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Elevate Your Morning Routine With These McDonald’s Breakfast Menu Items

By Lana Kisner | December 1, 2023

If you’re craving a delicious fast-food breakfast, I highly recommend checking out the McDonald’s breakfast menu because it includes everything from breakfast sandwiches to biscuits to hotcakes and oatmeal. These are hearty enough to get you going in the morning, but you can also order most of them as a meal with hash browns and a drink. From McMuffins to McGriddles, I taste-tested every McDonald’s breakfast menu item and ranked them based on taste and variety. Read on to see how your favorites stack up!

16. Hash Browns

You can pair the hash browns with coffee for a savory bite in the morning. Each order comes with two golden patties made with real potatoes grown in the US. They’re perfectly fried to create a crispy outer shell with a fluffy inside. Note that hash browns are a great vegetarian option on the McDonald’s breakfast menu, but they’re not vegan.

15. Sausage McGriddle

If you’re craving something sweet and savory for a quick bite, the Sausage McGriddle may be right up your alley. Although it’s not much of a breakfast sandwich, it takes two favorite breakfast ingredients and puts them together into an easy-to-eat combo. Inside, you’ll find a breakfast sausage nestled between two warm, sweet, maple-flavored griddle cakes. You can substitute the sausage patty with bacon if that’s your choice of breakfast meat.

14. Sausage Biscuit

The Sausage Biscuit is simple yet tasty. It pairs a savory breakfast sausage patty with a warm and flaky biscuit. Add some salted butter on top like I always do, and you have the simplest classic that hits the spot! If you’d like more protein in your sandwich, you can add American cheese or two half-strips of bacon.

13. Sausage McMuffin

The Sausage McMuffin is warm and savory. It’s perfect when you need a satisfying breakfast sandwich on those cold mornings. It includes a hot sausage patty and a slice of melted American cheese, which are served on a toasted English muffin topped with salted butter. You can customize it by adding bacon or make it a meal with hash browns and a drink.

12. Big Breakfast With Hotcakes

If you’re hungry and can’t decide, the Big Breakfast with Hotcakes has it all. It combines three of the most popular breakfast sides with a hearty amount of protein. Each order comes with fluffy scrambled eggs and savory breakfast sausage. You also get a warm butter biscuit, hash browns, and two golden hotcakes with a side of real butter and maple-flavored syrup.

11. Hotcakes

If you want something sweet in the morning, the Hotcakes may be what you’re looking for. These are warm and fluffy and will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Each order comes with three golden brown hotcakes, and you also get salted whipped butter and sweet maple-flavored syrup on the side. This is another vegetarian breakfast item but not vegan-friendly.

10. Sausage Biscuit With Egg

This McDonald’s breakfast has a decent amount of protein to start your morning off right, and it’s filling enough to hold you throughout the day. My only gripe with this breakfast sandwich is that while the creamy and buttery taste of the biscuit keeps it from being dry, I think it’s missing a slice of cheese.

9. Sausage McMuffin With Egg

The Sausage McMuffin with Egg is a classic on the McDonald’s breakfast menu. It has all the savory breakfast components to fuel you in the morning. This sandwich starts with a freshly toasted, buttered English muffin. It’s then topped with a savory sausage patty, a fluffy folded egg, and a slice of melted American cheese. Want more in your sandwich? Add two half-strips of bacon!

8. Hotcakes and Sausage

The Hotcakes and Sausage breakfast gives you the perfect balance in the morning when you’re craving something sweet and savory at the same time. Each order features three golden brown hotcakes paired with real whipped butter and maple-flavored syrup. You’ll also get a hot sausage patty on the side to offset the sweetness. If you prefer, you can request it with bacon instead of the sausage patty.

7. Big Breakfast

The Big Breakfast is made for those with a big morning appetite. It has all the savory breakfast items with a hearty portion of protein to keep you going. It comes with fluffy scrambled eggs and breakfast sausage. These are paired with warm and flaky biscuits and golden hash browns. You can order extra scrambled eggs, sausage, or a biscuit for an additional charge.

6. Fruit & Maple Oatmeal

Among all meaty breakfast sandwiches, this item adds some variety to the McDonald’s breakfast menu. Each order comes with two servings of whole-grain oats flavored with a touch of light cream and brown sugar. The oatmeal is then topped with diced red and green apples, dried cranberries, and two varieties of raisins. Extra raisins, cranberries, or diced apples can also be ordered for an additional charge. This is another vegetarian breakfast option but not vegan-friendly.

5. Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddle

This McGriddle has all your breakfast favorites in one sandwich. It’s sweet, salty, and filling enough to get you going until lunchtime. It starts with thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, a folded egg, and melted American cheese. All of these are layered between two warm, maple-flavored griddle cakes.

4. Sausage Burrito

The Sausage Burrito is slightly different from the other McDonald’s breakfast options. After all, it’s a breakfast burrito for a change, and I love it! It’s filling for its small size and has a tasty combination of savory ingredients. It comes with a soft flour tortilla loaded with scrambled eggs, pork sausage, melted cheese, green chili peppers, and white onions. It pairs great with the Mild Picante sauce, so don’t forget to ask for some when you order!

3. Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit

The Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit is the perfect comfort food in the morning. It has the classic American breakfast combo of fluffy scrambled eggs, thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, and melted American cheese served on a warm, flaky buttermilk biscuit. I always order it as a meal with hash browns and coffee.

2. Egg McMuffin

Ah, the Egg McMuffin! It’s not only one of the best breakfast items at McDonald’s but also one of the most popular fast-food breakfast sandwiches of all time. It’s made with a freshly cracked egg, Canadian bacon, and a slice of American cheese. These are all served on a toasted English muffin topped with real butter. If the Canadian Bacon isn’t enough for you, I’d recommend adding two half-strips of bacon to your sandwich.

1. Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle

The Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle is my favorite McDonald’s breakfast menu item. It combines sweet and savory ingredients to create one delicious breakfast sandwich. It starts with two warm, maple-flavored griddle cakes. It then adds a hot sausage patty, a fluffy folded egg, and melted American cheese. I highly recommend ordering it with a side of hash browns and coffee! If you’re like me, you may also want to add two half-strips of bacon to elevate all the flavors!

About the Author

Lana Kisner is a writer on the team with more than 15 years of experience in the food service industry. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, exploring new restaurants, listening to live music, and hiking with her dog.