Food trucks are not just about lunch and dinner – they are great for breakfast too!
Most people live very busy lives these days and food trucks are on hand everywhere to make life that little bit easier, serving lunch and dinner to those on the go.
However, there seem to be few food trucks serving breakfast which means there is arguably a gap in the market and hence some money to be made.
So whether you already own a food truck and want to add breakfast items to your existing menu or want to open solely a breakfast food truck, here are 30 food truck breakfast menu ideas to help you fill this breakfast void!
- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
- Smoothie Bowls
- Breakfast Burrito
- English Breakfast Baguette
- Greek Yogurt
- Smashed avocado, with eggs
- French Toast
- Breakfast Tacos
- Mexican Breakfast Chilaquiles
- American Pancakes
- Bahn Mi
- Huevos Rancheros Tacos
- French Crepes
- Potato Pancakes
- Breakfast strata
- Breakfast Pizza
- Breakfast sliders
- Fully loaded hash browns
- Poke bowls
- Coffee, tea
1. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
A simple concept but very tasty indeed, and let’s face it most people love cheese!
You can also get very creative with what you can put into a grilled cheese sandwich.
Add food items such as avocado, chicken, tomatoes Bacon or olives to make your breakfast more appealing.
2. Smoothie Bowls
Smoothie bowls are a pretty new concept. Think of a very thick smoothie in a tub with a range of nuts, seeds, and fruits as toppings. Yes, this is a thing and is slowly finding its way into street food markets and food trucks near you.
Get smoothie bowl recipes here
The humble porridge is a popular go-to breakfast and a good addition to a breakfast food truck menu.
It is, very cost-effective to produce and also very versatile in terms of the toppings you can add. My personal favourite is blueberries and walnuts with honey.
We are all probably familiar with the sweet and tasty muffins. Easy to grab and go and good with your morning tea or coffee.
Crispy on the outside and fluffy and doughy in the middle. Made from flour, sugar, baking powder, eggs, milk, and butter, these little Belgian treats are a go-to food truck breakfast.
Waffles can also be served with sweet and savoury toppings, such as dark chocolate or caramel sauce and whipped cream or eggs and avocado.
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6. Smoothies & Juices
Great for customers wanting a health kick in the morning and there are so many different combinations you can make with juices and smoothies.
The profit margin on this type of product is also pretty high!
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7. Breakfast Burrito
A popular breakfast staple in the American Southwest and Mexico. Like the traditional burrito (tortilla wrap filled with meats, rice, and beans) a breakfast burrito is a tortilla wrap filled with ingredients such as scrambled eggs, cheese, and bacon.
8. English Breakfast Baguette
When you ask me to think about breakfast, the humble English breakfast baguette springs to mind!
Simple, but very tasty and relatively easy to produce.
Originating in Poland, bagels are a very versatile breakfast menu item for a food truck and just like sandwiches you can add an array of different ingredients.
Cream cheese and chives go particularly well with bagels.
10. Greek Yogurt
For those looking for a healthy breakfast Greek yoghurt with nut seeds and berries is a go-to for people on the move.
High in protein and easy to grab and go.
11. Smashed avocado with eggs
People are more health-conscious these days and are looking for healthy options.
Smashed Avocado with eggs on toast is a healthy breakfast idea you can add to your food truck menu.
12. French Toast
French toast is absolutely delicious and one that may help to pull in the breakfast crowds.
Made by dipping bread in beaten egg yolk and fried, French toast like a lot of the other breakfast menu ideals for a food truck is very versatile in terms of what you can add to it.
Like in the image, think strawberries, blueberries, and honey. Bon Appetit!
13. Breakfast Tacos
A simple and very tasty Mexican taco is great for breakfast, simply by adding scrambled egg, topped with pico de gallo, black beans, and cilantro.
14. Mexican Breakfast Chilaquiles
Another Mexican breakfast favourite, chilaquiles is a popular go-to breakfast: fried tortillas soaked in salsa, topped with taco-like fixings and a fried egg.
15. American Pancakes
These fluffy and tasty American pancakes are easy to make (just make the batter in large batches and you are ready to go), stackable and versatile in what you can add to them.
Popular topping for this food truck breakfast includes blueberries, strawberries, shredded coconut, and maple syrup.
Pastries such as almond or chocolate croissants are great with coffee and a good “up-sell” product, making it a good food truck breakfast menu idea.
17. Bahn Mi
Vietnam is quickly becoming a more outward-facing country and this can be seen in the number of new Vietnamese restaurants, street food stalls and food trucks opening in the West.
