New York Style Bacon, Egg And Cheese Bagel Sandwich

"So this is what I was making with the everything bagels: delicious and satisfying New York-Style Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwiches! The breakfast sandwich that conquered the Big Apple. Have you ever tried one? Now you can ditch the bodega and make your BEC at home!"
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This quick and easy bacon, egg, and cheese bagel requires just a few staple ingredients and is sure to revolutionize your breakfast routine. Whether you're rushing out the door or enjoying a lazy weekend morning, this iconic sandwich delivers satisfaction every time.

Recipe Description

The bagel breakfast sandwich is a beloved staple of American breakfast culture, evolving from early 20th-century diner fare. Originating from the bagels brought by Eastern European immigrants, this sandwich became iconic in New York City. It combines the crispy, smoky bacon with a soft, creamy egg and gooey cheese on a bagel, offering a quick, satisfying meal perfect for the city's fast-paced lifestyle.

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Bacon Egg and Cheese Bagel Ingredients

Everything you need to make a bacon egg and cheese bagel.

Test Kitchen Notes

  • Fresh Bagels Make a Difference: For the best bacon, egg, and cheese bagel, consider buying your bagels fresh from a local bakery, or making homemade bagels, which are softer and have a better texture and flavor than store-bought, pre-packaged options. An 'everything' or sesame bagel adds an extra layer of flavor that complements the savory filling beautifully. 

    Cooking the Eggs: When frying the eggs, you can adjust the cook time depending on how you prefer your eggs. For a runny yolk, fry the eggs for about 2-3 minutes. For more well-done eggs, let them cook a bit longer, about 4-5 minutes, or flip them for an over-medium finish. Alternatively, if you prefer scrambled eggs, whisk the eggs in a bowl with a pinch of salt and pepper. Melt a tablespoon of butter in the skillet, then pour in the eggs. Stir gently with a spatula, allowing them to set slightly between stirs, until they are fluffy and fully cooked. This method provides a softer texture that melds seamlessly with the cheese and bacon.

    Cheese Options: While American cheese is classic for its excellent melting qualities and mild flavor, feel free to experiment with other types of cheese for different tastes. Cheddar can offer a sharper flavor, while a slice of mozzarella or provolone provides a stretchy cheese pull.

    Enhancing Flavor with Condiments: Adding condiments can elevate the sandwich. Classic options include ketchup, hot sauce, or a swipe of mayonnaise. These can be added to the bagel before assembling or served on the side for dipping. 

    Serving and Pairing: This sandwich pairs wonderfully with a side of fresh fruit or hash browns for a more filling meal. For a beverage, consider fresh orange juice or a hot cup of coffee to complement the rich flavors of the sandwich.


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Prep time 10mins
Cook time 5mins
Serves or Makes: 1

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  • 1 bagel (plain, whole wheat or everything), toasted
  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 slices bacon, cooked
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • Step 1

    Start by slicing the bagel in half. Toast the halves until they are golden brown and crispy.

  • Step 2

    While the bagel is toasting, heat one tablespoon of butter in a skillet over medium heat.

  • Step 3

    Crack the eggs into the skillet and fry them to your preferred doneness. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Step 4

    Once the eggs are cooked, place a slice of cheese on each egg and allow it to melt slightly.

  • Step 5

    Spread the remaining butter on the inside of each bagel half.

  • Step 6

    Layer the cooked bacon on the bottom half of the bagel.

  • Step 7

    Carefully place the cheesy eggs on top of the bacon.

  • Step 8

    Cap it with the top half of the bagel.

  • Step 9

    Serve the sandwich warm, ideally with your favorite morning beverage.

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