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Never buy a fast food breakfast sandwich again..........................

Well people......what's your opinion genius invention or useless junk??


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  1. Let's just say Necessity was not the mother of this invention.

    1. At a thrift store near you.

      Soon to be next to the Foreman and Veg-O-Matic.

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      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

        Or yard sale in a few weeks when weather starts to warm up.

        1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

          You know how many of those frozen banana "icecream" makers I saw at last years' townwide garage sale? It seemed like every other person had them.

          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

            Hey now.

            I agree with you about this sandwich device but I happen to love my $2 thrift store mini Forman. Grill a chicken breast in 5 minutes and toss it on lettuce for a good brown bag lunch.

          2. What will I do with my toaster and fry pans now?

            1. ..... or you could just use a skillet

              1. If you buy two, the shipping is free.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  Yussss! 2 sandwiches at the same time!

                  1. re: Veggo

                    You sir are an obvious genius! One for ham and one for sausage!

                  2. My egg rings and griddle are multi-taskers; this is close to the uni-est of uni-taskers

                    1. So funny! When my friend was moving out of state years ago, she asked me to come over and see if there was anything I wanted. She opened her closet and EVERYTHING you had every seen on TV was in there...Thigh Master, Carpets of Flowers, the Vegetable Shooter; I still crack up thinking about it. She was sort of an insomniac, in her defense.

                      1. As awesome as it is, I am waiting on W-S to come out with the AC version for $179.95 on special. It will collect a better grade of dust.

                        1. I'll stick to using my little cast iron Lodge square Wonder Skillets for eggs in a sandwich, and also my other cast iron cookware for the rest.

                          That Batman toy doesn't look fun to clean either. Pass.

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                          1. re: Muddirtt


                            Do you find it annoying trying to make your square eggs fit round biscuits? Enquiring minds.... :-)

                            1. re: DuffyH

                              They fit sandwich size bread perfect. For round muffins, I suppose I could fold up the corners during cooking. Maybe a cookie cutter would work too, lol. I prefer toast for a homemade breakfast sandwich. English muffins are for peanut butter or jelly or cinnamon/sugar and biscuits are for pork/gravy :)

                              1. re: Muddirtt

                                <I prefer toast for a homemade breakfast sandwich. English muffins are for peanut butter or jelly or cinnamon/sugar and biscuits are for pork/gravy :)>

                                An eater after my own heart. Although we differ about the function of English muffins, I embrace your bread philosophy completely. :-)

                          2. Well, now I'm embarrassed to admit that I have this: http://www.amazon.com/Back-Basics-TEM...

                            And love it.


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                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                              I'd be more pissed that I spent $94.00 on the old model when a newer one is only $59.00! :D

                              1. re: petek

                                No, the "newer" model isn't new. That's actually the crappier, older, plastic smelling one that just does one sandwich at a time and quits after 6 months. I think we went through two of those before we upgraded.

                                The more expensive model is still a cheap piece of junk but has lasted several years and makes two sandwiches at a time. We use it as our every day toaster when we're not making egg sandwiches. Also, to hard boil (well, steam) eggs unattended while we're running around the house getting ready in the morning.

                                We call it our Egg McToaster.


                              2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                That belongs on "The Island of Misfit Appliances" the welcoming committee is waiting.........

                                1. re: jrvedivici

                                  I totally agree. And, yet, we love ours! Stupid, but true.


                                2. re: The Dairy Queen

                                  We have the smaller version and have had it since it first came out. Still works great!

                                3. I think someone could make a fortune selling a home-sized smelter to melt down stuff like this.

                                  1. Does it come with a car adaptor because then it would be truly genius - and a hands free mode of course

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                                    1. re: JTPhilly

                                      I had a similar thought. Breakfast sandwiches are seldom a destination, more likely a stop on the way somewhere. I have no interest in having a kitchenette in my car, though.

                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        I allow myself a McMuffin on a road trip that starts early.

                                    2. It's the Fondue Pot of the two-thousand-tens...

                                      And the most ludicrous piece of kitchen crap I have seen in a while.

                                      1. Pretty much a little of both, I think. It is so useless and over the top that it is kind of awesome. I may need one.

                                          1. re: filtered

                                            First I'm glad to see, or hear as the case may be, that Pierce Morgan has found a new gig since his show is ending.

                                            Second the big failure for me is this.......the inside of the English Muffin doesn't get toasted. Only the exterior get's toasted the inside, the nooks and cranny's don't get cooked or toasted.

                                            That makes this a FAIL for me.

                                            1. re: jrvedivici

                                              If you fork split your English muffin and toast both sides in a toaster oven before you load it up and re-assemble it, you can toast about 35% of the nooks and 55% of the crannies.

                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                See that is EXACTLY where I see a failure again. For a good breakfast sandwich you need a minimum of 47% toasted nook coverage, and 73% of crannies.

                                                I noticed you said "toaster oven" so perhaps a traditional pop-up toaster would increase the toasting circumference closer in line to my percentages.

                                                Either way I feel the additional step of having to "pre-toast" my English muffin completely undermines the "one stop" convenience of this machine.

                                                I'm sorry it's still a FAIL.

