I have not had McDonald’s in over a decade. But sometimes I miss things like the egg and sausage McMuffin that I would get for breakfast on the run. You can make your own at home and put them in the freezer. Pop them in the microwave before heading out the door and problem solved! You get a healthier breakfast and it’s just as fast, if not faster plus the satisfaction of being able to say, “Yeah, I made these myself.” And personally, I think they taste better. All you need is a few mason jars and a pressure cooker. A two-tiered trivet would help, but it’s not necessary, as you can stack the mason jars on top of each other carefully.
You can also make these without ball mason jars, you only need something round to put the eggs into. I have found that I prefer silicone cup molds a little more than using mason jars. But I know more people have mason jars than silicone molds so I wanted to share both ways of making these with you.
- large eggs
- sausage patties or Canadian Bacon/Ham (optional)
- English muffins
- your favorite cheese – I think sharp works best
Your Choice of Meat or No Meat
You can use whichever meat you prefer, or no meat at all if that’s what you prefer. This choice is yours. Do you want a sausage Egg McMuffin… or a ham egg McMuffin… or just an egg McMuffin… you could even have a ham egg and spinach McMuffin if you wanted to! I always like to get creative with my stuff. But sometimes you want the classic, so this recipe sticks to what the classic is. I made Ham Egg McMuffins this time.
Instant Pot Eggs in a Mason Jar
I used small jam-jars that are made by Ball. You can use full-size mason jars if you want, but your cook time will be different. And then you can just cut slices off a log-shaped roll of cooked scrambled eggs. I do not currently know what the cooking time for this would be, as I still need to try it. For these smaller 8 oz jars, the cooking time is 5 minutes for one egg scrambled.
The prep for these is easy, scramble the egg with a fork and pour it into your jars or silicone molds, as I’ve done above. Carefully place them in your instant pot on a trivet with 1 cup of water in the inner pot before you place them. Secure the lid and set the high-pressure timer to 4 min. It takes about one min for the pressure to build. Once the timer is done, quick-release the pressure and carefully remove the lid. Ta-da! you have your eggs, shaped almost exactly the way McDonald’s eggs are shaped and ready to add to your finished product.
If you’re going to freeze these, I recommend individually wrapping the cooked eggs in plastic wrap and then placing them into a zipper locking bag to keep them from getting frost-bitten. You can make the sandwiches completely built and then wrap them up too if you want. This will make the bread last longer.
To Cook The Ham or Not To Cook The Ham
That is the question. I like to add grill marks to my ham slices, but this step is not really necessary. If you’re using sausage, you may need to microwave them separately when you make your sandwiches. Most Frozen Sausage will tell you to cook it in the microwave before eating, so keep this in mind. Sausage patties will need longer cooking time than you want your English muffin to get. So remove the sausage, microwave it for how long the package says to cook it for. Then place the cheese on top so it will melt. Add your sliced English muffin to the microwave or toaster oven. If using the microwave, depending on the strength, you may want a minute or less. Set your toaster however dark you like your toast. All this should take no longer than 3 min to complete since your eggs are already cooked. Don’t microwave your eggs any more than is necessary to get the cold out.
I added grill marks to an English muffin to see if it would make a difference in the taste, I do not feel like it did. The top and left muffin were made with silicone mold while the bottom right one is made with two mason jar eggs.
Homemade Mason Jar McMuffins in the Instant Pot
- Pressure Cooker
- 1 pk English muffins
- 1 pk eggs
- 1 pk cheese your choice of type
- Canadian bacon
- sausage patties
- Scramble your eggs, add salt if you desire, and divide evenly among your containers.
- Place a trivet in the instant pot
- Carefully place your containers of eggs into the instant pot.
- Secure the lid, set the pressure cooker to High and 4 minutes. When the time is done, quick-release the pressure and carefully remove the lid. Remove the containers carefully as they will be hot.
- Cut English muffins in half. Toast them if you wish. Place cheese on bread, place Eggs on the bread as well. Make into a sandwich and enjoy!
- If you choose to add meat, cook the meat according to the package or grill your Canadian Bacon (regular bacon works, too… but cook it first!) Assemble and enjoy!
Wrap in plastic wrap then place them in a zipping bag. These will keep in the freezer for at least 2 weeks.
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