The Best Fast-Food Breakfast Items, Ranked
Breakfast is regarded as the most important meal of the day. However, sometimes you’re in a hurry and don’t have time to cook breakfast. Luckily, there’s fast food.
However, not all fast food is created equally. Check out this ranked list of the best fast food breakfast items to ensure your day starts off right.
30. Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits: Cajun Fillet Biscuit
If you live in the South, you have probably been to Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ‘n Biscuits. The good news is that you can order the chain’s flaky, handmade biscuits all day long — not just at breakfast time. That’s even better, isn’t it?
29. Carl’s Jr.: Breakfast Burger
Also known as Hardee’s depending on your location, Carl’s Jr. is already known for its meaty, cheesy hamburgers. However, their breakfast burger (which isn’t available at Hardee’s) takes things to a whole new level.
28. Wendy’s: Breakfast Baconator
Wendy’s is one of the more traditional fast-food restaurants you’ll find on this list. It’s not particularly known for its breakfast menu, but the restaurant’s Breakfast Baconator should be something everyone tries at least once in their life. Who can say no to bacon?
27. Subway: Bacon, Egg and Cheese Sandwich
Subway is good to eat any time, but the sub king’s breakfast sandwiches are an especially great wake up call in the morning. There are many options available, including a toasted flatbread sandwich with sizzling bacon, egg and melted cheese. You can pile on your favorite vegetables and sauce, too.
26. Jack in the Box: Loaded Breakfast Sandwich
Primarily located on the West Coast, Jack in the Box is known for its specialty hamburgers and chicken. Luckily, the fast-food chain also offers breakfast all day long. Its most popular morning meal is the loaded breakfast sandwich. It’s something you’ll want to order again and again.
25. Starbucks: Spicy Chorizo, Cheese and Egg Sandwich
You normally don’t associate Starbucks with breakfast food. You might stop by the coffee chain on your way to work to pick up a much-needed cup of coffee, but have you ever tried the chain’s breakfast sandwiches? Well, what are you waiting for?
24. Tim Hortons: Hot Breakfast Sandwich
Located in Canada and primarily the New England region of the United States, Tim Hortons has gained popularity in recent years as the perfect place to grab breakfast. Not only is the coffee the boost you need to get through the day, but the chain’s hot breakfast sandwich puts others to shame.
23. Dunkin’: Sausage, Egg and Cheese Croissant
Dunkin’ (formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts) is Starbucks’ biggest competitor, and it’s easy to understand why. The coffee chain serves great coffee and donuts, but its breakfast menu is also top-notch. From wrap sandwiches to hash browns and more, you can’t get enough.
22. Carl’s Jr.: Big Country Breakfast Burrito
Carl’s Jr. might be known for its breakfast sandwiches and burgers, but there’s another menu item you need to consider: breakfast burritos. The fast-food restaurant offers many different options, including a loaded cheese burrito, bacon and egg burrito, steak and egg burrito, and chorizo and egg burrito.
21. Dunkin': Donuts
Dunkin’ has great coffee, and what goes better with coffee than donuts? The coffee chain has a kaleidoscopic array of donuts available in every shape and size. There are numerous flavors: strawberry-frosted with sprinkles, cherry blossom, apple crumb, chocolate crème, blueberry glazed, vanilla crème and many more.
20. Wendy's: Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
Wendy’s doesn’t get enough credit for its breakfast menu. Of course, the fast-food restaurant offers the sausage biscuit, the Breakfast Baconator, seasoned potato wedges, breakfast burritos and more. However, you can't forget about the chain’s honey butter chicken biscuit.
19. Taco Bell: Grilled Breakfast Burrito
No matter what you think of Taco Bell, you can’t deny that the fast-food restaurant’s breakfast menu is one-of-a-kind. Launched in 2014, the menu combines traditional breakfast food (pancakes, sandwiches, etc.) with its famous Tex-Mex meals. Skip the cereal and try a breakfast quesadilla, soft taco, Cinnabon Delight, Crunchwrap or (of course) a breakfast burrito.
18. Sonic Drive-In: Breakfast Toaster
You can have plain toast for breakfast at home, but it’s probably not as good as Sonic Drive-In’s Breakfast Toaster. A Texas toast sandwich packed with eggs, American cheese and your choice of ham, bacon or sausage — the breakfast sandwich elevates any standard breakfast meal.
17. Chick-Fil-A: Chick-N-Minis
Chick-fil-A’s Chick-n-Minis might seem small, but don’t let them fool you. Good things come in small packages, including miniature chickens. The chicken sandwich king’s Chick-n-Minis are bite-sized chicken nuggets nestled in warm, miniature yeast rolls topped with a sweet honey butter spread.
16. Hardee's: Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
Wendy’s honey butter chicken biscuit is good, but Hardee’s version is even better. Only available at Hardee’s locations (sorry, Carl’s Jr. fans), the biscuit is a crispy buttermilk chicken fillet sandwiched between made-from-scratch biscuit halves. Then, the biscuit is topped with a sweet honey butter made with real honey.
