Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel

This Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel ain’t just a pretty face, it’s absolutely delicious! Better still it’s so incredibly easy to make!

Hello and welcome to today’s edition of  ‘what the hell am I looking at and why am I drooling?’. You my dear friend are looking at an egg cooked inside the top of a breakfast bagel AKA your new favourite weekend breaky.

egg in a hole breakfast bagel with chilli jam dripping out

Because if you’re not eating your egg inside a bagel is there any point in eating it??

I mean yes, the answer is always yes, but god damn it tastes so good slotted in the hole of a bagel.

Plus, it looks so neat! You know, eating with your eyes and all that.

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.

Like I said at the beginning, this breakfast bagel isn’t just a pretty face and before we dissect it to see just how delicious it is, let’s firstly see how easy it is to make.

how to make an egg in a hole breakfast bagel step by step

How to make Egg in a Hole Bagel

  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.

Yup, simple as that! And here’s some tips just to make sure you get it perfect!

Tips for making an Egg in a Hole

  • 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!

Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel with Chilli Jam dripping off spoon

So, you’ve got the egg in a hole to go on top, let’s talk breakfast bagel.

This really is an opportunity 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…

Breakfast Bagel Fillings

  • Smashed Avocado
  • Streaky Bacon
  • Halloumi
  • Chilli Jam
  • Chives (to garnish)

Tips for the best Breakfast Bagel

My best advice for you would to be make sure you balance the flavours. Here i’ve got the saltiness from the bacon and halloumi, balanced out with a little sweet and spice from the jam and wrapped in the richness from the yolk and avocado. You’ve also got a nice hit of acidity from the lemon juice in the smashed avocado.

Also, runny egg. It’s just the rules.

Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel with Chilli Jam with Halloumi dipping in

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

5 from 6 votes
egg in a hole breakfast bagel with chilli jam dripping out
Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel ain't just a pretty face, it's absolutely delicious! Better still it's so incredibly easy to make!

Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Western
Keyword: Breakfast Bagel
Servings: 2
Calories: 892 kcal
Author: Chris Collins
  • 2 Bagels
  • 4 rashers of Bacon
  • 2 small Avocados, peeled & destoned
  • 2 tsp Chilli Jam
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 block Halloumi, divided into 6
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • Lemon Juice, to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Chives, to garnish
  1. Begin by lightly smashing your avocado with a squeeze of lemon juice, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and salt & pepper to taste. Place to one side.

  2. 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.

  3. Fry your bacon until desired crispiness, then fry your halloumi in the bacon fat until golden both sides.

  4. Melt your butter in the pan, place the top bagel in the pan and crack an egg in the centre. Leave to fry for a few mins, then pop under the grill until just cooked throughout.

  5. 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.

Watch how to make it!

Recipe Notes

a) Chilli Jam Sub -ย 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) Calories -ย Based on using 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

Nutrition Facts
Egg in a Hole Breakfast Bagel
Amount Per Serving
Calories 892 Calories from Fat 465
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51.7g 80%
Saturated Fat 14.9g 75%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 26.5g
Cholesterol 675mg 225%
Sodium 949mg 40%
Potassium 982mg 28%
Total Carbohydrates 64.4g 21%
Dietary Fiber 10.8g 43%
Sugars 11.3g
Protein 44.4g 89%
Vitamin A 41%
Vitamin C 15%
Calcium 50%
Iron 35%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Be sure to pin this recipe for later if you fancy giving it a go! Got a question or already made it? Let me know in the comments below and pick up your free ecookbook along the way!


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  • Reply
    June 26, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 5:18 pm

      Haha amazing!! Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    June 26, 2018 at 5:27 pm

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

    • Reply
      June 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks, Tara!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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

    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
    June 16, 2019 at 11:58 am

    Amazing recipe probably the tastiest breakfast Iโ€™ve ever had

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

      That’s awesome to hear! Glad you enjoyed the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

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