresh Strawberry Bruschetta

If you want to serve a more European style breakfast, you could easily place large platters of cold cuts and cheese out along with a platter of homemade crostini.

Add a bowl of my strawberry bruschetta topping for a sweet fruit accent, the fresh basil makes it a perfect partner for the meats and cheeses.

Strawberry Bruschetta
This easy party appetizer recipe is perfect for strawberry season. You can have an elegant apptizer in just minutes!
5 from 1 vote
2 crostini toasts are topped with diced strawberries and a sprinkle of fresh basil to show the strawberry bruschetta appetizer. A plate of crostini sits in the background.

Bread and Jam Station

You could easily turn your breakfast for a crowd into a breakfast potluck and just ask every guest to bring a loaf of interesting bread, a flavored butter or homemade jam.

Line up all the sliced breads in bread baskets with an arrangement of spreads and toppings and let everyone mix and match to their hearts' content.

Easy Bread Recipes

These easy bread machine recipes and quick breads can be made ahead and frozen or prepped the day before and stored just at room temperature.

Easy Jam Recipes

I love making freezer jam in the summer when the fruit is in season, you can enjoy the flavors all year round!

Protein Side Dishes

For those that need a hearty start to their day, you'll be sure to include some protein-heavy options for them to mix in with the fruit and breads.

These are also great options for anyone who needs a gluten-free or low-carb breakfast.

Hardboiled Eggs

Simply make a big batch of hard boiled eggs and arrange them in a pretty basket or bowl on the buffet table.

Just be sure to place a little sign out so that your guests know they are already cooked!

Hard Boiled Eggs
Make perfect hard boiled eggs for Easter egg dying or turning into deviled eggs or egg salad. Light and fluffy yolks and tender, well shaped egg whites for any dish.
5 from 1 vote
A platter of hard boiled eggs have been sliced open so you can see the perfectly cooked yolks.

Peppered Bacon

My peppered bacon recipe is baked in the oven on big baking pans. You can bake more than one pan at a time and even do it a day or two in advance.

Simply reheat the bacon in the oven for a few minutes so it gets nice and crispy again.

Peppered Bacon
Delicious peppered bacon can easily be turned into candied bacon with brown sugar. Sweet or savory, this is the best bacon for your weekend brunch.
5 from 49 votes
A platter of candied bacon with pepper is ready to serve.

Turkey Breakfast Sausage

My turkey breakfast sausage recipe can be formed into sausage patties for adding to a breakfast sandwich or you can cook it into sausage crumbles for adding to scrambled eggs or omelettes.

Turkey Breakfast Sausage
This easy turkey breakfast sausage recipe can be made into breakfast sausage patties for breakfast sandwiches or sausage crumbles for adding to an egg scramble or omelette. Lighter and healthier than traditional sausage but this recipe has ALL the same flavor thanks to the seasoning mix.
5 from 47 votes
A white plate has turkey breakfast sausage patties piled high for serving.

Breakfast Sides

If you need a filling breakfast potato side dish or veggie side dish, these recipes are easy to prep ahead and are always a hit on a buffet.

Funeral Potatoes

My cheesy cornflake topped funeral potatoes recipe fits right in with a breakfast buffet, a holiday brunch, or even with some holiday dinner menus!

Everyone loves that buttery, crispy topping over the creamy, cheese potato filling.

Cheesy Cornflake Potatoes
This easy cheesy potato casserole has a crispy cornflake topping. Otherwise known as "funeral potatoes," it is a popular holiday side dish or church potluck recipe.
4.92 from 48 votes
The funeral potatoes recipe has been baked and a spoon has scooped out a serving from the baker.

Potato Latkes

My homemade potato latkes, or potato pancakes as you might call them, do take a little more work to prep but the good news is my version helps you make them ahead for the fridge or freezer.

Then you can just reheat them in the oven and serve with my 10-minute microwave applesauce and a bowl of sour cream.

Make Ahead Potato Latkes
Golden brown potato latkes can easily be made from scratch at home before your holiday celebration. Mix together the grated potatoes and onions with a simple egg base and fry them in oil. Once cooled, they can be stored for later and just reheated before serving.
4.44 from 46 votes
A platter of homemade potato latkes next to cups of sour cream and applesauce with spoons.

Marinated Tomatoes

This simple marinated tomatoes recipe is actually the perfect accent for a cheesy or eggy breakfast.

You could serve a big bowl of the fresh tomatoes near a tub of cottage cheese for another low-carb, gluten-free breakfast option for guests who want something filled with protein.

Marinated Tomatoes
These easy marinated tomatoes are a simple dinner side dish, salad topping, or perfect pasta salad base. Serve them with crostini for an appetizer or with cottage cheese for a healthy lunch.
5 from 32 votes
A big bowl of red and yellow cherry tomatoes have been sliced in half and marinated in an Italian dressing.

More Brunch Ideas

Planning a festive brunch? Learn how to host a brunch and plan your menu and then get seasonal ideas for every event:

More Recipes for a Crowd

If you're planning a special event for a crowd, you need all the make ahead buffet dishes you can get your hands on:

The photo collage shows a breakfast buffet set up for a crowd next to four pictures of breakfast recipes to include.


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