As they say, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and this Brioche Breakfast Sandwich won’t let you forget it! Featuring crispy bacon, zesty peppercorn aioli, creamy avocado, sharp cheddar, fluffy scrambled eggs, and vinegary hot sauce piled high on tender, sweet brioche, this brioche sandwich redefines “breakfast of champions.”
When it comes to breakfast, I love that you can go either savory or sweet. As someone who loves both, getting to start my day with a “choose your own adventure” is enough to get me out of bed. On those mornings when I wake up with a craving for savory foods, eggs are almost inevitably on the menu.
There’s my make-ahead vegetarian breakfast quiche, which is perfect for hosting brunch. When I have time, making a batch of eggs benny topped with dreamy hollandaise is always a treat. Classic scrambled eggs and cheesy toast is low-lift enough that I can handle it even with a hangover.
But Calvin and my absolute favorite meal to start the day has to be the breakfast sandwich. Between the carby-ness of the bread, the protein of the eggs, and the excitement of all the add-ons and fillings, you just can’t go wrong. And while I love my sourdough breakfast sandwich to no end, this better-than-Cheesecake Factory brioche breakfast sandwich is a strong competitor.
⭐ Why You’ll Love This Brioche Egg Sandwich Recipe
I could eat a sandwich anytime, anywhere. But eating a sandwich for breakfast? That’s a pro move. Here’s why these brioche sandwiches will get you egg-cited to wake up in the morning:
- Made With Just 10 Simple Ingredients - Chances are, you have more than half of what you need on hand already.
- Deliciously Balanced - Salty, crispy bacon, sweet, soft brioche, sharp, melty cheddar, mild, creamy avocado, tender, fluffy eggs, creamy mayo with crunchy peppercorns, and a generous dousing of your favorite hot sauce? This breakfast brioche bread sandwich has it ALL.
- Gourmet Flavor Without Any Fuss - This is the kind of sandwich you’d pay $15 for at a fancy brunch spot, but at home it costs just pennies on the dollar (especially if you made your own brioche!). Better yet, you’ll have it assembled and ready for eating in just the amount of time it takes for the bacon to cook.
As promised, the ingredients you need to make these stellar brioche bread sandwiches are readily available just about anywhere you shop. Here’s what to grab:
- Bacon - Whether you like peppercorn-crusted bacon or black forest bacon, sweet apple smoked bacon or maple bacon, feel free to use whatever tickles your fancy.
- Peppercorns - Freshly cracked pepper is what turns store-bought mayo into a gourmet condiment. I used black tellicherry pepper, but you’re welcome to experiment with different varieties or colors if you’d like.
- Mayonnaise - Use a high-quality store-bought brand like Best Foods/Hellman’s or Kewpie, or make your own.
- Lemon Juice - A squeeze of fresh lemon adds the perfect amount of acidity to our peppercorn aioli. To get the most from your fruit, zest it before juicing and use it to flavor the sugar rim of some lemon drop shots to complete the Sunday Fun Day theme.
- Sliced Brioche Bread - I love making a loaf of bread, then enjoying the benefit of my labor for days to come. While you’re welcome to use store-bought, the satisfaction (and cost savings) of making your own is nothing to sneeze at.
- Unsalted Butter - For adding richness to the eggs. Feel free to use salted and decrease how much seasoning you add to the eggs.
- Eggs - I use large eggs. If you’re using liquid eggs from a carton (or egg whites) you’ll need a scant quarter cup per egg.
- Avocado - As a proud Angelino, avocado is a must-have on any breakfast sandwich.
- Sharp White Cheddar - Perhaps my favorite melting cheese. Unlike pre-shredded cheese, pre-sliced cheese seems to melt just fine.
- Hot Sauce - Tabasco, Cholula, Tapatio, Crystal, Sriracha… take your pick.
See the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
⏲️ Substitutions & Variations
- Vegetarian Breakfast Sandwich - Love the idea of a breakfast sandwich on brioche but don’t eat meat? Swap in some umami roasted tomatoes or mushrooms, or use the vegetarian meat alternative of your choice. You can also just omit it and the sandwich will still be delicious!
- Swap Your Meat or Cheese - Don’t do pork? Try turkey bacon instead. Or, if you have deli meat that needs using, try that instead. In terms of cheese, all you really need is meltability. Feel free to swap in smoky gouda, fiery pepperjack, mild mozzarella, or even the vegan cheese of your choice.
- Change Your Eggs - Scrambled isn’t the only option here. You can fry them sunny side up, over easy to over hard, and everything in between. Pro Tip: If you’re frying them, try using an onion ring to get a perfectly round shape.
- Brioche Bun Breakfast Sandwich - If the bread is the most appealing part of this sandwich, feel free to amp it up by using soft brioche buns instead of sliced buttery brioche bread. Brioche will always make the ultimate breakfast sandwich!
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you replace or add any ingredients, please let us know how it turned out in the comments below!
📖 Step-by-Step Instructions
Step 1: Toast brioche bread - Lightly spread each side of the brioche bread slices with butter. Place the bread slices on the preheated pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly browned.
