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How To Reheat McMuffins – I Test 4 Methods [Pics]

This article was updated on 28/07/2023 for clarity and to incorporate new insights.

The last thing you want is a McMuffin with stale buns and a rubbery, chewy egg.

To help you avoid this, I tried out four different McMuffin reheating methods, to see which one gave me soft bread, a tasty egg, and a juicy, succulent patty.

In a rush?

The best way to reheat a McMuffin is to use a combination of the microwave and a frying pan. First, disassemble the burger. Then lightly oil a pan and fry the patty and egg for 1-2 minutes. Meanwhile, cover the bread with a damp paper towel and microwave it for 30 seconds.

Related: How To Make An Egg Patty

A note on my experiment

Yesterday morning, I stocked up on my favorite McMuffin – the sausage one. Ate one and then put the rest in the fridge for later.

This morning, I tested out four different McMuffin reheating methods, including:

  • A frying pan: Best method for a fresh-tasting sausage and egg.
  • The microwave: Very convenient, good for stale bread.
  • In the oven: A bit slow.
  • The air fryer: A good method that adds nice crispiness.

Quick note


I experimented with a sausage and egg McMuffin, but the techniques in this post will work just as well for bacon and egg or plain egg McMuffins too.

I also include instructions for reheating frozen McMuffins are the end of the article.

Reheating a McMuffin in a frying pan

Time: 2-3 minutes
Rating:
9/10

  1. Set your stove to medium-high and lightly oil a frying pan.
  2. Disassemble the McMuffin and fry the egg and patty for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
  3. Place the buns in the pan, cut side down, and sprinkle some water around the edge of the pan.
  4. Cover the pan with a lid for 1 minute.
  5. Remove the components, reassemble, and serve.

Sprinkling water around the edge of the pan creates steam which helps to soften the bread (although it won’t perform miracles). Try not to get too much water on the actual bread, because this will make it soggy.

Fancy jazzing up your McMuffin? Fry some fresh bacon in the pan before reheating… thank me later.

Results: I can’t fault this method in terms of delivering a soft, evenly warmed egg and a juicy, flavorful patty. The bun wasn’t quite as impressive because it was a bit dry. But this didn’t stop me finishing the whole thing off.

Reheating a McMuffin in the microwave

Time: 30-60 seconds
Rating:
7/10

  1. Place your McMuffin on a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a damp paper towel.
  2. Microwave the McMuffin in 30 second intervals until it’s warmed through.
  3. Allow the McMuffin to rest for 30 seconds before serving.

The moisture from the damp paper towel makes even the stalest buns super soft. But don’t wrap the muffin completely, or you’ll end up with a soggy underside.

Eggs can overcook very easily in the microwave and become rubbery. So you’ll want to keep an eye on the muffin’s heating progress. It’s a fine balance between heating it all the way through and overheating it. 

If you’re finding it hard to get the timing right, consider disassembling the sandwich and microwaving the egg and the patty first, then the bread.

Results: If you’re in a hurry, this is the method I’d recommend. Apart from a slightly chewy egg, it’s an effective and convenient way to reheat a McMuffin that doesn’t sacrifice taste. But you need to eat it quickly, because as the McMuffin got cold, the bread become very hard.

Reheating a McMuffin in the oven

Time: 10 minutes
Rating:
7/10

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C) and disassemble the muffin.
  2. Wrap the patty and egg in foil together.
  3. Place them in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle the muffin halves with water and wrap them in foil.
  5. Place them alongside the egg and patty in the oven for 4 to 5 minutes.
  6. Once warm, reassemble the muffin and serve immediately.

I also tested wrapping the whole McMuffin in foil and reheating it that way. This worked fine, but it took longer (around 17 minutes) for the whole thing to heat through.

Results: This is a convenient method for reheating multiple McMuffins at once, but it’s a lot of effort for only one. The McMuffin tasted fine – but I was very hungry by the time it was ready to eat.

Reheating a McMuffin in the air fryer

Time: 2-3 minutes
Rating:
7/10

  1. Set your air fryer to 350°F (180°C) and disassemble your McMuffin.
  2. Place the egg and patty in the basket and heat them for 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Then add the buns, cut side down, to the basket.
  4. Heat for a further 30 seconds.
  5. Remove the bread, egg, and patty from the basket and reassemble.

Air fryers heat food at lightning speed, so keep a close eye on your egg to avoid overcooking it. You also don’t want to burn or dry out the meat component.

With no added moisture, the buns come out pretty dry, but they develop a pleasing crunch. If you prefer soft buns, you can sprinkle them with water and wrap them in foil to heat them.

Results: I thought the air fryer resulted in a fun twist on the signature texture of McMuffins. Everything had a little extra crispiness, and I counteracted the dryness of the bread with lots of extra sauce. Yum.

How to store a McMuffin

The best way to store McMuffins is in the fridge, where they’ll last for 3-4 days. Keep your muffins in their original packaging or wrap them individually in a piece of paper towel before putting them in the airtight container in the fridge.

Keeping the McMuffins wrapped helps lock in moisture and prevents them from drying out too much.

Can you freeze a McMuffin?

To freeze a McMuffin, first allow it to cool to room temperature. Then, wrap it tightly in a paper towel and place it in a freezer bag. Remove as much air from the freezer bag as possible, and seal it tightly. McMuffins will last for up to 2 months in the freezer.

The McMuffins will freeze well, but you’ll notice a slight lack of crunch on the bread and bacon (if you have bacon). The egg may also be a little chewy.

To thaw the McMuffins, place them (still wrapped) in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours.

How to reheat a frozen McMuffin

To reheat a frozen McMuffin, wrap it in a piece of paper towel or parchment paper and warm at 50% heat for 1 minute. Then, turn it over and heat for a further 30 seconds to 1 minute on high, or until warmed through.

You can also reheat McMuffins from frozen in the oven. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Wrap the muffin in tin foil and heat for 20 to 30 minutes. Once it is warm, unwrap the muffin and heat it for another 2-3 minutes to develop a bit of a crispy texture.

How To Reheat McMuffins [Tested Methods]

I’ve tried out four different McMuffin reheating methods, and I’m pleased to report that it is definitely possible to restore a McMuffin to its former glory. By this, I mean soft bread, a tasty egg, and a juicy, succulent patty.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Fast Food
Keyword: egg mcmuffin, reheat mcmuffin
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 383kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 piece McMuffin (sausage, bacon, or egg)

Instructions

  • Set your stove to medium-high and disassemble the McMuffin.
  • Lightly oil a frying pan.
  • Fry your egg and patty for 1 to 2 minutes on each side.
  • Place the buns in the pan, cut side down.
  • Sprinkle some water around the edge of the pan.
  • Cover the pan with a lid for 1 minute.
  • Remove the components, reassemble, and serve.

Notes

Sprinkling water around the pan creates steam which helps to soften the bread (although it won’t perform miracles).
If you’re bread is stale, or you want it really soft, consider whizzing it through the microwave for a few seconds as an alternative to pan-heating it.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 sandwich | Calories: 383kcal

1 thought on “How To Reheat McMuffins – I Test 4 Methods [Pics]”

  1. 5 stars
    I tried the microwave version with a sausage McMuffin and it worked great. 1-minute did the trick!
    For what it’s worth, I also air fried a hash brown at 400F for 6-minutes and that was like new again also!
    Thanks.

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