As much as some of us to wish we might be the kind of people who wake up early enough to prepare a sumptuous breakfast at home most of the time, life prevents us from doing so. For those hectic mornings, fast food breakfast is the answer. It’s quick, it’s easy and above all it’s delicious. But not all chain breakfasts are created equal.
To determine the best places to eat breakfast, we took a two-pronged approach: first, we asked our highly savvy team of Delish editors for their thoughts on the best breakfast fast food. Next, we scoured the internet for fast food superfans for their must-have menu items. Turns out people have feelings on fast food breakfast.
To be hungry ? These AM goodies are so good you might even stop hitting the snooze button. Focus on could.
Carl’s Jr’s menu is filled with great breakfast sandwich options, from gooey grilled cheese to hearty Bacon Beast cookie. But none compare to the next level breakfast burger. Yes, a burger for breakfast. This baby packs a fully grilled beef patty, crispy bacon, fluffy egg, melted American cheese, crispy hash rings and flavorful ketchup into a fluffy seeded bun.
“This burger will always be my favorite. I can’t beat the hash browns inside the burger,” one Reddit user raved. “That’s innovation!”
Jack in the Box has a surprisingly generous and varied breakfast menu, but the internet is particularly obsessed with its Breakfast Jacks. It’s all twists on what follows: a fluffy bun stacked with a fried egg scramble with melted American cheese. Get it with smoked ham, sausages or bacon strips.
“Breakfast Jacks are great,” said a Reddit user. “I think it’s about the fried egg.”
One extremely good thing about Sonic Breakfast? It is served 24/7 at most locations. “[Its] breakfast is actually the star of the menu,” said a Reddit user. “The ultimate meat and cheese breakfast burrito” – crispy bacon, sausages, tater tots, fluffy scrambled eggs and tangy cheese sauce wrapped tightly in a warm flour tortilla – “is probably my breakfast of favorite fast food.”
Don’t sleep on the Five Guys breakfast game. Yes, we know the chain has amazing burgers, but have you ever tried their bacon, egg and cheese sandwich? It’s a simple but effective combo, and you can spice it up with add-ons like fiery jalapeños and savory steak sauce. Sign us up!
At Del Taco, breakfast time means quesadillas, grilled wraps, and hash browns, but burritos are where it’s really happening. Go for the Epic Scrambler burrito, which stuffs soft scrambled eggs, hash browns, freshly grated cheddar cheese, pico de gallo, tangy red sauce and crispy bacon or freshly grilled carne asada in a warm, oversized flour tortilla. Alternatively, dip into a stack of breakfast rolls, a mixture of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and red sauce wrapped in a tortilla. To this you can either add bacon or even more eggs and cheese.
What if those rollers aren’t heavy enough? A Redditor has a helpful hack: “Buy the breakfast rolls then a $1.00 order of five piece hash browns,” shared the user. “Open the breakfast rolls and throw in hash browns.” Uh, genius?!
Whataburger is coming for Chick-fil-A’s Chicken Cookie Crown? According to a Redditor, the answer is YES.
« Butter Chicken and Honey Biscuits [are a] little piece of heaven [that] definitely rivals the glorious Chick-fil-A Chicken Cookie,” the declared user. “This has always been my favorite fast food breakfast.”
Another Whataburger favourite? The Breakfast Platter meal, which is filled with scrambled eggs, sizzling bacon or a sausage patty, hash browns, a flaky cookie, and coffee or soda.
Dunkin’s Blueberry Muffins have a special place in the heart of June Xie, Senior Food Producer of Delish. “Something about this muffin top that adds just the right amount of sugar to my step,” she said. barely awake in the morning when I walk in.
It may be shocking to hear, but Burger King has a breakfast burrito (yes, really) and people are obsessed with it. “The burrito is pretty fiery,” leaked TikTok creator. “Hash browns, bacon, cheese, eggs, a good ratio of everything,” she said. “It’s pretty good, I’m not going to lie.”
But if the standard Burger King burrito isn’t enough? Another fan on TikTok has a brilliant suggestion: Dip this burrito in maple syrup. “If you like sweet and savory, I highly recommend it,” she advises.
We’re not shocked that Taco Bell, a chain with dozens of die-hard fans swooning over its affordable, Mexican-inspired fare, also offers a devoted breakfast.
“My love of Taco Bell breakfast is an unhealthy addiction,” a Redditor confessed. “Get the [Cheesy Fiesta Potato] bowl” – it’s a bowl of spicy potatoes covered in nacho cheese -” and a [Breakfast] Meal Crunchwrap,” which marries bacon, egg, and cheese with a generous hash brown and creamy jalapeño sauce.
“I’m addicted to the Grande Scrambler,” another Redditor wrote. referring to the brand’s bacon tortilla, cheesy scrambled eggs, spiced potatoes, nacho cheese sauce and sour cream. It is “by far the king of breakfast burritos”.
“I recently discovered the greatness of Chick-fil-A Chicken Minis,” a Reddit user revealed. The offering puts the brand’s famous chicken nuggets in a doughy yeast roll. “And my God, are they amazing.”
People also love the brand’s Chicken Biscuit Sandwich. (Whataburger fans are excluded, of course.) “That chicken cracker, though,” cooed another Redditor. “Out of this world!”
To enhance the flavor, drizzle this chicken biscuit with honey. It does it “10 times better“, swears a Redditor.
Looks like we have another contender for Best Chicken Cookie. “Last year I had Wendy’s New Breakfast and it’s amazing,” said Philip Swift, Delish’s senior post-production supervisor. “Maple Bacon Chicken Croissant and Honey Butter Chicken Cookie are definitely worth it.” heal!” he declared.
Les Arches d’Or have long reigned supreme over the fast food breakfast landscape, and it’s no secret. Multiple Twitter polls show the beloved brand crushing the competition in the best breakfast category – see here, hereand here proof. Delish editors must agree.
“McDonald’s hash browns!” said Izabela Campos, our associate social media editor. “Warm, fatty, crunchy and perfect with a little packet of ketchup or ‘hot’ sauce.”
Delish’s motion graphics director Vineet Sawant is also obsessed with the Sausage McMuffin, a toasted English muffin served hot topped with a tangy sausage patty and a piece of melted American cheese. He’s eaten one every January 1st for eight years. “Don’t ask why, I don’t know why,” he offered as a non-explanation. Hey, if you’re going to start a food tradition, why not center it around the ever-reliable McDonald’s?
Expert tip: place a packet of jam between the layers of a sausage McMuffin before swallowing it. “It sounds weird, but it’s the perfect mix of salty and sweet butter,” a shared Redditor.
Our final thoughts? There’s no shame in the fast food breakfast game. Hats off to all the brave fast food breakfast aficionados and hackers out there. You have inspired us!
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