These 27 Breakfast Sandwiches Put Fast Food Options to Shame

Sometimes the best breakfast is one you can eat on the go. As much as we try to sit down for meals, we’re often too rushed in the a.m. hours, especially if we’re also hitting the gym (or the snooze button).

Bars are great, but sometimes they only hold you over until 10. For a morning meal that fuels your day and still fits in your hands, look no further than these breakfast sandwiches. The options are superior to what you’d find at a fast food joint or coffee shop (and they’re way less greasy): bacon, sausage, egg, vegan, fruit, chocolate—pretty much anything fits between slices of bread (or a bagel or croissant). With so many choices, you’ll never skip breakfast again.


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This one’s for the kale lovers out there. Stock up on more than your entire day’s worth of vitamins A and C to support a stronger immune system, eye health, and more, all while treating yourself to some bacony, eggy goodness. You could sandwich this between any type of bread, but we love the hearty whole-wheat bun.

Ditch the dry granola bars and opt for an egg sandwich on your next camping trip. This simple recipe shows you how to make eggs on the grill. Cook alongside some sausage patties, then place on an English muffin. It’s so fun and simple to make you don’t even need camping as an excuse—just fire up the grill!

Forget the BLT. If you’re like us, you’ll prefer the BLA. It’s your basic bagel and lox but upgraded to first-class flavor with avocado, onion, tomato, and capers. You’re getting all kinds of good fats here—monounsaturated from the avocado and omega-3 from the lox—plus some antioxidants from the veggies and carbs courtesy of the bagel.

A French favorite served on another French favorite: the croissant. Who could ask for more? A creamy béchamel sauce mixed with Gruyère makes this a cheese-lover’s dream. It may not be the healthiest thing, but it’s too good to pass up, especially if you buy croissants from the baker (anything from a tube would be a sin in this recipe). Bon appétit!

Credit the spicy mayo for this breakfast sandwich’s delicious flavor. The recipe also walks you through making your own sausages, so you can skip the premade ones with all the additives. Spoiler alert: It’s as easy as making meatballs. Combine ground pork with spices, flatten into patties, and cook in a skillet.

While we love our toppings, there’s something to be said for a plain, traditional sandwich (besides the quicker prep time). This recipe keeps it simple (yet tasty) with eggs, sausage, cheese, and onions for some additional flavor. Plus, you won’t have to get up at the crack of dawn to make it.

Roasted pepper cashew cream takes this sandwich to the next level. It’s creamy and sweet yet smoky (used jarred roasted peppers to make things easier) and spicy. Mix with some salty bacon or ham and fresh, juicy tomato for a meal you can eat anytime of day. For all its incredible flavor and fancy sauce, it’s pretty simple to whip up, especially if you make some cashew sauce ahead of time to have on hand.

This exquisite sandwich is as beautiful as it is delicious. The bacon vinaigrette and blue cheese already have us drooling, and we haven’t even gotten to the egg. Add in some greens, and you’ve got your protein and a few veggies for the morning.

This simple but delectable breakfast is ideal for a weekend morning treat. Replace your bagel with a flaky, buttery croissant. The addition of chives adds a little extra zing, plus you’re getting some omega-3s from the salmon.


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Grab the salsa and avos for this California favorite. It’s substantial enough to keep you energized for a long time and super simple to make. Just don’t plan on eating it in the car—this is one of those meals where it’s hard not to get something on you. But it’s so spicy, creamy, gooey, and amazing you really won’t care.

A great way to fuel up before a busy day of working or hiking, this sandwich balances the richness of a croissant with some healthy sprouts, tomatoes, and avocado. The eggs deliver 18 vitamins and minerals to help your body function at its best. With all this goodness, you don’t need meat.

Reminiscent of a Caprese salad, this sandwich stacks egg whites, Swiss cheese, tomato, spinach, and avocado for a beauty of a breakfast. According to one animal study, spinach may turn you into Popeye: The nitrates in the leafy greens appear to strengthen muscles.1All the more reason to pile ‘em on!

Works Cited

  1. Dietary nitrate increases tetanic [Ca2+]i and contractile force in mouse fast-twitch muscle. Hernández A, Schiffer TA, Ivarsson N. The Journal of physiology, 2012, Jun.;590(Pt 15):1469-7793.

This healthy morning meal is a bit like grilled cheese and tomato soup in one. You can use dried herbs in a pinch: Just add them straight to the omelet like you would with fresh herbs. To get the full nutritional value, make sure your bread or roll is 100 percent whole grain.


