You roll over and look at your phone to see what time it is, only to discover that your alarm didn't go off. You're going to be late for work. You don't have any time to make breakfast, so what can you do? Just grab a bite at any fast food chain! That's the silver lining in this situation. After all, there might not be anything better than a delicious McMuffin or a croissanwich when you're on the go. All of the flavors of the egg, meat, and cheese coming together in each delicious bite make you wonder why you can't just eat one of them every day. Well, considering the calorie counts, maybe only having them once in a while is a good thing.
There are plenty of great fast food breakfasts out there, but there are also plenty of weird ones, too. After all, fast food places love to experiment, and they don't stop at breakfast or lunch. They look at breakfast and they say "how can we do things differently?" The problem is, that they don't need to change anything! The breakfast sandwich was pretty much perfect when it was first introduced, and with one notable exception, the overly creative breakfast items typically don't end up being very good. However, the innovation will likely never cease, and we will probably continue to see more and more strange fast food breakfast items introduced every year. They might even be stranger than these 20 weird fast food breakfast items we can't believe exist.
20 Steak, Egg, and Cheese Flatbread (Subway)
Who wouldn't want to start their day with a foot long breakfast sandwich? After all, people must get tired of those tiny little sandwiches that can be eaten in, what, like five bites? The steak, egg, and cheese flatbread from Subway delivers on that front, although we have to wonder if anyone really wants to eat that big of a sandwich first thing in the morning. Maybe if you're heading to a job that requires a lot of energy, but even then this sandwich just seems like it would make you sleepy rather than fueling you up for the day. Even the six-inch version seems like a bit too much.
19 Grilled Pork Chop Biscuit with Egg and Cheese (Hardee's)
For anyone who has ever eaten a breakfast sandwich with bacon or sausage and thought "This is good, but I would really love a heartier cut of pork on here," there's the grilled pork chop biscuit with egg and cheese from Hardee's. We have to admit, the idea of a big, hunk of pork on a breakfast sandwich isn't the strangest idea, but this just seems like an overzealous way to one-up the classic breakfast meats. After all, no one is eating pork chops for breakfast at home, so where did this idea come from? We may never know, but the fact of the matter is that it happened.
18 Waffle Taco (Taco Bell)
This incredible breakfast item was actually discontinued by Taco Bell. Considering this is the same chain that sells the Doritos Locos Taco, it's hard to believe that they could think anything could be over the top. Apparently, the idea of eggs, sausage, and cheese folded in a waffle was just enough for them to say "no way." Who knows what made this breakfast taco too much for people. After all, we live in a world where the KFC Double Down exists. Maybe it was the maple syrup poured on top of everything, or maybe the world just wasn't ready for this kind of thing. Rest assured, though, Taco Bell tried this idea again, but with different ingredients.
17 Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich (Dunkin Donuts)
If you thought no one could take the combination of sweet and savory breakfast foods further than the waffle taco, then you clearly haven't ever laid eyes on the glazed donut breakfast sandwich from Dunkin Donuts. What we like about this sandwich is that it puts it all out there on front street. It doesn't try to trick you into thinking it's healthy or even a good life choice. It just is what it is. We have to say, though, everything else about it is terrible. The idea of a sugary glaze intermingling with greasy bacon and egg does not sound appetizing. There's also the issue of texture, that being that everything is too soft. That's why you need toast and not a squishy donut!
16 Sous Vide Egg Bites (Starbucks)
The food at Starbucks has always been a bit of an enigma. They put it on display in a glass case, and you have to wonder if it's really any better than something you'd get at a fast food place, because at least at McDonald's you know they put your sandwich together when you ordered it. At Starbucks, all their food seems like it's ready to go at all times. The sous vide egg bites might be a healthy choice, but they are kind of strange. They're just little egg nuggets that you can eat on the go, but they don't even look like they would be that satisfying. Maybe they're okay if you just need a quick protein boost.
