Birds in a Nest with Cheese and Bacon

This is a partnered post with Eggland’s Best. As always, all thoughts and opinions stated are my own.

I’ve been making Birds in a Nest for my family for years. It’s such a fun take on the traditional eggs and toast breakfast and the kids absolutely love it. When I was making Birds in a Nest for myself this week for breakfast, I decided to add another breakfast favorite — bacon! And since I was adding bacon, I decided to go ahead and add some cheese too. I just couldn’t resist, y’all.

This Birds in a Nest recipe is a fun twist to a traditional breakfast.

I was a big fan of Birds in a Nest before adding bacon and cheese, but now I’m an even BIGGER fan. It does require a few extra steps, but the extra steps are totally worth the extra effort.

Birds in a Nest

Birds in a Nest with Cheese and Bacon
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Birds in a Nest is such a fun twist to the traditional eggs & toast breakfast. Add in some crispy bacon and melted cheese, and it’s a whole new breakfast experience.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
  • 2 slices of bread (I used whole wheat but you can use whatever you like best)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 slice of bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1/4 cup of cheese, shredded (I used a three cheese blend)
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. I cook bacon in the oven, so I always start with that step first. If you prefer to cook your bacon in a skillet, that’s fine too, just improvise accordingly. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil and place bacon onto sheet placing it into a cold oven. Turn oven to 400 degrees. I usually cook the bacon for about 14 minutes because I like it crispy. If you don’t like it as done, shorten the cooking time.
  2. While bacon is in the oven, take a cookie cutter (or use an empty can or small mug) to cut a circle or square from the center of the bread (personally, I like cutting a square). I save the cut out bread in a baggie for either homemade bread crumbs, or a small mid day snack smeared with some peanut butter.
  3. Melt the butter in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. While the butter is melting, crack the eggs into a small cup and break the yolk (you don’t have to break the yolk, I just prefer it that way). Add the slices of bread to the frying pan and pour eggs into the hole (nest); season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 3 minutes or until the bottom is a nice golden brown. Gently flip using a flat spatula and continue to cook for an additional 3 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, the bacon should be done (or close to it). Once the bacon is done, remove it from the oven and place on a paper towel lined plate; carefully throw away foil being careful not to burn yourself on the bacon fat. Chop bacon with a knife or crumble with your fingers.
  5. Remove Birds in a Nest from frying pan and place on rimmed cookie sheet. Evenly sprinkle the cheese and bacon on each slice and place in the warm oven. Please note: Do not turn the oven back on. You just want a little bit of gentle heat to melt the cheese. Once the cheese is melted, remove from oven and serve immediately.

Oh my gosh, these Birds in a Nest are so good. I love the addition of the crumbled bacon on top.

This Birds in a Nest recipe is a fun twist to a traditional breakfast.

As a work at home mom who carries much of the responsibility of the household and keeping things orderly, I guess you could say I’m the CEO of our household. I make sure everyone gets up on time, gets dressed and to work or school on time, makes lunches so that bellies get full, has homework duty each school night, plans and makes dinner…I could go on and on but since you’re a mom (or dad) you know that being the CEO of your household is no easy task.

This Birds in a Nest recipe is a fun twist to a traditional breakfast.

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103 thoughts on “Birds in a Nest with Cheese and Bacon”

  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    You had me at bacon. These sound SO good and I am totally making them over the weekend!

  2. Harriet says:

    I bet that breakfast is a winner with the kids especially!

  3. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says:

    You had me at cheese and bacon. I don’t care what the recipe is, if bacon is involved, it’s a winner.

  4. Jamie H says:

    Cheese and bacon? Yes please! Gonna have to try these!

  5. Jeannette says:

    I had never heard of Birds in a Nest but this totally looks like something my kids would love! I can’t wait to give it a try!

  6. Michele says:

    I have never made bird in a nest and that is probably how I would use the eggs first! Then I would use them to make Matzoh Brie!

  7. Catherine S says:

    This looks and sounds really good. Have done this with eggs before, but the bacon and cheese take it to another level.

  8. Liz Mays says:

    I couldn’t agree with you more about the next level. Cheese and bacon for the win!

  9. Liz Mays says:

    Wow this sounds incredible. I know my boyfriend would love this. It seems easy enough to whip up for breakfast too.

  10. Julie says:

    I’ve never made these for my kids but I bet they would love them! I love making meals with eggs.

  11. Linda says:

    oh yes bacon!! I have never tried these in my life. definitely a new twist to breakfast! I will try them with my kids!

  12. Jess Scull says:

    Birds in a nest was my favorite as a kid – Love the added bacon topping

  13. Stefani Tolson says:

    This looks like an easy and yummy breakfast idea. I think the kids would LOVE it!

  14. Pam says:

    How fun! We make something super similar and call in egg in a hole. Creative, right?

