Cheap and easy family brunch ideas (2022)

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Our cheap and easily family brunch ideas are exactly what it says on the tin, affordable brunch recipes that are simple to make at home when you want to feed a crowd.

Cheap and easily family brunch ideas for the perfect way to start the weekend or spoil the whole family on a special occasion such as a birthday, Mother's Day, Easter or a bank holiday.

Brunch (opens in new tab) may sound a little fancy but it doesn't have to be. It's one of those meals that we can have without really knowing it - usually at the weekends when you've had a lie in (or at least tried to!). It's a combination of breakfast and lunch and is often a hearty meal that's bigger than your average breakfast to keep you going well into the afternoon.

What types of food do you serve for brunch?

From frittatas to wraps, from waffles to salads, brunch is a wonderful time to experiment with some cafe-style dishes in the comfort of your own home.

We've got plenty of mouth-watering brunch recipes to choose from including some healthy brunch options too like our Morrocan tomatoes, delicious bubble and squeak with smoky egg or how about a quick and easy fruit salad.

Cheap and easy family brunch ideas

Brunch is the perfect time to get friends and family together. Why not open a bottle of bubbles and serve with orange juice to make Buck's Fizz? Brunch is a treat after all! Take a look through all of our cheap and easy brunch ideas for inspiration...

Homemade beans on toast

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Try our classic Homemade beans on toast (opens in new tab)

Skill level: Easy

Pimp baked beans for a quick and easy dinner for the whole family that’s ready in just 20 mins. You can make these homemade baked beans on toast any night of the week.

Full English breakfast pizza

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What better way to start the day than with a hearty fry-up. Eggs, bacon, mushroom, sausages - what more could you want? Well, how about serving this whole meal on a pizza-style base? This recipe uses a cut of French boule loaf as the base and tops with a classic full English menu. You could even serve the whole thing on an actual pizza base if you like. The kids will love it!

Get the recipe: Full English breakfast pizza (opens in new tab)

Build-your-own tarts

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The whole family can dig in to create their own brunch tarts with this easy recipe and simple topping suggestions. Make them with whatever you have in your fridge!

Get the recipe: Build-your-own tarts (opens in new tab)

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Banana muffins

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So easy! Banana muffins take just 15 mins to prepare before you pop them in the oven and are delicious served warm. A naughty-but-delicious family brunch ideathat you could even make ahead.

Get the recipe: Banana muffins (opens in new tab)

Bubble and squeak with smoky egg

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Perfect for a bank holiday Monday, this classic bubble and squeak recipe can use up the leftovers from your Sunday roast. Our version combines potatoes, cabbage and spring onions and top it with a paprika-infused fried egg as an added bonus.

Get the recipe: Bubble and squeak with smoky egg (opens in new tab)

Quick farmhouse fry-up

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This one-pot dish combines potatoes, mushrooms, chard leaves and egg

to make a super filling brunch the whole family can tuck in to. And

what makes this meal even better? It only works out at 221 calories per

serving - result!

Get the recipe: Quick farmhouse fry-up (opens in new tab)

Breakfast pancakes

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These all-day breakfast pancakes are simply delicious. Top with a gooey fried egg, a couple of rashers of bacon and cherry tomatoes. Pancakes don't have to be sweet every time!

Get the recipe: Breakfast pancakes (opens in new tab)

Morrocan tomatoes

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If you love tomatoes, you must try this dish, it's so simple and tastes delicious. Just like an omelette, you cook your veggies first (the asparagus tips and large tomatoes in this case) and then instead of whisking the eggs you just crack them into the pan and let them cook. This brunch recipe would be ideal served with a cut of crusty bread for dipping in the yolks.

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Get the recipe: Morrocan tomatoes (opens in new tab)

Scrambled egg and salsa wrap

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You wouldn't think to put scrambled egg in a wrap now would you? Taking a breakfast classic and lunchtime favourite and combining the two is a genius move for brunch. A freshly prepared salsa made from spring onion, tomatoes and a dash of balsamic vinegar gives this brunch added flavour - you'll be crazy not to try them.

