Savory Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Muffins Recipe

Savory Bacon & Cheddar Cheese Muffins Recipe

These bacon & cheese muffins are loaded with crispy bacon and gooey cheese, making them the perfect addition to any breakfast or brunch spread or for a quick breakfast.  The best part of this muffin recipe is that it is  incredibly easy to make and can be customized to suit your taste preferences.

We add crispy bacon, and loads of freshly shredded cheese into these muffins for a savory take on a classic! Not only are these muffins delicious right out of the oven with a pat of butter, but they are great served later in the week with a nice bowl of soup. So what are you waiting for, lets make them!

Why you’ll love this recipe

Quick and easy – fry up bacon fresh, or use leftover bacon to make these moist, savory muffins that are perfect for breakfast, bruch, or as a side dish with soup or salad!

Savory and Delicious Flavor – The combination of sharp cheddar cheese and crispy bacon creates a savory and flavorful muffin that appeals to those who enjoy the rich and savory side of baked goods. The contrast between the cheesy goodness and the smoky bacon is sure to please the taste buds.

Versatile Snack or Breakfast Option – Cheese and bacon muffins are versatile and can be enjoyed as a snack, breakfast item, or even as a side dish. People love recipes that can be enjoyed at different times of the day, making these muffins a convenient and satisfying choice.

 Texture and Moisture –  The inclusion of cheese, eggs, and milk ensures that these muffins have a moist and tender crumb. The crispy bacon adds a delightful crunch on the outside, creating a satisfying texture contrast that many people find appealing.

Sweet and Savory Balance – The addition of a small amount of sugar helps balance the flavors, offering a subtle sweetness that complements the savory components. This sweet-savory balance is often well-received and adds depth to the overall taste experience.

Leftovers are great in lunches – Simply wrap up any leftovers with plastic wrap or foil, and put them in the fridge for an add to a lunch! They go great with soup or chili or salad!

What you will need to make these Bacon & Cheese Muffins:

1. Thick Cut Bacon: Bacon adds a savory, smoky flavor and a crispy texture to the muffins, creating a delicious contrast with the soft muffin interior.

2. Freshly Grated Sharp Cheddar Cheese: Cheddar cheese provides a rich, cheesy flavor and adds moisture to the muffins while also contributing to their overall texture.  You can use mild cheddar, but the flavor will not be as pronounced. Look for sharp or extra sharp for the best flavor.

3. Eggs: Room Temprature eggs act as a binder in the muffin batter, helping to hold the ingredients together and providing structure.

4. Milk: Milk adds moisture to the muffins, ensuring they are not too dry, and also contributes to the tender crumb texture. We use whole milk, but you can use 2% or skim, if you prefer.

5. Salt: Salt enhances the overall flavor of the muffins by balancing the sweetness and enhancing the savory notes from the bacon and cheese. Although the bacon is salty, the batter needs just a bit of salt to bring out the flavor.

6. Sugar: Sugar adds a touch of sweetness to complement the savory flavors in the muffins, creating a well-rounded taste profile.

7. Baking Powder: Baking powder is a leavening agent that helps the muffins rise and become light and fluffy.

8. Butter: Butter adds richness and flavor to the muffins while also contributing to their moisture content and texture.

9. Flour: All purpose flour is the main dry ingredient that forms the structure of the muffins. It binds everything together and provides the muffins with their characteristic crumb.

Together, these ingredients create a harmonious balance of flavors and textures, resulting in delicious bacon cheese muffins that are savory, cheesy, and slightly sweet with a moist and tender interior.

Instructions for Bacon Cheese Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Cut the bacon into ¼ inch pieces and fry in a frying pan over medium heat pan until cooked through. The best way to drain off the bacon fat is to place the bacon bits on a paper towel on a plate, to allow to cool, and crisp up.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk eggs and milk. For best results, whisk side to side.
  • Now it is time to mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add in sugar, salt and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Whisk in melted butter and flour until no lumps remain. Using a rubber spatula, stir in cooked bacon and cheese until combined.
  • Place muffin liners into a muffin tin, and spray with nonstick spray
  • Scoop muffin mixture  evenly into the muffin liners.
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven, allow to cool 5 minutes, then serve.

How do I re-heat these muffins?

These muffins are best served warm and can be reheated in the microwave or oven. You can also freeze them for a quick and easy breakfast on the go.

Can I change up the flavors in these muffins?

Yes! Try experimenting with different types of cheese or adding in some green onions  or spices for extra flavor. A wonderful way to update them is with smoked gouda for a different flavor. We have switched out the bacon for breakfast sausage, and loved the taste! We have not yet tried diced pepperoni and mozzarella, but that would be AMAZING!

Can I make mini bacon cheddar muffins?

Yes! Simply use a mini muffin pan and mini muffin liners. Mini muffins are a great side dish for soup or salads.

Should bacon muffins be refrigerated?

Allow the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack, before using your preferred storage method. They can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days or frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, line an airtight, freezer safe container with paper towel and add the muffins in a single layer.

