Homemade McDonald’s McGriddles

Mcdonalds Mcgriddle

Definitely LOOKS better than the original…

Friends, you have my friend Jessie to thank for the business I’m about to lay down on you. While Jessie is very health-conscious and loves to cook and eat good, wholesome things and likes vegetables and all that jazz, Jessie also, wonderfully, is not afraid to love the holy living caca out of some junky fast food crap.

The other day she was over and started crooning over McDonald’s McGriddles sandwiches. In my life, I had never had a McGriddle so obviously she described it for me: fluffy pancakes with maple syrup droplets suspended inside; scramble egg omelet thing blanketed in American cheese; and your choice of McDonald’s signature skinny-yet-greasy sausage patty or bacon-that’s-not-quite-crispy-but-still-good.


I remembered seeing a video a few years ago, maybe right when the McGriddle was first introduced, a very factory video, ladies in hairnets and conveyor belts moving pancakes around, and they said something about the “secret” being the maple crystals. Since I am still riding high on my maple syrup care package, I figured what the heck, I can spend a little syrup to make maple crystals.

You’re gonna need a half cup of grade A dark amber maple syrup. That’s what I used because that’s what I have, and then I came across a very scientific-seeming article about syrup and it said that grade B doesn’t work out so well for making crystals and so … I guess I got lucky.

I know it seems like a lot of maple syrup to potentially ruin by fire but when it works, you’re left with these glass-like bits of maple sugar, dark as beautiful brown ale, and tasting like toasted maple syrup. The half-cup will give you much more maple sugar than you need for the McGriddles, but you can also add it to other baked goods for an easy hint of maple.

Store leftover maple crystals in an airtight jar in the fridge for, like, ever. Definitely I want to try adding some to my next batch of gingerbread and just imagine some maple crystals kneaded into sweet biscuit dough for strawberry shortcake! Can you say “Hilah is a genius”? Thanks!

Mcgriddles sandwich

Open, Sesame!

One other word of warning and I’ll get on with it. Don’t try to cook your pancakes, bacon, and eggs all at the same time unless you’re some kind of magician. It’s very stressful to watch so many things at once when they are all begging for your immediate attention. I found that if I cook the bacon ahead of time and keep it warm that saves sanity.

Another thing is the eggs. McD uses a scrambled egg omelet thing. I fried my eggs. Either way you want to do it, but save the eggs for last. As you make the pancakes, stick them in a warm oven with the bacon until they’re all cooked, then cook your eggs real fast and assemble the McGriddles.

Phew. I got stressed out just writing all that.


Homemade McDonald\’s McGriddles

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  • Author: Hilah Johnson
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 batch of pancake batter
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked and cut in half (or 4 cooked pork sausage patties)
  • 4 slices American cheese


  1. Before you start the maple sugar, line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silpat if you have one. Set aside.
  2. Pour the syrup in a small pot and put over medium heat. Bring to boil, stirring frequently. Once it starts to boil heavily, make sure you keep stirring to keep it from attaching to the pot.
  3. After a minute, check the temperature if you have a thermometer. When the syrup reaches about 230ºF it will begin to “calm down” and be less frighteningly lava-like. You should notice it get slightly darker, as well.
  4. Two-three minutes later: Once it’s gotten quite dark and just when you notice a twinge of caramel-smell, remove from heat. At that point it should be 265ºF on a thermometer.
  5. Pour the maple syrup out onto your lined baking sheet and spread thinly. DO NOT TOUCH IT. It’s hot as molten lead (almost). Let cool. Pop it in the fridge if you’re in a hurry. Once cool, you can peel it off the paper in chunks and break it up by smashing it in some fashion.
  6. Phew. That’s done. Now on to the pancakes. Make a single batch of my pancake recipe, or any recipe that will yield 8 4″ pancakes.
  7. If you’re using round molds for your pancakes, grease the insides with a little butter. Heat your griddle over medium heat until hot. Smear some butter around on it and place as many pancake molds as you can on the griddle.
  8. Pour 2 tablespoons batter into each one, top with several maple crystals, pour 2 more tablespoons on top of that. The idea is to sandwich the crystals within the pancakes do avoid maple sugar sticking all over your griddle and being a pain.
  9. Cook until bubbles appear around the edges AND the edges of the cakes look cooked. Remove the rings with tongs and flip the cakes. Cook another 1-2 minutes until done.
  10. Top with a slice of cheese, scrambled or fried egg, bacon or sausage, and another pancake.
  11. Eat right away! Or cool and freeze for a rainy day.

