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Homemade Sausage and Egg McMuffin

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Prepare your own Sausage and Egg McMuffin at home, complete with homemade sausage patties! You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how closely this replicates the authentic flavor – and it’s even more satisfying because it’s real, wholesome food!

Egg McMuffin Homemade Sausage and Egg McMuffin

This recipe is perfect for a convenient, pre-prepared breakfast that you can grab on the go. Additionally, I’ll share a clever method for cooking perfectly round eggs, even if you don’t have egg rings!

Copycat Sausage and Egg McMuffin recipe!

I maintain a clandestine catalog of Indulgent Favorites.

KFC’s Popcorn Chicken holds a cherished spot. So does Pizza Hut’s double pepperoni thin and crispy pizza, adorned with anchovies. Let’s not forget the classic glazed doughnuts from Krispy Kreme.

And yes, McDonald’s has secured its own place on this exclusive list. Though it’s a rare occurrence, perhaps happening only three times a year, when the craving strikes, I embark on what I affectionately call the “Drive-Through-of-Shame.” There’s no way I’d risk being spotted inside a McDonald’s!

I often wish I possessed the unwavering willpower to resist the allure of junk food. I’m certain that with determination, I could lead a life dedicated to whole foods. However, let’s face it, that would require quite an effort!

So, what’s my compromise? Recreating takeout classics at home, with a much healthier twist.

Introducing my rendition of the McDonald’s Sausage and Egg McMuffin – a delightful copycat version that allows me to savor the essence of fast food while staying true to my health-conscious side.

Sausage Patties

The focus of this copycat recipe centers around replicating the iconic McDonald’s sausage patties – delectable, moist, and perfectly seasoned breakfast patties that we adore!

Prepare to be truly amazed by just how closely these patties mimic the authentic flavor. Surprisingly, the seasoning doesn’t involve an extensive array of spices; instead, it’s the hidden gem of sage that works its magic. This secret spice imparts a distinctive flavor note, elevating these breakfast patties to a level that truly captures the essence of McDonald’s!

How to make Sausage and Egg McMuffins in your PJ’s

This recipe is remarkably straightforward – you can whip it up with ease, even if you’re half-asleep or nursing the aftermath of a few too many glasses of wine the night before (let’s all acknowledge that McDonald’s is top-notch hangover food).

However, if the idea of handling raw meat early in the morning doesn’t appeal to you, fret not! You can prepare the patties ahead of time – they’ll stay fresh for days in the fridge or for months in the freezer!

I must confess my fondness for melting the cheese directly ON the patty. I recognize that this deviates from McDonald’s standard procedure, but who can resist the allure of molten cheese cascading over a breakfast sausage patty? Certainly not I!

Furthermore, I opt for thicker sausage patties. That’s the beauty of homemade creations – we can customize them to our liking!

Don’t have egg rings on hand?

No worries! You can either pan-fry the eggs and gently shape the edges as they cook or employ a clever hack from one of our readers, the lovely Dorothy from Tennessee – cut both ends off a tuna can and use it as an egg ring! It’s a genius idea that works like a charm.

Great make ahead breakfast – on the go!

Sausage and Egg McMuffins are a fantastic breakfast option that you can prepare in advance. They’ll stay fresh in the fridge for up to 4 days and can be quickly reheated in the microwave when needed.

If you prefer freezing them, here’s a tip: rather than cooking the eggs sunny-side up, consider scrambling them or making a folded omelette-like preparation. Egg whites tend to become slightly rubbery when frozen (in my experience), but when mixed with the yolks and cooked before freezing, they hold up better.

Staying true to the spirit of McDonald’s, these Sausage and Egg McMuffins are perfect for meals on the go. Wrap one up, tuck it into a paper bag, grab a cup of coffee, and savor them single-handedly while driving.

Speaking from personal experience, when I indulge in the actual McDonald’s drive-thru, that’s precisely how I enjoy it. Jokes aside, regardless of your stance on McDonald’s – and I’ve been quite candid about mine (a mixture of love and occasional dislike) – these homemade versions are undeniably delicious. I mean, seriously scrumptious!

They’re also an excellent breakfast choice for larger gatherings because they can be made in substantial batches, especially if you’re using a barbecue to cook multiple sausage patties simultaneously.

So, here’s to a fantastic weekend for everyone!!

Homemade Sausage and Egg McMuffin

Homemade Sausage and Egg McMuffin

Prepare your own Sausage and Egg McMuffin at home, complete with homemade sausage patties! You'll be pleasantly surprised by how closely this replicates the authentic flavor – and it's even more satisfying because it's real, wholesome food!
prep time
10 mins
cooking time
20 mins
total time
30 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 your oven to 130°C/275°F.
Place the muffins on a baking tray, cut side up, and add a layer of cheese on top. (Alternatively, you can melt the cheese directly onto the sausage patties, as demonstrated in the video.)

For the Sausage Patties:

In a bowl, combine all the Sausage Patty ingredients and use your hands to mix thoroughly.
Shape the mixture into 4 patties (make them thick or 5 smaller patties, like McDonald's size). It's a good idea to make them slightly larger than the muffins because they tend to shrink during cooking.
Heat some oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat. Add the patties, and if necessary, do this in batches. Cook the first side for 2-3 minutes or until nicely browned. Then, flip them over and cook the other side until it's golden brown. (If desired, after flipping, you can top the patties with cheese and cover with a lid to melt the cheese.)

For the Egg:

Meanwhile, in another pan over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon of oil. Spray the egg rings with oil and place them in the skillet (refer to Note 4 for alternative cooking methods).
Crack an egg into each ring and add about 2 tablespoons of water into the skillet. Cover it with a lid and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the egg reaches your desired level of doneness (I personally prefer runny yolks).

To Assemble:

Retrieve the warm muffins from the oven. Top each one with a sausage patty, then an egg, and finally, the muffin lid.
Serve up this delightful meal and enjoy!


Meat Variation: The choice of meat for McDonald's sausage patties varies across the globe! In the US and Canada, pork is used, while in Australia, it's beef. To be honest, thanks to the seasonings, many people can't discern the difference! Pork tends to be juicier, yielding more tender patties that reheat nicely, but I've happily used both options. Alternatively, you can opt for chicken, turkey, or veal, as the seasoning complements them well. If you're considering lamb, consider slightly increasing the spices for a balanced flavor. Cooking Eggs: Here are alternative methods to ensure your eggs turn out round and delightful: Utilize a tuna can by removing both ends, washing it thoroughly, and using it as a ring. This brilliant idea comes from Dorothy in Tennessee, a dedicated RecipeTin Eats reader! Try a well-sprayed muffin tin (for baked eggs). Employ onion rings by slicing a 1/3" portion and using the outer ring as a mold. If none of these are available, simply crack the eggs into the skillet and, as they start to cook, gently fold the edges in to achieve a round shape (albeit somewhat irregular). Alternatively, scramble the eggs, or create a large omelette and cut it to fit onto each patty. Cheese Choice: I used processed cheese to replicate the McDonald's experience. Make Ahead: These can be refrigerated for up to 4 days. Reheat them in the microwave on low for a couple of minutes or cover them with foil and reheat them in the oven. If you plan to freeze them, scramble the eggs or create an omelette, then cut it into quarters. Avoid freezing sunny-side-up eggs, as the whites can become rubbery. Nutrition: Nutritional information provided is per McMuffin.
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