Father’s Day can feel heavy. Planning a busy schedule of activities? do you let dad relax are you taking him out to dinner? Or will you cook him a nice meal? And what about a gift? Does he really need another grill set? How about a salami bouquet? The options are utterly overwhelming and utterly limiting at the same time. Luckily we have good news. As it turns out, all fathers Yes, really want is a great breakfast.
Here are 28 never-failing morning meals you can make for the father figure in your life this Father’s Day — from apple and pork sausage (with a side of eggs, of course) to the perfect waffles and pancakes. It also never hurts to serve a homemade menu alongside.
1. cinnamon rolls
Dads with a sweet tooth will absolutely love these ooey gooey cinnamon rolls with icing, especially with a cup of freshly brewed coffee on the side.
These waffles — with a moist, tender interior and a golden-crunchy exterior — are the kind you (and your dad) dream of, and they’re an excellent alternative to the overnight leavened waffles (meaning you can have them on the can prepare tomorrow). .
If your dad’s more of a pancake fanatic, make him a super fluffy stack (and don’t forget to warm up the maple syrup) with this whole wheat recipe.
4. breakfast tacos
You can’t go wrong with these delicious breakfast tacos—they only require a few ingredients, but you can add as many toppings as you like. Or better yet, make a list of all sorts of extras and let your dad mix and match.
5. Fried rice for breakfast
This award-winning breakfast fried rice couldn’t be easier to make, but we have a suggestion: double the bacon (you can’t go wrong).
6. Breakfast cake with speculoos
For more dessert-for-breakfast vibes, bake this easy speculaas cake (if you’ve ever tried Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, it’s the flavor of speculaas cookies). Flavoring like rich, warm spices thanks to the cookie butter in the batter, this moist sheet cake is perfect with a hot cup of coffee or an ice-cold brew.
7. Apple and pork breakfast sausage
Your dad will be oh so impressed that you made this sweet and savory sausage all by yourself (you know, rather than just picking up a package from the store). Made with tart apples, lots of herbs, Dijon mustard and ground pork, this sausage can be made days before the holiday and reheated in the morning. Our favorite way to serve it: alongside creamy scrambled eggs – with some ketchup or hot sauce.
8th. Shakshuka with seeds and feta
This spicy, hearty shakshuka is the best way to start any Father’s Day celebration. As a bonus, it’s extra easy to make. The grits, tomato stew, and perfectly poached eggs all come together in one pan, meaning you’ll spend less time washing up and more time with dad.
9. Breakfast sandwich with spicy cheddar and mustard greens
This isn’t your average breakfast sandwich with dry scrambled eggs and soft bread. This flavor-packed number gets its star power from Swiss chard – cooked until soft and flavorful in mustard and cream – along with sharp cheddar, perfect fried eggs and fluffy biscuits.
10 Tofu breakfast scrambled eggs
This delicious Tofu Breakfast Scrambled Egg is for all you vegan dads out there. It’s packed with flavor thanks to garlic, nutritional yeast and lots of spices, and it retains its egg-like texture with a combination of extra firm tofu and chopped veggies. If you’re really ambitious, turn it into a breakfast burrito with tempeh bacon and fresh avocado.
11. Carla Hall’s Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits
These are fluffy cookies that anyone (even a beginner!) can make thanks to chef and cookbook author Carla Hall’s endlessly helpful tips and tricks.
This spinach quiche is definitely a project — everything is painstakingly made from scratch, including the crust — but we can’t think of a better (edible) gift to wake up to on Father’s Day.
13. Egg sandwich with mayo chili paste
This five-ingredient egg sandwich might seem simple, but it’s packed with flavor thanks to a mayo infused with Calabrian chilies, toasted bread, and runny fried eggs. We pretty much guarantee you’ll be asked to serve seconds.
14 Spaghetti Carbonara Frittata
Noodles for breakfast? We can’t think of anything better. “Have it hot, warm, room temperature, or straight from the fridge the next day,” says Big Little Recipes columnist Emma Laperruque, “(if a leftover pasta frittata sandwich with chili mayo is wrong, I want to it is not his right).”
fifteen. Banana Bread Scones by Samantha Seneviratne
This genius recipe from cookbook author and food stylist Samantha Seneviratne is the best of both worlds. “Think: all the goodness of banana bread, with crunchier, sweeter edges and fluffy, chocolate-infused centers—and ready in, oh, about half the time.”
