Serve Up Chicken and Corn Bread Pancakes for an Unforgettable Father's Day Feast

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chicken and corn bread pancakes with spicy syrup
50 Best Father's Day Brunch Ideas to Make for DadBrian Woodcock

This year, Father's Day is Sunday, June 18—which means it's right around the corner. Check out our carefully curated Father's Day gift guide, peruse some Father's Day cards (you can even add a good dad joke inside), and then plan out your ultimate Father's Day brunch.

But skip the crowds! You can make a wow-worthy spread in the comfort of your own home. (And Dad will love it.) We've compiled a big list with all of Dad's favorite sweet and savory breakfast and lunch dishes. Trust us, any one of these is sure to impress.

The Ultimate BLT Sandwich

We took dad's favorite sandwich and upgraded it in every possible way: Homemade focaccia bread to replace the store-bought stuff. Oven-roasted tomatoes instead of a cold slice of beefsteak.

Fresh arugula instead of iceberg. And crispy pancetta instead of your standard bacon. Topping it off? Home pickled onions. One bite and he'll flip for it.

Get the recipe for The Ultimate BLT Sandwich.

the ultimate blt sandwich roasted tomato and crispy pancetta on focaccia
Becky Luigart-Stayner

BLT with Crispy Fried Tomatoes and Avocado

Here's a slightly less intensive upgraded BLT to consider. A breadcrumb-battered tomato and some avocado add a little special oomph to the classic 'wich.

Get the recipe for BLT with Crispy Fried Tomatoes and Avocado.

blt with crispy fried tomatoes and avocado
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Egg & Biscuit Sandwiches with Tomato Jam

If dad loves a breakfast biscuit, this Father's Day worthy meal will knock his socks off. The super simple tomato jam is what really takes it over the top!

Get the recipe for Egg & Biscuit Sandwiches with Tomato Jam.

egg biscuit sandwiches with tomato jam
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Asparagus Frittata with Burrata and Herb Pesto

This big, eggy breakfast is packed with flavors—herbs, cream, cheese, greens—that dad'll love.

Get the recipe for Asparagus Frittata with Burrata and Herb Pesto.

asparagus frittata with burrata and herb pesto
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Pumpkin Spice Latte Monkey Bread

For true PSL fans, there's no wrong time to enjoy cinnamon and nutmeg together. If your dad has a sweet tooth, this bready breakfast will satisfy it!

Get the recipe for Pumpkin Spice Latte Monkey Bread.

pumpkin spice latte monkey bread
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Eggs Florentine with Homemade Hollandaise

Poached eggs, toasty English muffins, rich, creamy sauce... It's classic brunch food done right.

Get the recipe for Eggs Florentine.

eggs florentine with homemade hollandaise
Becky Luigart-Stayner

French Onion Flatbread

We took the best parts of your dad's favorite soup—the richly caramelized onions and the hearty gruyère cheese—and turned them into a pizza. You're welcome.

Get the recipe for French Onion Flatbread.

french onion flatbread
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Brown Sugar and Rosemary Glazed Bacon

This isn't just bacon—it's bacon done right.

Get the recipe for Brown Sugar and Rosemary Glazed Bacon.

brown sugar and rosemary glazed bacon
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Overnight Pancakes

This overnight batter gives the pancakes a surprising amount of flavor — and saves time the next morning! Serve them up with some extra special Caramel-Maple Syrup.

Get the recipe for Overnight Pancakes.

overnight pancakes
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Tomato & Fresh Basil Frittata

Need to feed a crowd for Father's Day brunch? Try this casserole-style frittata.

Get the recipe for Tomato & Fresh Basil Frittata.

tomato  fresh basil frittata
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Loaded Breakfast Sandwiches

Stacked high, these breakfast sandwiches have everything Dad is craving: fennel sausage, eggs, and roasted tomatoes!

Get the recipe for Loaded Breakfast Sandwiches.

loaded breakfast sandwiches with fennel herb sausage patties
Brian Woodcock

Pimento Cheese Bar

What dad doesn't love a) snacks, and b) buffets? This build-your-own cheese dip offers the best of both worlds.

Get the recipe for Pimento Cheese Bar.

pimento cheese bar
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Beef Burgers with Jalapeños, Cheddar, and Crispy Pepperoni

Is dad a heat hound? Then break out the grill and heat up one of these burgers for him!

Get the recipe for Spicy Beef Burgers.

beef burgers with jalapeños, cheddar, and crispy pepperoni
William Dickey

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Similar to ham and cheese croissants, these pinwheels are perfect for a celebratory brunch.

Get the recipe for Ham and Cheese Pinwheels.

ham and cheese pinwheels
Becky Luigart-Stayner

The Old Man and the Sea Cocktail

Hoist one to your own Old Man (especially if he's a Hemmingway fan) with this bright, refreshing cocktail. Dad not into imbibing? Swap the rum for more grapefruit juice. It makes a very tasty mocktail.