Get the recipe: Scrambled egg and salsa wrap (opens in new tab)

James Martin's bacon and maple syrup waffles

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If you're lucky enough to have waffle maker, waffles should definitely be on the menu for brunch. You can top with anything from bacon to fruit and if you're don't have a waffle maker, you can buy them readymade from the supermarket - shhh, we won't tell if you don't!

Get the recipe: James Martin's bacon and maple syrup waffles (opens in new tab)

Almond and apricot croissants

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These warm buttery croissants are filled with sweet, soft apricots and sprinkled with flaked almonds and dusted with icing sugar - can brunch get any better?!

Get the recipe: Almond and apricot croissants (opens in new tab)

Florida fruits with toasted brioche

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If you fancy something light and refreshing for brunch, this Florida-inspired fruit salad should do the trick. Fresh grapefruit, segments of orange and a sprinkling of ruby red pomegranate seeds makes this fruity brunch a perfect treat for a warmer morning. Serve with a couple of slices of toasted brioche.

Get the recipe: Florida fruits with toasted brioche (opens in new tab)

Buckwheat pancakes

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This buckwheat pancake recipe is one of our favourite brunch ideas. Once

you've perfected the batter and cooked up those soft, fluffy pancakes

you can experiment with all sorts of toppings like fresh fruits or even

bacon and maple syrup. You can go sweet, you can go savoury or you could

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have a little of both - the choice is yours!

Get the recipe: Buckwheat pancakes (opens in new tab)

Annabel Karmel's ratatouille omelette

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What's brunch without an omelette? This omelette is better than your usual breakfast omelette as it combines eggs with homemade ratatouille (opens in new tab). Aubergine, spring onion and courgette are only a handful of the ingredients used in this recipe, making it a filling and healthy one-pot option.

Get the recipe: Annabel Karmel's ratatouille omelette (opens in new tab)

Veggie eggs Benedict

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This veggie eggs Benedict is the perfect weekend treat. A light,

homemade Hollandaise sauce, soft English muffin buns and one gooey

poached egg - doesn't it sound heavenly? This dish is just a little too

rich to be breakfast, so that's why we've nominated it as one of our

brunch favourites.

Get the recipe: Veggie eggs Benedict (opens in new tab)

Cinnamon toast with raspberries

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With a hint of warming cinnamon and handfuls of fresh berries this delicious cinnamon toast recipe is realyl simple to make and can be rustled up in 10 mins.

Get the recipe: Cinnamon toast with raspberries (opens in new tab)

Kedgeree cakes

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Kedgeree is a dish made from fish, rice and hard boiled eggs - it may sounds strange but it tastes delicious. These kedgeree cakes are the perfect example of how to serve this classic dish for brunch. Serve with fresh salad leaves, baked beans or even sandwich between two buns - whatever you fancy.

Get the recipe: Kedgeree cakes (opens in new tab)

Poached egg and bacon salad

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This delicious dish combines two favourites - poached egg and a healthy salad. The poached egg will give you all the protein you need to keep you fuller for longer and the salad, which combines baby plum tomatoes, celery and mixed salad leaves, will give you the health-factor.

Get the recipe: Poached egg and bacon salad (opens in new tab)

Bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich

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Whoever first thought to put these three foods together and sandwich them between thick cuts of bread is a genius. This classic BLT (bacon, lettuce and tomato sarnie - in case you didn't know!) is a great way of using up what you've got in the fridge. You can make this sandwich even better by toasting the bread slightly before assembling. It's a balanced breakfast and lunch in one. Try adding a little egg to the sandwich to give it an extra brunch-y feel.

Get the recipe: BLT (opens in new tab)

Grapefruit, beetroot and avocado salad

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You wouldn't think to put these three ingredients together; grapefruit, beetroot and avocado, but they really do work like a dream. The grapefruit adds a refreshing, citrusy flavour to the mix which makes the chunks of avocado even creamier than usual. The beetroot also adds to the sweetness of the dish while giving it some added colour too.

Get the recipe: Grapefruit, beetroot and avocado salad (opens in new tab)

Sausage and spinach frittata

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Cooked in one pot, this sausage and spinach frittata is so simple and ready in 40 mins - with hardly any washing up! Now that's a great start to the weekend.

Get the recipe: Sausage and spinach frittata (opens in new tab)

Panettone French toast

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This delicious Panettone French toast has taken French toast to the next level, that's why we'd class it as brunch instead of breakfast.

