Homemade McDonald’s Sausage & Egg McMuffins with sausage patties made from scratch. You will be amazed how similar this tastes – but so much better because it tastes like REAL FOOD!!! And an ingenious way to cook perfectly round even if you don’t have egg rings! 😉
I have a secret list of Dirty Foods I Love.
KFC Popcorn chicken is on it. Pizza Hut is right up there – double pepperoni deep dish pizza. Crispy Kreme classic glazed doughnuts. Hot chips drowning in gravy. 🙈
And yes, McDonald’s is on the list too. It doesn’t happen often, maybe 3 times a year. And when it does happen, I do the Drive-Through-of-Shame. I would never risk being seen inside McDonald’s!!!
I really wish I was the kind of person who never craved junk food. I’m sure if I really put my mind to it, I could live a whole-food life. But it would be an EFFORT!!!
So my compromise? Takeout copycats. Junk food made at home, a whole lot healthier. Say HI to my McDonald’s Sausage & Egg McMuffin copycat!
PS If you’re looking at the above photo for size context, please remember my hands are abnormally small Baby Hands. 😉
This copycat is all about the sausage patty. And there’s nothing fancy about how it’s made – just ground pork (mince) and a handful of “normal” spices: garlic or onion powder, thyme, sage (this really makes a difference) and lots of black pepper. This patty is really good. Copycat aside, it’s a really great breakfast – or anytime – sausage patty.
I think the fact that I have egg rings is total proof how often I have made these at home! McMuffins is the only thing I use the rings for – see how chipped and worn they are? I use them to make Bacon & Egg McMuffins as well.
UPDATE: Stop press!! Genius idea from a regular reader, the lovely Dorothy from Tennessee – cut both sides out of a tuna can, wash it well and use that as the ring for the eggs!!
For the true McDonald’s experience, I go to the effort of getting what I call “plastic cheese”. But usually I make it with real cheese – it works great with any.
And in true McDonald’s form, these McMuffins are fab for food on the go. Wrap it up, shove it in a paper bag, grab a cup of coffee and scoff these down with one hand while driving.
Because if I do the actual McDonald’s drive through, that is exactly how I eat it. 😉
All jokes aside though, no matter what your position on McDonald’s is – and I’ve been very honest with mine (i.e. Love / Hate) – these are really tasty. Really really scrumptious.
I like to make this when I’m feeding a crowd because it can be made hours in advance. It’s easy to make loads, just keep them warm in the oven. It’s also great for an outdoor grill out because these patties are perfect for cooking on the BBQ!
Happy weekend everyone!! – Nagi x
- 1lb / 500g ground pork (mince)
- ½ tsp dried ground sage
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 1 tsp onion powder (or garlic powder)
- ¾ tsp black pepper
- ¾ tsp salt
- ½ tsp sugar (any)
- ½ tbsp oil
- 4 eggs
- 4 English muffins, cut in half
- 4 slices cheese (I use processed cheese to mimic McDonald's)
- Preheat oven to 150C/300F.
- Place muffins on a baking tray, cut side up, and top with cheese.
- Mix Sausage Patty ingredients in a bowl - use your hands to mix it real good!
- Shape into 4 patties. Make them slightly larger than the muffins because they will shrink when cooking.
- Heat ½ tbsp oil in a large non stick skillet over high heat. Add patties (you might need to do it in 2 batches) and cook the first side for 2 - 3 minutes or until browned. Flip then cook the other side until browned. Place sausage on the cheese on the muffin and return the tray to the oven.
- If you have egg rings (to cook round eggs), spray the rings with oil and place in the skillet. (See note 1 for alternatives, including an ingenious way using tuna cans!). You should not need more oil, but add a bit if your pan is dry.
- Crack egg into the rings. Add around 2 tbsp water into the skillet then cover with a lid. Cook for 1½ to 2 minutes or until egg is cooked to your liking. Remove ring.
- Remove tray with muffins from the oven. Top sausage with egg then with remaining muffin half.
- Serve and enjoy!
- tuna can: take both ends off, wash (well!) and use as the ring. GENIUS idea from Dorothy in Tennessee, a RecipeTin Eats regular reader!
- in a well sprayed muffin tin(baked); or
- in onion rings (just cut a ⅓" slice and use the outer ring).
Otherwise, just crack the eggs into the skillet then as it starts to cook, fold the edges in to make a (albeit rough!) round shape!
2. MAKE AHEAD: If you are making it a few hours ahead, just assemble them on a baking tray and cover with foil. Rewarm in a 150C/300F oven. If making up to 2 days ahead, wrap them in cling wrap and refrigerate, then when ready, reheat using the same method i.e. foil and low oven.
Nutrition per muffin.
Come on Dozer! We have a meeting we have to go to!
(Seriously. Dozer’s presence was requested at a meeting in an office building. I mean, I take Dozer everywhere I can. But I never thought it would be to a proper office building, leading him into a lift then letting him loose in an office. It was just such a shame that so many of the employees were wearing BLACK because his fur was all over everyone!!!)