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17 Best Foods To Order From the McDonald's Breakfast Menu in 2024

Last Updated on May 24, 2024 | 0 Comments
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Everyone knows their day will be off to a great start if they treat themselves to a McDonald’s breakfast. Filling and comforting, there are enough McDonald's breakfast food choices to please all tastes, but where do you start?

In this article, we’ll look at the best McDonald’s breakfast items from the extensive menu on offer. With so many options to choose from, with something for sweet-tooths and savory lovers alike, which will be your favorite?


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McDonald’s Breakfast Hours

What Time Does McDonald's Start Serving Breakfast?

McDonald’s breakfast is available at different times depending on whether or not the restaurant is 24-hour. Generally speaking, McDonald’s breakfast time starts at 6 a.m., with certain drive-thrus beginning slightly earlier, at 5 a.m.. It’s always best to check first as some restaurants start serving the breakfast menu later, depending on the opening time.

Red and black clock on a serving dish with a spoon and fork on either side of it
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What Time Does McDonald's Stop Serving Breakfast?

Does McDonald’s serve breakfast all day? Sadly not  though we wish that was the case as we can’t get enough of those Sausage McMuffins. McDonald’s breakfast time generally finishes at 11 a.m. before switching over to the lunch menu.

17 McDonald's Breakfast Foods To Try

1. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit

If you’re craving a hearty McDonald’s breakfast then the bacon, egg and cheese biscuit is sure to fill you up. A whole meal in a sandwich, get ready to discover thick-cut applewood smoked bacon, a folded egg and American cheese nestled inside a warm buttermilk biscuit that has been brushed with real butter — what a way to start your morning.

Bacon, egg and cheese biscuit.
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2. Hotcakes

Is there a sweeter way to start your day than tucking into a serving of hotcakes? Let's face it, as one of the most popular McDonald’s breakfast items on the menu, hotcakes are hard to beat. So what makes this McDonald’s choice so special? We like to think it’s the fluffiness of the cakes. In each portion, you’ll get three golden hotcakes served with real butter and a side of maple-flavored syrup for a super-sweet finish. 

Four hotcakes with butter and maple syrup on top, next to a glass of orange juice
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3. Sausage Biscuit

If you like to keep your McDonald’s breakfast simple and savory then the sausage biscuit is the choice for you. Served inside a warm buttermilk biscuit topped with a dash of real creamy butter, you’ll get a hot sizzling sausage patty that you can eat as is, or with your favorite sauces. If you’re feeling super hungry, you could order tasty hash browns on the side for a little extra. Add a cup of beautifully-roasted coffee to your order and you’re good to go.

A sausage biscuit from the McDonald's breakfast menu.
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4. Bacon, Egg and Cheese McGriddles

Another McDonald’s classic, the bacon, egg and cheese McGriddles is a must-try for those who haven’t before experienced it. Sandwiched between two soft, warm maple-flavored griddle cakes is a light and fluffy folded egg, thick cuts of applewood smoked bacon and that all-important slice of melt-in-your-mouth American cheese. This is the McDonald’s breakfast item you’ll wish you ordered two of.

Bacon, egg and cheese McGriddles.
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5. Sausage McGriddles

Those who prefer their McDonald’s breakfast fuss-free and simple might want to opt for the sausage McGriddles. You’ll still get to enjoy those tasty maple-flavored griddle cakes, but between the warm, soft buns, there’s a simple sausage patty. This is a great breakfast choice for diners who want to opt out of American cheese and egg. A simple breakfast of sorts, yet still super tasty.

Order a sausage McGriddles from the McDonald's breakfast menu.
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6. Hash Browns

If you’re one of those people who can resist ordering hash browns on the side with your McDonald’s breakfast, we have a question for you — how do you do it? A firm breakfast favorite, these hash brown patties are made from shredded potato and fried to perfection, leaving the outside crispy and the inside fluffy. Whilst they may not be the healthiest option on the menu, they sure make a delicious addition to the first meal of your day.

A McDonald's hash brown.
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7. Sausage, Egg and Cheese McGriddles

If you’re the type of person who likes a little sweet with your savory, then this McDonald’s breakfast sandwich might just be the one for you. If you haven’t tried the sausage, egg and cheese McGriddles before, it’s worth doing so for the textures alone. Nestled between two doughy, warm maple syrup-flavored griddle cakes is a juicy sausage patty and a soft folded egg, topped with classic American cheese. Fluffy and meaty with a hint of sweetness, this is a pretty tasty option for your morning start.

Sausage, egg and cheese McGriddles.
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8. Big Breakfast With Hotcakes

This is the McDonald’s breakfast you order when you wake up feeling hungry with your sweet and savory cravings needing to be satisfied. The Big Breakfast with Hotcakes features three warm and fluffy hotcakes with a side of maple-flavored syrup and real butter, crispy hash browns, a savory sausage patty, a light folded egg and a slightly-heated biscuit. A breakfast for champions, or at least for those who want to start their morning with a belly full of tasty food.

