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Start your day with this single serve Breakfast Bagel Sandwich that’s ready in just 10 minutes! Loaded with protein and flavor, this morning delight easily fits into your busy schedule and satisfies those breakfast cravings.

Indulge in this breakfast bagel with a nutritious Green Smoothie or a refreshing Tropical Smoothie, accompanied by crispy Hash Browns or a savory Vegetable Casserole, ideal for a complete breakfast.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Customizable: The ingredients can easily be swapped to fit your preferences or dietary restrictions.
  • Quick: Ready in just 10 minutes, perfect for a hurried morning.
  • Nutritious: Packed with protein to kick-start your day.
  • Scalable: This recipe can be doubled or tripled for meal-prepping or serving others.
  • Flavorful: Every bite is a blend of texture and taste, making this a delicious breakfast option.

What Is A Breakfast Bagel?

A Breakfast Bagel is essentially your classic breakfast foods—like eggs, a protein like ham or bacon, and cheese—packed into a toasted bagel. It’s a convenient, handheld option for busy mornings or a sit-down breakfast.

Ingredients

ingredients in a breakfast bagel sandwich on a kitchen counter.

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  • Bagel: Choose a bagel that suits your preference, such as plain, sesame, or everything. While cinnamon raisin bagels might not be the traditional choice for a savory sandwich, if it’s your favorite, go for it.
  • Eggs: Two large eggs are ideal for a satisfying and protein-rich breakfast. You could use egg whites if you’re watching cholesterol.
  • Ham: This recipe calls for 1 ounce of deli ham, which equates to 1-2 slices. However, bacon slices or a cooked sausage patty are also excellent alternatives for a meaty filling. Consider using any leftover ham in a small batch of Ham and Cheese Sliders, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Crustless Spinach Quiche.
  • Cheese: Opt for 1 ounce, or 1-2 slices, of your go-to cheese. Cheddar is a popular choice, but Swiss, mozzarella, or even a vegan option work just as well.
  • Butter: Eggs are cooked in butter for that rich, creamy texture. If you prefer a lighter option, cooking spray can be used as a substitute.
  • Salt and Black Pepper: These staples are added for an extra layer of flavor. Adjust according to your taste preference.

This is just an overview of the ingredients I used and why I used them. For the full recipe please scroll down to the recipe box at the bottom of the post.

Recipe Variations

The beauty of a breakfast bagel is its adaptability. There are countless ways to tweak this classic to fit your personal preferences or dietary requirements. Here are some delightful bagel ideas to inspire you:

  • Luxury Upgrade: Switch the ham for smoked salmon or prosciutto for a more upscale breakfast experience.
  • Spice It Up: If you’re a fan of a little heat in the morning, consider adding jalapeños or a drizzle of spicy Sriracha sauce. This will wake up your taste buds, guaranteed!
  • Fresh Herb Infusion: Stir in fresh herbs like basil or dill to your eggs before cooking. It adds a burst of flavor and a splash of color.
  • Vegan Breakfast Bagel: Substitute the egg for a tofu scramble and the cheese with a vegan alternative. For the ham, you can opt for a plant-based protein like tempeh or vegan sausage.
  • Gluten-Free Breakfast Bagel: Swap out the regular bagel for a gluten-free option and ensure any processed meats are gluten-free as well. You won’t miss out on any of the classic flavors.
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How To Make A Breakfast Bagel

These step-by-step photos and instructions help you visualize how to make a single breakfast bagel. See the recipe below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  1. Slice the bagel in half and put both halves in the toaster.
  2. While the bagel is toasting, make the eggs: Crack the eggs in a small bowl and beat them with salt and black pepper. 
scrambled eggs in a white bowl.
  1. Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Pour in the eggs and as the bottom sets, use the tip of a rubber spatula to lift up the edges of the eggs and let the uncooked eggs run underneath.
making eggs in a small skillet.
  1. When the bottom is almost cooked, but the top is slightly wiggly, lay the cheese and ham over the middle.
a slice of ham and a slice of cheese on top of cooked eggs in a skillet.
  1. Fold the egg in half and slide it off of the pan.
a ham and cheese omelet in a skillet.
  1. Butter both halves of the bagel. Fold the egg in half again and place it on one half of the bagel.
folded eggs on a bagel.
  1. Top with the other half of the bagel and enjoy!
a ham and cheese breakfast bagel on a white plate next to a bowl of blueberries.

Expert Tips

  • Be Creative with Toppings: Elevate your bagel breakfast with extras like hot sauce, avocado slices, fresh tomatoes, or even a slice of onion. Personalize it to meet your morning cravings.
  • Go Beyond Ham: Swap out the ham for bacon to create a classic bacon, egg, and cheese bagel. A wonderful alternative that’s always a hit.
  • Open-Faced Option: Want to cut back on carbs? Try making an open-faced sandwich using just one bagel half. This allows for more topping creativity while reducing your carb intake.

