Breakfast for Dinner Ideas – 21 Easy Dinner Ideas That Aren’t Scrambled Eggs and Pancakes

Raise your hand if breakfast for dinner is one of your family’s favorite go-to-recipes. It’s one in our house for sure! Just the mention of eggs and my boys scream at the top of their lungs for the joy that is breakfast for kids. But even serving something as easy as a breakfast dinner recipe comes with some challenges. For me, having eggs every week isn’t something I’m totally into. That’s why I did my damnedest to find the best breakfast for dinner ideas the food blogging world had to offer and pulled them for you here. You’re welcome!

When it comes to lazy dinner ideas, it’s no secret that I’m a fan of doing the least and getting the most out of it (especially when it comes to cooking!) Enter the perfect brinner! (That’s a Brangelina/Bennifer version of Breakfast and Dinner for the uninitiated!)

That’s why pulling together these breakfast for dinner ideas was kind of a no brainer. I hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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What Do You Need for Brinner Success?


If you’re reading this blog post odds are solid you’ve got yourself in the company of a nice non-stick pan. A few sheet pans, maybe a pot, and at the least a functioning oven.

But in the even you’re in the market to level up your Breakfast for dinner game, here’s a few items to have on hand that are time savers and legit win me over in the make it easier for ME category.

A really good blender. I recommend the Nutribullet

IDK why but I’ve bought about 10 blenders since I bought this Nutribullet 7 years ago and none of them make a smoothie as well as this mother effer right here. My boys hear that sound of the blades doing their thing and they’re running knowing it’s time for dinner!

I also like to make smoothies (where I load them up with spinach, cucumbers, aka all the veggies my children won’t eat but need) FOR LUNCH, dinner, breakfast, snacks. Adding honey or dates keeps them sweet. Tossing in some ground flax or chia seeds increases fiber. They have no idea how healthy they are. They think they’re a treat!

Breakfast for Toddlers

Let’s start with this idea of Breakfast for kids because the truth is, eggs, pancakes, waffles, toast, and other traditional American style breakfast foods are super easy on toddler taste buds.

They’re also quick to throw together, relatively inexpensive, and provide a balanced variety of nutrients (whole grain waffles? Breakfast smoothies for some veggies/fruits!)

They also let your baby’s and toddlers eat what the grown-ups are eating, without being completely repelled by the flavors and profiles on your plate.

It’s really a win-win.

Brinner Brinner Breakfast for Dinner!

I tried to curate menu ideas for these breakfast for dinner recipes that are definitely kiddo favs too. But really these can be Breakfast for lunch, or brunch ideas for a lazy Sunday morning!

I don’t judge how you pull this together I just encourage you to do it as often as you like.

Let’s get into it!

Messy Banana and Egg Pancakes with Berries
This is one of those sweet and savory spins on eggs (where the eggs actually make the pancake!) that are a hit with toddlers and little kids (I used to serve a version of this to my babies with shredded carrots!)

Delicious Breakfast Egg Casserole

This delicious breakfast egg casserole recipe is sure to be a hit at your next brunch or potluck! It’ll be a hit at your next brunch or breakfast-for-dinner – the dish will be scraped bare!

Prosciutto Egg Cups

Three ingredients and less than 20 minutes is all you need to make these fabulous Prosciutto Egg Cups. Best of all, you can choose between cooking your egg cups in the air fryer OR the oven!

Vegan White Bean Scramble

Sick of actual eggs? Consider substituting with this Vegan White Bean Scramble with Almond Bacon is super easy to make, full of flavor, and perfect for a healthy brunch! Also, it’s totally gluten-free.

Breakfast Quesadillas

A traditional bacon and eggs breakfast gets a fun, on-the-go spin in these breakfast quesadillas that are kicked up a notch with the addition of a semi-homemade avocado-ranch

Breakfast Sliders

Breakfast sliders are the perfect easy breakfast for dinner meal! Just layer Hawaiian rolls with eggs, cheese, and your favorite meat.

Easy Sheet Pan Sweet Potato Hash

I’m a super big fan of the sheet pan dinner ideas…so when it comes to breakfast for dinner, anything on a sheet pan is gonna pique my interest.

This is an easy sheet pan sweet potato hash with baked eggs and a simple romesco sauce. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or any time you just want a tasty, hearty breakfast.

German Apple Pancakes

Looking to give your pancakes a unique twist? Try some delicious German apple pancakes! Perfectly fluffy with the addition of sweet apples and cinnamon, these pancakes are sure to be a hit on “breakfast for dinner days”! 

Oven-Baked Frittata

This oven-baked frittata is made with red pesto for a wonderfully flavorful and easy dinner. Ready to serve in 30 minutes, it’s packed full of fresh ingredients and is perfectly fluffy and light. Vegetarian, low calorie, low carb and keto-friendly. 

Mexican Avocado Toast

The beloved flavors of 7-Layer Dip … in a delicious Mexican Avocado Toast recipe! Piled high with big flavors and great nutrition, this turns typical breakfast avocado toasts into a perfect option for dinner. And it’s ready in under 10 minutes! 

Red Velvet Buttermilk Pancakes

Do you need an easy brinner idea that will take an ordinary meal to extraordinary? Sometimes just a little change can make a big difference! Topped with our homemade buttermilk syrup it is irresistible!

Loaded Tater Tot Casserole

This Loaded Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is an easy breakfast or brinner that’s ready in just 60 minutes. This recipe serves 12 and costs $11.12 to make. That’s just 93¢ per serving!

Homemade Biscuits and Gravy

Homemade Biscuits and Gravy is a time-honored classic American breakfast recipe made with flaky buttermilk biscuits smothered with the BEST creamy sausage gravy!

Full English Breakfast

 This electric skillet Full English Breakfast is our go-to ‘breakfast for dinner’! It’s quick to cook up and filling enough for a complete meal.

Vegan Eggs Benedict

This vegan eggs Benedict makes the perfect breakfast for dinner option. It is filling and super delicious especially with some hollandaise sauce over the top 

Air Fryer Breakfast Pockets

These air fryer breakfast pockets are the perfect meal! 

Swedish Sausage, Ham, and Potatoes

Here’s an authentic Swedish dish for you try. Known locally as ’Pyttipanna,’ Swedish Hash is a combination of sausage, ham and potatoes — deliciously satisfying in every bite! 

Ukrainian Style Eggs

These Ukrainian Style Eggs have all the virtues of loaded perogies but they are easier, faster, healthier and completely versatile. They can be scrambled, fried (to your liking) or baked and loaded with your choice of toppings! 

Instant Pot Shakshuka – Dairy-free 

Looking for something special for dinner? Try this delicious Shakshuka! You can make it in your Instant Pot and get a wonderful dish that is suitable for lactose intolerance.

For a kid-friendly version, just take out the jalapeno pepper.

Another Sausage Breakfast Hash

Sausage breakfast hash is a quick meal that is made in 10 minutes! It has 5 ingredients and is a perfect meal for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Mini Monster Pancakes

These mini monster pancakes with coconut syrup are so fun to make and eat! Top them with any type of fruit you like. 

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