Until a few years ago, breakfast was considered the most important meal of the day. But the concept of breakfast has had a makeover since all-day breakfasts were introduced at practically every restaurant, diner, and fast food joint. For your next breakfast fix, check out these top 10 fast-food breakfast restaurants.
No American is a stranger to the charms of Chick-fil-A. Their wonderfully delicious fried chicken sandwiches are loved by all. Just like other fast food places, Chick-fil-A does breakfast too. And the lovely fried chicken is included on their breakfast menu. Before you make a face at the thought of eating fried chicken for breakfast, allow us to introduce you to the chick-n-Minis. The name itself is so cute, but this breakfast offering is even cuter! Accurately described by Chick-fil-A as ‘bite-sized Chick-fil-A Nuggets nestled in warm, mouth-watering mini yeast rolls that are lightly coated with a honey butter spread.’ They’re little but packed with the flavor of the brand’s famous classic chicken biscuits, all served in a fun little size. At Chick-fil-A, you can also nosh on other scrumptious breakfast options like the Egg White Grill, Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, Hash Brown Scramble Bowl, bagels, and more. And of course, for those who just want to ‘eat more chick’n’, Chick-fil-A offers Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit, and the Chicken, Egg & Cheese Bagel. For the health-conscious eaters, there is a Fruit Cup, Greek Yogurt Parfait, and plain English Muffin. And their delicious all-day coffee pairs very well with all the items on their breakfast menu.
9. Carl’s Jr.
Another popular name in the fast-food business, Carl’s Jr. knows how to do breakfast just as well as burgers and fries. In fact, they claim that they were the first ones amongst all burger fast-food chains to offer a burger with an egg during breakfast hours. Cut to 2017, when Carl’s Jr. jumped on the all-day breakfast bandwagon and their scrumptious breakfast creations could delight fast-food junkies all day long! Carl’s Jr. is a fast-food chain, so it is not particularly known for healthy or low-calorie food, though they certainly have a lot more vegetarian/vegan-friendly and diet-conscious options now. Its menu is loaded with greasy and heavy but ridiculously delicious offerings, including the breakfast menu that is conveniently divided into three sections – made-from-scratch biscuits, burritos, and sides. And the portion sizes are generous too. Especially with their two most popular breakfast offerings – the Monster Biscuit and Breakfast Burger. Trust Carl’s Jr. to turn even harmless breakfast staples into epic creations! Their Monster Biscuit is from the ‘Made from Scratch Biscuit’ section and comprises a freshly-baked biscuit stuffed with a sausage patty, bacon, two folded eggs, and American and Swiss cheese. Now, that is certainly a monstrous biscuit! Their Breakfast Burger, too, is a giant hamburger bun filled with bacon, egg, cheese, hash browns along with the burger essential – beef patty. Introduced in the early 2000s, this aptly named Breakfast Burger, combines the goodness of breakfast staples like egg, cheese, and bacon with their famous charbroiled all-beef patty with the unusual addition of hash browns. But if you want something else, they have yummy sandwiches, burritos, and hash rounds too.
First things first, if you’ve not heard of Whataburger, you’re probably not from the south. This Texas-based fast-food chain has more than 700 locations in 10 southern states, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. You could call it the South’s answer to the West’s In-N-Out! But seriously, it’s sad that the rest of the country doesn’t have access to Whataburger outlets. They have some amazing creations that we’re sure everybody would love to get their hands on. Known for serving scrumptious food, Whataburger combines the best of Tex-Mex with traditional Southern favorites. On their menu are burgers, chicken sandwiches, fajita taco, patty melts, and more. And their breakfast offerings are just as amazing! Take their famous Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit, for example. Short of being the best item name on the planet, this amazing breakfast creation consists of a classic Southern fried chicken breast nestled in a toasted and fresh biscuit that has been generously slathered with a honey butter sauce. This Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit is sure to be the first thing you want every morning! Another famous breakfast creation at Whataburger is its taquitos. Rising above the standard breakfast burrito options of other chain restaurants, Whataburger’s taquitos are a Texan favorite. Available in Taquito With Cheese and simply Taquito options, it’s the latter that is out-of-this-world and an option that you would not find at any other fast-food restaurant. It combines scrambled eggs, potato rounds, and gooey American cheese in a toasted flour tortilla to create a simple yet flavorful taquito. It’s also a nice change from all their other meat-heavy options. For other breakfast options at Whataburger, check out their various biscuit sandwiches and innovative items like Breakfast On A Bun, Hash Brown Sticks, etc. There’s also pancakes, biscuit, and gravy, cinnamon rolls, etc.
