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50 Easy Thanksgiving Breakfast Recipes for a Delicious Start to the Day

So many make-ahead options!

Headshot of Kara ZaubermanBy Kara Zauberman
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Hector Sanchez

Up and at 'em! Anyone who's planned a successful Thanksgiving menu knows that the key to a stress-free day is getting your turkey in the oven early. After that's covered, remember to take a moment to relax and have a bite to eat before cooking really ramps up—believe us, you don't want a house of hangry people who still need to spend a few hours cooking. These easy Thanksgiving breakfast recipes will fuel you up without ruining your appetite for the feats to come! Grab a quick bite of one of these festive healthy breakfast ideas or hearty fall dishes before streaming the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.

If you’re worried about not having enough time to add in yet another recipe, don't fret! Most of these Thanksgiving breakfasts can be prepared in advance, while others only take minutes to make, so you can get back to cooking your Thanksgiving sides and rolling out the dough for your best pies. Recipes range from sweet treats like sticky buns to savory egg dishes and a variety of breakfast casseroles. And plenty of them use seasonal flavors that feels so right for the holiday. Think: pumpkin recipes, cranberry recipes, and healthy doses of warm spices like cinnamon.

No matter what you decide to make, these scrumptious meals will be the best way to kick-start your morning. They may even become a new Thanksgiving tradition!


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

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Caitlin Bensel

With a prep time of only ten minutes, you'll have these in and out of the oven in no time. Serve them warm for a sweet and comforting morning treat.

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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

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Caitlin Bensel

Tater tots act like mini hash browns topping a delicious mix of eggs, bacon, and lots of colby jack cheese. You can make it the night before and just pop it in the oven when you wake up!

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Tiramisu Overnight Oats

tiramisu overnight oats thanksgiving breakfast recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Want something to perk you up in the morning? Make these overnight oats a day or two in advance and they'll be ready for you. They have an extra kick thanks to the strong espresso mixed in.

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Crock-Pot Breakfast Casserole

crockpot breakfast casserole thanksgiving breakfast recipe
Caitlin Bensel

This recipe generously feeds eight to ten people and you start it the night before, so it's excellent if you've got a lot of company coming over. Hash browns, sausage, eggs, and cheese―this recipe has it all!

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Breakfast Cookies

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Caitlin Bensel

Cookies for breakfast? Yes! Full of oats, pumpkin seeds, and dried cherries, they are just sweet enough to satisfy your cravings but also fill you up with healthy goodness. You can make the dough and freeze it in advance and just bake it off when you're ready.

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Homemade Chicken Apple Sausage

chicken sausage thanksgiving breakfast recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Holidays are an excellent excuse to make sausage from scratch. It feel extra special, but it only takes ten minutes of prep time! Serve this alongside something sweet like pancakes for a delicious spread.

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Cranberry Scones

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Caitlin Bensel

Why wait for the sauce at dinner to get your cranberry fix? Make these sweet breakfast treats that have that tart berry flavor in both the scone and the pretty pink glaze on top.

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Cinnamon-Pecan Yeasted Waffles

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Caitlin Bensel

Make this batter ahead of time so all you have to do is cook them off the next morning. With warm cinnamon and crunchy pecans, they are a perfectly seasonal treat.

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Sheet Pan Pancakes

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Caitlin Bensel

If you're going to fuss over the rest of the meals that day, don't make breakfast difficult. Simply mix up a batch of pancakes and bake them off on a sheet pan to make up to 12 servings all at once.

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Sweet Potato Hash

sweet potato hash thanksgiving breakfast recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Chances are, you'll probably have sweet potatoes on your grocery list already. Turn them into breakfast with this hash, a blend of both sweet and savory flavors. We see you, thick-cut bacon!

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Monkey Bread

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Ralph Smith

Ree Drummond's monkey bread recipe is simply delectable and perfect for feeding a crowd. So sticky-tasty that Ree has joked she "endorse this Monkey Bread as the next presidential candidate!"

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Pumpkin Spice Syrup

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Danielle Daly

You're going to need your morning cup of joe even more on Thanksgiving day. So, give your coffee a festive kick with a swirl of this sweet and spiced syrup!

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Quiche Lorraine

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Will Dickey

This flaky, savory breakfast pie is all about the bacon! Quiche Lorraine is perfect for Thanksgiving mornings because it’s a fast-fix full of smart shortcuts, making it easy to prepare and serve.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

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Will Dickey

If you want the perfect portion of sweet with your Thanksgiving breakfast, opt for these cuties! They're little just the right size to satisfy your pumpkin cravings until later in the evening.

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Biscuits and Gravy Casserole

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Caitlin Bensel

Nothing says "Good morning!" like biscuits and gravy. Then put them in casserole form? It's to die for. You can make this the night before and refrigerate it overnight to take some of the pressure off the morning!

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Sticky Buns

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Will Dickey

Sticky buns are the sweetest, warmest, the gooiest taste of fall! Think cinnamon rolls topped with a homemade brown sugar caramel sauce and crunchy pecans, and you have sticky buns.

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Apple Cider Doughnuts

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Caitlin Bensel

If you're a coffee and doughnut type of morning person, give your usual breakfast a fall twist! They're fluffy, fried, and spiced, and at their best when served warm.

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Horseradish Deviled Eggs

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Ralph Smith

There's no wrong way to top deviled eggs, but Ladd really likes horseradish. These easy-to-make classics will give your Thanksgiving breakfast a spicy kick!

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Cinnamon-Spice Sopapillas

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Ryan Liebe

Cinnamon, spice, and everything nice! Ree loves sopapillas; if you serve them, she'll want to sneak off with the plate!

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thanksgiving breakfast ideas popovers
Will Dickey

Once you pop, you can't stop! Puffy, golden, delightful—popovers are a delicious cross between a dinner roll and French cheese puff, making them hit the sweet-savory spot in the morning.

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