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Sadly, despite what I expected, when I plugged this into a calorie counter, it’s not much better than McD’s version. Calories and fat are about the same, though this has about 200 grams less sodium.

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  1. Mel on May 29, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    You have no idea how seriously and deliriously happy you just made me!

    • Hilah on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      YAY! Post pics when you make them, Mel! 🙂

  2. Great Stone Face on May 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    A question raised by some of your YouTube commenters occurred to me. How are maple crystals different from real maple sugar, other than the size of the granules? Wouldn’t it be simpler to use maple sugar, as I did when I made the Hilah Cooking skillet cornbread recipe.

    • Hilah on May 29, 2013 at 5:50 pm

      Hi GSF! Yes, maple suagar I’m pretty sure is just granulated maple crystals. No super big difference in taste I imagine, but I do like the chunks of melty maple syrup that the larger crystals provide.

      • Mom25munchkins on August 3, 2013 at 4:53 pm

        You can buy coarse Maple sugar crystals.:)

        • Hilah on August 4, 2013 at 9:05 pm

          Great! Thank you!

      • Kat on September 3, 2015 at 10:02 pm

        Do the maple chunk thingies melt? No matter if it’s the homemade or store bought crystals will they be like the little syrup pockets in MickyD’s McGriddles? Because you have made me McHungry.

        • Hilah on September 4, 2015 at 5:36 pm

          The homemade ones do, I don’t know if maple flavored baking chunks do.

    • Juan Maciel on October 20, 2021 at 10:05 am

      Thank you so much my kids will love this recipe

  3. Rich D on May 31, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Too much work!! Here’s how I’ve been doing it for a couple of years:
    1. When you make pancakes, make a few for leftovers (always an even number).
    2. Next day, heat frozen turkey sausage patties in microwave, degrease, remove to warming plate and brush on maple syrup. Reheat leftover pancakes (microwave) then brush on syrup, one side only, place on warming plate. Cook an egg for each sandwich. Assemble sandwich with a slice of cheese. Zap one more time to melt cheese. Delish…total time maybe 10 minutes.

    • Hilah on June 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Thanks, Rich!
      This is a great tip, especially since I ALWAYS have pancakes left over when I make a batch. Great idea.

    • Susan on December 1, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      I like your idea! Had been thinking this could work, myself…THX for posting!

  4. Arthur in the Garden on June 3, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Target has a little machine to make these.

  5. Lucinda on June 3, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    Thankie muchly! I have played with my own version, just using maple syrup as a condiment, but I like your chip idea much better! ♥

    • Hilah on June 4, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      Hope you give it a shot, Lucinda!

  6. Arlene Halpen on June 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    snoopy39: At bkf. time i get that craving for those MCGriddlers they are so good So now thanks to you sharing that copy Cat recipe. I am going to make my craving go away. Have to get those Rings ASAP.Just found your website it is so beautiful.Love to get more acquainted. Arlene

    • Hilah on June 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

      Hi Arlene!
      Hope these satisfy your need for McD! Thanks for writing. 🙂

    • Sharmaeb on March 30, 2017 at 11:00 am

      To make all my pancakes and eggs the same size I use large mouth jar rings just spray and every thing slides out easily

  7. Terri on July 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Hi Hilah! Lovin’ the maple syrup gig!

    My version of the McGriddle involved waffles (frozen & round), and my boys favorite pancake syrup.

    *Toast your waffles. Butter one, and ‘syrup’ the other (this also helps soften them a tad if you over-toast),
    *Stack your egg (any style),
    *Add sausage or bacon (I usually cut the cooked patty in half so that it covered more area- cuz those waffles are biggish!) ,
    *Add cheese (one son liked sharp cheddar, and the other liked American- go figure).
    *Nuke a few sec’s for melty cheese if desired… Viola!

    Of course this got easier as precooked sausage and bacon rolled onto the scene. Either way it was easy and filling once you got the rhythm/methodology down.


