McDonald’s McGriddle

The irresistible combination of sweet pancake buns, fluffy eggs, savory sausage, and gooey cheese make a McGriddle the ultimate grab-and-go breakfast.

Copycat McDonald's McGriddle on a plate.

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What makes McGriddle so good? 

You can get a breakfast sandwich just about anywhere; however, only the McDonald’s McGriddle gives you a full sit-down-style meal you can take with you.

McGriddles contain sausage patties, cheese, and an egg, but what makes them so addictive is using two griddle cakes as the bun. These savory and mildly sweet sandwiches are the ideal way to start your morning. 

Why you’ll love this McGriddle recipe 

Homemade McGriddles are a healthier and less expensive option than buying them at your local McDonald’s, and you don’t even have to be a chef.

If you can fry an egg, you can do this homemade McGriddle recipe! Easily prepare multiple sandwiches to freeze for later, so you always have a quick and hearty meal on hand.

Check out below for more tips on how to prepare them in advance. 

Sausage McGriddle ingredients

For a sausage and egg and cheese McGriddle, you’ll need:

  • Pancake mix
  • Water
  • Non-stick spray
  • Pancake syrup
  • Sausage patties
  • American cheese
  • Large eggs
  • Salt
  • Ground black pepper
  • Oil
Copycat McDonald's McGriddle ingredients on a marble surface.

Ingredient notes

You can use your favorite pancake recipe instead of a mix.

McDonald’s uses pancake syrup, but you can use real maple syrup instead. 

The Walmart brand sausage patties are as close as you’ll get to what McDonald’s serves in their McGriddles.

Any vegetable oil will do, but McDonald’s uses clarified butter, giving the restaurant’s griddlecakes a rich, buttery flavor. 

How to make a McGriddle

To prepare the griddle cakes:

  1. Mix the pancake batter and water according to the directions on the package. 
  2. Heat a non-stick pan, skillet, or griddle over medium heat. 
  3. Spray non-stick spray on the cooking surface and several 3-inch wide egg ring mold.
  4. Place the egg molds on the cooking surface and fill halfway with the pancake batter. 
  5. Cook the griddle cakes with the egg molds on until small bubbles form on the surface. 
  6. Remove the egg molds, flip the griddle cake, and finish cooking on the other side. 
  7. Lightly brush the griddle cakes with pancake syrup and reserve for later.
  8. Repeat until you have 8 griddle cakes. 
Making McGriddle pancake buns.

To cook the sausages:

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat.
  2. Cook the sausages for three minutes on the first side and flip the patties over. 
  3. Cook the sausage patties on the second side for two minutes. Then, top each patty with a slice of American cheese and cover for about a minute more or until the cheese melts.
  4. Save for later. 
Cooking sausage patties and topping them with cheese.

To cook the eggs:

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium-low heat.
  2. Crack a single egg into a small bowl and season it with salt and ground black pepper. Whisk well.
  3. Add some oil to the cooking surface and pour the seasoned egg onto it. 
  4. Let the egg cook until the top looks only slightly wet. Fold in the sides to form a 3-inch square and flip.  
  5. Cook for 30 more seconds and then transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining eggs. 

To assemble the McGriddles:

  1. If you don’t have enough stove space to prepare everything at once, you can keep all the components on a baking pan in your oven set to WARM. 
  2. The order of the McGriddle is griddle cake, egg, sausage, cheese, and then another griddle cake.

Pro-tip: Use the less attractive griddle cakes for the bottom side of the sandwiches and the better-looking ones on top. 

Cooking egg and assembling a McGriddle.

What to serve McGriddles with

A Sausage McGriddle goes with all of your other breakfast favorites. Here are a few:

  • Coffee. Whether you prefer classic drip or something a bit fancier, nothing gets your morning moving like a large cup of coffee.
  • Hash browns. Potatoes go great with breakfast, but they can be messy to eat on the go. Wrap a hash brown patty in a paper towel or even try adding it as a topping to the McGriddle. 
  • Yogurt Parfait. If you have a little more time for breakfast and are looking for a healthy and delicious side dish, try making a Yogurt Parfait. To make Yogurt Parfaits, alternate layers of vanilla yogurt, fresh mixed berries, and granola in a tall glass. 
Copycat McDonalds's McGriddle with sausage, egg, and cheese.

How to make McGriddles ahead of time

McGriddles are the perfect make-ahead mid-week breakfast on the go. Just prepare each component in this McGriddle recipe separately and cool them down before storing them.

How to store them 

Wrap the McGriddles that you plan to eat within a day or two in plastic wrap and stick them in the fridge. For longer-term storage, disassemble the sandwiches and freeze the components separately on a baking tray. Reassemble the sandwiches and then wrap them in plastic. Put the wrapped sandwiches in an airtight container and freeze. 

Defrost the McGriddles in the fridge before reheating. 

The easiest way to reheat McGriddles is to remove the plastic and wrap them in a paper towel. Nuke one McGriddle in the microwave for about 60 seconds. 

How does a sausage and egg and cheese McGriddle last? 

In the fridge, McGriddles keep for two or three days, but they will stay fresh for up to a month in the freezer. 

Pouring syrup over a stack of copycat McGriddle sandwiches.

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McDonald’s McGriddle

You can make a delicious sausage McGriddle breakfast sandwich like McDonald's.
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: McDonald’s Recipes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 517kcal


  • 1 ½ cups pancake mix
  • 1 cup water
  • cup pancake syrup
  • 4 sausage patties
  • 4 slices American cheese
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper


  • Place pancake mix and water in a medium bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Heat skillet over medium heat. Place a 3 inch metal round cookie cutter or mason jar lid lightly spray with non-stick spray in the skillet and fill it half full with pancake batter.
  • After one minute, when bubbles start to form, remove the cookie cutter and flip the pancake over. Cook on the other side for one minute then remove and put on a plate.
  • Repeat steps 2 & 3 until you have 8 pancakes for the sandwiches.
  • Using a silicone brush, spread syrup over both sides of the pancakes and set aside.
  • Cook the sausage patties over medium heat for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and top them with cheese.
  • In a small bowl, beat egg with a fork (one at a time). Add a pinch of salt and pepper while beating.
  • Add a small amount of olive oil to the skillet. Add beaten egg and cook for about one minute, then fold the egg over twice to make a small square to fit the sandwich.
  • Repeat steps 7 & 8 for the remaining eggs.
  • Assemble sandwiches with pancake bottom, egg, sausage, cheese and topped with another pancake.


Calories: 517kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 251mg | Sodium: 1540mg | Potassium: 298mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 609IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 358mg | Iron: 2mg

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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