McDonald's Egg McMuffin recipe can easily be replicated in your own home, and can just as easily be used to make the Sausage McMuffin with Egg too!
I love this easy recipe, not only because this copycat Egg McMuffin tastes exactly like my favorite breakfast sandwich from McDonald's, but also because the homemade version is so easy to customize with your favorite ingredients once you master the basics.
What is it?
McDonald's Egg McMuffin is a classic fast food breakfast sandwich consisting of a cooked egg patty, melty cheese, and hot Canadian bacon on a toasted and buttered English muffin. However, the best thing about this delicious sandwich is that it only requires those simple ingredients, which makes it easy to replicate in your own kitchen!
If you are looking to replicate more of your favorite McDonald's flavors, you will want to try my insanely popular homemade Big Mac Sauce recipe too!
Ingredients & Substitutions
- English Muffin - Although McDonald's doesn't serve croissant breakfast sandwiches, croissants do make a phenomenal substitution when you are ready for something different.
- Canadian bacon - McDonald's Egg McMuffin recipe uses Canadian bacon, however, if you wish to cook up a Sausage Egg McMuffin, you will just substitute breakfast sausage instead. Form the sausage patties into large flat circles and cook in a skillet. The patty will shrink as it cooks, so make sure you start with a patty larger than the English muffin.
- Fresh egg
- American cheese - I personally prefer using mild Cheddar cheese slices on most fried egg sandwiches, but American cheese is the best choice for homemade Egg McMuffins.
- Butter - I strongly recommend using butter rather than substituting olive oil.
- Egg ring - The trick to replicating the classic McDonald's Egg McMuffin is creating the round eggs. The best way I have found to do this with items you'll find around the house is to use a metal round cookie cutter or mason jar lid. Just spray the inside of the ring with pam to ensure the egg doesn't stick, and you are ready to cook! Ingenious, right? Otherwise, a better way is to use these cool egg rings on Amazon.com.
How to make it
Begin making this copycat Egg McMuffin recipe by lightly toasting your English muffin. You want the interior to be beginning to brown, with deliciously crisp edges. At the same time, place your greased egg ring in a buttered frying pan set over medium heat on your stovetop.
Add one large egg to the egg ring and pierce the yolk with a fork. Sprinkle the egg with a light dusting of salt, then add one ice cube to the skillet and cover the pan with a lid. The ice cube will create steam which will help cook the top of the egg while the bottom cooks.
Once the egg is firm, remove the ring mold and flip the egg and briefly cook it further until it is fully cooked. At this time the Canadian bacon slice can also be added to the skillet and cooked until heated through. This should only take a few seconds per side.
Assemble your breakfast sandwich by placing a slice of cheese on the bottom slice of the English muffin, then top with egg, meat, and finally the upper slice of toast. Serve immediately with homemade hash browns.
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McDonald's Egg McMuffin Recipe
- 1 English Muffin sliced
- 1 slice lean Canadian bacon
- 1 large egg
- 1 slice American cheese
- 1 tablespoon Butter
- salt to taste
- 1 ice cube
- Lightly toast the English muffin until the interior beings to turn golden brown and then butter the inside of each slice.
- While the English muffin is toasting spray your egg ring with cooking spray and place it in a lightly buttered nonstick skillet on medium heat.
- Add egg to the round egg ring and pop the yolk with a pointed utensil, then sprinkle the egg lightly with salt.
- Add one ice cube to the hot pan and cover with a lid. The steam created allows the top of the egg to firm up while the bottom cooks.
- Once the bottom of the egg is cooked and the top is starting to firm up flip the egg and remove the ring. Slide a knife around the edges of the ring to separate it from the egg if it is sticking. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Add slice of Canadian bacon to the skillet and cook until it is heated through, flipping once.
- Add a slice of American cheese to the bottom half of the English muffin.
- Top cheese with egg patty.
- Add Canadian bacon and cover with the top slice of the English muffin.
This recipe was originally published on FoxValleyFoodie.com on January 10, 2016.
Picked up an egg ring yesterday and tried this out. It was delicious!!
