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Easy Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

Updated on June 23, 2013
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Best Grilled Breakfast Sandwich

How often do you find yourself running out the door without breakfast? Do you frequently buy a breakfast sandwich at a fast food drive-through window? Are you tired of the same old, boring breakfast food? If you'd like a quick, tasty meal that's easy to make, grilled paninis are just the thing for you.

In Italy "panino", or "little loaf of bread", is usually a ciabatta roll cut horizontally and filled with cured meat and cheese. In the U.S. and Canada, panini generally refers to a warm sandwich toasted on the grill. Popular since the 1980s, one of panini's virtues is its versatility. Depending on preferences and ingredients on hand, you can come up with many variations. You'll save money, eat well and your kids will love these sandwiches! A recipe for "The Classic", a basic bacon, egg and cheddar sandwich, is followed by variations so you can switch things up a bit. Enjoy!


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Tips:

  • If you don't have butter, try spreading bread slices with mayonnaise before grilling.
  • Prep eggs and bacon the night before to get breakfast on the table faster.
  • Purchase sliced cheese for quicker assembly.
  • Layering the sandwich with cheese binds everything together.
  • When seasoning the bacon, only sprinkle brown sugar on the second side. If you sprinkle it on both sides you'll risk burning.


The Classic: Quick & Easy Breakfast Panini

4.8 stars from 4 ratings of The Classic Breakfast Sandwich

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 4 breakfast sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 8 slices whole grain bread or 4 English muffins
  • 8 slices bacon, thick sliced
  • 6-8 eggs, extra large
  • 8 slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • cumin, freshly ground black pepper and light brown sugar, for sprinkling
  • butter or mayonnaise, for spreading
  1. For the bacon, carefully place the slices in a skillet on medium-high heat. Sprinkle each slice with a pinch of ground cumin and freshly ground pepper. When bacon is sizzling and beginning to brown, flip and sprinkle with cumin, pepper and brown sugar on the other side. When bacon is cooked to your preference, drain on paper towels.
  2. Fry eggs according to preference. I prefer medium-well eggs so the yolk is still a bit moist but not runny.
  3. Prepare sandwiches: Butter two slices of bread on one side. On the unbuttered side of one slice, layer cheese slice, two eggs (cut to fit), two strips of bacon and another slice of cheese. Top with the other slide of bread, buttered side facing out.
  4. Place on a skillet or griddle heated to medium heat. When bread is golden and cheese is slightly melted, flip and grill on the other side.
  5. Serve sandwiches with fresh fruit and fresh-squeezed juice or coffee.

Variations

Add an egg, fried or scrambled, to the following delicious variations:

"Flamenco"

  • Spanish chorizo
  • Manchego cheese

"Old Faithful"

  • sliced ham
  • swiss cheese

"My Sweet Paree"

  • country ham
  • thinly sliced pear
  • brie cheese

"The American"

  • Canadian bacon
  • American cheese



"The Aosta"

  • proscuitto
  • fontina cheese

"Sombrero"

  • Mexican chorizo
  • farmer's cheese
  • green chiles

"Little Italy"

  • mozzarella cheese
  • steamed spinach
  • roasted red pepper

"Californian"

  • pepperjack cheese
  • avocado

"The North American" grilled breakfast sandwich
"The North American" grilled breakfast sandwich

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    Taranwanderer 23 months ago

    Now THIS, is a breakfast sandwich lol. I've been using the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich maker to cook mine up for some time now, but obviously there are size limitations with the appliance. I'll have to try it with full sized bread and your recipe. Awesome! http://pinstor.us/2015/01/05/breakfast-sandwich-ma...

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks for your comment peachpurple!

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    peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    looks yummy and gonna try tomorrow

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    vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

    I agree GetitScene!

