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Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel

June 25, 2018 (Last Updated: August 12, 2022) by Chris Collins

This Breakfast Bagel is loaded with Bacon, Halloumi, Avocado and Chilli Jam. Topped with an Egg in a Hole, this truly is the Ultimate Breakfast Bagel Recipe!

egg in a hole breakfast bagel on wooden board with chilli jam dripping out

Breakfast Bagel Sandwich

Oh breakfast bagel, how I love you so dearly 🤣 I mean really, would you want to start your day any other way?!

The fantastic thing about breakfast bagels is that they’re so versatile. The perfect chance to stuff all your fav breaky ingredients between two buns and live your dreams. Seriously, I’ve seen breakfast bagels with baked beans in them and I was absolutely not judging. Here’s what I like in mine…

Best Breakfast Bagel Fillings

  • Smashed Avocado – Season with a squeeze of lemon juice and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil!
  • Streaky Bacon – The heart and soul of every breakfast.
  • Halloumi – Bulks out the bagel and adds gorgeous flavour.
  • Chilli Jam – Balances out the saltiness of bacon and halloumi with a hit of spice and sweetness.
  • Egg in a Hole – More on this in just a sec.
  • Chives – To garnish.

To get the party started, I fry off my bacon until crispy, then fry the halloumi in the bacon fat. Because you know, waste not want to and all that…

Pan fried bacon and halloumi - 2 step by step photos

Egg in a Hole Bagel

Regular egg in a hole recipes often call for toast and most just leave it at that. Sure, egg in a hole toast is great, but if you’ve been a reader of mine for a while you know I like to take things to the extreme.

I mean, surely there’s a hole in a bagel for this exact reason, right? 😂

Tips for making an Egg in a Hole Bagel

  • You want the pan temperature at medium when you crack the egg in. Too low and the egg will seep from underneath the bagel and too high and it will burn before you’ve cooked the top.
  • Grilling is your best option to finish cooking if you have a ‘deep’ bagel. There are recipes that suggest putting a lid on the pan, but through doing this you are steaming the bagel. Personally I prefer it crispy like the bottom half.
  • Just like you would any egg, season with a little salt & pepper. I also like to garnish with a sprinkle of fresh chives!

How to make Egg in a Hole Bagel (quick summary)

  1. Slice your bagel in half and toast the bottom half either in a toaster or under the grill.
  2. Cut a hole in the top half large enough to crack an egg in.
  3. Melt a little butter in the pan, place your top bagel cut side down and crack and egg in the centre.
  4. Pop under the grill until just cooked throughout.

How to make egg in a hole bagel - 2 step by step photos

How large to cut the hole in the bagel?

Generally speaking it’s better to have it slightly too large than too small. If the egg (before cracked) comfortably fits in the hole (taking in to consideration the height of the egg will be slightly more than the bagel) chances are when it’s cracked it’ll fit in. Just ensure you crack it carefully and smack bang in the centre of the hole.

What if my egg spills?

As long as it’s the white that spills over that’s absolutely fine, it just obviously won’t look quite as neat. But the white will cook under the grill so no stress 🙂

Is there a sub for the chilli jam?

The chilli jam is to balance out the saltiness of the bacon/halloumi. Adds gorgeous flavour. You’ll find it in almost all supermarkets, but if for whatever reason you don’t want to add it, just add something sweet like caramelized onions or chutney, then a pinch of chilli flakes if desired.

How do you eat an egg in a hole?

Make sure the egg in a hole is sunny side up, just for that awesome runny yolk! I recommend just eating it as you would a regular bagel. You can also dip halloumi sticks into the runny yolk on top 😋

close up shot of Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel with Chilli Jam dripping off spoon

And there we have it! The best breakfast bagel topped with the perfect egg in a hole! If you like the sound of this recipe I know you’ll love my Breakfast Quiche Stuffed Bagels. Make sure you check out my other breakfast creations too:

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Fun Bagel Recipes

Alrighty, let’s tuck into this full breakfast bagel recipe shall we?!

