72 Brilliant Make-Ahead Brunch Recipes Worth Waking Up For

updated Mar 26, 2024
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I love brunch, you love brunch — I think we’re all on board for a good weekend brunch, yes? The one problem with brunch, however, is figuring out how to make it without having to get up at the crack of dawn to start cooking.

That’s why we’re bringing you a roundup of all our favorite make-ahead brunch recipes for whatever plans you may have come the weekend. We have make-ahead breakfast casseroles and big-batch breakfast recipes, both sweet and savory, that the whole family will love.

Here are 72 make-ahead brunch recipes worth waking up for.

Make-Ahead Egg Casseroles

Not only are breakfast casseroles and quiches ideal for serving a crowd, but they also have big make-ahead brunch potential and welcome just about any type of meat, vegetables, or cheese you have handy.

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Make-Ahead Spinach and Feta Egg Casserole

Filled with leafy spinach and chunks of crumbled feta, and laced with fresh dill, this egg casserole just might remind you of spanakopita.

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Cheesy Denver Breakfast Casserole

Inspired by the Denver omelet, this easy-assembly, crowd-feeding breakfast casserole loaded with the works: cheddar cheese, diced ham, bell pepper, shredded potatoes, and eggs.

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Eggs Benedict Casserole

A trouble-free egg custard ties together this casserole-style eggs benedict packed with toasted English muffins, Canadian bacon, and creamy hollandaise sauce.

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Sausage Breakfast Casserole

This classic combination of eggs, breakfast sausage, cheddar cheese, and bread bakes up hearty and satisfying.

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Breakfast Burrito Egg Casserole

It's everything you love about a classic breakfast burrito layered into an egg casserole.

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Diner Breakfast Egg Bake

Inspired by a classic diner breakfast combo of tender potatoes, savory sausage, and eggs, this casserole is a crowd-pleasing, throw-it-together dish you should make year-round.

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Bacon, Potato & Egg Breakfast Casserole

This breakfast casserole is a simple, hearty dish of eggs and bacon, mixed with potatoes and vegetables, that can be prepared up to a day in advance.

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Veggie Supreme Egg Bake

If you've got vegetable lovers at home, this one's for you. Spinach, peppers, potatoes, and mushrooms all make an appearance!

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Shakshuka-ish Breakfast Casserole with Feta Drop Biscuits

This playful twist on shakshuka is a hearty, showstopping choice for brunch for a crowd.

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Overnight Merguez and Mushroom Strata

At its most basic, strata is stale bread, egg custard, and cheese. After that, it’s pretty much a choose-your-own adventure. This version has a harissa-spiced custard, merguez sausage, and mushrooms.

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Make-Ahead Bacon & Leek Casserole

A recipe for a cheesy bacon and leek egg casserole that can be prepared ahead of time and is perfect for Easter brunch.

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Cheesy Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole

Sour cream makes this hashbrown breakfast casserole better than the rest, adding a richness that prevents the eggs from becoming too dry during baking.

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Instant Pot Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Strata

The beauty of this recipe is that you can prep it the night before. In the fridge, the bread soaks up the custard and takes on a ton of flavor.

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Overnight Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole

This overnight slow cooker breakfast casserole is loaded with veggies, ham, and cheese and cooks while you sleep, so you can wake up to a hot breakfast in the morning.

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Make-Ahead Sweet Breakfast Casseroles

If your crowd skews toward the sweet side, you’re going to want to keep these easy casseroles on your radar, since they’re even better when made ahead of time. These casseroles can all be prepped the day before then stashed in the fridge, so all that’s left to do is pop it in the oven in the morning.

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French Toast Casserole

This easy, make-ahead breakfast bake is a crowdpleaser every time. It boasts all the classic cinnamon and vanilla French toast flavors, wrapped up into a family-style casserole.

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Strawberries and Cream French Toast Casserole

Strawberries & cream French toast casserole gets a double dose of berries with bursts of strawberry jam & cream cheese in the center, plus a fresh berry topping.

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Double Chocolate Croissant French Toast Casserole

Soak stale croissants in a chocolate milk custard and shower the whole thing with chocolate chips for the most decadent breakfast imaginable.

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Overnight Blueberry Cheesecake French Toast Casserole

This French toast casserole comes jam-packed with cubed challah bread, blueberries, and warm spices, and is topped with a delicious cream cheese glaze.

