This Is The Best Fast Food Breakfast Sandwich

Breakfast is the one meal we're most likely to eat on the run (or with one hand on the wheel), yet paradoxically, it can also be one of the least portable. Ever try balancing a bowl of cereal while driving? A plate of bacon and eggs won't fare much better, nor will a stack of pancakes. You could just go the coffee-only route — but it turns out that drinking coffee on an empty stomach is just asking for trouble. 

Luckily, some genius finally came up with the idea the world had been waiting for — the breakfast sandwich. Brilliant! This grab-and-go meal may not always be the healthiest option, but it'll put something in your belly so you don't have to start the day hangry.

There are many different types of breakfast sandwiches: wraps, burritos, biscuit sandwiches, croissant-wiches, bagel sandwiches, English muffin sandwiches, pancake sandwiches, donut sandwiches, and let's not forget the infamous (now discontinued) waffle taco. There are even breakfast sandwiches made with plain old bread (go figure). Fillings may include any or all of the following: eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon, ham, chicken, steak, and veggies.

With such a wide range of options, it's hard to single one out as the very best. One breakfast sandwich, however, has been chosen best of the best by several major review sites as well as topping a public opinion poll — and you may be shocked to hear, it's none other than the good old Egg McMuffin!

Why McDonald's breakfast sandwich tops the list

Introduced in 1971, the Egg McMuffin may well be the oldest breakfast sandwich available from any fast food chain, but it still has numerous fans. Business Insider's reviewer tested the signature breakfast sandwiches from Starbucks, Burger King, Wendy's, Dunkin', and Chick-fil-A as well as McDonald's, and found the Egg McMuffin to be "by far the tastiest and most well-balanced sandwich," and, at just 290 calories, not quite the diet-buster you might assume. 

Insider stuck to tasting only sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches and their review put the Sausage McMuffin at a close second behind Chick-fil-A's, but said that for anyone preferring an English muffin to a biscuit, it would be the best choice. They described the McMuffin's blend of texture and taste as simply "perfect." 

Finally, Ranker, polling the general public, found the Sausage McMuffin with Egg to be the favorite breakfast sandwich and second-favorite breakfast item overall — it came in behind another McDonald's breakfast menu item, the chain's ever-popular hash browns.