McDonald’s are one of the simplest options out there, making it the perfect to make for yourself at home. sandwiches from
With minimal cook time, we can have a ready to eat in under 20 minutes!
Whether you prefer a & or , this will not disappoint.
Plus, by making a few tiny changes, we’re going to make our slightly healthier than McDonald’s.
With slightly lower calories and a bit more protein, this is a very macro-balanced that can surely fit into any diet.
What makes homemade McMuffins healthier?
There’s absolutely nothing from with . In fact, with only 300 calories and 17g of protein, it’s a solid option compared to many others out there.
However, I wanted to improve on that a bit, so our version is slightly lower in calories and higher in protein.
McDonald’s uses in their McMuffins, but we’re going to use center-cut here instead. is pretty lean, but in my opinion, the taste is nowhere close to real .
Center-cut is a lean cut of that still becomes beautifully crispy, so that is always my choice for .
If you prefer to make a , we’ll be using turkey to make our own for each .
For this , we’re also going to use light English muffins.
Any regular will work great, but this light version contains fewer calories and is still the same size, so they make for the perfect . You can use any type or brand of you prefer, however.
The other change we’re making in our is leaving out the . While does add flavor, I don’t find it necessary to make a delicious , so I left it out of this .
Ingredients needed for homemade McMuffins
These sandwiches come together quickly, but the meat will be the most time-consuming portion, so I like to take care of that part first.
You can choose to either make a or classic for this homemade version, so you’ll prep either the or first.
How to make for an
For each , I use 2 strips of center-cut . Since this makes 2 sandwiches, I like to cook 4 strips of in total.
To make crispy , I love to use the . Lay your strips of in the , and air fry them at 400 degrees F for 7 minutes. Unlike pan frying, when you use the , you don’t even need to flip your .
If you prefer to pan-fry your , you can fry the strips over medium-high heat for a few minutes per side until cooked to your liking.
And of course, if you prefer , you can just throw a slice right onto your , but crispy is much more preferred here.
How to make for a
To make your own , I recommend buying some lean turkey .
If your store sells pre-formed patties, you can go that route, but I don’t mind the extra step of forming my own patties to fit perfectly atop my .
I formed this turkey into 6 patties, then pan-fried over medium heat for about 5 minutes per side. If you use pre-formed patties, you can follow these same cooking instructions.
As you can see by this photo, I like to prep more and than I need for my , that way I can easily throw together more sandwiches throughout the week.
While you’re at it, you might as well make some homemade McGriddles, too!
The best way to cook your eggs for McMuffins
If you want a perfectly to fit snuggly within your , you can’t just rely on pan-frying.
When you crack an into a pan, it spreads out quite a bit; this is where an will come into play. An allows you to cook a perfectly within your pan, so I highly recommend grabbing one if you want to go the fried route.
If you’re in a pinch, you can also use the lid ring from a , or even a , to make your own at home.
Simply crack an into the skillet, close the lid, and let it cook. You’ll be left with a fried that is nice and round. Right before pulling the from the griddle, I like to sprinkle a little bit of salt and over top of the .
You can achieve a using any method you prefer. While frying your will give you the most authentic McDonald’s McMuffin, you can also use a , scrambled , , or any other method you prefer.
You have all the components for this , now it’s time to put it all together!
Split your and lightly toast it to your desired doneness. I like to spray the insides of the muffins with , then lay them face down in a hot pan to lightly toast the insides. You can also pop the English muffins in a toaster to keep things simple.
Once you have your , you’ll lay one slice of on top of the bottom portion. I use fat-free because I truly cannot taste the difference, but any sliced will work here.
If you want the to become super melty, you can toss just the bottom of the with the into the microwave for just a few seconds, but that’s an optional step.
Add your or crispy on top of the , then add your .
Top with the other half of your , and you’re ready to go!
If you want to save these McMuffins for later in the week, I recommend wrapping them in and foil to keep them as fresh as possible. These McMuffins can also be frozen, then quickly reheated in the microwave or for a quick at any time.
Pair your crispy air fryer , and you’ll have your very own homemade McDonald’s patty at home! with a
- 2 Light English Muffins
- 2 Eggs
- 2 Slice Fat Free American Cheese (can use any cheese you prefer)
- Butter Spray
- 4 Strips Center Cut Bacon OR 2 Turkey Sausage Patties (I use Jennie-O turkey sausage to make my own patties)
- Prep the bacon or sausage depending on which type of Egg McMuffin you'd like to make. For bacon, I like to air fry at 400 degrees F for about 7 minutes. To make homemade turkey sausage patties, take a tube of Jennie-O turkey breakfast sausage and form it into 6 sausage patties (you won't use all 6 for this recipe, but it's easiest to make them all at once). Pan fry over medium-high heat for 5 minutes per side until cooked through.
- Open up two English muffins and spray the insides with butter spray. Lay them face down in the pan until lightly toasted, then remove from heat.
- Make the eggs by cracking them one a time either into a DASH mini griddle (this is what I use) or into a pan. If you want a perfectly round egg using a pan, use an egg ring or round cookie cutter to keep the egg circular (just make sure to spray with cooking spray to make sure the egg doesn't stick).
- Cook the egg to your desired level of doneness, either fully cooking through or leaving the yolk slightly runny. To make an authentic Egg McMuffin, fry the egg completely, then repeat for the second egg.
- Add a slice of American cheese to your English muffins, then top with your egg. Add bacon or turkey sausage on top of the egg, then enjoy!
- I use center cut bacon because it's very lean and still crispy. You can also use turkey bacon if you prefer.
- If you want the cheese to get nice and melty, you can add a slice to the bottom of your English muffin and microwave for a couple of seconds to melt it. But be careful because it melts quickly!
- This recipe is incredibly forgiving, so feel free to get creative with it. You can use scrambled eggs, bagels, a different type of cheese, or any other swap you can think up.
- To lower the calories even more, you can use egg whites instead of whole egg, but I find the whole egg to have much more flavor overall.
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Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1 Egg McMuffin
Amount Per Serving Calories 250Total Fat 10gCarbohydrates 28gProtein 21g