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50 Father's Day breakfast recipes dad will love

Celebrate the father figure in your life with a delicious morning.
Morgan Baker

Breakfast in bed is usually reserved for Mother’s Day, but we’re here to question the status quo. Sweet or savory, simple or elaborate, we know one thing for sure: the way to Dad’s heart is through a delicious breakfast spread. We have a huge variety of options to choose from in this Father’s Day breakfast roundup. There are classic savory recipes such as omelets and quiche, plus sweet options such as cinnamon rolls and fluffy stacks of pancakes. No matter what Dad is craving, there are plenty of make-ahead options — sweet and savory breakfast casseroles, coffee cake, frittatas and granola each make the list.

You will find a handful of unique takes on classic breakfast foods as well. Monkey bread gets a new look in the form of bite-size muffins, while our classic banana bread recipe gets an earthy flavor from puréed parsnips. Speaking of banana bread, we take all of the same flavors and turn them into equally delicious baked doughnuts.

There are even some options for when you need something a little more last minute. Traditional griddled French toast can be made sweet or savory; store-bought croissants, scrambled eggs and sausage patties make quick breakfast sandwiches; and just about anything can be piled into warm tortillas and be called a breakfast taco.

Whether breakfast in bed is the order of the day, or the whole family is gathering around the table, the father figure in your life will love waking up to a delicious breakfast without having to lift a finger.

This casserole-style baked French toast is perfect for a hungry crowd. Make it the night before and bake it the next morning while you whip up the caramelized bananas foster sauce.

Omelets are a simple way to wow the father figure in your life. This one is made simply — with eggs, butter and a variety of fresh herbs. Any tender herbs, such as basil, chives, parsley or tarragon, will work here.

No-Yeast Cinnamon Rolls

Cut your breakfast prep time in half with these pillowy cinnamon rolls. You don’t need to set aside any time for the rolls to rise; just swirl the dough up with cinnamon sugar, bake and top with sweet cream cheese icing.

Savannah's 'Dream' Croissant Breakfast Sandwich

Take the savory route this Father’s Day and put together some meaty breakfast sandwiches. Here, everything-seasoned croissants are filled with layers of sausage patties, eggs (cook them however Dad likes), cheddar cheese, juicy roasted tomatoes and avocado.

Katherine Schwarzenegger's Kitchen Sink Quiche

Don’t have much time to plan out the breakfast menu this year? This crustless kitchen sink quiche is the answer. Potatoes, peppers, bacon and goat cheese are stirred into the eggs, but you can swap in other vegetables, meats and cheeses, depending on what you have to work with.

This baked French toast is sweetened with some sugar and mixed berries. Frozen berries are layered with slices of challah and sweet custard, so they become soft and jammy as the casserole bakes.

Quiche Lorraine

You can’t go wrong with a classic quiche. You’ll find bits of salty bacon and Swiss cheese scattered throughout the creamy egg custard.

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

This coffee cake has the ideal cake-to-streusel ratio. The buttery brown sugar streusel is seasoned with cinnamon and full of nutty pecans. It sits atop the sweet coffee cake batter, which is moistened with sour cream.

Smoothie Bowls 3 Ways

Nutritious smoothie bowls are a great way to start the morning. Choose from our three favorites: mango-turmeric, spirulina-banana or pitaya-coconut — each is as sweet and refreshing as the next.

Sheet-Pan Omelets

Omelets just got a whole lot easier. Simply add some whisked eggs to a rimmed baking sheet and add a variety of toppings in rows — try crumbled bacon and cheese, sautéed seasonal vegetables or smoked salmon and onions.

Perfect Pancakes

Not to toot our own horn, but these pancakes are soft, fluffy and golden brown from edge to edge. They’re perfect plain, but feel free to throw in some fresh blueberries, sliced bananas or chocolate chips.

Easy Egg Bites

Your muffin tin can make delicious savory treats too. Each protein-packed egg bite is filled with heart-healthy spinach and bell peppers, plus melty pepper jack cheese for good measure.

This moist sour cream coffee cake is a perfect breakfast for the spring or summer. It’s loaded with fresh blueberries and topped with a crumbly brown sugar oatmeal streusel.

Everything you love about breakfast food is found in this family-friendly casserole. Savory breakfast sausage, eggs and hash browns bake together, along with plenty of cheese.

Vegetable Frittata

This is a great way to get a serving of vegetables into your day. Bell peppers, spinach and onions are sautéed with garlic and folded into a cheesy mixture of whole eggs and egg whites.

Doughnuts are such a special breakfast, but who has time to deal with messy frying oil in the morning? These baked doughnuts are made with a nutty banana batter and are finished with a smooth glaze and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar streusel.

Strawberry Shortcake Waffles

Turn everyone’s favorite summer dessert into a sweet and satisfying breakfast. Top golden brown waffles with macerated strawberries, whipped cream and a light dusting of powdered sugar.

Hash Brown Egg Cups

Turn frozen tater tots into crispy hash brown cups — the perfect vessels for individual baked eggs. We like to top them with bite-sized pieces of avocado and hot sauce, but they’re still good without any toppings at all.

Take French toast up a notch by topping each caramelized slice with a sticky sweet praline sauce. The sauce is made with dark brown sugar, bourbon, warming spices and plenty of toasty walnuts.

Parsnip Banana Bread

Banana bread is such a comforting breakfast option, and mashed parsnips add an even more down-to-earth flavor. Don’t worry — this banana bread is still sweet and has plenty of fresh banana flavor.

If you can poach eggs, you can make this decadent savory breakfast. The hollandaise sauce is made with cream cheese and yellow bell pepper (for the signature color) instead of eggs, so it’s foolproof and better for you.