15 Chicken, Egg, and Cheese on a Multigrain Bagel (Chick-Fil-A)
This breakfast sandwich from Chick-Fil-A does something strange. It combines chicken with eggs. Now, that's not necessarily an odd thing to do when talking about breading chicken and soaking it in the egg to do so. However, after both foods are cooked, it's kind of strange to serve them together. It's a weird sort of "circle of life" thing going on, and we're not really into that. This sandwich is also served ona multigrain bagel, probably to give it the veneer of being healthy. However, there's no question that this sandwich, aside from cutting down on the fat content, is probably just as heavy first thing in the morning.
14 Naked Egg Taco (Taco Bell)
Well, Taco Bell really did it with this one. Following in the footsteps of their naked chicken chalupa, which makes a taco shell out of a breaded piece of chicken, they have introduced the naked egg taco, a taco that uses a fried egg as the shell. That actually sounds like ti wouldn't be that bad. After all, that cuts down on the carbs, right? Well, it would if it wasn't filled with potatoes. They just replaced one kind of carb with another! Not to mention the fact that the structural integrity of an egg is nowhere near that of a tortilla, so trying to hold this glorified upright omelet would probably be a challenge.
13 Loaded Omelet Biscuit (Hardee's)
The idea of trying to put an omelet on a sandwich might seem daunting, but the folks at Hardee's looked at that challenge and said, "we will not back down!" Hence the creation of the loaded omelet biscuit, a sandwich that includes a sausage, ham, and cheese omelet, folded up so it fits on a biscuit, and topped with more cheese. Call us crazy, but that sounds like it might be a bit much. Not to mention the fact there is a double version of this that includes two omelets. That's the kind of meal that you would only eat if you had to fast for the next 24 hours.
12 Chicken Biscuit Taco (Taco Bell)
We told you Taco Bell wasn't going to stop at the Waffle Taco. After they pulled that from their menus, they must have thought to themselves "how can we do something that's the same, but different?" Introducing the Chicken Biscuit Taco! The shell is made out of biscuit dough, and it contains a breaded chicken fillet, topped with jalapeno honey. Actually, it doesn't sound that bad. It's just that they are trying to call it a taco when it's really more of a flatbread or something. It seems like Taco Bell is reaching on what the definition of a Taco is just so they can sell breakfast foods to people as well.
11 Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Sliders (White Castle)
White Castle is a fast food joint where you can literally buy a box filled with tiny hamburgers. Apparently, you can do the same thing at breakfast with the White Castle Breakfast Sliders. Each one of these tiny breakfast sandwiches has egg, cheese, and sausage, and they are kind of adorable. However, each one of these has a whole egg on it, but the rest is so compact that you would have to eat at least three to be full. That's quite a few calories to start your day. Add in any sides and you're looking at a marathon breakfast that will definitely not help you run any marathons.
10 Grande Scrambler (Taco Bell)
If you thought that the Taco Bell people were too busy creating other kinds of strange breakfast tacos to tackle the most obvious one, the breakfast burrito, then you would be wrong. The only difference is that at Taco Bell, it's called the grande scrambler and it is filled with eggs, sausage, bacon, cheese, and hash browns. We're not exactly sure where this idea of eating hash browns in the sandwich came from, but we're not fans. After all, hashbrowns are supposed to be hot and crispy, not crammed into a sandwich where they'll inevitably become soggy. Keep them on the side and stop this madness!
9 Bacon, Egg, and Chicken Sandwich (Jack in the Box)
This is yet another breakfast sandwich which goes against all culinary rules and combines chicken and egg. The only difference from the Chick-Fil-A sandwich is that this one also includes bacon. You know, take the egg off of there and put this on a regular bun, and you actually have a fairly normal sandwich, at least by fast food standards. However, keeping this on the standard muffin and adding egg is just simply not okay. It seems like a lot of these places are trying to capture the idea of chicken and waffles as a breakfast item, but the thing is that you need to have waffles to do that, and no eggs!
8 Ultimate Breakfast Platter (Burger King)
Some fast food places will have a breakfast that is more akin to something you'd have at a sit-down place. There's no way they get ordered that often, but they do exist. However, not all of these breakfast plates are created equal, and in the contest for who can include the most carbs on theirs, Burger King is the clear winner. Their ultimate breakfast platter includes pancakes, a biscuit, and hash browns, along with some eggs and a sausage patty. Try not to take a nap after eating something like this. It's like they have an excess of flour and they're trying to get rid of it as fast as they can.
