Ultimate Breakfast Burritos loaded with egg, bacon and potatoes are the best freezer-friendly make ahead breakfast. Perfect for a crowd and easy to make!
If you love a hearty breakfast that can feed a crowd, try my Sausage Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole or my Denver Omelet Breakfast Casserole.
These filling and tasty Ultimate Breakfast Burritos are the perfect make ahead breakfast for any busy work week or weekend camping adventure.
Our family sure does love breakfast burritos. My husband always requests that I make up a batch of breakfast burritos so that he can just reheat them when he's hungry. Because I'm that kind of wife, I will... about 75% of the time.
Even my kids love breakfast burritos. I mean, what's not to love?
You've got everything you love about a homemade breakfast wrapped up tightly in an edible wrapper.
Secret cooking tips and tricks:
For most people, making a breakfast burrito is a no-brainer, but I’m just going to tell you how I do it in case it gives you some ideas that you may not have tried before.
- First off, the eggs must be "set but wet". I made that term up. I'm thinking I should copyright it. Why am I telling you to make slimy cafeteria style eggs for your burritos? Because when you reheat the make ahead breakfast burritos, you're going to inevitably cook the insides as you warm everything up. The only thing worse than undercooked eggs are overcooked eggs.
- Another trick is to find some really good tortillas. For this batch I tried two different brands. The ones with the dark spots won me over as far as stretchability and softness. I can't stand it when my tortilla tears, and I really push them to the limit. When you're looking for a tortilla to use in your breakfast burrito, look for the biggest and softest flour tortillas you can find.
- Have everything ready to assemble and then make a large breakfast burrito assembly station. This is the best method, especially when you're making breakfast burritos for a crowd.
How to fold them:
Once you have your cooked ingredients in your tortilla, simply wrap by folding the ends in and rolling up. Wrap your burrito tightly and then cover with foil. Store the make ahead breakfast burritos in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
How to wrap and store homemade breakfast burritos:
I like to use foil squares. I buy a box at Costco. Can you just use a regular box of foil and unroll each piece? Yes. But I feel like I have a process down when I use my special foil squares. You know I'm weird like that. I like to get all assembly line on my burritos, otherwise it just ends up being too much work.
Next thing you'll want to do is write everyone's names on their burritos. That way you know you'll get the one with the jalapeno and extra bacon (that's mine!). Plus, if you have a sweet boy like I do and ask him to write everyone's names, he'll write a little heart next to the one that says "mom" to remind you that you're loved.
What do you put inside a breakfast burrito?
- I always use freshly grated sharp cheddar or some kind of cheddar blend because I like how it melts. The pre-grated stuff never melts exactly how I like.
- I've also found that I prefer to use the rectangle hash browns. Seasoned breakfast potatoes don't give the burrito the crunch I like and lose hash browns are just too hard to make. There. I admit it. I can't make lose hash browns. They are my nemesis because I either burn them or I add too much or too little oil. Not worth the hassle, in my opinion.
- The rest of the ingredients are not too hard to guess. You will put eggs, cooked bacon ends and pieces, diced and seeded jalapenos, and green salsa if you would like. I've also included sauteed veggies like onions, peppers, mushrooms and spinach. YUM!
I promise you that these will be the best homemade breakfast burritos that you’ve ever had!
Make it ahead:
- The first step for this ultimate breakfast burrito recipe is to prepare your bacon.
- Then, you will need to make your scrambled eggs. Remember, cook the eggs until they are “set but wet.”
- Pre cook your hash browns as well. That way they are nice and crispy.
The next step is the assembly your breakfast burritos by placing each flour tortilla on a square of foil with a cooked but cooled hash brown rectangle. Divide up equal portions of your bacon, jalapeno, cheese, and scrambled eggs onto each of the tortillas. Then you will fold your tortillas to create your breakfast burritos. Wrap your breakfast burritos tightly with foil and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
Can you freeze them?
Yes! I do it all the time. Just assemble them as I have outlined in this recipe, wrap in foil, store in an airtight container, and freeze. The day before you want to eat your breakfast burrito, take them out of the freezer and allow them to thaw in the refrigerator.
How do you reheat them?
We love to take these burritos camping because we just heat them up inside their foil on the grill or over the fire grate, rotate occasionally to heat through, pour on some (also warmed by the fire) hatch green chile salsa, and BAM! You have the most satisfying no-mess camping breakfast. That tortilla gets so wonderfully crisp on the outside and everything you put on the inside is perfectly hot and steamy. SO GOOD.
If you aren’t camping and want to reheat your breakfast burrito in your kitchen, a panini press or hot griddle works perfectly.
There you have it - my ulimate breakfast burritos. Now, who wants to go camping with me?
Full Recipe Instructions
Ultimate Breakfast Burritos Recipe
- 16 ounces bacon (either buy ends and pieces or dice slices into small pieces)
- 16 eggs (beaten)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 8 hash browns (cooked)
- 8 large soft flour tortillas
- 2 jalapenos (seeded and diced)
- 2 cups sharp cheddar (shredded)
- green chile salsa (optional)
- Start by cooking your bacon in a heavy bottom pan on the stove top. Start over high heat and gradually reduce the heat as the bacon cooks to prevent burning while stirring regularly. Set cooked and drained bacon aside.
