Hobo Eggs

These Hobo Eggs taste amazing because it is not just the classic egg and buttered toast combination, it is more like the flavor and texture of a buttery grilled cheese and fried egg (without the cheese). With only 3 basic ingredients, this recipe just might become one of your favorite breakfasts to serve on your camp menus.

Hobo Eggs by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate with an egg that has been fried in the center of the slice of bread that has a hole cut in the center. Two breakfast sausage patties are next to the toasted bread and egg.

Why I Love This

With such a strange name you might think this is some sort of extravagant meal that’s made with a concoction of many ingredients, not so. This kind of breakfast is as simple as it gets. You just fry an egg in buttered toast! That’s what makes this great breakfast recipe one of the best easy camping meals you can make in the morning.


Ingredients For Hobo Egg Breakfast by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate set on a black table. A slice of bread, an egg and a stick of butter are on the plate. Salt and pepper are set on the table next to the plate.

Different Names

This simple breakfast dish is prepared by buttering a piece of bread, cutting a hole in the center, placing it in a frying pan and cracking an egg into the hole in the bread so it all cooks together. Typically, the round piece of bread is cooked in the pan along with the hobo.

If you are hearing about this recipe for the first time, you may think it is some sort of popular culture thing, but, this modest meal is as old as the hills. It has been part of civilizations across the world for many generations. That’s probably why it goes by so many cute names, like…

  • Baby In A Buggy
  • Birdie In A Basket
  • Bird’s Nest
  • Bullseye Eggs
  • Egg In A Basket
  • Egg In A Frame
  • Egg In A Hole
  • Egg In A Nest
  • Gashouse Eggs
  • Hobo Eggs (our personal favorite)
  • Hobos
  • Hole In One
  • Holy Eggs
  • One Eyed Egyptians
  • One-Eyed Jack
  • One-Eyed Pete
  • Ox Eye Eggs
  • Sunshine Toast
  • The One-Eyed Jack
  • The Popeye
  • Toad In A Hole
  • And sooooooooooo many more!

How To Make


The simplicity of this breakfast is one thing that makes it so great for camping. There is nothing to chop, peel or clean for this meal. Just gather your ingredients and cooking equipment and you’re ready to begin.

Cooking Methods

If you’re looking for super easy breakfasts you can stop searching right now. This simple dish is easy to make and fun to eat. We cook ours as one of our camp stove recipes in a skillet so you’ll need to set up on a level surface (or the egg will run out of the hole in the bread.)

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If you have a campfire going, you can cook this hot breakfast as one of our easy campfire recipes using a pie iron which is a great way to have youngsters make their own breakfast.

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Step 1. Cut a hole in the bread slice. You’ll want about a 3-inch diameter hole in the center of the slice. Just use a knife to cut the hole … it doesn’t need to be perfectly round but if you do want it to be an exact circle, you can use a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or drinking glass rim to cut out the shape.

Step 2. Melt butter in pan. Some recipe variations call for olive oil but I don’t recommend that, it is the butter that makes this recipe taste so good. You are going to get your pan (large skillet or pie iron) heated over a medium heat.

Step 3. Lightly toast the bread. Place the bread in the melted butter and flip it so the bread is lightly toasted on both sides.

  • Camp Cooking Tip: I like melting butter in a pan then dropping bread slices in the butter to toast them. It is so much easier than buttering the bread first (especially if your butter is hard) and then cutting a hole in bread that is buttered on both sides … that gets very messy.

Step 4. Crack egg into hole. You are using whole eggs that cook just enough to have a runny center so be sure to crack eggs gently so you don’t break the yolks. Then, carefully pour them into the hole inside the bread.

Step 5. Season and cook. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook till the egg is slightly firm, about 3 minutes, and flip to cook the egg white on the second side. This recipe is supposed to have a runny fried egg but if you like your eggs a little less runny, just cook them a little longer.

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Step 6. Serve hot and enjoy.


Some cultures like serving scrapple on the side, we like bacon or sausage links. If you really want to take this dish to the next level try serving some candied bacon, country ham and hash browns with it too.


This recipe is perfect for solo campers. As it is written, this recipe serves one person. Adjust the number of servings in the recipe card and the ingredient quantites will automatically be adjusted for you.

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Hobo Eggs by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate with an egg that has been fried in the center of the slice of bread that has a hole cut in the center. Two breakfast sausage patties are next to the toasted bread and egg.

Hobo Eggs

Camping For Foodies Breakfast Camping Recipes: This meal uses just a few basic ingredients to create a hearty warm morning meal.
5 from 7 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Breakfast Camping Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 240kcal
Author: Kim Hanna


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 slice of bread
  • 1 egg
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Use a knife to cut a round hole in the center of a slice of bread, about 3 inches in diameter. If you want to get really fancy, you can use the rim of a glass or cookie cutter to make a perfect shape.
  • Melt the butter in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. You can use a Teflon type of pan or a cast iron pan that has a good non-stick surface built up from being well seasoned. For an alternative cooking method, substitute a pie iron for the skillet and cook over a campfire.
  • Place the bread in the melted butter and let it lightly brown on each side, about 1-2 minutes per side. You can also do the same with the cut-out piece and use it for dipping.
  • Gently crack the egg and carefully pour it into the hole in the bread.
  • Season the egg with salt and pepper and let it cook until the egg begins to get slightly firm, about 3 minutes.
  • At this point the egg is almost done, but, you need to flip it over to cook the egg white. For the classic Hobo Egg, you are looking for the egg white to be fully cooked and the yolk to be runny. But, if you like your eggs firmer, just let it cook a little longer.
  • Serve hot and enjoy.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 217mg | Sodium: 580mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g

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  1. Dave Big Chief says:

    Toad In A Hole is a yorkshire pudding cooked with sausages. Please stop ruining British food.

    1. Kim Hanna says:

      Hi Dave Big Chief! Thanks so much for your comment. I appreciate that different countries and cultures have different meaning to phrases, don’t you? Happy Camping, Kim