15. Burger King: Egg-Normous Burrito
Burger King invites you to wake up on the right side of the bed with its Egg-Normous Burrito. This breakfast burrito has it all: savory sausage, fluffy eggs, thick-cut smoked bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, hash browns and a spicy, creamy sauce all wrapped in a warm flour tortilla.
14. McDonald’s: Big Breakfast
McDonald’s is probably the first fast-food restaurant you thought of when you saw this list. It’s known for its full, satisfying breakfast menu. Before you order the McMuffin or McGriddle, keep it simple with the chain’s Big Breakfast meal.
13. White Castle: Belgian Waffle Slider
You don’t normally associate White Castle with breakfast food, but that should change. The restaurant’s breakfast menu is inventive and flavorful. The Belgian waffle slider, for instance, has a freshly cracked egg served with hickory-smoked bacon or sausage. You have your choice of American, jalapeno or smoked cheddar cheese. All of this is sandwiched between two soft Belgian waffles.
12. Carl’s Jr: Sourdough Breakfast Sandwich
You can eat breakfast sandwiches at any fast-food restaurant. That’s been pretty much established at this point, but Carl’s Jr.’s sourdough breakfast sandwich is extra special. It comes with not just the usual eggs, but also ham and melted American and Swiss cheeses on two slices of perfectly toasted sourdough bread.
11. Taco Bell: Breakfast Crunchwrap
There are many available breakfast options at Taco Bell, but nothing is better than the fast-food restaurant’s signature Breakfast Crunchwrap. It makes for a massive breakfast featuring sausage, bacon, eggs, hash browns, cheddar cheese and creamy jalapeno cheese.
10. Carl’s Jr: Mile High Bacon, Egg and Cheese Biscuit
Carl’s Jr. doesn’t mess around with breakfast, especially when it comes to offering you a hearty, satisfying meal that’ll keep you full until lunchtime. The Mile-High bacon, egg and cheese biscuit is a heaping mountain of crispy bacon, folded eggs and American cheese stuffed into a fresh biscuit.
9. McDonald’s: Hash Browns
McDonald’s breakfasts are famous for their hash browns. You can eat them by themselves or pair them with a classic breakfast sandwich. These shredded potato patties are specially prepared to be crisp and toasty on the outside but soft on the inside.
8. McDonald’s: Sausage McMuffin With Egg
While you’re eating McDonald’s hash browns, go ahead and order the fast-food chain’s classic breakfast sandwich, the McMuffin This breakfast item comes with delicious sausage, slices of melted American cheese and an egg on a freshly toasted English muffin. Add a bit of salt or pepper for extra flavor and you’re set.
7. Burger King: Fully Loaded Croissan’wich
Burger King’s Fully Loaded Croissan’wich includes the usual fast-food breakfast sausage, smoked bacon, scrambled eggs and melted American cheese. However, what makes it better than most sandwiches is the addition of sweet black forest ham and a crumbly croissant bun.
6. Chick-Fil-A: Chicken, Egg and Cheese Bagel
If you love bagels, you’re in luck. Chick-fil-A’s chicken, egg and cheese bagel features the fast-food restaurant’s famous boneless chicken breast, folded egg, and melted American cheese on a toasted sunflower multigrain bagel.
5. Burger King: French Toast Sticks
Is there anything better than French toast sticks for breakfast? Burger King is known for its French toast sticks, and it’s not hard to understand why. They’re too good to pass up! The chain’s sweet, golden-brown French toast sticks come with sweet syrup for a one-of-a-kind flavor.
4. McDonald’s: Egg McMuffin
You have probably been waiting for us to mention McDonald’s famous Egg McMuffin, the only sandwich on this list that can compete with its younger sausage counterpart in terms of fame. The sandwich comes with lean Canadian bacon, cracked egg and melted American cheese, all served on a toasted English muffin. The egg pairs perfectly with the melted cheese.
3. McDonald’s: Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
McDonald’s makes better breakfast sandwiches than most fast-food chain restaurants, and the bacon, egg, and cheese biscuit is no exception. The sandwich features thick-cut Applewood smoked bacon, folded egg, melted American cheese and a buttermilk biscuit brushed with real butter.
2. Whataburger: Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit
Located primarily in the South, Whataburger is a close competitor to McDonald’s. Options on its breakfast menu include a breakfast burger, pancake platter, taquito with cheese, biscuit sandwiches, biscuits and gravy and more. But nothing is better than the restaurant’s sweet honey butter chicken biscuit.
1. McDonald’s: McGriddle
You didn’t think we were going to leave out the McDonald’s McGriddle, did you? It’s the best thing at McDonald’s — except the McFlurry, of course. The signature McGriddle buns are actually griddle pancakes with maple syrup flavoring, which help capture the entire sweet-savory breakfast spectrum all at once.