    • Hilah on July 8, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      Hi Terri!
      This is a great idea for a quick, portable breakfast! And now I want waffles. 😉

  8. Chris on July 27, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Hello, I tried this this morning. It was delicious. Only thing is that I could not get the syrup to get hard enough. Can you overcook the syrup? I am thinking I didn’t cook it long enough. I don’t have a thermometer so was trying to do it by sight and smell. I had a boiling for quite some time but maybe not long enough? Thank you very much great recipe.

    • Hilah on July 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Hi Chris!
      The only times I’ve heard of people having trouble with the maple crystals is when they didn’t use pure maple syrup. Make sure the label says only maple syrup on the ingredients. If it was 100% maple, then, yes, cook it a little longer next time. It’s hard to tell exactly without a thermometer, but it will start to really smell caramelly when it’s ready. Glad you liked it, even if it didn’t work out exactly. 🙂

      • Megan on January 21, 2016 at 7:35 pm

        Aunt Jemima’s syrup works as well, I just made this with that brand and it was amazing!

        • Hilah on January 22, 2016 at 3:42 pm

          Did you make maple crystals from it? I have had a couple other people try it with that and it didn’t work.

    • Carolyn on December 15, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      How would you prepare these in advance and reheat for 14 people?

      • Hilah on December 16, 2019 at 8:53 am

        I *think* it would work fine to make the pancakes, cool and freeze them. Reheat in the toaster or on a baking sheet in the oven. You could also cook the bacon in advance (oven bacon method) and reheat it in the oven. I’d make the eggs fresh, though.

  9. Chris on August 10, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    OK, tried the syrup again. It was grade A, just didn’t cook long enough. FYI, I put it on and kinda forgot about it….

    • Hilah on August 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

      Great! Thank you for following up, Chris!

  10. Lynn on August 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Love this recipe; was wondering what the round molds (SP?) are called and where can I find them open at both ends. Can find lots for baking but none for frying. Thanks again for the great recipe.

    • Hilah on August 20, 2013 at 10:05 am

      Hey Lynn! I used English muffin molds, which are similar to crumpet molds. I’ve heard people used Mason jar rings, too. Hope that helps!

      • Tiffany on November 27, 2021 at 11:27 pm

        Can you make your own round mold ? Or do I have to buy one?

    • Mandy on April 6, 2020 at 8:20 am

      I have round silicone molds, searched amazon for egg molds and it gave me a list of options, they work great but you have to make sure you butter or spray them. The one positive to the silicone is they don’t get hot so you can reuse them as soon as you finish and not worry about hot fingers and they have a little handle to use so your fingers don’t get close to the pan (as basic as it looks I actually use it to assist in the flip lol), otherwise I would probably get the same results from a mason jar lid or other household item if you don’t want to spen the money. My family has chickens and the kids love different forms of egg sandwiches, so I felt it was worth the 10-15 dollars.

  11. Jordan Anthony on September 24, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    This is going to be a stupid question. Anyway, I was just wondering how you cook bacon? Like without using a microwave. Remember, judgement free zone here.

    • Hilah on September 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

      No judgement here, Jordan!

      Lay the bacon strips in a single layer in a big heavy skillet or griddle. Turn the heat to medium and let them cook for maybe 5 minutes until they start to curl up around the edges. Flip and cook another 5 minutes. Keep flipping them to keep them cooking evenly until they are as crispy as you like them.
      Starting the bacon in the cold pan and letting it all heat up together keeps it flat, and that’s really the only trick!

      Also, though I tell people medium, I usually cook mine over medium-high and just keep a watchful eye over it. Your risk of burning it is higher obviously with a higher heat, but I am impatient and choose to take that chance. 🙂

    • Donna on August 21, 2015 at 2:32 pm

      Another bacon cooking idea: I bake my bacon!! Turn oven to 350. Place bacon on cookie sheet (with or without foil) cook for 15ish minutes. No need to flip bacon.

      Different brands (Hunter vs Oscar) or types (regular vs Maple) cook differently.

      Bacon comes out nice and flat. 🙂 On your first batch check frequently so you don’t burn it. It comes out perfect every time.