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Overnight French Toast

Prep the night before and once you wake up and bake, be rewarded by thickly sliced brioche bread soaked in luscious custard and topped with a crunchy, spice-kissed streusel topping.

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Loaded Blueberry Cheesecake Breakfast Bake

This is 100% a weekend brunch casserole — toasted golden bread baked with cascades of juicy blueberries and deep, rich swirls of cream cheese.

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Blackberry Croissant Breakfast Bake

This bake does the impossible: It improves on flaky, buttery croissants by soaking them in a rich, custardy liquid and baking them with a slew of juicy blackberries.

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Blueberry Pancake Casserole

This casserole for a crowd is everything you love about fluffy buttermilk pancakes loaded with blueberries the added bonus of a streusel topping.

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Orange-Maple French Toast Casserole

Lean on the season’s abundance of sweet, ripe oranges to make this French toast casserole the hero of your weekend brunch.

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Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

Make this cinnamon and apple French toast casserole the night before and enjoy it fuss free in the morning. Apple butter in the custard is the trick!

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Cinnamon Roll Casserole

We love making cinnamon rolls from scratch but for an easy, family-friendly breakfast during the holidays, we turn to refrigerated cinnamon rolls from the store.

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Strawberry-Rhubarb Baked Oatmeal

Get your rhubarb fix for dessert with this tender, creamy baked oatmeal dotted over with bits of strawberry and rhubarb.

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Orange-Pistachio French Toast Casserole

Orange, pistachios, and dates elevate this make-ahead breakfast into an extra special casserole.

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Quiche is the perfect make-ahead brunch. Blind bake the crust up to 1 day in advance or bake the entire quiche 3 days before serving.

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Perfect Quiche

With its savory custard and flaky crust, this brunch classic feels fancy, and it's surprisingly easy to make.

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Quiche Lorraine

When it comes to classic quiche flavors, quiche Lorraine reigns supreme. Full of rich caramelized shallots, crisp bacon, and earthy Gruyère cheese, the classic French breakfast dish is worth mastering.

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Bacon and Cheese Breakfast Quiche

A satisfying 5-ingredient quiche inspired by the classic bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich.

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Spinach Quiche

This foolproof quiche recipe can be made with either fresh or frozen spinach, depending on what you have.

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Asparagus Quiche

Baking this quiche in a deep-dish pie shell means there's plenty of room for tender asparagus, feta cheese, scallions, and creamy custard.

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Foolproof Quiche

Once you know the ratio of eggs to cream, you can make quiche like a pro. You make it the day ahead, slice it just before serving, and then pass out the plates.

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Easiest-Ever Crustless Quiche

Crustless quiche is similar to a traditional quiche where it has savory egg custard loaded with cheese and mix-ins, but it’s baked without a pie crust.

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Mini Quiche

Bite-sized quiches filled with melty cheese and chopped sweet bell peppers are the perfect brunch appetizer!

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Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

As much as we love a classic quiche, broccoli is an all-time favorite add-in. The crisp-tender veggie lends a pop of color to each and every slice of the creamy, cheesy egg bake.

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Ham and Cheese Quiche

A classic ham and cheese quiche that only requires five ingredients. Thanks to a store-bought pie crust and diced, cooked ham, this recipe is as easy as it gets.

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Caramelized Onion Skillet Quiche

A savory caramelized onion quiche made in a skillet and topped with fresh arugula.

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Easy Caprese Quiche

If you’re looking for more ways to enjoy the flavors of caprese salad, make this quiche your next stop. To avoid a watery final product, we’re saving the tomatoes for the every end by topping this mozzarella- and basil-filled quiche with a juicy tomato salad.

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Baked Goods

Most yeasted breads, like our morning buns and cinnamon rolls, can be made right up to the point when you shape the bread, at which point you can refrigerate overnight and finish the recipe the next day. When you need something that can be prepped and baked totally in advance, coffee cake, muffins, and scones are always a good idea.

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Coffee Cake

The keys to the best coffee cake for your weekend brunch? An extra layer of crumbly topping in the middle and an easy icing drizzled over the top.

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Sour Cream Pound Cake

Sour cream is the secret to making super-tender pound cake with a subtle tang.

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Lemon Poppy Seed Sweet Rolls

These fluffy sweet rolls boast lemon poppyseed flavor three ways: in the dough, in the filling, and in the tangy cream cheese glaze.

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Carrot Cake Muffins

Turn your favorite, spice-packed cake into a morning muffin.

