24 Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Right

24 Thanksgiving Breakfast Ideas to Start Your Day Right

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Last Updated on November 12, 2020 by Chenée Lewis

It’s finally my favorite time of year! November and December are always so full of fun, anticipation, and of course, delicious recipes! So let’s talk about breakfast on Thanksgiving: it’s always a busy cooking day, and there’s lots of anticipation for the big meal, but if your family is like mine, you’re gathered together for much of the day, hanging out and watching TV. You’re bound to get hungry! So what better way to get the day started than with a delicious, satisfying, festive breakfast? You guys know I LOVE breakfast and brunch, so breakfast on Thanksgiving is a major part of the day for me!

That’s why I joined in with some of my favorite food blogger friends to gather together these delicious thanksgiving breakfast ideas that will keep your crew energized and ready for the rest of the day. But it’s not just breakfast on Thanksgiving day — these Thanksgiving breakfast ideas are perfect for brunch the next day too! In fact, you should be covered for the whole weekend! Keep reading to find your new favorite recipe to make this year for breakfast on Thanksgiving!

Easy and Make-Ahead Options

If you’re looking for Thanksgiving breakfast ideas, you’re probably not looking to add a complicated, difficult recipe to a busy cooking day! What you want is a brunch or breakfast recipe that is festive and satisfying without taking up too much of your Thanksgiving morning. That’s why many of these recipes are quick and easy recipes that won’t take long at all, and many have make-ahead options so that you can save time that morning. There area few special showstopper recipes mixed in for those of you who want to make your breakfast on Thanksgiving extra special!

Vegan and Gluten Free Options

I’m so excited to bring you these Thanksgiving breakfast ideas from some of my favorite recipe developers, chefs, and food bloggers! And with all those fantastic foodies you’re getting so many healthy and nutritious options. Many of these Thanksgiving breakfast ideas are gluten-free, some are vegan, and ALL of them are delicious! I’ve noted with each recipe the dietary restrictions it fits, so you can find the perfect recipe for breakfast on Thanksgiving with your loved ones.

So let’s jump right in and get to the recipes!

1. Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls by Chenée Today

Homemade Brown Butter Pecan Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Easy Brown Butter Cream Cheese Frosting | Chenée Today

These festive cinnamon rolls are packed with pumpkin, toasted pecans, and amazing fall spices, and topped with an incredible brown butter cream cheese frosting that you could eat with a spoon! And they have an overnight option, so you can have them in the oven even faster in the morning for breakfast on Thanksgiving!

2. Sweet Potato Oatmeal Pancakes by Big Delicious Life

Gluten Free – Dairy Free

These pancakes are the perfect breakfast before the feast! Made with oatmeal and sweet potatoes, they’re gluten free, not too sweet, hearty and delicious.

3. Cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole by On Ty’s Plate

This cheesy Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole is made with your favorite breakfast sausage crumbles, loads of veggies, cheese, and crispy tater tots!

4. Simple Overnight Oats Recipe by Mochas and Mimosas

Gluten-free Option – Vegan Option

Prep a healthy, make-ahead breakfast for your loved ones with this overnight oats recipe! Includes recipes for pumpkin spice overnight oats and apple cinnamon overnight oats!

5. Apple Cider Cinnamon Rolls with Browned Butter Frosting by Britney Breaks Bread

Start your day off with these beautiful cinnamon rolls! These apple cinnamon rolls are the perfect treat for your pre-Thanksgiving feast!

6. Cranberry Goat Cheese and Cheddar Crescent Sausage Balls by My Pretty Brown Fit

These Cranberry Goat Cheese & Cheddar Crescent Sausage Balls are combined with buttery crescent, sausage, sweet cranberries, and cheddar with a hint of tangy, goat cheese! They are perfect for the holiday season!

7. Homemade Sweet Potato Pop Tarts by Chenée Today

Easy Recipe – Make Ahead Option

This delectable sweet potato homemade Pop Tarts recipe is a perfect handheld treat for a crowd for your Thanksgiving morning. They’re made easy with frozen sweet potatoes and store-bought pie crust, and draped with a rich brown butter icing. Make the filling ahead to save even more time!

8. Pumpkin Caramel Sticky Buns with Pecans by Sense & Edibility

Make Ahead Option

These Pumpkin Caramel Sticky Buns deliver on their promise of sticky, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. These rolls have that familiar flavor (and aroma), which — let’s be honest — is the way to most of our hearts. Perfect for your holiday brunches or breakfast on Thanksgiving.

