Leite’s Loves…Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker

Unlike most male cooks, I’m not obsessed with my gadgetalia. I’m perfectly satisfied with what God gave me: two rather nimble and photographic hands. [EDITOR’S NOTE: Oh, brother.] They’re good for all kinds of chopping, slicing, dicing, mincing, peeling, flipping, frying, turning, cranking, and vacuum-sealing. So you’ll find nary an extraneous widget in my arsenal—no Mickey Mouse pancake mold, motorized ice cream cone, pie bird, or ebelskiver turning thingamabob. My 10-digit portable tool drawer is more than enough.

Then I met the Breakfast Sandwich Maker from Hamilton Beach.

As I’ve confessed on several occasions, we frequent McDonald’s. A lot. Like several times a week. (Don’t judge me.) So much so that The One and I began calling it “Chez McDonald’s,” said with a French accent (SHAY meek-doh-NALDS) though after some years we shortened it to simply “Chez,” kind of like the Cher of the fast-food world. Our biggest indulgences are the breakfast sandwiches. Me: Sausage McMuffin with Egg. He: Egg McMuffin. Us: Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddle when there’s a 2 for $3 breakfast deal.

Since getting my Breakfast Sandwich Maker in June, though, I’ve gone to Chez a total of two times for breakfast. TWO times! Do you know how incredible that is for me? Because Chez is my crack, and The One is my pusher. Always has been. (Millennia ago, we were driving and he wanted to stop at Chez. I balked—after all, I was a svelte 170 pounds—but finally relented after being worn down by his insistence. That one burger and fries in the middle of nowhere in upstate New York was all it took.)

The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is two stacked chambers that cook both halves of your sandwich separately. In the lower chamber goes any bread you want for the foundation of your meal (English muffin, pancake, bagel) along with precooked meat (bacon, ham, sausage) or meat substitute (if you’re so inclined) and cheese. For the healthy among you, veggies also work. In the top chamber goes an egg, sunny-side up or lightly scrambled with a fork, and the top of your bread of choice. Close. Wait five minutes. Ta-da. Homemade Chez. Hot muffin, cheese warmed to just the right temperature to make its corners slump, and an egg cooked perfectly to my liking.

A few customizations I’ve made:

  • I use the larger, sandwich-size English muffins (Thomas’ makes them); otherwise the muffin gets dwarfed by the egg. Sometimes it’s a squeeze to stuff the bread in the chamber, but it works. (I put the larger half of the muffin on the bottom. I like the way the resulting sandwich looks.)
  • I’ve gone so far as to use two eggs. It’s a bit crowded in there, and the egg sometimes oozes, but I find that for hungry-man appetites like mine, a single egg just ain’t enough. I aim for four minutes to get a runny egg that gently oozes onto the plate.
  • I lightly rub the egg chamber with oil before use to help the cooked egg slip out. Even though it’s a nonstick surface, those egg proteins can sometimes stick.

My only complaint is that this is a single sandwich maker. I want a double or quadruple maker, so that The One and I and any guests can face-plant into our sandwiches at the same time while the food’s still hot.

Does this mean I’ll cave and order a banana slicer or radish-flower maker from QVC? Nah. Not when I’ve been endowed with such, um, gifts.

The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is available most everywhere Hamilton Beach is sold—including Amazon; Bed, Bath & Beyond; JC Penny; Kmart; Target; and Walmart—for about $25.

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  1. disbosom says:

    It WAS….ON SALE at Sears.ca for $19.99 :) now $29.99. BUT watch for it. they put it onsale there a lot ;)

    • David Leite says:

      Thanks, disbosom. For all you Canadian folk, you heard it here first. Keep an eye out on Sears’ website.

  2. Michael says:

    Wow! $24.00? I expected $80 so for that price, David, just buy four for when company arrives. There is a stop at Walmart now in the plans for the drive home from work today! It just sounds too good especially using farm fresh eggs and quality Canadian Bacon, WOW!

  3. Sherry Watkins says:

    Um, pics of said sandwiches please!!

    • David Leite says:

      Your wish is my command, Sherry. This is my very first attempt. You can see why I prefer the larger muffins and two-ish eggs.

      Homemade Breakfast Sandwich

  4. leanne says:

    Hey – I own Mickey Mouse pancake molds. I actually use them as egg molds, though. Aside from the “ears”, they fit perfectly on a smaller english muffin, so I just bite the ears off.

