Complete Breakfast Muffins

4.75 from 40 votes
For my Breakfast Muffins recipe, think bacon, cheese, scallion, and a WHOLE HARD BOILED EGG.
Eggs, bacon, Breakfast Muffins!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking muffins, that you have for breakfast. I can imagine that. I know what that is. I’ve had that before… Well, let me tell you, these are not like any muffin you’ve ever had before.

These savory breakfast muffins aren’t just meant for the morning, and that’s not why they are called “breakfast” muffins. What gives them their name is all the quintessential breakfast elements I jam-pack into each fluffy little muffin. Think bacon, cheese, scallion, and a WHOLE HARD BOILED EGG.

Yep, I did it: I took one muffin and filled it with a complete breakfast, and you can eat them anytime you please. These are handheld perfection, with a secret eggy center. Who could possibly say no to that?

What’s the best way to hard boil an egg?

So while the bits of bacon in these muffins are crispy and crunchy and the cheese is melty and savory, the whole hard boiled egg is the hidden gem of the recipe. While hard boiling an egg is one of the simplest things to do, it often comes with a bit of confusion as to how to get the perfect hard boiled egg.

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The method I used is fool-proof and it goes like this: Start with a large pot full of cold water. Place your eggs in the water, making sure they are fully submerged. Put the pot, uncovered, on your burner and bring the water to a boil over medium high heat. This will take around 10-15 minutes.

Once the water has come to a rolling boil, turn that burner off and cover the pot. Set your timer for 10-12 minutes (longer if you’re boiling a bigger batch of eggs). After 12 minutes drain off the hot water and run the eggs under tepid or body temperature water to stop the cooking process.

After they are cool enough to handle, you can crack them all over and peel while still warm. I PROMISE you, this works like a charm every time. For the muffins I boil 12 eggs then set aside while I make the batter.

Do you need to precook the bacon for these Breakfast Muffins?

The bacon in these breakfast muffins has been pre-cooked ahead of time to ensure being extra crispy and crunchy. The muffin batter is just a matter of wet ingredients into dry. I love that this muffin includes a bit of sour cream which really adds richness and keeps the muffins moist. After i mix the batter, I fold the chopped bacon through.

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What kind of cheese can I use?

I add grated sharp red cheddar cheese to the dry ingredients in the breakfast muffin batter. I love the way this cheese looks once baked and I enjoy the tangy flavor. That said, feel free to used any kind of hard cheddar you fancy.

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Can I use turkey bacon instead of bacon?

If you don’t want to use regular bacon, turkey bacon is a great alternative for these Breakfast Muffins. You can also omit it all together and just add the cheese and scallion to the batter.

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Breakfast Muffins

4.75 from 40 votes
I took one muffin and filled it with a complete breakfast, and you can eat them anytime you please These are Breakfast Muffins — with a secret eggy center!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 45 mins
I took one muffin and filled it with a complete breakfast, and you can eat them anytime you please These are Breakfast Muffins — with a secret eggy center!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12


  • 2 1/2 cups (12 1/2oz/355g) all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 cup (8floz/225ml) milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sour cream*
  • 4 tablespoons (2oz/57g) butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 10 strips bacon, cooked until crisp then chopped
  • 2 cups (8oz/225g) cheddar cheese,* shredded
  • 12 hard boiled eggs*


  • In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, salt and onion powder.
  • In a separate large jug combine the milk, egg, sour cream and melted butter until evenly combined.
  • Using a spatula, combine the wet and dry ingredients until a thick batter is formed. Lastly, fold in the bacon, green onions and cheddar cheese. 
  • Preheat your oven to 375oF (190oC) then generously butter a 12 well muffin tin. Using 2 spoons drop heaped tablespoons of muffin batter into the bottom of each muffin. Next place 1 whole hard-boiled egg int the center of each muffin. Press down to ensure the egg is meeting the batter on the bottom of the tin. 
  • Next, using the same two spoons drop heaped tablespoons of batter on top of each egg, using the spoons to push the batter down the sided of each muffin, this will ensure the egg is fully encased in batter. Repeat this process until all fo the muffins are completed. 
  • Bake for 25 minutes until firm and golden brown on top. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the tin. Enjoy immediately. 
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

Recipe Notes

*The flour in this recipe can be replaced with a gluten free all-purpose flour 
*The sour cream in this recipe can be replaced with yogurt or buttermilk
*the cheese in this recipe can be replaced with the cheese of your choice as long as it's shredded. You can also omit the cheese if desired.
*You can replace the egg in this recipe for flax or chia egg. You can also omit the hard boiled egg. 
Nutrition Facts
Breakfast Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 264 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 223mg10%
Potassium 94mg3%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 12.4mg15%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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63 thoughts on “Complete Breakfast Muffins

  1. I made them with crumbled breakfast sausage instead of bacon, yogurt, and added about 1 tsp of garlic powder – they turned out delicious.

  2. Hello gemma im from the Philippines.
    Sour cream,yoghurt and buttercream are expensive here.what other can I replaced with that?..hope you can read my message thank you and god bless😊

    1. Hi Cashlee!
      Among the three below, you can substitute one for another and you can make them at home! Butter milk is thinner so you want to use up to 3/4 in one go and adjust it to get the same consistency with mine. (you can make dairy free buttermilk).
      Hope this is of help, Gemma

    1. Hi Julie. I don’t recommend oat flour for this recipe. If gluten is the only issue. For best results, replace the flour in this recipe with a gluten free all-purpose flour. I hope this helps.

