What breakfast sandwiches look like in 9 places around the world

ShutterstockIn Sicily, you can start your day with gelato and brioche.


Breakfast sandwiches are perfect for on-the-go mornings but they also make for a delicious sit-down meal. They’re versatile, hearty, and oh-so-satisfying, so it’s no surprise that so many different places around the globe have their own version of this staple dish.

Here’s a look at what different versions of breakfast sandwiches look like around the world:


Bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwiches can be found throughout the US.

Yelp / Jan J.It’s a true classic.

Although the sandwich’s roots are a bit unclear, it’s extremely popular in the US today.

Consisting of bacon, egg, and cheese, this sandwich is oftentimes served on a simple roll or toasted bagel. Sometimes the bacon is swapped out for breakfast sausages.

And, in some eastern parts of the US (commonly places like New Jersey, New York, and Delaware), the bacon can be replaced with pork roll or Taylor Ham, a type of processed pork meat.


The jianbing is a popular Chinese breakfast for people who are on-the-go.

INSIDER / Sarah SchmalbruchIt’s popular in China.

In many metropolitan neighbourhoods in China you’ll find a jianbing vendor serving breakfast to locals on their way to work. Jianbing is essentially a fried, crispy crepe with many contrasting flavours and textures.

The dish is made by pouring a thin layer of black-bean or mung-bean batter over a flat griddle. It’s then typically topped with ingredients like eggs, cilantro, scallions, pickles, strips of fried wonton, hoisin, and chilli sauces. The jianbing is then folded and cut in half so it can be taken on-the-go.


A sandwich of Marmite and cheese is popular in parts of the United Kingdom.

Wikimedia Commons/ TheJackal (CC BY-SA 3.0)It’s usually grilled.

A grilled Marmite-and-cheese sandwich is a popular item you can make at home or even purchase at some Starbucks locations throughout the United Kingdom.

Slightly similar to a classic grilled-cheese sandwich, this breakfast consists of two pieces of bread filled with cheese and a generous smear of Marmite – a British brown spread made from yeast extract.


Germany’s butterbrot, something of an open-faced sandwich, is served throughout the day.

Wikimedia Commons/Xocolatl (CC BY-SA 4.0)It’s popular at breakfast time.

Butterbrot roughly translates to “buttered bread” and many consider this to be something of a sandwich, though it’s typically served open-faced and with only one slice of bread. As you might guess, it’s a slice of bread with a heavy layer of butter spread on it.

It’s typically served for breakfast, though it also makes for a great snack or meal. At breakfast, butterbrot is sometimes finished with a jam or marmalade or other toppings, such as wurst (sausages and cold cuts) or tomatoes.


The French up their breakfast game with the Croque Madame.

Yvette Tan/ FlickrCroque Madame is popular for brunch.

The Croque Madame is a variation of the Croque Monsieur, a classic French sandwich made of ham and cheese covered with béchamel sauce, a mixture of butter, flour, and milk. To make it into a Croque Madame, you add a fried egg on the top.

Although this dish is commonly eaten for lunch or dinner, it contains some popular breakfast ingredients (such as eggs and ham), which makes it quite suitable for the first meal of the day or for brunch.


Israel has the sabich sandwich, a convenient type of breakfast.

Wikimedia CommonsIt’s usually made in a pita.

Typically featuring pita, eggplant, hummus, tahini sauce, and hard-boiled eggs, Israel’s sabich sandwich is a unique mix of flavours found primarily in the Middle East.

Many believe it has become such a popular Iraqi-Jewish breakfast item because it doesn’t require any cooking and so it can be made on the Sabbath, which is traditionally observed by some as a day of rest.


In Sicily, some people eat a cold and sweet sandwich for breakfast.

Rollopack (CC BY-SA 4.0)It’s a sweet breakfast.

Some Sicilians eat what’s called a “brioche con gelato” for breakfast. Popular during warmer months, these sandwiches are made with gelato, a frozen Italian dessert that’s made with milk and sugar, and an eggy brioche bun.


In Denmark, try a breakfast version of the open-faced smørrebrød.

iStockThere are so many varieties of this dish.

Smørrebrød is popular in Denmark and it is a sort of carefully crafted open-faced sandwich and though they are popular for most meals, they can also be enjoyed for breakfast.

This Danish staple typically starts with a slice of rugbrød, a type of dense rye bread. The bread is then topped with all sorts of ingredients like cucumber, cream cheese, smoked salmon, and pickled herring.


In Mexico, enjoy some open-faced molletes in the morning.

iStockThey can be made with a variety of toppings.

In Mexico (and likely originating as a breakfast item in Spain), a mollete is an open-faced sandwich that’s traditionally topped with beans, cheese, and salsa or peppers. They’re oftentimes made with Central-American rolls called “bolillos” or savoury bread that are sliced and hollowed to allow for maximum fillings.

And though this dish is commonly enjoyed throughout the day, some breakfast-specific versions include eggs or bacon.

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