38 Classic Diner-Inspired Recipes That You Can Make at Home
From buttermilk pancakes to meatloaf, build the ultimate diner-inspired meal with these recipes.
Whether you head there first thing in the morning, late at night, or somewhere in between, diner menus have pages and pages of delicious, satisfying food. But you don't need to head out the door to enjoy the comfort of diner food; with our recipes, you can make them in your own kitchen.
Start your day with a stack of pancakes topped with a pat of butter and drizzled with maple syrup. We have three classic recipes that you can make from scratch—our traditional Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes, a blueberry-studded version, and the Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes that are pictured here. The latter is made with brown rice flour, potato starch, and xantham gum, making this a safe treat for anyone who is gluten-intolerant or has celiac disease. Of course, what would pancakes be without their other half, Buttermilk Waffles? Our recipe ensures crispy, golden brown waffles every time.
Diners offer so much more than just breakfast food. For a diner-inspired dinner the whole family can get behind, make the all-American classic that is our Test Kitchen's Favorite All-Beef Meatloaf. There's nothing fussy or over the top about this recipe, but a few tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and chopped fresh thyme leaves take the flavor to the next level. To prevent the meatloaf from drying out, mix the ground beef, chopped vegetables, breadcrumbs, and herbs by hand just until lightly incorporated. But we also know that no diner menu is complete without several salad recipes. Here you'll find our recipes for Perfect Caesar Salad, an Easy Cobb Salad, and a hearty Greek Salad. Serve them as a starter or a side dish.
From savory breakfast options (think a Classic Cheese Omelet and Quick Fried Chicken and Waffles) to essential add-ons like Fried Bacon and Hash Browns, make these diner recipes at home whenever you're in the mood for a no-fuss meal.
Classic Cheese Omelet
Test Kitchen's Favorite Buttermilk Pancakes
Baked Cake Donuts
Easy Eggs Benedict
Quick Fried Chicken and Waffles
The ultimate sweet and savory treat, you can make this take on the soul food classic in under one hour. Whether you serve it for breakfast, dinner, or enjoy it late night, it's sure to be a hit.
Lemon Poppy-Seed Muffins
Slow Scrambled Eggs
This recipe makes scrambled eggs for a crowd and keeps them creamy and moist throughout. The trick is using plenty of butter, low heat, and stirring frequently to prevent them from drying out.
Classic French Toast
Boston Cream Pie
Chicken Club Salad
Perfect BLT Sandwich
The best thing about diner food is that it's not too fussy and always delicious. Our BLT recipe is exactly that—since there aren't too many ingredients here, make sure that each one is very good quality.
Split-Pea Soup with Spinach and Barley
Classic Burger-Joint Cheeseburger
Sweet Potato-Parmesan Fries
Chicken Noodle Soup
Baklava with Lemon-Honey Syrup
Perfect Caesar Salad
Crab-and-Avocado Eggs Benedict
Morning Glory Muffins
Martha's Favorite Onion Rings
One of the most essential diner side dishes is onion rings. Our recipe calls for them to be dipped in beer batter, which keeps the coating airy, crunchy, and never greasy.
Martha's Banana Cream Pie
Every single ingredient in this sandwich brings something flavorful to the table. Thinly sliced corned beef is layered with sauerkraut, sliced Swiss cheese, and a potent Russian dressing.
Easy Cobb Salad
Simple Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes
Milk-Chocolate Pudding Pie
Perfect Fried Eggs
Greek diners have plenty of American staples but one thing we always look for is their spinach-and-phyllo pie. Try your hand at making it at home—our recipes serves 12, so it's perfect for when you're making brunch for a crowd.
Classic New York-Style Cheesecake
Chicken-Salad Club Roll
Do a diner dinner right by starting the meal with mozzarella sticks. You'll be amazed at just how easy they are to make from scratch—don't forget the marinara sauce for dipping!