When we say pizza for breakfast, we don't mean the cold, stale pizza you ate in the dorm. Think more like luxury toast. It's tasty, satisfying, and the perfect way to get all the basic food groups into the most important meal of the day. And with a few smart shortcuts, breakfast pizza can also be a fast and easy meal to feed the whole family on busy mornings. Here's how.

By Jackie Freeman
Bacon and Egg Breakfast Pizza
Credit: Meredith

Breakfast Pizza? Tell Me More!

Breakfast pizza has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years, and with good reason. The original idea behind it was to get all of your standard breakfast fixings like eggs, meats, and cheese on a familiar and easy-eating vehicle (pizza crust).

Making pizza for breakfast is an easy way to get kids involved, too. You can lay out a variety of sauces and toppings, and let them create their favorite combinations. (Kids are more likely to eat and try new things when they get to do the choosing.) It gives them a great nutritional boost to start the day, too. Plus, what kid wouldn't be thrilled to find out they get to eat pizza for breakfast?

Breakfast Pizza Pointers

Here are a few tips, tricks, and shortcuts to help you get a healthy and satisfying breakfast on the table quickly, and give you an endless amount of exciting flavor ideas.

Pizza Dough: Why limit yourself to traditional pizza dough when there is an almost endless variety of crust options. Packaged naan (Indian flat bread), pita bread, English muffins, French bread, bagels, and tortillas are great substitutes for pizza dough. You can even shape refrigerated biscuit and crescent roll doughs into pizza crusts. Whether you make your own pizza crust or use a ready-made option, choosing whole wheat adds more fiber and nutrition.

If you want to sneak in a few extra veggies, make a crust out of eggplant rounds, grated zucchini, cauliflower, or even hash browns.

Get Saucy: Tomato sauce is a classic choice, but there are so many other quick and easy ways to add something special to your crust. Spread your breakfast pizza with olive oil, pesto, or leftover gravy. Want to eat a little out of the box? Try smearing your pizza with onion jam, white sauce, or hummus. Try jam or cream cheese if you're making a fruity pizza.

Top it Off: Bacon, sausage, or ham together with eggs and cheese are traditional combos. But why stick with tradition? Try something completely different like this Mexican Breakfast Pizza.

Time-Saving Shortcuts

  • If your goal is to get the kids (or yourself) out the door fast, these easy shortcuts will speed up the prep:
  • Use a pre-made crust like English muffins, bagels, naan, or pita bread.
  • Spread with prepared sauce (as fancy as pesto or as simple as olive oil).
  • Top with leftover cooked veggies or chopped protein from last night's dinner.
  • Give it a quick toast under the broiler or toaster oven.
  • You can even assemble your pizzas the night before with cooked ingredients (think scrambled eggs, etc.) so they'll be ready to go from fridge to oven to tummy in a flash.
  • Chop up a week's worth of toppings and store in the fridge.

Breakfast Pizza Ideas

This classic breakfast pizza has sausage, hash browns, eggs, and cheese all baked together on crescent roll dough.

Breakfast Pizza
Breakfast Pizza | Photo by jazmineflowers

Watch Chef John show you how to make a breakfast pizza using unbaked pizza dough topped with pizza sauce, cooked sausage, eggs, and cheese.

For this variation on a breakfast pizza, you'll use your waffle iron to bake pizza dough stuffed with sauce, cheese, and pepperoni. You can substitute the cooked breakfast meat of your choice, of course. Or use cooked vegetables for a meatless version.

Waffle Pizzas
Waffle Pizzas | Photo by TheWickedNoodle

Feeling a little fancy? Tweak this recipe by using puff pastry for the dough, and nesting eggs with the ham and asparagus before baking. Hello brunch!

Asparagus and Egg Breakfast Pizza
Asparagus and Egg Breakfast Pizza | Photo by Meredith
| Credit: Meredith

Fast or slow, breakfast pizza is the way to go!

Check out all of our breakfast pizza recipes.