Have made these a few times for my grandchildren. They just Love them. I dont use an egg mold, just cover pan and let egg cook slowly til yoke is cooked thru and Sometimes we do scrambled eggs too. And im so glad I found you again, I too am from and living in Wisconsin. Small little village of Randolph WI. Looking forward to reading more and trying your recipes. Thx !
I love your recipe! My (Late) Step Mom always made these but she put mayo on the muffins and added strawberry jam also. It sounds weird but trust me...it is delectable!! 💞
Cherie Swatek Fedder
Hello from Saukville Wisconsin! Just ran across your page and thought how great a guy from Wisconsin! I am a recipe addict. and spend hours searching out recipes! I've been making Egg McMuffins for years. I don't use a ring. I just fry them up and put them on the muffin. The only thing different is hubby and I like ours with Mayo otherwise like you said simple as heck! I just subscribed so am looking forward to see more!
Fox Valley Foodie
Mayo is a great addition, I do that as well on occasion.
If you have mason jars laying around you can use those sprayed with Pam as your egg ring....
I have 4" rings for making my own English Muffins and I coat them with butter and the add the egg. I have had no problems with the egg sticking to the muffin ring. I will try the the ice cube trick and see I will how that works.
Awesome recipe, but I would not recommend cooking in a tuna can or any other can for that matter since cans are lined with a plastic coating that helps keep the food inside fresh and safe. You don’t want that leaching into your food as it cooks!
Also, you need to use real butter and Kraft deluxe American cheese. I was a McDonals store manager. For your Big Mac sauce, you need to use Kraft Mayo.
Fox Valley Foodie
Thanks for the tips!
If you get the pre-cooked Great Value brand sausage patties from Walmart, it will taste exactly the same. Also, if you get the Pillsbury frozen biscuits, you can make a sausage biscuit.
I'm still thinking there's something different about the McDonald's version of the sausage mcmuffin with egg perhaps a secret spice we don't know but there's a flavor that can't be duplicated at home until maybe that secret is made public. Maybe its the type of sausage they have or something in the muffin itself but it's definitely unique.
Fox Valley Foodie
Yes, I suspect they use a proprietary sausage blend. I recommend trying a few different brands and see which one you feel is the best fit.
I recommend Jimmy Deans sausage in a roll form frozen with different types or flavors like maple, bacon, sage and onion for the sausage and form your own pattues. That might give you the flavor your looking for.
I’ve started making em and started with making my sausage. I buy 2lbs of Tennessee Pride mild sausage & 1lb of Tennessee Pride sage sausage. Mix together and add my spicy seasonings and they are GREAT!
When making lasagna, I like to add a little fennel seed to the sausage meat -- it really adds something special -- perhaps a bit for this recipe might make it tastier? I can't say I've noticed that flavor in McD's, but it's good. (a little goes a long way).
If you want to duplicate the "folded egg" do this: Spray a 4" pyrex custard bowl with cooking spray, lightly whisk one egg into it, maybe with a tsp of water or milk, and microwave on 70% for 90 sec. The egg will puff up while cooking, but settles down nicely. I top with a slice of cheese while the English muffin is toasting.
Genius...I don't eat at McDonalds since I was diagnosed with Celiac disease, but I always loved the eggs on the breakfast sandwiches. I can't wait to try the ice trick. I had always wondered how to do that!
Fox Valley Foodie
The ice trick works fantastic! I was so excited when I successfully tested it out!
Jeff the Chef
Hey man, I do enjoy your writing. I've only read one post so far, I'll admit, and it's this one, obviously, but it makes me want to read more, which I will definitely do. Your style is unique. I won't admit to going to McDonalds. I guess that makes me more than a food snob. It makes me a food liar, because I go on long McDonalds binges now and then, but I just won't admit it. That stuff is chemically engineered to be tasty, and I'm as susceptive to science as anyone, I guess. I would love to make this at home and then take it with me in the car and pretend I'd gone through drive-through.
Fox Valley Foodie
Haha! Thanks for the great comment! I feel like I need to don a Nixon mask when I go through their drive thru so no one recognizes me!
I worked at McDonald's back in college and for a few years afterward...I still think their breakfasts are the best! These sandwiches look perfect--You'd never be able to tell the difference!