Craving an Egg McMuffin? Here's when McDonald's starts serving breakfast (2024)

Like the old saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

But, if we're being honest here, breakfast is also the most challenging, too, given that it's hard enough just to wake up in time for work, school or anything else, let alone squeeze in a meal on top of it all.

That's what makes McDonald's breakfast so darn appealing because once you're out the door, all you need to do to quiet the grumbling in your belly is make a quick a pit stop at Mickey D's and — voila! — mission accomplished.

Even if you aren't on the go and simply enjoy starting the your day off with one of the tempting offerings on its breakfast menu (McGriddles, we see you), you might be wondering what time McDonald's starts serving breakfast.

Well, you're in luck because we've got answers, along with the latest on what you'll find on the restaurant's morning menu.

Better yet, we'll give you the lowdown on what time McDonald's stops serving breakfast because, yep, we're sorry to say, All Day Breakfast is still not back, no matter how much you wish it were.

And, as an added bonus, we've got a full rundown of the fast-food giant's breakfast menu to ensure you're fully prepared well in advance.

So, if you've got a craving — and we know you do — read on to guarantee you'll be at McDonald's in time to get eggsactly what you need to start your day off on the right foot.

What time does McDonald's start serving breakfast?

Calling all early birds: This is for you. McDonald's starts serving breakfast as soon as its restaurants open for business in the morning.

"Local breakfast menus andhours may vary by restaurant, which Co-Ops and franchisees decide at their discretion," a McDonald's spokesperson tells

Essentially, check with your local McDonald's before leaving the house because hours can vary among restaurants.

That said, many McDonald's stores open at 5 a.m. and that's when breakfast begins.

Of course, you can purchase any of McDonald's coffees, lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and macchiatos (where available), all day long along with other breakfast-adjacent items like muffins, cinnamon rolls and fritters from the McCafé Bakery.

What time does McDonald's stop serving breakfast?

If you long for the days when McDonald's served breakfast all day long, we're right there with you.

Back in September of 2015, McDonald’s announced it would serve it’s breakfast menu outside of traditional hours, and for a few blissful years, Egg McMuffins and hotcakes were available anytime you had a hankering.

Unfortunately, it all came to end in 2020 during the pandemic. While we can always dream, for now, you can only get breakfast in the morning.

As far as how long breakfast services lasts, according to the McDonald's spokesperson, customers "can often get (their) favorite breakfast item from the time (their) local restaurant opens until 10:30 or 11:00 AM local time."

And much like opening times, your local McDonald's may have different hours, so it's worth your while to double check with your local restaurant or on the McDonald's app to guarantee those golden arches will be lit up and awaiting your arrival.

McDonald's breakfast menu

Whether you're a frequent flyer at Mickey D's or haven't been in a minutes and are curious to know what your options are, read on for a line up of McDonalds' current breakfast items.

  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
  • Egg McMuffin
  • Sausage McMuffin
  • Sausage McMuffin with Egg
  • Sausage Biscuit
  • Sausage Biscuit with Egg
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles
  • Sausage McGriddles
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles
  • Big Breakfast (biscuit, scrambled eggs, sausage and hash browns)
  • Big Breakfast with Hotcakes (biscuit, scrambled eggs, sausage, hash browns and hotcakes)
  • Hotcakes
  • Hotcakes and Sausage
  • Sausage Burrito
  • Hash Browns
  • Fruit & Maple Oatmeal
  • Egg McMuffin Meal (Egg McMuffin, hash browns and coffee)
  • Sausage McMuffin Meal (Sausage McMuffin, hash browns and coffee)
  • Sausage Biscuit with Egg Meal (Sausage Biscuit with Egg, hash browns and coffee)
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit Meal (Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit, hash browns and coffee)
  • Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles Meal (Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles, hash browns and coffee)
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles Meal (Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles, hash browns and coffee)
  • Sausage McGriddles meal (sausage McGriddles sandwich, hashbrowns and coffee)
  • Sausage Burrito Meal (Sausage Burrito, hash browns and coffee)

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Craving an Egg McMuffin? Here's when McDonald's starts serving breakfast (2024)


Is an Egg McMuffin from McDonald's unhealthy? ›

The Healthiest McDonald's Breakfast Is… the Egg McMuffin

The best option on the McDonald's breakfast menu is the classic Egg McMuffin. A reasonable calorie count, and grams of fat and saturated fat help this option make the top of our list.

