Best Appetizer Ideas for Brunch

Brunch is a combination of breakfast and lunch. It is often served between eleven o’clock in the morning and 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This practice originated in England in the late 19th century and become popular in the United States in the 1930s. Brunch is not a bigger take on breakfast, but instead, it’s like a daytime dinner party. This is because people usually serve alcoholic drinks and as well as luxe products like oysters. 

If you are hosting a brunch party and you haven’t planned about the appetizers yet, no worries, as we’re here to give you some help.  Today, we are giving you a list of the best appetizer ideas for brunch. 

1. Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

some bacon wrapped asparagus on a plate

One of the savory and delicious appetizers that you can serve for brunch is some bacon-wrapped asparagus. They are also great as snacks. This is very easy to make and will only take about 20 minutes. All you need for this appetizer are some asparagus stalks, bacon slices, butter, garlic powder, brown sugar, pepper, and parsley.

First, you need to preheat your oven to 400°F. After that, divide the asparagus stalks into four bundles and wrap one slice of bacon around each bundle. Get a small bowl and mix together the brown sugar, butter, pepper, and garlic powder. Then, arrange the asparagus bundles on a baking sheet and pour some of the butter mixtures on top of them. Bake them for 15 to 20 minutes until the bacon turns crispy. You can sprinkle them with parsley if you like. Serve and enjoy! You can find more details about this appetizer on

2. Squash and Parmesan Crustless Mini Quiches

This appetizer is a fast and frugal finger food that is also great for brunch. The good news is that you can make a batch of this with almost anything in your refrigerator. For the recipe that we found, you will need some soft butter, bread crumbs, eggs, roasted butternut squash pulp, cream, salt, ground black pepper, parmesan cheese, and fresh parsley. To learn how to make this bites size delicious appetizer for brunch, check out Simple Bites.

3. Fried Chicken and Waffles

fried chicken and waffles appetizers for brunch

Chicken and waffles are among the best breakfast foods out there. But you can also serve them during brunch as appetizers. How? By combining them into bite-sized goodness. Some of the ingredients you will need for this appetizer include homemade waffles, boneless chicken breasts, water, salt, Worcestershire sauce, all-purpose flour, bread crumbs, onion powder, pepper, garlic powder, baking soda, egg whites, vegetable oil, butter, maple syrup, brown sugar, and ground cinnamon. To know the steps in making this enjoyable appetizer, check out Cook Like a Champion

4. Steak and Egg Breakfast Bruschetta

Bruschetta is a great appetizer for dinner parties. But since you are serving it for brunch, then you can include steak and eggs to make it a full-on breakfast appetizer. It is like mixing together fancy and simple foods. For this appetizer, you will need a fresh baguette, goat cheese, poached or scrambled eggs, skirt steak, baby tomatoes, olive oil, salt, and kale leaves. You can visit Baker by Nature for the complete recipe.

5. Crispy and Creamy Potato Puffs

These tasty appetizers are a hybrid of mashed potatoes and French fries and are perfect for brunch, too. To make some of these, you will need baking potatoes, salt, egg, unsalted butter, nonfat dry milk, parmesan cheese, all-purpose flour, grated nutmeg, and vegetable oil. You can also make them ahead and refrigerate them overnight so that you will just fry them the next day when you serve brunch. For the procedure on how to make the crispy and creamy potato puffs, you can visit Food & Wine.

6. Ham and Cheese Pastry Puffs

These are great for savory breakfast and as well as finger food or snacks. They are made of a mixture of spices that adds extra flavor to a delicious store-bought puff pastry. They are also easy to make. You will need some frozen puff pastries, ham or turkey slices, cheddar, Swiss, or provolone cheese, and an egg. For the spices, you need to have some onion powder, chili powder, dried thyme, black pepper, allspice, cloves, and cinnamon. 

You need to preheat the oven to 400°F. Then, cut the thawed pastries into 4 squares. Lay the ham and cheese diagonally on them. Put some spice blend on top of them and fold the two diagonal corners of the pastries to the center and pinch them together to secure. Put them on a baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Get the egg wash and brush it on the pastries. You can also sprinkle more spice blend on top of the pastries. After that, bake them in the preheated oven for 15 minutes until they turn golden brown. Serve and enjoy! For the exact measurements of the ingredients, you can visit Beyond Kimchee.

7. Iced Raspberry Pastry Braid

This is an irresistible breakfast pastry that you can serve as an appetizer for brunch. It might be intimidating for some to make these from scratch at home, but it is possible. For the raspberry filling, you will need some fresh raspberries, granulated sugar, warm water, and cornstarch. You also need homemade pastry dough, egg, and whole milk. To make the icing, you need some confectioners’ sugar, heavy cream, and pure vanilla extract. For the detailed recipe, visit Sally’s Baking Addiction.

8. Cheesy Bacon Potato Bites

Cheese and bacon, when combined, are the perfect brunch appetizers. This can also be a tasty side dish for a weeknight dinner. This one is also very easy to make. You just need some frozen waffle fries, cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, and center-cut bacon slices. For the complete steps on making this appetizer for brunch, you can check out Celebrations at Home.

9. Fried Egg and Bacon Puff Pastry Squares

This is also a great appetizer for brunch. You can make them a couple of hours ahead of time and reheat them in a warm oven before serving. For this recipe, you need a sheet of frozen puff pastry, all-purpose flour, eggs, water, bacon slices, unsalted butter, salt, ground pepper, and fresh chives. Visit Martha Stewart for the complete recipe.

10. Fifteen-Minute Donuts

donuts on a plate

Donuts are also great appetizers, and they can also be perfect desserts for your brunch party. Did you know that you can make donuts in just 15 minutes? What you need are some all-purpose flour, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, eggs, ground nutmeg, whole milk, butter, vanilla extract, vegetable oil, and powdered sugar. For the complete instructions on how to make them, check out the recipe from Bless This Mess.

These are some of the best appetizer ideas for a brunch that we can recommend. All of these will surely make your brunch more appetizing and enjoyable for your whole family and guests. You may also want to read about homemade snacks that even kids can make.