They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, setting you up with bouts of energy so that you can tackle any obstacles that come your way for the foreseeable future.
This means that you should probably try to eat healthy, nutritious breakfast meals most mornings.
Sometimes, however, there is nothing wrong with having the occasional, sugary, sweet breakfast treat instead!
In this article, we have listed 30+ traditional American breakfast items and dishes. Some are nutritious, while others… well, the others just taste delicious!
There is something here for everyone, whether you are watching your figure, or you fancy a one-off treat.
We have everything in this list, from fluffy pancakes to crispy hash browns. There are so many options to choose from!
So, here are our top picks for American-styled breakfast dishes. Let’s get started.
Let’s kick off this list with a true classic breakfast staple. Avocado toast tastes great, and this recipe will teach you how to make the perfect variation at home.
It’s the small bit of pleasure we all deserve on those early mornings. For the maximum flavor explosion, sprinkle some black pepper and maybe even a little garlic on top.
2. Banana Bread
It’s rich and spongy, perfect for a mid-morning coffee stop, and it always turns out great, no matter what time of day it is.
Since they make the bread so much sweeter, this recipe is one of the finest ways to use up old, ripe bananas. You should also add sour cream or plain yogurt, since these ingredients will help keep the banana bread moist.
It would be foolish not to start your day with a delicious bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, regardless of whether you are a native New Yorker, or you reside anywhere else in the world.
You’ll be prepared to take on the day ahead of you, especially if you serve it with a hot cup of coffee.
Bagels are a staple breakfast item in several places around the world, but especially in America. Whether you prefer sweet or savory, you can put it in a bagel!
This recipe will show you how to make your own homemade bagels at home, allowing you to fill them up with whatever fillings you desire.
This delicious dish for biscuits and gravy should be what you make for breakfast if you’re going to take the time to prepare something opulent.
Make a batch of biscuits and freeze them for even quicker preparation. In the future, all you’ll need to do is take out your serving and bake!
All of your favorite breakfast fixings are included in this delectable casserole, along with a small amount of Bisquick for a creamy texture.
This can be prepared the night before, requiring only a quick bake in the morning. This will help you save a tonne of time during the morning rush!
A really decadent delicacy, cinnamon rolls somehow taste even better when eaten in the morning.
They are soft, gooey, and are, quite frankly, unsafe to leave out in the open, as they will definitely begin to disappear quite quickly. We advise either consuming them all at once, or keeping them hidden from your family.
The temptation of a blueberry muffin is tremendous. They make a delicious quick bite to eat since they are fluffy, spongy, and packed with sweet bursts of berries.
Your family will devour these muffins in a matter of seconds because of the tempting crunchy topping. Who doesn’t love some scrumptious blueberry muffins?!
You’ll be battling for the last piece of this fluffy, light, thick treat that is packed with juicy blueberries. You simply cannot go wrong with blueberry pancakes!
These also contain sour cream to make them as supple as possible. They taste delicious on their own, but are also great with syrup or sliced fruit on top.
Burritos are an excellent choice for breakfast-on-the-go. These will keep you going till lunchtime because they are stuffed with bacon, sausage, egg, and lots of cheese.
We recommend batch making these wrapped-up goodies, and freezing them for the future. Whenever you crave one, defrost a burrito, and heat up for consumption!
The ultimate dream is to eat cookies for breakfast. Any form of dessert will make you feel like its Christmas every day if you eat it in the morning.
In addition to being gluten-free, these cookies are loaded with healthful ingredients, including dried fruit. These cookies will also be vegan if you use apple butter!
You’ll want this dish for every meal of the day, thanks to the incredible mix of croissants, bacon, eggs, and other delicious ingredients.
You could use a bagel or some toast instead of a croissant, but trust us, you may want to grab some croissants to recreate this fluffy, buttery flavor.
Bacon, eggs, and cheese give this hash a fantastic flavor, and contains a lot of protein.
You can make this dish in a skillet, but to ensure a good crust, start it on the stove. Then, add the bacon, before letting the oven do the rest. The result will be a crispy, delicious hash.
Of course, croissants aren’t technically an American breakfast, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t love them in the US!
They can be extremely difficult and time-consuming to make from scratch, but this recipe will help you with a little shortcut…
15. Donut Balls
Who doesn’t love donuts?! While this may not be the recipe to create the thick, decadent treats that you’d find at Krispy Kreme, these little balls of goodness are perfect for a mid-week breakfast snack.
Rolled in powdered sugar, these treats will melt in your mouth. It can be quite difficult to only stick to one or two, so try to ration them, if you can…
16. Eggs Benedict
One of the most popular breakfast dishes in the world, Eggs Benedict, is actually incredibly simple to make at home.
It commences with a toasted English muffin, and is capped with a poached egg, a few slices of Canadian bacon, and the classic creamy hollandaise sauce. Nothing tastes quite like a proper Eggs Benedict!
17. English Muffins
The structure of an English muffin is so distinctive. They have a wonderful crust, and are so delightfully light and fluffy.
This requires manual labor in order to quickly produce a thick paste that has to settle until the next day. These can then be baked on the stove after being rolled and divided into portions, then garnished with your preferred toppings.
Have you ever tried baking this delicious delight into a casserole? French toast is a stunning treat on its own, but tastes even better when baked in this form.
You can make the tastiest custard base ever, then cram it into any form of old bread with raisins, and let it marinate overnight. Breakfast will be ready for the next morning!
The adaptability of smoothies has to be one of its best features. You can switch it up every day to keep things new, whether you want them thick, sweetened, or filled with green veggies.
