What does a typical American Breakfast look like ?

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An American Breakfast is varied

You should know what makes an American breakfast different. In North America, breakfast is the main meal of the day alongside dinner. At lunchtime you only eat a little something like a sandwich or salad. The breakfast has to be more sumptuous in order to provide you with energy throughout the day. There is also what is commonly referred to as a "continental breakfast". This consists of foods such as toast, jam, butter, fruit, muesli or cake. However, a typical American breakfast is prepared in a pan. These include a breakfast omelette, eggs with bacon, ham or pork sausage and fried potatoes, pancakes and toast with butter and jam. Eggs Benedict or waffles are also very tasty. You can also drink coffee, juice and, rarely, tea.

What does an American breakfast look like? A typical American breakfast is generous. We have experienced that on our Trips to Savor determined by America. That Americans eat differently than we Europeans should be clear to anyone planning to visit the United States. This starts with breakfast.

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You should know these terms if you want to have an American breakfast

A typical American breakfast includes foods made from eggs. When it comes to egg dishes, you should know a few terms. If you want fried eggs, order your eggs “sunny side up”. If the cook is to fry the eggs on both sides, ask them to be "overeasy". If you like the yolk a little firmer in the fried egg, you can order the eggs "over medium". Scrambled eggs are "scrambled eggs". A typical American breakfast also includes potatoes. These are available as fried potatoes or "hash browns". These are grated potatoes that roughly correspond to our hash browns.


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What is there to eat for breakfast in USA?

You are well equipped with these ingredients if you want to prepare a typical American breakfast at home.

  • eggs
  • Bacon or ham
  • milk
  • flour
  • Sugar and vanilla sugar
  • smoked salmon
  • potatoes
  • Toast
  • hollandaise sauce
  • tomatoes
  • Cheese (grated)
  • Mushrooms


Omelet with Toast and Mushrooms - American breakfast with Eggs Benedict, breakfast omelette and waffles
Omelette with toast and mushrooms is definitely a traditional American breakfast version


Typical breakfast in USA

The American breakfast does not necessarily have to be served traditionally as in the first picture example. At the Sun Towers Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, the same ingredients were served as a "Breakfast Bowl". It can also happen that sweet is served next to savory. There are even dishes that combine both. Pigs in a blanket are sausages that are wrapped in pancakes.



Breakfast Omelette with Bacon, Spinach and Cheese American Breakfast with Eggs Benedict, Breakfast Omelet and Waffles
Breakfast omelets with bacon, spinach, and cheese are also an example of an American breakfast


American breakfast omelet

There are many ways to prepare eggs. So it is common to serve this as a breakfast omelet with all kinds of ingredients. In this case it's bacon, spinach and cheese. There are also fried potatoes and toast with jam.

Make omelets yourself

For an American breakfast omelet you need:

  • two eggs,
  • a tomato,
  • grated cheese (e.g. Gouda or Emmentaler),
  • two tablespoons of flour,
  • two tablespoons of milk,
  • Paprika,
  • Salt and pepper,
  • Parsley or chives and
  • some olive oil.


You mix the eggs with flour and milk. Then you cut the tomato into small pieces and stir it together with the cheese under the dough. Season the whole thing with paprika, salt and pepper and fry the omelette in the pan on both sides until golden brown.

You can also add crispy fried bacon strips, fried potatoes or mushrooms to your breakfast omelet. Then your American breakfast is complete. If you want it to be particularly rich, add Hollandaise sauce over the omelet.


Salmon Eggs Benedict American breakfast featuring Eggs Benedict, breakfast omelets and waffles
Salmon Eggs Benedict are definitely a delicious twist on an American breakfast


What do Americans have for breakfast?

Guests often find Eggs Benedict on the menus of a breakfast restaurant. Poached eggs are placed on ham and a biscuit. The whole thing is served with a hollandaise sauce. There are also fried potatoes. The Eggs Benedict are offered in many variations. So you can find them with salmon or other ingredients in the offer of breakfast restaurants.


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American Breakfast Recipes

Eggs Benedict recipe for home

An American breakfast with Eggs Benedict is definitely part of a pleasure trip for us. For me, Eggs Benedict are among the best American breakfasts have to offer. You can also easily make Eggs Benedict yourself. You have to poach eggs for that. It works like this:

To do this, boil salt water and add vinegar. As soon as the water boils, swirl it around with a wooden spoon. Now you crack an egg in a ladle and sink it into the eye of the vortex. At the beginning, protein threads are still formed. But if you continue to whirl with the wooden spoon, they wrap themselves around the egg and a poached egg forms, just like you need for Eggs Benedict. If you want the egg to be hard, cook it for three to four minutes. If you want it softer, you take it out of the water faster.