Get the recipe for The Old Man and the Sea Cocktail.

the old man and the sea cocktail
Emily Dorio

Lowcountry Shrimp Boil

Want to feast dad in casual style? Make him this classic Louisiana-style outdoor feast.

Get the recipe for Lowcountry Shrimp Boil.

lowcountry shrimp boil
Emily Dorio

Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza

If Dad's a fan of Da Bears, the Blues Brothers, or any other part of the Windy City's charm, he may appreciate a homemade slice of their famed pizza. It's easier than you think!

Get the recipe for Chicago Deep-Dish Pizza.

chicago deep dish pizza
Brian Woodcock

Twisted Sticky Caramel-Pecan Roll

If Dad's got a sweet tooth, wake him up this with deliciously decadent caramel-pecan roll. (You might want to make two, since he'll probably want seconds.)

Get the recipe for Twisted Sticky Caramel-Pecan Roll.

twisted sticky caramel pecan roll
Christopher Shane

Chicken and Corn Bread Pancakes with Spicy Syrup

What dad wouldn't want to wake up to a stack of chicken and cornbread pancakes?!

Get the recipe for Chicken and Corn Bread Pancakes.

chicken and corn bread pancakes with spicy syrup
Brian Woodcock

Mushroom and Asparagus Pizza

If dad loves pizza for breakfast, then give him a slice of something wow-worthy. Bonus: Make it in the outdoor pizza oven that you're giving him for Father's Day!

Get the recipe for Mushroom and Asparagus Pizza.

mushroom and asparagus pizza
Brian Woodcock

"Nashattan" Aged Manhattan Cocktail

On Father's Day, it's always five o'clock somewhere. You'll need about a month's lead time to make this—or just get dad an aging barrel, and let him make his own!

Get the recipe for an Aged Manhattan Cocktail.

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Caroline Allison

Croque Madames

Forget the name (or call it a croque monsieur with a fried egg), because this sandwich is everything dad wants: ham and cheese on rustic sourdough, drizzled in a rich sauce, grilled to perfection, and topped with everyone's favorite breakfast.

Get the recipe for Croque Monsieur with a Fried Egg.

croque madames
Brian Woodcock

Mile-High Biscuit Sandwiches with Sweet Heat Hot Chicken

A sweet heat hot chicken flanked by two halves of a flaky bun? It's what every dad dreams of eating for breakfast.

Get the recipe for Mile-High Biscuit Sandwiches.

mile high biscuit sandwiches with sweet heat hot chicken
Brian Woodcock

Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Bread Pudding

A frugal dad may appreciate the use of leftover pancakes, but every dad will love that this make-ahead casserole is packed with flavor.

Get the recipe for Blueberry-Pecan Pancake Bread Pudding.

blueberry pecan pancake bread pudding
Brian Woodcock

Cornflake-Crusted Baked Chicken

The cornflake covering counts as breakfast, right? This almost-like-fried chicken is perfect: crunchy and delicious.

Get the recipe for Cornflake-Crusted Baked Chicken.

cornflake crusted baked chicken
Brian Woodcock

Country Ham French Toast

Just add a slice of ham to this classic French toast recipe to give a savory kick to all the sweetness.

Get the recipe for Country Ham French Toast.

fathers day brunch french toast
Brian Woodcock

Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese

Savory and rich this baked pasta combines two of Dad's favorite things—beer and pasta.

Get the recipe for Anchor Steam Mac and Cheese.

anchor steam mac and cheese
Brian Woodcock

Tomato-Cheddar Strata with Broccoli

If you're feeding a crowd (or just some big eaters) bake up this easy strata. It's loaded with French bread, tomatoes, and broccoli, and topped with both Cheddar and ricotta cheeses, so it's sure to fill everyone up.

Get the recipe for Tomato-Cheddar Strata with Broccoli.

tomato cheddar strata with broccoli
Quentin Bacon

Parmesan Egg-in-a-Hole

Fry up sunny-side-up eggs in thick slices of Texas Toast for a rich satisfying start to the day.

Get the recipe for Parmesan Egg-in-a-Hole.

white toast with wholes cut out, and and egg cooked in the middle
Brian Woodcock

Roasted Mushroom and Bacon Dutch Baby

Here's a sophisticated dish packed with down-to-earth flavors, perfect for a dad who enjoys something unexpected.

Get the recipe for Roasted Mushroom and Bacon Dutch Baby.

roasted mushroom and bacon dutch baby
Brian Woodcock

Chocolate-Cherry Cinnamon Rolls

Savory bittersweet chocolate and sweet cherries take these cinnamon rolls to the next level. Bonus: They can be made the day before.

Get the recipe for Chocolate-Cherry Cinnamon Rolls.

chocolate cherry cinnamon rolls
Brian Woodcock

Grab and Go Spinach and Ham Egg Bakes

These make-ahead egg cups are super simple to whip up and chock-full of Dad's favorites: ham, spinach, eggs, and cheese!

