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Who needs the coffee shop? Save time and money by making these copycat Starbucks bacon gouda breakfast sandwiches at home.
Having breakfasts in my back pocket for a quick gobble is important when kids are part of the picture. The other day I was writing at Starbucks and I noticed people kept ordering the breakfast sandwiches.
Probably the most popular Starbucks breakfast sandwich is the bacon and gouda variety. Not without reason, of course — who can resist bacon?
While the combo of bacon, egg, and cheese sounded satisfying that day, I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money on a single sandwich, when I knew it would simple to make at home, just like my cheese danish copycat recipe is!
Really, these copycat Starbucks bacon gouda sandwiches could hardly be easier. Plus, after you have them made and assembled, they can be wrapped up and stored in the freezer for a future meal, which is really the best part.
Saving money and having a great breakfast ready to go? Dreams do come true, people.
Ingredients for copycat Starbucks bacon gouda sandwiches
Full list of ingredients with quantities is in the recipe card.
Eggs – Standard large eggs are perfect here. You can use any size you have on hand, though!
Parmesan cheese – A little grated cheese is added to the cooked eggs. You can add more, or leave it out.
Milk – I add milk to the eggs to fluff them up. 2% milk works great.
If you use a nondairy milk, make sure it is unflavored and unsweetened.
Salt and pepper – Just a pinch of each to flavor the eggs.
Bacon – Any bacon will do for this sandwich, however, so choose your favorite! Thick-cut or applewood smoked are especially good.
I recommend baking the bacon as well, so you get perfect flat strips that are great for sandwiches.
Ciabatta rolls – These chewy, square rolls are the same kind Starbucks uses.
Gouda cheese – You’ll need sliced gouda cheese. If you can’t find precut slices at your grocery store, look for gouda in the deli section or cheese counter, as you might need to cut it yourself.
Havarti is a good substitute for gruyere.
How to make this recipe
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Lightly coat 4 holes of an extra-large muffin tin or 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick spray and set aside.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, parmesan cheese, milk, salt, and pepper until it looks a bit frothy.
Divide the eggs equally between the muffin cups. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until the eggs are puffed and set in the center.
While the eggs are cooking, cook the bacon to your desired crispness. Drain on paper towels.
Cut open the ciabatta buns and place the bottoms on a baking sheet. Set the tops next to their corresponding bottoms.
Once the eggs are done, carefully remove them from the pan and place one round on each bun. If you baked the eggs in a loaf pan, cut into four equal pieces and divide among the buns.
Add a slice of cheese on top of the egg, then add the bacon (cut the bacon in half if needed).
If you are eating the sandwiches immediately, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and broil just until the cheese melts. Add the ciabatta top and enjoy!
How to bake bacon
The variety of bacon you have will determine how long to bake it, so keep an eye on it! You can put the baking sheet in with the egg for this breakfast sandwich recipe and just leave the bacon in a bit longer until fully cooked.
- Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Top with a wire rack, if desired.
- Lay strips on baking sheet in a single layer, leaving a little space between the strips.
- Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes.
- Note that thinner bacon will cook more quickly, while thick cut bacon takes longer.
Really, these copycat Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches could hardly be easier. Plus, after you have them made and assembled, they can be wrapped up and stored in the freezer for a future meal, which is really the best part.
Breakfast without having to think about it? When you have a hectic schedule and two kids, there’s not much out there that’s better. You can also make my copycat Starbucks red berry cheese danishes to round out your week!
How to freeze breakfast sandwiches
Freezing breakfast sandwiches is really easy, and it will ensure you have a ready-made breakfast on hand for any day of the week. I use a method called “flash freezing” that has you freeze briefly before wrapping. This helps prevent moisture loss, which is important with eggs!
- Assemble each sandwich and set on a tray.
- Place the whole tray in your freezer.
- Freeze for 30 minutes.
- Remove from freezer and wrap each sandwich individually in foil, then place sandwiches in a freezer-safe bag.
How to reheat breakfast sandwiches
Reheating method will depend on how much time you have in the morning! An oven or toaster oven gives the best results, but microwaves are quick.
To microwave: Remove foil from sandwich, then wrap in a paper towel. Microwave for 1 minute.
For a toaster oven or oven: Thaw overnight in the fridge, then cook in oven at 350°F for 5-10 minutes. Cook directly from frozen for about 30 minutes.
What size pan do I need to cook the eggs for this sandwich?
I recommend using an extra-large muffin pan. They are also labeled as jumbo or Texas muffin pans.
Another good option is to make the eggs in an 8×8-inch square baking pan or even a loaf pan.
If you don’t want to bake the eggs, you can also cook the eggs in a frying pan as though you are making an omelet or frittata, then cut into pieces for the sandwiches.
What kind of bread is used for the Starbucks bacon gouda sandwich?
Starbucks uses ciabatta rolls for this sandwich, so it’s also what I recommend.
You can usually find ciabatta rolls in the bakery section of any large grocery store. Costco also sells ciabatta rolls, but keep in mind they are a bit larger so the egg won’t entirely fill the roll.
If you can’t find ciabatta rolls or prefer something else, you can also make this sandwich with English muffins or your favorite slider buns!
Can I make these with a different cheese?
Sure! While I personally love gouda, you can make these with any of your favorite sliced cheeses.
Try it with sharp cheddar, muenster, Monterey jack, or even a smoked cheese, like smoked baby Swiss!
You’ll love this affordable dupe for the bacon gouda Starbucks breakfast sandwich! You can also make my copycat Starbucks red berry cheese danishes to round out your week.
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Copycat Starbucks Breakfast Sandwiches
- 4 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tablespoons milk
- Pinch salt
- Pinch ground black pepper
- 4 slices bacon
- 4 ciabatta rolls
- 4 slices gouda cheese, or swiss cheese
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 4 holes of an extra-large muffin pan or one loaf pan.
- Beat together eggs, parmesan, milk, and salt and pepper until frothy. Divide between muffin cups or pour all into the loaf pan. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until puffed and set.
- Meanwhile, cook the bacon and slice open the ciabatta buns.
- Set open buns on a baking sheet. Once eggs are done cooking, remove eggs from pan and arrange one on each bun bottom. Add a slice of cheese on top, then bacon. If eating immediately, put tray in the oven and broil just long enough for cheese to start to melt.
- To freeze, top sandwiches with the bun top and then put the tray in the freezer. Once frozen, wrap sandwiches individually. Reheat in the microwave or toaster oven.
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate based on online calculators. Any nutritional information found on Stetted should be used as a general guideline only.
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