Breakfast Bagels

Breakfast Bagels

Breakfast around here is usually quick during the week, just a bowl of cereal or homemade oatmeal. But on the weekends, we like to do “Big Breakfast Sunday” and try to come up with new ideas. 

It’s very rare for us to get fast-food breakfast because we are usually home in the morning and try to limit food we don’t prepare at home. But if we do, I usually like to get the ham, egg, and cheese bagel or biscuit. 

One weekend we were out of ideas for breakfast but had some bagels in the pantry. I knew regular bagels wouldn’t be enough to count as “big breakfast” for the boys, so we had to do something more with them. 

I started thinking about what we could do with the bagels and remembered the breakfast sandwiches that you can get out and decided that we could make our own at home.

Breakfast Bagels

Luckily, we already had all of the ingredients so I was able to whip up a good, quick breakfast for all of us and saved “Big Breakfast Sunday” that week.

Breakfast Bagels are also great when you have a family of people who can’t always agree on what they like for breakfast. I made our with ham, egg, and cheese since that’s what we had on hand. But you could also make these with bacon, breakfast sausage, other cheeses, or whatever you like for your morning meal.

Ryan is a bacon hound, so I know he would devour a breakfast bagel if it had bacon on it! But Tyler and I don’t eat bacon and since these are made individually, I can make them each according to that persons tastes. 

Step by Step

Start by lightly toasting your bagels. I don’t usually like mine toasted when I am eating it with only cream cheese, but when it’s being made into a breakfast sandwich, that bit of toasting makes a big difference.

Breakfast Bagels

In a small frying pan, cook the meat that you want for the bagels. I used deli ham and put it over medium heat to take the chill out of it. If you want any other breakfast meat, that needs to be cooked, too.

Breakfast Bagels
Breakfast Bagels

Meanwhile, in another frying pan, fry eggs to your liking. If you have a very small pan, it works great to cook the egg in there so it is round and fits the bagel well. Otherwise, to save on cleaning, you can do this in the same pan as the meat after it cooks. Just make sure the eggs are cooked last because they get cold very quickly. 

Breakfast Bagels

Prepare your breakfast bagel by layering the meat, egg, and sliced or shredded cheese on the bottom of the bagel, then put the top piece back on. If you want the cheese to be more melted, you can put the bagels in the toaster oven, oven, or microwave for just a few minutes to heat it all up together. Just don’t do it for too long or your bagel will get soft.

Breakfast Bagels
Breakfast Bagels
Breakfast Bagels
Breakfast Bagels
Breakfast Bagels

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Breakfast Bagels
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5 from 4 votes

Breakfast Bagels

Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Breakfast
Servings: 1


  • 1 bagel
  • 1 egg
  • 2 slices ham or bacon
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese sliced or shredded


  • Lightly toast the bagel
  • In a small frying pan, cook the ham for a few minutes until warm or cook the bacon until done
  • Fry the egg in another pan
  • Layer all of the toppings (meat, egg, cheese) on the bottom piece of the bagel then cover with the top 
Breakfast Bagels

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9 thoughts on “Breakfast Bagels

  1. This is a great idea! I often make these kinds of breakfast sandwiches for hubby (we call them “McBanks” with our last name!), but usually with toast or English muffins. Hadn’t thought of using bagels, even though we usually have them on hand.

  2. Well now I’m hungry. I love breakfast and these bagel sandwiches look delish. Have you tried making your own bagels yet? I heard it’s not too hard. I want to try soon.

  3. This is such a great option for breakfast!! We also do special breakfasts on weekends, but my children prefer pancakes, lol. I usually make “blinis” instead, because, well… tradition and also because these are perfect for savoury garnish that my husband and I prefer! I usually top those with fresh cream and smoked salmon or caviar. But next time I’ll be trying the bagels!

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