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Nutritional value per 1 sandwich, 7.1 oz (200 g)
Energy300 kcal (1,300 kJ)
30 g (10%)
Sugars16 g
Dietary fiber2 g (8%)
18 g (37%)
Saturated5 g (24%)
18 g
Vitamin A equiv.
90 μg
Vitamin C
0 mg
Vitamin E
0 mg
300 mg
2.5 mg
820 mg
Other constituentsQuantity
Energy from fat110 kcal (460 kJ)
Cholesterol260 mg (80%)

May vary outside US market.
^† Zero indicates no significant measurable trace.
Percentages estimated using US recommendations for adults,[1] except for potassium, which is estimated based on expert recommendation from the National Academies.[2]
Source: McDonald's Nutritional Facts

McMuffin is a family of breakfast sandwiches sold by the international fast food restaurant chain McDonald's. The Egg McMuffin is the signature sandwich, which was invented in 1972 by Herb Peterson to resemble eggs benedict, a traditional American breakfast dish with English muffins, ham, eggs and hollandaise sauce.[3]

Product description

In the US and Canada the standard McMuffin consists of a slice of Canadian bacon,[4] a griddle-fried egg, and a slice of American cheese on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The round shape of the egg is made by cooking it in a white plastic ring surrounded by an outer metal structure.[5][3]


The sandwich was invented in 1972.[6] Former McDonald's President Ray Kroc wrote that Herb Peterson and his assistant, Donald Greadel, the operator of a McDonald's Santa Barbara franchise in Goleta, California,[7] asked Kroc to look at something, without giving details because it was:

... a crazy idea — a breakfast sandwich. It consisted of an egg that had been formed in a Teflon circle with the yolk broken, and was dressed with a slice of cheese and a slice of grilled ham. It was served open-faced on a toasted and buttered English muffin. The advent of the Egg McMuffin opened up a whole new area of potential business for McDonald's, the breakfast trade.[5][3]

One reason the sandwich was served open-faced was that a small tub of strawberry preserves was provided, along with a knife. The sweet and savory approach did not catch on (at least in the US), although a packet of strawberry preserves will still be provided upon request.

The first McDonald's corporate-authorized Egg McMuffin was served at the Belleville, New Jersey, McDonald's in 1972.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ United States Food and Drug Administration (2024). "Daily Value on the Nutrition and Supplement Facts Labels". Retrieved March 28, 2024.
  2. ^ National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; Health and Medicine Division; Food and Nutrition Board; Committee to Review the Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium (2019). Oria, Maria; Harrison, Meghan; Stallings, Virginia A. (eds.). Dietary Reference Intakes for Sodium and Potassium. The National Academies Collection: Reports funded by National Institutes of Health. Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US). ISBN 978-0-309-48834-1. PMID 30844154.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ a b c "Egg McMuffin inventor Herb Peterson dies at 89". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. March 26, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2008.
  4. ^ "McMuffin Ingredients". Archived from the original on April 26, 2009.
  5. ^ a b Kroc, Ray; Anderson, Robert (1992). Grinding It Out: The Making of McDonald's. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-92987-0., p. 174
  6. ^ "Egg McMuffin Inventor Dies At 89". Los Angeles: KCBS-TV. Associated Press. March 27, 2008. Archived from the original on March 29, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2008. Tilghman came up with idea for the signature McDonald's breakfast item in 1972
  7. ^ Greg Lucas. "Breakfast-To-Go On a Toasted Bun". CA170. Retrieved October 30, 2022.