The Breakfast Sandwich Taste Test: We Tried 7 Brands and Ranked Them

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Not to be dramatic, but a breakfast sandwich can make or break your entire day. A great one has the potential to put a pep in your step, while a bad one is not only a waste of time, money, and calories, but it can also throw your appetite off for the foreseeable future.

A breakfast sandwich works best when all its components — warm buttery bread, melted cheese, smoky bacon, and a tender egg — come together like a symphony. Mess with any of those ingredients and your breakfast can quickly go from hero to zero. Mushy bread, rubbery cheese, stringy bacon, and bland eggs can derail your morning meal.

In the interests of avoiding a bad breakfast moment, we tried seven bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches and ranked them. Here's how they stacked up, from worst to best.

Our Methodology

We chose bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches from national and regional chains — ones you're just as likely to encounter while running errands in your neck of the woods or while on the road. All sandwiches were priced under five dollars.

In evaluating the sandwiches, we considered a number of different factors. We wanted to see how they compared: Were made-to-order options tastier? Did their breakfast brethren languishing under heat lamps stand a chance? Did pricey sandwiches mean better-tasting ingredients? Can you secure a great breakfast sandwich for under three dollars?

More specifically, we took the following variables into account:

Taken together, these criteria gave us a complete picture of the entire experience, from procurement to enjoyment.

The Breakfast Sandwich Taste Test

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7. McDonald's Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit

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6. Chick-Fil-A's Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit

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5. Panera's Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on an Everything Bagel

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4. Dunkin Donuts' Egg and Cheese on a Bagel

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3. Starbucks' Double-Smoked Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Croissant

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2. Wawa's Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Croissant

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1. Wegmans' Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Croissant

Our #1 Pick: Wegmans

Of all the sandwiches we tried, this one boasted the highest-quality ingredients. Add a cup of coffee or tea, and you will have a delightful breakfast. Wawa's came in at a close second, but Wegmans' thick, flavorful bacon and dynamite croissant catapulted it to the top spot. Next time we feel the urge to dip into a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, we're grabbing one from Wegmans.

Final Thoughts

The most expensive sandwich definitely wasn't the best one. And while we initially thought to-go sandwiches under heat lamps wouldn't be as delicious as made-to-order ones, we were proven wrong: You can get a wonderful sandwich, even if it's hanging out in a cardboard carton by the register.

Who makes your favorite bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich? Do you have strong feelings about whether a breakfast sandwich is best on a biscuit, bagel, or croissant? Tell us in the comments!