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    Dale Anderson 2 years ago from The High Seas

    Honestly, is there anything that tastes better than a good grilled cheese sandwich? I think not.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ellebee, I'm sure your kitchen sink breakfast panini will turn out just fine. I'm glad this inspired you to use your panini maker. Thanks for coming by!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    peachpurple, thanks so much for the kind words! I appreciate the comment, tool

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, breakfast sandwiches are a quick and easy breakfast we make sometimes on the weekends. Enjoy!

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    ElleBee 4 years ago

    These all sound delicious! I have a panini maker, and now I'm wondering why it never occurred to me to use it for heating up breakfast sandwiches! I may be making myself one in about 15 minutes :) Not sure if it will involve any of your suggested combos though - may be more of the "kitchen sink"/"empty out the fridge" version, haha.

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    peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    yummy breakfast. Looks easy to prepare. Congrats! Your hub has been nominated as hub of the day. Well done !

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    Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

    The North American grilled breakfast sandwich has my stomach feeling strangely empty. Voted awesome, shared too.

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    moonlake 4 years ago from America

    This sounds so good. Voted up and shared.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sgbrown, I know what you mean about a quick breakfast for two. This one is perfect and the variations keep it from getting boring. Thanks for your meaningful comment and, of course, all the votes and share!

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    This is awesome! So many variations, breakfast will never be boring again! I am printing this out so I can keep it on the fridge. It's just hubby and I so, I love breakfast sandwiches as they are fast and easy to make and clean up after. Great hub, voting up, useful and sharing! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ishwaryaa, your vegetarian panini sounds delicious! You should publish a hub about it. Vegetarian grilled sandwiches are delicious, and even my husband enjoys them especially when they include roasted red pepper. I like your idea of choosing cottage cheese for the protein. Thanks for the votes and share and most of all, for your support! You have a wonderful year, as well.

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

    I am very fond of homemade grilled sandwiches/paninis. I prefer vegetarian ones. I use garden-fresh vegetables, cottage-cheese, a dash of low-fat mayonaise and little oregano for my grilled sandwiches. But still, your photos looked drool-worthy! Anyone who read this detailed hub will take up your advice of a quick, homemade and delicious breakfast sandwich! I voted up for Little Italy and also would like to try it. Well-done!

    Happy New Year to you & yours!

    Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & shared

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peachpurple, this really is a versatile recipe and so quick and easy. Enjoy! Thank you for your support!

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    peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

    Lovely recipe. Morning breakfast can never be boring again with your delicious recipe. Thanks for sharing

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jools, enjoy your Little Italy! It's nice to have a quick recipe for your breakfast arsenal. Thank you for coming by.

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    Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

    This just made me hungry - and I have everything in to make a Little Italy for breakfast tomorrow - many thanks!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Unknown spy, thanks for coming by! Yes, it's a quick and delicious breakfast. I appreciate the share, too.

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    IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Wow! that was yummy! mouth-watering recipe.would love this for breakfast :) shared.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    MargaritaEden, it's a simple but delicious breakfast. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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    MargaritaEden 4 years ago from Oregon

    Oh this looks so good, bread and melted cheese will get me every time, sharing your recipe!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    ChristyWrites, the classic is a great choice! Thanks for dropping by. It's always nice to hear from you.

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    Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

    I had not thought of paninis for breakfast - good recipes! I like the classic.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Alocsin, glad you found this idea to be innovative. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

    I've never actually considered preparing a panini for breakfast, so this is a great idea. Voting this Up and Useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Beingwell, thanks so much for taking the time to comment and share!

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    beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

    Yammmmeeee!!! Shared this one.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KoffeeKlatch gals, there are so many variations that it would take a long time to get tired of these yummy sandwiches. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    Your sandwiches all sounded so delicious that I had an awful time choosing one I'd like to try first. I love the way you offered variations. Great job. Up and awesome.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    pstraubie48, enjoy the breakfast sandwiches and thank you for stopping by! You can try different variations depending on the likes/dislikes of your family. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    Patricia Scott 4 years ago from sunny Florida

    Quick and easy...two of my favorite words. This looks amazing. On the weekends my family gets together for a brunchy kind of meal. This is what I am making this weekend. Thank you for sharing.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    sen.sush23, I'm so glad you enjoyed the panini. There are so many variations that you'll never get bored with them. You might even come up with your own new breakfast sandwiches. Thanks so much for taking the time to come back and leave your positive feedback!

