Breakfast FAQs

The first meal of the day has some important questions.

Check out our McDonald's breakfast FAQ for all of your answers to questions about our breakfast!

Why can't I get bagels at my McDonald's restaurant?

Some McDonald's menu items  are found regionally in our restaurants and not offered across the U.S.

What's in a McGriddles® Bun?

Actually, it’s not really a bun—it’s a warm griddle cake that has the taste of maple baked right in. Find out more about McGriddles® ingredients and nutrition.

Do you use real butter?

Yes! Just like how you butter toast at home, we use real butter on our English muffins, biscuits and bagels used for some of our breakfast menu items, making mornings extra special.

Do you have vegetarian breakfast options?

Although we don’t have a vegetarian menu, we do offer options without meat, including our Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. We’re also happy to make any of our breakfast sandwiches for you without meat—just ask.

What's the Difference Between Hotcakes and Pancakes?

There is no difference. We just prefer to call them ‘hotcakes’ instead of ‘pancakes.’ Still round, fluffy and topped with real butter. Simple as that.

Still curious? Learn more about our hotcakes.

Are McDonald's eggs microwaved or grilled before serving?

Well, it depends on which egg you’re referring to. Our freshly cracked and scrambled eggs are cooked on the grill with liquid real butter. We also use the grill to heat our folded egg, which is previously cooked in our suppliers’ kitchens before arriving at our restaurants. As for the eggs used in our Sausage Burrito, we cook these in our suppliers’ kitchens then microwave in our restaurants prior to serving.

How Do You Make the Egg on the Egg McMuffin® Round?

With an ingenious tool we call an ‘egg ring.’ That way, the egg effortlessly fits the English muffin and is easy to hold when eating. That Grade A egg comes with extra lean Canadian bacon and a slice of melted American cheese, served on a toasted English muffin with real butter. Cool, huh?

How are McDonald's Eggs Prepared?

Good question. Our breakfast menu items are all made with real eggs—they’re just prepared a little differently for each sandwich.

Round Egg:

We use a USDA Grade A cracked into an ‘egg ring’ to get that iconic round shape for our Egg McMuffin®.

Scrambled Eggs:

Our scrambled eggs are made with liquid eggs that are cooked fresh on our grill with real butter.

Folded Eggs:

Our folded eggs, like the ones on a Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, are made with liquid eggs that are pre-cooked and folded before being flash frozen by our suppliers. Once in our kitchens, they’re prepared on the grill with real butter.

Sausage Burrito Eggs:

Our suppliers pre-cook liquid eggs with ingredients that include sausage, tomatoes, green chilies, onions and seasonings before flash freezing them to help maintain their taste.

Visit our breakfast menu to get the full list of ingredients in your favorite sandwich.

Are Your Eggs Real?

Oh, they’re real alright. Across all five styles of eggs we make, you can feel confident knowing they all start with a real egg.

Learn more about what kind of eggs we use.

Does McDonald's use Freshly Cracked Eggs?

We use a freshly cracked, Grade A egg for our famous Egg McMuffin® sandwich. It gets its iconic round shape when we cook it on the grill with an ‘egg ring.’ And that’s just the start of your favorite morning sandwich! Next, we add extra lean Canadian bacon, a slice of melted American cheese, and serve it all on a toasted English muffin with real butter.