16 Mashed potatoes with bacon and eggs
Nickel & Dine columnist Rebecca Firkser takes a bacon and egg breakfast to a whole new level with this recipe, which features crispy mashed baked potatoes, a tangy creamy sauce and veggies for good luck. Plus, it feeds a family of four for less than $10.
17 breakfast casserole
“You’ve heard of breakfast for dinner, but have you met dinner for breakfast?” asks recipe developer Ella Quittner. “If not, allow me to formally present a morning meal that has the texture and heartiness of a proper casserole with your favorite breakfast items.” This breakfast casserole is structured like a lasagna but has all the fillings of a breakfast plate (sausage, eggs, cheese, hash browns). Do we have to keep going? Didn’t think so.
18 Latke, egg and cheese sandwich
This latke, egg, and cheese sandwich — which feels like it was practically made to please hungry dads — was actually the result of a collaboration between Manhattan restaurant B&H Dairy and Lawrence Weibman, also known as @nycfoodguy on Instagram. Whatever you do, don’t skip a generous squirt of hot sauce and ketchup before your meal.
19 Ham and Cheese Quiche with a Cheese Cracker Crust
This ham and cheese quiche (with a Cheez-It crust!) is an ideal morning meal—because you can make the whole dang thing the day before. In fact it actually is better after it has time to rest. Get creative with the ham and cheese options if you feel like it: swap out the Taylor ham for crispy salty bacon or even chopped prosciutto; and if Gruyere isn’t your thing, try Cheddar, Gouda or Monterey Jack instead.
20 Toast frittata
Another Nickel & Dine recipe, Editor Rebecca Firkser’s Toast Frittata is perfect for lazy Sunday morning brunch: it takes just 15 minutes to assemble and bake while you’re brewing coffee. Bonus points: It tastes just as good warm as it does cold, so there’s no pressure to serve it right after it comes out of the oven. As always with this column, it feeds four people for just $10.
21 Cream cheese omelette with all the spice
Give dad the best of both worlds with this cheese recipe – the taste of an all-purpose bagel with the luxury of a tender omelette.
22 Deviled Eggs with Crackly Bacon
While Dad isn’t much of a brunch guy, this holiday morning staple has his name all over it. Classic deviled eggs are each topped with a crispy strip of bacon, making us wonder why we haven’t always served them this way.
23 Double crumble coffee cake
Father’s Day calls for an above-average coffee cake. This one has an extra layer of sprinkles in the middle. It will convert any father who insists he doesn’t have a sweet tooth.
24 Baked Challah French Toast
When Father’s Day is a full-blown affair in your house, a people-friendly breakfast recipe is in order. That’s where this French Toast Casserole comes in. “Topped with fresh berries and a hint of maple syrup, the sweet layer makes a delightful centerpiece for any brunch gathering,” writes recipe developer Leah Koenig.
25 Caramelized Cream Eggs
Dad deserves more than an ordinary serving of fried eggs for Father’s Day breakfast. Enter: those silky pancake eggs. Instead of frying eggs in oil or butter, they sizzle a puddle of cream until the cream caramelizes and the egg whites are set.
26 Avocado toast
If dad is planning to spend Father’s Day with a long hike or a 30-mile bike ride, he might be grateful if you serve him something lighter for breakfast, like that absolutely perfect slice of avocado toast. Use really good crusty seeded bread for the best bite.
27 Sweet and spicy sausage, egg and cheese
Do you want the father figure in your life to feel really special? Make him a sandwich with sausage, egg and cheese. But here’s the real kicker: The sausage is made entirely with ground pork, fresh rosemary, ground allspice, garlic, and red chilli flakes.
28 Crispy potato, egg, and cheese tacos
Complete an early-morning feast with hash browns, which make every recipe here — from a sausage-egg sandwich to French toast — an instant holiday win. Here, eggs are beaten right into the cheesy hash browns.
What are you making dad (or the father figure in your life!) for breakfast this Father’s Day? Tell us in the comments below!