It’s terrifically easy – so you can manage this half asleep or even if you’re feeling sketchy after a few too many wines the night before (let’s all just admit that Maccers is excellent hangover food).
Though if the thought of handling raw meat first thin in the morning is too much for you, just make the patties the ahead – they will keep for days in the fridge and months in the freezer!
Sausage and Egg McMuffins are a terrific make ahead breakfast. They will last for 4 days in the fridge the just need a quick microwave to reheat.
If you want to freeze them – instead of of cooking eggs sunny side up, either scramble them or make a folded omelette (of sorts). Egg whites tend to go a bit rubbery when frozen (in my opinion), but if mixed up with the yolks then cooked, they freeze fine.
Homemade Sausage and Egg McMuffin
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
- 1 lb / 500g ground pork (juicier) OR beef (mince) (Note 1)
- 1/2 tsp dried ground sage
- 1/2 tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp onion powder (or garlic powder)
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp sugar (any)
- 2 tbsp oil
- 4 eggs
- 4 English muffins , cut in half
- 4 slices cheese (Note 3)
- Preheat oven to 130C/275F.
- Place muffins on a baking tray, cut side up, and top with cheese. (Alternative – melt cheese on sausage patties, see video)
- Mix Sausage Patty ingredients in a bowl – use your hands to mix it real good!
- Shape into 4 patties (thick ones, or 5 Maccers size patties). Make them slightly larger than the muffins because they will shrink when cooking.
- Heat oil in a large non stick skillet over high heat. Add patties (in batches if needed). Cook the first side for 2 – 3 minutes or until browned. Flip then cook the other side until browned. (Optional: After flipping, top with cheese, cover with lid to melt).
- Meanwhile, heat another pan over medium high heat with 1 tbsp oil. Spray egg rings with oil and place in the skillet. (Note 4 for other cook methods).
- Crack egg into the rings. Add around 2 tbsp water into the skillet then cover with a lid. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes or until egg is cooked to your liking (I like runny yolks).
- Remove warm muffins from the oven. Top with sausage, then egg, the lid of muffin.
- Serve and enjoy!
1. Meat – The meat used in McDonald’s sausage patties differs around the world! Pork is used in the US and Canada, and beef is used in Australia. To be honest, with the seasonings, I think many people can’t tell! Pork is juicier and patties are more tender so reheats better, but I use both happily.
OR use chicken, turkey or veal – the seasoning works great for all! For lamb, increase the spices slightly.
2. Cooking the eggs – Here are other ways to cook eggs so they are nice and round:
– tuna can: take both ends off, wash (well!) and use as the ring. GENIUS idea from Dorothy in Tennessee, a RecipeTin Eats regular reader!
– in a well sprayed muffin tin(baked); or
– in onion rings (just cut a 1/3″ slice and use the outer ring).
Otherwise, just crack the eggs into the skillet then as it starts to cook, fold the edges in to make a (albeit rough!) round shape. OR just scramble them, or make a large omelette and cut to fit onto each.
3. Cheese – I used processed cheese to mimic McDonald’s.
4. MAKE AHEAD:
- Refrigerate up to 4 days, reheat on low in the microwave for a couple of minutes, or cover with foil and reheat in oven.
- Freezer – scramble eggs or make omelette and cut up into 4. Do not freeze sunny side up eggs – I find the whites can go rubbery.
5. Nutrition per McMuffin.
Serving: 189gCalories: 453kcal (23%)Carbohydrates: 67.3g (22%)Protein: 14.6g (29%)Fat: 14.9g (23%)Saturated Fat: 5.1g (32%)Cholesterol: 180mg (60%)Sodium: 1008mg (44%)Potassium: 195mg (6%)Fiber: 2.8g (12%)Sugar: 4.6g (5%)Vitamin A: 400IU (8%)Vitamin C: 1.7mg (2%)Calcium: 240mg (24%)Iron: 3.6mg (20%)