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The sausage McMuffin with egg from McDonald’s (left) and my homemade version.

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As people continue to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic, it may come as no surprise that fast-food fans everywhere are attempting to recreate their favorite orders at home.

To make the process a little easier, McDonald’s recently released its recipe for its famous sausage McMuffin with egg.

As a fan of both home cooking and fast food, I decided to try out the recipe and see how it stacked up against the original McDonald’s breakfast sandwich.

Here’s how my homemade version compared to the real deal.

Business financial make money capital trading I started by pulling together the ingredients listed on the recipe card released by McDonald’s.

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My breakfast sandwich ingredients.

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The recipe card called for an English muffin, 75 grams of sausage meat, eggs, a slice of American cheese, and a potato. 

I don’t own a kitchen scale, so I planned to eyeball my sausage patty meat. The recipe also gives instructions to make a hash brown, but I decided to stick to just the sandwich for this experiment in fast-food-inspired cooking.

Business financial make money capital trading After popping my English muffin in the toaster, I set about making my egg first.

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The egg cooking in the ring.

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The recipe card tells you to pour a small amount of water — “just enough water to cover the base” — into the ring and bring it to a boil.

Business financial make money capital trading I then cracked my egg directly into the ring.

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The egg cooking in the ring.

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After a few minutes of steaming it, my egg was fully cooked — and looked pretty similar to what I remembered of the one from McDonald’s. I then used a spatula to put the egg aside on another plate and removed the ring.

Business financial make money capital trading I then cooked my sausage meat.

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Sausage meat cooking in a frying pan.

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I used my hands to mold a small circle of meat, seasoned it with salt and pepper, and placed it in the same pan I used to make my egg.

Business financial make money capital trading After about six minutes on each side, my patty was fully cooked.

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My cooked sausage patty.

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I placed my cooked sausage patty on top of my English muffin and American cheese slice, per the recipe’s instructions.

The egg went on last, along with the top of the English muffin.

Business financial make money capital trading To make my homemade version even more similar to the fast-food sandwich, I wrapped it in some parchment paper.

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My finished homemade sausage McMuffin.

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I couldn’t wait to dive in and see how it tasted.

Business financial make money capital trading To compare how my homemade sandwich stacked up against the original, I swung by my local McDonald’s and ordered a sausage McMuffin with egg.

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Sausage McMuffin with egg.

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It came to $3.99. I think this is a relatively good deal, considering all of my ingredients cost me $15.86.

However, your $3.99 will only get you one serving, compared to multiple sandwiches with the store-bought ingredients.

Business financial make money capital trading My version was almost exactly the same size as the original fast-food sandwich.

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Sausage McMuffin with egg and the homemade version.

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McDonald’s uses yellow paper rather than my plain white parchment paper. Both managed to hold in the heat, however, so this is a great at-home fast-food hack.

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Business financial make money capital trading The English muffin in the McDonald’s version was slightly more toasted than mine.

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Sausage McMuffin with egg.

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Its top muffin also had a slight sprinkling of flour, while mine didn’t.

Business financial make money capital trading However, since my muffin was slightly less toasted, it was fluffier.

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My finished homemade sausage McMuffin with egg.

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Looking at the two muffins, I noticed that while the cheese in the McDonald’s breakfast sandwich was bright orange, mine was a light yellow.

I used Land O’Lakes white American cheese, so that explained the color difference.

Business financial make money capital trading Biting into the original McDonald’s sausage McMuffin with egg, I was surprised by how much flavor it had.

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Sausage McMuffin with egg.

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The cheese was tangy, slightly melted, and the sausage was slightly salty and well-seasoned.

Business financial make money capital trading My cheese was slightly less flavorful than the bright orange kind McDonald’s uses.

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McDonald’s sausage McMuffin with egg (left) and the homemade version.

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When it came down to the cheese, McDonald’s came out on top.

Business financial make money capital trading My sausage patty was noticeably thicker than the McDonald’s version, but this didn’t necessarily add flavor.

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McDonald’s sausage McMuffin with egg (left) and the homemade version.

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My patty undeniably tasted more “real,” although it was less seasoned or salty. However, I would likely take the original McDonald’s patty over mine.

In the end, it truly was a neck-and-neck race between the two almost identical sandwiches. The homemade version trumped the original with its fluffy English muffin, gooey egg, and noticeably meatier patty.

However, the actual seasoning of the McDonald’s sausage was superior, and I preferred the slightly-melted orange American cheese in the original. 

All in all, they each had their redeeming qualities, and I’d go for either when it comes to a quick breakfast.

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