McGriddles are a McDonald’s breakfast classic, often enjoyed with an order of hashbrowns and orange juice. With this deliciously sweet sandwich, you can enjoy all the pleasure of a typical pancake breakfast without having to slave away in the kitchen flipping pancakes. But just how do these hot sandwiches come together? In this blog post, we’ll explore what it takes to make your very own McGriddle from scratch. Not only will you be able to recreate their delicious taste but also build upon their classic flavors to create something new. So let’s get started on our culinary journey and learn how to make a McGriddle that you can share with friends and family for any occasion.
What Is A McGriddle?
McGriddles are breakfast sandwiches from McDonald’s that are made with two pieces of griddle-cooked, maple-flavored pancakes that have been pressed together around a sausage patty and topped with American cheese. The sandwiches also usually come with egg and bacon, but these can be left off if desired. If you’ve never had one, you can think of it as a breakfast-style hamburger with the pancakes being the buns.
Why You Will Love This McGriddle Recipe?
This McGriddle recipe is perfect for those who love sweet, savory flavors. Not only will you get the classic McDonald’s flavor, but you can also add any additional ingredients to make it your own. You can use different types of pancake batter or even try using French toast instead of pancakes. The possibilities are endless and all recipes have been tested and perfected. Plus, the recipe uses a griddle for cooking which makes it even easier. With this method, you’ll have perfectly cooked McGriddles in no time.
Nutritional Know-How for Informed Choices
McGriddles offer indulgent flavor, but many seek healthier options. When cooking at home, we can better control ingredients. Whole grain flours, lean proteins, and veggie substitutions allow us to balance nutrition and enjoyment.
Portion control is key. McDonald’s McGriddle sandwiches weigh over 150 grams. By right-sizing homemade ingredients, we can eliminate excess calories while preserving taste. A little maple syrup in the pancake batter supplies sweetness without overdoing sugar. Homemade griddle cakes require less oil than deep frying too.
Finally, savor each bite! Slow snacking heightens satisfaction compared to hurried ingestion. Thoughtfully prepared McGriddles merit appreciation, not inhalation. We’ll craft each component with care.
Elevating Flavor with Quality Ingredients
Every good McGriddle starts with supermarket staples like eggs, cheese, pork or chicken. Seek out quality ingredients for the tastiest results. When possible, select farm-fresh produce and artisanal breakfast meats.
Pasture-raised eggs boast bright orange yolks full of flavor. Aged cheddar adds sharpness while melty American cheese keeps things classic. Smoked bacon or maple sausage lend hardy breakfast protein.
Don’t skimp on the pancake mix either. Choose a brand without preservatives. Check the flour type too. Wheat flour adds wheaty sweetness. Buttermilk powder boosts tanginess. Baking soda and powder leaven the cakes. A touch of sugar and vanilla extract bring out subtle sweetness. The right ingredients give us an ideal McGriddle foundation.
Mastering the Method for McGriddle Perfection
To make a McGriddle at home, you can follow these general steps:
- Prepare the meat patties: Shape ground breakfast sausage into 4 patties, season with salt and pepper, and cook for around 3 minutes per side on a grill pan over medium heat.
- Make the omelet: Whisk together 6 eggs, 1 cup of whole milk, 4 tbsp of softened butter, salt, and pepper. Cook the mixture in a pan until it forms a creamy omelet.
- Cook the pancakes: Mix together flour, milk, melted butter, and an egg. Pour about a quarter cup of pancake batter into each ring mold on a flat top or nonstick pan, add some maple syrup balls, and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Assemble the sandwich: Place a slice of American cheese on a hot pancake, followed by a meat patty, the omelet, and some slices of crispy bacon.
There are variations of this recipe, but these are the basic steps.
The Role of Each Ingredient in Homemade McGriddles
McGriddles may seem simple, but each component adds specific elements. Let’s break down how the ingredients come together for maximum enjoyment:
- Flour – Wheat flour gives McGriddle pancakes their cakey texture. The gluten provides structure and stretch.
