The breakfast sandwich is a work of art. First, there’s the crunchy, chewy support system, aka the bread. Then, you have the egg, a key player in this delicious situation that can take on new life, depending on what you add to it. Some use bacon, sausage or ham; others opt for cheese — or both. And don’t even get me started on the hot sauce. The breakfast sandwich is a gift to oneself, best eaten toasty and made with love. However, whipping up a masterpiece takes time, which is why it's often created and consumed on weekends — unless you have the bestselling Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, which I discovered at Amazon one fortuitous morning. And now there's the Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker for double the pleasure, on sale for $38 (was $47). Useful and unique, these make great gifts — so snap them up while you can.
The double sandwich maker is great for kids and, with the holidays around the corner — guests. There's a handy timer lets you know when the goods are done, so it's basically foolproof. I tested out the individual sandwich maker, and it did not disappoint. The contraption features layers of hot plates stacked on top of each other — essentially mini pans designed to perfectly cook each individual component.
It’s a snap to use: Add ingredients to each pan and close the device. The pans are removable, so when time is up (usually five minutes), simply remove them to stack the sandwich with ease.
I was skeptical at first. After all, I was used to spending a lot of time crafting breakfast sandwiches. But after using this device once, I was hooked. It pristinely cooked every element of the sandwich — even the egg!
The ham was smoky and warm, the cheese was perfectly melted and the egg was the ideal level of gooeyness. Plus, my English muffin didn’t get soggy (I figured it would, given that I put one on top of the egg).
After using the appliance for more than a year, I can honestly say it works just as well now as it did at the beginning. It saves me so much time in the mornings and makes the perfect meal to keep me fueled and energized all day.
Plus, washing it is super easy, too. Just put the nonstick pans in the dishwasher or hand-wash.
If you’re looking to up your breakfast game and streamline your mornings, do yourself a favor and consider this thing. Bonus: Since you can mix and match ingredients, you can use it every day without getting bored.
Now excuse me while I go make myself a breakfast sandwich (translation: create art).
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