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Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwich

Scrumptious grilled cheese bagel breakfast sandwich with sliced apple, pear, cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, arugula, and sunny-side up egg – a melt-in-your-mouth experience for any meal of the day.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

There comes a time in every person’s life when he or she must throw caution to the wind, take a flying leap of faith off the trust cliff, and have confidence that his or her chute will deploy properly.

Or that your squirrel suit tear-free and ready to take flight…whichever’s your choice mode of gravity defiance.

M’dear, that time is now.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

This grilled cheese bagel sandwich is about to blow your mind in the best way possible.

As you cross your arms, close your eyes, stiffen your body and intentionally fall backwards into my scrawny arms, remember that I have your best interest in mind.

With pure intentions, I give you the bagel sandwich that changed my life.

It may seem odd – combining sliced apple, pear, and cheddar cheese with caramelized onions, arugula, a sunny-side up egg, and fig jam sandwiched between a toasty everything bagel, but my darlings, it jives.

Side note: If you want to try your hand at homemade bagels, my Keto Everything Bagels made with almond flour are absolutely delicious AND easier to make than traditional bagels!

When you take a bite, it’s like you’re sinking your teeth into a sweet, buttery, crunchy fantasy that you can hardly wrap your mind gnomes around.

And can you just imagine using a cinnamon-raisin bagel? Ohhhhh momma, now that would just jettison us into an alternate dimension.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Let’s talk cheese. Do you love the apple-cheddar combo? I certainly do!

I find apples and pears were made for pairing with cheese, and a classic cheddar always whets my whistle. 


I know what you’re thinking…caramelizing an onion for a sandwich seems like a lot of prep for just a sandwich.

But folks, this isn’t just any sandwich, and I promise you, caramelizing the onion is well worth it!

Plus, you can multi-task while the onion is caramelizing, and you can also caramelize it ahead of time. I guarantee, taking the time to caramelize an onion will never result in regrets.

Recipe Adaptations:

Looking for ways to change up this breakfast sandwich? Boy oh boy do you have options.

  • Omit the sunnyside up egg to make it vegan.
  • If you’re a meat eater, throw on some crispy bacon or a hunk of ham.
  • Use only apples or only pears if desired.
  • Caramelize the fruit in a skillet in coconut oil to heat it up, soften it, and give it a sweeter, buttery flavor.
  • Substitute spinach in for the arugula.
  • Use a cinnamon-raisin bagel or any multi-grain or gluten-free bread of choice.
  • Omit the fig preserves or use any jam/jelly of choice. Hot pepper jelly would be marvelous.

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Breakfast? Lunch? Dinner?

I’m calling this bagel sandwich an anytime of day meal.

Just be sure to go heavy on the cheese to help glue the grilled cheese together. Plus, the more cheese, the better I always say.

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Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwiches | #vegetarian #healthy #recipe

Pear Apple Cheddar Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese Bagel Sandwich

A grilled cheese bagel sandwich with egg, cheddar, pear, apple and more! A fun, delicious breakfast!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
2 bagel sandwiches


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 heaping handfuls arugula
  • 2 eggs, sunnyside up
  • 2 everything bagels, toasted, I used gluten-free
  • 4 slices Cheddar cheese, or cheese of choice
  • 1/2 ripe apple, sliced (I used an Envy apple)
  • 1/2 ripe bosc pear, cored and sliced
  • 4 tablespoons fig preserves


  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add the sliced onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to sweat and turn translucent, about 8 minutes. Sprinkle liberally with sea salt, reduce heat to medium-low, and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are golden-brown and caramelized, about 45 minutes more.
  • Preheat the oven to the high broil setting.
  • Slice the bagels in half and place them on a baking sheet. Toast on the top shelf of the oven under the broiler until golden-brown, about 1 minute. Remove bagels from the oven and add a slice of cheddar on all four slices of bagel. Place back in the hot oven until melted, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Smear 1 tablespoon of fig preserves over each cheesy bagel slice.
  • Top the bagel bottoms with wilted arugula, sliced apple, pear, caramelized onions, and a sunny side up egg. Place the bagel tops on top, slice in half and serve.


Serving: 1of 2 - Calories: 433kcal - Carbohydrates: 63g - Protein: 17g - Fat: 13g - Fiber: 4g - Sugar: 21g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bagel sandwich, breakfast, breakfast sandwich, eggs, grilled cheese
Servings: 2 bagel sandwiches
Calories: 433kcal
Author: Julia

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Sunday 15th of October 2023

Why does it say cook time 1 hr? I didn't see that referenced in the directions.


Monday 16th of October 2023

Hi Michaele! The onion takes quite a long time to caramelize if you're going through the whole process of caramelizing it. If you're omitting the onion or simply sautéing it, the sandwich will take less time. I do recommend taking the time to caramelize the onion if you're able to :)


Monday 25th of September 2023

This was absolutely delicious! Had for breakfast on the first day of Autumn and will keep on repeat 😍


Thursday 28th of September 2023

Yaay! I love hearing that! Thanks so much for following up to let us know! :)


Wednesday 20th of September 2023

This is SO good. I added bacon and some cream cheese to mine (cause why not). Will definitely be making this again


Wednesday 20th of September 2023

I love the idea of adding cream cheese! I don't know why I didn't think of that! The bacon is a must for thrilled you enjoy the recipe, Carlee! xo


Thursday 24th of August 2023

OH MY DELICIOUSNESS!!! I do not like to cook, I don't enjoy it, but I do enjoy nutritional foods, and this BF sandwich is my BFF! I did modify a bit, not a pear eater, farm fresh eggs over hard (runny yolk=yucky), and I used fresh kale from the farmers market (onion was farmers market). I look for easy, nutritional recipes on top of amazing flavors, and this did the job. I also made a few, wrapped in foil to reheat the next few mornings. Thank you for making this collaboration and sharing.


Friday 25th of August 2023

I'm so happy you enjoy it, Ronda! I love the idea of adding fresh kale and changing up the egg to your personal preference. Happy you found a breakfast recipe that fits nicely into your lifestyle! xo


Thursday 21st of July 2022

OMG this is the best breakfast sandwich ever! Thank you for the post! I made the carmelized onion ahead and took the recipe camping. Due to a bit of a bread snafu I used a regular bagel on the bottom and an English muffin on the top. This is going to be a guest standard in my home.


Friday 22nd of July 2022

YES! I love that! Thanks so much for sharing, Carol! xoxo

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