      • Tiffany Hoskinson on February 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm

        I second that. I always bake mine now. My oven takes more like 20 minutes. Less mess, prettier bacon and more time efficient (I can do something else at the stove while it’s cooking.)

      • Rich I on November 12, 2019 at 2:57 am

        I like to make my bacon in the oven using a broiler pan. That way the bacon doesn’t actually cook in the grease.

  12. Kara on February 8, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I definitely want to try making these, but I think I will use turkey sausage instead of bacon. Where are the response videos found? Thanks!

    • Hilah on February 8, 2014 at 10:54 am

      That will be great, Kara!
      And doh! I totally should have put the response vids on here. I added the ones I could find, since YT took away the response vid option. They’re cute!

  13. Dee on February 13, 2014 at 7:52 am

    Hi there! Loved your video since I love McGriddles but only eat them once or twice a year. I have one question, I apologize in advance if you’ve already answered it (I quickly looked through the comments and didn’t see this question), anywho, how would you store the maple crystals if some are leftover? As you know, 100% pure organic syrup is pretty expensive so I be in physical pain if I had to throw it in the trash. LOL Thank you!

    • Hilah on February 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Dee!
      Great question! I store mine in the fridge in a mason jar. You probably could store them in the pantry, but like you, I am scared to try! They do get a little clumpy after a time, but just whack the jar a couple times and they should break up.

  14. Rebecca on March 15, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    If I make the maple crystals and don’t use them all…. Can I save for another time? How long will they last and how do I store them?

  15. Rebecca on March 15, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    Funny! I should have looked at the answer to the very last question!!! OOPS, Sorry!

    • Hilah on March 17, 2014 at 8:36 am

      No problem, Rebecca! I should add that info to the original post, anyway! 🙂

  16. LaDena on March 23, 2014 at 7:34 am

    Thanks so much I have been having a hard time finding things my tween will eat. She loves mcgriddles, so it will be get making this at home!

    • Hilah on March 23, 2014 at 8:19 am

      Oh perfect! Enjoy, LaDena!

  17. kira123 on May 3, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for this recipe.. I haven’t made it yet but I intend to. I am 16 and love trying new things to make and this recipe is easy and simple and well explained.. thanks again!!! ☺❇

    • Hilah on May 3, 2014 at 8:53 am

      That’s great, Kira! Send me a picture when you make it! 🙂

  18. BillPVE on May 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    Hi Hilah ! Made these on Saturday mornin’ for my wife, she Loved Them !!
    Thanks for the enlightenment !

    • Hilah on May 28, 2014 at 8:45 am

      Hooray! What a nice husband you are, Bill. 🙂

  19. doc on June 3, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    just made it amazing. i used to much syrup hope it last 4 ever but it was great. thank you will make more this weekend. didnt take long and that pot i used how do u clean it.

    • Hilah on June 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      Hey Doc!
      Leftover syrup crystals will last a long time in the fridge. And the pot will come clean if you just soak it overnight filled with water.
      Glad you liked the McGriddles recipe!

  20. Alexander on August 2, 2014 at 4:26 am

    This is probably the best thing I have ever seen in my life ( okay, so I’m exaggerating, but still.) I am absolutly adeicted to McGriddles, but I am 16 and without a car, sooooo, you have just made mornings super awsome! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hilah on August 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

      I’m so excited that you made these, Alexander! 🙂

  21. Rene on August 26, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    Here is a link to a device that makes the McGriddle faster and maintain it’s perfect circular shape: http://www.hamiltonbeach.com/breakfast-breakfast-sandwich-maker-25475.html

    P.S. All you guys are awesome including you Hilah (Love your sense of humor)

  22. Rene Plymouth on August 26, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    …You might have to pre-cook the pancake buns before you put them into the sandwich maker though.

  23. Amy Harward on October 7, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Hi, Hilah! I don’t have a silicon mat or any parchment paper on hand. Is there something else I can use to line my baking sheet with? Maybe tin foil?

    • Hilah on October 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      Foil should work fine, I think, Amy!

