Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe

These Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins are savory muffins with a touch of spice that are perfect for breakfast, but also for brunch or as a side with chili or stew.

Ham Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe

For many years, breakfast on the go, or (I’m sad to admit) no breakfast at all, was how I rolled. Whether I was running to school or work, I could hardly get my act together enough to get a real breakfast. Not good at all. These Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins would have been perfect back then, and they certainly would have encouraged me to pay more attention to having breakfast.

It’s the perfect savory breakfast muffin to grab for on the go. And they’re not just great for breakfast. Add them to a brunch menu, or try them as a substitute for cornbread to accompany a hot bowl of chili too. YUM!

Ham Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe Ham Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe

A savory with a tad bit of spicy cayenne pepper make these Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins a warm welcome to the day. These muffins are easy and can be made ahead the day before they are needed, then rewarmed before serving. Serve with butter or a drizzling of honey for a delicious savory sweet bite.


Ham Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe

Ham and Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe
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Serves: Makes 18.
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (or substitute all-purpose flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1⅔ cup milk (buttermilk may be substituted)
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 8 ounces ham, diced (about 1⅓ cup diced)
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese (or monterey jack, provolone, or havarti), shredded (about 1½ cups shredded)
  1. Preheat oven to 350-degrees F.
  2. Prepare a muffin pan for 18 muffins with cooking spray or grease with butter.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, ground black pepper. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, eggs, and oil.
  5. Add wet ingredients into dry and mix until just combined. Do not over mix.
  6. Stir in ham, and cheese until just incorporated.
  7. Distribute batter evenly into 18 muffin cups, and bake at 350-degrees F for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.

Ham Cheese Breakfast Muffins Recipe

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  1. 3

    Mary Beth says

    I would love to make these, but am having a problem with the recipe….Recipe says to use 1 2/3 C milk and directions say buttermilk. Which one do I use? Thanks for your help. :)

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    WendyM says

    The recipe currently says “milk” in the ingredients and “buttermilk” in the directions. Did you use buttermilk?

  3. 13

    Renee @ Awesome on $20 says

    I would love to slather about five of these in honey butter and stuff my face.

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    Kim Beaulieu says

    Amy I just love this recipe. So many people do quiche with leftover ham. This is just so much cooler. Easy to eat on the way out the door too. Just love these.

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    Rosemary Meyer says

    I always have pieces of ham left over and always cheese on hand Thanks for sharing I am fixing for breakfast when company comes as you never know what or how much to fix, this will fill all up, and breakfast too !!

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    Pamela says

    Great website you have and love the concept of these muffins but when I made them they were WAY too salty, Was your measurement correct? I would omit most of that salt – the ham and cheese are already salty – and maybe even add a hint of honey or maple syrup. Sorry. :(

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    Laura says

    These are amazing! I made them last night and I had batter left over so I put it in a loaf pan and make a loaf with it. SO good!!

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    Dee says

    Hi! Is the ham cooked? I would use a non-ham alternative, so could I use like a turkey ham or turkey sausage cooked?

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    nikki says

    love these muffins taste great.I added sweet corn the second time i made it came out amazing so yummy..u guys should try it with sweet corn

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