Made with real ingredients like savory sausage, melty cheese, fried eggs, and crispy English muffins, these Copycat McDonald's Breakfast Sandwiches give the big chain a real run for their money!
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In college, my whole sorority snacked on McDonald's breakfast sandwiches after a long night out. I definitely indulged once or twice, but always knew they good be made to taste more delicious—especially because I've always loved making breakfast sandwiches!
After making these Copycat McDonald's Breakfast Sandwiches, I'll probably never go back. They're made with real ingredients like sausage, melty cheese, and fried eggs. Plus, they're loaded with so much flavor and taste WAY better than the real thing. They even have the hashbrowns!
Prep these copycats for to make breakfast a breeze or store them in the freezer for when you're in a pinch. Either way, I know you'll love them!
Ingredients for these Copycat McDonald's Breakfast Sandwiches
English Muffins: Biscuits and bagels work, too!
Maple Syrup: I love drizzling this on top for some sweet flavor.
Eggs: Cook them however you like. In this recipe, I fry them.
Meat: I used turkey sausage. However, you can use bacon, ham, plant-based meat, or whatever else you like.
Cheese: Sliced is best here.
Butter: I used spreadable butter for convenience.
Hashbrown Patties: I grabbed some of these from the freezer section of my local grocery store. My favorite brand is Strong Roots, found at Whole Foods and Walmart.
How to make these Copycat McDonald's Breakfast Sandwiches
There are two parts to making these insanely delicious breakfast sandwiches: the preparation of the ingredients and then the actually assembly.
For the preparation of ingredients:
- Start off by baking the hashbrown patties according to the package directions. This ingredient will take the longest because of the cook time, so it's important to begin with it. The brand I used took 15-17 minutes at 400 degrees.
- Let's move on to preparing the sausage patties. You can purchase them pre-shaped or slice and form them from a roll. Canadian bacon or another protein source is a easy substitution here if interested. Cook the patties on medium heat until thoroughly done.
- Slice English muffins in half and lay them open face on a baking sheet. Spread ½ tablespoon of spreadable butter onto one side of each muffin.
- On the other side, lay a piece of cheese. Then, set aside.
- Grease a griddle or skillet and heat to medium heat. Crack eggs and fry for 6-7 minutes or until the egg whites are fully cooked. I like my fried eggs a little over easy. But cook them how YOU like them.
- While the eggs are cooking, preheat the broiler to 525 degrees F and put the English muffins in the oven. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.
To assemble the sandwich:
- Layer the sausage patties on top of each muffin with melted cheese. Then, add the cooked hashbrown patties.
- Drizzle a ½ tablespoon (or more) of maple syrup on top of the hashbrowns. Place a fried egg on each sandwich.
- Complete the sandwich by adding the top of the toasted English muffin.
Make this your own
There is no magic number to this recipe. You can make one or meal prep 12 at one time. I like using one package of English muffins (quantity of 6), so that's why it's used in this recipe. These sandwiches are really great to prepare in advance and keep in the freezer. An easy and tasty breakfast classic.
Dairy-free? Substitute the butter and cheese for dairy-free alternatives.
If meat is not in your preferred diet, plant-based meat is a great option, too!
Copycat McDonald's Breakfast Sandwich FAQ
How do I store these breakfast sandwiches?
I recommend wrapping each sandwich in tinfoil and storing in the refrigerator or freezer. They'll stay good for 4-5 days in the refrigerator and for up to 3 months if frozen properly.
What's the best way to reheat these sandwiches?
Defrost on a microwavable safe plate for 60-90 seconds, flipping half way through.
Can I make these sandwiches dairy-free?
Yep! Just replace the butter and cheese with the proper alternatives.
Do I need to use an English muffin?
Nope! Bagels, toast, or biscuits would work great. You could even put this in a wrap.
Can I leave out the meat?
Sure! These are meant to be totally customizable. Add or remove based on your preferences.
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Copycat McDonald's Sausage and Egg McMuffin
- sheet pan
- Griddle (optional)
- Measuring Spoons
- Tinfoil (for storage)
- 1 pack English Muffins, pack of six
- 6 Large Grade Eggs
- 14 oz Turkey Sausage, optional plant based sausage
- 6 slices Colby Jack Cheese
- 6 Hashbrown Patties, I use the brand, Strong Roots, found at Walmart or Whole Foods
- 3 tablespoons Spreadable butter
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
Preparation of Ingredients Prior to Sandwich Assembly
- First, start off by baking the hashbrown patties according to the package's direction. This ingredient will take the longest because of the cook time so it's important to being with it.
- Next, prep the sauage. Slice, form, and/or use premade patties (similar to the size of the english muffin) and cook on medium heat on the stove top.
- Now that both the sausage patties are cooking & the hashbrowns are in the oven, let's get going on the other ingredients. Slice the English muffins in half and lay them open face on a baking sheet. Spread ½ tablespoon of spreadable butter onto each muffin.
- On the other open face side of the english muffin (not the one with the butter), layer a piece of cheese on each.
- Next, grease a griddle (or skillet) and heat to medium heat. Crack eggs and fry for 6-7 minutes or until the egg whites are fully cooked. Note: Cook the eggs the way you like them - over easy, sunny side up, etc.
- While the eggs are cooking, preheat the broiler to 525 degrees F and put the buttered & cheese english muffins in the broiler. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Remove from oven.
- Once the english muffins come out of the oven, time to stack this sandwich up! Layer the sausage patties on top of each muffin with melted cheese. Then add the hashbrowns to each sandwich.
- Add a ½ of tablespoon (or more if you'd like) maple syrup on the hashbrowns. Place fried egg on each sandwich immediately after.
- Complete the sandwich by adding the top of the toasted english muffin.
- Enjoy immediately or wrap in tinfoil, placing in the freezer. When it is time to enjoy, defrost on a microwavable safe plate for 60-90 seconds, flipping half way through.
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1 sandwich: 57 grams Carbs | 26 grams Fat | 29 grams Protein
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