I put a spin on the classic bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich combo by serving it on a fresh bagel with a homemade avocado cream cheese spread. My BLT Bagel Sandwich is an easy and delicious recipe that you can serve at breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
The next time you're making a BLT, serve it on a thick, sesame seed bagel slathered in cream cheese! I promise you won't be disappointed.
You also won't be disappointed with my Baked Ham and Cheese Bagel Sandwich!
You'll skip the mayonnaise, and instead mix together a lemon, avocado, and green onion cream cheese spread. The light and fresh flavors in the cream cheese, perfectly balance out the indulgent and salty bacon.
Why you'll love this recipe
- You can make this recipe super fast. Once the bacon is cooked, all you have to do is assemble your sandwich!
- The thick bagel, bacon, cream cheese, and vegetables make this a very filling sandwich. It'll easily hold you over until your next meal!
- You can serve this bagel BLT for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
- This is a restaurant-worthy sandwich that is easy enough to whip up at home!
Bagel: I've made this recipe with a plain bagel and a sesame seed bagel. I definitely preferred the texture and flavor of the sesame seeds, but you could choose a plain bagel, onion bagel, everything bagel, garlic bagel, or an asiago cheese bagel.
Bacon: Thick-cut, local bacon is always my #1 choice! Any type of pork bacon will work though!
Lettuce & Tomato: You can't have a BLT sandwich without lettuce and tomato. Choose a slightly firm and ripe tomato that you can cut into thin slices. Choose a soft and tender green leaf lettuce.
Cream cheese spread: The cream cheese spread is a mixture of ripe avocado, freshly squeezed lemon juice, fresh green onions, kosher salt, and black pepper.
- A small mixing bowl is needed to mix up the cream cheese spread.
- You'll also need a cutting board, chopping knife, measuring cups, and measuring spoons.
How to make a BLT Bagel
Step 1: Cook your bacon if it's not already cooked. I like to cook my bacon in the oven on a sheet pan. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the bacon slices out in a single layer. Bake at 375°F for 15-20 minutes. Transfer the cooked bacon to a paper towel to let the grease drain.
Step 2: Mix up the avocado and cream cheese spread. If your cream cheese isn't soft and easy to mix, you can microwave it for about 30 seconds. Mix together the avocado, lemon juice, diced green onions, salt, and pepper.
Step 3: Cut the bagel open and toast it if you'd prefer. This BLT bagel sandwich is yummy both toasted and untoasted! Spread 2-4 tablespoons of the avocado cream cheese spread onto the bagel. Layer the bacon, lettuce, and tomato onto the cream cheese.
This is a messy sandwich... but I promise you, you'll love it so much that you won't care! Slice it in half, serve, and enjoy!
How to store and reheat
How to store: This is a single-serve recipe so you probably won't have leftovers. If you do have leftovers, then you should store them tightly wrapped in plastic wrap in the refrigerator. The sandwich will stay good for about 2 days. After 2 days the lettuce and tomato will start to get soggy.
How to reheat: Reheat the cooked bacon separately. You don't have to reheat it, but if you want to, you can reheat it in the microwave or in a small skillet on the stovetop.
Substitutions and variations
- Bread: This is a bagel sandwich, but you can substitute the bagel for a variety of other bread-based choices! You could try a brioche bun, croissant, fresh sourdough bread, bagel thins, or an English muffin. You could also swap out the traditional wheat-based bagel for a gluten-free bagel. I've always liked Udi's Gluten Free Bagels.
- Bacon: If you don't love pork-based bacon, you could try turkey bacon, tempeh bacon, Canadian bacon, or a bacon jam.
- Veggies - If you can't find fresh green onions, you can substitute fresh chives or dried chives. Try swapping out the green leaf lettuce for arugula, spinach, romaine, red leaf lettuce, iceberg lettuce, or alfalfa sprouts.
- Add a fried egg: To make this BLT sandwich even more like a breakfast sandwich, add a fried egg between the bacon, lettuce, and tomato layers.
Frequently asked questions
In my opinion, yes, a BLT is considered a healthy choice. Lettuce and tomato provide fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Bacon is a source of protein.
A BLT is a layered sandwich with bacon, lettuce, and tomato. A club sandwich also contains bacon, lettuce, and tomato; and also turkey, cheese, mayonnaise, and 3 slices of bread.
Cheese isn't normally on a BLT, but I think it's a welcome addition!
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