                                          2. My best guess is that -- particularly at that price -- the target audience for this is people who live in dorms.

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                                            1. re: Jacquilynne

                                              If students can "break the buck" by doing it themselves and beat the dollar menu, more power to them!

                                              1. re: Veggo

                                                Yes but then you miss out on the wonderful ambiance at your local Mc D's...

                                                1. re: petek

                                                  Ah, yes the romantic lighting and Ray Charles background music...

                                            2. I'm actually somewhat impressed with the depth and breadth of the review given by Kilgore Trout:


                                              While I'm not going to buy one of these, it would be very helpful if we had someone like him/her to review other kitchen items.

                                              Though, for someone who seems to cook quite a lot with this machine (and used pre-prepared ingredients), I'm not so sure I'd trust their reviews of other cookware...

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                                              1. re: Cynic2701

                                                Kilgore Trout is the name used by science fiction writer Philip Jose Farmer when he wrote the spoof "Venus on the Half-Shell". This suggests that the review is also a spoof.

                                                1. re: kagemusha49

                                                  And here I though it was a Kurt Vonnegut character! Which might also indicate such.

                                                  1. re: coll

                                                    I believe Vonnegut created Kilgore Trout but Philip Jose Farmer appropriated the character for the actually published book Venus on the Half-Shell. Vonnegut was understandably ticked off.

                                                  2. re: kagemusha49

                                                    While that is true, this is, after all, the internet and we can name ourselves anything we like. If you peruse the rest of his/her reviews on Amazon you can see that they consistently give well thought out, honest, and in-depth reviews of products.

                                                    1. re: Cynic2701

                                                      i've read a few of Kilgore trout's reviews and they are pretty solid. I still get the feeling that he has to be joking in his review of this product.

                                                2. It's a doubly-failed appliance, primarily for the reason jrvedivici mentioned: the inside of the muffin (the famous nooks and crannies part) doesn't get toasted. This is a deal-breaker right out of the gate!

                                                  It's one thing to overlook quality at a fast food joint, but if I'm going to make my own breakfast sandwich @ home, I want it 100% Right.

                                                  The other failure is just a general one: another overpriced uni-tasker inevitably headed for garage sales and dumpsters.

                                                  1. waffle maker. the best multitasker.
                                                    dump eggs, cheese, bread, ham, and anything else your little heart desires and close the lid, flip and cook until crispy and set well. wrap in paper towel or napkin and run out the door into your car or onto the train or bus and get thee to work or school!

                                                    1. It has a surprisingly high rating on Amazon. I have to confess that our local McDonalds makes an egg mcmuffin that is really good - must be something to do with where they source the eggs.

                                                      1. what... there's no single cup coffee maker attachment?

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                                                        1. re: cgarner

                                                          Add an alarm clock and it's a complete morning starter kit!


                                                          1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                            The way George Jetson gets ready in the morning is going to be a reality, huh.

                                                            1. re: The Dairy Queen

                                                              ...add a Harley-Davidson radio and a flashlight and it could go in Sharper Image!

                                                              1. re: kaleokahu

                                                                With Predator as your personal chef? No way I'm going back to Sharper Image. That dude scares me.

                                                          2. My wife abhors fast food and weighs under a buck soaking wet. But, she has an achilles heel for egg mcmuffins. After reading this thread and the amazon reviews, I pitched in the $25 to get one of these. After using it for 3 breakfasts, I think it's worth it IF you are an egg mcmuffin fan, and you don't want to pay $3.79 plus tax every time you have a craving for one. The machine pays itself off quickly, though the ones we make don't taste identical to the drug dealer's version, mainly because we just refuse to keep processed american cheese slices in the house.

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                                                            1. re: alarash

                                                              Excuse me but did you say;

                                                              " After reading this thread" - "I pitched in the $25 to get one of these"??????

                                                              WTF? Where's my check? Dammit Jr's gotta get paid on this!! I hope you don't mind if I copy paste your post here in my letter to Hamilton Beach looking for my residual on this sale!!

                                                              Dam.....maybe I should be a Chow pitch man!!

                                                              1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                Jr, with the loss of Billy Mays as a pitchman, there is a vacuum you can fill....

                                                                1. re: Veggo

                                                                  And I have had a torrid love affair with some of the same things as Mr. May's.

                                                                  It's a little known fact the original "slap chop" was used to cut his 8 balls.

                                                            2. I found one that makes coffee too! now if it only had an alarm clock...

                                                              1. I don't have a huge amount of counter space so I try to minimize the number of specific appliances I have around. Not that I would be interested in this one. There is such a huge market that targets people who are so utterly convinced they can't cook food in a pan or in an oven or cut food with a knife. Amazing!

                                                                1. I put the English muffin in the toaster at the same time I put a beaten egg in my small no-stick skillet and sprinkle shredded cheese on it. I skip the ham, don't want it. The whole sandwich goes together fast and I don't have an extra appliance to find room for.

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                                                                  1. re: Querencia

                                                                    Querencia I agree, I can make coffee, put the egg in the pan and by the time the bread/english muffin is toasted the egg is ready and my 2nd Kcup is finished brewing into my travel mug and I"m out the door