The Best Fast Food Breakfast Sandwiches

Updated on November 26, 2018
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Finn Liam has a career in librarianship, having worked in a variety of library settings. He currently lives in Southern California.

Breakfast: Your Wake Up Call

Not all of us enjoy taking the time to eat breakfast. Sometimes as well, we get in a rush and want something quick to help get us through the morning.

Choices of breakfast establishments are quite large; although the options as far as sandwiches go, are pretty basic. Often there is a bread (sliced, muffin, bagel, or biscuit) with an egg and cheese. A meat choice can also be found, and generally one can expect that to include either bacon, ham, or sausage.

I thought I would compile a small sample of some places that I've chosen and share them with you. Do you agree? Have you sampled some of these places yourself? Do you have one you recommend?

Because the list of choices is basically infinite, I will probably be adding to this once in a while. Feel free to stop back. And don't forget to vote in my surveys.

Also, hopefully I'll be adding nutritional information at the end.

Some Breakfast Sandwiches Rated

Restaurant
Taste/Quality
Value (for price paid)
Carl's Jr.
7.5
6
Chick Fil A
8.5
8
Corner Bakery Cafe
8.5
7.5
McDonald's
6.5
8.5
Subway
8
9

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Carl's Jr.

Carl's Breakfast burger includes a patty, egg, cheese, hash browns and ketchup
Carl's Breakfast burger includes a patty, egg, cheese, hash browns and ketchup

Carl's Jr.

Price: $7 - 9 (sides extra)


Packing a walloping 800 calories, this sandwich will definitely fill you up. The sandwich includes their regular beef patty, egg, cheese, hash brown rounds, and ketchup and is served on a toasted bun.

The combination is actually quite good, although I've never found the idea of egg and beef to sound all that satisfying. I've heard about people putting mayo or barbecue sauce on the sandwich for variety.

With a side of coffee and hash browns, this meal with pack enough calories to fulfill your daily needs: I don't eating this daily.

As far as value, it's actually pretty expensive and the combination will run you well over ten dollars. I guess its a sign of the times but fast food isn't as economical as I recall it being, but then again, prices were always cheaper "twenty years ago".

It certainly is worth trying—once or twice a year—but if you are searching for a staple I would option for another choice.

Chick Fil A

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Chick Fil A mini meals come with tater tots and coffeetater tots are nice and crispThe sandwiches are just their nuggets placed in small buns
Chick Fil A mini meals come with tater tots and coffee
Chick Fil A mini meals come with tater tots and coffee
tater tots are nice and crisp
tater tots are nice and crisp
The sandwiches are just their nuggets placed in small buns
The sandwiches are just their nuggets placed in small buns

Chick Fil A

$6 - 8 (combo includes tater tots and coffee)

There are actually a variety of options at Chick Fil A for breakfast. You can try the breakfast muffin, a grilled chicken with egg, or the mini-sandwiches.

The small sandwiches are really nothing more than their nuggets placed on these small sweet buns that taste a little bit like Hawain rolls.

You are given four in a sample for the breakfast option I chose. They are plain with no cheese or egg, but you can request a sauce on the side if you wish.

The other sandwiches Chick Fil A provides are probably not that much different in that you get their signature chicken strip, nugget or patty on a variation of bread with egg and cheese.

If you like their chicken, you will certainly like their breakfast. The mini-sandwiches have a nice bread that is soft, aromatic and slightly crisp (this probably isn't the right word, but I am not sure how else to describe it) on the outside which is the way I prefer mine.

Four small pieces of chicken doesn't sound like much—but it is satisfying and if you can appreciate things in moderation, make a good morning meal.

As far as value is concerned, it is pricey, but then again so are most things these days. I don't know if it is me, and because I am getting older, but the cost of a meal out today seems to have doubled in the past five or ten years. For the younger readers out there, the costs may seem normal and even appropriate.

What is the best meat option for breakfast?

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Corner Bakery Cafe

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With a side of red potatoes and a coffeeThe sandwich includes your meat choice, egg, cheese and tomato
With a side of red potatoes and a coffee
With a side of red potatoes and a coffee
The sandwich includes your meat choice, egg, cheese and tomato
The sandwich includes your meat choice, egg, cheese and tomato

Corner Bakery Cafe

Price: about $10

A little more expensive than your typical fast food restaurant, but basically the food is the same. The layout and presentation are what you would expect from a service place and the ambiance is more pleasant that your typical burger establishment.

The basic sandwich is called the Commuter and you can get it on a croissant or any of their other breads which include; sourdough, a bagel, or a bun. Meat choices include your basics: sausage, bacon, or ham.

