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Taste-Off: Breakfast Sausage Muffins

Taste-Off: Sausage McMuffin vs. BK Breakfast Muffin

In the past year, the fast food breakfast wars have taken a fiercely competitive turn, and the battle has intensified even more between fast food's top two, McDonald's and Burger King. A Burger King commercial released this month promotes the chain's new BK Breakfast Muffin — a ripoff of the Golden Arches' Sausage McMuffin with Egg — and admits on air, "It's not that original, but it's super affordable." With the two contenders serving a nearly identical breakfast sandwich, we decided it was high time for a taste-off. Which one was better? The breakdown, and our verdict, after the jump.

We began with the Sausage McMuffin with Egg ($3.03). The a.m. classic was just as we remembered it: The muffin itself is lightly browned on the outside, brushed with char on the inside, and full of air pockets to add a nice bounce to each bite. The sausage tastes intensely rich and full of spices — a nice contrast to the whole egg, which is cooked through but unsalted. As always, the perfect way to cure a morning hangover.

The BK Breakfast Muffin is nearly $2 cheaper, setting us back only $1.09. But the sandwich — both literally and figuratively — fell flat. The English muffin, which is almost black on top, is dense and gummy, in the stalest way possible. The sausage isn't as heavily spiced. Its near-saving grace (and only differing element from the McMuffin) is a slice of seasoned, scrambled egg.

McDonald's shouldn't feel threatened by Burger King's latest move, because while imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, it's still just an imitation. Yes, the Burger King sandwich is $2 cheaper, but isn't it worth forking over a deuce for a sandwich that's light years better? We think so. Which do you prefer?


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arod0215 arod0215 5 years
Neither of those look very good. I tried one at BK the other day and it was horrible!
sourcherries sourcherries 5 years
I'm with lilkimbo--I prefer the Sausage Biscuit (not muffin). That said, I rarely get it and prefer homemade to fast food--when I have time, that is. :)
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 5 years
I like to make my own version at home. A soy sausage patty and a 100 calorie English muffin make it a lot healthier. It only takes 5 minutes to make, much faster than sitting in a drive thru IMO.
GummiBears GummiBears 5 years
I rather make my own or go to Baci Cafe and get my own.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 5 years
I agree with Danakscully64 ! I make mine with egg,tomato and cheddar cheese.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
YUCK at both. I like to make my own version at home, SO much cheaper and if I want an egg, I can eat an actual egg, not something that's made with powder and water. It takes about 3 minutes to make, faster than a drive thru. I toast a Bay's English Muffin, grill a Morningstar Farms sausage patty, and combine the two with a little sprinkle of cheese. It's SO good, not soggy like these sandwiches. Comes out to about 90 cents a sandwich, or less. Less calories too. No egg needed.
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
YUCK at both. I like to make my own version at home, SO much cheaper and if I want an egg, I can eat an actual egg, not something that's made with powder and water. It takes about 3 minutes to make, faster than a drive thru. I toast a Bay's English Muffin, grill a Morningstar Farms sausage patty, and combine the two with a little sprinkle of cheese. It's SO good, not soggy like these sandwiches. Comes out to about 90 cents a sandwich, or less. Less calories too. No egg needed.
jessvogel85 jessvogel85 5 years
By looks alone the BK version looks gross.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I love fast food breakfast! (Sarah, I, too, only have it on rare occasions.) However, my favorites are the Croissanwich from BK or the Sausage Biscuit from McD's. And you can't go wrong with the Cheesy Tots at BK or the Hashbrowns at McD's.One thing that I cannot stand is fast food egg. I don't know why, there's just something about it that's not appealing to me. I guess I'm pretty picky about my eggs in general, though.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
I love fast food breakfast! (Sarah, I, too, only have it on rare occasions.) However, my favorites are the Croissanwich from BK or the Sausage Biscuit from McD's. And you can't go wrong with the Cheesy Tots at BK or the Hashbrowns at McD's. One thing that I cannot stand is fast food egg. I don't know why, there's just something about it that's not appealing to me. I guess I'm pretty picky about my eggs in general, though.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
They (the pics) both don't look appetizing to be honest.... But if I have to go buy something fast food for breakfast, I probably opt for ol' McD's more than BK...I mean, they (McD's) don't taste excellent, but like you said yumsugar, the BK's version falls flat and I've tasted undertaste of 'chemical' in their (BK's) products *more apparent than the McD's counterpart* (So yea, I usually try to avoid them altogether).
kurniakasih kurniakasih 5 years
They (the pics) both don't look appetizing to be honest....But if I have to go buy something fast food for breakfast, I probably opt for ol' McD's more than BK...I mean, they (McD's) don't taste excellent, but like you said yumsugar, the BK's version falls flat and I've tasted undertaste of 'chemical' in their (BK's) products *more apparent than the McD's counterpart* (So yea, I usually try to avoid them altogether).
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
After seeing those pics, I think that I will stick with my occasional Mac and Don's Supper Club breakfast slider!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 5 years
I love MCD's sausage egg mcmuffin. I only allow myself one or two a year though cause it could easily snowball into a full blown addiction! :rotfl:
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
I've never been a fan of McD's egg mcmuffin. I prefer BK's croissant breakfast sandwich :) Greasy, I know, but perfect hangover food.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 5 years
Looks like the King's was run over by a Mctruck!
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