  24. MISSI on October 11, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I just wanted to say than you for this recipe. I had a lot of fun making it for my dads birthday. I did try to follow the instructions, but after 10 minutes I still could not get the temp high enough for the syrup, so the first attempt was a failure, good thing I had more syrup. The second time I got it, and I sprayed some olive oil on a cookie sheet and that worked great, as it slid right off and was easy to break up. I will need to get the forms I think if I am to attempt this again, as the pancakes ended up being huge, you should have seen these massive McGriddles. Anyways, Thanks again, and sorry I didn’t get pictures, as we were all too busy stuffing our faces 🙂

    • Hilah on October 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks for the update, Missi! So glad y’all enjoyed them 🙂

  25. Terri on October 14, 2014 at 10:31 am


  26. Bob Z on October 16, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Hilah: I have all the stuff for this but am kinda wondering about those maple syrup candies you see in whole foods in shape of maple leafs. (Growing up back east saw lots of these). Im going to try breaking up one or two of these into pieces instead of the syrup in the oven ordeal and let you know what happens. Wish me luck!

    • Hilah on October 17, 2014 at 8:24 am

      Alright, Bob! Let me know how it goes. Good luck! 🙂

  27. Christina on December 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I just want to say THANK YOU SO MUCH for this recipe! It’s absolutely delicious. I’m about to make a batch for my friends and I’m excited to see what they think of this recipe. It’ll be my second time making it. Unfortunately I don’t have that rubber ring to make perfect shaped pancakes, but I like making mine a little smaller and thinner anyway. It’s the taste that counts. 😉

    • Hilah on December 13, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      Oh yay! That makes me so happy, Christina! 😀

  28. Jess on December 25, 2014 at 7:32 am

    I have made these a couple of times and LOVE your recipe. I make a bunch of those crystals and store them in the fridge. They are what makes the sandwich. People brushing on the syrup are missing out, big time! I have sprayed the ring part of the lid of a wide mouth mason jar with Pam, let it get hot on the pan and then pour the batter in. It’s perfect, but really pancakes without the ring are pretty circular anyway so…

    • Hilah on December 27, 2014 at 11:41 am

      So happy to hear that, Jess! 😀

  29. Stephanie on January 4, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    This is amazingly hilarious. Probably the best cooking video I’ve ever seen, and I’ve watched A TON. I bought everything to make this delicious sandwich and I’ll be making mine soon. So glad you posted this recipe! My manfriend is probably going to love me forever. If this sandwich results in a proposal, I’ll be sure to give you full credit!

    • Hilah on January 4, 2015 at 4:22 pm

      Hooray! Send me a picture of your engagement ring, Stephanie! 😉

  30. jessica on January 20, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    Omg I’m soo excited to try this! Instead of frying my egg though I am going to crack them into muffin tins and bake because when we eat a mcgriddle from McDonalds we don’t like the folded egg so we always change it for a round egg . Anyway hope they are just as good or better than McDonalds 🙂

    • Hilah on January 21, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Oh cool! Let me know how that works. Great idea to make round eggs!

  31. Saif on March 5, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    They were the bomb-diggity! I didn’t have those metal ring things, so I made some out of foil, which worked almost perfectly. The only downside was that some of them weren’t perfectly even, so some leaked out through the bottom, but once it cooked a little, I just pulled the extra out of the pan. They were gone before I remembered to take a picture, buuuuttt their memory will live on in my heart.

    Thanks 🙂

    • Hilah on March 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Yay! So glad you tried them, Saif!

  32. Mike on June 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    So, the mason jar rings don’t work well. At least in my case, the pancake stuck to the inside of the ring and i wasn’t able to get it off mid flip. Once fully cooked, I removed them from the ring, but of course the pancake stuck to the groves of the ring lid. Next time, i’ll go find some silicon rings to use instead. Non-stick should work better. 🙂

  33. mstish on June 23, 2015 at 10:21 am

    hello, where can you buy the coarse maple sugar? i dont think i ever seen them in stores but then again never looked for them.

    • Hilah on June 23, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Try the baking aisle with the regular sugar. It might be hard to find in a regular grocery store, which is why I show you how to make it from maple syrup.