7. Taco Bell
How can we talk about fast food and not mention Taco Bell? This ubiquitous Tex-Mex (ish) fast-food chain has been delighting customers with its tacos, burritos, and quesadillas for many years now, but its breakfast menu is a fairly recent addition. The breakfast menu is also quite adventurous and bold, pushing the limits with its totally unconventional offerings. To begin with, there are no pancakes, oatmeal or breakfast sandwiches on the menu. Taco Bell stays on-brand with its offerings of burrito, quesadilla, and taco, all with delicious breakfast staples of eggs, cheese, sausage but with a yummy spice-twist! Taco Bell’s morning meal options also include a Mini Skillet Bowl that consists of potatoes, eggs, nacho cheese sauce, and pico de gallo; the Grande Scrambler comprising a giant burrito filled with potatoes, eggs, bacon, sour cream, pico de gallo and your choice of meat; etc. Their Grilled Breakfast Burrito is also very popular, with its filling of scrambled eggs, nacho cheese sauce, bacon, pico de gallo and crispy seasoned potatoes or sausage in a grilled tortilla wrap. But the ultimate must-have option on Taco Bell’s breakfast menu is the Breakfast Crunchwrap. Simply put, it is made up of egg, bacon, hash brown, melted cheese and a creamy jalapeño sauce stuffed inside a crunchy grilled tortilla. Be warned, this breakfast wrap is definitely going to be a messy one!
6. Burger King
McDonald’s biggest rival Burger King is one of the giants of the fast-food industry. With outlets all across the globe, Burger King is much loved by its loyal customers. From burgers through fries to shakes, this fast-food chain tries to satisfy your every food craving. Burger King did not initially have a breakfast menu and it was only after McDonald’s introduced some breakfast options that Burger King came up with some options too. It is widely believed that the chain’s initial offerings were not that great, and it finally hit the jackpot in the early 1980s with its Croissan’Wich. As the name suggests, it is a cross between a croissant and a sandwich, and perfect for breakfast. Burger King not only came up with a crafty name for their signature breakfast item but also gave it some lip-smacking fillings. The Croissan’Wich is now available in a variety of options, but the original consists of cheese, egg, and ham, sausage or bacon served inside a flaky croissant. This juicy, tasty creation was the first of its kind in small-town America and has certainly made its mark on the breakfast landscape of the nation. Also, a must-try at Burger King is their amazing French toast sticks. This delectable Burger King creation can be described as French toast cut up into strips and served with a tub of warm maple syrup. In other words, you can eat your French toast fries-style! Though laden with calories and certainly not for the weight-conscious eaters, these French toast sticks are very popular with the general public. And of course, kids love them too. Other interesting breakfast options at Burger King are pancakes, hash browns, breakfast sandwiches, waffle sandwiches, biscuit sandwiches, breakfast burritos, hot coffee, etc.
5. White Castle
Though not high up on everybody’s list of favorite fast food restaurants, White Castle does have its own loyal followers. Unbeknownst to most, this restaurant chain has reportedly been serving breakfast for well over three decades. Thus, it is a definite old-hand at the fast-food breakfast game. Their breakfast menu has bun sliders, a breakfast sandwich, hash brown nibblers, and coffee. But what is the most delicious part of White Castle’s breakfast menu are its scrumptious Mini Belgian Waffles and the waffle sliders, especially the Belgian Waffle Slider. For a little background on the waffles, rumor has it that White Castle reportedly imports their waffles directly from Belgium, that too, from a particular bakery. The supplier’s details are hush-hush, and rightfully so, for the waffles taste divine! They are crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside and have a lovely sweet-ish taste with a hint of vanilla. For the Mini Belgian Waffles, White Castle serves them up with a side of syrup. As for the waffle sliders, you can choose from the various options on the menu. The star breakfast item on the menu, the Belgian Waffle Slider, has two pieces of crunchy and fluffy waffles that sandwich a freshly cracked egg, savory sausage or hickory-smoked bacon along with your choice of cheese. This innovative breakfast creation is both sweet and savory and is like an explosion of flavor in your mouth. But if you are craving something meatier, check out their Chicken & Waffles Slider. In an ode to Southern cuisine, this slider comprises a piece of crispy fried chicken breast slathered with rich country gravy and served between two waffles. Hearty, flavorful and delicious!
