Simple Breakfast Buffet Ideas

Get the best simple breakfast buffet ideas to help you serve your special brunch guests. Find easy recipes and cooking tips to help you create an elegant breakfast buffet. Whether you’re planning a breakfast, brunch or just a general family gathering, a breakfast buffet can be a great idea. With the host / hostess spending less time in the kitchen preparing each meal, there’s more opportunity for mingling and visiting with the guests. At we’re focused on providing our readers with hundreds of creative breakfast buffet ideas and recipes to help make your next breakfast or brunch party a success.

Simple Breakfast Buffet Ideas

Easy Holiday breakfast board

Entertaining guests for breakfast is always a source of panic for me. Not only am I NOT a morning person, who has the time in the morning to cook a full meal for guests? That’s where make-ahead recipes or easy assembly jobs come in handy. And this easy breakfast board has become my go-to for fuss-free breakfast entertaining or fun family brunches. Guests can make up their own breakfast plates leaving you to enjoy a cup of coffee and bask in the glory of being the hostess (or host) with the mostess.

What To Put On A Breakfast Board

  • Pastries. Using store-bought waffles, croissants, muffins, bagels and Danish pastries are a great way to keep a breakfast board as simple as possible. Adding a stack of pancakes are also a good idea.
  • Eggs. I used boiled eggs here but you can make scrambled eggs, fried eggs or poached eggs.
  • Bacon. Bacon is a breakfast necessity for us but you can swap it out for breakfast sausage patties, pork sausages, etc. Other forms of protein like smoked salmon, slices of ham or charcuterie all work well too.
  • Yogurt. I added little pots of yogurt with fruit compote in the bottom to my board. Other forms of dairy like cream cheese (essential if you’re serving bagels) and cheeses are a good idea too.
  • Jams and spreads. Toast isn’t complete without jam, right? Strawberry jam, apricot preserves or fig jam are all delicious. Don’t forget maple syrup for the pancakes and waffles!
  • Fruit. Oranges, strawberries, melon and grapes all add freshness to an otherwise indulgent breakfast board.

How To Build An Easy Breakfast Board

  1. Prepare the hot foods: Cook the bacon (or any meat) that you’ll be adding. I love cooking bacon in a hot oven on a sheet pan when I’m feeding a crowd. Boiled eggs can be made the night before as can poached eggs. Make them ahead and keep in a bowl of water in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. Scrambled eggs are best made right before serving to prevent them from becoming dry and rubbery. Heat up the pastries that are better served warm like waffles, pancakes and croissants.
  2. Assemble the board: Using your biggest platter or board, place pots of jam or spreads, cheeses, yogurt and fruit. This can be done up to an hour or two before serving and kept loosely covered at room temperature. Add the warm pastries, bacon and eggs and serve immediately.

Build-Your-Own Brunch Buffet

Mix and match from Cooking Channel chefs’ best breakfast and brunch recipes to create your own custom morning spread.

Egg Dishes

What would a brunch be without eggs? Use this versatile ingredient to make your favorite dish, from basic fried, poached and scrambled eggs to dressed-up eggs Benedict.

  • Soufleed Spinach Omelet (pictured)
  • Eggs in Spicy Tomato Sauce
  • Fried Eggs With Truffles
  • Michael Symon’s Scrambled Eggs
  • Scrambled Eggs With Chorizo
  • Baked Eggs With Canadian Bacon
  • Southwestern Eggs Benedict
  • Italian Egg Sandwiches
  • Bacon and Egg Rolls With Spicy Tomato Relish

One-Dish Breakfasts

These comforting all-in-one breakfasts make for easy, hearty morning meals.

  • Frittata With Potato and Prosciutto
  • Cinnamon Roll Bread Pudding
  • Cinnamon French Toast Bake
  • Berry Strata
  • Chorizo Torta
  • Asparagus and Jack Cheese Frittata
  • Quiche Lorraine
  • Mexican Egg Bake
  • Spicy Breakfast Casserole
  • Broccoli, Mushroom and Cheese Strata


Potatoes are a culinary blank canvas, especially for breakfast and brunch. Fry them, grate them, turn them into a pancake, then finish the dish off with your favorite herbs and spices.

  • Potato Pancakes
  • Parmesan Potato Pancake
  • Cheesy Hash Browns
  • Patatas Bravas Home Fries With Roasted Tomato Aioli
  • Spicy Southwestern Home Fries
  • Bacon-Rosemary Potato Hash

Pancakes, Waffles, French Toast And More

Weekend breakfast and brunch is the perfect time to mix up a sweet batch of your favorite batter, whether you prefer pancakes, waffles or crepes. Don’t forget the French toast!

