The Egg McMuffin is McDonald's premier breakfast sandwich, developed in 1972 by McDonald's restaurant franchisee Herb Peterson. who developed the sandwich it at his McDonald's location in Santa Barbara, California. This was probably in response to the Jack In The Box chain's release of the Breakfast Jack in 1969, itself also influenced by the dish Eggs Benedict.

About the Sandwich

It is actually quite simple, consisting of a hard poached egg and one slice each of American cheese and Canadian bacon served on a toasted English muffin. The cook uses a system of small teflon coated metal rings to confine the eggs while they're being cooked. There is some kind of margarine or butter.


  • Sausage McMuffin - A sausage patty is substituted for both the egg and the ham. Introduced in 1984. 
  • McMuffin Sausage TS - Sausage patty, lettuce, tomato, a special sauce and a slice of Cheddar cheese in an English muffin. Available in Germany[1]
  • Sausage McMuffin with Egg - A sausage patty is substituted for the ham and the cheese side of the muffin is switched. Introduced in 1984. 
  • Chicken McMuffin - A breaded chicken patty, lettuce, tomato, mayo and a slice of Cheddar cheese in an English muffin. There is no egg in this McMuffin variant. Available in Hungary as part of McDonald's regular breakfast menu.[2]
  • Bacon and Egg McMuffin - Pieces of bacon are substituted for the ham. 
  • Massive McMuffin - Ketchup, bacon, egg, American cheese and two sausage patties.
    Available in New Zealand.[3]
  • Mega Muffin - Egg, sausage, bacon, cheese, and ketchup. Available periodically in Japan as a promotion.
  • Western Omelette McMuffin - Was available in 1990 and 1992; featured a Western omlette  (Egg filled with ham, diced onions, and green bell peppers) and American cheese on a toasted English muffin.[4] This variant was sold in Canada from 1984 until 2007 as the "Omelette McMuffin".
  • Veg McMuffin - Available in India to cater to the substantial part of the population in India that doesn't consume egg.[5]
  • McMuffin Chicken & Bacon - A breaded chicken patty, egg, bacon, ketchup, a special sauce and a slice of Cheddar cheese in an English muffin. Available in Germany.[6]
  • Egg White Delight - A variant substituting a round egg white for the normal round egg, and pasteurized process white Cheddar for the American cheese.[7]


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