These easy homemade McGriddle breakfast sandwiches are a tasty and fun way to change up your breakfast routine. They’re also great for feeding a hungry crowd, and can be customized to each person’s taste. Now you won’t have to leave the house to pick up McGriddles. This homemade recipe will be a new family favorite!
Why You’ll Love These Homemade McGriddles:
- These breakfast sandwiches are easy to prep and assemble for a fun family breakfast on the weekend, or to scale up for a crowd for a larger brunch. This recipe makes 4 sandwiches, and is simple to double or triple.
- They are simple to customize, and unlike the fast food option, you get to control all of the ingredients! It’s easy to make without additives you don’t want, or to use gluten-free pancake mix to cater to any dietary needs.
- Homemade McGriddles freeze really well, so you can wrap them individually, toss them into the freezer and have really easy on-the-go breakfast sandwiches to just reheat and eat later on.
- Try these with our Homemade Maple Breakfast Sausages to change up the flavor a bit!
Ingredients Needed To Make Them
There are a few of the layers in a homemade McGriddle you’ll need to prepare prior to cooking. Those include the eggs and the pancakes. For the eggs you will need 6 eggs, 1 cup of milk, butter, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
For the pancake batter, you will need flour, milk, butter, baking powder, maple syrup and salt. The sausage layer of the McGriddles you will use a ground breakfast sausage. You can purchase whichever breakfast sausage blend or brand you prefer.
If you cannot find pre-made breakfast sausage, or prefer to make your own, you can use plain ground pork and add seasonings yourself. You can find a great recipe for that here, or by using the simple spice blend in the notes section of the recipe.
There are optional additions you can make to your homemade sandwiches, such as adding a few pieces of bacon or a layer of American or cheddar cheese.
How to Make Homemade McGriddle Sandwiches At Home
Making your own McGriddles couldn’t be easier. The most tedious part about making them is that there are a few different components that need to be cooked separately. However, each layer cooks quite quickly. For this reason, I find the simplest way to streamline and speed up the process is to have everything prepared before you start so you can just breeze through the cooking and get to eating!
Step 1 – Sausage Patties
The first step is to form your ground breakfast sausage into 4 patties. Of course if you want to make this easier, you can use pre-made breakfast sausage patties instead of ground sausage. Then you will heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until they are fully cooked.
Remove the patties from the heat and set aside. If you are also adding bacon to your homemade McGriddles, cook the bacon as well. Once crispy, set aside with the sausage patties.
Step 2 – Eggs
For the eggs, you’ll first combine the eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper into a large bowl. Give it a good whisk to combine everything and scramble the eggs.
You’ll then add 1 tablespoon of the butter into a large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Let that butter melt and stir it to coat the bottom of the pan. Pour 1/4 of the egg mixture into the skillet and let the eggs cook flat over the bottom of the skillet without disturbing them, like you would an omelet.
Season lightly with salt and pepper and then let the egg cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until you can easily flip it with a spatula. Then you’ll carefully flip it over and cook the egg for an additional 1 minute until it’s cooked through.
Gently fold the edges of the omelet in towards the middle so it’s folded into thirds, and then fold the top and bottom in towards the middle as well. This will form a square stack for your McGriddle sandwich. Remove the egg from the skillet, set it aside, and repeat this process three more times so you have 4 of these egg omelet squares cooked.
Step 3 – Pancakes
To make your pancakes, you will first combine all of the pancake ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Stir or beat the mixture until it’s fully combined and the pancake batter is smooth and not lumpy.
Then, coat a skillet (the same one you used for the eggs is just fine) with a bit of butter and add three tablespoons of the pancake batter per one pancake. You can probably fit 3 of these sized pancakes to a regular sized skillet, but do not overcrowd them. Be careful not to add too much batter so the pancakes don’t get too large. These need to be on the smaller side to act as the top and bottom buns of the McGriddle.
Cook your pancakes for about 2 minutes, or until the bottoms are firm and golden, and then flip them over. Let them cook on the other side for another 1 to 2 minutes, just until they are cooked through and keeping a close eye on them so they don’t burn.
Repeat this process until you have all 8 pancakes to serve as the top and bottom buns. This process does go much faster if you have a large flat grill or griddle pan.
Step 4 – Assembly
Once the layers are all cooked, it’s time to assemble the sausage McGriddles, or bacon if you opted for that! This part is quick and easy. To assemble each breakfast sandwich, just put one pancake down, layer with a slice of cheese if you’re adding cheese. Then add the sausage, omelet, bacon and topping with a second pancake.