Then you cut your rolls. Spread a tablespoon of Hollandaise sauce on top. These are ready to buy. Place ham or smoked salmon on top. On top comes the poached egg, and finally another spoonful of Hollandaise sauce. You can garnish the whole thing with fresh herbs.


Waffles with Chocolate Sauce - American breakfast with Eggs Benedict, breakfast omelette and waffles
Waffles with chocolate sauce are also an American breakfast


Sweet breakfast

Then there are the Americans who like to eat sweet. For them there are waffles with maple syrup or chocolate sauce. Waffles are also served with fruit or with sausages. Alternatively, French toast - something like "poor knights" - or Pfannkuchen with syrup or fruit available.

French Toast

We prepare this, for example, when we have stale white bread left over. With this recipe you can turn it into a breakfast that tastes delicious. You need this for four servings:

  • three eggs
  • 200 milliliters of milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • eight slices of stale white bread or toast
  • Butter for frying

Mix milk, salt and eggs in a flat (preferably rectangular) jar. Leave the slices of toast in there until they are soaked with the liquid.

In the meantime, heat the butter in a pan. Be sure to fry the toast slices on both sides until golden brown.

French toast is traditionally served dusted with powdered sugar or drizzled with maple syrup. You can also sprinkle nuts on top.

But you can also be more inventive. This goes well with compote made from blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. Later in the year you can vary the fruit. Then you can serve the toast with apples, pears or figs.

You can also refine the egg milk with sugar, vanilla sugar or cinnamon.

Waffels basic recipe

If you want to make your American breakfast with waffles at home, you need these ingredients.

  • Three eggs,
  • 125 grams of sugar,
  • a packet of vanilla sugar,
  • 125 grams of margarine,
  • a teaspoon of baking soda,
  • a quarter pound more,
  • a quarter liter of milk and
  • a pinch of salt.

Mix the eggs, sugar and vanilla sugar together. Then stir in the margarine underneath. Finally, add flour, baking powder, milk and salt and mix everything together. You bake this dough into waffles in waffle irons.

Chocolate sauce, cherries, maple syrup, Nutella, cinnamon sugar or powdered sugar also go well with this.



Where can I find an American breakfast restaurant?

If you want to enjoy breakfast, you can either find it at a hotel restaurant or at a restaurant like Denny's or IHOP in Florida that specializes in breakfast. Bed and breakfast hotels rarely offer these dishes to their guests. Their breakfast often consists of toast, muffins and coffee in plastic cups. We therefore advise you to skip breakfast in the hotel in individual cases and to go to the trouble of going to a breakfast restaurant. You will definitely enjoy it! Choosing “bed and breakfast” as a selection criterion when booking a hotel therefore only makes sense for those who do not value breakfast. Culinary travel is also fun in America if you know where, what and how you can enjoy it.

With these tips you can enjoy a typical American breakfast on your trips to Canada and the USA. However, we do not only do this on our travels. Instead, we always prepare an American breakfast at home. Of course, not all of these dishes are always available. But they always come around, and variety is fun and appetizing. We hope that the recipes and tips will also help you with your travel planning. And maybe they will also bring fond memories of your trips to America into your own kitchen.

Try the American breakfast

If you are a fan of America, you should definitely try the American breakfast! It's rich and full of flavor. For example, try pancakes with maple syrup or a classic egg dish with bacon and toast. And don't forget to order the coffee big and strong! In any case, enjoy it and enjoy the authentic American breakfast experience.



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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs and TravelWorldOnline
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What does a typical American Breakfast look like ?

4 thoughts too "What does a typical American Breakfast look like ?"

  1. Hi monika,
    of course, the article has addressed me as a small treat :-) The American breakfast I really learned to love - especially pancakes. A bottle of maple syrup has been left in the fridge since our first trip to the US ... The craziest breakfast I had in New York: a French toast stuffed. Toast drizzled in maple syrup with bananas, blueberries and cream (ie calories for about 3 days).

    1. Hello Katharina,

      we feel the same way. We always look forward to the American breakfast. My favorite breakfast is Eggs Benedict - not exactly low in calories either. But soooo delicious! There is usually no lunch for that. Breakfast usually lasts all day. And as far as crazy breakfast dishes are concerned, do you already know the “pigs in a blanket”? These are pork sausages wrapped in thick pancakes with a lot of maple syrup over them: D Not bad either ...

      Best regards,

  2. Hi monika,

    yes the American breakfast is really generous but I love french toast. Best garnished with fruit. :) As the portions are also often abundant, I need then until the evening really nothing more food. A really nice compilation of the individual breakfast dishes. In the pictures, the water runs in my mouth. :) Although I am looking forward to 3-4 weeks USA, I am always on delicious rolls and strong bread in Germany. :)


    1. Hello Peggy,

      For me it is less the breakfast or the German bread that I miss. I usually miss very simple dishes such as potatoes with quark or something similar :). It usually comes on the first day after the return.

      Best regards,

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