Mini Ham and Egg Cups

Science has been telling us for years (ya know, because me and science are tight) how important it is to eat a good breakfast in the morning, but for a lot of people that’s difficult for a number of reasons. A major one being that you just don’t have the time, period.

When I was pregnant with my first baby, my doctor told me in order to curb the rapid weigh-gain I was experiencing, I needed to replace my standard breakfast of fruit and yogurt (I was trying to be so good!), with something protein-rich likes eggs and bacon or sausage. Seriously? (I think that was actually my exact response) While I really didn’t mind cooking in the mornings, I was working full-time at a job that required me to wake up at an insane hour (4:30am!) and there was noooo way I was going to be whipping up an omelet before heading out the door. I needed something I could grab and go, and then heat up like 4 or 5 hours later when the normal people of the world were eating breakfast. I toyed around with breakfast casseroles that I could cut up and freeze, but those were far from healthy. So I came up with a little egg/cheese/veggie mixture that I baked in muffin tins. It was lean, protein rich, and included some vegetables which I otherwise wouldn’t be eating in the morning hours. It worked so great. I just kept them in a container in my fridge, or even froze them, and grabbed one as I headed out the door. These are great for kids in the mornings, or to take to work, or just to have at home for breakfast or a healthy snack.  And my new favorite variation is to bake them in a little ham cup instead of a cupcake liner. It adds protein, flavor, and heck it just looks fun.
This is the combo I’ve been making lately, but these are so flexible. You can switch up everything. I really love them with bacon (isn’t everything better with bacon?), and they’re awesome with red peppers, green chilis, and pepper jack cheese. Play around with everything from the cheese to the add-ins to the egg-ratio, and find a combo you like. If you come up with a good one, come back and share!

Let’s cook:

Couldn’t be easier.  Just combine all the ingredients and whisk together.  I’ve found that even with greased, these stick horribly to the muffin pan so I like to use foil liners.  You’ll need to remember to take them out of the liners before re-heating, but they work well for baking.

Or as I mentioned, in place of a liner you can use a piece of thinly sliced ham.  Even just the cheap stuff from the lunch meat section works great.  Just stuff it in the muffin tin and create a little bowl and then fill it with egg mixture. 
Bake them until they puff up nicely and are just barely set on top.  Overcooked eggs are spongy and gross, so don’t go crazy and let them cook too long.
As soon as they’re cool enough to handle, pop them out of the tin and eat!  Or you can let cool completely to room temp and freeze and just reheat one at a time in the microwave.  Store leftovers in the fridge.


  1. YUM!!! I have the hardest time fitting breakfast in because of early morning classes. I usually just eat when I get home. These might change that- they sound wonderful!

  2. I’ve made a variation of these before and loved them but your recipe sounds so much easier and healthy. I’ll be trying them very soon as I’ve had about enough of the cold cereal monotony.

  3. My weight loss program consists of a high protein low carb diet and I’m SO excited to try these. I’m not sure my kids will eat ’em up like my hubby and I will but it’s sure worth a shot. Thank you!

  4. Those look so yummy! I’ve done something similar, except I don’t put them in any kind of liner so I can pop it right into the microwave. But I suppose I could just peel back the liner first, huh? I’ll have to make some more…yummm…

  5. Kate- I’ve done them without liners too, but even with a good spray the pan is always a beast to clean, so that’s why I always use liners!

  6. I’m making these tonight for dinner. I love breakfast for dinner!! You girls have the best recipes, I always know recipes I get from here will be tasty (no pressure, right?!)

  7. I just had my second baby and it is hard to find time to eat, especially in the morning. I think I will whip up a batch of these and hopefully my toddler will like to eat these too.

  8. I eat eggs pretty much every single day, but only because I’m diabetic and anything else does bad things to my blood sugar. If I could eat what I wanted, there’d be a lot more oatmeal, french toast, pancakes, and such in my mornings.

  9. Crystal-

    I bet fresh spinach is just fine. I always mean to try it, and then I don’t have any when I decide to make them! You may get some excess moisture from fresh spinach, so that would be the only thing, but my guess is that it’s just fine. I add fresh spinach to regular eggs all the time. If you try it, come back and let us know how it goes!

  10. Yummy! What I really want to know though, is how do you have such a clean muffin pan? I have been pondering how my muffin pan is so yucky and wondering if there is a secret pan to buy???

  11. Crystal, I would probably saute the spinach first, just in a little non-stick cooking spray; that way, you could squeeze out any excess moisture.

  12. I am not a huge egg fan, but these turned out delicious… I made adjustments to the ingredients with things I love… adding oregeno, garlic salt, mushrooms and canadian bacon… I'm excited for breakfast this week, but they might not last the night.

  13. I'm supposed to bring the "protein" dish to a baby shower brunch I'm going to on Saturday. Would these be pretty enough to bring? I like that they are easier to serve than slicing up a quiche. What do you think?

  14. My sister is going to make these for a baby shower tomorrow and we were trying to figure out the egg combo. Do you need 4 eggs OR 1/4 egg substitute? I've never cooked with egg substitute but they seem to be the same.