  3. This is amazing!! I use 2 cups of almond flour and 1/2 all purpose flour (to help cut the carbs) and it did great! As always (with your recipes) the taste was balanced and delicious!! Thanks for the awesome recipe ❤️🥰

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      well done you, thank you for this valuable input, I appreciate it and the kind review. I did not think of trying this with almond flour, great tip!
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Hello gemma , thanks for this recipe. I want to try it. But im lil bit confused. Is okay to overmix this batter ? When i make sweet muffins i tend to not overmix it. And i want to ask its better use buttermilk or yoghurt as a replacement of sour cream ? And if i use buttermilk, i use 115 ml of buttermilk ? Thank you so much gemma 😊

    1. Hi, you should just mix until combined. I won’t recommend overmixing. Be gentle with the batter. You can use buttermilk or yogurt, whatever you have there really, with the same amount. Hope this helps. Gemma 😊

  5. Just made these, 6 with an egg inside and 6 without (didn’t have enough eggs in the house). It smells delicious! Made them for school next week, but it’s only Saturday… maybe they won’t last that long, as I have 3 teenagers running around!

    1. Hi Wendy. I recommend replacing the flour with a gluten free all-purpose flour. I have not tried substituting it with the flours you mentioned, but if I were to try one, I would go with almond flour for the taste. Let me know how it goes if you do give it a go.

    2. I did 2 cups of almond flour and 1/2 cup all purpose flour to cut the carbs and it still turned out delicious

  6. Gemma,
    Thank you my daughter takes zero period P. E class starts at 7:15am. These muffins have been a main staple the last 3 months she loves them and so do I.
    I know Both of us get good breakfast in to start our hectic days.
    Thanks for making breakfast better than an ego waffle. ????

  7. OMG! I’ve been wanting to try this genius idea since you first posted. Then you posted your cornbread recipe the other day and, well, should I? Could I? I did! I used pickled banana peppers instead of jalapeños, squeezing the juice out, for an added hit of deliciousness. It smells so delicious in here it’s crazy-making! I’ll finish this post when I’ve tried one…
    – – – – –
    It’s Sweet and Good! Not perfect, but yowza tasty!

    1. Hi Kathy,
      Haha! you made me lol 😉
      I did make a tiny edit, I hope you do not mind. I hope this will inspire others to use what they have to hand, that really matters and teaches us about what works to make a recipe delicious and to our own taste.
      Thank you for this lovely review, and for the laugh!
      Gemma 🙂

  8. Hi Gem if I am omitting the hard boiled egg, can I increase the baking powder for this recipe so muffin rises well?

  9. I tried freezing them, and it really didn’t work out—even when I reheated on low power in the microwave. They were great the day I made them and they reheated well after being refrigerated. So, to those who were asking, don’t waste your muffins by putting them in the freezer! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Hi Erin,
      Yes I do, but quail eggs cook hard in about three minutes from cold. Do take care of that then all will be well.
      I hope this helps, do let us know how this worked for you,
      Gemma 🙂

  10. Whoops. It doesn’t look like my comment posted. Do you know of a way to incorporate quinoa into this recipe?

    1. Hi Courtney,
      Probably flakes, as an additional ingredient. I presume you do not mean as a substitute for the flour. I would need to try it. Quinoa is a super food, and really worth including in your diet. Flakes are processed, so precooked if you will, can be added to this readily enough. The grain is a different matter, it will need cooking.
      Chia seeds/flax seeds too, when milled, will be a good addition, but do not overdo it.
      Gemma 🙂

    2. I think you can add to the flour and mix it up. Just 1 or 2 teaspoon of it. I have never tried to, so be careful. Quinoa is nice mid.

  11. Fantastic! Hard boiled eggs are a family grab-n-go favourite (except for me) and this solved the problem of the shells. Lovely savoury muffin (sans bacon for us) with the egg stowed safely inside. Added some chopped/precooked potato & carrot. Such a hit.

    1. Hi there Miri,
      I am so impressed with all of the creativity around these muffins, well done you, interesting to hear of the additions, it really helps other bold bakers. Happy that you are baking with us, lots more to come,
      Gemma 🙂

  12. These muffins are great! I did use the plain yogurt and it worked well. Since my hubby and I don’t eat bacon, we used a vegetarian substitute. No scallions, so I used chopped onion and green pepper. Thank you, Gemma, for a recipe that works, no matter what you substitute!

    1. Hi Virginia,
      Thank you, it is great to get your input, it always helps other bold bakers to have the benefit of your experience.
      Yes, it will take a fair bit of substitution and experimentation, I am happy that you found it so.
      Gemma 🙂

  13. I am always looking for breakfast recipes that are grab and go, so was very excited when I read this post. When freezing, do you recommend defrosting them by removing from the freezer the night before, or can they go from freezer to microwave

  14. What a clever idea to include a whole hard-boiled egg in a breakfast muffin! I look very forward to trying out yet another one of your delicious recipes and I hope that you have a wonderful and blessed weekend!

  15. These muffins look absolutely divine. What a fun idea!

    How would I go about reheating these muffins the next day? (i imagine i’d be making too much to finish all at once!)

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