Sunny Citrus Sheet-Pan Pancakes

Sheet pan pancakes are an easy, breezy way to start the day. The batter is infused with citrus zest and juice. Add even more brightness by serving segmented grapefruits and oranges on top.

Breakfast tacos tend to be pretty meat-heavy, but this vegetarian recipe is perfect for a light breakfast. Pile scrambled eggs, sautéed spinach and avocado into warm corn tortillas and dig in.

Instead of buying muffins from your local bakery, make a batch of your own. Semisweet chocolate chips are stirred into the batter, which bakes up light and fluffy.

Tomato Pesto Frittata

As far as breakfast goes, nothing is easier than a frittata. Simple ingredients such as cherry tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and basil pesto add a ton of flavor to the savory egg dish.

Caramelized onions automatically add a ton of sweet, rich flavor to any dish. That’s definitely the case for this hearty strata made with blistered tomatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese.

Maybe enchiladas aren’t your first choice for breakfast, but turn them into a breakfast casserole and it’s hard to resist. Chicken thighs and eggs add protein, and Mexican-style cheese and half-and-half make it rich and indulgent.

Everyone likes their eggs differently, but if Dad prefers soft-boiled eggs, this recipe always hits right. Once the water comes to a boil, the eggs only need about two minutes to cook before the whites are set and the yolks are runny.

As if banana bread couldn’t get any better, these muffins have a generous handful of chocolate chips stirred into the batter. Use over-ripe bananas to get the most banana flavor and a moist batter.

There’s something about individual dishes that makes breakfast feel special. These eggs are baked with creamed spinach and leeks. Serve them with toasted bread — it’s perfect for dipping into the runny yolks.

A can of store-bought biscuits can be transformed into many delicious breakfast treats, including these cinnamon sugar monkey bread muffins. Since you’re not making the dough from scratch, you’ll have time to make a quick stovetop praline sauce to drizzle over the warm muffins.

This North African dish is a fan favorite for breakfast and brunch. The eggs are cooked in a simmering sauce made with tomatoes, peppers, smoked paprika and cumin.

Granola is a great make-ahead dish that just about everyone loves. Set out bowls of these granola clusters with some yogurt and fresh fruit for a light breakfast.

Peanut Butter French Toast

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Peanut Butter French Toast

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Once you’ve made this peanut butter French toast, you won’t be able to go back to the original. Peanut butter is whisked into the egg custard mixture that’s used to soak the bread. If you have some grape jelly on hand, serve it alongside to bring the PB&J vibes.

Poached Eggs with Avocado and Lime Mojo

Avocado toast just got a major upgrade. Make it worthy for Father’s Day breakfast by adding a poached egg and a drizzle of spicy lime salsa.

Acai Bowls with Tropical Fruit

Acai bowls are as versatile as can be — blend frozen acai pulp with other fruits such as berries and bananas to create thick and creamy smoothie bowls. Top each bowl with tropical fruits, such as mango and kiwi.

When the craving for bagels and lox strikes, this casserole is the next best thing. All of the same flavors — everything bagels, smoked salmon and cream cheese — are baked into an equally satisfying egg casserole.

A picture-perfect quiche never fails to impress. Use store-bought pie dough and rotisserie chicken for a crowd-friendly breakfast that will be ready in no time.

Doughnut Bread Pudding

This bread pudding is the ultimate indulgence — of course, Dad is totally worth it. Instead of bread, cake doughnuts are baked with a lightly spiced custard and served with a drizzle of chocolate sauce (and some rainbow sprinkles if you’re feeling extra festive).

No one is going to leave the breakfast table hungry after enjoying this dish. Buttermilk waffles are stacked high with golden brown chicken tenders, ground pork gravy and crispy-edged fried eggs.

Just about any vegetable (fresh or frozen) can be added to this one-pan frittata. This recipe has bits of smoky bacon and lots of cheddar cheese for good measure.

Bacon and Gruyère Quiche

The custard for this quiche is extra light and creamy — this happens when the eggs are whisked with a touch of flour. You can use ham or bacon as the protein in this dish. The same goes for the cheese — Gruyere is a classic, but you could also use Swiss or white cheddar cheese.

Plantain Pancakes with Jerk Honey Butter

Bring a taste of the Caribbean to the breakfast table. Ripe plantains are folded into the pancake batter; they have a sweet flavor similar to bananas. Serve the short stacks with a smear of honey-sweetened, jerk-seasoned compound butter.

French toast doesn’t always have to be sweet. Here, hearty slices of bread are filled with vegan cheese and coated in a spiced chickpea batter instead of the usual egg custard.

While it’s a well-known combination for pasta, the flavor of cacio e pepe can translate into other savory dishes. These poached eggs are cheesy and peppery; serve them atop thick slices of toasted bread.

Lemon Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Ricotta is the ideal ingredient to lighten up these lemony pancakes and make them even more fluffy. Stack them high with even more fresh blueberries and a shake of powdered sugar.

This vegetarian frittata isn’t lacking in flavor. The earthy sautéed mushrooms pair perfectly with wilted kale and briny feta cheese.

Brooklyn's Brunch Casserole

Pop open a can of your favorite store-bought biscuits and combine them with breakfast sausage, eggs and cheese to create this savory casserole. Bonus: leftovers are delicious warm or at room temperature with a squeeze of ketchup.

Al Roker's Avocado Toast

What would a modern breakfast spread be without avocado toast? This recipe loads up each slice with even more goodies, such as artichokes, cherry tomatoes, grilled onions, roasted peppers and pickles.

Everyone loves cinnamon rolls, but making and forming them takes time. You can get all of the comforting cinnamon roll flavors in this easy baked French toast casserole — use your favorite store-bought cinnamon rolls as the base for a secret shortcut.