One of our all-time favorite breakfasts would have to be the Egg McMuffin from McDonalds. Somehow, they can manage to churn out one of the freshest tasting muffins with delicious poached eggs and a slab of Canadian bacon at a record pace for breakfast every single day, almost all across the world. It’s an amazing feat and a delicious breakfast sandwich.
If you’re craving McDonald’s famous Egg McMuffin sandwich but don’t want the hassle of leaving home or paying the price, why not give making it at home a try? It takes just minutes to make these homemade muffins and requires only a few simple ingredients. You simply need an English muffin, Canadian bacon, an egg, butter and cheese! With this homemade version of the Egg McMuffin, you can enjoy the same delicious breakfast sandwich at home in no time.
Once you learn the art of making your own Homemade Egg McMuffins, you can try different variations until you have your own favorite and the favorites of your family as well. These Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwiches keep and travel well so prepare them in advance and then have a yummy breakfast ready for you and yours on a busy morning.
So, let’s learn how to make a yummy Homemade Egg McMuffin without ever leaving our house. Yummy eggs with melted American cheese and a slab of savory Canadian bacon all held together with a buttery toasted English muffin. An easy breakfast treat the whole family will love. And don’t forget, this easy breakfast travels well!
What Is an Egg McMuffin?
An egg McMuffin is a breakfast sandwich that is made to be hand-held and contain all delicious breakfast ingredients. It is one of the best-selling items on the McDonald’s menu.
An Egg McMuffin contains egg, butter, American cheese, Canadian bacon and a toasted English muffin. This iconic breakfast muffin can be made in under 20 minutes at home.
Different McMuffin Variations to Try:
While an original Egg McMuffin has Canadian Bacon, try some different variations!
Make the McMuffin exactly how you like it. Wrap the McMuffin in waxed paper and take it to go!
- Crispy Bacon
- Leftover Ham Slice
- Sausage McMuffin with cooked sausage patties
- Scrambled Egg & Cheese McMuffin
- Runny Egg and Cheese recipe
- Bacon, Egg and Tomato with American cheese
- Canadian Bacon with Egg and Tomato
Quick: Make these delicious muffins in under 20 minutes tops. This muffin recipe can be even quicker when we show you how to prep the eggs in advance.
What Equipment you Need to Make Homemade Egg McMuffins
Egg Poacher Pan (or you can use the small skillet)
What Ingredients are Needed for Homemade Egg McMuffins
Just a few simple ingredients are needed for this breakfast sandwich:
- 1 Fresh Organic Egg – learn more about how to choose the best eggs
- Butter – we always use salted butter
- English Muffins – Thomas’s English Muffins
- American Cheese – sliced of American cheese. Sometimes we use yummy Velveeta cheese slices.
- Canadian Bacon – Canadian bacon can be found in the packaged meats section of the grocery store. Make sure to get this bacon precooked.
How to Make an Egg McMuffin
The poached egg takes the most time when making an Egg McMuffin at home. Once the eggs are cooked then assembling the sandwich goes quickly. Toast the muffin and fry the Canadian bacon while the eggs are being poached. This breakfast sandwich travels well so wrap in parchment paper to eat later in school or at work.
Here are the Quick Steps to Making a Homemade Egg McMuffin:
- Poach the egg
- Fry the Canadian bacon
- Toast the English muffin and generously butter
- Put a slice of cheese on the bottom of the toasted muffin and pop in the microwave for about 10 seconds to melt the cheese
- Add some Canadian bacon on top of the cheese
- Add the poached egg
- Put the top of the toasted muffin on top
COOKING THE EGGS FOR YOUR EGG MCMUFFIN:
An Egg McMuffin has grill fried eggs that look very similar to a poached egg. They are fried on a grill using a ring to hold them in shape. The eggs are then sprayed with a light mist of water and the grill lid is closed so they cook evenly on top and bottom.
Cooking the Poached Eggs. Poached eggs are simple to prepare if you have an egg poacher pan. A pan that can cook and steam eggs similar to what they do at McDonalds. You can read more about this pan here –> Egg Poacher Pan. This is our favorite way to prepare a poached egg. It’s easy and it turns out the most perfect poached eggs.
If you do not have a poached egg pan, then you can quickly poach your eggs in a small skillet using a little bit of boiling water.
How to Easily Poach an Egg in a Small Skillet in Boiling Water
Add a small amount of water to an 8″ skillet. Use a bigger skillet if cooking more eggs. Grease the skillet with oil or butter before adding the water.
Add a little salt to the water.
Bring the water to a light boil.
Crack an egg into a cup and then gently slide the egg into the skillet.
Lower the heat and let simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
You can cover the skillet with a lid for about 1 minute to make sure both sides cook through.
Poached eggs are pretty simple to prepare once you get the hang of it.
TOASTING THE ENGLISH MUFFIN:
Split the muffins into two pieces. The muffins are presplit so this should easily be done using your hands. This helps to keep both sides uniform in size. Butter both sides of the muffins and lay then face down in a skillet. Cook on medium-high heat until the muffins are nicely browned and toasty.
Or – Toast the muffins in the toaster until golden brown. Butter both sides of the split muffin as soon as you take them out of the toaster. We have found the muffins taste better if they have been toasted a little longer. You may have to toast the muffins twice depending on your toaster settings. This is where salted butter is your friend. Generously butter the muffins when you take them out of the toaster.
Bonus Butter Tip: Melt the butter briefly in the microwave and then drizzle over both sides of the English muffin to fill all of the many nooks and crannies.
HOW TO COOK THE CANADIAN BACON:
Candian bacon is easy to cook and can even be cooked in the microwave. Since we are using a skillet to toast the English muffins, you can also easily cook the Canadian bacon in the same skillet. Most Canadian bacon is precooked so reheating in simple. Simply lightly spray the skillet with nonstick spray and lay the Canadian bacon down in the skillet. Cook both sides for about 45 seconds. You can even coat the bottom of the skillet with a small amount of butter before cooking.
If you are in a hurry, you can always heat the Canadian bacon in the microwave.
Make Homemade Egg McMuffins in Advance
Make these egg muffins in advance and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 3 days until ready to eat. Wrap the breakfast sandwich in parchment paper before storing. Sandwiches can be reheated before serving or reheat and wrap in parchment paper to eat later in the morning.
What to Serve with Your Homemade Egg McMuffin
An Egg McMuffin is a complete breakfast and can be served with:
Orange Juice (or special occasion Mimosa!)
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