We add crispy bacon, and loads of freshly shredded cheese into these muffins for a savory take on a classic! Not only are these muffins delicious right out of the oven with a pat of butter, but they are great served later in the week with a nice bowl of soup. So what are you waiting for, lets make them!

 

bacon cheese muffins in muffin tin

Bacon & Cheese Muffins

These muffins are the perfect combo of bacon, cheese and fluffy muffin!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, baking, breakfast, brunch, cheese, muffins
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 347kcal
Author: Bruce and Dina Miller

Equipment

  • Muffin pan

Ingredients

Ingredients

Instructions

Instructions for Bacon Cheese Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 400 F.
  • Cut the bacon into ¼ inch pieces and fry in a pan until cooked through. Drain bacon on a paper towel and set aside to cool.
    fried cut up bacon
  • Whisk eggs and milk in a mixing bowl. Add in sugar, salt and baking powder. Whisk to combine. Whisk in melted butter and flour until no lumps remain. Using a rubber spatula, stir in cooked bacon and cheese until combined.
  • Scoop muffin batter evenly into 12 muffin tins.
    Uncooked bacon and cheese muffins
  • Bake for 20 minutes until golden brown, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven, allow to cool 5 minutes, then serve.
    bacon cheese muffins in a muffin pan with one missing

Notes

When we make these, we make a double batch, so we have some for later in week to serve with soup or chili!

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 347kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 527mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 499IU | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 1mg
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Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

Hi, we are Bruce and Dina Miller. We love to cook every night. We enjoy making a few healthy dishes, and also comfort food. We love crafting cocktails too! Come take a look, we would love to share our recipes with you.

Comments

  1. Sara Reply

    This looks so good. Your recipe says “four” instead of flour. 🙂

  2. Shannon Reply

    Is there an alternative to sugar for this recipe? Could maple be substituted and added in with the milk and eggs instead?

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Shannon,

      You can acutally leave out the sugar completely. However, I am thinking that maple woud add a nice flavor. Let us know what you decide and how they turn out.

      Thank you,

      Dina and Bruce

  3. Cynthia | What A Girl Eats Reply

    5 stars
    Give me a savory biscuit any day! Perfect for a grab and go breakfast!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Cynthia,

      Such a grab and go right here! We hope you enjoy! Thank you!

      Dina and Bruce

  4. Anjali Reply

    5 stars
    Bacon really does make everything better 🙂 We loved these savory muffins!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Anjali,

      For sure it does! So glad you loved them! They are on high rotation for Sunday Brunch over here!

      Dina and Bruce

  5. Amanda Wren-Grimwood Reply

    5 stars
    These would be great for breakfast, lunch and everything in between. What a great idea.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Amanda,

      These muffins put a smile on so many faces over here! Thank you for the nice comment!!

      Dina and Bruce

  6. Megane Reply

    5 stars
    These really are my favourite combination of flavours in a muffin. I iced them with Ranch Dressing 🤣. Dangerously good!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Megane,

      LOVE that you added RANCH! NOW that is what we are talking about!!! YUM!

  7. Ieva Reply

    5 stars
    Great savoury muffin recipe! They were perfect with soup for lunch tomorrow! And we are taking leftovers for lunch at work today!

  8. Hayley Dhanecha Reply

    5 stars
    Love cheese in anything! so good

  9. Dannii Reply

    5 stars
    I made a big batch of these for a picnic and they went down VERY well. Everyone loved them.

  10. Helen Reply

    5 stars
    Love a savoury muffin! I’m going to try these using a vegetarian ‘bacon’ substitute to keep them veggie. Yum!

  11. Amanda Wren-Grimwood Reply

    5 stars
    Such a great breakfast idea. We really liked these and they had the perfect amount of cheese.

  12. James Reply

    5 stars
    hmm, wow, I love this. Actually I love bacon and cheese and these muffins make the whole thing all so much practical to pack as a snack!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      James,

      So nice! We love them warmed up to go with soup!

      Thank you!
      Dina and Bruce

  13. Tara Reply

    5 stars
    Oooh, these muffins look so good. Love the combination of bacon and cheese. Such an easy treat too.

  14. Savita Reply

    1 star
    These muffins turned out really good. Will make it again for sure.

  15. Lily Reply

    5 stars
    You can’t go wrong with bacon, cheddar, and a savory muffin! These are a quick grab and go breakfast made ahead of time, I just reheat them in the microwave. Highly recommend!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Lily,

      Yes! Grab and go is what these are about! Thank you for the recomendation!!!

      Dina and Bruce

  16. Ali Reply

    5 stars
    Such a creative idea to add bacon and cheese to muffins! Filling, and savory, they go great as a side to a hearty soup.

  17. Erik Reply

    5 stars
    Love this combo! Such a fun way to mix up the breakfast routine.

  18. Andrea Reply

    5 stars
    These easy and fabulous savory muffins make a perfect appetizer or afternoon snack.

