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 48 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. Stacy

    5 stars
    I made a lower carb, less fat version of these and they were AMAZING! The only changes were substituting the pork sausage for ground turkey sausage, and using low carb flour tortillas. I did freeze them and now take out as needed for a quick on the go breakfast. Thank you for this amazing copycat recipe!

  2. Amber

    5 stars
    This was EXACTLY what we were looking for! I love that the recipe makes enough to freeze and reheat for breakfast throughput the work week! Thank you!

    • Liz

      5 stars
      Absolutely delicious and simple!!! My husband and I love the mcd’s breakfast burritos and this definitely hits the spot! I changed a few things per our personal preferences(left out the tomatoes, browned the onion with diced jalepenos in the sausage grease before draining and adding back into the rest of the mixture). And then using mild picante salsa to dip was just sooo good! This will forever be a staple in my recipe arsenal now! Thank you for creating this recipe!

  3. Anonymous

    At McDonalds, they fold the cheese in half and place just half of it in the center of hte tortilla, then place the mix on top of it.

  4. Bertram Gary

    I have cooked the same recipes at home for my kids,my honey and myself when I eat,as far as cheese I use cheddar I’ve tried sour cream but have added some other spices to jazz it up.Also as we are talking about Mcdonalds I cook the various muffins,the egg Mcmuffin I do as a an assembly line so we can freeze them after everyone is full,I use the micro-wave to cook the eggs(about 50 seconds per extra large egg) with a round glass bowl and cooking spray topped with waxed paper,as this is going I cook sausage,canadian bacon,hame and regular bacon at the sametime that I’m toasting the muffins (you can use various cheeses it’s up to you The children enjoyed them so much I had to make extras so they could take them home.I’ts fast easy and fun I am in the proscess of teaching my grand daughter how to she loves to learn when she spends the night and we cook grand mom breakfast in the morning.

    • Lee

      It’s always a good thing to create an awesome breakfast burrito. The goal of this thread is replicate a McDonalds breakfast burrito. I’ll keep trying! 🙂

    • judyb

      Why is this not safe? i know aluminum foil isn’t, but plastic wrap is fine.
      It is thought that off gassing, or there are gasses that are produced when you heat plastics in the microwave that may not be completely safe for you.

  5. WENDY

    A much easier cheese helper is the cheese sauce that comes in the cheese isle. When we make these we use sausage, bacon, eggs, onions, green peppers and shells. Then we use the cheese sauce to top it off. It works perfect and much easier. We do this all the time when we are camping, a big family hit!

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