Fire up that grill and get your day off to a delicious start! This Grilled French Toast is a fun (and tasty) way to enjoy breakfast on the grill.
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The grill isn’t just for lunch and dinner. Fire up that grill and cook breakfast on it, too! Ok, so grilled cereal might not be a thing…but you can still make some pretty fantastic breakfast food on the grill. Back when I lived in Baton Rouge, a group of us guys would get up early on Saturday mornings in the Fall to start tailgating. And, yup, some of those mornings were early! When the game started at 2:30pm, we’d be out there before 7am to stake out our spot and start the fun. On those days, we did breakfast on the grill.
Bacon, breakfast sausage, sausage patties…they all grill up beautifully! It takes a bit of practice to grill bacon, but it totally works. The group who tailgated next to us each week had the best grill ever.
Someone had an old GMC Jimmy – the kind where the spare wheel was mounted on an arm that swung across the back of the vehicle. Well, they had taken the wheel off of that arm and welded a grill to it instead. That’s right. A car with a grill welded to the back of it. Insane! (Also, I still daydream of recreating a similar setup that we could take on the road to our curling tournaments. How fun would that be!?)
Grilled French Toast
Aside from the bacon (yum!), I was always quite partial to the Grilled French Toast that made occasionally appearances. I mean French toast is delicious in its own right, but then add in the grilled flavor, too? I’m in like 110% on that one! In fact, I’ve made Grilled French Toast on several occasions for dinner when Laura is out of town for work. (She’s not a huge fan of breakfast for dinner, so I save those ideas for when she’s traveling.)
This Grilled French Toast is super easy to make, too. I like to use a rimmed baking sheet for all of the slices of bread, then I just pour the egg mixture on top. Let that bread sit for a minute or so, then flip it over. It’ll soak up most (if not all) of the liquid, and then you’ll be off to the grill!
Speaking of that egg mixture, you’ll notice a secret ingredient in there: buttermilk. You can absolutely use whole milk, but the buttermilk brings another layer of flavor. There’s also a healthy amount of ground cinnamon and then a bit of ground cardamom in there, too. Cardamom has been growing on me lately, and I often like to sneak a little bit into my cinnamon rolls and coffee cakes. It adds a unique layer of flavor without overpowering the cinnamon. Try it out!
Ideally, I like to use Texas Toast (i.e. thick-sliced white bread) whenever making French toast. However, the store was all out of Texas Toast this week, so I made this Grilled French Toast with a loaf of soft French bread instead. It turned out just fine, and Robbie and I enjoyed French toast for dinner.
And don’t forget the maple syrup! Pancake syrup just doesn’t do justice to a delicious batch of Grilled French Toast. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do – it really is the perfect breakfast!
Did you make this Grilled French Toast recipe at home (for breakfast or dinner)? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog). I’d love to see your version!
Grilled French Toast
- 5 large eggs room temperature
- 1½ cups buttermilk
- 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cardamom
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- pinch salt
- 12 slices brioche challah bread or Texas toast bread, sliced ¾” thick
- vegetable or canola oil for grilling
- powdered sugar for serving
- pure maple syrup for serving
- Preheat grill to medium heat (~350°F).
- Using a large bowl, add eggs, buttermilk, vanilla extract, cinnamon, cardamom, sugar and salt; whisk together until well combined.
- Place bread slices in a shallow baking dish. (Note: A rimmed baking tray works great here!)
- Pour egg mixture on top and let sit for 2 minutes. Flip bread over and let sit for 1-2 more minutes.
- Brush grill grates with vegetable oil (to prevent bread from sticking).
- Remove bread from egg mixture, letting excess mixture drip off. Place bread on grill; grill for 4-6 minutes, flipping halfway through.
- Remove French toast from grill and dust with powdered sugar.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup.
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