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Lemon Blueberry Bread

This tall loaf is full of plump blueberries and lemon zest, and crowned with lemon icing.

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Slow Cooker Pull-Apart Cinnamon Rolls

There's no need to keep an eye on the oven, plus slow cooker cinnamon rolls cook up with a ultra-moist and tender center.

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Pound Cake

With a super-tender, dense texture and a buttery, vanilla flavor, this will become an instant favorite for your weekend brunch.

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Lemon Blueberry Pound Cake

A buttery-rich pound cake with fresh lemons to add a citrusy flavor to the batter and fresh (or frozen) blueberries to embellish every slice.

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Strawberry Muffins

These light and tender muffins are packed to the brim with juicy fresh strawberries.

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Blueberry Muffin Bread

This blueberry muffin bread is a stunner, but much easier and simpler to make than you might think. The bread itself is extra plush and tender, bursting with pockets of blueberries, and accented with bright lemon to bring out the fruit’s natural flavor. A generous helping of vanilla-laced oat streusel crowns the loaf.

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Blueberry Cinnamon Rolls

These stunning rolls feature a soft, yeasted dough, warm brown sugar filling with a layer of blueberry sauce, and a drizzle of blueberry cream cheese glaze.

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Banana Bread

The key to moist, cake-like bread is overripe bananas – the blacker and spottier the peels, the better.

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Cranberry Vanilla Morning Buns

These yeasted morning buns are filled with a sweet-tart cranberry compote and drenched in a simple, vanilla-rich glaze.

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Blueberry Muffins

These blueberry muffins are not only easy to make (they require just one bowl) but they’re also perfect in nearly every way: they’re not too sweet, boast a tender crumb, and are bursting with blueberries in each and every bite.

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Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

A step-by-step recipe for making cinnamon rolls with sourdough starter.

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Blueberry Banana Bread

Classic banana bread will never ever go out of style, although a good banana bread mash-up is really hard to beatThis blueberry-studded banana bread is tender, moist, and uncomplicated to bake. Best of all, it's as delicious fresh out of the oven as it is later re-warmed in butter.

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Easy Cinnamon Rolls

With just seven ingredients, and no yeast or rise time, these gooey, fragrant cinnamon rolls are truly the easiest and fastest of all time.

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Banana Walnut Bread

Brown butter flavor really adds to the nuttiness of walnuts in the most delicious way.

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Cinnamon Roll Cake

This cake has all the delicious ooey-gooeyness of cinnamon buns without the hassle of rising and rolling out a yeasted dough.

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Zucchini Banana Bread

There are endless ways to bake a loaf of banana bread, but when the farmers markets are bursting with zucchini, there is absolutely nothing better than a loaf of ultra-tender, lightly spiced zucchini banana bread.

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Peach Cobbler Pound Cake

A tender yet perfectly dense cake with a brown sugar-peach cobbler topping and a cinnamon sugar glaze.

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Cranberry-Orange Quick Bread

The orange-scented quick bread is studded with tart cranberries and perfect with a mug of hot tea.

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Blueberry Scones

These are buttery, flaky scones, chock full of juicy blueberries with a crunchy lemon-sugar top.

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Strawberry Pound Cake

This rich and buttery pound cake boasts streaks of perfectly tart strawberries and a simple lemony glaze.

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Cinnamon Muffins

These leftover-friendly muffins are the perfect for weekend brunch.

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Chocolate Chip Scones

Tender, buttery scones studded with chocolate morsels that melt in your mouth.

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Cinnamon Roll Pound Cake

This playful take on pound cake is ultra fragrant thanks to a thick cinnamon swirl and finished with a decadent cream cheese icing.

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Nutella Swirl Banana Bread

A simple recipe for homemade banana bread swirled with a generous amount of Nutella.

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How to Make the Best Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

A step-by-step guide to making the very best classic lemon poppy seed muffins.

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Ultra-Moist Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

A scoop of sour cream gives this one-bowl banana bread that ultra-moist, slightly under-baked texture we all know and love.

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Copycat Starbucks Lemon Loaf Cake

From the warm lemon flavor to the impossibly moist, pillowy texture to the ultra-luxe lemon icing, this version is even better than the one from Starbucks.

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Carrot Cake Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

This updated twist brings together all the things we love about carrot cake and a classic coffee cake: fragrant cinnamon spice, carrots, walnuts, and a cream cheese drizzle.

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Buttermilk Pound Cake

Buttermilk gives this tender, classic pound cake a tiny bit of tang.

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