  5. Sandy says:

    I’ve seen this but I didn’t really know if it was any good but it’s sounds awesome! I have a stupid question though. I’d love to try it so I can try and make what I love at Mc’ds which is the egg and cheese on a biscuit. But their egg is mostly yellow (different from the mcmuffin) so my question would be is there away when I make this or do you have a recipe on here for making the egg all yellow like that one? I know I’m probably explaining this wrong but any help would be appreciated thanks!

    • David Leite says:

      Sandy, I know exactly what you’re referring to. Those eggs (if they are even real eggs) are made in large flat trays, then cut and folded over. The closest you can get with this would to be thoroughly beat the egg with a fork and add that to the egg chamber.

  6. Martha in KS says:

    Ah, boys & their toys. I don’t have room for single-application appliances. Just this morning I made MY favorite Chez item – English muffin w/sausage & cheese in the microwave & toaster. But if your kitchen is bigger than a closet, Bed Bath & Beyond has these little beauties for $24.99 & they always have $5 off coupons – I got one in the mail today. Bon appetit!

    • David Leite says:

      Dorothy, honestly, I’m so not a single-use item kind of guy. The One’s mother was a gadget girl, which meant we inherited all of them when she passed. Oy. But I do like this little ditty. And, hey, maybe you can auction off your coupon!

    • Janet aka ChVale says:

      Martha, assuming it works this way at all B, B and B’s, their coupons don’t expire despite the dates on them. You can also often use more than one coupon at a time, depending on how much you are getting.

  7. Katie says:

    Sorry, but ugh!

  8. Donna Turner says:

    David, That was the best product review I have ever read. I want one now too. Maybe I want two now too. And I appreciate your candor regarding ‘Chez’, I also like their breakfast sandwiches. May I call it ‘Chez” too?

    • David Leite says:

      Donna, thanks. I try not to think of these as reviews. We write about things that we really love rather than the next thing off the new-product line. Which tends to frustrate a lot of PR people! And, yes, I grant you permission to call Micky D’s “Chez.” But think of us when you say it!

      • Donna Turner says:

        Got it! I like that, so I will be looking forward to reading about anything else you really love, just like I do when my sisters tell me about something wonderful they have found. Also I will probably have a hard time not thinking about you two when I have my “Chez” breakfast. Thank you.

  9. Dion says:

    You have officially convinced me to purchase this item!! My only question is does it cook the egg all the way through? I am not a fan of runny eggs lol! I hope to hear from you soon! Thanks :)

  10. sheera says:

    I still find it easier to make these myself, simply with my toaster and griddle (or microwave or frying pan). Been doing it for years.

    • David Leite says:

      I hear you, sheera. I just don’t like to use a microwave, especially with eggs. I find they turn rubbery.

  11. Ann says:

    In Hawaii they now have Portuguese sausage that is Spam sliced shape (for spam musubi). Just a little rounded trimming it would fit in that sandwich maker perfectly!

  12. Teresa says:

    $20.00 is a good price, but I want to be the winner of the one on your givaways page. :)

  13. Janet aka ChVale says:

    David, you bad man, you… you tempter! I do not need another kitchen gadget! My sister would kill me! So of course I had to check it out on Amazon. I saw other versions and one looked very interesting but I can’t cut and paste the page to show you! I showed it to her, she started reading the reviews, which were overwhelmingly favorable, and said maybe when we get the basement fixed up we can get one. Good for a ‘second kitchen’ kind of thing. heh….

  14. Big Daddy Chaz says:

    I saw this post, and I had to order one. It just came today, and I can’t wait to head to the grocery store tomorrow to stock up on the stuff. I saw this device a little while ago, but I didn’t want to get one until I saw if people really liked it, and I’m glad to see you do!

    • David Leite says:

      Big Daddy Chaz, let me know what you think. I needed a few sandwiches under my belt–figuratively and literally–before I found how best to use it for me. But I just finished polishing off my Saturday Special: egg, excellent Cheddar, homemade breakfast sausage.

  15. Bashar says:

    Hey I live in jordan where can I find it?

    • David Leite says:

      Bashar, I spoke to a representative from Hamilton Beach, and in a one-time gesture, they’ll happily send you a Breakfast Sandwich Maker if you send me your address.

  16. Next thing you know … Friends don’t let friends eat tube eggs

  17. PR says:

    Bought mine at Menard’s for $19.95. After two false starts and reading suggestions I have made two perfect breakfast sandwiches. Awesome machine.

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