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This 5 minute breakfast sandwich recipe makes mornings easy! Fluffy, cheesy eggs pair perfectly with a slather of smoky mayo.

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Need a great idea for quick mornings? Try this basic yet beyond satisfying Easy Breakfast Sandwich! There’s nothing better than fluffy eggs perched on a toasted English muffin with gooey cheese. The kicker for this one? A slather of smoky mayo brings an irresistibly savory undertone: and you can even skip the bacon. (Or not, if you’re a bacon lover!) Here are our tips for building a great and efficient breakfast sandwich.

Ingredients in this breakfast sandwich

A breakfast sandwich can be made in a myriad of ways: of course, some fast food chains think they have a monopoly on the concept. But there’s a load of creativity that can be brought to this basic idea. Our goals for this breakfast sandwich recipe? Make it quick enough to whip up on a rushed morning, but delicious enough to taste hearty and decadent. (We’ve got a healthy spin if you prefer that: keep reading!)

The best part of this concept is the harmony of all the elements. Here’s what you’ll need for this breakfast sandwich recipe:

  • Eggs
  • English muffin
  • Seasonings: butter, salt, garlic powder, chives
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Tomato
  • Smoky mayo (mayonnaise, hot sauce, smoked paprika)
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Tips on cooking the sandwich

The eggs in this breakfast sandwich are very hearty and make for a sandwich that’s full to the brim! If you prefer, you can use just one egg and half the seasoning ingredients. But using two eggs makes it a very filling morning meal. Here are a few notes about cooking the sandwich:

  • You’ll cook the eggs in a thin circle, then fold it twice. Folding the eggs up and over each other gives height and texture to the sandwich.
  • Then, melt the cheese by covering the pan. It should take less than a minute: the timing depends on the thickness of the cheese.
  • While you cook the eggs, make the smoky mayo. It’s optional, but adds massive smoky flavor to this sandwich. Grab a bottle of smoked paprika: you’ll be glad you did.
  • Bacon is optional! If you’re a bacon lover, cook up a bit of bacon to add here (or use vegan bacon). We eat mostly vegetarian or pescatarian, so we typically don’t add it — plus, it makes it quicker!
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Variation: healthy breakfast sandwich

Want to make a healthier version of a breakfast sandwich? This recipe is already healthier than most, since it doesn’t include bacon or breakfast sausage! But here are a few ideas on how to make it an even lighter way to start the day:

  • Use 1 egg instead of two. This cuts some calories (though of course, it’s less filling!).
  • Add sautéed spinach. Sauté a bit of spinach before adding the eggs.
  • Use a sprinkle of feta instead of a slice of cheddar cheese. This helps to reduce calories but still adds big flavor.

For the recipe, head to Healthy Breakfast Sandwich.

Swaps and variations

There are many more swaps and ideas for a tasty quick breakfast sandwich for hurried mornings. Here are a few ways to mix it up for endless variations:

  • Swap in a bagel, toast, croissant for the English muffin
  • Use smoked gouda or another fancy cheese for the cheddar
  • Add a layer of smashed avocado
  • Add bacon or breakfast sausage, or purchased plant-based versions

More easy breakfast ideas

Want more ideas for simple ways to start the day? Pick from some more easy breakfast ideas:

This breakfast sandwich recipe is…

Vegetarian. For gluten-free, use gluten-free bread, English muffins or bagels.

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Breakfast sandwich

Quick Breakfast Sandwich

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 sandwich 1x


This 5 minute breakfast sandwich recipe makes mornings easy! Fluffy, cheesy eggs pair perfectly with a slather of smoky mayo.


  • 1 English muffin
  • 2 eggs*
  • 1 pinch each kosher salt and garlic powder
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives
  • 1 slice cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice tomato
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce (like Cholula)
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika


  1. Toast the English muffin.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs and add the salt and garlic powder. Add the butter to a small nonstick skillet over medium heat. Pour in the eggs and sprinkle the chopped chives on top. Cook, without flipping, for about 2 minutes until eggs are mostly set. Rotate the pan to ensure all of the egg gets cooked.
  3. Once the eggs are mostly set, use a spatula to fold them in half, then in half again to make a wedge. Add the cheese slice and cover pan. Cook 30 seconds to 1 minute until cheese is melted.
  4. While the eggs cook, make the smoky mayo: stir together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, and smoked paprika.
  5. Spread smoky mayo on the toasted English muffin. Add the eggs and tomato slice (seasoned with a pinch of salt), and serve immediately.


*Feel free to add cooked bacon or vegan bacon as a classic breakfast sandwich addition.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!