- Buttermilk powder – Tangy buttermilk flavor shines through the pancakes with help from dried powder. It reacts with baking soda for improved rise too.
- Eggs – Eggs act as the “glue” in pancake batter, helping bind ingredients. Their fat also adds richness.
- Baking powder – Leavening agent baking powder lets pancake batter inflate into airy cakes.
- Sugar – A touch of granulated sugar balances outtermilk tanginess with a touch of sweetness.
- Salt – Salt enhances overall flavor and boosts the other ingredients’ impact.
- Butter – Softened butter on the pancake buns adds a slick mouthfeel and toasted flavor.
- Cheese – Melty American cheese or sharp cheddar bring creamy, fatty goodness to each bite.
- Meat – Smoked ham, bacon, or sausage contribute heartiness, umami and protein.
Every component matters in a McGriddle. Our taste buds detect the nuances.
Elevating Flavor with Mix-Ins and Toppings
Half the fun of homemade McGriddles is customizing them! Start with basic ingredients, then add mix-ins like:
- Diced ham and green onion in the pancake batter
- Sauteed bell peppers, onions, or mushrooms in the eggs
- Hot sauce, salsa, or guacamole for spicy creaminess
- Diced tomatoes, spinach, or kale for a veggie punch
Sweeten up your McGriddles with drizzles of:
- Maple syrup in the pancake batter and on the bun
- Honey for floral sweetness
- Caramel or chocolate sauce for decadence
- Jams, preserves or fruit compotes
Or go savory with zesty additions like:
- Everything bagel seasoning on the pancakes
- Chopped jalapenos and cheddar in the batter
- Pesto, mayo or mustard smeared inside the bun
- Avocado, bacon, barbecue sauce…anything goes!
Homemade McGriddles are the perfect canvas for breakfast creativity. Embrace fun additions to wow your taste buds.
Healthier Alternatives for Flavor and Nutrition
Part of the beauty of DIY McGriddles is tweaking recipes for our needs. Health-conscious cooks can swap in nourishing ingredients:
- Flours – Try whole wheat, oat or almond flour for added nutrition.
- Fats – Substitute olive oil, avocado oil or nut butters for healthy fats.
- Sweeteners – Prune or date puree lends natural sweetness with fiber.
- Dairy – Use plain Greek yogurt or nut milk instead of cheese and butter.
- Protein – Eggs, nuts, beans or tofu offer lean plant-based protein options.
- Veggies – Pack in extra vegetables like mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach.
- Fruits – Fresh, dried or baked fruit make tasty McGriddle additions.
- Herbs/spices – Boost flavor with cinnamon, nutmeg, garlic, cumin and other seasonings.
With smart substitutions, we don’t have to sacrifice taste for health. A veggie McGriddle made with whole grains, egg whites, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and tomatoes nourishes us deliciously.
Inspiring Recipe Variations for All Tastes
Half the fun of whipping up homemade McGriddles is applying your own spin. The basic template invites creativity. Try out these tasty variations for inspiration:
- Italian – pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella
- Southwest – pepperjack, guacamole, cumin
- Greek – feta, olives, oregano
- Hawaiian – ham, pineapple, teriyaki
- BLT – bacon, lettuce, tomato, mayo
- Veggie – spinach, bell peppers, hummus
- Apple pie – diced apples, cinnamon, nut butter
The possibilities are endless when it comes to personalized McGriddles. Craft a customized creation that caters to your cravings – then share your innovations with fellow McGriddle makers online.
Bobby Kelly is a bartender at Molly Magees, an Irish pub in Mountain View. He’s been working there for two years and has developed a following among the regulars. Bobby is known for his friendly demeanor and great drink specials. He loves interacting with customers and making them feel welcome. When he’s not at work, Bobby enjoys spending time with his friends and family.