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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.

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

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!

Farmer’s Breakfast
4.72 from 46 votes
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.
Diet: gluten-free
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:25 minutes
Total Time:30 minutes
Servings:1 serving



  • Cut the potatoes into thin slices. Dice the onion.
    7 oz potato, 1 small onion
  • Cook the sliced potatoes in a wide frying pan in water on a medium to high heat for 15 minutes. Half way in add the diced onion and olive oil. The potatoes will crisp up once the water evaporated.
    1 tsp olive oil, 1 ½ cups water
  • Crack the eggs into a cup and give a quick whisk with a fork. Add vinegar.
    2 eggs, 1 tsp vinegar
  • Throw in the eggs, mozzarella, herbs, salt and pepper.
    1 tsp rosemary, dried, 1 tsp basil, dried, 2 oz low fat mozzarella, Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cook for another 2-5 mins or until the egg is done.
  • Done!
    Farmer’s Brunch. Hearty and filling, high in protein and full of energy to keep you going. Perfect anytime of the day | Hurry The Food Up


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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  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!

    1. Thanks a lot Rachel 😀

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

    1. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

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

    3. Hi, these receipes are great and probably the best cottage cheese pancakes ever, but I’m a bit concerned with the high fat contents.. these dont seem to be good fats?

      1. Hi Brandon! Thanks for pointing this out. I’ll have a look into this recipe again. All in all I can say the cheddar in here is what causes the the higher levels of (saturated) fat. According to the NHS as a man you can have up to 30g of saturated fat per day and you’re still well within the limits with this recipe (see here: (Please note, I’m not a nutritionist.)

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

    1. Hi T,

      yes we follow the standard definition of vegetarian being ovo-lacto vegetarian (i.e no meat but including dairy and eggs) as opposed to ‘true’ vegetarian, which is what most people call vegan now. Cheers!

      1. Thanks for clarifying!

  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.

    1. Haa! Fresh green peas on the side, I like your style! Will try it out next time 😀
      Thanks for the warm words, Patricia!

  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!

    1. What a brilliant idea!! Will try it out asap 😀

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

    1. Glad you enjoyed it Shayrn! It’s one of my faves, too 🙂

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

    1. Thanks so much for the comment! It always makes me happy if someone enjoyed one of my personal faves!

  9. 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

    1. 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.

    1. Thanks Sally! Glad you like the look – enjoy it when you try it!

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

    1. 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.

    1. 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!

  13. I absolutely love this dish as does my family. I first had it in Germany 35 years ago and fix it about once a month–sometimes for a quick, simple dinner.

    1. This is great! To be honest it is loved by us as well!