The breakfast sandwich (egg of some kind, meat, and cheese, on toast, a sandwich roll, or an English muffin—though on a rice cake is also great) is popular for one major reason: portability. That, and they’re generally delicious. Here are 15 breakfast sandwich recipes that range from basic to Michelin star-worthy.
One glaring omission: no bagel in sight—but you can play around with the breakfast sandwich format however you see fit. Swap in different bases; add different meats; prepare your eggs however you like them best; change the cheese; and add or subtract sauces. There’s no wrong way to build a breakfast sandwich. These are just some we’d gladly wolf down two-handed, en route to the office, or at our coffee table on a weekend morning (or at midnight, to be honest).
Everything you’d expect from a breakfast sandwich but with a little seared arugula for texture, a shot of peppery flavor, and a bit of roughage. Get our Seared Arugula, Egg, and Cheddar Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
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Salami’s an unconventional choice for breakfast, but once you taste this sandwich, with its crunchy-soft onions, fried egg, and melty provolone cheese, you’ll love it. Get our Fried Salami Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
Think of this as the ultimate Italian breakfast sandwich. Good porchetta is essential—use thick slices still warm from the oven, or gently warm leftover porchetta in a dry skillet over low heat. Get our Porchetta and Fried Egg Sandwich recipe.
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For this Mexican breakfast sandwich, scrambled eggs and chorizo are piled onto toasted rolls with sliced avocado, refried beans, sour cream, and green and red salsas. Get our Mexican Breakfast Torta recipe.
Tossing some tasty basil pesto into scrambled eggs is a delicious breakfast on its own, but here we use the combination as a filling for a simple breakfast sandwich with pancetta replacing the usual bacon. Get our Pesto, Egg, and Pancetta Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
To give this sandwich the true flavor of classic eggs Benedict, we’ve added fried Canadian bacon and covered it in an easy blender version of hollandaise sauce. Get our Egg-in-a-Nest Benedict Sandwich recipe.
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A fried egg with a gloriously runny yolk mingles with refried beans, red chile gravy, avocado, tomato, and Monterey Jack cheese for one of the most indulgently stimulating starts to the day we know. Get our Mexican Fried Egg Breakfast Torta recipe.
Who says a sandwich needs a top to qualify? This knife-and-fork English muffin breakfast sandwich is rich, smoky, and satisfying. Get our Egg and Smoked Salmon Open Face Sandwich recipe.
In this classically simple breakfast sandwich recipe from Eggslut in Los Angeles, soft scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, caramelized onion, and chives are piled in a toasted brioche bun smeared with Sriracha mayo. Get the Eggslut Fairfax Sandwich recipe.
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Ground turkey combines with onion, fresh sage, fennel seed, brown sugar, and a bit of garlic powder—all the things we love about pork breakfast sausages—to mingle with fried eggs on toasted English muffins. Get our Breakfast Turkey Burgers recipe.
If only actual pork breakfast sausage will do, form some into patties and top them with maple-grilled apple slices and a blanket of cheddar. While we didn’t add an egg here, there’s no reason why you couldn’t (it’s not as weird as it sounds with the apple, either; if you have doubts, Google all the apple scramble recipes that exist). Get our Apple-Cheddar Breakfast Sausage Burger recipe.
This one keeps the egg but skips the meat; instead, there’s a pile of sauteed greens, avocado, and olives, plus crumbled feta to top it all off. A single slice of ancient grain bread should support it, but keep a knife and fork nearby just in case. Get our Healthy Open-Face Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
14. Pre-Dawn Pileup
No healthy pretenses here, just a decadent pile of crisp hashbrowns, griddled Canadian bacon, a fried egg, and melty American cheese. Get our Pre-Dawn Pileup Egg, Cheese, and Hashbrown Breakfast Sandwich recipe.
Perhaps best served for rough mornings after, this breakfast sandwich updates the classic egg, cheese, and bacon combo by corralling them between waffles that have ramen noodles (and the ramen seasoning) cooked right in. Give this one a generous squirt of Sriracha. Get our Ramen Waffle Sandwich recipe.
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