Some mornings a fresh green smoothie hits the spot, and some mornings—not so much. On these mornings, nothing but a hearty breakfast you can bite your teeth into will work.
Enter breakfast sandwiches. The breakfast classic can get a bad rap for being loaded with butter, cheese and bacon and one that leaves you feeling overstuffed and weighed down. But that’s not the kind of breakfast sandwich we’re talking about here. With whole grain bread, lean protein and lots of veggies, breakfast sandwiches can be the ultimate tasty, nourishing balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats to keep you full and fueled all day long. Plus, they easily fit into your hand, so you can have a savory, veggie-packed breakfast on-the-go.
Start your day off right and give these bursting with flavor and nutrients breakfast sandwiches a try.
20 Healthy Breakfast Sandwich Recipes
Easy Cheesy Eggwich
No cooking skills required for this one. Toast fiber-rich sprouted grain bread, layer on cottage cheese and add a hard-boiled egg for a super simple, healthy and protein-packed breakfast.
Egg Breakfast Pita with Feta and Spinach
Whole wheat pita pockets mean extra space to load up on nutrient-dense veggies. This Mediterranean-inspired breakfast sandwich packs in a flavorful and healthy combo of scrambled eggs, feta cheese, avocado and tomato.
Make Ahead Freezer Veggie Breakfast Sandwiches
No more skipping breakfast or drive throughs with these make ahead freezer breakfast sandwiches. Meal prep these filling and veggie-packed sandwiches and then simply reheat for an on-the-go breakfast that will keep you fueled all morning long.
Best Breakfast Burrito
It’s everything you want in a breakfast burrito and more. With scrambled eggs, spicy potatoes, spinach, avocado, black beans, pico de gallo, and cilantro, this breakfast option is bursting with flavor and nutrients. Trust us, your stomach won’t be growling before lunch with this one.
Vegan Tofu Egg Sandwich
Whether or not you follow a plant-based diet, you’re going to love this crave-worthy breakfast sandwich. Tofu seasoned with garlic, onion, and turmeric provides delicious savory flavor and tons of plant-based protein. Just add whatever toppings you have on hand like avocado, tomato, and spinach for an easy, versatile and satisfying breakfast.
Smoked Salmon Sandwich
Skip the bagel shop lines and make this healthier lox breakfast sandwich with fiber-rich sprouted grain bread and protein-rich cottage cheese. Lemon, capers, and fresh dill add next-level flavor.
Spinach Avocado Breakfast Quesadilla
Quesadillas for breakfast? Yep, it’s a thing. Protein-rich scrambled eggs are combined with cheddar cheese, avocado, iron-rich spinach, and hot sauce in a whole wheat tortilla for a decadent yet healthy breakfast.
Microwave Egg and Vegetable Breakfast Sandwich
Short on time? You just need 1 minute to spare with this microwave-egg hack. Pile onto a whole wheat English muffin with some cheese, spinach and tomato for a quick veggie-filled breakfast.
Healthy Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Avocado Breakfast Burritos
You’re going to want to make this meal prep and freezer-friendly breakfast burrito. In addition to the usual ingredients like scrambled eggs, cheese, and avocado, you’ll find antioxidant-rich sweet potatoes and black beans packed with protein and B vitamins.
Broccoli Rabe Toast
Don’t let kale get all the glory. Lesser-known broccoli rabe is loaded with important nutrients like iron and vitamins A, C and K and makes for a nutrient-dense toast topping. Add a fried egg for filling protein.
Cauliflower Hash Brown Breakfast Sandwich
Cauliflower—the cruciferous veggie that can be turned into anything from pizza to rice—can also pose as your breakfast sandwich bread. Crispy cauliflower hash browns are loaded with a fried egg, ham, and cheddar cheese for a delicious and veggie packed breakfast.
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Orange Almond Ricotta Toast
Make your mornings a little brighter with this Orange Almond Ricotta Toast recipe. Vitamin C-rich oranges add sweet, citrus flavor while dairy-free almond ricotta provides irresistible creamy texture and satisfying healthy-fats.
Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
Traditional egg salad gets a major flavor and nutrient boost by swapping mayo with avocado, tangy yogurt, mustard and chives. Pile onto whole grain bread for an easy breakfast that provides a balance of protein, fiber, and healthy fats.
Paleo Breakfast Egg Wraps
Eggs double as a satisfying protein source and sandwich bread in these breakfast egg wraps. All you have to do whisk and pour an egg into a hot pan and watch as it turns into the perfect wrap. Pile on your favorite veggies and herbs for a breakfast sandwich reimagined.
Healthyish Breakfast Sandwiches
You won’t miss the bacon with slow-cooked crispy and caramelized onions that provide delicious satisfying umami flavor. Combine with a protein-packed egg and flavorful cheddar cheese, hot sauce, and herbs for a nourishing breakfast you’ll be excited to wake up for.
(Photo: Erin Parekh)
Breakfast Nori Wraps
Seaweed isn’t just for your sushi. Nori, the edible seaweed you often find on your sushi rolls, is a nutrient dense alternative to the traditional tortilla wrap and packed with vitamins and minerals like iodine, which is essential for thyroid health. Try these breakfast nori wraps loaded with scrambled eggs, avocado and greens for a nutritious on-the-go breakfast.
Paleo Sweet Potato Waffle Breakfast Sandwich
Maybe you want to skip the bread or add extra flavor and nutrients to your breakfast sandwich—either way, you’re going to want to make this sweet potato waffle breakfast sandwich. Avocado, a fried egg, and kale are sandwiched between two easy-to-make sweet potato waffles for a seriously delicious (and healthy) combo.
Vegetarian Breakfast Burritos
This is not your average breakfast burrito. Creamy hummus rich in healthy fats is rolled up with roasted tomatoes, nutrient-dense kale, eggs, cheese, and fresh cilantro for a light yet flavorful breakfast.
Veggie Breakfast Sandwich
Try this one when you want a classic breakfast sandwich that will leave you feeling nourished and energized, not sleepy and weighed down. Fiber-rich veggies like avocado, tomato, and red onion provide flavor and nutrients like folate, potassium, and immune-boosting vitamin C.
Grown-Up PB&J Toast
Who said pb&js were just for lunch? This classic combo gets a breakfast makeover with whole grain toast, fresh antioxidant-rich blackberries and nectarines, and of course, peanut butter (hello healthy fats and protein).
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