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You’ll Love These Menu Ideas for a Breakfast Tailgate

An early kickoff is a great reason to serve a delicious breakfast tailgate menu! Get ideas for everything to serve, including a mimosa bar!

When it comes to tailgating, there’s nothing like a night game.

You don’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn.

Depending on how far you have to travel, you could enjoy both lunch and dinner at the tailgate.

The entire day is filled with fun.

And let’s face it, the atmosphere at night games is electric!

Sadly, not all games are night games.

Your team will likely have at least one noon kickoff each season.

Sometimes more…

Which means you’ll get to have a breakfast tailgate.

I don’t know about you, but breakfast food is some of my favorite food.

So coming up with a menu of delicious breakfast food for a tailgate?

Sign. me. up!

Even if it means I need to get up at 6 in the morning on game day…

The key to a great breakfast tailgate is preparing most of the food the night before.

I also like to keep a bag ready at all times filled with tailgating essentials.

Let’s take a look at what I served at last week’s early afternoon football game tailgate.

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Menu for a Breakfast Tailgate

Morning tailgates are the perfect time for Bloody Mary’s.

Or how about a delicious mimosa bar!?!

Mimosa bar with disposable wine glasses, prosecco, and assorted juices at a tailgate party before an early football game

To put together a mimosa bar all you need is a few bottles of Prosecco and a variety of fruit juices.

Make it fun with some berries or other fruit to toss in as a garnish.

For a truly fall-inspired mimosa, bring some apple cider and cinnamon sticks!

I love these stemless reusable plastic wine glasses or these disposable wine glasses are great too.

My perfect mimosa is 2 parts Prosecco, 1 part juice.

But everyone can personalize their drinks with their own ratio.

If you have coffee drinkers in your group, a thermos like this one can keep your coffee hot for 12 hours!

Portable Coleman grill with items to cook breakfast on the pull out trays in a parking lot next to a folding camp chair for a football tailgate party

A portable grill like this one is fantastic for all tailgate parties.

It’s perfect for grilling meat, but at breakfast, think out of the box!

Bring along a pan and some cooking spray and you can scramble eggs on the grill.

Woman cooking scrambled eggs on a portable grill at a football tailgate party in a parking lot with a man holding a solo cup

Make sure that the pan you use has an oven-safe handle.

And don’t forget the grill-safe oven mitts when you pick those pans up!

My family loves chicken apple sausages, so we made those for this morning tailgate party too.

Disposable platter of cooked apple sausage slices and cooked bell peppers on a table at a football tailgate breakfast menu

The night beforehand, I cut up some red and green bell peppers into strips and put them in a glass food storage container.

The morning of the game, I popped the container into this nifty bag that has a heating element and a 12V plug you plug into your car!

About an hour into the 2.5-hour drive to the game the van started smelling amazing as the peppers cooked.

Table covered with breakfast foods in front of an open van back door at a football tailgate.

Our table was filled with delicious food that we cooked at the tailgate, plus some casseroles I assembled the night before.

Here are a few more fun ideas for your next morning tailgate party.

Platter of scrambled eggs and bacon next to containers of salsa and pimento cheese on a table at a breakfast tailgate party for an early football game

Scrambled eggs are delicious, but you can take them to the next level with some tasty toppers.

Those cooked peppers were delicious with the eggs!

A container of fresh salsa is a wonderful topper.

Don’t forget to pack a salt and pepper shaker…

Adobo seasoning and Cholula sauce add amazing flavor to scrambled eggs.

Or for a real treat?

Bring some jalapeno pimento cheese!

Not only is it wonderful on top of the eggs, it’s a great dip with cut veggies or pretzel chips.

I definitely recommend cooking the bacon before the tailgate.

You can get the pre-cooked bacon and crisp it up at home in the microwave before traveling, then pop it on the grill in an aluminum pan for a little more crisping once you get there.

Low carb breakfast egg and vegetable casserole in a disposable aluminum pan on a buffet table at a football tailgate

I made a low carb breakfast egg casserole the night before our tailgate.

Of course, I made some tweaks because that’s what I do.

I used Jimmy Dean’s hot breakfast sausage for the meat, added double the peppers and onions, skipped the mushrooms, and topped it with pepper jack cheese.

You can either cook it the night before and then just warm it up the next morning, but I opted to cook it that morning to keep it fresh.

An insulated casserole bag like this one keeps your food hot on the drive.

Or you can stack the casseroles in a cooler if you’re bringing more than two!

Just don’t add any ice… LOL

We used this cooler to transport our hot casseroles and the food was almost fresh-from-the-oven hot when we arrived almost 3 hours later.

If you’re stacking casseroles in a cooler, cooling racks like these keep your casseroles from getting squooshed.

Bowl of mixed greens and a bottle of balsamic vinegar at a football tailgate

I was introduced to breakfast salads when we went to New Orleans a few years ago with another couple.

They’re so good!

All you need is a box of mixed greens and a bottle of balsamic dressing.

Look at us being all healthy at our tailgate!

Baked apple french toast casserole in a disposable aluminum pan on a buffet table at a football tailgate

But not tooooo healthy…

I made this Baked Apple French Toast Casserole recipe for a sweet breakfast option.

