DIY McDonald’s Bacon

Here’s the full recipe for DIY McDonald’s Bacon, Egg, and Cheese “McGriddles”:


  • Pancake mix (prepared according to package instructions)
  • Syrup
  • Cheese slices (such as American cheese)
  • Breakfast meat (such as bacon or sausage patties)
  • Eggs
  • Butter or cooking spray for greasing


  1. Preheat a flat pan or griddle over low heat.
  2. Grease the inside of the mason jar lids (just the rings) with butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  3. Pour pancake mix into the greased mason jar lids, filling them not quite half full. Drizzle a little syrup onto the pancake mix in each lid and then cover with a bit more pancake mix to prevent the syrup from solidifying while cooking.
  4. Crack an egg into each mason jar lid, being careful not to overflow. You only need about half a lid full of egg and pancake mix as they will rise during cooking.
  5. Cook the pancakes and eggs on the flat pan or griddle until the pancakes are golden brown and the eggs are set. Use a spatula to carefully flip them over halfway through cooking.
  6. While the pancakes and eggs are cooking, prepare your breakfast meat (bacon or sausage) according to your preference.
  7. Once the pancakes and eggs are cooked, assemble the sandwiches. Place a slice of cheese on top of each pancake, followed by a cooked breakfast meat of your choice.
  8. Carefully remove the pancakes and eggs from the mason jar lids and stack them to form sandwiches.
  9. Serve the DIY McGriddles hot and enjoy the homemade version of this McDonald’s classic for brunch!

Feel free to adjust the ingredients and toppings to suit your taste preferences. These DIY McGriddles are a simple, cost-effective, and delicious brunch option that’s sure to satisfy your cravings.

Here are some popular questions and their answers related to DIY McDonald’s Bacon:

  1. Can I make bacon at home that tastes like McDonald’s bacon?
    • While it may be difficult to replicate exactly the taste of McDonald’s bacon at home, you can achieve a similar flavor by using thick-cut bacon and cooking it until crispy.
  2. What type of bacon does McDonald’s use?
    • McDonald’s typically uses smoked bacon in their breakfast sandwiches. However, the exact type of bacon may vary depending on regional preferences and supplier availability.
  3. How can I cook bacon to get it crispy like McDonald’s?
    • To get crispy bacon like McDonald’s, cook it in a skillet over medium heat until it reaches your desired level of crispiness. You can also bake bacon in the oven at 400°F (200°C) on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for about 15-20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. Can I use turkey bacon or vegetarian bacon as a substitute?
    • Yes, you can use turkey bacon or vegetarian bacon as a substitute if you prefer. Keep in mind that the flavor and texture may be slightly different from traditional pork bacon.
  5. What are some recipes I can make using McDonald’s-style bacon?
    • You can use McDonald’s-style bacon in a variety of recipes, such as breakfast sandwiches, BLT sandwiches, salads, pasta dishes, and as a topping for burgers and pizzas.
  6. How can I store cooked bacon for later use?
    • Cooked bacon can be stored in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days. Alternatively, you can freeze cooked bacon for longer storage. Allow it to cool completely before freezing and place wax paper between slices to prevent sticking.
  7. Can I reheat bacon?
    • Yes, you can reheat cooked bacon by microwaving it for a few seconds until warm or by placing it in a skillet over medium heat until heated through. Be careful not to overcook or burn the bacon during reheating.

These questions and answers provide helpful information for anyone looking to recreate McDonald’s-style bacon at home or incorporate it into their cooking repertoire.