7 Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit (Whataburger)
This is the kind of breakfast sandwich that really skirts the line of being a breakfast item. There are no eggs, no pork products, not even cheese or maple syrup. This sandwich from Whataburger is simply a piece of fried chicken served on a biscuit and topped with honey butter. Our main issue with this thing is not the flavor, as it probably tastes really good, but how much of a breakfast sandwich it actually is. An argument could be made that the buttered biscuit part of it is enough like breakfast that it counts, but we're not too sure about that. This might cross the line into lunch territory.
6 Smoked Sausage Biscuit (Hardee's)
Somebody who works at Hardee's looked at the round, flat sausage patties of other fast food breakfast sandwiches and said, "we can do better." That has to be the reason for the smoked sausage biscuit, which utilizes a regular, cylindrical sausage, butterflied so that it lays flat on the sandwich. All we can say is "why?" The flat sausage patties were not broken, so why did Hardee's try to fix them? This just seems like it would be harder to eat, due to having to bite through the casing on the sausage. The flavor might be there, but you can't improve on the perfection that is the sausage patty.
5 McGriddles (McDonald's)
We have to be honest: there will be no criticism here for the McGriddle. We just want to talk about what a wild idea it was when it first hit the market in 2003. People thought it would never work. "A breakfast sandwich served on two pancakes? This is too much," they might have said. And yet, the McGriddle persisted. In the following years, it only became more popular and was even improved by replacing the flat, scrambled egg made from a powder with the real freshly cracked round egg. You have to give it up for this sandwich, which revolutionized the idea of creative fast food breakfasts. It may be a little strange, but it is perfect.
4 Cinnamon Swirl Toast Breakfast Sandwich (Hardee's)
The idea of sandwiching breakfast foods between sweet items, thereby offsetting their more savory flavors, was perfected by the McGriddle (more on that later). However, other restaurants have tried their hand at copying that idea. None of them close to matching that revolutionary idea, least of all the cinnamon swirl toast sandwich at Hardee's. This breakfast sandwich tries (and fails) to combine the two flavor profiles of sweet cinnamon bread and savory eggs, cheese, and meat. The cinnamon just gets lost in the mix, so you're basically just eating a normal sandwich. At that rate, what's the point in ordering one? Try harder, Hardee's!
3 A.M. Crunch Wrap (Taco Bell)
The Crunchwrap is one of Taco Bell's most signature.... tacos? Sandwiches? What is it even supposed to be? Anyway, they've released many variations of it, but the most recent, and strangest, is the AM Crunchwrap. This version of the hexagonal taco-adjacent meal is filled with eggs, cheese, bacon, and hashbrowns. You can scarf one of these things down and consider it an entire meal. There are also other versions of it, such as the Country AM Crunchwrap, which includes sausage, a hash brown, cheese, and country gravy. So if you've ever thought that something from Taco Bell could be slightly worse for you, then you have your answer.
2 Breakfast Burger (Carl's Jr.)
You probably didn't think that any fast food chain would have the guts to actually try and put a burger on the breakfast menu. If so, then you have severely underestimated Carl's Jr., which introduced its own breakfast burger. This behemoth sandwich contains a beef patty, egg, cheese, bacon, and, to make this even more intense, hashbrowns. So basically, it's like eating breakfast and lunch all in the same meal (bonus points if you get more hashbrowns on the side. Go carbs!). We'd really like to know whether this is a good way to start the day or a good way to end a night out at four in the morning.
1 Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel (McDonald's)
Steak and eggs is one of the heartiest breakfasts you can order. If someone gets that at a diner, you know they mean to get things done that day. That's why they're loading up on so much protein (bonus points if they get the steak rare and like their yolks runny). It's the kind of breakfast that can't be replicated by a fast food chain, but McDonald's sure did try their best to do so. Their steak and egg bagel, unfortunately, does not do the job. The steak is actually a chopped steak patty, so really what you're eating is just an egg and bagel burger, and no fast food place would be bold enough to introduce a breakfast burger (or so you may think).