Creating A Healthier Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

Transform your breakfast bagel sandwich into a health-conscious meal with these simple tweaks!

  • Choose Whole-Grain Bagels: Switching to whole grain not only enhances flavor but also offers extra fiber, which aids in digestion and keeps you full longer.
  • Incorporate Veggies: Incorporate vegetables like bell peppers or spinach into your eggs for added vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
  • Choose Egg Whites: Minimize cholesterol and calorie intake by opting for egg whites. For this lighter version, use 4 egg whites or a 1/2 cup of fat-free egg replacer.
  • Consider Meat Alternatives: Replace ham with leaner options like turkey bacon or turkey sausage. For a meat-free version, simply omit the meat.
  • Moderate Cheese Intake: Keep an eye on sodium levels by using reduced-sodium cheese or going cheese-free. If using butter, opt for the unsalted variety.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I meal prep this breakfast bagel?

Yes, just prepare all the elements and assemble when ready to eat. Refrigerate for up to 3 days and heat in the microwave.

Can I freeze breakfast bagels?

Freezing your egg-based breakfast bagels is a convenient option for busy mornings. Assemble the bagel with cooked egg, ham, and cheese. Then, individually wrap each sandwich in plastic wrap and place them all in a large freezer bag. You can store them in the freezer for up to three months.
To Reheat: It’s best to thaw your frozen bagel sandwich in the refrigerator overnight. Once thawed, remove the plastic wrap, set the bagel on a plate, and cover it with a paper towel. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, or until the sandwich is heated through.

Delicious Ways To Top A Bagel

If you’re not into eggs, don’t worry! Check out these versatile bagel topping ideas to switch up your mealtime routine.

  • Peanut Butter and Banana: Classic and comforting.
  • Cream Cheese, Smoked Salmon, and Capers: A luxurious twist that’s brimming with flavor.
  • Fried Egg and Avocado: An unbeatable combination of protein and healthy fats.
  • Pizza-Inspired Toppings: Think pepperoni, sausage, bell peppers, onions, and a sprinkle of mozzarella.
  • Bagel Burger: Stack a ground beef patty for a hearty start to the day.
  • Apple Butter: For a sweet, tangy topping that pairs wonderfully with plain or cinnamon-raisin bagels.
  • Butter and Jam: A timeless duo that never disappoints.

With these alternative toppings, you can turn an ordinary bagel into an extraordinary breakfast.

a ham and cheese breakfast bagel sliced in half on a plate.

Additional Single Serving Breakfast Ideas

If you’re a fan of this single serving breakfast bagel, be sure to check out these other individual and small batch breakfast recipes to diversify your morning menu:

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients leftover from this recipe, check out our Leftover Ingredients Recipe Finder or you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

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Breakfast Bagel For One

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 3 minutes
Cook: 7 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 serving
A breakfast bagel sandwich is a great way to start the day. It's the ultimate breakfast sandwich that can be ready in just 10 minutes!

Ingredients 
 

  • 1 bagel
  • 2 tablespoons butter , divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-2 slices cheddar cheese (about 1 ounce)
  • 1-2 slices deli ham (about 1 ounce)
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Instructions 

  • Slice the bagel in half and put both halves in the toaster. Toast until lightly browned.
  • Crack the eggs in a small bowl and beat them with salt and black pepper. 
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in an 8-inch skillet over medium heat. Pour in the eggs and as the bottom sets, use the tip of a rubber spatula to lift up the edges of the eggs and let the uncooked eggs run underneath.
  • When the bottom is almost cooked, but the top is slightly wiggly, lay the cheese and ham over the middle.
  • Fold the egg in half and slide it off of the pan.
  • Butter both halves of the bagel. Fold the egg in half again and place it on one half of the bagel.
  • Top with the other half of the bagel and enjoy!

Notes

Expert Tips
  • A bagel is the star of this breakfast sandwich but feel free to get creative. Kick it up a notch by adding a bit of hot sauce, a few slices of a ripe avocado, fresh tomatoes, and maybe a slice of an onion.
  • Make a bacon, egg, and cheese bagel.
  • Make an open-faced breakfast sandwich by using only half of the bagel.
  • Eliminate the meat for a meat-free option.
  • Use smoked salmon instead of ham.
  • Add fresh herbs like basil or dill to the eggs.
  • Add ¼ cup of fresh spinach.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving, Calories: 678kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 34g, Fat: 44g, Saturated Fat: 23g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 467mg, Sodium: 1013mg, Potassium: 344mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 0.5g, Vitamin A: 1410IU, Calcium: 204mg, Iron: 3mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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4 Comments

  1. Vincent says:

    Yummeh

  2. Joyce says:

    Grew up eating loxburgers – scrambled egg, a slice of raw onion, a slice of tomato, lox, and cream cheese on a toasted bagel

  3. Shirley says:

    I was hoping for a bagel recipe, from your perspective. 😃

  4. J. Hegyi says:

    Terrific recipe.