Breakfast bagel with egg, ham, and sliced cheese on a round white plate next to a glass of milk and a grey and white towel on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Breakfast Bagels

Breakfast Bagels are so easy to make and customizable. I like mine with egg, cheese, and ham but you could also make it with bacon.

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. 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. That something more became breakfast bagels for all of us.

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

Luckily, we already had all of the ingredients. 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 ours 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. I can make them each according to that person’s tastes. We use bagels in a similar way to make homemade pizza bagels, too.

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.

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.

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. Cook the eggs last since they get cold quickly.

Prepare your breakfast bagel by layering the meat, egg, and sliced or shredded cheese on the bottom of the bagel.

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.


Originally Published On: December 11, 2016

Last Updated On: September 24, 2019

Breakfast bagel with egg, ham, and sliced cheese on a round white plate next to a glass of milk and a grey and white towel on a wooden surface

Breakfast Bagels

Breakfast Bagels are so easy to make and customizable. I like mine with egg, cheese, and ham but you could also make it with bacon.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bagels, cheese, ham
Servings: 1
5 from 5 votes


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

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  • 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
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Nutrition Facts
Breakfast Bagels
Amount Per Serving
Calories 601 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 10g50%
Cholesterol 228mg76%
Sodium 1463mg61%
Potassium 326mg9%
Carbohydrates 56g19%
Fiber 2g8%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 520IU10%
Calcium 247mg25%
Iron 2.9mg16%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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34 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!

    1. We do our “Big Breakfast Sunday” here, but oftentimes the boys ask for pancakes, too. We change it up by mixing different things in them or adding fruit to the top. But I overrule them some weekend so we can try out new foods. I don’t think I’ve had a blini before like that, I’ll have to give it a try!

  4. I have tried to make that beautiful bagel breakfast sandwich but my eggs did not turn out as perfect as yours. It tasted delicious and I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I have a small pot that came as a bonus gift with the set we got for our wedding. It’s almost exactly the size of a bagel, so I can cook the eggs in there and they work well. Otherwise, I would have to make them in the smallest pan and then fold to fit. Even if it doesn’t look perfect, it still tastes great!

  5. Bagels are one of my faves! I was born and raised in NYC, so a bagel sandwich was a common breakfast. I never make them at home though. I’ll have to add this to the mix.

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