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This $25 Breakfast Sandwich Maker Sold Out During Quarantine — Snag One Now for Easier Mornings

Fresh, hot breakfasts without a long wait or a big mess.
By Kimberly Holland
September 20, 2020
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When Covid-19 stay-at-home orders were instituted, small appliances started selling like hotcakes. Bread machines were wiped from warehouse shelves in weeks. Slow cookers and air fryers, too. Also quickly gone from online stores? The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker.

This unassuming kitchen gadget has been a reliable tool for millions of cooks since it was first released in 2013. And even now, while many of us are home all day, or at least more than we were before, the breakfast sandwich maker has seen a surge in popularity — and it keeps selling out.

It's easy to see why: The breakfast sandwich maker quickly turns out warm, fresh, delicious breakfast sandwiches so you can eat a filling breakfast every day without having to stand watch over a sputtering skillet or resorting to another bowl of oatmeal. You can also customize your sandwich, get creative with ingredients you have on hand, and enjoy a restaurant-worthy sando right from home.

Here's how it works: Plug in the machine; it turns on automatically and heats quickly. Select your favorite breakfast bread, such as an English muffin, biscuit, croissant, or pancake. They'll just need to fit inside the maker's rings. Then, pack the bottom ring with fillings like cheese, veggies, sauce, or pre-cooked meat. (I personally love sausage patties, but you could use Canadian bacon or pre-cooked bacon.)

Finally, lower the top compartment (the one with a sliding plate) over the bottom ingredients, and pour in a lightly beaten egg. Place the other half of the breakfast bread on top. Then close the lid. Set a timer for about five minutes (times vary based on egg size and personal preference), and go about your business. When your timer goes off, slide the plate so the egg lowers onto the sandwich, and you're ready to eat. (Target also sells a maker with a timer, so if you want the all-in-one feature, that's a good option.)

My favorite part, besides eating a fresh, hot breakfast sandwich just the way I want it in a matter of minutes? The rings are dishwasher safe and come right out of the machine easily, and everything is nonstick so you don't have to worry about an egg clinging to the sliding plate or cheese frying to the side of the machine.

Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Credit: Amazon

Buy it: Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, $24.99; Amazon

If you have a few mouths to feed and want to speed up production, Hamilton Beach also makes a Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker, which has two machines in one. But like the single sandwich maker, it sells out almost as soon as it's restocked.

Hamilton Beach Dual Breakfast Sandwich Maker with Timer
Credit: Amazon

Buy it: $40; Amazon

Beyond breakfast sandwiches, you can use the maker for mini pizzas, sliders, grilled cheese, and more. I always have a pack of English muffins in the freezer, and when I'm feeling less than willing to cook, I've been known to break out the sandwich maker and fill it with marinara, mozzarella, olives, red onions, and a few slices of pepperoni. It's certainly not Nonna's pizza, but in a pinch, it's a genius substitute.

"This is easily the best appliance I've ever bought! We use it more than I'd like to admit! Seriously, just buy it, you won't regret it!" one reviewer wrote.

The classic sandwich maker comes in a neutral silver color, but you can also buy a red one. If you try this and love it, you should certainly consider adding these to your holiday gifting list. Hamilton Beach usually releases limited-edition colors for the season as the holidays near.