Can you still get an Egg McMuffin all day at McDonald's? ›

Most McDonald's locations serve breakfast from the time the restaurant opens until mid-morning. Co-Ops and franchisees decide hours at their discretion, according to McDonald's Corporate, “but you can often get your favorite breakfast item from the time your local restaurant opens until 10:30 or 11 a.m. local time.”

When did McDonald's start serving egg McMuffins? ›

The first McDonald's corporate-authorized Egg McMuffin was served at the Belleville, New Jersey, McDonald's in 1972.

Why did McDonald's get rid of all day breakfast? ›

Does McDonald's serve breakfast all day? Sadly, during the start of the 2020 pandemic, due to reduced staffing and a lack of dine-in traffic, the decision was made to end their super popular all-day breakfast to "provide better speed of service" to customers.

What is the unhealthiest McDonald's item? ›

6 Unhealthy Menu Items At McDonalds That Really Pack On The Calories
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  • Milkshakes. ...
  • Hotcakes And Sausages. ...
  • Soda. ...
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What's the healthiest breakfast item at McDonald's? ›

The Bottom Line

The Sausage or Egg McMuffin, a Sausage Burrito, or the Maple Fruit & Oatmeal are among the healthier options available on the McDonald's breakfast menu. Avoid sugary drinks like orange juice, and opt for black coffee, hot tea, or water.

Does McDonald's use real eggs for Mcmuffins? ›

Our breakfast menu items are all made with real eggs—they're just prepared a little differently for each sandwich. We use a USDA Grade A cracked into an 'egg ring' to get that iconic round shape for our Egg McMuffin®. Our scrambled eggs are made with liquid eggs that are cooked on our grill with real butter.

What type of egg is on a McMuffin? ›

McDonald's Egg McMuffin® recipe features a freshly cracked Grade A egg placed on a toasted English Muffin topped with real butter, lean Canadian bacon, and melty American cheese.

Why did McDonald's stop selling salads? ›

The lettuce used in McDonald's salads was different from the lettuce used in the chain's burgers. By getting rid of the salads, McDonald's was able to both deal with supply shortages and save money in the process. The pandemic also caused the company to consider other factors as well.

Why did McDonald's get rid of Ronald McDonald? ›

In 2016, McDonald's officially retired Ronald after a series of "creepy clown sightings" popped up across the United States. As they escalated from harmless sightings to reports of carrying weapons, it became an awful time to be a clown.

Why doesn't McDonald's do 24 hour breakfast anymore? ›

The reason we don't serve breakfast all day is because the Universal Holding Cabinet (UHC) is almost at full capacity throughout the day. This means there's nowhere to store breakfast products as well as main menu items.

What is the healthiest thing to eat at McDonald's? ›

8 Healthy McDonald's Food and Meals According to a Dietitian
  1. Fruit and maple oatmeal. ...
  2. Egg McMuffin. ...
  3. 4-piece Chicken McNuggets with small fries. ...
  4. Filet-O-Fish sandwich. ...
  5. McDonald's classic hamburger. ...
  6. Apple slices. ...
  7. Hash browns. ...
  8. Sausage burrito.
Apr 18, 2024

What is unhealthy at McDonald's? ›

McDonald's is known for its burgers, fries, crispy chicken McNuggets, and more. While these foods may taste delicious and satisfy your need for a quick meal, these McDonald's menu items are loaded with calories, sodium, fat, sugar, and saturated fat.

How many calories are in a McDonald's Egg McMuffin? ›

There are 310 calories in an Egg McMuffin® from McDonald's. Enjoy it on its own or grab an Egg McMuffin® Meal with crispy Hash Browns and a small McCafé® Premium Roast Coffee. Order an Egg McMuffin® sandwich today from our full menu in the app using contactless Mobile Order & Pay* with Curbside pickup.

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