Sheet pan dinners have become a weeknight shortcut for so many cooks (even Chrissy Teigen), because they offer all the deliciousness of a homemade meal for a crowd with very little time spent stirring or watching the stovetop—not to mention a fraction of the cleanup time. They’re also surprisingly good ways to bring kids into the kitchen. Younger kids can safely help arrange everything on the room-temp pan and get a grown-up’s help when it’s time to heat things up. Older kids can even take on making a whole meal themselves, since they’re essentially a bit of prep that you pop into the oven to finish up.
But this genius kitchen hack isn’t just for the evening meal. You can totally spend a morning with your kitchen helpers whipping up breakfast or brunch in a snap. Pro tip: line your sheet pans with foil or parchment paper to keep cleanup ultra swift.
Here are some ideas to inspire you!
Keep it classic with eggs and bacon! The perfect pairing is great on its own, but you can totally add hashbrowns, too. Combine everything casserole-style Sheet-Pan Eggs and Bacon Breakfast, or keep the bacon as a side with this version. (Just looking for a bacon shortcut? This isn’t exactly a whole meal, but if your family is still frying your bacon on the stove and risking super-hot splatters, it’s time to simplify with Sheet Pan Bacon. Your stovetop will thank you.)
If Breakfast Tacos aren’t a staple in your house yet, prepare to fall in love. Simply top taco-sized tortillas with shredded cheese and eggs, broil, and layer on your favorite salsa and other go-to toppings. YUM.
Love french fries and potato chips? This Sheet-Pan Potato Hash with Fixins brings that potato magic to breakfast. THe key to their crispness is massaging the oil into every surface (a perfect task for small hands). In the potato breakfast realm, Sweet potatoes and chicken breakfast sausage are also a winning combination.
We’re big fans of making frittatas any time of day to use up leftovers or veggies that are looking a little less fresh than they did on grocery day, and this Cheat Sheet Roasted Vegetable Frittata makes enough for a big family. You can either use leftover roasted veggies or roast them morning-of in the same sheet pan. Brilliant. (Tip: Add some frozen puff pastry to the equation and you’ve got an easy-peasy slab quiche!)
Whatever your family’s go-to sweet breakfast, we’re betting there’s a way to do it on a single sheet in half the time. Case in point? Sheet Pan Pancakes. Who needs to spend time at the stove flipping when tasty pancakes can be this easy?!
Another diner classic worthy of recreating in a single pan, this dairy-free French Toast recipe comes together in record time, thanks to 4 simple ingredients. Little hands will love dipping bread into the custard mix, and with no hot frying pan to worry about, everyone can relax and enjoy the process.
The best part about any crisp, crumble, or buckle is the crunchy topping right? Well, making Sheet-Pan Apple Crisp means there’s that much more topping per inch of fruit. Win! The oat-heavy streusel topping is kind of like oatmeal, too, so it’s a great fit for breakfast or dessert. Or breakfast dessert…
Sure, any cookie or scone baked on a cookie sheet is technically a sheet pan breakfast if you eat them as a meal, but these gluten-free, plant-based One-Bowl Blueberry Almond Breakfast Cookies are actually filled with ingredients you’d feel good eating for breakfast.
As you can see, the options are really endless when you start dreaming up all the ways you can use a single pan to make a whole morning feast. You can even get a head start on many of these the night before and have a hot meal faster than you can say “breakfast is served.”