The Best Copycat McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito

McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito used to be a heavy-duty burrito that would fill you until lunch. You can recreate this classic McDonald’s Sausage Breakfast Burrito at home. Enjoy burritos filled with fluffy scrambled eggs, melty cheese, and savory sausage.

Copycat McDonald's breakfast burrito on a tray with sour cream, salsa, and avocado.

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McDonald’s Breakfast Menu

McDonald’s regularly changes its menu, and things always come and go. Sometimes, recipes get changed. This is an example of their old breakfast burrito. It was heartier and would keep you full until lunchtime. This copycat recipe represents the original breakfast. 

Why make a homemade McDonald’s breakfast Burrito instead of getting takeout?

Sure, you can go to the drive-through any time, and grab a breakfast burrito. There are many advantages to making a homemade breakfast burrito. 

  • You can customize the burrito. Want more cheese, no problem? Love cheddar cheese? You can add cheddar cheese. Want extra sausage, no problem. 
  • You can make several ahead of time. Waiting in line takes up a lot of time. You can make a week’s worth of this sausage burrito, and you can reheat it when you want to have breakfast. 
  • McDonald’s sausage burrito is delicious but tastes even better when you make them fresh at home. 
  • It costs a lot less to make food from scratch at home! You can spend about 70% less when you cook food at home. 
  • It saves time! It is a quick breakfast.
  • You can make it any time of the day! Serve with fries for a tasty lunch or dinner (brinner).

McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito Ingredients

Here’s what you need for this McDonald’s breakfast burrito recipe:

  • Mild pork breakfast sausage
  • Diced yellow onion
  • Chopped vine-ripe tomatoes
  • Mild green chilies
  • 6-inch round flour tortillas
  • Whole Eggs
  • American cheese slices – this cheese melts perfectly for this recipe, I recommend going to the deli counter and getting the better quality American cheese
  • Salsa
Ingredients for the classic McDonald's Breakfast Burrito.

How to Assemble a Breakfast Burrito

  1. Crumble pork sausage and fry over medium heat in a large skillet. Make sure you continue to crumble the sausage so you end up with tiny bits of sausage.
  2. Drain sausage, then add chopped onion, green chiles, and chopped tomatoes. Cook long enough on medium heat so the veggies heat through.
  3. Crack the eggs into a medium-sized bowl and whisk them together. Then pour the beaten eggs over the sausage vegetable mix, and reduce the temperature to medium-low.
  4. Stir the eggs occasionally until they have cooked through. Taste and add salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Heat the tortillas in the microwave or in a skillet until they are warm.
  6. Assemble the burritos by placing two generous tablespoons of the sausage and scrambled egg mixture onto the middle of each tortilla.
  7. Tear one slice of cheese into two even portions, then place the cheese halves end-to-end on top of the sausage mixture, and fold the tortillas.

Filling Variations for this Breakfast Burrito Recipe

You could modify this recipe in several different ways, here are a few of my top suggestions.

  • Swap the sausage for chorizo, chicken sausage, or turkey sausage.
  • Swap the American cheese for Cheddar or Pepper Jack cheese.
  • Swap the flour tortillas with spinach or whole wheat tortillas.
  • Add slices of avocado to the burrito.
  • Add a dash of hot sauce to the sausage egg veggie mixture.
  • Swap the sausage for bacon.
  • If you want it extra spicy, sautee some chopped jalapenos and add those to your burrito.
  • If you have some leftover refried beans spread out a tablespoon of warm refried beans over the side of the tortilla before you add the sausage and egg mixture.

Can you make McDonald’s breakfast burritos ahead of time?

Yes, you can. You can make a week’s worth, and it takes about 90 seconds to reheat them in the microwave. Wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in an airtight container or plastic ziptop bag.

You could also freeze your own McDonald’s burritos and microwave them when you are ready to enjoy breakfast.

Can I freeze McDonald’s burritos ahead of time?

Yes, you can. Simply make the breakfast burritos, allow them to cool close to room temperature, and wrap them with plastic wrap and then aluminum foil. You can then place your wrapped burritos in a large zip-top bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.

How long does a breakfast burrito keep in the freezer?

For optimal flavor, breakfast burritos last for about 3 months in the freezer.

