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Egg McMuffin Recipe | How To Make Homemade Egg McMuffins

As much as I love my kitchen gadgets, I’ve never been big on gimmicky kitchen appliances. I don’t have room for devices that are good for a single task.

So when I first saw a demonstration of how the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker can make an egg McMuffin in under 5 minutes, I thought, “Oh, that’s really cool… But I’d probably never use it. I’m sure I can make an egg McMuffin just as easily without it.”

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe -- making egg McMuffins at home is a breeze with this inexpensive gadget... My kids ask for breakfast for dinner often, and I'm happy to oblige because they're quick and budget friendly! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Luckily, Hamilton Beach was kind enough to send me home with one of the breakfast sandwich makers to create my own egg McMuffin at home. After my kids spied it, they begged endlessly to have breakfast for dinner to give it a try. It sounded like an easy dinner idea, so I picked up some English muffins and Canadian bacon at the store, and together we each made our own custom homemade egg McMuffin!

The customization is really the key here, because my kids have a variety of of tastes — eggs, no eggs, bacon, no bacon, cheese, no cheese, etc. Some want a drizzle of syrup on top (a la the McGriddle), while others prefer just a dash of salt and pepper. And then there’s my husband who likes to douse his in hot sauce…

So I love that I can accommodate them all with this one little gadget that cleans up easily and actually takes up very little storage space. Much to my surprise, it’s become one of our most-used kitchen appliances!

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe -- making egg McMuffins at home is a breeze with this inexpensive gadget... My kids ask for breakfast for dinner often, and I'm happy to oblige because they're quick and budget friendly! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe

The basic egg McMuffin recipe goes a little something like this:

  1. Turn the breakfast sandwich maker on to heat up.
  2. Once it’s hot, lay the bottom of an English muffin inside the bottom ring and sprinkle it with shredded cheese. I’ve found that shredded cheese works best — sliced cheese oozes over the sides and can get messy.
  3. Lay a piece of Canadian bacon on top of the cheese. You can also used precooked bacon broken up into smaller strips or any other type of precooked meat.
  4. Next you lower the second egg plate ring and crack an egg into it. I add a little salt and pepper on top for seasoning.
  5. After the egg solidifies, raise the top to lay the top of the English muffin on top of the egg, and close it back up.
  6. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until the egg is cooked through. Slide the egg plate to the side, and lift both rings and the top to reveal your perfectly cooked homemade egg McMuffin!

Considering the price of breakfast from McDonald’s for our family of seven, the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker has made a hot breakfast on the go much more affordable. Plus you can make extras to freeze for weekday mornings! A quick spin in the microwave, and you’ve got a hot breakfast sandwich to go at a totally budget-friendly price.

In fact, I’m considering picking up a second maker to speed things along. Priced at around $22, I’m quite sure it will pay for itself many times over.

Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe -- making egg McMuffins at home is a breeze with this inexpensive gadget... My kids ask for breakfast for dinner often, and I'm happy to oblige because they're quick and budget friendly! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Homemade Egg McMuffins

Yield: 1 egg mcmuffin
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 English muffin, split
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice Canadian bacon
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

    1. Turn your breakfast sandwich maker on to heat up.
    2. Once it’s hot, lay the bottom of an English muffin inside the bottom ring and sprinkle it with shredded cheese. I’ve found that shredded cheese works best — sliced cheese oozes over the sides and can get messy.
    3. Lay a piece of Canadian bacon on top of the cheese. You can also used precooked bacon broken up into smaller strips or any other type of precooked meat.
    4. Next you lower the second egg plate ring and crack an egg into it. I add a little salt and pepper on top for seasoning.
    5. After the egg solidifies, raise the top to lay the top of the English muffin on top of the egg, and close it back up.
    6. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until the egg is cooked through. Slide the egg plate to the side, and lift both rings and the top to reveal your perfectly cooked homemade egg McMuffin!

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Diana

Saturday 1st of February 2014

We bought one of these and love it. We like scrambled eggs so we beat an egg in a bowl and pour it into the egg section. I have added bacon bits and jalapenos to the egg. We carefully lay the top english muffin on right away and it just cooks with the egg.

Lori

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

I am so skeptical of all of the "as seen on tv" items and kitschy gadgets, so I was very hesitant on this one and read so very many reviews. At the end of the day, I decided to add it to the Christmas gifts and boy am I glad I did!!

This is one of those rare items that does what it says the way says, is easy to clean up and can be used regularly. My 16 and 11 year old sons are totally thrilled with it and actually feel like it really makes a sandwich that tastes like the real deal. They were practically sold out in the stores before Christmas and now I see why! So glad I grabbed on!

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Wednesday 22nd of January 2014

I noticed that they've been going in and out of stock online too. Glad you were able to snag one, Lori!

Rhonda

Thursday 16th of January 2014

Ok, I thought this was the most ridiculous appliance. I thought, who needs a special appliance to make breakfast sandwiches? But after reading your blog I started thinking about it. The hardest part of a breakfast sandwich is the egg. This makes the egg part very easy. My 11-year old picky eater loves breakfast sandwiches and the morning after we got the appliance he was up early and had his sandwich made before I woke up. I love this thing! It's totally worth the storage space it takes up. Thanks for telling me about it and getting me to try it!

Tara @ Unsophisticook

Thursday 16th of January 2014

I'm so glad you gave it a shot, Rhonda! Honestly, I felt pretty much the same way until I actually tried it. And you're right -- it's totally easy for older children to use it unassisted after you show them the ins and outs of it.

Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

Sunday 5th of January 2014

Tara, this looks great! We always get Egg McMuffins on road trips. This looks like a delicious recipe to try at home. Thanks for the post and Happy New Year!