Farmer's Breakfast - A Delicious German Bauernfrühstuck

Farmer’s Breakfast – German Bauernfrühstuck (30 Minutes, Vegetarian)

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Farmer's Breakfast - German Bauernfrühstuck #brunch #vegetarian |

Sometimes the old ones are the best. This Farmer’s Breakfast is much inspired by the German ‘Bauernfrühstuck’ – a classic country meal.

There’s a reason it was and is still so very popular – it’s easy to make, uses ingredients you may well have at home and tastes fantastic.

The smell of potatoes and onions frying in a little oil should be enough to convince you – if it isn’t then the added eggs and cheese should do the trick.

My favourite herbs are rosemary (the very best for potatoes, in my humble opinion) and basil, although you can use whatever you have laying around.

I’ve tried the dish with parsley, thyme and garlic and it’s always delicious.

Slicing the potatoes and onion is pretty much the only prep needed – after that it’s just a case of frying.

You don’t need to stir too much either – by leaving the pan alone for minutes at a time you’ll let the potatoes get nice and crispy.

After adding the onions and eggs the rest of the dish gets a little softer, culminating in a really nice consistency.

As long as you don’t cook on too high a heat it’s hard to get it wrong – try for yourself.

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Health Benefits – Farmer’s Breakfast

I love to eat this one for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. Or after a workout. Or before one.

It’s really versatile and fits to any time of the day – the farmers know what they’re doing.

From a health perspective I find it’s great for adding carbs to a post-workout meal – helping to restore my glycogen reserves and energy levels.

Thanks to the eggs and cheese it’s also high in protein – essential for rebuilding muscle or just staving off decreased immunity or growth failure.

Eggs have been a source of much debate over the years, but the general consensus is unless you have particular cholesterol problems then they’re pretty dang awesome.

Something as simple as basil is often forgotten – but the health benefits of it are truly hard to ignore!

It’s an anti-inflammatory, helps cardiovascular health in many ways and is an inhibitor of many bacteria, even to those who have become resistant to antibiotic drugs.

And finally, did I mention how great it tastes? Give this classic a go and see how quickly it becomes one of your regular meals!

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Farmer’s Breakfast

Hearty and filling Farmer’s Breakfast. Full of protein and energy to keep you going. Perfect any time of the day. Ready in 30 mins. Embrace your rustic side.
Course Breakfast, Mains
Cuisine German
Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 583kcal


  • 2 potato (2 medium potatoes = 150g each)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup rosemary, fresh (¼ cup fresh = 1 tbsp dried)
  • ¼ cup basil, fresh ( ¼ cup fresh = 1 tbsp dried. Feel free to use your favourite herbs of course!)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup cheddar cheese
  • 1 tbsp vinegar


  • Cut the potatoes into thin slices. Dice the onion.
  • Cook the sliced potatoes in a wide frying pan in olive oil on a medium heat for 20 minutes. Half way in add the diced onion. Use a lid as this cooks them a bit quicker. Don’t stir too often or it won’t crisp up.
  • Crack the eggs into a cup and give a quick whisk with a fork. Add
  • Throw in the eggs, cheese, herbs, salt and pepper.
  • Cook for another 2 mins or until the egg is done.
  • Add a splash of vinegar.
  • Done!


IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: then try our German-inspired Lean Kohlrabi and Carrot Soup. Kohlrabi is a hidden gem! If you’re looking for something a bit different for breakfast then these 2 Ingredient Pancakes are hard to beat!


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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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About Dave

From the UK to Germany with many stops along the way. Food without meat is the best type of food. And I plan to share it!


  1. 5 stars
    This looks delightful!
    Some days you just can’t beat simple and easy food.
    And fresh always make a dish!
    Great blog!

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this this morning. What a fantastic breakkie for a bank holiday. Easy and very tasty. Thanks!

    • Yessss!! I’m so glad you tried it out! For some reason I feel the farmers breakfast is one of our recipes that should deserve more attention (because it’s soo good!). I probably make it 2-3 times in a “regular” week 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Reading your post today about Farmers Breakfast brought me good thoughts and made me smile. My grandmother, who was born and raised in Germany, often made this combination but I didn’t realize it was an actual German recipe – just thought it was a dish that she enjoyed because it was easy to put together and was nutritious & delicious. And now I made it often and enjoy it as well!

    • Ah that’s so great to hear we could bring up some good memories with this dish, G!
      Yeess, we used to have this dish quite often for “Abendbrot”, along with some bread and other toppings and spreads.
      Enjoy the Sunday 🙂

    • That’s so cool G! It’s definitely one of my favourite recipes since I moved to Germany, love it! 🙂

  4. You are saying the recipe is vegetarian but yet it contains eggs, and cheese….??

  5. I’m having it for dinner. Soooo crazy good! I added green onions as a topping and fresh green peas on the side. Great idea. Perfect instructions. Thank you.

  6. 5 stars
    instead of vinegar I chucked some minced sweet and spicy pickled peppers into it and that was just what this needed to get that German potatoes taste. Love the recipe!

  7. 5 stars
    That is a bit special.. Delicious. I omitted the cheese, but would have maybe added fetta instead.

  8. 5 stars
    This is the best! Loved the simplicity of this dish and it was delicious! Definitely will make this regularly 🙂

  9. james mcarthur

    i honestly calced this recipe in my fitness pal and it doesn’t come up at 24 grms of protein though its a nice recipe would have to add something to gain protein and for my fitness regime i need the higher protein

    • Hey James, I just double-checked on another calculator and it does seem to add up. It does include the cheese – could that be it? I’ll make that clear in the notes 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I love the look of this recipe and although we are on keto atm I am having a vegetarian visitor for a few days hence looking up recipes, this one will definitely be added ty.

  11. This is not 29g of protein per serving with or without cheese. It will barely hit 20g. Very false nutritional information.

    • Hey Zeke, I’ve just had a look and it does seem about right. The algorithm is using two potatoes at 200g each (I’ve changed that to make it clearer) – just over 8g protein, 2 eggs – 13g protein, and 1/2 cup cheddar – 7g protein. That’s for one big serving 🙂

  12. Hi Dave,

    If possible, can you plz add the full recipe video as you have done for other recipes. The one which opens up in this link is for broccoli casserole.

    • Hi! Ah we don’t have a video on this one yet, unfortunately! But it’s on the list and I’ll happily let you know when it’s ready :). Thanks for writing!

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