Get the recipe: Panettone French toast (opens in new tab)

Spinach, onion and egg bake

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Whip up 6 of these mini egg bakes in just 25 mins. Perfect if you've got a few people round for brunch or if you're feeling super hungry you could have 2 each!

Get the recipe: Spinach, onion and egg bake (opens in new tab)

FAQs

How do you throw a cheap brunch? ›

Great for our menu we went primarily meatless that's a great way to save if you're looking to do

What do you serve at a backyard brunch? ›

These 14 vibrant and delectable options will have you pining to eat on the patio all morning, every morning.
  • Breakfast Pizza. ...
  • Nut and Seed Fruit Yogurt Tarts. ...
  • Avocado Garlic Toast With Balsamic Marinated Tomatoes and Cucumbers. ...
  • Pineapple Coconut Pancakes. ...
  • Mexican Shakshuka. ...
  • Mixed Berry Toasts. ...
  • Crustless Veggie Quiche.
17 Jun 2017

What is a typical brunch? ›

Pancakes and fruit are typical brunch fare. Brunch is a meal that is eaten in the late morning or early afternoon, generally between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM. A typical brunch combines elements of breakfast and lunch, reflecting the fact that it is supposed to serve for both meals.

How do I set up a brunch buffet? ›

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What can I buy to bring to a brunch potluck? ›

23 Breakfast Potluck Ideas To Feed a Crowd
  • Cinnamon Rolls. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so you'll want to start with a bang! ...
  • Coffee Cake. ...
  • Egg Muffins. ...
  • Banana Bread. ...
  • Easy Breakfast Casserole. ...
  • Biscuits and Gravy Casserole. ...
  • Monkey Bread. ...
  • Ham and Cheese Quiche.
19 Jun 2022

How do you keep food warm for brunch? ›

How To Keep Breakfast Warm While You Cook it All... - YouTube

What do you serve at a ladies brunch? ›

Ladies Brunch Ideas !!!!
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters. ...
  • Customizable Bread Bowl Breakfast. ...
  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze. ...
  • Breakfast & Brunch. ...
  • Sausage & Hash Brown Balls {Football Friday} - Plain Chicken. ...
  • Popover Recipe - Making Lemonade. ...
  • Bacon, Egg & Hash Brown Casserole. ...
  • Hash Brown Egg Nests with Avocado.

What to bring to brunch as a guest? ›

What to bring when you're told not to bring a thing
  1. Chocolate-covered strawberries. These are the perfect treat to bring along to a brunch gathering as they're light, fruity and a bit of an indulgent sign-off without being heavy like rich cake. ...
  2. Olive oil. ...
  3. Hand wash or lotion. ...
  4. Rocky Boulevard. ...
  5. Home-made granola and coffee.
9 Dec 2016

What is the best time for brunch? ›

The general consensus is that brunch happens between 11 am and 4 pm. If you're eating before 11 am, it's considered breakfast, and if you eat after 4 pm, you're eating some in-between meal, or possibly an early dinner.

Why is brunch so popular? ›

Brunch is cheerful, sociable and inciting. It is talk-compelling. It puts you in a good temper, it makes you satisfied with yourself and your fellow beings, it sweeps away the worries and cobwebs of the week.

What is Drunch? ›

a meal that combines lunch and dinner.

What food goes first on a buffet table? ›

The order that items should be placed on the table is as follows: plates first, sides second, any fancy dishes such lobster are third, cutlery and napkins should be the last items on the table.

How do you make a buffet look good? ›

Tips for Setting a Buffet Table
  1. Vary the height. Just as you would vary heights with centerpieces, you should do the same with a buffet. ...
  2. Have a clear beginning. ...
  3. Identify dishes. ...
  4. Give some support. ...
  5. Save utensils for last. ...
  6. Position strategically. ...
  7. Use strategic layouts. ...
  8. Create an Instagram-worthy table backdrop.