Step 2: Scramble Eggs - Meanwhile, crack your eggs and cream into a small bowl and whisk them together with a fork. Cook until the eggs are softly scrambled.
Step 3: Gather ingredients - Spread the aioli spread onto your brioche bread slices.
Step 4: Start layering ingredients - Add the cheddar, avocado and bacon on top of each other.
Step 5: Add eggs - Add your freshly scrambled eggs onto your sandwich.
Step 6: Enjoy - Slice in half and enjoy each and every bite!
👩🏻🍳 Expert Tips/Expert baking tips
- Scramble the Perfect Eggs: Mix up those eggs with vigor to incorporate plenty of air, cook them gently on medium heat, and remember, a little salt and pepper goes a long way. Keep stirring to get them just right – soft and fluffy with nice big curds! Also, don't forget to take them off the heat before they're fully set or look "dry" —they'll continue to cook from the latent heat in the pan.
- Pick the Best Avocados: Give those avocados a gentle squeeze at the store. You want them just soft enough. Check the color – dark green to black is your sweet spot, and peek under the stem; green underneath means you're good to go!
- Slice Thickly: About ¾ to 1 inch thick slices of brioche are perfect. Thick enough to hold your goodies, but not so thick that you can't take a good bite!
- Save That Bacon Grease: Don't let that liquid gold go to waste! Strain it, save it in a jar, and pop it in the fridge for up to 6 months. It's awesome for adding a smoky twist to everything from cornbread to pancakes, skinless chicken breast to chili.
Breakfast Sandwich Variation Ideas
- Classic Bacon & Egg Brioche Sandwich: Golden-brown toasted brioche bun, layered with crispy bacon, a slice of cheddar cheese, and fluffy scrambled eggs, topped with a dollop of spicy sriracha mayo.
- Caramelized Onion & Turkey Sausage Delight: Soft brioche rolls filled with savory turkey sausage, sweet caramelized onions, and over-easy eggs, enhanced with a smear of chipotle aioli.
- French Toast Brioche Breakfast: Transform brioche slices into French toast using an egg mixture and a tablespoon of butter; top with a slice of cheese and bacon pieces, perfect for a quick, yet indulgent meal.
- Veggie Lover's Brioche Toast: Lightly toasted brioche bread topped with an egg cooked in a non-stick pan, layered with slices of avocado, a sprinkle of salt, and a touch of your favorite sauce, making it a versatile choice for any time of the day.
💭 Recipe FAQs
Is brioche good for sandwiches?
Heck yeah, it is! Aside from this breakfast sandwich, it’s also awesome for making savory sandwiches too. It’s super tender and fluffy with a lightly sweet taste, so just keep that in mind as you’re designing your perfect meal.
What are the three components to a breakfast sandwich?
IMHO, a breakfast sandwich should have some kind of egg, some kind of cheese, and, generally speaking, bacon. That said, you’re welcome to swap out the bacon for sausage or a vegetarian or vegan option!
How should I store leftovers?
These brioche breakfast sandwiches are best served fresh, especially since the avocado is prone to oxidizing. That said, you’re welcome to wrap up any uneaten sandwich and pop it in the fridge for a day or two. To reheat, the microwave is probably your best bet.
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Brioche Breakfast Sandwich
- 2 slices Bacon
- 2 Tablespoons Cracked peppercorn aioli, 1 tablespoon peppercorns ground + ½ cup mayonnaise + 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 Slices Brioche bread
- 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter, softened
- 2 Eggs
- 2 slices Sharp white cheddar
- 2 slices Avocado
- 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
- Sprinkle Cracked Pepper
- Preheat your oven to 375F to cook the bacon. Line a baking sheet with parchment and place the bacon slices individually on the baking sheet. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly browned.2 slices Bacon
- In a small bowl, combine the ground peppercorns, mayonnaise, and lemon juice. Mix well until the black pepper is evenly distributed throughout the mayonnaise and set the aioli aside.2 Tablespoons Cracked peppercorn aioli
- Preheat your cast iron pan or the pan of your choosing to medium-high heat.
- Lightly spread each side of the brioche bread slices with butter. Place the bread slices on the preheated grill or grill pan and cook for about 1-2 minutes per side or until lightly browned.2 Slices Brioche bread, 1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
- Add a nonstick skillet onto the stove at medium heat.
- Meanwhile, crack your eggs and cream into a small bowl and whisk them together with a fork.2 Eggs
- Pour the eggs into the pan and immediately start swirling and mixing the eggs with a spatula while they begin to cook. Continue this process until you start to see larger, egg curds form - this should take about one minute.
- Once the eggs have started to set, remove your pan from heat and give the eggs another stir. The eggs will continue to cook slightly even after removing from the heat.
- Lay out the grilled brioche bread slices on your work surface. On one side of each bread slice, spread the prepared black pepper aioli.
- Layer cheddar, followed by avocado, bacon, scrambled eggs, hot sauce, cracked pepper and the second brioche slice before cutting in half and serving.2 slices Sharp white cheddar, 1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce, Sprinkle Cracked Pepper, 2 slices Avocado