This hearty vegan breakfast sandwich is a delicious meal-on-the-go.
It’s packed with Just Egg and veggie sausage. It’s served on a toasted bagel, and slathered with vegan cream cheese.
It is wonderfully filling & perfectly portable.
There’s nothing cozier than a filling bagel breakfast sandwich.
A toasted bagel is slathered with full-bodied vegan cream cheese.
Then it’s topped with protein-packed veggie sausage, and crisp-around-the-edges Just Egg.
It’s the kind of hearty breakfast I used to get before I went vegan.
Luckily, it’s super easy to make a meatless version with plant-based counterparts.
It’s a convenient meal to grab-and-go.
Or enjoy it as part of a full brunch with breakfast potatoes and orange juice.
Best of all, the whole thing is ready to eat in just 15 minutes.
Here are the ingredients you will need to make this recipe.
Bagel: Not all bagels are vegan. Read the ingredient label (or ask at the bakery) about egg wash or dairy ingredients like cheese.
For these pictures, I used Everything Bagels from Trader Joe’s. I also like rosemary olive oil bagels from Bruegger’s.
Oil: A neutral-flavored high heat oil is used to brown the liquid vegan egg. Avocado oil is my go-to option.
Just Egg: Look for bottles of liquid Just Egg at natural grocery stores, as well as big box stores like Target.
It can be replaced with folded Just Egg or eggy tofu. (Details below.)
Kala namak: Kala namak is also known as black salt. It adds a sulfurous, eggy flavor.
Look for it at Indian grocery stores. Or buy it online.
Nutritional yeast: Nutritional yeast flakes add cheesiness and umami.
(For more information, check out this post explaining what is nutritional yeast.)
Pepper: A few grinds of black pepper make Just Egg really taste like fried egg.
Veggie sausage: You can use frozen or fresh veggie breakfast sausage patties.
Look for it at natural grocery stores, as well as big box stores like Target.
There are loads of options on the market like Impossible, Gardein, or Beyond.
Vegan cream cheese: My favorite vegan cream cheese is Miyoko’s. I’m also a big fan of Treeline.
Use whatever non-dairy cream cheese you enjoy. Or replace with a slice of vegan cheese.
Step by step instructions
Here’s how to make this recipe at a glance. For complete ingredient amounts & instructions, keep scrolling to the recipe card below.
Cook frozen veggie sausage in an air fryer, stopping once to flip.
Or cook sausage according to package directions on the stove.
Slice a bagel in half with knife or bagel slicer. Then toast it in a toaster.
Bring a skillet to a medium heat with oil.
Add liquid Just Egg.
Then sprinkle on:
- Kala namak (black salt)
- Nutritional yeast flakes
- Black pepper
Once it has gotten browned on the bottom & cooked on the edges, carefully peel it back from the skillet using a thin spatula.
(Just Egg has a tendency to stick. So work at it with the spatula, as if you were removing a sticker.)
Once you’ve released it from the pan, flip it over. Then brown for another minute or so.
Now it’s time to compile the sandwich.
Slather the bagel with cream cheese. And top with the sausage, sliced in half.
Add browned Just Egg.
Make it your own
You can make this dish your own by varying the ingredients.
For a bagel sandwich, I like to cut the tofu extra thin, about ¼ inch thick. Then brown in a skillet with nutritional yeast, kala namak, and black pepper.
I recommend using super firm, vacuum packed tofu that doesn’t need to be pressed.
Vary the vegan meat
You can vary the type of vegan sausage you use.
Or replace with seitan bacon, tempeh bacon, or vegan ham, like in my vegan egg mcmuffin.
Vary the cheese
Use any type of non-dairy cream cheese you enjoy.
You can use plain, scallion, or any savory flavor. Or try different brands.
You can also replace vegan cream cheese with slices of non-dairy cheese.
Cheddar style works especially well. It’s also good with vegan provolone or gouda.
Finally, you could replace the cheese with a sauce like vegan sriracha mayo.
More bagel recipes
Vegan bagel breakfast sandwich
- Toast bagel halves in the toaster until the cut sides are nutty brown. Remove and set aside on a plate.
- Cook breakfast patties according to directions on the package. If using Impossible, Gardein, or Beyond breakfast patties, I like to air fry straight from frozen in the air fryer. Air fry at 400 degrees for 7 to 10 minutes, stopping once to flip.
- Bring a non-stick skillet to a medium heat with ½ teaspoon avocado oil.
- Add liquid Just Egg to the skillet. Sprinkle with kala namak, nutritional yeast flakes, and pepper.Don't move it for a few minutes, until browned on one side. (You can pull up the edge a bit with a spatula to look.)
- Once the bottom is browned, carefully pull up the Just Egg with a thin spatula, starting on one side. (Just Egg is prone to sticking. So just go slowly & carefully, as if you were pulling up a sticker.) Flip the Just Egg, and brown the other side for another minute or two.
- Slather non-dairy cream cheese on the cut side of the bagels.
- Cut the sausage in half, and put it on one of the bagels. Then top with browned Just Egg. Finally, top it with the remaining bagel half.
Content, photos, and recipe updated January 26, 2023 with Just Egg instead of eggy tofu. Originally posted May 3, 2018.