How do you host a potluck brunch? ›

5 Tips for Hosting a Potluck Brunch
  1. Set a theme. “Try to stick with a theme to bring it all together. ...
  2. Make food that can sit at room temperature. “Always bring something you can leave at room temperature for a couple of hours. ...
  3. Serve food that doesn't require silverware. ...
  4. Find something for everyone to do. ...
  5. Never experiment.
23 Dec 2011

What is the cheapest food to serve at a party? ›

Here are some simple party food ideas on a budget:
  • Soup.
  • Loose meat sandwiches.
  • Baked potatoes.
  • Pasta.
  • Tacos.
  • Make-your-own-pizzas.
  • Cheese and crackers.
  • Vegetables and dip.
6 Aug 2019

What can I make for a cold buffet? ›

Cold buffet

For example, you could serve a grain or pasta salad, potato salad and vibrant tomato salad. It's always good to have bits to pick at, so offer deli plates of cold meats or smoked salmon (if this isn't your centrepiece), dips and crudités. Serve different breads and breadsticks.

What is a grab and go breakfast? ›

The Grab and Go breakfast is a simple breakfast to get you out the door, but it won't fill you up as a whole meal would. The breakfast items rotate each day and include milk, coffee and juice as beverages and bread, pastries, cereal, yogurt and a choice of fruit.

What is considered to be a light breakfast? ›

Examples of a light breakfast are: eggs, soup or broth with noodles (no meat or vegetables), white crackers, white rice, white potatoes, white bread, Boost® or Ensure®.

What are 10 good lunch foods? ›

Easy Lunch Recipes (When You Don't Want a Salad or Sandwich)
  • Buddha Bowl. ...
  • Burrito Bowl. ...
  • Chicken and Asparagus Lemon Stir-Fry. ...
  • Kale, Spinach, and Pear Smoothie. ...
  • Mini Frittatas. ...
  • Rice Cake With Nut Butter and Banana. ...
  • Roast Beef Roll-ups. ...
  • Salad-Stuffed Avocado.
24 Jan 2022

What fruits should not be eaten together? ›

Avoid mixing your watermelons, muskmelons, cantaloupe and honeydews with other fruits. Try not to mix acidic fruits, such as grapefruits and strawberries, or sub-acidic foods such as apples, pomegranates and peaches, with sweet fruits, such as bananas and raisins for a better digestion.

How do I set up a brunch? ›

Planning Your Brunch Party - YouTube

What is the best time for brunch? ›

The general consensus is that brunch happens between 11 am and 4 pm. If you're eating before 11 am, it's considered breakfast, and if you eat after 4 pm, you're eating some in-between meal, or possibly an early dinner.

How do you keep food warm for brunch? ›

How To Keep Breakfast Warm While You Cook it All... - YouTube

What do you serve at a ladies brunch? ›

Ladies Brunch Ideas !!!!
  • Cherry Cheesecake Shooters. ...
  • Customizable Bread Bowl Breakfast. ...
  • Cinnamon Roll Waffles with Cream Cheese Glaze. ...
  • Breakfast & Brunch. ...
  • Sausage & Hash Brown Balls {Football Friday} - Plain Chicken. ...
  • Popover Recipe - Making Lemonade. ...
  • Bacon, Egg & Hash Brown Casserole. ...
  • Hash Brown Egg Nests with Avocado.

What is the etiquette for brunch? ›

Treat brunch like you would any other meal for which you go out, which means tipping a justified amount to the server. After finishing the meal and paying the check, it is not unheard of to stick around and chat for a little while with your party.

What to bring to brunch as a guest? ›

What to bring when you're told not to bring a thing
  1. Chocolate-covered strawberries. These are the perfect treat to bring along to a brunch gathering as they're light, fruity and a bit of an indulgent sign-off without being heavy like rich cake. ...
  2. Olive oil. ...
  3. Hand wash or lotion. ...
  4. Rocky Boulevard. ...
  5. Home-made granola and coffee.
9 Dec 2016

How do you have a successful brunch? ›

Seven Tips for a Successful Stress-Free Brunch
  1. Set up a self-serve Bellini bar. ...
  2. Make-ahead dishes rule. ...
  3. Welcome guests with the smell of home-baked pastries. ...
  4. Fresh fruit is fundamental. ...
  5. Balance the brunch. ...
  6. Serve special spreads and "boutique" butters. ...
  7. Coffee is crucial so keep it flowing.

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