  15. Amanda, you'll see I noted the measurement equivalent if you're going to use egg substitute. 1/4 C egg substitute = 1 egg. In the recipe as written, I used a combo of both whole eggs (4) and egg substitute (1 C). So that equals 8 eggs total for the recipe. Does that make sense? If I were making these for a baby shower I would use all whole eggs (8 of them) because I think they'll taste best that way 🙂

  16. these are FABU. i tried them today– sauteed red peppers, onions, zucchini, and broccoli first and let it cool, then stirred it into the egg/egg substitute mixture with the spinach and some feta cheese. i didn't have any cottage cheese, so i left that out… i'm so excited to try them reheated– I LOVE YOUR SITE!!!!

  17. These are delicious! However, when I gave my mother the recipe, she apparently didn't read the part about NOT using the foil cups for baking and can't get the egg remnants out of her muffin pan. Any suggestions?

  18. I baked these in silicone muffin tins (without greasing the pans, without using the metallic liners, or using ham)…..they turned out PERFECT! Didn't stick AT ALL. Just thought I'd share that. 🙂 Thanks for so much for this recipe! My family took them on a trip to Branson and had them for breakfast for as long as they lasted. Definitely something I'll make again for road trips.

  19. I baked these and they were delicious! But, I used the foil liners for the muffin tins and they came with the paper liner attached inside?? I used it as is, because that's how it came, but when they were baked and we ate them, the food stuck really bad to the paper part, even though I had sprayed it. Any suggestions? Should I separate the paper from foil? Why is it packaged like that if it's not supposed to be there?

  20. I followed links from your post at Make It & Love It… thank you for sharing this recipe! I'm in desperate need of some more quick and easy breakfasts I can make ahead and freeze, then grab as I'm heading out the door to daycare drop-offs and work. This looks perfect!

  21. The recipe actually says “1/4 egg substitute = 1 whole egg,” so you may want to revise that to “1/4 Cup egg substitute.”

  22. I’m making these for a friend’s bridal shower on Saturday and just had a quick question about ‘making ahead’. Would it be alright if I mixed these up on Friday and put the egg goo in the fridge and bake them on Saturday? I don’t want to wake up at the crack of dawn if I don’t have to 😉

    1. Yep- that will work great; just don’t pour the egg mixture in the muffin cups until right before baking (just store the mix in a container.)

  23. I know this recipe is pretty old, but I just made these and I love them! My 2 year old and I go for a walk every morning as soon as he wakes up, before it gets too hot, and this is the perfect hand-held breakfast for him to eat in the stroller. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. THANK YOU for this recipe! I too am pregnant and need to eat a high protein, low carb diet, which is difficult on work mornings. I have tried making these w/ a different recipe with terrible results- rubbery, overcooked eggs. I compared the 2 recipe and your cook times (baking and microwave) were significantly less. I just made these yesterday and enjoyed them today- they were GREAT! Thank you for an easy, inexpensive, healthy breakfast! I filled mine with sausage, red bell pepper, green onion and cheddar cheese- yum

  25. Thank you, these are perfect for my low-carb diet! My husband really like them too and they were easy for him to grab and eat as he went out the door to work. I made these two weeks ago and didn’t have red peppers and made some with ham cups and some without. I loved them both, but hubby preferred ham on the bottom. Today I didn’t have breakfast meat but roasted my own peppers (thanks for the tutorial!). They were just as tasty to me!!! I plan to make several batches to put in the freezer for busy mornings. Thanks for the great recipe!!!

  26. these look delicious! we’ve been looking for an on the go healthy breakfast option and i think these will be it! thanks!

  27. I know this post is over two years old, but it’s still awesome! I am the kind of person who has to eat breakfast and if I don’t have something quick I’ll end up eating anything – Normally McDonald’s or something equally fattening. I’m going to try these out! They sound great! 🙂

  28. I just made and served these for Easter breakfast. They were a huge hit, although they did earn the nickname “Ham Cupcakes”!

  29. I love the ham cup idea!! Ive made these in the past and they do stick horribly to the pan no matter how much pam i used!! I usually made mine with broccoli, green peppers, onion and chopped up canadian bacon!! They are co yummy and filling!! oh, and I would eat mine with a little red taco sauce on the side to give it a little kick!!

  30. I know this post is a few years old, but I always have trouble with it. What sor of ham do you use that doesn’t break or split, that fits so nicely in the tin wells, and doesn’t do foldy-floppy things that take up the whole well and make it impossible to fill without spilling into the tin???
    Thank you for your advice!

  31. I like to make these in the foil cups, but instead of finely diced ham, canadian bacon, or crumbled bacon I like to use extra lean crumbled ground beef(cooked)and can diced green chilies instead of Bell Peppers( not a fan of bell family), but for Easter I’ll do the Ham cups. Has anyone try some mushrooms?

  32. How long have you left these in the freezer? And how many days do leave them in the fridge. I am going to spend my two off days making freezer meals. Im always scared of spoiled food!

  33. Made these this morning with fresh spinach, bell pepper, green onions, and Canadian bacon. So yummy. I also made these in silicone cupcake liners and they plopped out perfectly no sticking at all.

  34. Question – I’m hoping to make these for a family reunion. Would it work to make the egg mixture with fresh veggies (I like making these with green onions, red peppers, and yellow peppers) at night and then bake them in the morning? Thanks!

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