If you’ve been on the hunt for the best frozen breakfast sandwich, it’s no wonder you need some guidance—there are a lot of frozen breakfast sandwiches out there! Frankly, it’s overwhelming. But I commandeered the office microwave and cooked up 11 different sammies in order to find the best frozen breakfast sandwiches for your busy mornings.
Here’s what I’m looking for in the best frozen breakfast sandwich: balance. Plain and simple. I don’t care if it’s egg whites sandwiched between two gluten-free waffles or a gooey, cheesy mess on a croissant. It needs to be balanced—not one element should overpower the others in terms of flavor and texture. The beauty of a great breakfast sandwich is the homogenization of all the ingredients. It all should come together to form the perfect bite of savory breakfast, whatever that means to you. And I should know. I’m a former New Yorker and we are insufferable snobs about our breakfast sandwiches.
So preheat your microwave* and make room in your freezer, because these are the best frozen breakfast sandwiches. (*Please don’t actually do that.)
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- Jimmy Dean Bacon Egg & Cheese Croissant
It should come as no surprise that the star of Jimmy Dean’s frozen croissant breakfast sandwich is the bacon. Jimmy Dean is not in the croissant business nor the cheese business (although he is in the egg bites business). He is in the meat business, and it shows. The bacon on this frozen breakfast sandwich is a little sweet and that really works when combined with the ultra savory eggs and cheese. The croissant itself is, sadly, a bit more like bread than an actual croissant, but because of the bacon, I say it’s worth it. If you’re more interested in a good croissant than good filling, on the other hand, Great Value is a better bet. The croissant on Walmart’s brand of frozen breakfast sandwiches was much more buttery, but the egg, sausage, and cheese just fell flat for me.
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- Jimmy Dean Sausage Egg & Cheese Croissant
What does Jimmy Dean do even better than bacon? Sausage. So, if you want a frozen croissant breakfast sandwich and you prefer sausage over bacon, then here’s your pick. As with the bacon version, the croissant component is still a tad bready. But that sausage is so savory and so good. The egg is lovely and spongy. The cheese is cheese. It’s a satisfying sandwich.
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- Tennessee Pride Sausage and Buttermilk Biscuits
I was delighted by these deceptively simple frozen breakfast sandwiches. It’s just a biscuit and sausage, but the breakfast sausage is so incredibly good—like the best diner sausage patty. It’s peppery and spiced and satisfying—even without egg or cheese. I also love that you get two tiny sandwiches per pack. Two of the best frozen breakfast sandwiches? That’s how you start the day.
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- Red’s Egg’Wich Chicken Chorizo
Yes, it’s a gluten-free, keto-friendly frozen breakfast sandwich in the top three. It’s made with two not-too-springy egg patties in place of a bun. And while they do not have any of the same qualities as bread, they’re still very satisfying thanks to the filling. The cheese does a good job of adding some gooey moisture to the mix, but the chicken chorizo is my one true love in this sandwich. This is restaurant worthy sausage. It’s just the right amount of spicy and savory without being straight-up salty. Controversial opinion: If you just put this sandwich between two halves of an English muffin, you would have the best breakfast sandwich—it just wouldn’t be a frozen breakfast sandwich.
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- Red’s Sausage Egg & Cheese
If you aren’t getting a bacon, egg, and cheese on a Kaiser roll from a bodega in Brooklyn, then I personally think an English muffin is the best bread for a breakfast sandwich. It’s how I make my breakfast sammies at home (using a very cool, not at all silly, single-use gadget). And this frozen breakfast sandwich, which comes on an English muffin, could pass for homemade. The muffin is fluffy. The filling is hearty. The cheese actually tastes like something—it’s more than just texture. It’s the best frozen breakfast sandwich if you’re looking for something wholesome.
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- Jimmy Dean Biscuit Sausage, Egg & Cheese
But if you’re looking for something that will really stick to your ribs, something that tastes like it was brought to you by a server who called you “hon,” then you need this frozen breakfast sandwich masterpiece from the master of breakfast meat, Jimmy Dean. It looks the part—like it jumped right off one of the photos on a glossy diner menu. And it tastes great, too. The biscuit is buttery and crumbly. The egg tastes like real egg. It’s not too salty. And that sausage, as we know, is *mwah* chef’s kiss. All you need is some hot sauce.
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Best Sausage Croissant
Best for Meat Lovers
Best on an English Muffin
Best of the Best
Other frozen breakfast sandwiches we tried: TJ’s Eggwich with Turkey Sausage and American Cheese, Great Value Sausage Egg & Cheese Croissant, Great Value Bacon Egg & Cheese Croissant, Great Value Bacon Egg & Cheese Biscuit, Start Right Waffle Sliders Turkey Sausage and Egg White
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