Repeat this process until you have all 4 homemade McGriddle sandwiches assembled and then you are ready to eat!
Storing and Freezing Instructions
You can store your homemade McGriddle sandwiches in the refrigerator, either individually wrapped or in air-tight bags or containers for up to 4 days. If you want to freeze them, first allow them to come to room temperature. Then wrap them tightly in freezer-safe wrap, and store in an air-tight freezer safe container or bag. These can be stored for up to 3 months.
To reheat refrigerated sandwiches, wrap one loosely in a slightly damp paper towel and microwave in 15 second increments until heated. To reheat frozen McGriddles, you can either take it out the night prior and place it into the fridge to thaw and then reheat from there.
Or, you can microwave on the defrost/thaw option until thawed, and then heat in the microwave, loosely wrapped in a damp paper towel, in 15 second increments until warmed through. The damp paper towel helps to keep the pancake layers soft and fluffy with the moisture from the towel.
For gluten-free: Opt for a gluten-free flour, or a gluten-free pancake mix. My favorites are from King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill. You can find them online at retailers such as Amazon and Thrive Market, or in many stores like Target and Walmart. Simple Mills is also a good option, but I do personally prefer the other two more.
For dairy-free: You can make these dairy-free by swapping out the milk in the eggs and pancake mix for a plain dairy-free option, such as plain almond milk or coconut milk (not canned), along with using a dairy-free butter. You can easily just leave the cheese off of which sandwiches you’d like to be dairy-free or however many you need to be dairy-free if you’re serving them at a brunch or for a larger group.
Other Breakfast Recipes You’ll Love:
- Sheet Pan Ham, Brussels and Sweet Potato Breakfast
- Mediterranean Sausage Hash
- Sheet Pan Sausage, Potatoes and Peppers
- Strawberry Baked Oatmeal
- Chorizo Breakfast Skillet
- Buffalo Chicken Egg Bake
For the eggs:
- 6 eggs
- 1 cup milk
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 4 tablespoons butter
For the pancakes:
- 1 and 1/3 cup flour
- 2/3 cup milk
- 3 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 egg
- 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
- 2.5 tablespoons maple syrup
- Pinch of salt
For the breakfast patties:
- 1-pound ground breakfast sausage (*see notes)
Optional sandwich items:
- 8 slices cooked bacon
- 4 slices cheese (American or cheddar)
- Form 4 patties with the ground sausage. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the patties for about 3 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove from heat and set aside. Cook bacon now if you are opting to use bacon as well
- Add the eggs, milk, garlic powder, salt and pepper into a large bowl and whisk to combine. Add 1 tablespoon of the butter into a large skillet over medium-low heat and let it melt and coat the pan
- Pour ¼ of the egg mixture into the skillet. Let the eggs cook flat without disturbing them like an omelet. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or until you can easily flip with a spatula
- Flip and cook about 1 additional minute until cooked through. Fold the edges of the omelet in towards the middle so it’s folded into thirds, then fold the top and bottom in towards the middle to form a square stack. Remove from the skillet
- Add another 1 tablespoon of butter and let it melt in the skillet, and then add another ¼ of the egg mixture. Repeat this process until you have 4 cooked omelet squares
- For the pancakes, combine all of the pancake ingredients into a large bowl and beat well until fully combined and a smooth batter is mixed
- Coat a skillet with a bit of butter and add 3 tablespoons of the pancake batter per 1 pancake. You can likely get 2 or 3 in a skillet without overcrowding them
- Cook for about 2 minutes, flip and cook 1 additional minute or until cooked through, being careful not to let them burn. Remove and set aside. Repeat until you have all 8 pancakes to serve as the top and bottom “buns” (you can do this process much faster if you use a grill or griddle pan)
- To assemble your McGriddles, put one pancake down, layer with a slice of American or cheddar cheese, then the sausage, omelet, bacon and topping with a pancake. Repeat until you have all 4 McGriddles assembled and the homemade McGriddles are finished and ready to eat
Breakfast Sausage: If you can’t find, or don’t have breakfast sausage, you can use 1-pound plain ground sausage and make your own breakfast sausage by mixing the ground pork with: ¼ tablespoon fennel, ¼ tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, ½ teaspoon dried sage, ½ teaspoon garlic powder or you can follow this recipe for homemade breakfast sausage.
To make gluten-free or dairy-free: See substitutions section in the post
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