Calling all McDonald’s lovers! Learn how to make a Sausage McMuffin at home! Made with just 4 ingredients, it’s healthier, tastier, and the perfect copycat recipe of the popular breakfast sandwich.
The Best Sausage McMuffin Recipe
Unpopular opinion: McDonald’s breakfast menu is far more superior that their everyday menu.
Their menu offers some of the most delicious offerings, including hotcakes, bacon egg and cheese biscuits, and everyone’s favorite sausage and egg McMuffin.
As a family, we used to order this at least once a week but haven’t for quite some time.
It’s SO easy to make at home and is both more affordable and more delicious! It’s actually healthier too, and we know exactly what goes in it.
With this copycat recipe (like our Spicy chicken sandwiches!), you can make sausage egg McMuffins in the comfort of your own home and have leftovers to last you for a week of breakfasts!
What is the Sausage Egg McMuffin made of?
A typical McDonald’s McMuffin typically contains an English muffin, American cheese, a sausage patty, and a pat of butter. Most often request the egg too, so we’ll be including that in our homemade recipe! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Eggs. Room temperature.
- Sausage. Use your favorite frozen breakfast sausage (Jimmy Dean Original breakfast patties and Bob Evans pork sausage tastes exactly like the one used at McDonald’s) or try a homemade breakfast sausage.
- American cheese. For an authentic flavor, use Kraft American cheese singles or something similar (there are tons of cheaper brands available).
- English muffins. We like using wholewheat English muffins, but again, any work.
How to make a sausage McMuffin?
Making homemade McDonald’s sausage muffins is simple: just be sure you’ve cooked up your homemade or frozen breakfast sausage prior to preparing the other ingredients. If you are making the sausage from scratch, prepare them first and, during their final five minutes of cooking, prepare everything else.
Step 1- Fry the eggs
To replicate the eggs like McDonald’s does AND for them to fit the English muffin perfectly, use egg rings. You simply place them in the frying pan and crack your eggs into them and they turn out thick and circular. If you don’t have one, a simple fried egg works a treat!
Start by lightly greasing your pan with a little olive oil or butter. Grease the egg rings, then place them in the pan. Crack an egg into each one and fry for 1-2 minutes, before carefully flipping over and cooking for a further minute.
Step 2- Toast the muffins
While the eggs are cooking toast the English muffins. If you like, you can spread a little butter on both sides, but it is completely up to you.
Step 3- Heat and assemble
To one muffin half, add the cheese, followed by the sausage patty, then the fried egg. Top it with the other muffin half and enjoy immediately.
Dietary swaps and variations
The beauty of these homemade McMuffins is how easy they are to customize: from the meat, to the bread, to the calories! Here’s what you can try:
- Use different meat like ground chicken, ground beef, or even ground venison.
- Make it vegetarian by using your favorite vegetarian breakfast patty or simply omitting the sausage.
- Cut the carbs by replacing the English muffin with a keto English muffin or 90-second keto bread.
- Use different cheeses like cheddar, Pepper Jack or even goat cheese slices.
- Lower the calories by using egg whites instead of the whole egg and low fat American cheese.
Make ahead and storage info
What we love about these homemade sausage McMuffins is that they work for meal prep and you can make enough to last you the week or up to two months. Here are best practices for storage:
- Up to 1 week: Wrap each prepared sandwich in parchment paper, place them in individual ziplock bags and then store them in the refrigerator.
- 1 week or more: Wrap each breakfast sandwich in parchment paper AND tin foil. Store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When ready to enjoy, either microwave for 20-30 seconds or in a panini/sandwich press until you hear it sizzling.
FAQS about this McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin
How much is a sausage McMuffin?
Currently, the sausage McMuffin retails at $4.47 plus tax. This is quite standard in other western countries like the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia.
Is a sausage McMuffin healthy?
Compared to other menu items, a McMuffin is a healthy option. With just 383 calories, it makes a balanced and satisfying breakfast. It has moderate amounts of protein, fat, and carbohydrates.
Does sausage from McDonald’s have pork?
The American sausage patties use pork in them. However, countries like Australia, Singapore, and New Zealand use beef.
Sausage McMuffin calories
The original McMuffin has 383 calories. The sausage patty has 145 calories, the English muffin has 175 calories, the cheese has 55 calories, and the pat of butter on each muffin has 8 calories.
The sausage egg McMuffin calories clocks in around 452.
More savory breakfast recipes to try
Sausage McMuffins Recipe with 4 Ingredients!
- 4 English muffins
- 4 breakfast sausage patties * See notes
- 4 large eggs
- 4 slices American cheese
- Prepare your sausage breakfast patties as instructed.
- Add some oil to a non-stick pan. Once hot, add four egg rings on top and add an egg to each one. Let it fry for 1-2 minutes, flipping halfway through. Remove the eggs off the heat.
