Ultimate Breakfast Sandwiches


This version of the classic breakfast sandwich—topped with bacon, a fried egg and cheddar cheese—is quick and easy to make. Slideshow:  More Egg Breakfast Recipes 

Ultimate Breakfast Sandwiches
15 minutes is all you need for these delicious breakfast sandwiches served on English muffins. Photo: © Ian Knauer
Total Time:
15 mins


  • 4 slices bacon

  • 4 English muffins, split

  • 4 slices cheddar cheese

  • 4 large eggs

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Mayonnaise and ketchup, for serving


  1. In a large heavy cast iron or non-stick skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until browned and crisp, about 8 minutes. Transfer the bacon to paper towels to drain and reserve the fat in the skillet in a small container.

  2. In the same skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat over medium heat. Brown half the English muffins in the skillet, split-side-down, then transfer to a work surface. Repeat with the remaining English muffin halves and 1 more tablespoon of bacon fat.

  3. Preheat the broiler. Place 1 slice of cheese on each muffin bottom and place under the broiler until the cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. In the same skillet, heat the remaining bacon fat over medium-high heat. Fry the eggs to desired doneness, about 3 minutes for runny yolks, then sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and pepper and divide the eggs between the English muffin bottoms. Top with the bacon slices and dress with mayonnaise and ketchup to taste.

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