Black Bean ‘Sausage’ Breakfast Sandwich
with fruit parfait
We had so much fun recreating this fast food-inspired breakfast and hope you love making it as much as we did. Our homemade vegetarian version is more delicious and a lot healthier than the drive-through favorite. We last featured this meal in 2021.
Smarts: Just for fun, if you want to make perfectly round eggs, use the metal lids from 8 oz mason jars, tuna cans with the top and bottom cut off, or a round cookie cutter to hold the eggs in place on the skillet as they cook. Spray them with nonstick cooking spray first so the eggs don’t stick.
- Yogurt, plain or Greek - 1 1/2 cups
- Berries, fresh or frozen - 1 cup , chopped if using large pieces of fruit; defrosted if frozen
- Granola (opt) - 1/2 cup
- Sage, fresh - 3 leaves , finely chopped
- Garlic - 2 cloves , chopped
- Thyme, dried - 1 tsp
- Brown sugar - 1/2 tsp
- Salt - 1/2 tsp
- Beans, black (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans , drained and rinsed
- Eggs - 1
- Panko breadcrumbs - 1/3 cup
- Flour, all-purpose - 1 Tbsp
- Oil, cooking - 1 Tbsp
- English muffins - 4
- Butter - 2 Tbsp
- Eggs - 4
- Cheese, yellow or white cheddar - 4 slices
Make sausage seasoning - Finely chop sage and garlic. Combine sage, garlic, dried thyme, brown sugar, and salt. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Make black bean ‘sausage’ patties - Drain and rinse beans. Combine beans and sausage seasoning in a bowl and mash with a potato masher, pastry blender, or fork (it’s okay if some larger pieces of beans remain). Add eggs (portion for black beans), panko, and flour. Stir everything together until evenly combined. Form into 4 even patties (for 4 servings; adjust if customizing). If the patties seem too dry, add a splash of water; if they seem too moist, add some more flour. Make the black bean patties about the same width as the English muffins. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
Make parfaits - Divide yogurt between glasses or small serving bowls. Top with berries and then granola (if using).
English muffins - If not already sliced in half, slice.
Turn on the oven’s broiler.
Place English muffins cut-side up on a sheet pan. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick pan with oil over low-medium heat. (Be sure to keep the heat fairly low because the sugar in the black bean patties can cause them to burn if cooked over high heat.) Add black bean patties to heated oil and sear on both sides until golden brown and heated through, 8 to 10 minutes total (depending on thickness). Set aside, covered to keep warm.
To heated pan add butter and swirl in the pan until melted. Crack eggs into melted butter. Cook eggs on one side until whites are set and yolks are still a bit runny, 4 to 6 minutes. (If you’d like the eggs more cooked, flip and cook on the other side.) In the last minute of cooking, season eggs with some salt and pepper.
While eggs are cooking, slide English muffins under the broiler until golden and toasted. In the last minute of cooking, top bottom halves of the muffins with cheese.
Finish each English muffin with a black bean patty and a fried egg.
Serve the breakfast sandwich with parfait on the side. Enjoy your homemade 'fast food' breakfast!