The Highs and Lows of the Fast-Food Breakfast Sandwich

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The fast food breakfast sandwich, in all its reincarnations — may it be made on bread, an English muffin, a croissant or a biscuit — has been around for decades, but in today’s world of marketing gimmicks,  fast-food spots are figuring out new ways to stand out from the crowd. Sure, many chains offer eggs, cheese, bacon and/or sausages inside a breakfast burrito these days, but what can a fast food chain do to go beyond that? Plenty, as we've discovered.

We tasted our way through waffle tacos, breakfast empanadas, stuffed hash browns and French toast finger food to find the most bizarre and scrumptious quick takes on the breakfast sandwich.

Erik Trinidad is a food and travel writer, and author of the cookbook parody, Fancy Fast Food: Ironic Recipes with No Bun Intended , based off his popular food humor blog .

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