For breakfast this is a nice choice because it seems a bit fancier and you can get a side of red potatoes cooked with onions. Every time I've gone to one of these places the potatoes have been cold though and I don't think they are prepared there fresh in the morning.

The sandwich is nice, the bacon quality, the eggs fluffy and generous and the cheese tangy and delicious.

While not the cheapest option, this place would be good when you have a little bit of time to sit down and eat and are looking for the convenience and speed of fast food. It would be a nice place to take a significant other as well.

McDonalds

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McDonalds offers a variety of breakfast sandwichesThe Sausage McMuffin is on McDonald's value menu
McDonalds offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches
McDonalds offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches
The Sausage McMuffin is on McDonald's value menu
The Sausage McMuffin is on McDonald's value menu

McDonald's Breakfast Sandwiches

$ 1.50 - 5

Well, for familiarity, I would have to recommend McDonald's. There probably isn't a human being on the planet that hasn't stepped inside one of their 36,899 restaurants at some time in their life. They even have a vegetarian menu.

For breakfast, the sandwich options come with two bread varieties: muffin or biscuit. You can have sausage, bacon, or ham with egg and cheese.

If you are looking to save money, you can get the sausage biscuit or the McMuffin - which comes with cheese—for under $2.00 (as of this writing).

What's good about McDonalds is that you know what to expect and probably don't have to look at the menu. You probably have an idea of what you want before you walk in.

The cons include the fact that McDonald's isn't the healthiest spot to dine. Everyone knows that the fast food giant has been criticized for the fat content and calories contained in their food.

But it is a choice that will hit the spot and a good option, if exercised sparingly.


Subway

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Subway

Price: $4 - 6

Probably one of the better options to come around, subway has started serving flatbread sandwiches. I believe breakfast options have been available for awhile with your choice of their standard bread or a croissant.

They didn't have the French pastry when I went to the restaurant so I tried their flatbread.

You can get your choice of meat: steak, bacon, sausage or black forest ham. I choose steak this time and have had the ham previously. Both are good. I'm sure if you asked, you could have your meat choice from the regular deli options.

The sandwich comes with egg, cheese and if you wish, vegetables.

A cheap and convenient breakfast from a place where you probably know what to expect from.

With the added vegetables, this is probably the healthiest option.

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      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finn Liam Cooper 

        5 months ago from Los Angeles

        thanks. Carls is pretty good overall. Expensive though.

      • LindaSarhan profile image

        L Sarhan 

        5 months ago

        Negative health aspects of eating out aside, I admit that this article made my mouth water. You have me contemplating where the closest Carl's Jr is. HA! What a unique and informative Hub!

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finn Liam Cooper 

        5 months ago from Los Angeles

        well thank you. Most of them are pretty good or at least do that job. I've considered the vegetarian lifestyle myself but I like the taste of meat too much

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        Linda Crampton 

        5 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        I used to enjoy McDonald's egg McMuffins but don't eat them any more now that I'm a vegetarian. I like the veggie patty at Subway. I think it has a texture resembling meat and I enjoy the taste. I haven't been to the other restaurants that you mention, but the meals that you describe sound very tasty.

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finn Liam Cooper 

        5 months ago from Los Angeles

        McDonald's Flourish I think is a young persons restaurant.

        I really enjoyed the Corner Bakery Cafe - this morning!!!!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        You’ve made me hungry for breakfast. I used to enjoy ChikFilA chicken biscuits and McDonalds sausage egg McMuffins but those days are past.

      • wpcooper profile imageAUTHOR

        Finn Liam Cooper 

        5 months ago from Los Angeles

        Thanks....I agree with you about In and Out that there is more hype than anything. I think it was better when there were fewer of them...just like Chick Fil A. (I was going to address this in my other post - the In and Out thing). I had in and out tonite

        I remember going to Las Vegas when I was a child with my parents and the smorgasbords they would have available and how the food was so cheap. That's a good deal for steak and Eggs and a pretty generous discount (what 20 percent +). Makes me want to try it.

        thanks for the feedback and don't ever skip breakfast.

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        Karen S Falcon 

        5 months ago from Las Vegas, NV

        Now I am hungry for breakfast. I am one of the few, I guess, whom has yet to try Chic-fil-a, for no particular reason, just haven't gotten around to it. Usually when there is so much hype about something, I am disappointed. For instance, In-n-Out burger. Sure, they're okay, but I don't taste what the big deal is.

        My favorite breakfast spot, for now, is Ellis Island Casino on Koval and Flamingo, here in Las Vegas. They serve a pretty dang good steak and eggs, with home-style hash browns and toast for $5.40, but that's with my taxi driver discount. I think it is still a bargain for only about $7 for the general public. They have a great menu with lots of variety to choose from.

        Anyway, I like your post.

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