You know your family takes Thanksgiving seriously when you have a detailed meal plan in place for the leftovers. Yes, we will be having our turkey sandwiches for lunch (and dinner), but let’s not forget about breakfast. My pick: Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes.

Genius recipe for leftover Thanksgiving stuffing: Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes.

Hoarding Thanksgiving leftovers is a common practice in my family, and if you aren’t waking up in the same house where the Thanksgiving dinner was hosted (as will be the case for Ben and me this year), missing out on leftovers can be a serious concern.

This year, I am legitimately contemplating baking a separate pan of stuffing, just to ensure I have enough leftover to make a big batch of these simple, yet scrumptious stuffing cakes.

Turn your leftover Thanksgiving stuffing into these Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes

Stuffing cakes are particularly appropriate for Thanksgiving leftovers because, like the Thanksgiving meal itself, the sum of the recipe is greater than its parts.

Individually, the components themselves are pleasant enough—savory, herby stuffing; gooey cheese; an all-purpose fried egg—but together, they form something far more meaningful.

Use your Thanksgiving leftovers to make these Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes

About These Easy Stuffing Cakes

Each stuffing cake is moist and cheesy on the inside, delightfully crispy on the outside, and the runny egg forms a decadent “sauce” that, once unleashed, soaks through the golden crust to the cheesy stuffing filling within. It’s Thanksgiving leftover breakfast bliss. (For another scrumptious Thanksgiving leftovers recipe, try my Turkey Salad.)

The stuffing cakes are fabulous topped with the egg alone, but I imagine they would be especially marvelous stacked with a few strips of bacon, sautéed spinach, or a smother of leftover gravy for a Thanksgiving twist on sausage and biscuits.

For a Thanksgiving-style egg Benedict, try the stuffing cakes with hollandaise sauce.

Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes made with leftover Thanksgiving stuffing.

The flavor of the recipe will change depending upon the particular stuffing recipe your family makes (and thus has leftover), but I can’t imagine a combination that wouldn’t be phenomenal transformed into a crispy breakfast cake with an egg on top.

Whether you make a Rosemary Bacon Mushroom Stuffing, Cornbread Stuffing, or even (gasp!) a boxed stuffing mix, you’ll love the leftovers just as much (dare I say more?) in cheesy, savory breakfast form.

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How to use your leftover Thanksgiving stuffing: Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes. Like eggs Benedict, but even better!

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Genius recipe for leftover Thanksgiving stuffing: Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes.

Cheesy Breakfast Stuffing Cakes

5 from 10 votes
Transform leftover Thanksgiving stuffing into savory breakfast stuffing cakes. Crispy on the outside, cheesy on the inside, and perfect with eggs or gravy!

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 20 mins

Servings: 5 3-inch cakes


For the Stuffing Cakes

  • 2 cups leftover stuffing
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated mozzarella, cheddar, or similar melty cheese

To Cook and Serve

  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil  divided
  • 5 large eggs
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional toppings: cooked bacon; Canadian bacon or ham; leftover gravy; hollandaise sauce; sautéed spinach or mushrooms; chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, parsley, or chives


  • Place the stuffing in a large bowl, gently breaking up any large clumps. Add the egg and stir to combine, making sure that all of the stuffing is evenly moistened. Stir in the cheese.
  • Portion 1/3 cup of the stuffing mixture into your hands and shape into a patty that is about 3 inches wide and 1/2-inch thick. Repeat for remaining mixture. You will have about 5 patties total.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Gently fry the cakes on each side until the patties are lightly crisp on the outside and warmed through, about 2-3 minutes per side. Transfer the cakes to a paper towel-lined plate and cover with foil to keep warm while you prepare the eggs.
  • With a paper towel, lightly and carefully wipe the skillet clean, then heat the remaining 1/2 tablespoon oil in the skillet. Fry the eggs until the yolk is nearly set, about 2 minutes per egg. Top the cakes with any desired add-ons (bacon, sautéed spinach, gravy, etc.), a fried egg, salt and pepper. Enjoy immediately.

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  1. We have turkey sandwiches and pumpkin pie shakes (TRY IT) on our leftover menu plan but nothing for breakfast…these stuffing cakes look like a must make!

  2. What an awesome idea! I am all about savory breakfasts and this looks like a delicioues way to use up leftovers :) 

  3. Planning for leftovers is awesome, especially when those leftovers are Thanksgiving dishes! These stuffing cakes look amazing – so clever!

  4. This was delicious! We topped our with a sunny-side up egg and turkey gravy. The family was skeptical until they tasted it. Yummy!

    1. I’m so excited to hear that Samantha! Thank you so much for trying the recipe and letting me know. I hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Hi Erin!
    This looks amazing! I love the idea of using stuffing for breakfast. ?
    May I please use this recipe and an image as part of a Thanksgiving leftovers recipe roundup?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Mel! Absolutely! I just ask that you link directly back to this post and do not reprint any part of the recipe. Thanks for including me!

  6. These were so delicious! I made them with cornbread stuffing with a spicy sausage patty between the stuffing cake and fried egg. I used a Mexican blend cheese and topped mine with salsa and some sour cream on the side. I’ll be making these every year after Thanksgiving from now on!5 stars

  7. What a wonderfully simple yet versatile recipe! I was out of mozzarella but had cheddar on hand.
    We had collards and some black forest ham in the fridge. Fried our eggs. It was amazing!!!5 stars

  8. Best after Thanksgiving recipes for 2020! This is a savory idea for breakfast or brunch. Thank you for this healthy and savory recipe.5 stars

  9. I had leftover stuffing and was looking for a way to make it more interesting. This recipe was exactly what I was looking for! Loved the cheesy stuffing cakes topped with a fried egg! My leftover stuffing is gone and I’m actually sad because I can’t make more!5 stars

  10. These little cakes are delicious! Made these twice already and freezing for later date. My husband wants to try them with gravy. Thank you so much for sharing!5 stars