Start the day right with this delicious bacon egg and cheese bagel. This New York style bagel is incredibly filling, easy to make, and tastes amazing. Perfect for a satisfying Sunday brunch or breakfast!
This easy bacon egg cheese bagel sandwich is a guaranteed hit for those that enjoy bacon breakfast recipes. If you miss the McDonald's breakfast bagels, you will absolutely love this homemade version of them, and you can prepare them in less than 10 minutes.
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Why you'll love it
- Delicious breakfast sandwich recipe
- Customize the bagel sandwiches to suit your preferences
- Easy homemade McDonalds recipe (copycat)
- Kids and adults will love this
- Perfect for your Mother's Day or Father's Day menu
- Easily adjust the recipe to make just 1 sandwich, or cook a big batch
Bagels: Bagels are perfect for breakfast sandwiches. You can use your favorite bagels here, whether they are homemade bagels or store-bought bagels of any kind. Since the filling is savory, I recommend using savory bagels for this recipe. Plain bagels, everything bagels, and sesame bagels are great options.
Bacon: Use any bacon that you like. I use streaky pork bacon, but alternatives like thick back bacon or turkey bacon will also work well.
Cheese: The cheese adds a little extra to the bagels. I use regular American cheese slices or cheddar slices. Crumbled blue cheese like stilton can also work, or any other cheese that you like.
Eggs: Fresh eggs are best to use for scrambled eggs. You can use eggs of any size, or even alternative eggs like duck eggs if you prefer.
Butter: I like to add a little butter to my eggs, as I think it makes them less dry. This is completely optional, and you can omit it if you wish.
Milk: Scrambled eggs become softer and creamier by adding some milk. Any milk can be used. I tend to use oat milk, as that's what I keep on hand, but skim milk, whole milk, or soy milk will also work just fine.
Chives: Fresh chives pair really well with eggs, and they add such a fantastic flavor to the scramble. This is completely optional, and you can omit it if you prefer.
You can find full instructions + ingredient measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of this page
One: Cook the bacon until crispy in a frying pan. Remove the bacon strips from the skillet, and set them to the side. Cover them up to keep them warm if you prefer.
Two: Crack the eggs into the same skillet, and add milk, butter, and optionally finely chopped chives. Use a spatula to break up the eggs, and combine the ingredients in the pan while they cook on medium heat. The scramble is done when the eggs are almost completely dry.
Three: Assemble by placing the scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese in a freshly toasted bagel. Serve immediately, while it's still warm.
- Keep an eye on the eggs and bacon while they cook, and remove them from the heat when they are cooked to your preferred consistency.
- If you want to remove some of the grease from the bacon, you can place the bacon strips between two paper towels after cooking. The paper should absorb some of the excess grease, and still leave the bacon crispy.
- You can keep cooked eggs and bacon warm by placing them in a sealed container, or cover them with a clean kitchen towel.
Bacon egg and cheese bagels are best served as breakfast or brunch. Although bagels tend to be viewed as breakfast food, these are also filling enough to be served as a quick lunch or a light meal.
You can also serve the eggs, bacon, cheese, and bagels along with other toppings and spreads as part of a Bagel Board. This is a simple, but fun brunch idea, and a great idea if you're cooking for people with different preferences and dietary requirements.
Change up the eggs: You can use your favorite scrambled eggs recipe, like Cheesy Broccoli Scrambled Eggs for example. Or, you can use hard-boiled eggs, sunny side-up eggs, fried eggs, egg salad, or even a small omelet.
Change the meat: Instead of bacon, you can try leaner turkey bacon, or replace this with sliced ham or other deli meats. Leftover roast beef or turkey slices would also work really well!
Vegetarian: Omit the bacon, or use a vegetarian bacon substitute. You can find vegetarian bacon in most grocery stores and supermarkets these days.
Other toppings: In addition to the other toppings, you can try adding sauces like ketchup or sriracha, or vegetables. Try adding sauteed mushrooms, caramelized onions, sliced tomatoes, lettuce, spinach or fresh herbs.
To make this recipe, you will need a skillet or frying pan to cook the scrambled eggs and bacon. You can toast the bagels in the skillet, or use a separate toaster. If you plan on making a big batch, you might want to consider using two skillets: one for the eggs, and one for the bacon. This way, you can make both at the same time.
You can also prepare the eggs and bacon with any other cooking method that you like. For example, you can cook bacon in the air fryer, or make scrambled eggs in a microwave or oven.
Bacon egg and cheese bagels can be stored for up to a day in a refrigerator. However, they taste much better if served immediately.
If you want to make these ahead for several breakfasts, you can cook a big batch of scrambled eggs, and refrigerate these. Then you only have to toast the bagel, cook the bacon and assemble the sandwich before serving.
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Frequently asked questions
No, you don't really have to toast bagels, and you can just eat them cold if you want. However, they are usually toasted, as they taste better that way!
Yes, you can absolutely eat egg and bacon sandwiches cold, although they tend to taste better when warm. The leftover sandwiches can also be reheated in a skillet or air fryer if you prefer.
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Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel
- 4 bagels
- 8 slices bacon
- 8 eggs
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon chopped chives
- 4 slices American cheese
- Cook the bacon until crispy in a frying pan over medium heat. Remove the bacon strips from the skillet, and set them to the side. Cover them up to keep them warm if you prefer.
- Crack the eggs into the same skillet, and add milk, butter, and optionally finely chopped chives. Use a spatula to break up the eggs, and combine the ingredients in the pan while they cook on medium heat. The scramble is done when the eggs are almost completely dry.
- Assemble by placing the scrambled eggs, bacon, and cheese in a freshly toasted bagel. Serve immediately, while it's still warm.
- Store any leftover bagels in a refrigerator for up to a day. The bagels taste best when served immediately!
- Feel free to add any toppings that you like, such as sauces, condiments, tomatoes, hot sauce, lettuce, pickles, or onions.
- You can use your favorite cooking method to prepare the eggs and bacon. For example, you can cook bacon in your air fryer, or make scrambled eggs in an oven or microwave if that's more convenient to you.
Food safety tips
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove