Breakfast Bagel Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

I may have bitten off a little more than I could chew by constructing this sandwich both literally (in that I could only eat about half) and figuratively (there was way too much going on in this sandwich!). If I could do it all over again I would probably removed the spinach and tomato and possible even the avocado. This sandwich was so slippery and messy I had egg, cheese tomato and avocado all over my kitchen table after I was done. And it had so many other ingredients in besides cheese that it barely felt like a grilled cheese sandwich. It was more like a breakfast sandwich with melted cheese. At any rate, it still tasted pretty darn good.

So let me again reiterate that this sandwich just had too much going on for me. I think it would have been good with just bacon and egg — it would have made it seem like a real grilled cheese (bagel) sandwich versus a breakfast sandwich with melted cheese.


  • bagel
  • one or two eggs
  • shredded or sliced cheese
  • bacon (thick cut is best!) (optional)
  • avocado (optional)
  • tomato slices (optional
  • baby spinach, stems removed (optional)


  1. First off, after being frustrated by the thickness of the Bagel Grilled Cheese Sandwich I had made the day before, I decided to press the bagel down with some weight to try to flatten the bagel out a bit for my breakfast grilled cheese sandwich. Pretty much the bagel sprung back to life after I took the books off it, however.
  2. For this sandwich I buttered the outsides of an Asiago Cheese bagel and set them in my frying pan. Then I topped both sides with shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzarella and chipotle jack)  and threw some tomato and baby spinach on one of the halves. I covered the pan and cooked the bagel sandwich at a medium-low heat until the cheese was melted and the bagel was grilled (all the while frying two eggs in a separate pan over medium heat). It took longer to melt the cheese on one bagel half than the other because of uneven way that Einstein bagels cuts their bagels, which resulted in a slightly burned bagel top for my sandwich.
  3. Then came the assembly of the sandwich. I topped the bottom bagel (which had my tomato and spinach on it) with the two fried eggs. You may think that two fried eggs is overkill but the bagel was actually so big that one egg really isn’t enough. On the other half of the bagel I threw down some mashed avocado. Then I lay the thick cut bacon on top of the avocado and flipped the avocado bacon half on top of the egg half.
  4. If you are able, cut in half before eating. I had a helluva time cutting this bad boy in half. That was the start of all the messiness.

Recipe rating: 

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