We'd love to keep our freezers stocked with make-ahead breakfast sandwiches at all times, but sometimes the convenience of store-bought is just a gift.
These days the freezer section is filled with an ever-growing selection of breakfast sandwiches. From choices in bread that span English muffins to tortillas, to meat-filled and vegan options, there's a sandwich out there for every taste and preference.
What Makes for a Good Frozen Breakast Sandwich
In order to decide what makes a breakfast sandwich good (or not), we need some criteria. For these sandwiches I'm looking at three main qualities, beyond overall taste, to see how they each stack up.
- Interesting ingredient combinations: What's in this sandwich? Is it a classic combo, or an unexpected blend of ingredients?
- How well it reheats: The way these sandwiches reheat has a big impact on the final flavor.
- How filling it is: Is this the kind of sandwich that will get you through a long morning?
Filled with a blend of tofu, potatoes, black beans, veggies, and salsa, this burrito proves that a filling, protein-packed breakfast sandwich doesn't have to include eggs and meat. If you have time, pop it in the oven to heat, otherwise it's just fine in the microwave.
Who would like this: Anyone who's craving an egg-free breakfast sandwich that's actually good.
Evol's philosophy is about making real food that tastes delicious. We'd say they hit the nail on the head with this vegetarian burrito, which comes loaded with cage-free eggs, Hatch green chiles, roasted potatoes, pinto beans, and cheddar. Microwaving is okay, but these burritos are even better when heated in the oven or on the stovetop.
Who would like this: Anyone who wants a breakfast sandwich with a kick.
Evol prides itself on making its sandwiches with whole foods (the ingredient list is short) and using cage-free eggs. We love the addition of smoked gouda, which has a great way of making this vegetarian breakfast sandwich feel a little fancy. Microwaving is okay, but these sandwiches are even better when heated in the oven or on the stovetop.
Who would like this: Anyone who wants a frozen sandwich that feels a little fancy.
You grew up eating Hot Pockets, so why not let one start you day when you're in a rush? This neatly packaged sandwich brings you the best parts of a breakfast sandwich, burrito, and flaky croissant all wrapped into one tidy package. Crumbled sausage, egg, and low-fat mozzarella are mixed together and surrounded with a buttery croissant crust. If you can wait it out to heat this sandwich in the oven, you'll be rewarded with a wonderfully crispy crust.
Who would like this: Anyone who wants to get transported back to middle school for breakfast.
Move over, sausage McMuffin. Layered with a thick sausage patty, scrambled eggs, a sheet of melted cheese, and served on an English muffin, this is the classic combo that doesn't need any fancy ingredients to make it sing. It heats quickly in the microwave and has what it takes to carry you through the morning.
Who would like this: Anyone who loves a classic breakfast sandwich combo.
The cereal maker now does frozen breakfast sandwiches. If your morning hunger is fierce, this might not be a match, but when you want the substance of a breakfast sandwich while still keeping it on the lighter side, this sausage and egg flatbread checks all the boxes. Bonus points for quick heating in the microwave.
Who would like this: Anyone who wants a breakfast sandwich on the lighter side.
Priced at just $2.99 for two burritos, Trader Joe's once again delivers good food for a good value. Stuffed with eggs, potatoes, turkey bacon, and cheese, this is the kind of breakfast burrito that will fill you up and keep you going until lunchtime. Reheating is quick in the microwave, although if you have more time, opt for the oven.
Who would like this: Anyone who wants a simple, hearty handheld breakfast at an affordable price.
Do you have a favorite store-bought breakfast sandwich we missed? Make your case for it in the comments!