Get the recipe for Grab and Go Spinach and Ham Egg Bakes.

grab and go spinach and ham egg bakes
Brian Woodcock

Meyer Lemon-Blueberry Cake

Individually sized blueberry Bundt cakes make a perfect ending to a spectacular Father's day brunch.

Get the recipe for Meyer Lemon-Blueberry Cake.

meyer lemon blueberry cake
Brian Woodcock

Old-Fashioned Lemonade

As easy as 1, 2, 3—sugar, fresh lemon juice, and water—are all it takes to whip up a batch of good 'ole fashioned lemonade. Add vodka or gin for an adult kick.

Get the recipe for Old-Fashioned Lemonade.

old fashioned lemonade
David Tsay

Ham Biscuit Sandwiches with Apricot Mustard

Buttery biscuits get a boost from sliced ham, apricot jam, and sharp cheddar cheese. Trust us: You won't be able to eat just one.

Get the recipe for Ham Biscuit Sandwiches.

ham biscuit sandwiches with apricot mustard
Brian Woodcock

Vegetable, Ham, and Goat Cheese Frittata

This brunch-ready dish can easily feed a crowd (or just one very hungry dad).

Get the recipe for Vegetable Frittata.

spring vegetable, ham, and goat cheese frittata
Christopher Shane

Honey Nut Cheerio Turnovers

Use dad's favorite breakfast to make dad's other favorite breakfast! 🤯

Get the recipe for Honey Nut Cheerio Turnovers.

honey nut cheerio turnovers
Brian Woodcock

Herbes de Provence Shrimp with Basil and Pea Couscous

This is an ideal brunch meal. Grains, vegetable, and protein all together. Add a glass of wine, and you've got the perfect meal.

Get the recipe for Herbes de Provence Shrimp.

herbes de provence shrimp with basil and pea couscous
Brian Woodcock

Earl Grey Crème Brûlée

If Dad loves all things British (and has a sweet tooth) try this recipe. Traditional crackly-topped custard gets infused with Earl Grey tea for a fancy treat. Make it fancier by cooking it in vintage teacups.

Get the recipe for Earl Grey Crème Brûlée.

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Brian Woodcock

Curry Chicken Salad

Tender poached chicken breast gets tossed with curry powder, cilantro, raisins, and of course mayo. Serve with crackers, toast, or pita.

Get the recipe for Curry Chicken Salad.

curry chicken salad
Brian Woodcock

Crepes with Strawberries and Lemon Curd

Transport dad back to that European vacation with homemade crepes served with tart lemon curd and fresh strawberries.

Get the recipe for Crepes with Strawberries and Lemon Curd.

crepes with strawberries and lemon curd
Brian Woodcock

Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake

This sophisticated pound cake is a looker! Green-tea batter and chocolate batter get swirled together to create a sweet, slightly bitter flavor combo.

Get the recipe for Chocolate-Matcha Swirl Pound Cake.

chocolate matcha swirl pound cake
Brian Woodcock

Spicy Beet Bloody Marys

Nothing says "Happy Father's Day" like a spicy, loaded cocktail.

Get the recipe for Spicy Beet Bloody Marys.

spicy beet bloody marys
Andrew Purcell

Glazed Blueberry Rolls

Opt for fresh blueberries instead of frozen with these gooey glazed rolls that you can prepare the night before your big brunch.

Get the recipe for Glazed Blueberry Rolls.

fathers day brunch blueberry rolls
Brian Woodcock

Blackberry Tart

Serve up this fruity tart for a bite that's both tart and sweet, thanks to the mascarpone, lime, and blackberry filling.

Get the recipe for Blackberry Tart.

fathers day brunch blackberry tart
Brian Woodcock

Rooibos-Blueberry-Glazed Donut Holes

Dad will love having one (or a few!) of these perfectly-sized bites. The hint of lemon combined with the burst of blueberry makes for a super-fresh sweet.

Get the recipe for Glazed Donut Holes.

fathers day brunch blueberry donuts
Brian Woodcock

Banana Bread Flapjacks

Toasted pecans give these banana-filled pancakes a sweet and satisfying crunch.

Get the recipe for Banana Bread Flapjacks.

fathers day brunch pancakes
Brian Woodcock

Deep-Dish Bacon and Leek Quiche

Filled with fluffy eggs, crispy bacon, and Gruyère cheese, this dish is hearty enough to feed the whole family.

Get the recipe for Deep-Dish Bacon and Leek Quiche.

fathers day brunch quiche
Brian Woodcock

Pancake Breakfast Sandwich with Sausage and Avocado

Take your breakfast sandwich to the next level by using pancakes as bread.

Get the recipe for Pancake Breakfast Sandwich.

pancake breakfast sandwich with sausage and avocado
Mary Britton Senseney

Spanish Tortilla with Manchego and Green Olives

Dense with veggies, this one-skillet wonder will totally hit the spot.

Get the recipe for Spanish Tortilla.

spanish tortilla with manchego and green olives
Christopher Testani

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