As the big daddy of all fast-food restaurants, McDonald’s is the OG of the breakfast game. With the introduction of its now legendary Egg McMuffin almost half a century ago, McDonald’s firmly established itself as a solid breakfast option for Americans. And though many look down upon the burgers and other fast food served at McDonald’s, most agree that a McMuffin is what they crave every morning. Essentially, the McMuffin is a freshly cracked egg, bacon, and cheese on a buttery toasted English muffin. This beloved classic has several variations like Egg McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin, Sausage McMuffin with Egg, etc. Their McGriddles are also very popular, with varieties like Bacon, Egg & Cheese Griddles, Sausage McGriddles, and Sausage, Egg & Cheese Griddles. Try the biscuit sandwiches at McDonald’s and you are sure to walk away with a spring in your step. The ultimate breakfast sandwich here and the most famous one, Bacon, Egg & Cheese biscuit, is made up of a toasted buttermilk biscuit sandwiching a fluffy folded egg, melted cheese and smoked bacon. Several other biscuit sandwiches are available too. In other options, there are the unbeatable hash browns, hotcakes, donut sticks, etc. Healthy options at Mickey D’s include Fruit ’N Yogurt Parfait and Fruit & Maple Oatmeal. And the best part – McDonald’s now serves breakfast all day long!
3. Jack in the Box
Contrary to popular belief, McDonald’s are reportedly not the pioneers of breakfast sandwiches. According to most fast food historians (not a real profession!), the honor goes to Jack in the Box for they are said to have introduced the now-ubiquitous meat, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich combo much earlier than McDonald’s. The fast-food chain has the standard breakfast selections of hash browns, pancakes, breakfast burritos, English muffin, biscuit, and croissant sandwiches, that are familiar and can be enjoyed by all. And two of the best items on the Jack in the Box breakfast menu are their Grande Sausage Breakfast Burrito and the Loaded Breakfast Sandwich. The burrito has all the regular breakfast burrito fixins’ like sausage, eggs, cheese, hash browns and bacon wrapped in a warm flour tortilla. But the kicker in this burrito is the creamy and spicy Sriracha sauce. Simply irresistible! As for the Loaded Breakfast Sandwich, this classic diner staple gets an upgrade with a triple pork treat of bacon, ham, and sausage, with cheese and freshly cracked eggs placed between toasted slices of sourdough bread. This sinful sandwich will surely keep you going all through the morning.
2. Dunkin’ Donuts
Dunkin’ Donuts famously advertises ‘America runs on Dunkin’ and rightly so, for it is considered to be a staple in the Northeastern U.S. This breakfast-first fast-food chain is renowned for their donuts and coffee. But their breakfast sandwiches, bagels, and pastries are also equally delicious and worth trying out. For the ultimate breakfast indulgence, go for one or several of their donuts. Served in a variety of flavors, style, and toppings, Dunkin’s donuts are exceptional in taste and satisfy that deep-fried, sugary craving that hits you in the morning. From classic glazed to strawberry frosted with rainbow sprinkles, there’s nobody who does donuts better than Dunkin’! Sure, they’re calorie-laden but sometimes, the tummy wants what it wants! Dunkin’ Donuts also offers some options for the health-conscious eaters, like the Veggie Egg White sandwich. Plus, there are Wake-Up Wrap Sandwiches, and the standard Egg, Bacon & Cheese sandwiches too. But what will definitely round off your meal is a cup of their famous coffee. Their flavored coffee, especially seasonal flavors like Gingerbread S’mores, Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Swirl, Mocha Swirl, etc. are extremely popular with customers.
One of the few drive-in restaurant chains in the market today, ordering at Sonic is something of an experience. You place your order and a server rolls up to your car to deliver the food; you don’t even have to get out of the car! Perfect for early mornings when you just want to be left alone with your coffee and breakfast. Sonic’s breakfast menu looks very ordinary, with the standard breakfast burrito and sandwiches options. But hidden in this average-looking menu are the dynamite SuperSONIC Breakfast Burrito and the Breakfast Toaster options. The burrito consists of scrambled eggs, melty cheese, tater tots, and fresh chopped veggies like jalapeños, tomatoes, and onions all wrapped up in a warm flour tortilla. And the Breakfast Toaster is the ultimate sandwich made up of sausage, bacon or ham with fluffy eggs and cheese between two slices of classic thick-cut Texas toast. That should surely be reason enough to get out of bed every morning! Plus, there are French Toast Sticks and Cinnabon Cinnasnacks for your sweet tooth. And the best part, Sonic has an all-day breakfast menu.