Instead of Challah bread, I used hamburger buns we had leftover from the previous week’s tailgate.

Just tear up the buns, then assemble the casserole.

This is another recipe you can either bake the night before and the reheat, or bake the morning of your tailgate.

Keto french toast casserole in a disposable aluminum pan on a buffet table at a football tailgate with a bottle of Pyure maple syrup

I made a modified version of that recipe using keto bread for the low carb folks in our group.

Since it was low carb, I skipped the apple topping and got generous with pumpkin pie spice and caramel extract.

This keto maple-flavored syrup has the best flavor of all the ones we’ve tried.

Next time I think I’ll make it with blueberries and cinnamon for a little more moisture.

College student filling a plate with breakfast food at a football tailgating party

My daughter invited her roommates and friends to join us.

They were all thrilled to get some home-cooked food!

One thing to remember: you can never bring enough bacon

No matter how much you bring it will all be eaten!

Mimosa bar with disposable wine glasses, prosecco, and assorted juices at a tailgate party before an early football game

The mimosa bar was so yummy and paired perfectly with the other breakfast foods!

The apple cinnamon mimosas were my favorite combination.

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Snacks and Desserts for Tailgating

Folding table covered with a plaid tablecloth at a tailgate with bowls of snacks and a fruit salad

We bring two folding tables to our tailgates: one for the main course, one for snacks and desserts.

The big bowl of fruit salad was popular, but the cookies were gobbled up first!

You can never have enough cookies, no matter what time of day it is.

Bowl of fruit salad at a breakfast time tailgate party

We used some of the fruit from the fruit salad as garnishes for our mimosas.

When you bring a fruit salad to a tailgate, I recommend keeping the berries separate until you get there.

Add the berries just before serving so they don’t get crushed beforehand by the heavier fruit.

Platter of chocolate cookies on a table next to a burlap pumpkin and a basket filled with miniature bags of chips at a football tailgating party

Before tailgating season began, I picked up a bag of disposable/reusable plastic serving utensils.

These are great because it’s not a big deal if they accidentally get thrown away in the flurry of cleaning up before heading into the game.

But having tongs for things like cookies and bacon is nice for keeping hands off the food.

Another great idea for tailgating is to bring small snack-sized bags of chips instead of big bowls of chips.

Not only will the chips stay fresh, you can serve a wider variety.

Menu for a Breakfast Tailgate

Here’s the complete menu I served for this breakfast tailgating party:

  • Scrambled eggs with toppings (salsa, pimento cheese, Cholula sauce, Adobo seasoning)
  • Bacon
  • Chicken apple sausage and peppers
  • Low carb egg and veggie casserole
  • Baked apple French toast casserole
  • Keto French toast casserole
  • Breakfast salad
  • Fruit salad
  • Assorted chips and pretzels
  • Assorted cookies
  • Candy corn
  • Smokehouse almonds
  • Mimosa bar
  • Beer, hard seltzer, soda, water

Have you ever hosted a breakfast tailgate?

If so, what is your favorite thing to bring?

Tell me what I should bring the next time in the comment section below.

If you have any questions or suggestions, contact me or leave a comment!

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Stacey

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Wow! So many amazing tips and ideas. My husband and I just bought a tailgating parking spot this year and we go to every game, go Buffs (CU Boulder)! I'll definitely be referencing this post for ideas as the year continues. Love the mimosa bar idea!

Anne

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Hey Stacey! You will have so much fun at the games! Good luck to your team. Stay tuned for lots of tailgating menus this year! The mimosa bar was definitely a hit. :)

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Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

I haven't been to a VA Tech game since 1985 but if I ever go to another game, I'm inviting myself to your tailgate!

Anne

Thursday 23rd of September 2021

Consider yourself invited, Paula! We're in lot 16 and will be at every home game this year. :)

liane abeyta

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

I like mini croissants with bacon egg and cheese .. wrapped in foil and put in insulated bag... or breakfast burritos the same way .. all done and wrapped to grab and go. Also take small frozen mini waffles .. add a small piece of crispy chicken tender in top.. and take maple syrup to drizzle when serving .. cute and bite size ... ok now i'm hungry !

Anne

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

Oh! I'm loving those ideas! My husband and daughter would be all over the breakfast burritos. I'm adding that one to my list! And my son would love the chicken and waffles idea. We're doing a tailgate at his school the day before his birthday this year. I might bring that even if it's not a breakfast time tailgate! Do you toast the waffles beforehand? If so, any tips for keeping them crisp? Thank you!!

Carolyn Patrinicola

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

WOW! My mouth is watering! This could be a Brunch Taigate! I’d stay at the car & pig out instead of going to game! Or have an At Home Tailgate! I think you need to submit this entry to a magazine! P.S! We’ve never been to a tailgate!!

Anne

Wednesday 22nd of September 2021

It's definitely fun putting together feasts like these and spoiling Katy and her friends! One of these days when our tailgates look more fancy we'll take pictures for a magazine. :) These tailgates remind me a lot of when we would take picnics to Oregon Ridge to watch the BSO, except we stay at the car instead of toting everything in with us. :)