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

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!

5 from 4 votes

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
Cuisine German
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 539 kcal
Author HurryTheFoodUp


  • 2 medium potatoes (2 medium potatoes = 150-200g)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup rosemary, fresh (¼ cup fresh = 1 tbsp dried)
  • ¼ cup basil, fresh (yep, fresh or dried. ¼ cup fresh = 1 tbsp dried. Feel free to use your favourite herbs of course!)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • ¼ cup your favourite cheese (¼ = 30g; I use cheddar)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar


  1. Cut the potatoes into thin slices.

  2. Cook the sliced potatoes in a wide frying pan in olive oil on a medium heat for 15 minutes. Use a lid as this cooks them a bit quicker. Don’t stir the potatoes too often or they won’t crisp up - but don’t let them burn either!

  3. Dice the onion while you’re waiting.

  4. Crack the eggs into a cup and give a quick whisk with a fork.

  5. When the 15 minutes are up, chuck in the onion.

  6. After another 5 minutes or so and as the potatoes and onions are looking cooked, throw in the eggs, cheese, herbs, salt and pepper.
  7. Cook for another 2 mins or until the egg is done.

  8. Add a splash of vinegar if that’s your thing.

  9. Done!

Recipe Notes

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!

Farmer’s Brunch. Hearty and filling, high in protein and full of energy to keep you going. Perfect anytime of the day. #brunch #vegetarian |


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

  2. 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. 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. 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!

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