  15. Chrystal @ YUM eating says:

    When I was in Jr. High there was still Home Economics. Birds Nests were one of the first things we learned how to cook. Only, no bacon.

  16. Michelle F. says:

    What a yummy breakfast! I love the addition of the bacon.

  17. Erica (@Erica's Recipes) says:

    Egg-In-A-Hole is just one of the best things, so I can only imagine how great adding cheese and bacon are!

  18. Debbie Denny says:

    I like that. Great breakfast with everything.

  19. Jeanine says:

    Wow. This looks amazing. I Think my oldest would be in heaven with this. He’s a huge bacon fanatic!

  20. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    It has been so long since i made Birds in a nest. This recipe looks so delicious. I will have to try this recipe this weekend. I am sure my family will love it.

  21. shelly peterson says:

    I would make a ham and cheese omelet.

  22. Jenn says:

    My bacon loving kids are going to love this on Saturday morning! We always have a big breakfast on the weekends.

  23. Marcie W. says:

    This looks like the ultimate comfort food and would make an amazing breakfast. I know my kids and my husband would be huge fans!

  24. Melissa says:

    These look easy and delicious. I Want to be the next CEO!

  25. Cinny says:

    Those look nice and easy to make! I’m sure they’d be a hit in our home.

  26. Rosey says:

    This is one of those recipes you see and think, ‘why didn’t I think of that/?’ ? I know my kids would like it, esp. my teen.

  27. Vickie says:

    I would make a ham and cheese omelette.

  28. Sam says:

    we do something like that as well, but with an egg, cheese, and bacon. my son really likes it.

  29. Nina Say says:

    I love how easy it is to make. This is so much better than buying breakfast sandwiches.

  30. Robin Gagnon says:

    I love this nice easy breakfast idea. I just know kids would LOVE it.

  31. Mama to 5 BLessings says:

    Oh my goodness this looks really good! I so need to make this for my family

  32. Avry Byington says:

    Perfect for the kids to grab and head out to the bus stop with! Seriously would be a perfect breakfast for my teenagers on the go!

  33. Ellen ThatChicMom says:

    I have never been a fan of traditional Birds in a Nest but add bacon and cheese and yum. I will have to try these for my kids!

  34. Christie says:

    It’s great that you have family breakfast traditions! Anything with bacon for breakfast works for us too!

  35. Mary Happymommy says:

    I’d make our favorite, scrambled eggs.

  36. GB says:

    I would use them for baking cookies and muffins.

  37. Sheila K. says:

    I would use the eggs to make mushroom and spinach omelets!

  38. Shannon Schmid says:

    I think I would use Egglands to make a Fritatta! I love how fancy they look but how easy they are to do!

  39. Julie Wood says:

    I would use these eggs to make my Bacon, cheese and mushroom frittata!

  40. Chrysa says:

    I can’t pass up the combo of cheese and bacon!! This looks so yummy and easy to make too!

  41. Tracey says:

    This looks so delicious and easy! I will be making this tomorrow!

  42. Kecia says:

    What a neat idea for a spring breakfast — or anytime really. We have bacon, eggs, and toast often here. This would be a refreshing way to eat the same foods.

  43. Donna L says:

    I would make deviled eggs and egg salad.

  44. Debra says:

    These sound so amazing! Delicious!

  45. Debi @ Life Currents says:

    My mom made these when I was a kid. Love them. Thanks for the giveaway. We have eggs as a special weekend breakfast, so I hope I win!

  46. Ora Lee Gurr says:

    I am always looking for yummy-sounding breakfast ides for when family and company visit. I’m going to make Birds in a Nest with Cheese and Bacon for Easter, and practice a few times in-between.

  47. Elena says:

    I would make smoked salmon omelet

  48. Rosie says:

    Your recipe sounds great – I’d like to try it! I love making homemade pudding with lots of eggs, Egglands are soo good the freshness makes a big difference, also use the best quality milk and vanilla – yum!

  49. Scott says:

    I had totally forgotten about making eggs this way! I used to do it all the time, but haven’t in years and years. Will have to do it again this weekend!

  50. Sarah Hall says:

    I would make a quiche with the eggs.

  51. Evie B. says:

    I would have them scrambled for breakfast.

  52. Lynsey @MoscatoMom says:

    Ohhh I bet you could sweeten it up too and do like nutmeg and cinnamon in the egg… kinda like a French “nest”!!

  53. Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says:

    Mmm this looks awesome! We used Eggland’s Best eggs a lot when the kids were little.

  54. CR Williams says:

    I would use it to make eggs over easy.

  55. Stephanie @ Diary of a Debutante says:

    YUMMMM. Making this tomorrow! xo,
    Diary of a Debutante

  56. Jennifer Marie says:

    I would make yummy french toast for the family.

