There are few classic breakfast dishes as simple, delicious, comforting and satisfying as a bacon sandwich.
Smokey, streaky bacon cooks in its own fat, becoming impossibly crisp while still chewy, and is layered between butter-fried sandwich bread and served with your condiment of choice (though ketchup or brown sauce are traditionally used).
The simple ingredients put bacon in the spotlight and showcase it in all its salty, fatty and tasty glory!
Bacon sandwiches are great for mornings when you need a comforting breakfast in a pinch, or for laid-back brunch gatherings. They are exceedingly easy to make, and can be dressed up with fancy condiments or served with a simple dollop of ketchup or brown sauce.
The smokey richness from the bacon makes them great with eggs and home fries, and they are stellar companions to sweeter fare such as fruit scones or crepes.
For this recipe, the bacon is cooked in the oven so it simmers in its own rendered fat without the risk of scalding or burning. The bacon goes into the oven before the temperature is set, and the fat will slowly melt into the bacon as the oven heats, resulting in optimally flavored, crispy bacon. It’s a foolproof way for bacon preparation, and it’s great for making large batches of bacon if you’re cooking for a crowd.
The bread is smeared with butter and crisped on one side, while the other side is dredged in the rendered bacon fat before the sandwich is built. This helps give the sandwich texture and dimension without robbing it of its simplicity, which is what makes this sandwich so beloved.
For this bacon sandwich recipe, the condiment sauce is served on the side, but if you prefer to drizzle your sauce over the bacon before closing the sandwich, that’s perfectly fine!
What You Need to Make This Bacon Sandwich
Bacon sandwiches require basic sandwich bread, good streaky bacon, butter, and a sauce of your choice.
If you don’t have sandwich bread on hand, any crusty bread will work, just make sure not to cut it too thick.
The sauce is traditionally ketchup or English brown sauce, but you can also use mustard, mayonnaise, or even Sriracha if you want a little spice.
- Sandwich Bread
- Streaky Bacon
- Ketchup or Other Sauce
How To Make a Bacon Sandwich
Line a baking sheet with foil and place your bacon strips vertically on the pan, making sure there is a little bit of space between each piece. Place the bacon pan into a cold oven, then set the temperature to 425F and let cook for 25-30 minutes, or until browned and crispy.
While the bacon is cooking, toast your bread. Spread butter from edge to edge on one side of each piece of bread.
Place the buttered side of the bread down in a cold skillet and set the skillet over medium heat. Toast the bread for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown, and set aside.
When the bacon is finished, transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Press the untoasted side of the bread into the bacon fat that has rendered onto the baking sheet. It doesn’t need to be saturated, just lightly coated.
Place the pieces of the bacon onto the bacon fat-soaked side of the bread, then close the sandwich and cut diagonally to create two sandwich halves.
Serve with a side of ketchup, brown sauce, mustard or other preferred condiment and enjoy!
Is this a “Bacon Butty”?
Yes. This sandwich is a variation of the British sandwich wherein bacon, butter and plain white bread are the primary ingredients. The term “butty” is slang for bread that has been buttered and then filled with something hot.
Can I add ingredients other than bacon?
Of course! The charm of this sandwich is its simplicity, but you are by no means bound to the singular use of bacon. Feel free to add eggs, tomatoes, cream cheese, onion chutney, and more!
Does turkey bacon work in this recipe?
Yes. If you’d rather use turkey bacon for this recipe, you’re more than welcome to do so. Turkey bacon doesn’t render as much fat or crisp up the same way pork bacon does, so the richness and texture of the sandwich will be altered. But if you’re looking for a lighter version of a bacon sandwich, turkey bacon will definitely do the trick.
- 2 slices of sandwich bread white or whole wheat
- 4 slices of thick cut streaky bacon
- 2 tsp butter room temperature
- ketchup for serving
- Line a baking sheet with foil and place bacon strips vertically in the pan.
- Place the bacon pan into a cold oven then set the temperature to 425F and cook the bacon for 25-30 minutes, or until browned and crispy.
- While the bacon is cooking, toast the bread.
- Spread butter from edge to edge on one side of each piece of bread, and place the buttered side down into a cold skillet.
- Set the skillet over medium heat and toast the bread for 4-6 minutes or until golden brown, and set aside.
- When the bacon is finished transfer it to a paper towel lined plate to drain.
- Press the untoasted side of the bread into the rendered bacon fat left on the baking sheet.
- Place the bacon strips onto the bacon fat soaked sides of the bread, then close the sandwich and create two halves by cutting diagonally.
- Serve with a side of ketchup or preferred condiment sauce and enjoy!
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