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Healthy Homemade McGriddles

These copycat homemade McGriddles combine 4-ingredient protein pancake buns with folded eggs and your choice of healthier fixin’s like chicken breakfast sausage. It’s a simple recipe with a 25-minute prep time and just 5 ingredients, and it’s highly customizable. I’ll walk you through the recipe below and cover modification questions as we go.

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How to Make High Protein McGriddles Buns

For the McGriddles buns, I used my 3-ingredient protein powder pancakes recipe with two minor tweaks. The first being the addition of maple extract. If you’ve had the original McGriddle you’re familiar with the syrup flavor in the buns. The maple extract mimics this.

The other tweak is the size of the pancakes. Instead of using 1/4 cup of batter to make a pancake, the recipe calls for using 2 tablespoons. This makes perfectly sized McGriddles buns. And if you don’t have a 2 tablespoon measuring cup, just fill a 1/4 cup halfway like I did! 

My 3-ingredient protein pancakes recipe calls for protein powder, milk, and pancake mix. These homemade McGriddles call for the Bisquick version, but you can use other pancake mixes. Check out the graphic below for other mixes I’ve tested and the amounts to use for each.

How to make protein pancakes with protein powder and pancake mix.

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What if I don’t have protein powder? 

Just use your favorite pancake mix. Or you could use the pancake recipe from dwardcooks’ McGriddles Makeover recipe.

Can I use another protein powder?

The short answer is yes, but you may need to make some slight modifications. Check out my original 3-ingredient protein pancakes post. I gave some tips for using whey-only and other protein powders there.

How to Make Folded Eggs

No special tools required—just a nonstick skillet and rubber spatula. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Whisk an egg in a small bowl while you heat a nonstick skillet over medium-low heat with cooking spray.
  2. Add the egg to the skillet and swirl to spread the egg across the entire pan.
  3. Once the edges are cooked (10-15 seconds), use a rubber spatula to fold one side of the circle into the center. Then fold the other side into the center, creating a rectangle in the center of the pan.
  4. Fold one end of the rectangle into the center, and the other end over that. You’re done!

If that sounds confusing, the photo below should bring it all together.

If you’d rather see it in action, here’s the video.

You got this!

Assemble Your McGriddles with Fixin’s

I used my chicken breakfast sausage patties (linked in the recipe card below) and cheese, but you could use bacon or any other breakfast sandwich filling. I’d love to see what you come up with. Snap a pic of your homemade McGriddles on tag me on Instagram @mason_woodruff.

Healthy Homemade McDonald's McGriddles

Healthy Homemade McDonald's McGriddles

Yield: 4 McGriddles
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Folded eggs and your choice of breakfast fixin's between 3-ingredient protein pancake buns.

Ingredients

  • 1 C (120g) Bisquick or Pancake Mix*
  • 1 scoop (31g) Vanilla PEScience Select Protein Powder
  • 3/4 C (180g) Skim Milk (or your choice of milk)
  • 1 tsp Maple Extract (optional)
  • 4 large Eggs, whisked

Instructions

  1. Mix the pancake mix and protein powder together before adding the milk and maple extract. Stir until no dry ingredients remain.
  2. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat with cooking spray. Once hot, add 2 Tbsp of the pancake batter in 8 small circles. You may have to cook in two batches. Cook until golden brown on the bottom, flip, and finish cooking for another 60-90 seconds.
  3. For the eggs, whisk an egg together in a small bowl. Heat a pan over medium-low heat with cooking spray. Add the egg and swirl the pan to spread the egg across the whole pan. Once the edges are cooked (10-15 seconds), use a rubber spatula to fold one half into the center. Fold the other half over the top, creating a rectangle in the center of the pan. Fold one end of the rectangle into the center, followed by the other, creating a square. Repeat for all 4 eggs. You can cook 2 eggs at once and cut in half to save time.
  4. Assemble and enjoy!

Notes

*For instructions on using different pancake mixes, see graphic in the post above.

Nutrition Information Notes

  • Nutrition facts are for 2 McGriddle buns and 1 egg, no meat or cheese.
  • Each egg McGriddle has 3 WW SmartPoints (blue).
  • For the sausage egg and cheese version in photos, add 1 of my chicken breakfast sausage patties and a slice of American cheese.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 McGriddles Serving Size: 1 McGriddle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 8gCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 17g

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Candace Diguilio

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Do not skip out on the maple extract. This is not optional if you want it to really embrace the McGriddle deliciousness. I have even tried doing a maple syrup glaze on the outside and nothing beats the extract.

Mason Woodruff

Tuesday 13th of April 2021

Yeah, science!

Deborah

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Can I freeze these

Mason Woodruff

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

They should freeze well, but I'd let them thaw overnight before reheating if possible.

Liz

Saturday 10th of October 2020

These have become a staple in our house. We've tried them with bacon added but actually prefer them without. I always use water instead of milk when making Kodiak Cakes normally, and it works perfectly here as well. Fantastic recipe!

Angela

Saturday 1st of August 2020

Has anyone ever cooked these and then froze them to heat up later? How did you like it? Mason, would these do okay with that?

Mason Woodruff

Wednesday 14th of April 2021

I've seen others freeze these. I think they're best if you let them thaw overnight before reheating. If you're in a hurry, you can wrap in a paper towel and heat for around 60-90 seconds at 50% power before going full power for 30-60 seconds. Your filling choice may affect the reheat time and will probably take a little tinkering. Good luck!

Mary

Tuesday 21st of July 2020

These are the bomb dot com! I am not about to attempt a folded egg anytime soon so I do an over easy egg. I also use Krustez pancake mix which I find superior.

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