dipping halloumi stick into egg in a hole bagel

How to make an Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel (Full Recipe & Video)

egg in a hole breakfast bagel with chilli jam dripping out

Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel

This Breakfast Bagel is loaded with Bacon, Halloumi, Avocado and Chilli Jam. Topped with an Egg in a Hole, this truly is the Ultimate Breakfast Bagel Recipe!
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Servings (click & slide): 2
Course: Breakfast / Brunch
Cuisine: Western
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Calories per serving: 892kcal
Cost per serving: £3.50 / $4.50


  • Fry Pan & Tongs
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Medium Bowl & Fork (for smashing avocado)

Ingredients (check list):

  • 2 Bagels
  • 1x 8oz/225g block of Halloumidivided into 6
  • 4 rashers of Bacon
  • 2 small Avocados, peeled & stoned
  • 2 heaped tsp Chilli Jam
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • squeeze of Fresh Lemon Juice, to taste
  • drizzle of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Fresh Chives, to garnish


  • Begin by lightly smashing your avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and pinch of salt & pepper to taste. Place to one side.
  • Slice your bagels in half so you have a 'top' and 'base' slice. Toast your base slice either under the grill or in the toaster. Slice a hole large enough to fit an egg in the top half. Place both to one side.
  • Fry 4 rashers of bacon over medium heat until desired crispiness, then fry 6 slices of halloumi in the bacon fat until golden both sides.
  • Keep heat on a medium and melt 1 tsp butter in the pan. Place the top bagel in the pan and crack an egg in the centre. Season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Leave to fry for a few mins until the egg begins turning white, then pop under the grill and broil until just cooked throughout.
  • Stack in the following order: base bagel, smashed avo, bacon, halloumi, chilli jam, top bagel with egg. Garnish will a sprinkle of finely diced chives.

Quick 1 min demo!


a) Chilli Jam Sub - Chilli jam is in the recipe to balance out the saltiness of the bacon & halloumi with a touch of sweetness and spice. You can find chilli jam (or something similar) in most regular grocery stores. If you can't just sub something sweet like caramelized onions or a chutney of some sort. Then add a touch of chilli flakes if desired.
b) Pan Temperature - Make sure the pan temperature is at medium when you crack the egg in. If it's too low the egg will seep from underneath the bagel and if it's too high it will burn before you've cooked the top.
c) Calories - Based on using 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Per bagel:

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Nutrition Facts
Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 892 Calories from Fat 465
% Daily Value*
Fat 51.7g80%
Saturated Fat 14.9g75%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 26.5g
Cholesterol 675mg225%
Sodium 949mg40%
Potassium 982mg28%
Carbohydrates 64.4g21%
Fiber 10.8g43%
Sugar 11.3g13%
Protein 44.4g89%
Vitamin A 2050IU41%
Vitamin C 12.4mg15%
Calcium 500mg50%
Iron 6.3mg35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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  • Reply
    June 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe probably the tastiest breakfast I’ve ever had

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 16, 2019 at 4:36 pm

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad you enjoyed the recipe 🙂

  • Reply
    Tania | Fit Foodie Nutter
    June 26, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    5 stars
    Wow! This bagel is like every man’s dream breakfast, isn’t it?! I’d score a lot of brownie points if I made this for my other half for sure lol. Great recipe and beautiful photography!

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you so much, Tania! Haha do it for the brownie points!!

  • Reply
    Jessica Formicola
    June 26, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    I love this idea! All of my breakfast favorites combined into one sandwich!

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 5:27 pm

      All the best breaky ingredients in one right!?

  • Reply
    June 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    5 stars
    This puts all the other breakfast sandwiches to shame. Such a yummy recipe!

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks, Tara!! 🙂

  • Reply
    Lisa Huff
    June 26, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    5 stars
    My kids LOVE a good egg in a hole but can’t believe we never thought of doing it in a bagel! They are going to love you! 🙂

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Haha amazing!! Enjoy 🙂

  • Reply
    June 26, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    5 stars
    This bagel looks amazing! The Chilli Jam with the smoky bacon and runny egg – breakfast nirvana.

    • Reply
      June 26, 2018 at 4:48 pm

      Thanks, Sharon! It’s such a delicious combo ( if I do say so myself 🙂 )