Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

There are as many breakfast sandwich recipes as there are opinions about breakfast itself. Some get fancy, some get messy but in its most distilled state a great breakfast sandwich comes down to eggs and bread.

This one is no different. It’s humble and classic but it does have a twist or two up its sleeve so if you’re looking for a vegetarian breakfast sandwich recipe to replace the bacon-egg-and-cheese standby then stay tuned.

At some point along the path into vegetarianism I began to miss the savory meats my dad used to have around the house. I knew it was mostly nostalgia mixed with a dose of family tradition but totally unwilling to settle on tofacon and soy pepperonis I set out to create a veg-friendly alternative.

As a most-of-the-time vegetarian I still indulge every now and again with the true form of the meats from my childhood but what interests me most are how the flavors can be transferred over into a vegetarian breakfast sandwich recipe with just a little tinkering. I chose to mix the smokey saltiness of chipotle peppers with a sweet blackberry jam to achieve this effect. And I must say, it turned out darn well.

Here’s the blueprint of the sandwich:

bagel half + chipotle mayonnaise + cheesy egg + tomato + jam + other bagel half


  • 1 bagel per sandwich (I used whole wheat)
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Mayonnaise (I used canola mayonnaise)
  • 1 egg per sandwich
  • Extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Sliced tomato
  • Jam, most fruit flavors would work perfectly
  • Salt and pepper
  • Canola oil for frying egg


  1. Slice your bagels and get them ready to toast (We only made 2 so the toaster was fine but if you’re making a lot you might consider toasting them in the oven.)
  2. Cut your cheese into thin slices. Enough to cover each persons egg.
  3. Slice tomato.
  4. Chop one chipotle pepper extra fine (it has a kick) and mix it with 2-3 tablespoons of mayonnaise. This made plenty of spread for 2 sandwiches.
  5. Fry the egg to your liking and when it’s 75% done add your cheese slices on top so they have time to melt.
  6. Start toasting your bagels now if using a toaster.
  7. When the bagel is done, smear one half with the chipotle mayonnaise and the other half with jam (maple syrup would also work beautifully here).
  8. All that’s left is assembly! Place your cheesy fried egg on one of the bagel halves, layer on some tomato slices, sprinkle on some salt and pepper and finish it off with the other half of the bagel. Voila!

Photo Guide for Making a Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich

When I was a kid I enjoy the smokiness and saltiness of traditional breakfast meats mixing together with the rich sweetness of maple syrup on my plate. That was my starting point in creating this breakfast sandwich recipe. By smearing one side of the bagel with the smokey chipotle/adobo mayonnaise and the other with either jam or a drizzle of maple syrup I think the savory-sweet reference comes through quite nicely. Then when you add a perfect cheesy fried egg and tomato it made for a very happy Saturday morning in my house. :)

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