      • mstish on June 25, 2015 at 7:38 pm

        Okay…i am trying this recipe on tomorrow morning….i can’t wait to taste it..i hope i create the maple crystals well……

  34. Megan on July 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I live in Canada, and you can get these maple candies which I suspect are the same thing as what you made, just poured into a maple leaf mold. I suspect if I got some of those and smashed them it would work well 😛

    Thanks for this! The Mcgriddle is my favourite (even over our coveted Tim Hortons) and this will be great to make a bunch of in advance and reheat for mornings before school 🙂 (I’m in my last year of college, so exciting and nerve racking at the same time)

    • Hilah on July 13, 2015 at 5:45 pm

      Ooh, let me know if that does work! Congratulations on being in your final year. I can remember the feeling 🙂

  35. Rayetta Ferguson on July 28, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Wow! I cant wait to make these. I have been making English muffin sandwiches for my sons for years but my middle guy LOVES McGriddles but I try to make things healthier with my homemade ww pancake/waffle mix and healthier sausage and bacon choices. I have made rock candy for years and will be making these babies Sat. when we get back from Cedar Point. Thanks for figuring this out!!!

    • Hilah on July 29, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Oh awesome! Yeah, if you’ve made rock candy then this should be a piece of cake for you. Hope your kids enjoy! Thanks for writing 🙂

  36. Renee on August 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    King Arthur Flour company makes maple flavor bites that kind of melt in batter like for pancakes or muffins into those yummy pockets of maple syrup. It’s just a couple bucks for a pound of them. Lots less trouble than trying to make the maybe crystals yourself. Granted, it’s not all natural, 100% maple. They’re made with wheat, so you can’t use them in anything gluten free.

  37. karen c on November 14, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    That’s one of my favorite things server for breakfast????.there alot on lunch menu are my favorite s.

  38. lauren on December 10, 2015 at 4:05 am

    Is there another thing I can use instead of maple syrup..strange enough but I cant find any in Brazil or atleast where I am stationed TIA!

    • Hilah on December 10, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Hi Lauren!
      There is not a substitute but you can order maple syrup crystals online and skip making them yourself. Shipping should be cheaper than the syrup since they weigh less. King Arthur flour makes them, I think. Just make sure the only ingredient is maple syrup!

  39. Hugo Tolentino on May 11, 2016 at 10:39 am

    Hilah do you still have the challenge going because i made a video if not can you make a new on (please)

    • Hilah on May 11, 2016 at 11:50 am

      Hey Hugo! It’s not but I can make an exception. 😉 Where is your video posted?

      • Hugo Tolentino on May 12, 2016 at 6:10 am

        thanks i don’t have it posted but i will post it as soon as posible

        • Hugo Tolentino on May 12, 2016 at 6:11 am

          and by the way can a child make this video

          • Hugo Tolentino on May 12, 2016 at 6:12 am

            a 13 year old boy

          • Hilah on May 12, 2016 at 12:04 pm


  40. Hugo Tolentino on May 12, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    so wat did you think can i 13 year old boy make this video

    • Hilah on May 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      I don’t know. Are you asking me if a 13 year old is capable? Or if he is allowed to make it? I think a 13 year old should be able to handle this but you know your own kid better than I do.

  41. Hugo Tolentino on May 13, 2016 at 6:17 am

    thanxs 🙂 I will get in on youtube on maybe next weds. or thurs. i have a tight schedule

  42. Mellissa Taylor on June 13, 2016 at 11:40 am

    These were delicious and really fun to make. I have to get some more rings to be more time efficient. I have a family of 5 and it was so cool to treat us all for under $15. Thank you very much!

    • Hilah on June 13, 2016 at 3:03 pm

      Cool! So glad your family liked it, Mellissa! 🙂

  43. Victoria on August 2, 2016 at 8:16 pm

    Would it be possible to put some maple syrup in the pancake batter instead?

    • Hilah on August 4, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      I think you could drizzle some syrup onto the pancakes after you pour them on the griddle.

  44. Melissa Stanton on November 11, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Hi, I have made these before and they turned out great! I saw that people were having trouble with the molds. I use empty Tuna cans cut on both sides, well washed just make sure they are not sharp, I get perfect size mcgriddle shapes, Melissa

    • Hilah on November 11, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Thanks for the tip, Melissa!

  45. Susan M . on December 4, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Wish I had an idea of how long it SHOULD TAKE to make the brittle. It took forever… with a candy thermometer. It got lighter not darker. It’s cooling now. Don’t think it’s right. It took tools much time..