  57. Natalie says:

    I would use eggland’s best eggs to make a veggie cheesy omelet.

  58. HS says:

    I will use Eggland’s Best eggs to make asparagus bacon quiche.

  59. Ashley says:

    What a yummy breakfast. I love anything that involved bacon for breakfast – or any meal for that matter. lol

  60. Emily Smith says:

    I would make an omelette with bacon, sausage, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheddar jack cheese.

  61. Dawn Monroe says:

    My family loves birds in a nest but Im not sure why I never thought to add bacon and cheese. Those are two of my favorite things! We also call it bird in a basket. I would make some egg salad or deviled eggs.

  62. Kelly D says:

    I would make egg salad sandwiches.

  63. Elle P. says:

    I would use them to make breakfast.

  64. steve weber says:

    I would make a delicious egg salad.

  65. Laura J says:

    I would love to make Chicken Fried Rice….we always add scrambled eggs…so good! One of our favorites!

  66. shaunie says:

    I would use them for devilled eggs and easter egg hunt

  67. Teresa Moore says:

    I would scrambled them with some turkey sausage!

  68. Stephanie says:

    bacon and chesse sound good

  69. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Wow, these look so darn delish! We love Eggland’s Best Eggs here too!

  70. Bridgett Wilbur says:

    My kids just love scrambled eggs so I would probably do that with them, but my hubby loves omlets.

  71. Tina W says:

    I would make Spaghetti Carbonara

  72. Caitlin says:

    YUM! This looks like my kind of recipe!

  73. Lauren says:

    I would make egg salad sandwiches.

  74. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I would make deviled eggs.

  75. Laura says:

    I would use Eggland’s Best eggs to make some breakfast ?

  76. laurie murley says:

    I would eat them and use them in my cooking

  77. Rachel says:

    I would use Eggland’s Best to make omelets on a Saturday morning for my family.

  78. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Would Use Eggland’s Best Eggs To Make Breakfast Burritos

  79. Cynthia R says:

    I would use eggland’s eggs to make breakfast omelets and quiches.

  80. Joyce Brewer (@MommyTalkShow) says:

    Looks yummy. I could eat this on the go after the gym!

  81. Birdiebee says:

    I would make my favorite Chili Relleno Casserole.

  82. Brenda Haines says:

    Lots of deviled eggs!! I’m an addict ?

  83. Thomas Murphy says:

    I would make a bacon and cheese omelet.

  84. Valerie Remy-Milora says:

    My hubby would LOVE this for breakfast! He works ski patrol on weekends and needs a hardy tasty meal that will keep him going ?

  85. Emerald says:

    I think a better name for this would be “Awesome in a Pan”. That looks seriously delicious. I can’t wait to make this for my family.

  86. deb says:

    This looks like a great breakfast idea. Looking forward to making it for the family.

  87. Betsy Segars says:

    Anything with bacon is A-OKAY in my book! I’ve never heard of Birds in a nest. I’ll have to try these this weekend!

  88. mary says:

    Well I just love this. Bacon – yes please! Cheese – yes please! Add them together with bread and eggs and yummy! I’m going to try this on Saturday with the kids

  89. Michelle F says:

    That looks so good. I have had birds in a nest but never with bacon. What a great idea.

  90. That looks so yummy. Gotta try it.

  91. Toni | Boulder Locavore says:

    I have not heard of this dish but it sure looks good! Bacon is so good and goes with everything.

  92. Michele says:

    I generally eat my eggs scrambled if I a making them myself. I actually like them over easy as well so I would probably love this recipe. Now if I could only master the “flip it over part”!!

  93. Alicia says:

    Anything with bacon is awesome with me! This looks so good.

  94. Jaclyn Anne says:

    Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and eggs just might be my favorite food. This recipe sounds amazing! Thank you!

  95. Shell says:

    My kids love anything with bacon. I’ll have to make this one day soon!

  96. Jeanine says:

    Oh goodness. These look so good. I love bacon, and am always looking for new ways to eat them! These look so great.

  97. Patty says:

    This is a go-to comfort dish for me but I’ve always called it toad in a hole. Why that I have no idea. I love the addition of bacon and cheese ’cause everything’s better with bacon!

  98. Kiwi says:

    I never made Birds in a Nest before. This is a different way to eat your toast for breakfast!

  99. Toni says:

    We have used Eggland’s Best eggs. This is a great breakfast and it’s so easy, that’s a plus for busy mornings.

  100. Jasmine says:

    Yum!! This looks amazing

  101. Nicole Escat says:

    Yummy! Craving Satisfied! This would be perfect for our date with my hubby this coming Valentine’s Day.

  102. Christie says:

    I’ve actually never heard of the recipe being called birds in a nest before. Perfect idea for a quick meal, love the added protein!

  103. Tracey says:

    This is such a neat idea. I have never heard of this before but it looks amazing.

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