Get ready to level up your breakfast game with our latest kitchen adventure: a Copycat Egg McMuffin recipe that’s so spot-on, you’ll think you’ve just swung through the McDonald’s drive-thru. Whether you’re craving a classic fast-food breakfast or just looking for a tasty, homemade morning fix, this recipe is your golden ticket.
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Why You’ll Love This McDonald’s Copycat
- Customization Queen (or King!): Don’t like American cheese? Swap it out! Want to add avocado or switch to a whole wheat muffin? Go for it! When you’re the chef, you call the shots and can tailor your McMuffin to your heart’s (and stomach’s) content.
- Convenience, But Make It Homemade: Sure, driving to McDonald’s is easy, but making it at home means no lines, no waiting, and hey, no need to change out of those cozy slippers!
- Cost-Effective: Making an Egg McMuffin at home can save you some serious cash, especially if you’re feeding a crowd. Why pay fast-food prices when you can whip up a batch with ingredients from your local grocery store?
The warm, toasted English muffin provides a slightly crispy, buttery base. Then comes the star – Canadian bacon, offering a lean, slightly sweet and smoky flavor, perfectly complementing the rich, fluffy egg. Topped with a slice of melty cheese, it creates a harmonious blend of savory and slightly salty tastes. It’s comfort food in a sandwich – simple, satisfying, and oh-so-tasty!
Copycat McDonald’s McMuffin Ingredients
According to their website, the classic breakfast sandwiches are made with a cracked egg placed on a toasted English muffin with real butter, lean Canadian bacon, and melty American cheese. Easy, right? With such simple ingredients this one is a keeper! Here is what you will need to get started:
- Canadian Bacon: The classic McDonald’s Egg McMuffin uses Canadian bacon. It’s a lean way to add protein and flavor making this somewhat of a healthy breakfasts!
- Egg: My brother worked in the fast food chain and swore by their fresh cracked eggs. He said that the fried egg topped with a slice of American cheese is what makes the sandwich so special.
- Cheese: Here’s the deal, I stick with American cheese because that is what is traditionally used. BUT there are homemade egg McMuffins. You can use any slice of cheese you want! Try cheddar cheese or even a slice of pepper jack for a twist on flavor.
- English Muffin: Nothing beats toasted English muffins as the base to breakfast sandwiches! It’s the perfect round shape and fits the Canadian bacon slice perfectly!
- Butter: Salted butter is what we opt for in this copycat recipe, it’s one of my guilty pleasures. However, you can use unsalted for these egg sandwiches.
Homemade Egg McMuffin Recipe
Making a homemade Egg McMuffin is surprisingly easy – it’s practically a no-fuss, no-muss breakfast that taste’s like the real thing! Serve with hash browns, which they actually sell at most grocers now, and a tall glass of orange juice. Here’s the quick lowdown:
- PREP INGREDIENTS: Split the English muffin in half and toast until golden brown. Lightly butter each half.
- COOK THE EGG: Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. If you have an egg ring mold, grease it with cooking spray and place it in the skillet. Crack the egg into the ring (or directly onto the skillet) and gently break the egg yolk. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the white is set, then flip to cook the other side to your desired doneness. Remove from the pan.
- PRO TIP: No egg mold? No problem! I am obsessed with this small egg pan OR you can use a greased mason jar lid to make the perfect shape.
- HEAT THE CANADIAN BACON: In the same skillet, add the Canadian bacon. Cook for about 1 minute on each side, just until heated through and slightly crispy.
- BUILD THE SANDWICH: Place the slice of cheese on one half of the toasted muffin. Top with the cooked egg and Canadian bacon. Finish with the other half of the muffin.
- ENJOY: Serve immediately, and enjoy the delicious, comforting flavors of a classic breakfast sandwich made right in your own kitchen!
Here’s a list of handy tools that will make whipping up a classic egg McMuffin a breeze:
- Small Non-Stick Skillet (affiliate): Essential for cooking eggs and Canadian bacon to perfection.
- Egg Ring (affiliate): This nifty tool helps keep your eggs in a perfect circle, just like the ones you get at McDonald’s.
- Spatula (affiliate): A must-have for flipping eggs and transferring your ingredients to the muffin.
Wrap them individually in foil or plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, unwrap and microwave for about 30-60 seconds, or reheat in an oven or toaster oven at 350°F until warmed through.
Sure thing! Regular bacon, ham, sausage, or even turkey bacon are great alternatives.
No worries! You can use a wide-mouth mason jar lid or cut your egg with a round cookie cutter. Or, simply fry the egg without a ring for a more rustic look.
Definitely! Spinach, tomatoes, avocados, or sautéed mushrooms make great additions.
Cook it on a lower heat for a bit longer, and try covering the skillet with a lid to help it cook evenly.
Sure! Assemble the McMuffins, wrap them individually, and refrigerate. They’re great for a grab-and-go breakfast. Wrapped individually in foil, plastic wrap, or placed in an airtight container, they can last for about 3 to 4 days.
- 1 English muffin
- 1 large egg
- 1 to 2 slices Canadian bacon
- 1 slice American cheese
- salt and pepper
- Split the English muffin in half and toast until golden brown. Lightly butter each half and set aside.
- Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat with 1/2 teaspoon butter or cooking oil.
- If you have an egg ring mold, grease it with cooking spray and place it in the skillet.
- Crack the egg into the ring (or directly onto the skillet) and gently break the egg yolk. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until the white is set, then flip to cook the other side to your desired doneness. Remove from the pan.
- In the same skillet, add the Canadian bacon. Cook for about 1 minute on each side, just until heated through and slightly crispy.
- Place the slice of cheese on one half of the toasted muffin. Top with the cooked egg and Canadian bacon. Finish with the other half of the muffin.
- Serve immediately, and enjoy the delicious, comforting flavors of a classic breakfast sandwich made right in your own kitchen!