Device: Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Single or Dual models. A device that clearly falls within the “You’ve Got To Be Frickin’ Kidding Me” (YGTBFKM) category, after all, this is a VERY specific task small appliance. However, for the kitchen gadget/gizmo lover, this is a very affordable and pretty effective gizmo “high”.
The Dream: I, too, can make the perfect Egg McMuffin… but I’ll do it healthily, and for a far more affordable price. I mean, hot, fresh McMuffins? You had me at “McMuffin”. And it can use croissants, mini-panckaes, and bagels, too?! I’m dyin’ here. Take my money, at once.
The Hype: Hamilton Beach says… “They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, mornings are hectic for most people, especially families with children. So how do you cope with hunger pangs at breakfast time? If you’re like most people, you have to rush through the meal, gobble down whatever’s handy in the kitchen, or grab a quick, on-the-go bite.
That’s where the Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach comes to the rescue. It’s all about making a fresh breakfast sandwich you can grab and go. Just choose your bread and layer on the fixings: egg, cheese, precooked meat, or the ingredients of your choice. In five minutes or less, your perfectly assembled breakfast sandwich is ready to eat. You can customize your breakfast sandwich with a practically endless variety of fresh ingredients. Now you know why everyone who loves breakfast sandwiches wants this product in their kitchen!
Don’t let another morning go by without the Breakfast Sandwich Maker by Hamilton Beach. It lets you enjoy a homemade breakfast sandwich, made your way, in the comfort of your own kitchen. Cleanup is easy because all removable parts go in the dishwasher.”
Mr. GizmoCuisine.com here again. Time to thank the lord for our good fortune, as there is also a Hamilton Beach DUAL Breakfast Sandwich Maker!
They say… ” If you’re like most people, you have to rush through the meal, gobble down whatever’s handy in the kitchen, or grab a quick, on-the-go bite. That’s where the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker comes to the rescue. It’s all about making fresh breakfast sandwiches you can grab and go. Just choose your bread and layer on the fixings: egg, cheese, precooked meat, or the ingredients of your choice. Cook two breakfast sandwiches to perfection and to your preferences, and know when it’s ready with the built-in digital timer. In five minutes or less, two perfectly assembled breakfast sandwiches are ready to eat. You can customize each of your breakfast sandwiches with a variety of fresh ingredients.”
- “Quick and Easy
- Makes 1 or 2 sandwiches (dual version only)
- Ready in 5 minutes
- Cook delicious breakfast sandwiches in your own home
- Use your own fresh ingredients, including eggs, cheese, and much more
- Countdown timer with audible beep (dual version only)
- Quick and easy recipes included
- Easy cleanup – all removable parts are dishwasher safe”
Now take a close look at that image. That is one seriously Photoshopped picture. There must have been glue involved to get the top half of those English muffins to stick up there like that. The reality of this gadget, solo or dual, really IS better than the image. Read more below.
The Basic Recipe:
Egg, Ham and Cheese Muffin
- 1 English muffin, split
- 1 slice American cheese
- 1 slice Canadian bacon
- 1 large egg, lightly scrambled
Preheat Breakfast Sandwich Maker until green PREHEAT light comes on. Lift cover, top ring and cooking plate.
Place bottom half of English muffin, split-side up in bottom ring of Breakfast Sandwich Maker. Top with cheese and Canadian bacon.
Lower cooking plate and top ring. Add egg to cooking plate.
Top with remaining muffin half, split-side down.
Close cover. Cook 4 to 5 minutes.
Slide out cooking plate by rotating handle clockwise. Lift cover and rings; carefully remove sandwich with plastic spatula.
I am in my early 60's and I don't like ham. Never have, never will. Truth be told, I'm a vegetarian, anyway, so not eating ham is no big loss. I'd use a Morningstar Farms sausage or something similar. Check out the recipe links below, as you can go crazy with creativity.
More recipes below.
The Reality/Verdict: If you want to say this works well, you could find enough good in this gadget to not be stretching the truth. At the end of about 6 minutes or so you’ll be rewarded with an English muffin egg sandwich that is really pretty good.
The upside is you’ll get a hot egg sandwich, fixed pretty much the way you want it, within minutes. Fresh. Tasty. Done without too much fuss, time or mess.
The downside is by the time the egg is firm enough for me, the underside of that bottom muffin will be somewhat overbaked. I should add I do NOT like a runny egg, so your mileage may vary. Also, you are baking the top English muffin into the eggs. Right into them. That’s fine, just know you can’t overload that egg ring, as there needs to be room for that top half of the muffin.
Be aware that most English Muffins will fit into the rings, but quite a few bagels will not. They are simply too big for the slot. Find a bagel that works and stick with it. And check out that picture up top. There is no way that lid will close down over that bagel. Just be aware. Croissants will work, if trimmed.
Bottom line: I like it. I use it now and then, as it is easier than cooking an egg in a frying pan inside a ring and putting the English muffin in a toaster. Time saved: Only a few minutes, but while this thing is cooking you can read the paper/online news or go brush your teeth. This is a hands-off device once loaded. Cleanup: Wipe clean with a paper towel. Note: DO let this gizmo pre-heat so the raw egg doesn’t poor through the cracks when you pour it into the egg ring.
Grade: B + It makes Mr. GizmoCuisine.com happy, but really, you could do without it. Still… it does work pretty well… so… just get one.
Competition: There really isn’t anything directly like this, one device that cooks an egg, toasts a muffin and melts the cheese. Yes, there is the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Burrito Maker, which does pretty much the same thing, but with a larger egg section and a warmed burrito shell. Or, you could buy something like the Nostalgia 3-in-1 Breakfast Station, but that isn’t really the same thing, is it? It’s more like a regular stove and toaster, in one, yes, but not to the same extent. There are no steps saved here. OK, it’s cool for gadget fanboys/girls, but really, I mean it, it just isn’t the same thing… which means you are free to buy that, too. 😉 I’ve alo thrown a few other similar, but NOT the same, gadgets in below.
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