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30 Bagel Toppings: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, and Snacktime

Updated on June 3, 2015

Do you love bagels? Mmmm, warm, crunchy bread with soft doughy centers. It's hard to go wrong with these delicious, breakfast and snack-time circles of joy. The only thing better than a bagel is a bagel topped with something tasty. In fact, I never eat a bagel plain, even a flavored one. I always put either cream cheese, peanut butter, or at the very least butter, on mine.

How to Perfectly Toast Your Bagel

  • Be sure to cut the bagel in half at its crease. I have a friend who started a small fire by putting an entire bagel into one slot of the toaster.
  • I have found that bagels hold their toppings best when the bagel is not toasted too dark. Set the toaster's knob to a lower setting, a little below the middle point. This may mean you'll have to toast the bagel twice, but the extra time to toast the bagel perfectly will be worth it.
  • The bagel should come out a light golden brown on the inside, and its outside should be slightly crunchy. This will make it easy to spread butter and toppings as they will gently melt into the bagel's crevices.

Simple Topping Ideas

A smear of flavored yogurt on a wheat bagel makes a healthy snack or way to start the day.
A smear of flavored yogurt on a wheat bagel makes a healthy snack or way to start the day.
 
 
Butter or Margarine
One of the simplest and most delicious ways to enjoy a toasted bagel.
Cream Cheese
The classic. For ideas about how to flavor your cream cheese, see below.
Peanut Butter
I spread peanut butter on a wheat bagel every morning for breakfast.
Jam or Jelly
Delicious alone or combined with peanut butter or cream cheese.
Apple Butter
Works on its own because it is so creamy and smooth.
Marshmallow Fluff
Delicious on a not-too-sweet bagel, like plain or whole wheat.
Cinnamon Sugar
Toast and spread with butter or cream cheese first. Then sprinkle with one part cinnamon to two parts sugar.
Nutella
Spreadable chocolate-hazelnut mixture.

How to Make Flavored Cream Cheese

Combine honey, cinnamon, and cream cheese for a delicious topping on a toasted bagel.
Combine honey, cinnamon, and cream cheese for a delicious topping on a toasted bagel.
Flavor
Mix in With Cream Cheese
Veggie
Finely chopped onion, cucumber, carrot, and herb.
Honey-Cinnamon
A spoonful of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Northwoods Blue Cheese
A few crumbles of blue cheese.
Strawberry
Pureed or mashed strawberries.
Garlic Herb
Garlic powder or minced garlic and dried herbs.
Honey Orange
A spoonful of honey and a splash of orange juice.
Ham
Finely chopped ham.
Tropical
Pureed or mashed mango, pineapple, and papaya.

Breakfast Bagel Toppings

Scrambled egg with ham or bacon on a toasted bagel.
Scrambled egg with ham or bacon on a toasted bagel.
Simply place a piece of cheese on a bagel and toast in a toaster oven.
Simply place a piece of cheese on a bagel and toast in a toaster oven.
 
 
Eggs
Scrambled, fried, or poached.
Egg and Cheese
Add a slice of cheese and make a bagel sandwich.
Egg, Cheese, and Bacon
Add four pieces of cooked bacon to your breakfast sandwich.
Egg, Cheese, and Sausage
Add one cooked sausage patty.
Egg, Cheese, and Ham
Cook one slice of ham and add to your breakfast bagel.

Lunch and Dinner Bagel Ideas

A bagel toasted with slices of turkey and cheese makes a delicious lunch, or even dinner!
A bagel toasted with slices of turkey and cheese makes a delicious lunch, or even dinner!
A pizza bagel with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni sausage.
A pizza bagel with sauce, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni sausage.
Spread a nice layer of cream cheese on each half of a toasted onion or garlic bagel, top with sliced cucumbers, and you've got a tasty sandwich.
Spread a nice layer of cream cheese on each half of a toasted onion or garlic bagel, top with sliced cucumbers, and you've got a tasty sandwich.
 
 
Pizza
Spread each half bagel with pizza sauce. Layer mozzarella cheese and pepperoni sausage on top. Toast in oven for ten minutes.
Tuna Melt
Mix tuna and mayonnnaise and spread on each bagel half. Layer a tomato slice and cheese on each half. Toast in over for about ten minutes.
Meatball Sandwich
Cook frozen or fresh meatballs and cut into thin slices. Spread each bagel half with spaghetti sauce and layer slices of meatball. Top with mozzarella cheese and toast in oven for ten minutes.
Toasted Turkey Melt
Layer each bagel half with sliced turkey and cheese. Toast in oven for about ten minutes.
Ham & Cheese Melt
Layer each bagel half with sliced ham and cheese
Cream Cheese and Cucumbers
Delicious on an onion bagel! The cucumbers add a nice crunch.

Different Types of Bagels

Pumpernickel
Pumpernickel
Onion
Onion
Blueberry
Blueberry
Honey wheat
Honey wheat

What is your favorite flavor bagel?

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