These Are the Absolute Worst Breakfast Sandwiches You Can Eat
For some, it’s the most important meal of the day. For others, it’s an excuse to get their sugar fix out of the way before noon. Regardless of which breakfast camp you fall into, certain choices are objectively better than others.
Swapping super foods for calorie bombs is tempting, but doing so too often will leave you feeling less than your best for the rest of the day. So, when it comes to searching for your ideal morning meal, these 15 breakfast sandwiches definitely don’t make the cut.
1. Jimmy Dean Meat Lovers Muffin Sandwich
We figured we’d kick things off with the one name synonymous with breakfast sandwiches, and Jimmy Dean upped the ante with this one. Using double the meat of the basic version, the Meat Lovers Muffin Sandwich combines not one, but two sausage patties with egg and cheese. And while Jimmy Dean hardly conjures thoughts of clean eating, this sandwich is better off left at the grocery store; it delivers 480 calories and 920 milligrams of sodium to the table in just one serving.
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2. Taco Bell Breakfast Crunchwrap
Blowing almost half the recommended daily caloric intake (of course, it depends on weight, age, gender, and activity level, but you can learn more about that here) on breakfast probably isn’t your best bet. But if you opt for Taco Bell’s Breakfast Crunchwrap with Sausage, you’ll be doing just that. You’re looking at 700 calories and 46 grams of total fat for the Crunchwrap alone. And if that’s not enough, making it a combo could reach to over 1,000 calories all before noon.
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3. McDonald’s McGriddles
It probably doesn’t come as too much of a shock that the fast food king made our list. Burgers and fries aside, though, there’s one menu item that really takes unhealthy meals to the next level. McGriddles, which come in three varieties, are breakfast sandwiches with a twist — pancakes are used as buns.
That’s right; McDonald’s “warm griddle cakes — with the taste of sweet maple” house your choice of egg, cheese, bacon, or sausage. And although the Sausage, Egg, & Cheese has the most calories — 550 — it’s the Sausage McGriddles we’re most wary of. At least the former incorporates egg into the mix; the latter, however, is strictly sausage and sweet pancakes.
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4. Monte Cristo sandwich
This one’s more of a DIY situation, but don’t let the homemade aspect fool you — it’s far from clean eating. Basically, it’s a grilled cheese meets French toast meets ham and Swiss sandwich. Just take a look at this recipe from Martha Stewart, for example. Once you’ve constructed the sandwich, made the egg mixture, and fried the bread, you’ll top it all off with confectioner’s sugar to boot. Definitely one of the more decadent breakfast sandwiches you could order, or even make yourself.
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5. Dunkin’ Donuts Sausage, Egg, & Cheese Croissant
Sausage, egg, and cheese sounds basic enough in the realm of breakfast sandwiches. And when it’s put on a croissant, as done at Dunkin’ Donuts, it just gets worse. Coming in at 700 calories, this monster meal has only 2 grams of dietary fiber, meaning it falls way short of a nutritious breakfast. Oddly enough, you’d be better off downing a doughy doughnut instead.
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6. Starbucks Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack & Egg Breakfast Sandwich
Now, this sandwich isn’t the worst of the worst, but it does warrant mention, as Starbucks is one of the most popular morning stops people make when heading to work. Of all their breakfast sandwiches, the Spicy Chorizo, Monterey Jack, and Egg Breakfast Sandwich is one of the worst, with a total of 500 calories and 30 grams of fat. So, don’t let the company’s bandwagon trend of farm-to-table freshness fool you; it’s not as good as they’d like you to believe.
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7. IHOP Ham & Egg Melt
If it’s a chain pancake house you’re looking for, IHOP is typically the first place that comes to mind. The rest of your family has their hearts set on pancakes, but you’re more of a savory breakfast connoisseur. Your eyes go straight to the sandwich section, and just about the only breakfast option in the category is the Ham & Egg Melt.
