Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sausage McMuffins
20 Jul 2023

Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sausage McMuffins

20 Jul 2023

One of my guilty pleasures is the McDonald’s breakfast menu. I particularly like their Sausage McMuffins (even better with egg). But nowadays breakfast ends earlier at 10:30am and I always end up missing the window, and of late I also noticed that their sausage patties are insanely salty. It could be just me getting older and my body is instinctively rejecting salt for the sake of my blood pressure, but in any case, I got inspired to make my own.

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I think this thought started when I discovered Joshua Weissman’s YouTube channel. On his channel he has a series called But Better, where he makes copycat versions of famous fast food items, but better. One after another I started bingeing on his videos, and after looking at his McDonald’s Sausage Egg and Cheese Biscuit and Egg McMuffin recipes I thought, why don’t I borrow elements from these recipes to make my own elevated Sausage McMuffin?

The result? All I can say is, once you’ve tried this version, you’ll never want the original ever again. I made this for brunch for my friends one weekend, and they told me they were forever ruined 😅. Sure, I’d still buy it at the drive-through from time to time for convenience, but this one is so worth the effort. Make the sausages ahead of time and store in the freezer, double the recipe if you like, and take them out on weekends for an indulgent brunch.

For this post, I’m only including the recipe for the sausages. You can make your own English muffins, or just pick some up from the store.

Remove the skin from the chicken thighs, and chop into fine pieces. Cut the chicken meat into 2-inch cubes.

In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken meat, skin, and all the spices.

Mix until thoroughly combined.

Run the seasoned meat pieces through your grinder.

Run the ground meat through the machine again to further emulsify the mixture.

Shape into 10 equal-sized patties.

Arrange the patties on a lined baking sheet until ready to use.

Cook the sausage patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.

When the pan is hot, working with one patty at a time, add a patty to the pan. Press the patty to about 3/4-inch thickness using a burger press.

Sear for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip. Sear for another 1 to 2 minutes, until cooked. Repeat for the remaining patties.

Assemble the sausage muffins. Fork-split or slice each muffin into half.

Toast in an toaster oven, or an air fryer at 180 degrees C, until lightly browned and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.

Working with one muffin at a time, on the bottom half of the muffin, place a slice each of the American and Monterey Jack cheeses, and a cooked sausage patty. Top with the remaining half of the muffin. Repeat for the remaining muffins.

Enjoy!

Copycat McDonald’s Chicken Sausage McMuffins

An elevated version of McDonald's Sausage McMuffins found in Malaysia, for when you know you won't be able to make it before breakfast ends at the drive-thru.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 10

Equipment

  • Meat grinder

Ingredients
  

For the breakfast sausages

  • 1 kg chicken thighs boneless, skin-on
  • 1 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground fennel serbuk jintan manis
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons salt 14 grams
  • ½ teaspoon Cukup Rasa seasoning

For assembling

  • 10 English muffins split crosswise
  • 10 slices processed cheddar cheese OR American cheese
  • 10 slices Monterey Jack cheese
  • Mayonnaise

Instructions
 

  • Remove the skin from the chicken thighs, and chop into small pieces. Cut the chicken meat into 2-inch cubes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the chicken meat, skin, and all the spices.
  • Mix until thoroughly combined.
  • Run the seasoned meat pieces through your grinder.
  • Run the ground meat through the machine again to further emulsify the mixture.
  • Shape into 10 equal-sized patties.
  • Cook the sausage patties. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • When the pan is hot, working with one patty at a time, add a patty to the pan. Press the patty to about 3/4-inch thickness using a burger press.
  • Sear for 1 to 2 minutes, then flip. Sear for another 1 to 2 minutes, until cooked. Repeat for the remaining patties.
  • Assemble the sausage muffins. Fork-split or slice each muffin into half.
  • Toast in an toaster oven, or an air fryer at 180 degrees C, until lightly browned and crispy, 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Working with one muffin at a time, on the bottom half of the muffin, place a slice each of the American and Monterey Jack cheeses, and a cooked sausage patty. Top with the remaining half of the muffin. Repeat for the remaining muffins.
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