McDonald’s All-Day Breakfast May Not Be Returning After All—Here’s Why

McDonald's all-day breakfast was put on hold due to COVID-19, and no one is sure when it's coming back.

If you’re the kind of person who ordered hash browns for dinner or a Chicken McGriddle for lunch, you might have been in for a surprise back in 2020. McDonald’s all-day breakfast was put on hold due to COVID-19, and no one is sure when—or even if—it’s coming back.

It definitely put a lot of people off, especially since items like the Egg McMuffin are some of the best-selling McDonald’s items of all time!

Why Was All-Day Breakfast Put on Hold?

In 2015, McDonald’s extended its breakfast hours to include all-day McMuffins instead of cutting the morning foods off at 10:30 a.m. This change was ideal for people who wanted hash browns and hotcakes in the afternoon.

But behind the scenes, all-day breakfast was causing headaches for staff. The major complaint was that the breakfast orders clogged up the kitchen workflow, slowed down the line and made work harder for employees scrambling to fill orders.

The elimination of all-day breakfast was meant to be a temporary fix as the restaurant industry figured out social distancing practices. But fast-forward to 2 years later and there’s still no all-day breakfast. McDonald’s issued the following statement about all-day breakfast at the time: “We removed All Day Breakfast from the menu to simplify operations in our kitchens, which we saw provided better speed of service and order accuracy.”

But the chain didn’t add any concrete details, only saying that a decision would be made based on consumer demand and the ability to keep operational disruptions at bay.

Is There Hope on the Horizon?

There have been glimmers of hope, though. McDonald’s has reintroduced items, like ice cream cones, that it eliminated in March 2020 to simplify menus.

More recently, a screenshot of a press release in September 2022 apparently declared that McDonald’s would bring back all-day breakfast. However, according to CNBC, this screenshot was taken from a press release from 2015, when McDonald’s originally came out with all-day breakfast. McDonald’s fans around the internet were left disappointed, and have returned to keeping an eye out for any announcements from the fast-food giant.

In the meantime, anyone who misses being able to order breakfast items all day can try their hand at making an Egg McMuffin, the original on-the-go breakfast. Interestingly, the McMuffin almost didn’t make it to the menu—but we’re sure glad it did.

Krista Garcia
Krista has had 20 years of media experience. For eight of them, she's been freelancing for various food and travel brands like Taste of Home, Eater, The Kitchn and Fodor's. As a writer for Taste of Home, Krista’s specialty has been sharing all the latest food news from new types of candy to restaurant updates to viral TikTok cooking hacks. A food blogger since the early 2000s, Krista founded the site Goodies First, although these days she's focused on the digital commerce space. At the same time her blogging days tapered off, Krista moved back to Oregon (where she grew up) after a long stint in New York City.