Lowest-Calorie Options on the McDonald's Breakfast Menu

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Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich with a Hash brown Patty at your Desk - Photographed on a Hasselblad H3D11-39 megapixel Camera System
Sausage and Egg Breakfast Sandwich with a Hash brown Patty at your Desk - Photographed on a Hasselblad H3D11-39 megapixel Camera System

Are you a fan of McDonald's all-day breakfast? Do you love its Sausage McMuffins and Hash Browns, or do you crave their sweeter options like Fruit & Maple Oatmeal or Hotcakes? Whatever you're in the mood for, if you're also mindful about your calorie, fat, carb, and protein intake, or you're trying to eat keto, we've put the nutritional info for McDonald's breakfast menu items all in one place. Aside from the straight-up calorie and carb amounts, find out which options are the healthiest, and which are low-carb or good for keto.

The chart below of McDonald's breakfast nutrition allows you to compare breakfast options. The info is for the menu item as is, without any changes, but you can customize your order depending on your dietary needs. See the details below for calorie amounts of certain ingredients so you can add or remove as you please. Maybe you want fewer calories so you can omit the butter on the Hotcakes. Or maybe you want fewer carbs so you can omit the english muffin on your Sausage McMuffin With Egg. The McDonald's app allows you to customize your order. Just be mindful that menu items and info may differ based on location.

McDonald's McMuffin Calories

There are 310 calories in a McDonald's Egg McMuffin, which is made with egg, canadian bacon, and a slice of american cheese. If you prefer sausage, a Sausage McMuffin, made with a sausage patty and american cheese, is 400 calories. If you get both eggs and sausage, a Sausage McMuffin With Egg is 480 calories. They all contain salted butter (20 calories) and a slice of american cheese (50 calories), so you can cut calories by omitting one or both.

McDonald's Hash Browns Calories

One Hash Brown patty is 140 calories. Note that the ingredients include milk, so these are not a good choice for those avoiding dairy. They also contain natural beef flavor, so they're not OK for vegetarians or vegans.

Healthiest Breakfast Options at McDonald's

It depends on how you define healthy: If you're watching your calorie intake, the lowest-calorie breakfast options at McDonald's include the Hash Browns (140 calories) and the Egg McMuffin or Sausage Burrito (310 calories each). If you're watching your fat intake, choose the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal (4.5 grams of fat) or the Egg McMuffin (13 grams of fat). If sodium is your concern, the Hotcakes, Hash Browns, and Fruit & Maple Oatmeal each have under 600 milligrams.

Low-Carb and Keto Breakfast Options at McDonald's

For those looking to limit their carbs, you want to skip the Hash Browns, Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, and Hotcakes. You can order any of the other menu items including the Egg McMuffin; the Sausage McMuffin; the Sausage McMuffin With Egg; the Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit; or the McGriddles - just omit the english muffin, biscuit, or griddle cakes to lower the carb count.

McDonald's Breakfast Menu Calories

Breakfast Item Calories Fat (g) Cholesterol (mg) Carbs (g) Sodium (mg) Protein (g) Hash Browns 140 8 0 18 310 2 Fruit & Maple Oatmeal 320 4.5 5 64 150 6 Sausage Burrito 310 17 170 25 800 13 Sausage McMuffin 400 26 55 26 760 14 Sausage McMuffin With Egg 480 31 280 30 830 20 Sausage Biscuit 460 30 40 36 1,050 11 Sausage Biscuit With Egg 530 34 205 38 1,140 17 Egg McMuffin 310 13 250 30 770 17 Bacon, Egg & Cheese Biscuit 450 26 215 39 1,330 17 Sausage McGriddles 430 24 35 41 990 11 Sausage, Egg & Cheese McGriddles 550 33 235 44 1,290 19 Bacon, Egg & Cheese McGriddles 430 21 215 44 1,230 17 Hotcakes (with butter and syrup, comes with 3 Hotcakes) 580 15 45 101 550 9 Hotcakes With Sausage (with butter and syrup, comes with 3 Hotcakes and 1 sausage patty) 770 33 75 102 830 15