  • Cardamom-Orange French Toast
  • Doughnut French Toast
  • French Toast with Salted Caramel and Creme Fraiche
  • Chocolate Waffles
  • Crepes Suzette
  • Cakey Buttermilk Pancakes
  • Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
  • Banana-Pecan Pancakes With Maple Butter

Bake For Breakfast

Turn your kitchen into a bake shop with our best recipes for decadent morning treats, from biscuits and doughnuts to muffins and coffee cake.

  • Buttermilk Biscuits
  • Sweet Potato Biscuits
  • Blueberry Coffee Cake
  • Raspberry Crumb Coffee Cake With Maple Frosting
  • Olive Oil Muffins
  • Crisp, Buttery Canneles
  • Apple Zeppole With Cinnamon Whipped Cream
  • Indian Doughnuts
  • Apple Fritters

Breakfast Meats

On the side: Serve a slice of maple-candied bacon or spicy sausage.

  • Maple Bacon
  • Homemade Spicy Turkey Sausage
  • Mustard Chorizo Sausage

Salad For Brunch

Whether you choose a sweet or savory salad, something light and fresh rounds out a rich meal.

  • Tropical Fruit Salad
  • Melon, Prosciutto and Arugula Salad
  • Cucumber Ribbon Salad
  • Grapefruit Salad With Honey and Mint
  • Arugula and Roasted Fruit Salad With Panettone Croutons
  • Mixed Green Salad with Whole Citrus Vinaigrette

Drinks And Smoothies

Go beyond the typical cup of coffee with these inspired cocktails, smoothies and fruity drinks.

  • Strawberry Lassi
  • Mango Smoothie
  • Mango Lassi
  • Melon Agua Fresca
  • Virgin Pomegranate-Cranberry Bellini
  • Lemonade With Mint
  • Champagne Lemonade

Best Breakfast Buffet Recipes

This super easy breakfast bake is basically a loaded breakfast casserole: It’s heavy on the onions, peppers, and sausage, but lighter on the eggs, so it’s an inverse of your typical breakfast casserole. The layered format and ease on the eggs keeps this from getting soggy. You can go ahead and cook this ahead of time by cooking the hash browns ahead of time, then layering on the onions, peppers, and sausage before covering and refrigerating overnight. Then, simply add the custard the next morning and bake. If you can’t find frozen hash patties, you can use shredded hash browns instead. Simply spread about a pound of frozen hash browns in the baking dish and bake at 400 until cooked through. Then go on with the rest of the recipe.


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  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Lightly coat a 13- x 9-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Arrange hash brown patties in a single layer in baking dish (trimming patties as needed to fit). Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are golden and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and set aside. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F.

  • Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; cook, stirring occasionally, until crumbled and browned, about 8 minutes. Transfer sausage to a plate lined with paper towels; reserve drippings in skillet.

  • Add canola oil to drippings in skillet; heat over medium-high. Add onion and bell peppers; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Spoon mixture in an even layer over cooked hash browns in baking dish; sprinkle evenly with cooked sausage.

  • Whisk together eggs, cream, black pepper, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl. Pour mixture over sausage (mixture will seep through to bottom of baking dish). Sprinkle evenly with cheese.

  •  Bake at 350°F until eggs are set, about 25 minutes. Remove from oven; sprinkle with scallions and bacon.

Credit: Jen Causey; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Prissy Lee

Recipe Summary test

25 mins
1 hr 20 mins
Serves 8 to 10 (serving size: about 1 1/2 cups [for 8])


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13- x 9-inch broiler-safe baking dish with cooking spray, and set aside. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage; and cook, stirring to break up sausage, until browned and just cooked through, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Do not wipe skillet clean.

  • Add bell peppers, scallions, and 3/4 teaspoon of the salt to skillet. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Toss together potatoes and flour in a large bowl. Stir in cheese, cooked sausage, and bell pepper mixture. Spoon into prepared baking dish.

  • Whisk together eggs, milk, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt in a large bowl until thoroughly blended. Pour evenly over potato mixture. Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven until eggs are set in middle, about 55 minutes. Increase oven temperature to broil. Broil until top of casserole is browned in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 15 minutes before serving.


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  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Stir together hash browns, soup, sour cream, scallions, butter, chili powder, salt, pepper, and 1 1/2 cups of the cheese in a large bowl. Spoon mixture into prepared dish; sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese. Bake in preheated oven until potatoes are tender and cheese is melted and bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve hot.

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