How long can I store a sausage burrito in the fridge?

They will last for 3 to 4 days if stored wrapped tight in plastic, or if stored in an air-tight container.

What’s the best way to reheat a breakfast burrito?

Remove the foil and plastic wrapping and wrap the burrito with a damp paper towel. Moist paper towels help prevent the tortilla from drying out when reheating.

  • If they are refrigerated it takes about 60 to 90 seconds on high in the microwave.
  • If they are frozen it takes about 90 seconds to 2 minutes on high in the microwave.

Be sure to flip the burrito halfway through microwaving.

Could you eat a cold breakfast burrito?

Sure, you could. It wouldn’t taste as good, but it is possible. The sausage would be solid, and the cheese would also be hard. It’s really best to warm up burritos before consuming them.

I hope you give this classic recipe a try soon! You can make these burritos ahead of time, and enjoy them throughout the week!

Copycat McDonald's breakfast burrito on a tray with avocado slices, salsa, and sour cream.

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Copycat McDonald's breakfast burrito on a tray with sour cream, salsa, and avocado.

Copycat McDonalds Breakfast Burrito

You can enjoy the classic McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito at home.
4.96 from 49 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: McDonald’s Breakfast Burrito, McDonald’s Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 269kcal


  • 1 pound pork sausage mild
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh tomatoes diced
  • 1 tablespoon green chilies (diced those in a can)
  • 10 tortillas 6 inch torillas
  • 9 eggs
  • 6 ounces American cheese 12 slices
  • 1/2 cup salsa


  • Crumble and fry pork sausage, stir and separate meat so it will fry in small little pieces. Remove from heat drain excess grease. 
  • Place drained sausage in frying pan add onion, green chilies, and tomatoes, heat on medium temperature just until sausage and vegetables are heated through, stir frequently. 
  • Measure 2 cups of eggs and beat. Add the eggs to the pan with the sausage mixture. When cooked remove from heat. 

To assemble

  • Place two tablespoons of the sausage and egg mixture onto 1 tortilla, tear each slice of American cheese into two even portions, then place the cheese on top of the sausage mixture, and roll the tortilla. 
  • If you make these all ahead of time, you can wrap in plastic to store them in the refrigerator or freezer, and then heat them up in the microwave for a moment or two. 
  • Serve with your favorite taco or Picante sauce. You will find these are milder and really great for breakfast. I also like to serve sour cream and avocado with mine.



Calories: 269kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 196mg | Sodium: 740mg | Potassium: 255mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 485IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 213mg | Iron: 1.5mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Jenny White

    5 stars
    I just so happed to be a teenager working at McDonald’s when they came out with the breakfast burrito and I have never forgotten the recipe. I have made it many, many times. This is the exact recipe I use…

  2. Brian

    5 stars
    This recipe is great. I added a little butter to make the eggs creamier. I can’t find a good salsa like Hot salsa that McDonalds has. I am addicted to it! Anyone have a hack for this recipe? I would buy it if it was available…. TIA

  3. Tanya Smith

    I used a dozen eggs, 2 cans of green chilies and a whole slice of cheese on each burrito. I also found that the slightly larger than 6 inch tortillas folded easier. All in all, delicious! I made 24 out of this recipe and will eat them for my work week breakfasts! Fantastic!

  4. Geof

    For those people who worked at McDonald’s many years ago, that is the exact recipie we used for making up batches of Breakfast Burrito mix. There are 2 small variations:
    McDonald’s seldom used the fresh onions, we used the reconstituted onions that arrived dehydrated in bags. If you use fresh onions, make sure to chop them up small.
    We didn’t add Salt and Pepper to taste, the mixture automatically included 2 teaspoons of pepper to 1 can of Diced green Chilis, one cup of fresh diced tomatoes, 1# of crumbled sausage, 1/4 cup of reconstituted onions, and 12 eggs. We didn’t add salt as there was enough salt in the sausage and the can of diced green chilis.

  5. Pam Brown

    5 stars
    We really like the breakfast burrito concept, but don’t frequent McDs much.
    So this is great to make a bunch at once and freeze them.
    I put a lot more than 2 Tab spoons of filling in each one—but you can adjust anything in this recipe to suit your needs. That’s the nice thing about it 🙂

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