Order a feast to start the day from the McDonald's breakfast menu.
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9. Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit Meal

Sometimes, all you need when you wake up is a decent cup of McDonald's freshly-roasted coffee. Luckily, the McDonald’s breakfast menu has this paired with a couple of its tasty hash browns, plus a delectable bacon, egg and cheese biscuit, resulting in a filling, hearty meal. If you're someone who believes that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, this is the McDonald's breakfast for you.

Bacon, egg and cheese biscuit meal from the Mcdonald's breakfast menu.
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10. Sides

When it comes to the McDonald’s breakfast, there aren’t many sides available to add to your order. This is more of a lunchtime feature, so don’t expect to be able to order fries with your egg McMuffin. That said, who wants lunchtime sides with their breakfast order anyway? Especially when you can have a side of hash browns or a portion of hot cakes to go with your McDonald’s breakfast sandwich?

You can always expect to have tasty hash browns from McDonald’s — crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, with the perfect amount of oiliness. The hot cakes don’t come as a side, but there’s nothing stopping you from ordering them separately! These fluffy cakes are served warm and have a side of real butter and maple-flavored syrup.

Hash browns are a popular breakfast side at McDonald's.
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11. Sausage Burrito

If you’re looking to order something a little healthier from the McDonald’s breakfast list, then the sausage burrito makes a great choice at just over 300 calories. This soft burrito is loaded with fluffy egg, pork sausage, chiles, onion and American cheese, and is perfect when paired with a coffee or juice for a fresh start.

A McDonald's sausage burrito.
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12. Sausage McMuffin With Egg

Another firm McDonald’s breakfast favorite, the sausage McMuffin with egg features a savory hot sausage patty, oozy American cheese slice and a freshly cracked egg encased in a light, toasted English muffin. It's perfect when eaten on its own or paired with a hash brown, which, when placed inside the sandwich, makes for an even more filling morning treat.

Sausage muffin with egg and cheese
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13. Egg McMuffin

If sausage isn’t your thing, you might want to opt for the classic egg McMuffin — a staple and favorite among McDonald’s aficionados. Here, you have a warm toasted English muffin, slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, with lean Canadian bacon, American cheese and a freshly cracked egg. Not only is this a lighter choice, it’s also full of protein, so it will keep you going for longer.

An egg McMuffin, one of the most popular McDonald's breakfast options.
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14. Fruit and Maple Oatmeal

McDonald’s breakfast doesn’t have to be unhealthy; on the contrary, the fruit and maple oatmeal makes a great choice for health-conscious diners looking for something sweet and filling. This pot of oatmeal contains two full portions of whole-grain oats with a dash of cream and sugar for sweetness. The oatmeal is loaded with not one, but two varieties of raisins, along with red and green apples and cranberries. It’s filling, it’s delicious and it's much healthier than most of the other McDonald's breakfast choices.

A bowl of McDonald's fruit and maple oatmeal.
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15. Sausage McMuffin

If you’re looking for something filling you can grab on the go, the sausage McMuffin is the ideal choice from the McDonald’s breakfast menu, giving you the right amount of protein and carbs to see you through until lunch. Featuring a lightly-toasted English muffin topped with a savory sausage patty and melty American cheese, this breakfast sandwich offers value for money and good flavor. 

A sausage McMuffin.
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16. Big Breakfast

We’re just going to put it out there and say it — some people aren’t into hot cakes. Hard to believe, but true. If you're one of those people, then the Big Breakfast from the McDonald’s menu is a good option, especially if you have a little more time to sit down and enjoy your morning meal. You’ll get a tasty sausage patty served with a decent portion of fluffy eggs, crispy hash browns and a warm biscuit for that all-American touch. With lots of protein and carbs, you'll be set up for a successful day.

Have a big plate of McDonald's breakfast to start the day.
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17. Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles Meal

If you’ve woken up and your stomach is growling with hunger, you’re probably going to need to upgrade your McDonald’s breakfast. Honestly speaking, we can’t get enough of the McGriddles meals — tasty, fluffy and filling. In this meal, you’ll get a McGriddles sandwich, which features a soft folded egg, thick cuts of applewood smoked bacon and a slice of tasty American cheese encased between two warm griddle cakes with the sweet and beloved taste of maple. As this is a full breakfast meal, you’ll also get a side of hash browns and a freshly-roasted coffee. 

Bacon, egg and cheese McGriddles meal.
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Some days just call for a fast-food start, and very few places offer the ideal combination of convenience and deliciousness found at McDonald's. The great thing about a McDonald’s breakfast is that it not only provides amazing value for money, you can also guarantee it’s going to be tasty. The McDonald’s breakfast menu offers lots of variety, too, not to mention the host of McDonald’s Secret Menu items waiting to be discovered at breakfast time and beyond. 

The variety doesn’t end there, either, as McDonald’s serves up a different menu of breakfast choices depending on where you are in the world. So, next time you travel away from home, be sure to pop into McDonald's and check out what’s available beneath the local golden arches.

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