McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin

No one does McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin as you can. Well-seasoned sausage, a perfectly cooked egg, a slice of American cheese, and a freshly toasted English muffin make for one delicious breakfast. You can make these breakfast sandwiches at home for the whole family to enjoy. Create this copycat recipe for homemade egg McMuffins this week! 

homemade McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffins

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McDonald’s Breakfast Sandwich

The Egg McMuffin is iconic. Today, the breakfast sandwich is just as much of a part of the American breakfast culture as pancakes and western omelets, but it wasn’t always that way. It was only in 1972 that McDonald’s introduced its very first McMuffin to customers on their new McDonald’s breakfast menu.

In the 1980s, McDonald’s forever changed the history of fast food and late-night munchies by offering McMuffins all day (and night) long. Although you can now buy a McMuffin anytime you want, this simple ad delicious McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin recipe is even better than the original!

Why you should try this recipe 

This is an easy recipe to make at home. This sandwich tastes so close to the real thing. If you have never tried one, it is a sausage patty, a fried egg, and melty cheese, served with a toasted English muffin. When you make this at home, you can use your own sausage. You could swap the type of cheese for whatever you have on hand. It is easy to recreate this recipe at home. One of the best parts of making a copycat recipe is that you can customize a dish the way you want.


Here’s what you need to make a sausage egg and cheese McMuffin:

  • Butter
  • English Muffins
  • Pork breakfast sausage
  • American Cheese
  • Eggs
  • Water
McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin ingredients

How to Make McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin

  1. Divide sausage into four patties and press out patties fairly thin.
  2. On each side, cook sausage patties over medium heat in a frying pan or skillet for 3 to 4 minutes on medium-high heat. Drain cooked sausage patties on paper towels. 
  3. Split open English Muffins and toast them in a toaster.
cooked sausage patties and toasted English muffins on a baking sheet
  1. Spread softened butter on both halves of toasted English muffins.
  2. Place a slice of cooked sausage on each English muffin bottom.
  3. Add butter to the same skillet where you cooked the sausage.
  4. Place quart-sized canning lids screw size up (or egg rings) into the skillet.
  5. Spray the canning lids with non-stick spray.
  6. Crack an egg into each of the rings.
  7. Break the yolks with a fork.
  8. Pour water into the skillet and place a lid on top.
  9. Cook until the eggs are set, about two minutes.
three fried egg rounds in a skillet
  1. Gently remove the eggs from the rings and place one egg on each piece of cooked sausage.
  2. Top each egg with a slice of cheese, then the top of the English muffin.
  3. Wrap each McMuffin with foil or parchment paper. Wait about 30 seconds before serving.
homemade McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffin breakfast sandwiches on a wood board

Making McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin Your Own

There are no rules for what you can put between the two pieces of bread or English muffins, or biscuits. You get the picture. One of the best things about making a sausage McMuffin with egg at home is that you can modify any part of the sandwich you want. Here are just a few suggestions, but there are no limitations. Let your creativity and tastebuds guide you in creating your version of this classic:

  • English Muffin: Anything that can contain the content of the sandwich without getting your fingers messy will work. Try using a bagel, croissant, or biscuit. Or get a little wild and experiment with making your own McMuffin-style originals.
  • Egg: Turn the egg into a mini omelet by adding precooked veggies to the partially cooked egg patty. Ensure evenly distributing the veggies by waiting until the bottom of the egg sets before adding them. If you prefer runny eggs, try frying them over easy instead of steaming. Feel free to use egg whites rather than whole eggs.
  • Cheese: Use any cheese you prefer, but if your choice isn’t a softer cheese one, such as American or Velveeta singles, consider grating it finely to allow better melting. Cold-smoked cheese works exceptionally well with this recipe. Cheddar cheese is another popular choice.
  • Sausage: Bulk breakfast sausage is excellent, but preformed ground pork sausage patties are much more convenient. Of course, you can substitute chicken or turkey sausage, Canadian bacon, or regular bacon strips. Are you cutting back on meat? Use vegetarian sausage, a grilled portabello mushroom, or a slice of tomato. You don’t need to make homemade Mcdonald’s sausage to make this recipe, I think that Owen’s brand breakfast sausage does an excellent job of having a similar flavor. 

