How to Make Cheesy Breakfast Bagels


Sep 16, 2020

Close up of breakfast bagels on lid of a pan from NOLS recipe
Photo by Jordan Cranch.

Delicious and quick, this recipe is perfect to make when you just want something hot and simple for breakfast (and want to use up your bagels before they get squished on the trail).

We're showing you a basic version here you can adapt to your tastes and creativity.

Try adding garlic salt or hot sauce, switching out the sausage for sauteed mushrooms, or, instead of steaming the cheese, flipping over the bagels and frying it!

Recipe: Cheesy Breakfast Bagels

Servings: 2


  • Butter or cooking oil
  • 2 bagels
  • Several slices of preferred cheese (1-2 per bagel)
  • Several slices of preferred sausage (1-2 per bagel)
  • A splash of water


  • Heat butter or cooking oil in a frying pan over medium heat
  • Slice bagels in half
  • Add bagel slices face down on the hot pan
  • Toast bagel slices until golden brown, then flip and continue toasting
  • Top bagel slices with summer sausage
  • Place cheese slices on top of sausage
  • To melt the cheese, add a splash of water to the pan, then quickly cover with a lid. (*Only use a tiny bit of water so you don't get wet, mushy bagels).
  • Steam for around 15 seconds, then remove the lid.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Find more of our favorite backcountry recipes in NOLS Cookery.

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