Traditional German Breakfast Recipes

Traditional German Breakfast Recipes

Living in Germany for more than half of my life, I learned and came to love German food and adopted some of their attitudes and traditions.

At first, I found it very strange why the Germans are big and stout when in fact, they only eat one heavy meal a day which is at lunch time. Lunch time is the very important meal of the day. Breakfast and supper are served with breads, cheeses, hams and or with marmalades. Bread in the morning and bread in the evening. I never thought that the bread they are eating is very healthy and nutritious. They eat whole wheat and rye dark brown bread which is called Graubrot or Bauernbrot, rye bread rolls and Pumpernickels. These breads have a lot of nutritious vitamins.

Here are some traditional German breakfast recipes that you can make for yourself. I hope you will like them.

Some Kinds Of German Breads:

  1. Graubrot is made of rye and wheat flour.
  2. Bauernbrot is called farmbread and is made of coarse or refined rye flour.
  3. Wheat Bread Rolls are made of wheat or whole wheat refine or coarse flours with sometimes nuts, raisins, sesame or sunflower seeds. There are a lot of variations of these bread rolls.
  4. Pumpernickel is a very dark bread made out of rye flour.


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Pumpernickel Bread


Utensils You Need

  • Frying pan
  • Frying ladle
  • Plates
  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping board
  • Fork

Cook Time

Prep time Cook time Ready in Yields

5 min

10 min

15 min

2 -4 persons



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Strammer Max

  • 4 slices Graubrot or Bauernbrot, brown or rye bread
  • 4 eggs, fried
  • oil, for frying
  • margarine or butter, for spreading
  • 4 pieces ham, cooked
  • 4 slices gherkins, pickled
  • 2 pieces tomatoes, sliced for decorations
  • salt
  • pepper


  1. Heat the frying pan in a medium heat. Spread the oil when the pan is heated. Then fry the 4 eggs until they are done.
  2. Put the rye or brown breads (Graubrot or Bauernbrot) on each respective plates. Spread the butter or margarine on the breads. Put the slices of ham on top. Add the fried eggs and sprinkle the salt and pepper on it.
  3. Then decorate them with slices of tomatoes and pickled gherkins. They are ready to serve now. Serve with coffee or tea. Guten Appetit! Enjoy your breakfast.


Ready to eat  half wheat bread rolls spread with margarine, raw minced pork, salt, pepper and with or without sliced onions.

Ready to eat half wheat bread rolls spread with margarine, raw minced pork, salt, pepper and with or without sliced onions.

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Mett Brötchen ( Spiced Raw Minced Pork Rolls)


Prep time: ca. 10 minutes

Ready in: ca. 10 minutes

Yields: 2 - 4 persons



2 Wheat bread rolls

2 Whole wheat bread rolls

100 grams spiced raw minced pork

1 onion, sliced







  1. Cut the bread rolls into halves. Spread the inner sides of the bread rolls with margarine.
  2. Add and spread the spiced raw minced pork on top by using a fork and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Then put the slices of onions on top of the finished Mett Broetchen. If you don´t like onions, just omit it.
  4. Serve with coffee, tea or orange juice.

Graubrot with Mett (raw minced pork)

Sliced Graubrot with Mett, alternative to Mett Broetchen (rolls).

Sliced Graubrot with Mett, alternative to Mett Broetchen (rolls).

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Gouda Cheese Rye Breakfast


Prep time: ca.10 minutes

Ready in: 10 minutes

Yields: 2-4 persons



4 slices Rye bread

Margarine or butter

4 Lettuce leaves

4 slices, Gouda cheeses, cut into triangle

8 slices tomatoes

4 slices cucumber




Step By Step

  1. Spread the rye bread with margarine or butter.
  2. Add lettuce leaves.
  3. Add sliced Gouda cheeses on top of the lettuce.
  4. Insert the slices of tomatoes and cucumber between the cheeses on top of the bread.
  5. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Serve with coffee or tea.


Graubrot with lettuce, Gouda cheese, tomato and cucumber.

Graubrot with lettuce, Gouda cheese, tomato and cucumber.

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Health Benefits

  1. Whole grain rye bread is made of whole grain rye flour. Pumpernickel is a whole grain rye bread. It has a lot of healthy nutrients such as fiber, minerals and vitamins. It is low in fat. It is very tasty and filling as one piece of this bread can make you easily full. One slice of this bread has only 83 calories and is low in gluten.Some Pumpernickel bread is baked for around 18 hrs.
  2. Whole wheat bread is made from whole wheat flour with coarse or refined kernels like sunflower seeds which are included in baking. It is very healthy as it has a lot of fibers, vitamins and minerals. Eating this bread reduces the risks of having heart diseases and it keeps the bones strong because of the big amount of magnesium in the bread.


Source: Wikipedia

Vegetarian Graubrot

Sliced Graubrot with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumber.

Sliced Graubrot with lettuce leaves, sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumber.

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Vegetarian Graubrot Breakfast


Prep. time: 5 minutes

Ready in: 5 minutes

Yields: 2 persons



2 slices Graubrot or Bauernbrot

Margarine for spreading

2 Lettuce leaves

6 slices tomatoes

6 slices cucumber




Step By Step:

  1. Spread the sliced Graubrot or Bauernbrot with margarine.
  2. Add lettuce leaves.
  3. Alternate sliced tomatoes and sliced cucumbers on top of the lettuce leaves.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve with coffee, tea or orange juice.


You may wonder why I don´t cover the ready to eat breakfast bread with toppings by another slice of bread, that´s because that´s the way the German eat their bread. They eat these pieces of bread with knife and fork. It´s just a kind of half sandwich. But when they make these for work or buy these in a takeaway cafeteria, these are covered with the other half of the bread. Strammer Max is the exception. You either eat it at home or in the restaurant.

Thanks to Thema Alberts


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