Sure, savory muffins, pancake tacos, and avocado toast are delicious ways to start the day, but you’re overlooking an oft-forgotten breakfast staple. English muffins are the perfect foundation for a filling meal, whether it’s as a replacement for brioche in a French toast recipe or as the vehicle to deliver a mouth-watering egg sandwich. Keep scrolling for 21 recipes that will make you realize that English muffins are worthy of the spotlight and more than just breakfast.


1. English Muffin French Toast: Switch up the most basic of brunch dishes with this recipe that swaps brioche for English muffins to make a French toast that’s just begging for extra maple syrup and butter. (via The Comfort of Cooking)


2. Grilled Shrimp English Muffin Burgers: Juicy grilled shrimp burgers are way better than your standard barbecue fare. And once you’ve had a burger on an English muffin bun, you’ll never look back. (via I Wash You Dry)


3. Spicy Chipotle Egg Breakfast Sandwiches: This breakfast sandwich is so much more sophisticated than your standard Egg McMuffin. Bell pepper scrambled eggs, bacon, and a creamy chipotle sauce make this a morning meal you can feel proud of. (via Aberdeen’s Kitchen)


4. Overnight Eggs Benedict Casserole: If making hollandaise sauce last minute is a little too stressful for your mornings, look to this casserole. It has all the eggs Benedict flavor you love, but is easily made ahead of time. (via Baker Bettie)


5. Mini Hawaiian English Muffin Pizza: The next time you have a party, ditch the frozen snacks. These mini English muffin Hawaiian pizzas are perfect finger food. (via Ease and Carrot)


6. Homemade Cranberry Walnut English Muffin: The best part about baking is you can customize your favorite dishes. This recipe gives plain English muffins a hearty makeover with the addition of dried cranberries and walnuts. (via Cook Nourish Bliss)


7. English Muffins With Cream Cheese and Bourbon-Maple Bacon Jam: Don’t let yourself get stuck in a boring breakfast routine. Ditch the butter and opt for an English muffin that’s slathered in warm cream cheese and bourbon-maple bacon jam. (via For the Love of Lasagna)


8. Barbecue Chicken English Muffin Pizza: Skip the take-out pizza and opt for this simple recipe that’s just as tasty as the real thing, with the added bonus of homemade flavor. (via Unicorn’s in the Kitchen)


9. Crab Melts: When topped with crab meat and cheese, English muffins make for a mean canapé too. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)


10. Homemade Whole Wheat English Muffins: Making your own English muffins is great for two reasons. They taste better than anything store-bought, and any recipe using the homemade version becomes a million times tastier. (via Jenni Field’s Fearless in the Kitchen)


11. Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict: Sometimes brunch just isn’t brunch-y enough — everything tastes too much like either breakfast or lunch. Not so with this mealtime fusion, combining a breakfast favorite with a barbecue classic. (via Culinary Hill)


12. Lemon Thyme English Muffin Bread: If you’ve never had English muffin in bread form, you’re in for a treat. It’s super-moist, toasts like a dream, and makes every sandwich taste just a little more special. (via Cook Nourish Bliss)


13. 2-Minute Flourless English Muffins: English muffins in the microwave may sound strange, but trust. This verison is gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, and sugar-free, but still gets nice and toasty, making them a great allergy-friendly option. (via The Big Man’s World)


14. Homemade Cinnamon Raisin English Muffins: Sometimes the best part of baking is how it makes your house smell. These English muffins will fill your home with the scent of cinnamon, raisins, and baking bread. (via Food Fanatic)


15. Paleo Pumpkin English Muffins: Quick breakfast recipes are essential to have on hand. This two-minute Paleo pumpkin English muffin is made in the microwave, so you can have a tasty breakfast even on busy mornings. (via Running to the Kitchen)


16. Poached Egg and Prosciutto Brunch Sandwich: Nothing hits the spot on the weekend like a brunch sandwich. This one, made on an English muffin and stuffed with a poached egg, prosciutto, and lemon garlic mayo, will make you glad it’s the weekend. (via Salt and Lavender)


17. Breakfast Burger: Hey, sometimes we all just want an excuse to have a burger for breakfast. This one is made with a turkey patty, bacon, and cheese, for a breakfast that will really fill you up. (via Well Plated)


18. English Muffin Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Cups: Finding the perfect dish for a brunch party can feel like a chore — you don’t want to have to do a bunch of cooking after your guests arrive. This recipe for English muffin bacon, egg, and cheese cups solves that problem. (via No. 2 Pencil)


19. Baked Peach English Muffin French Toast: Fruit-filled breakfasts always feel like a special treat. These English muffins, topped with baked rosemary peaches and cream cheese, will make you feel like a queen. (via The PKP Way)


20. Make-Ahead English Muffin Melts: A fast breakfast doesn’t have to mean an apple or granola bar on the go. These make-ahead English muffins ensure that you can eat a hot and cheesy meal, even on busy mornings. (via Julie’s Eats & Treats)


21. Cherry Macadamia English Muffin French Toast: Baked French toast is always a breakfast favorite. This recipe ups the ante, swapping bread for English Muffins and adding macadamia nuts and fresh cherries for flavor. (via With Salt and Wit)

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