What time does McDonald’s breakfast start and finish?

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  • Those craving a mid-morning pick me up might be wondering what time does McDonald’s breakfast start and finish?

    Be it a breakfast wrap or a sausage and egg McMuffin, everyone has their go-to McDonald’s breakfast item of choice. And whilst we’re aware of the calories in a McDonald’s breakfast and now know the secret McDonald’s McMuffin recipe to try at home – it’s safe to say that we can’t resist the real deal served fresh and hot from the golden arch stores.

    But with McDonald’s extending their breakfast hours recently, there’s been some confusion on when you can order your morning treat. With this in mind, we’ve shared the all important start and finish times for McDonald’s breakfasts to prevent any potential missed McMuffin disasters.

    What time does McDonald’s breakfast start and finish?

    In their 24-hour branches and drive-thru’s, McDonald’s breakfasts start at 5am and finish at 11am.

    All other McDonald’s restaurants also finish their breakfast menu at 11am – though their start time varies from store to store depending on their opening time. So it’s worth checking your local McDonald’s operating hours before heading out to grab your morning meal.

    The 11am cut-off time is a new (and welcome) addition for Ronald McDonald fans. As in the past, the fast food chain finished serving breakfasts at 10:30am.

    However, the extra half hour extension came into effect late last year, following a successful trial in their Isle of Wight and Portsmouth branches.

    There have been calls from fans to make the breakfast an all day option. However McDonald’s have ruled this out for a specific reason.

    A statement on the McDonald’s website reads: “Items on our breakfast menu are cooked slightly differently and at a different temperature from items on our main menu.

    “This means we don’t have enough space in our kitchens to accommodate the cooking and preparation of our breakfast and main menus at the same time. The 11am cut off enables us to accommodate our breakfast lovers, whilst allowing the customers who enjoy our main menu to get their food before 11:30am.”

    What’s on the McDonald’s breakfast menu?

    McDonald’s are currently offering 14 items on their breakfast menu:

    1. Breakfast Roll with Ketchup
    2. Breakfast Roll with Brown Sauce
    3. Muffin with Jam
    4. Bacon Roll with Brown Sauce
    5. Bacon Roll with Tomato Ketchup
    6. Hash Brown
    7. Double Sausage & Egg McMuffin
    8. Sausage & Egg McMuffin
    9. Bacon & Egg McMuffin
    10. Double Bacon & Egg McMuffin
    11. Egg & Cheese McMuffin
    12. Cheesy Bacon Flatbread
    13. Pancakes & Syrup
    14. Pancakes & Sausage with Syrup
    A collage of popular items on McDonald's breakfast menu

    Credit: McDonald’s/Canva

    It’s worth noting that this is part of their limited breakfast menu, which the fast food chain has been operating during the current pandemic. Other issues like McDonald’s running out of popular menu items has also been a reality for fans, following stock shortages as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Despite this, McDonald’s unveiled a new breakfast item in October last year and five new McDonald’s items for Summer 2021, which was warmly received by the Great British public.

    McDonald’s breakfast at home:

    There’s good news for those who don’t want to leave the house to get their hands on a McDonald’s breakfast.

    Food delivery services Uber Eats and JustEat both deliver McDonald’s to your door. And this includes their delicious breakfast menu, so long as you order before the delivery cut off time.

    Just Eat will deliver until 11am, according to a statement on their website: “A delicious hash brown is great on its own or as a side at breakfast time. Crispy on the outside and served until 11am, they’re what mornings were made for.”

    Whilst Uber Eats has specified that delivery on McDonald’s breakfast starts at 5am and finishes at 10:45am.

    Another option to have a McDonald’s breakfast at home is to make your own.

    how to make McDonald's breakfast at home

    Credit: McDonald’s/Canva

    During the first coronavirus lockdown, McDonald’s were forced to shut all their stores across the UK. And the move led to the global fast food giant releasing their much coveted McMuffin recipe – so that fans could recreate their favourite breakfast offering at home.

    All you need for the sausage and egg McMuffin is 2 eggs, one english muffin, a slice of American cheese and 75g of sausage meat.

    McDonald’s breakfast hacks:

    We’ve all got our own method for tucking into a McDonald’s breakfast.

    But one Instagram post by the fast food chain caused a stir after sharing one of their popular McDonald’s hacks that’s applies to their breakfast offering.

    One #MenuHackMonday social media post told fans to add their separate hash brown into the egg McMuffin.

    Whether you enjoy it together or on their own, the all important thing is to make sure you get your order in before 11am.