It sure sounds tasty, but try to restrain yourself. At 1,080 calories, 53 grams of total fat, and 2,900 milligrams of sodium, you’re better off saving this sandwich (complete with scrambled eggs, ham, and Swiss and American cheeses) for… never.
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8. Eggs Benedict
Just because you eat it with a fork and knife, doesn’t mean it has immunity from our list. Canadian bacon. Poached eggs. English muffins. How bad could it be? Well, there’s a reason the Bennie is a favorite among brunch fanatics everywhere. And we all know the secret sauce that makes this dish a real delight — the hollandaise. While it’s tough to nail down an exact number, Livestrong.com estimates each serving has about 500 calories alone. So yeah, eggs Benedict isn’t really your best bet for breakfast.
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9. Panera Bread Asiago Bacon, Egg & Cheese
A bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich is basic enough, but it’s probably the Asiago bagel that lands this Panera Bread staple on our list. Although there’s not much explaining to do here, we’ll just double down on the obvious. Vermont white cheddar, bacon, and egg are piled onto an Asiago cheese bagel, all coming together at 580 calories, 56 grams of carbs, and only 2 grams of fiber.
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10. Doughnut sandwiches
Yes, people are doing this. And according to Delish, it’s happening across the nation. One great example is Tom and Chee. While their appearance on Shark Tank may have put them on the map, it’s the company’s selection of grilled cheese doughnuts that’s the real claim to fame. And what says breakfast louder than melted cheese and doughnuts?
Combining everything from ham to fruit, we realize this brand isn’t exactly going for health-conscious. But it’s a good example of where the future of breakfast sandwiches could be going. Lastly, for fairly obvious reasons, we couldn’t get our hands on any nutritional information. Wonder why.
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11. Einstein Bros. Bagels Chorizo Sunrise
It’s no surprise this nationwide bagel chain has a list of breakfast sandwiches, but the Chorizo Sunrise is one to stay away from. Start with a green Chile bagel, smear on some jalapeño salsa, and top it with an egg, chorizo, and pepper-jack cheese. Certainly a tasty way to start your day, but not necessarily the healthiest. This item boasts a whopping 790 calories, and 60 grams of carbs.
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12. Carl’s Jr. Monster Biscuit
Essentially, it’s your average breakfast sandwich, but there must be something more to explain the 820 calories, 59 grams of fat, and 1,930 milligrams of sodium it delivers. That’s right, there really aren’t any curve balls in this sandwich’s name. With bacon, sausage, two eggs, and Swiss and American cheese, it really is a monster, one that’s ready wreak havoc on your health.
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13. Subway Footlong Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Flatbread
Subway is no stranger to health-centric marketing campaigns. And we’ll be the first to say, they’ve done a pretty stellar job. But the Footlong Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Flatbread is actually one of the worst on our list. The real kicker is that, as you’ll notice on the website, nutritional values are listed for a 6-inch sandwich. However, make it a footlong — Subway’s signature sandwich size — and you’ll be doubling down on all things high-cal and artery-clogging. And don’t let the flatbread fool you; this sandwich comes in at a whopping 920 calories, 2,740 milligrams of sodium, and 360 milligrams of cholesterol.
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14. Sonic Breakfast Toaster with Sausage
Once again, it’s all about the bread here. And in this case, it’s the oversized pieces of buttery toast serving as buns on this sandwich that are contributing to the 670 calories and 340 milligrams of cholesterol. Sonic serves up cheese, sausage, and eggs, “all stacked up on thick Texas Toast,” which isn’t too surprising. It is Sonic, after all.
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15. Burger King King Croissan’wich with Double Sausage
By now, we’ve pretty much established that doubling the ingredients of these kinds of sandwiches lands them on our list. And Burger King’s Croissan’wich with Double Sausage is no exception. Pair the flaky croissant with a healthy dose of eggs, two servings of American cheese, and a “hearty serving of savory sizzling sausage,” and you’re looking at 700 calories and 51 grams of fat. Forget feeling energized for the rest of the day; you might as well go back home and take a nap.