- To make your eggs, whisk eggs in large bowl until well mixed. Using large saute pan, melt butter over medium low heat and cook eggs while stirring very infrequently until "set but wet". Imagine cafeteria scrambled eggs that are too underdone to eat. You want them to be slightly underdone so that they finish cooking when you reheat your breakfast burrito. Set aside.
- Assemble your burritos by placing each flour tortilla on a square of foil.
- Top each with a cooked but cooled hash brown rectangle, along with equally divided portions of bacon, jalapeno, cheese, and scrambled egg. Wrap by folding in ends and then rolling up. Wrap tightly with foil. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- When ready to cook, allow chilled burritos to come to room temperature. Then, place foil wrapped burrito over hot grill or campfire grate, rotating until heated through. If reheating at home, a panini press or hot griddle works great. Tortilla will get nice and crispy, cheese will melt, and eggs will be perfectly cooked. Top with salsa and enjoy!
This post was originally created in July 2015 and has been updated with more fun facts and tidbits for your reading pleasure.
I have been making these for more years than I can remember I like to use crumbled Italian sweet sausage cooked and crumbled into the eggs along with bacon only I cut in half before cooking which I do in the oven as I make 30 or more at a time. This is a really cost effective breakfast as well since if you plate it all separate add toast in place of the tortilla you would have to use more egg, bacon/sausage then this uses with the rising cost of food this is a great way to feed a family but also to save while doing it and they still get full bellies !
These were really good. Frying them to reheat made them even better. The carb count is way off though
I love frying them in butter to reheat. If they're cold, I'll even microwave for a minute first and then fry. About the carb count... I used my nutritional program to calculate the data so I hope it's right!
Could I microwave these? And if so, how long my boyfriend works very early in the morning and I’m trying to find a good, filling, quick breakfast for him. Thanks in advance !
You can! Just make sure you under cook the eggs when you assemble so that they don't get overcooked in the microwave. I always reheat at half power to heat it gradually and wrap in a paper towel. Also, a slightly damp paper towel will steam the outside and make the tortilla very soft.
I want to make these for a brunch, I am going to make 40, wrap them in foil the night before and put them in a roasting pan the next day to get warm for the guests. Will that work???? I don't have access to an oven where the party is being held.. And what temp do you suggest for the roasting pan, they will be stacked on each other..
That will totally work! I would recommend low and slow and you will probably need to rotate them around the pan to get them to cook evenly. Enjoy! -Krissy
About how long do you reheat these over the campfire while camping?
Hi Stephanie, It depends on how cold they are and how close your grate is to the fire. I just keep turning them so they don't burn on the outside and when I think they're heated through I pull them off.
Hi Krissy, would I have any issues if I use frozen tortillas, make burritos and then freez them again?
Hi Tanya, I don't see any issue with doing that as long as the tortillas taste fresh when you thaw them the first time.
So what brand tortillas were your favorite and worked the best then?
It changes based on what I can find. Bigger is better when it comes to breakfast burritos!
How long can seven stay in then freezer maximum?
Hi Kelly, I make these for my husband all the time for him to take into work. If you wrap them airtight, I would think they will last at least 3 months. Ours usually only last about a month because he eats them all.
Sounds Perfect. A food truck years ago used to do this almost exact mix only added some cooked ground sausage as well and I could not wait for that truck in the mornings ;). Ditto on shredded hash browns.
Hello could you make these ahead lets say on a Friday for a SUnday brunch? IF you put them in a sealed container could u reheat them in the over?
Absolutely! We always make these in bulk and freeze them. Just make sure you barely cook the eggs as they will cook more when you reheat. Also make sure you thaw completely before cooking. I prefer to reheat on the grill in some butter (lord have mercy) but the oven works well too!
What size of Burrito shell do you use?
Hi Shawn, I love really big breakfast burritos, so I always pick the largest tortilla I can find (at least 12").
Any suggestions for baking these instead of a grill? I need to make 20 for a basketball team and an oven would be better for me due to the large number. THANKS!
Yes! When we make these at home we do the same thing but instead of a grill we put them in a very hot, lightly oiled pan. SO GOOD! -Krissy
I have also used tater tots instead of hash browns, which works really well! I am totally going to try and find these hashbrown squares though! Seems way easier!
How far in advance can you make these? Would they be okay 3 days in advance?
Yep! We just went camping last week for three nights. I made them the day we left, ate half the first morning and the other half on the third morning and they were just as delicious. -Krissy
Will these be OK to freeze?
Hi Ashley - yes! I always make them and pop them in the freezer before we leave. Just be sure they are fully thawed before you heat them back up. Krissy
Question....How can I make these ahead & just heat here at home??? I would LOVE to make this for my teenager for his breakfast before school!!!
P.S. LOVE using the hashbrown squares. I too can not make those loose hashbrowns to save my behind. 🙂
Hi Patricia, We make these ahead of time to keep at the ready in the refrigerator all the time. Just be sure to cook the eggs just until they are set but still a little wet. Then, you can reheat in the microwave and/or in a pan on the stove to crisp up the tortilla. - Krissy
How long will they keep for? We're going on a week long road trip & wondering if they will last?
Hi Angie, So sorry for the delay in response. I got way behind in my comment replies. I would freeze them right after you make them and keep them frozen (if possible) and then fully thaw before cooking. That way they would last as long as you need! Krissy