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Homemade coconut bacon makes this vegan breakfast taste otherworldly. That’s right—you can make coconut legitimately taste like bacon when you season it correctly. It can take a bit more time to whip up, though, so save it for the weekend or a morning off, and make sure you stock up on the the ingredients (we admit there’s a lot) beforehand.

Or you can eat it for breakfast! This isn’t a step-by-step recipe, but the instructions are still easy to understand. You do need to make both pancakes and a tofu scramble, but when you experience the contrast of the savory tofu and sweet flapjacks, you’ll realize it’s worth the effort.

You can use any kind of mushrooms and greens for this recipe, and it’ll taste absolutely delicious! Just the tiniest bit of berry jam adds unexpected sweetness to the savory dish, and the vegan sausage and mushrooms guarantee you won’t feel hungry afterward. In one study, when researchers replaced half the meat in a taco recipe with with mushrooms, people found the meal to be just as satisfying as one with all meat.

This kick in the mouth may be just the thing that takes you from zombie mode to alert and ready to take on the day. These vegan eggs are made from chickpea flour and taste cheesy, smoky, and salty. They don’t take long to mix up, either. Just prep the dry ingredients and soak your cashews the night before a busy morning, and you’ll be munching in 15 minutes.

Fill up for less than $3 with this recipe. The blogger combines scrambled tofu and tempeh bacon for protein, but if you’re tight on time, use just the bacon or buy prepacked flavored tofu. Spread garlic hummus and/or guacamole on an English muffin, add your protein and some vegan cheese, then top with tomato and avocado. It’s fresh and flavorful.

This sandwich will have you hooked even if you’re not a fan of tofu. The seasonings and a quick fry in the skillet make it egg-like, and vegan bacon is just as addictive as the real stuff. You can try this sandwich plain without the pea shoots or tomato, but we love it with. If you don’t have pea shoots, use whatever greens you have on hand—it’ll still taste fantastic.

Start your morning with some healthy carbs, protein, and fiber. This sandwich has it all. We recommend adding the turmeric for potentially anti-inflammatory benefits and nutritional yeast, which may boost immunity.1

Works Cited

  1. Baker’s yeast β-glucan supplementation increases monocytes and cytokines post-exercise: implications for infection risk? Carpenter KC, Breslin WL, Davidson T. The British journal of nutrition, 2012, May.;109(3):1475-2662.


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We love brie in all things, so this sandwich is right up our alley. The buttery croissant pairs perfectly with the creamy cheese, and the strawberries add just the slightest sweetness. It’s easy on the eyes, mouth, and stomach.

This may be a sandwich, but you’ll still likely need a fork. Bananas are sandwiched between two pieces of French toast, then smothered in butter and maple syrup and dusted with confectioners’ sugar. It’s a brunch dish that will have you jumping out of bed.

Eat your parfait with your hands with this speedy breakfast. Simply spread Greek yogurt on an English muffin, top with berries, and drizzle with honey. Feel free to add crushed nuts or any kind of seeds for more staying power and a bit of crunch.

Oh yes, we went there. This has got it all: bacon, chocolate, and cheese. That may sound like an odd combo, but take one bite, and you’ll be in salty, gooey heaven. You may also find yourself making extra chocolate bacon—to have on hand for emergencies, of course.

Maybe not the healthiest breakfast you could fix, but not too unhealthy either! Each serving has only 1 1/2 teaspoons of added sugars, and all of the bread is whole grain. Nutrition aside, the fresh strawberries and cream cheese make the ultimate combo. If you don’t end the morning with a smile on your face, you’re not human.

Grilled cheese for breakfast? When it consists of waffles, brie, and blueberries, sure! Lest you even have a hint of guilt about these, know that the brie packs 6 grams of protein and the blueberries are rich in anthocyanins, flavonoids that may help reduce the risk of heart attack in women ages 25 to 42.1

Works Cited

  1. High anthocyanin intake is associated with a reduced risk of myocardial infarction in young and middle-aged women. Cassidy A, Mukamal KJ, Liu L. Circulation, 2013, Mar.;127(2):1524-4539.

Baked French toast gets even more gourmet when you top it with fresh mozzarella and peaches, then cap it all off with another slice of crispy-on-the-outside, soft-in-the-middle French toast. Try other fruit too, as this sweet, cinnamony recipe is perfect with pretty much anything.

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