Tips For Cooking and Storing a Homemade McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin

  • Cooking for a crowd requires organization. Set your oven to warm and place a baking tray inside to heat up. Keep the sandwich’s components warm in the oven as you continue cooking. Prepare the ingredients in the following order to prevent them from drying out in the oven: the meat, the eggs, and finally, the English muffins.
  • Freeze for up to a month. Cook the egg and sausage and toast the English muffin as usual. Let all the components cool completely. Assemble the sandwich like you always do, except for using unmelted cheese. Wrap each sandwich separately and store them in the freezer. Reheat individually by wrapping the sandwich in a paper towel and defrosting in the microwave at 50 percent power for 60 seconds. Then heat at full power for another minute more. Wait about thirty seconds before opening the microwave and serving.

What type of sausage does McDonald’s use?

McDonald’s created its blend of sausage. I think Jimmy Dean sausage brand is a good copy for their custom blend.

Is the sausage McMuffin bad for you?

The McDonald’s sausage egg McMuffin is not the worst item you can order for breakfast. It contains over 450 calories and has over 28 grams of fat. A healthier choice is the egg McMuffin, coming in at 300 calories and about 13 grams of fat. Should the sausage McMuffin be an everyday breakfast? Perhaps not, but it is great to enjoy one, once in a while. 

I hope you give this recipe a try. It is one of McDonald’s most popular breakfast items. You now know all of the tricks from one of the world’s most popular fast food restaurants to make one of these sandwiches at home from scratch. So why not make a few ahead of time and grab them on the go when you need a fast breakfast sandwich?

two homemade McDonald's Sausage Egg McMuffins

How to store leftover Sausage McMuffins

  • Refrigerate – wrap with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days in your refrigerator.
  • Freeze – wrap with plastic wrap and store in an airtight container for up to 3 months in your freezer.

How to reheat McMuffins

Reheat in the microwave for about 30 seconds to 1 minute on high. For best results, I recommend thawing your sausage egg McMuffin before microwaving.

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McDonald’s Sausage Egg McMuffin

Recreate your own Sausage Egg McMuffin at home.
5 from 19 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: McDoanld’s Sausage Egg McMuffin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 485kcal


  • 4 tablespoons softened butter butter has divided uses
  • 4 English muffins
  • 1/2 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 slices American cheese


  • Divide sausage into four patties. Press out patties fairly thin.  Cook sausage patties over medium heat in a skillet for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, drain on paper towels.
  • Split open English Muffins and place them into a toaster, toast the English Muffins.
  • Remove the English muffins from the toaster and spread softened butter on both halves.
  • Place the 1 slice of cooked sausage on each English muffin bottom.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of butter to the same skillet where you cooked the sausage.
  • Place the quart-sized canning lids screw side up (or you can use an egg ring) into the skillet.
  • Spray the canning lid with non-stick spray. Crack an egg into each of the rings.
  • Break the yolk with a folk. Pour about 1/2 cup of water into the skillet, and place a lid on top. Cook until the eggs are set, it should take about two minutes.
  • Gently remove the eggs from the rings, and place one egg on each piece of cooked sausage.
  • Top each egg with one slice of American cheese, top cheese with the top of the English muffin.
  • Wrap each egg McMuffin with foil or parchment paper. Wait about 30 seconds before serving.



Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1077mg | Potassium: 243mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 258mg | Iron: 1mg

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. Pam

    5 stars
    I used mild cheddar and bulk premade sausages as the recipe suggested. They were very good. Next time i will sprinkle a little salt while cooking the eggs as they were a little bland since the sausage wasn’t salty..

  2. Barry

    5 stars
    I wish I knew how to cook but I’m a special type of person so I mostly just like to eat the one from burger king.

  3. judi

    5 stars
    i make these all the time and freeze them i get the round sasauges that fit the muffin at walmart in the fereeer dept but i put the english muffin in toaster oven so i can tost a lot at once. micro a few minutes

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