9. Breakfast Quiche with Leeks, Bacon, and Asparagus by Chenée Today

Make Ahead Option

How to Make Homemade Breakfast Quiche with Bacon, Leek, and Asparagus | Chenée Today

This rich, savory quiche is packed with crisp bacon, buttery sautéed leeks, asparagus, and shallots, and nutty Gruyère cheese. It can be made the night before and reheated for a quick and delicious breakfast on Thanksgiving!

10. Easy Slow Cooker Apple Butter by Sweet Tea & Thyme

Make Ahead Recipe

This easy apple butter recipe is made in the slow cooker! This thick autumn spiced spread is fantastic on your morning toast, smoothed over a warm slice of pumpkin bread, or eaten off a spoon.

11. Cinnamon Chip Scones with Spiced Orange Glaze by Chenée Today

These tender, flaky-crumbly scones are amazing Thanksgiving breakfast ideas! They’re filled with bursts of cinnamon and glazed with a luscious spiced orange icing. Your whole crew is guaranteed to love them!

12. Fry Bake and Saltfish Buljol by Homemade Zagat

Take your guests to the Caribbean for breakfast. This fried bake and saltfish buljol is the perfect holiday morning feast.

13. Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese Filling by Razzle Dazzle Life

Make Ahead Option

These Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Cream Cheese filling are super moist and filled with all of the tantalizing pumpkin flavors! They’re inspired by Starbucks Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins and perfect for your festive breakfast!

14. Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions by Chenée Today

Vegan – Gluten Free – Easy Recipe

Southern Fried Potatoes and Onions Recipe | Chenée Today

I’ve got the perfect side dish for your breakfast on Thanksgiving! These southern-style fried potatoes are the BEST version of hash browns you’ll ever have. Pair them with any of your favorite breakfast dishes, add a little ketchup, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.

15. Pumpkin Bourbon French Toast by Savannah Dotes & Carmen Sense

Vegan Option – Make Ahead Option

Crispy on the outside with a creamy custard center, this easy french toast recipe is a whole fall vibe. Includes options to make this french toast vegan!

16. Spiced Pumpkin Cornmeal Scones by Global Kitchen Travels

These multi grain Pumpkin Cornmeal Scones spiced with ginger and nutmeg make an awesome accompaniment with Cranberry Sauce. Perfect to get your Thanksgiving on early!

17. Fluffy Gluten-Free Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes by Good Food Baddie

Vegan – Gluten Free

These light and fluffy Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancakes are like taking a bite of a sweet pumpkin pie for breakfast! They’re easy to make are ready to enjoy in less than 10 minutes! Drizzle with maple syrup and top with coconut whipped cream for the ultimate pancakes.

18. Mushroom Kale Quiche by Collards Are The Old Kale

Make Ahead Option

With oven space at a premium, Mushroom Kale Quiche can be made the night before and heated up Thanksgiving morning – a jump-start to a beautiful day!

19. Moist Sweet Potato Muffins by Dude That Cookz

Unbelievably moist Sweet Potato Muffins made from scratch that combine two layers to create one of the best muffins you’ve ever enjoyed.

20. Rich & Fluffy Pumpkin Spice Pancakes by My Eager Eats

Start your morning off right with these rich & fluffy pumpkin spice pancakes made with fresh pumpkin puree and loads of cinnamon, and sweet spices.

21. Banana Bread French Toast with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Syrup by Chenée Today

Easy Recipe

How to Make Easy Banana Bread French Toast - Best Recipe for one or two! | Chenée Today

You won’t have lots of extra time on Thanksgiving morning. That’s why this banana bread French toast is one of the best Thanksgiving breakfast ideas — because it starts with store-bought banana bread! Then all it takes is a quick batter and an easy cinnamon cream cheese syrup to make this amazing brunch dish!

22. Cinnamon Rolls Soaked in Tres Leches by Crumb Snatched

These thick, delicious Cinnamon Rolls are soaked in Tres Leches and topped with sweet and tangy frosting! A perfect combination of 2 classics!

23. Vegan Pancakes by Samiah Nicole

Vegan – Easy Recipe

This easy twist on a vegan protein pancake mix will bring so much delicious flavor to your holiday morning, in just minutes!

24. Orange Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins by Chenée Today

Make Ahead Recipe

Simple Homemade Orange and Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins Recipe | Chenée Today

These adorable mini muffins are fluffy and moist, made with buttermilk and brown sugar and bursting with mini chocolate chips and bright orange zest. They’re so easy to make, and can be made ahead of time to serve on Thanksgiving morning!

Happy Thanksgiving!

And that’s our list of what to make for breakfast on Thanksgiving! Thanks so much for checking these amazing Thanksgiving breakfast ideas from me and so many of my fantastic foodie friends! No matter what your tastes are, you’re sure to have found an amazing recipe to try for breakfast on Thanksgiving this year!

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