  19. Dionne Reply

    5 stars
    I can never say no to a good muffin recipe. Thank you for so many great tips!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Dionne,

      The muffin man is Bruce, and he knows all the flavors!! Hah!

      Dina and Bruce

  20. Holley Reply

    These muffins are always a hit at gatherings! Savory and handheld for the win!

  21. Jules Reply

    5 stars
    I’m always looking for breakfast items to serve for overnight guests or family brunches and these muffins when over so well and were so easy to make. They’re going to be a regular in my house!

  22. Jess Reply

    5 stars
    These bacon and cheese muffins are a delightful savory treat! A satisfying snack or breakfast option for the whole family!

  23. Tayler Reply

    5 stars
    I meal prepped these muffins on Sunday and we’ve been enjoying them all week! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  24. Kate Reply

    5 stars
    Made these to go with our soup. So yummy!

  25. Angela Reply

    5 stars
    These are so good! I’m all about the savory muffins and this bacon cheese combo is the best!

  26. Carrie Robinson Reply

    5 stars
    These would be so perfect to serve alongside a frittata or omelets! 🙂 Love how light & fluffy they look.

  27. Hayley Dhanecha Reply

    5 stars
    Loved these savoury muffins, so good and tasty!

  28. Farah Reply

    5 stars
    Perfect for meal prep, my kids would love having these on a busy morning! Thanks for the easy recipe!

  29. Nathan Reply

    5 stars
    I love these muffins! I made a big batch during the weekend and I’ve been having them for a quick breakfast every morning, and they leave me feeling nice and full. Definitely adding this recipe to my favorites!

  30. Justine Reply

    5 stars
    These are fantastic! We made a big batch at the beginning of the week and my kids grab one or two as they’re headed out the door to school. It’s perfect!

  31. Beth Reply

    5 stars
    These are the best muffins of any kind that I have EVER made! I made a batch yesterday, and they’re gone already. LOL The bacon is just fantastic in every bite.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Beth,

      They somehow seem to “disapear”, don’t they? LOL

      Dina and Bruce

  32. Kushigalu Reply

    5 stars
    These muffins are perfect for breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

  33. Carrie Robinson Reply

    5 stars
    These would make such a great grab & go breakfast idea for school mornings! 🙂 They look delicious.

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Carrie,

      These were always a big hit for our boys when they were young. And they still love them!

      Dina and Bruce

      • Seema Sriram Reply

        5 stars
        The muffins look scrumptious and perfect for the grab-and-go days.

  34. Kathi Reply

    How much do 8 thick slices of bacon typically weigh? I have plenty of high quality regular bacon on hand and would prefer to use it rather than buying more. I’ve seen suggestions that 43gm per slice is typical, but would prefer your guidance. Thank you!

    • Dina and Bruce at the Golden Gate Bridge

      Bruce and Dina Miller Reply

      Kathi,

      8 thick slices usually weighs a half a pound or 226 grams. But use whatever bacon you have. You can always adjust based on what you have. Let us know if you have any more questions.

      Dina and Bruce

  35. Sarah Reply

    5 stars
    Excellent! Made exactly as described. Would definitely make again!

  36. Donalyn Reply

    5 stars
    These are perfect for breakfast, brunch, or just a snack. I love savory biscuits and muffins – easy and delicious.

  37. justin Reply

    These have been prefect for busy busy mornings with the kids.

  38. Anjali Reply

    5 stars
    I actually made these for brunch this morning and they were a great addition to our brunch spread! Super fluffy, savory, and so tasty!

  39. Kimberly Reply

    5 stars
    Two of my favorite things in the world – bacon and cheese – combined in a muffin…that’s a guaranteed winner in my book!

  40. Gianne Reply

    5 stars
    The savory combination of bacon and cheese was delicious and the muffins came out perfectly moist and flavorful. I will definitely be making these again in the future.

  41. Colleen Reply

    5 stars
    You can never go wrong with bacon and cheese. This muffin recipe is a keeper. Thank you!

  42. Jill Reply

    5 stars
    So easy to make and delicious. Really nice change from a sweet muffin.

  43. Harriet Young Reply

    5 stars
    So good! The muffins were light and fluffy and absolutely delicious. Thank you!

  44. Heather Ann Farmer Reply

    5 stars
    Love bacon and cheddar together! And these muffins were a perfect brunch treat. Everyone loved them!

  45. Lauren Reply

    5 stars
    We loved the savory flavor of these bacon cheddar muffins. I think this is going to be a new favorite for breakfast in our house now – delish!

  46. Fay Reply

    5 stars
    Love these! Thank you!

  47. kushi Reply

    5 stars
    These savory muffins sound delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  48. Harriet Young Reply

    5 stars
    These are delicious! They make the perfect breakfast on the go. Thank you!

  49. Ned Reply

    5 stars
    Savory muffins are THE BEST and you have topped the list with this delicious muffin! Thank you so much!

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