Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Sandwich
A bacon egg and cheese sandwich is a breakfast sandwich
made with bacon, eggs (typically fried or scrambled),
cheese and bread, which may be buttered and toasted. Many
similar sandwiches exist, substituting alternate meat
products for the bacon or using different varieties of
cheese or bread.
sandwich is often served as a breakfast item with coffee.
BEC is sometimes used as an acronym for the sandwich, as
Many variations on the theme exist. Common choices for
cheese include American, cheddar, and Swiss. The bacon can
be substituted with many other types of preserved or
seasoned meat like breakfast sausage, ham, Canadian bacon,
or pork roll. Similarly, a croissant, bagel, toast,
biscuit, muffin (English), kaiser roll, or any other type
of bread roll could be used as the bread for the sandwich. The dish is also served as a burrito or taco.
Tomato is sometimes used as an addition. A more robust
version includes a hash brown.
A version was adapted as a low carbohydrate meal.
The bacon egg and cheese sandwich has also been modified
into Hot Pockets (170 calories and 7 grams of fat) and
Lean Pockets (150 calories and 4.5 grams of fat). A
sandwich has about 20 grams of fat and 350 calories.
Sonic Drive-In offers a bacon egg and cheese "toaster".
Arby’s offers a "Sourdough Bacon, Egg & Swiss" with 500
calories and 29 grams of fat. Burger King serves up a "Croissan'wich
with Bacon, Egg & Cheese" (360 calories and 22 grams of
fat) as well as a "Double Croissan'wich with Sausage,
Bacon, Egg & Cheese" (610 calories and 46 grams of fat).
In New Zealand and some parts of Australia a "Massive
McMuffin" is offered with ketchup, bacon, egg, American
cheese and two sausage patties.
Burger King’s offering of an "Enormous Omelette Sandwich"
with two egg patties, two strips of bacon, two slices of
cheese and a deep fried sausage patty was a controversial
introduction that lives on in a modified recipe in Fast
Food Fix By Devin Alexander.
In the trades
The sandwich is quite popular with those working in the
trades. All manner of delis, bodegas and food trucks offer
them made-to-order and for take-away in aluminum foil.
A health publication recommends leaving the sausage, bacon
and other meats off breakfast sandwiches to save "200 or
more calories and a chunk of saturated fat" and when
indulging in the "grab-and-go" approach, choosing the Egg
McMuffin as among the lowest in calories and fat.