I know this is a panini site, and most of the posts are related to panini makers and recipes, I would like to add information on some other interesting sandwich makers and other helpful appliances from time to time.
The Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker is something I came across while doing a web search. It’s not something I would have even thought of searching for before, but now I’m interested and I want to take a closer look.
The description on this breakfast sandwich maker is that it cooks hot, fresh breakfast sandwiches in about 5 minutes. I think the idea here is that you don’t need to go through the fast food drive through when you have this handy appliance at your disposal.
Think about it. If you’re someone who often rushes to the nearest fast food joint for breakfast, this could be an outstanding alternative. You can get better quality ingredients, which will make you feel healthier and happier. And, I would venture a guess, that those ingredients would cost much less overall than a daily fast food breakfast sandwich.
Here is a description from Amazon.com about how it works:
“Once preheated, place the bottom half of your bread choice onto the bottom plate and top it with ingredients such as precooked meats, cheese and vegetables. Then, lower the top ring and cooking plate. Crack an egg onto the cooking plate and pierce the yolk. Place the other half of your bread selection on top of the egg and close the cover. After 5 minutes, rotate the cooking plate handle clockwise until it stops. Using an oven mitt, lift the ring assembly and cover via the bottom handle and voilà, your breakfast sandwich is complete. Simply remove the sandwich with a plastic or wooden utensil and enjoy!”
So, this means that this breakfast sandwich maker cooks the egg and assembles the sandwich. All in approximately 5 minutes. (How long does it take to hop in the car, drive to the nearest fast food restaurant, and go through the drive-through?)
Well, all of that sounds great, but I really wanted to know what people thought about it who have already tried it out. Because we all know another kitchen gadget is no good taking up space in the cabinets. It needs to be good enough for us to be OK with it taking up precious counter space. (Not that it takes up very much since it’s such a little appliance.)
From reading some of the reviews, overall, users seem to be very pleased with this sandwich maker. Reviewers mentioned that their sandwiches came out perfectly cooked in 5 minutes time. Most people did mention that there was a bit of a learning curve, but once they figured out the ins and outs, they love it and use it frequently.
Some of the issues that people mentioned include egg and cheese spilling out from the sides and making a mess on the counter, being a little hard to clean, and sandwiches not being fully cooked.
All of these issues have been countered, however. As for the egg and cheese spilling over the side, many people mentioned using a little bit of cooking spray and also using bread that isn’t too thick. (Bagels seem to be a bit hard to use since they’re thick and they have a hole which egg and cheese love to ooze through.)
As for it being hard to clean, once the issue mentioned above is resolved, the egg and cheese should not spill over the side, which will cause less mess in the first place. Also, using a damp paper towel to clean the plates while still warm seems to take care of the mess quickly and easily.
Now obviously, nothing is worse than an undercooked sandwich. Especially when there’s raw egg involved. Some customers mentioned that there’s a misunderstanding with the directions. There are indicator lights on the sandwich maker, and once the green light comes on, the cooker is warm enough to add the ingredients. Some users put their ingredients in, then waited for the green light to come on, thinking this was indicating that the sandwich was done. Once they figured out to cook the egg for about 5 minutes, their sandwich came out perfectly.
In conclusion, I think this is a nifty little gadget that could provide a hot, fast, and fresh breakfast during busy mornings. Anything that you make yourself is always going to be better and healthier than running to a fast food restaurant.
If you have kids, this could be the perfect go-to breakfast to get them filled up, focused and ready for a packed day at school. It sure beats a sugary breakfast cereal or Pop-Tarts.
If you work out of the house, you could make your breakfast and let it cook while you’re getting ready for work. When you’re done, you can just grab your sandwich and go. I would say that’s much more convenient than waiting in a line at McDonald’s or Burger King.
If you’d like to try out the best-selling Hamilton Beach Breakfast Sandwich Maker, then I’ve made it really easy for you. You just have to click here. If you do try it out, leave me a comment and let me know how you like it.