- Toast the English muffins. On one half, add the cheese, followed by a sausage patty, and an egg. Top with the other half of the muffin and enjoy immediately.
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I remember being so disappointed when McDonald’s ran out of hot cakes too! That stuff is traumatic right?! Like how can they run out?!? I feel a tad strongly about this 😉
It is! I once stole their whipped butter and pancake syrup and dumped it on an English muffin. It wasn’t the same.
I used to work at Maccas and lived off these bad boys! I haven’t had it in years. Must rectify that situation with your homemade version!
Please do- I’ve been eating the patties with potatoes for dinner!
I was craving this so badly while reading this on my train ride home. I remember those pale yellow styrofoam breakfast trays from McDonald’s. That’s when breakfast was my least favorite meal of the day…
Our dining hall has weird transition periods at 10:30 am because they’re switching from breakfast to lunch and they’re like breakfast nazis once 10:50 hits— “NO MORE FRENCH TOAST FOR ANYONE.”
And I have to say that I was definitely a stubborn goat when I was younger. I didn’t want to go to Hawaii the first time my parents took us there. I literally said, “I don’t want their pineapples!” This is when we were living in KANSAS.
Oh my gosh the styrofoam!
10.50am….That’s generous! Also…That is the greatest thing ever. Hear this- When I was 10, I got asked to travel the world for an Ad for tv….I said no because it could have potentially conflicted with my birthday. I also had no friends so have no idea what the point of a birthday at that point was!
When I was a wee lass I would eat two sausage mcmuffins (no egg) for breakfast before church each Sunday. My how things have changed. This comment also ties into my previous comment about jalapeno poppers and chicken nugs.
I need jalapeño poppers. I ate one in America and died. In foodie heaven.
I haven’t had McDonalds in years! I looooove a good breakfast sandwich though (breakfast anything, really), and this looks super tasty.
I’ve heard that fast food chains definitely taste different in different countries. I don’t eat fast food, though, so I’ve never put it to the test!
You can just do that with wine haha 😉
I hope the special version you have saved is made from unicorn meat! Or dingo. Whatevs. Rosemary, sage, and smoked paprika… yeah that sounds golden to me for some sausage!
Haha, it has my hair and sweat in it.
You need to try kangaroo. That is delicious!
I love making my own sausage patties! Way better than what you buy boxed or at a restaurant for sureeeee. Sage is essential & I put fennel seed in mine, too. YUM.
Oh Fennel! I need to try that next time! (My friend is called Fennel. I also have another friend called Sage- No joke!)
I only tried an egg mcmuffin once from McDonalds when I was 15 I think and I hated it! But I think a sausage would definitely improve it. I would eat your version. 😉
LOL. I ate two of these in Toronto when I was waiting for Meg and Amanda to wake up.
Oh my gosh this is GENIUS! I used to have this for breakfast from mcdonalds ALL the time, it was my favorite thing as a kid. I am SO pinning these and making asap!
Thanks buddy! PS- You’re instagram account makes me hungry ALL the time. WHY.
I honestly don’t think I’ve ever had breakfast at McD’s. Lunch, dinner, and 1 AM snacking, definitely… but never breakfast. Huh…. And I don’t think I’ve never had a burger from there either. No, wait… I did once. I hated it 😆 But then again I’m not much of a burger girl in general. It’s all about the nuggets and fries.
Excuse me but I had TWO of these while waiting for a certain two chickens sleeping in.
I’ve never eaten McD’s for breakfast… or at all really since I was a kid. However, I’d eat this. I can’t WAIT To be in a kitchen again!
I cannot wait for you to be in there again. You’re poor pre bed batter bowls.
Funny. Both you and Amanda made reference to the golden arches today!! I used to eat these all the time as a kid…but had them hold the egg. Have always hated eggs – haha! Though I don’t eat meat anymore, these still look fab. Love the melty cheeeeeeese! YUM.
The melty cheese is awesome buddy- It’s like PLASTIC. PLASTIC FANTASTIC.
Also…I ate two of these the day I met you. You should eat one in our honour.
I mostly hate that McDonalds won’t sell fries with the breakfast stuff – I don’t like hash browns but definitely love french fries!! The gooey cheese on your muffins makes them look so much better than the fast food version!
WHAT! Hash browns are SO good, Kim! Well…you do like Cheetohs so I forgive you!
Dear Arman, This sounds wonderful…so much better than McDonalds! I would love to try this- perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Pinning. Have a wonderful weekend, Catherine
Thanks for your kind words, Catherine 🙂
I am going to have to make theses. I already put sausage out to make patties with this morning. Now I just need to make the paleo version of the muffin. Will save the egg till ready to eat. Not a big fan of frozen eggs.
Ooh eggs can be so hit and miss frozen! I like your style! 🙂