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    Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

    Vespa, I tried out your classic Panini breakfast, and I must say it was super awesome. Enjoyed a good morning, thanks to you. :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you, Nothuk, for taking the time to read and commment.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mhatter99, thanks for your comment!

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    nothuk 4 years ago from Varna, Bulgaria

    Deliciously presented recipe and excellent similar ideas ! Great hub, vespawolf !

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for these breakfast ideas

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Anglnwu, you're right! There are so many more combinations that one could dream up. It's always nice to hear from you...thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    anglnwu 4 years ago

    Yummy! Thanks for the variations you suggested--Panini can never get boring. Great picture too.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Good morning Turtlewoman! It's always nice to hear from you. Enjoy the Little Italy and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sen.sush23, pickles sound very interesting...what a great idea. Thanks so much for voting and commenting. I appreciate it!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Billybuc, I'd be happy to oblige! Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    SuzieHQ, thanks so much for the vote and share! The cumin and brown sugar give bacon a smoky/sweet flavor that we like. Enjoy!

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Donnah76, I'm happy to help! I hope you enjoyed your delicious breakfast paninis.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Kelleyward, breakfast wraps are also a quick and easy breakfast. Thanks for voting and sharing!

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    Kim Lam 4 years ago from California

    Good morning darlin Vespa! I am so ready to try the Little Italy! Yum! Great recipe of a classic breakfast sandwich!

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    Sushmita 4 years ago from Kolkata, India

    Sounds just too yummy and filling too...must give it a try. I would love to combine with bell pepper as a variation, and maybe pickles as an alternative. But the number of other variations that you have suggested are worth trying out. Really very well written hub. Voted up.

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I think I would kill for one of these right now! This looks so delicious and I am soooo hungry! Would you please fly up to Washington and make one of these for me???? Pleeeeeeeze! LOL

    Great recipe!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Love one now vespawoolfe! Great hub with excellent alternatives to try! Never would have thought of using brown sugar on bacon so thanks for the tip! Voted up, Useful and will share:)

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Would love one now! Thanks vespawoolf for another lovely hub with great alternatives to try. I also have never thought of brown sugar on bacon! Interesting, must give it a try! Voted up, Useful and will share:)

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    Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

    Yum. I am going to eat breakfast shortly. You have inspired this morning's choice. :)

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    kelleyward 4 years ago

    Breakfast panini's are one of my favorite ways to eat breakfast! I also enjoy grilled breakfast wraps. Yum! Voted up and shared! Kelley

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, I'll remember that about the "all of the above" button for next time! It sounds like you have a healthy breakfast routine. We eat a breakfast like this once a week...it keeps my husband happy! Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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    Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

    I voted for My Sweet Paree but if you had put an all of the above button, I would have pushed that instead. I have never used brown sugar on bacon. Interesting! Most often we start our day with fresh fruit and yogurt and coffee...but these breakfast sandwiches would be good for a brunch or lunch. Great ideas! Thanks! Voted up and useful.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Daddy Paul, you're very observant! Brown eggs are more common in Peru than white eggs. I try to get free-range, which are so much more delicious than commercial eggs. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment.

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    Daddy Paul 4 years ago from Michigan

    I like the brown eggs. Nice touch.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wow, two non-breakfast people are the first commenters on this hub! Yes, I definitely think it would make a delicious lunch or dinner. It's nice to hear from you again, Janine Huldie!

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    Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

    Sounds delicious. I too am not a breakfast person, but would even consider for lunch or dinner. Pinned, voted up and shared.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jackie Lynnley, these sandwiches are so versatile that almost anyone would enjoy one or more of the variations. I hope you have a chance to try them! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Mm this sounds very good. I am not a breakfast person but I could go for this.

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