    • Hilah on December 4, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Did it set up?
      It’s hard to say how long it should take, given that all stoves’ “medium” heat aren’t the same but it should be less than 10 minutes, I’d say. Just to be sure, you were using pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup?

  46. Christopher Livermore on July 23, 2017 at 9:36 am

    Great video. You’re fun to watch. I can’t wait to make these! I have been making a fast healthy omelet with my pre-sauteed then frozen little packets of mushroom, red pepper, onion, garlic, spinach, & turkey sausage crumbles. I started throwing the quick omelet on whole grain Kodiak cakes that I pre-froze with a slice of aged cheddar & taking them to-go as I studied for nursing boards. Then i started “lubing” them up with a little syrup. Who’d a thunk with all those veggies but it is delicious. Made me thick of a McGriddle & now I’ve passed my boards & found this great website! Thanks!

    • Hilah on July 24, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Wow! That sounds really great, Christopher! Congratulations on passing your boards! You deserve a McGriddle 🙂

  47. Allyssa on March 29, 2018 at 3:02 pm

    Hilah, I have yet to make these however I am going to attempt tonight… I typically make homemade breakfast burritos or breakfast sandwiches for my fiancé and reheat them the following morning before he heads off to work. Either hat being said, do these freeze well?

    • Hilah on April 2, 2018 at 8:17 am

      Hi Allyssa,
      I don’t know exactly. The pancakes would freeze fine I’m sure, but I have never frozen cooked eggs before.

  48. Marie on May 3, 2018 at 8:20 pm

    I think I will be making a trip to the store for eggs and English muffin molds, I am pregnant and can’t stop craving a mcgriddle, but McDonald’s makes me sick. Thanks so much for the recipe and all of your helpful tips!

    • Hilah on May 4, 2018 at 9:21 am

      Ooh, enjoy them!

  49. Dalia on May 22, 2018 at 7:22 am

    Hi, I have mcgriddle really like it. Couldn’t the syrup be stirred into the pancake batter then cooked? The mcgriddle I ate tasted like it had maple flavor in every bite not just pocketed.
    Just asking.

    • Hilah on May 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      It does taste like maple in every bite with this method. I haven’t tried mixing syrup into the batter but I would worry they pancakes would burn too easily if you did that.

  50. Lori on May 22, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Just wondering if you could use maple syrup pellets instead of making the crystals.

    • Hilah on May 23, 2018 at 6:31 am

      Yes, I think that would work

  51. Terry on August 21, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I haven’t tried these yet but am looking forward to it. I just wanted to thank you for such explicit directions. The aromas to look for are so much easier to ubderstand than many recipes I’ve read.

    • Hilah on August 22, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Aw, thanks, Terry! I try to be as specific as possible in my recipes.

  52. Anna on September 24, 2018 at 10:42 am

    My kids love McGriddles and I can make these up as freezer meals for very little cost! I have a ton of real maple syrup that my sister-in-law makes and sends us each year from Wisconsin so this will be a perfect way to use it!

    • Hilah on September 25, 2018 at 1:24 am

      Yay! That’s what I used when I made these, too. 🙂 Happy McGriddling!

  53. Anna on October 15, 2018 at 7:31 am

    If you crystalize pancake syrup instead of maple syrup will it work the same way? I can’t wait to make these!

    • Hilah on October 15, 2018 at 8:24 am

      No, it needs to be pure maple syrup

    • AMANDA Root on March 21, 2019 at 5:31 pm

      I’m determined to get this right. I made the Crystal’s pure maple. Made my pancakes but the crystals didnt melt.. I’m thinking my heat was to high. I have a son with a food sensory disorder..I need to get this right before he tries them or he wont eat pancakes ever again..

      • Hilah on March 22, 2019 at 8:03 am

        Hey Amanda, lower heat would help and also breaking your crystals up really small.

