Tasty Bagel Sandwich Ideas

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Homemade bagels with salmon
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There's no wrong time to eat a bagel. With brunch and linner growing in popularity, bagels aren't just the cream cheese sandwiches you eat on your way to work anymore. Elaborate recipes keep popping up, offering everything from vegan and vegetarian fillings to bacon-loaded omnivore alternatives.

If you're having an early dinner, have last-minute guests, or are eating solo and want something that soothes your hunger, a bagel is a good option. Check out this collection of recipes for some yummy ideas on ways to dress up your basic bagel to eat no matter what time of the day it is.

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    Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese, and Capers Bagel

    Open faced smoked salmon bagel recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Breakfast, brunch, or parties, this open-faced smoked salmon, cheese, and capers bagel is so easy to put together. Slather the cream cheese on each half of the bagel, sprinkle on some capers, if using, then top with smoked salmon, sliced onions, and a few more capers. Have some lemon wedges available for those guests who like to squeeze some of this tart juice on their salmon. 

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    Steak, Egg, and Cheese Bagel

    steak egg and cheese bagel

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Get ready for breakfast time to enjoy this delicious steak, egg, and cheese bagel! You might find this similar to the one McDonald's makes, but this homemade breakfast bagel sandwich is available right in your own kitchen. Of course, you have to make it, but you can jazz it up with whatever additional ingredients you'd like. We use shaved steak, American cheese and turn the eggs into an omelet, add a little seasonings and spices and it's ready to be eaten.

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    Best Ever Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich

    The Best Ever Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich Recipe
    Grilled Cheese Social

    Grilled asparagus, pickled red onions, scrambled eggs, cheese, fresh dill, and smoked salmon make up this bagel sandwich. A toasted everything bagel is used, and the ingredients are piled on this scrumptious round bread. Switch it up and use cucumbers instead of asparagus or sliced red onion that hasn't been pickled, if you prefer. While this makes one sandwich, be prepared to make another one (or two) if there's anyone else in the house!