If your smoothie seems a little boring, consider adding some flavored syrup to add some sweetness. Or, try including extra fruit!
Next, we have a breakfast dish (see also ‘8 Amazing Lebanese Breakfast Style Dishes’) that is quick to prepare ahead of time, and is also delicious, pretty, and nutritional.
These lovely, colorful parfaits will brighten even the darkest of early mornings. Consider roasting some granola and using it if oatmeal isn’t your vibe.
21. The Full Yankee
You’ve probably heard of the UK’s full-English breakfast, but have you ever tried the Full Yankee? This is the US’s answer to the UK’s large, traditional breakfast, and tastes a lot sweeter.
Similar to the full-English, this dish has bacon and eggs, but it also includes other tasty ingredients to make it more American, such as pancakes and maple syrup.
22. Hash Browns
This cuisine is available in many forms, and they are all tasty. Some people like their potatoes basic and crunchy, while others like to add onions and shape them into patties.
Whatever your inclination, shredded crispy potatoes can never go wrong. You can be sure they will taste wonderful with any recipe you choose to follow.
Hot chocolate is a yummy drink that we probably shouldn’t drink every day for breakfast (see also ‘23 Delicious Breakfast Drinks To Start Your Morning‘)… but, hey, have you ever tried hot chocolate flavored oatmeal? It may just be the next best thing!
If you’re feeling particularly sweet, garnish it with some finely chopped nuts or perhaps some small marshmallows.
24. Huevos Rancheros
These are quite difficult to pass up, from of the handmade mashed black beans to the runny yolk topping.
You can improve this seriously mouthwatering breakfast dish by adding a layer of spicy chicken or sausage, and serving some guacamole (see also ‘Can You Freeze Guacamole?’) on the side.
Sometimes, an instant black coffee doesn’t quite hit the spot. Nothing beats a creamy, whipped latte, especially when mixed with some flavored syrup!
To follow this recipe, you don’t need a fancy, expensive coffee machine. Follow the instructions, and you can easily create your own yummy latte at home.
McDonald’s pancakes are truly hard to beat, and it can feel like the worst thing in the world when you wake up just too late, missing the breakfast item menu (see also ‘The Best Fast Food Breakfast Menus Ranked From Worst to Best!).
Well, with this recipe, you don’t have to worry about sleeping in late! Make your own copycat version of McDonald’s most popular breakfast item at home, and you won’t even be able to tell the difference.
When done right, overnight oats (see also ‘33 Overnight Breakfast Recipes You Can Make In A Crockpot‘) can make you feel like you are enjoying a naughty dessert in the early hours of the morning. It is hard to believe that they are actually quite healthy!
As usual, peanut butter makes a great, flavorful addition to this dish. Mix the oats and peanut butter together, and leave overnight in the refrigerator.
28. Pumpkin Muffins
Why not load your muffins with a healthy pumpkin filling if you enjoy them for breakfast?
The cream cheese filling, made by combining cream cheese with egg and sugar and freezing it into a log, makes this specific recipe a crowd favorite. It can be sliced to your desired size, and the muffin will slowly bake around it.
This recipe to make some delicious sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches may just be one of the best ways to start a person’s day.
This sandwich is not only delicious and filling, but it is also incredibly easy and quick to make at home. Fill your belly with this yummy dish, and get ready to take on the rest of your day!
Scrambled eggs are, yet, another classic breakfast item that works its way onto make different types of breakfast dishes.
Everybody has their own way of making scrambled eggs, but you should think about following this recipe for some creamy, delightful eggs that can be made and served within no time at all.
The perfect waffle must have a soft interior, and a somewhat crunchy exterior.
This can go wrong on occasion, when baking at home.
You won’t again have a greasy, mushy batch of waffles again if you use this recipe! After baking them according to the directions, sprinkle with some sliced fruit, syrup, or powdered sugar.
Last, but certainly not least, we have a breakfast item that is highly favored in the United States of America: the Quiché!
Filled with bacon, sausage, cheese, and plenty of herbs, this is a Quiché that you won’t want to miss out on. It is easy to make, quick to make, delicious to eat, and will keep you filled up until lunchtime rolls around… this really is the full package!
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Breakfast Drink?
There are several kinds of ‘acceptable’ drinks that are served with breakfast, depending on where you are in the world. Most Americans favor a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee.
Many people in the UK appreciate a hot cup of tea with milk and sugar. Fruit juice (see also ‘10 Best Monthly Juice Subscription Boxes‘) is a preferred alternative, along with coffee or other hot beverages, all over the world.
However, some people would rather simply consume a glass of water with their breakfast.
What Time Does Brunch Start?
Breakfast is typically offered up till 11 a.m. in most restaurants and households, while lunch is typically served at 12 p.m or later. However, if they are dining in the late morning or early afternoon, some people like to combine these meals and have ‘brunch’.
As a result, brunch (see also ‘33 Incredible Brunch Recipes‘) is normally offered from 11 am until 3 pm. Breakfast is typically referred to as an ‘All-Day Breakfast’ if it is served after 3 pm because it is available all day long without a time limit.
What Is A ‘Full English’ Breakfast?
A full-English breakfast is a large breakfast dish that is extremely popular and well-loved in the UK.
While it can be made differently by each individual, the basic components of a full-English include bacon, sausages, eggs, baked beans, mushrooms, chopped/fried tomatoes, hash browns, black pudding, and a slice or two of fried/toasted bread.
It is typically accompanied by a hot beverage, such as tea or coffee, or a glass of fruit juice, e.g., orange. Condiments, such as tomato ketchup and brown sauce, are also welcomed on a full-English breakfast.