When I lived in New York City I had something of a breakfast sandwich problem—it was just too easy to walk to the corner deli and ask for a bacon, egg, and cheese on a roll. I'll always love that bodega classic, but eventually I realized that breakfast sandwiches are a great way to express my own culinary creativity. There's no shortage of ways to combine bread, meat, cheese, and eggs. I'm sure you could come up with lots of great versions on your own, but if you need a little help getting started we've rounded up 10 of our favorite breakfast sandwich recipes—simple ones with Spam and egg or tomato and bacon, indulgent croques monsieurs and madames, a gut-busting brunch burger, and more.
Classic Breakfast Sandwich
Walk into any NYC deli and ask for a breakfast sandwich and you'll get something like this: eggs, meat, and American cheese on a roll. Our version uses both ham and bacon for extra heft, but the real upgrade is griddling the rolls in butter for crunch and flavor.
Spam and Egg Breakfast Sandwiches
This Hawaiian-style breakfast sandwich features Spam and fried eggs on toasted Hawaiian sweet rolls. The secret ingredient is pineapple, mango, or strawberry jelly, which we spread on the rolls to provide a sweet contrast to the salty Spam. If you want to add a squirt of Sriracha, too, I certainly won't stop you.
Tomato and Bacon Breakfast Sandwiches
We're getting close to peak tomato season, and to get ready you should arm yourself with the recipe for the ultimate summer breakfast sandwich. Perfectly ripe tomatoes are the stars here, supported by crispy bacon, creamy mayonnaise, and a craggy English muffin. Pro-tip: Set the tomato on the English muffin and salt it before frying the bacon so that tomato juice soaks into the bottom half. Another pro-tip: Make the English muffin yourself!
Ultra-Smashed Brunch Burgers With Quick Jalapeño Hollandaise
If our tomato and bacon breakfast sandwich is a study in minimalism, this epic brunch burger is the opposite—smashed patty, fried egg, melted cheese, avocado, bacon, and a jalapeño-and-lime-infused Hollandaise come together to form a serious hangover killer.
Cheesy, Gooey Croques Monsieurs
Staying on the decadent side of breakfast, let's move to the croque monsieur—a toasted ham and cheese sandwich with a little Dijon mustard and plenty of gooey mornay sauce both spread inside and spooned on top. You want to look for a good alpine cheese here such as Swiss, Gruyère, or Comté.
Rich and Creamy Croques Madames
If a croque monsieur isn't enough for you, make it into a croque madame by topping it with a runny sunny-side up egg. A critical, but often overlooked, part of a great croque is the bread—you want to use relatively thin slices so that it doesn't overwhelm the filling and toast it on both sides to make it crunchy enough to stand up to the cheese. We like to use brioche, but your favorite high-quality white sandwich bread will work.
Homemade Egg McMuffin
Our version of this McDonald's classic stays true to—but improves on—the original. The first step is to upgrade the ingredients, the second is to toast the English muffin, and the third is to brown the Canadian bacon. To cook the egg evenly while maintaining the classic McMuffin shape we cook it on the lid of a Mason jar, which keeps it perfectly tender. Our last trick is to wrap the sandwich in foil and let it steam for a few minutes before eating so that the cheese melts and the flavors meld. (Again, if you want to go the extra mile for extra flavor and extra breakfast sandwich points, make the English muffin yourself!)
Scrambled Egg and Cheese Drop-Biscuit Breakfast Sandwiches
This knife-and-fork breakfast sandwich starts with homemade drop biscuits, which we smother in scrambled eggs so packed with mozzarella that they start to look like queso fundido. To give the eggs extra flavor we cook them with sautéed onions, briny feta, and fresh dill. Make sure to taste the eggs before seasoning, because the feta may add all the salt you need.
Grilled Cheese Eggsplosion
Grilled cheese might not sound like something to eat in the morning, but anything can be breakfast with a fried egg added. This messy sandwich takes the egg-in-a-hole and sandwiches it around melty American cheese. Be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand for this one.
Nested Egg-in-a-Hole for 1 1/2 Eaters
When you make an egg-in-a-hole you end up with an extra piece of bread that you cut out from the center. You could just toast this up and eat in on the side, but if you have a smaller mouth to feed you can use a quail egg to turn it into its own baby-sized breakfast.