Already have an account?
Get back to the

Homemade McGriddle Recipe: Easy Trick Makes It Tastier Than the Drive-Thru

It's a little bit sweet, a little bit salty and a whole lot irresistible!

There’s nothing quite like a hearty breakfast sandwich to start your day. Between the fluffy eggs, melty cheese, savory meat and toasted bread, it’s sure to leave you feeling happy and satisfied all morning. And while there are many kinds of breakfast sandwiches, we confess to loving the McGriddle. Why is it so good? This mainstay of the McDonald’s breakfast menusincludes a hint of maple syrup in the buns — and that little bit of sweet brings out the salty in a way that’s undeniably delicious. That said, it rings in at 990 mg of sodium — which is almost half of our daily recommended allowance. Keep reading to learn the secret that makes it so delicious and how to whip up your own mouthwatering (and better-for-you) McGriddle!

What is a McGriddle?

What sets the McGriddle apart from other breakfast sandwiches? Like other breakfast sandwiches, it’s filled with a folded scrambled egg, a sausage patty or bacon and American cheese. But instead of toasted bread or a sliced bagel, those fillings are layered inside maple-flavored griddle cakes that act as pancake-style buns.

The secret that makes the McGriddle so special

Just how does the McGriddle get that irresistible maple flavor? Credit a surprising restaurant trick. “There’s a little secret I’ve stumbled upon in my gastronomic adventures — injecting [the griddle cakes] with the maple syrup,” says Casey Bumpsteed, chef and senior editor of Ceramic Cookware Review. How it works: After cooking the cakes, simply use a flavor syringe to inject them with syrup. “The residual heat will spread the syrup evenly, creating the characteristic sweet touch for which the McGriddle is known.”

Don’t have a flavor syringe handy? No problem! Just mix maple syrup into pancake batter, and brush the cooked griddle cakes with it for a sugary flavor that takes your breakfast sandwich to the next level.

How to make a McGriddle at home

This homemade McGriddle recipe from home cook Susanne Slabaugh Hencye uses bacon and sausage patties to make the sandwich more filling. Give this recipe a go as she promises it yields a “yummy breakfast sandwich that tastes just like the real deal!”

Homemade McGriddle

Homemade McGriddle on a wooden cutting board
Brent Hofacker / 500px


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar 
  • 1 tsp. baking powder 
  • ½ tsp. baking soda 
  • ¼ tsp. salt 
  • 1 cup buttermilk 
  • 2 Tbs. maple syrup, divided 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 Tbs. vegetable oil 
  • ½ lb. ground pork sausage 
  • ½ lb. ground beef (preferably 80/20)
  • 4 slices American cheese 
  • 4 large eggs 
  • 8 strips crispy bacon 
  • Cooking spray or melted butter


  • Yield: 4 sandwiches

To make pancake buns: 

  1. In mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
  2. In separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, 1 Tbs. maple syrup, egg and vegetable oil. 
  3. Combine wet and dry ingredients until you have smooth batter. 
  4. Heat griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat and lightly grease with cooking spray or butter. 
  5. Pour ¼ cup of batter onto griddle for each pancake. Cook until bubbles form on surface, then flip and cook until golden brown on both sides. Repeat until all pancakes are done. 

To make sausage-beef patties: 

  1. In mixing bowl, combine ground pork sausage and ground beef. Mix well. 
  2. Form mixture into 4 patties and cook them on the same griddle or skillet over medium-high heat until fully cooked and browned on both sides. Remove from heat. 
  3. Place 1 slice American cheese on each patty while they’re still warm, allowing it to melt slightly

To make egg and cheese: 

  1. In separate skillet, cook eggs to your preference (fried, scrambled, or sunny-side-up).
  2. Add pinch of salt and pepper to season.

To assemble each McGriddle: 

  1. Take 1 pancake and spread some of remaining maple syrup on inside. 
  2. Place 1 cooked sausage-beef patty with melted cheese on bottom half. 
  3. Add cooked egg on top of patty. 
  4. Lay 2 strips of crispy bacon on egg. 
  5. Top it all off with another pancake bun. 

Keep reading for more ideas on how to make breakfast anything but boring!

Hash Brown Toast Is a Breakfast Lover’s Dream — Viral Recipe Cooks Up Crispy + Delicious

Pancake Cereal Is the Delicious Way to Start Your Day: So Fluffy + Ready in a Flash

In a Breakfast Rut? This Easy Chilaquiles with Salsa Roja Recipe Really Brings the Flavor

Use left and right arrow keys to navigate between menu items. Use right arrow key to move into submenus. Use escape to exit the menu. Use up and down arrow keys to explore. Use left arrow key to move back to the parent list.