One of their most popular dishes and one that many may be familiar with is “Banh Mi”. These are baguettes filled with herbs, veg, pate, egg and/or meats, such as chicken or pork.
18. Huevos Rancheros Tacos
Mexican breakfasts are becoming a popular theme here and for very good reason. Soft tortillas stuffed with refried beans, eggs, green chillies, tomatoes, cheese, and sliced avocados.
A food truck breakfast idea that is sure to go down well!
19. French Crepes
Thins and crispy crepes are a popular food truck item, and especially good for breakfast.
Food truck breakfast items:
- Egg, cheese, bacon (savoury)
- Egg, mushroom, tomato (savoury)
- Peanut butter, banana (sweet)
- Nutella, banana, blueberry (sweet)
20. Potato Pancakes
Made with shredded potatoes, onion, eggs, flour and butter and fried in hot oil. For a healthy option, potato pancakes can also be made by using sweet potatoes.
There is almost an endless range of topping you can add, but there are great with simple sour cream or creamed cheese.
Omelettes are a great breakfast option because they are not only easy to make but also very versatile. You can add all sorts of ingredients to give it flavours, such as feta cheese, spinach, and meat such as bacon or smoky sausage. Perfect for any food truck serving breakfast.
22. Breakfast strata
A breakfast strata is a type of casserole made with bread, eggs, and milk, which usually includes other breakfast ingredients such as cheeses and meats like bacon and sausage.
This dish is maybe a little more labour and time-intensive (which is always a consideration when running a mobile operation) than say an omelette or breakfast baguettes but it’s definitely still a menu item to consider.
23. Sourdough Crumpets
I think we are all familiar with the humble crumpet (especially people from our English audience), but maybe not so much with the modern twist of Sourdough Crumpets.
Sourdough crumpets, like sourdough bread, are made using a fermented dough that uses a “starter” to leaven the bread instead of commercial yeast. It’s also slightly tangier than traditional crumpets which means it pairs well with a wide range of sweet and savoury toppings.
I personally think these are a good option for a food truck breakfast in 2023 which taps into the popularity of sourdough bread in general.
24. Breakfast Pizza
It might seem strange to have pizza for breakfast, but it’s the same principle of having a dough base, such as bread and loading it with things like eggs, hams and sausage. If you think about it this is what a breakfast pizza is.
You can also make it healthier by adding greens such as spinach and using a sourdough base. See the benefits of sourdough bread here.
25. Breakfast sliders
Breakfast sliders are mini rolls or buns that are typically filled with breakfast ingredients such as eggs, cheese, bacon or sausage. They’re a great option for a breakfast food truck because not only are they easy to make like breakfast baguettes but they are a good grab-and-go type of product.
Because they are small you probably want to sell them in a range of 4, 6, or 8 per order. But it’s a good way to mix things up and offer a range of different fillings.
26. Fully loaded hash browns
Hash browns are almost an afterthought when it comes to breakfast and is usually served as a side along with other items such as bacon and eggs.
But why not make it the main event and make an awesome hash brown and top it with all the breakfast favourites such as avocado, cherry tomatoes and egg? I’d definitely have one!
Not the healthiest of breakfasts but it’s an item eaten in the morning and loved by many nonetheless. Not much to say about doughnuts aside from that they are a great grab-and-go product and popular not just for breakfast but all day round.
28. Poke bowls
Poke bowls are a traditional Hawaiian dish made with raw fish and a variety of healthy toppings such as grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables.
And these types of dishes are not just great for lunch or dinner but a great way to start the day. You can also put a breakfast twist to them making them more relatable to people looking for a morning snack such as creating one that incorporates items like scrambled eggs, avocado, bacon, and tomatoes, served on a bed of brown rice.
Kefir is a type of fermented milk drink or yoghurt made by adding kefir grains to milk and allowing it to ferment for 24-48 hours. It has a lot of nutritional value and around 3 times more probiotics than traditional yoghurt and is becoming more popular as people become aware of its health benefits.
It’s pretty easy to make but if you want to save time there are some good quality manufacturers who produce it out there.
30. Tea & Coffee
No food truck breakfast menu is complete without a selection of drinks for your customers to enjoy. A caffeine fix is what a lot of people want in the morning so tea and coffee are good products to offer your customers.
Food truck breakfast items:
- English breakfast tea
- Earl grey tea
- Herbal tea
So there you have it, 30 food truck breakfast menu ideas to help you on your way to feeding the hungry morning masses.
Hopefully, you now shouldn’t be stuck on what to make for breakfast!
Gavin D is the founder of Street Food Central and Tru Foo Juice Bar Co. and has worked in the mobile catering industry for over 7 years.