  54. Paul on September 28, 2019 at 6:45 am

    Regarding your comment about McDonald’s-bought McGriddles: “…bacon-that’s-not-quite-crispy-but-still-good…”. When you’re at McDonald’s Just ask for the bacon well done, or “extra crispy”. Many don’t realize, but most McDonald’s are pretty accommodating. My kids are annoyingly picky. I often place an order at McDonald’s for a sausage egg and cheese McGriddle with the sausage on the side, and a sausage McMuffin with egg, add bacon, well done (just the bacon, not everything), muffin lightly toasted (or sometimes not toasted), sometimes with no cheese or the cheese on the side for the McMuffin (then at home I have to add some kind of ungodly expensive extra sharp artisan cheddar for the spoiled brat). And of course, the best thing ever is getting it all using the 2 for $4 morning special (+ a dollar for the extra bacon).

  55. Sharmeen C on January 26, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    Wow incroyablement bon!!! À refaire !❤️ Merciiiiii pour la recette! ?

  56. William Musseman on February 17, 2020 at 12:52 pm

    Seems like a lot of work when you can buy the cakes from McDonalds for 50 cents each. I get a bag of 10 and freeze them. My sons loves breakfast sandwiches with the cakes. I just make them at home and save the money and time..

    • Hilah on February 18, 2020 at 9:04 am

      Many things are a “lot of work” but also fun. This is one of those things. But thanks for the tip.

  57. Suzette on February 24, 2020 at 9:11 am

    After reading the comments here what about mixing syrup into the pancake mixture? And using an air fryer makes bacon great and kids can even help with that one….I am looking to make the pancake part up ahead so kids can reheat and have breakfast during the week.

    • Hilah on February 24, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      You could try that. My concern is that if you add too much syrup to the batter, the pancakes will burn very easily

  58. Erma Elizabeth Koebel Monie on January 17, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    So I was reading through this recipe, and it sounds fabulous! I was wondering after you cook down the maple syrup to make it form a hard piece and you break it up, how much of this “maple sugar” does it end up being. I have found maple sugar on
    amazon and would like to just replace all that hard work with a purchased substitute.
    TY for putting this together for everyone, it is so great!

    • Hilah on January 18, 2021 at 8:10 am

      I don’t remember how much it makes, but it’s more than you need for the recipe. you only need a sprinkle of the maple crystals for each pancake so a small package should be fine!

  59. Malcolm Newman on February 21, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Thanks! My brother-in-law found he has celiac’s disease, and really missed these. They turned out great with gluten-free pancakes. (I also used my own sausage.) You helped make my BIL very happy.

    • Hilah on February 24, 2021 at 9:05 am

      Thanks, Malcolm! Great to know these can be made gluten free 🙂

  60. Marcella Ruiz on February 22, 2021 at 6:44 am

    I really like her personality! Humble and fun!

  61. Dee on March 14, 2021 at 7:44 am

    Thanks for the instructions & the laughs.

  62. Holly A. on March 28, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I made this for brunch today and they turned out amazing! I loved the little pockets of maple syrup inside the pancakes just like mcdonald’s. Thank you so much for the recipe. It’s definitely a keeper.

  63. Pam on January 15, 2022 at 6:55 pm

    Probably wouldn’t make again the maple syrup bit was a disaster for me.

  64. Alisa on January 19, 2022 at 4:44 pm

    I give. I’ve tried to make the maple crystals 3 different times now. The first time it over cooked and I got maple sugar. The second time I under cooked and it didn’t set properly and was more taffy like. The 3rd time it set super quickly and was grainy not glossy. It’s been pure grade A amber maple syrup every time

  65. Crystal on January 25, 2022 at 11:06 am

    My son and I are obsessed with these! I make them and wrap them in parchment paper to take to work! They reheat like a dream in the microwave! In fact, we’re buying a second pair of ring molds so we can make 2 at a time! 2thumbs up!

  66. Marilyn on June 21, 2022 at 7:13 am

    Definitely going to try this!! My sensory son begs for McGriddles and it’s too expensive all the time. About bacon… I make mine in air fryer, regular or turkey bacon, and it’s done with little mess and not greasy. Or I bake/broil it in a broil pan. Perfect.
    Thanks for this recipe!!!!

  67. Ronald M. on September 25, 2023 at 4:32 am

    Why wouldn’t you go out and buy and try one before doing this ? Seems rather lazy or elitist to say never hade one but hade friend explain it … just go get one take a bite it won’t kill your

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