Overstuffed bagel toast – this is so much more than a toastie!

A golden sesame bagel, stuffed with delicious fillings and grilled to oozy, toasted perfection. 
A wonderful quick and indulgent lunch!

How much do you love feeling vindicated?! There’s nothing quite like the warm, smug sensation of being proved right…, right?!

Impulse buy

A couple of years ago I bought this sandwich toaster/toastie maker/panini press in the January sales and DH berated me for wasting money on yet another kitchen gadget that would gather dust in the back of a cupboard and never get used.

Well, I’m delighted to tell you that this machine is probably one of the most well-used in our kitchen, coming out almost daily to make cheese toasties (that’s “grilled cheese” for the Americans), quesadillas, cheesy pita bread, and these delicious overstuffed bagel toasts which have become a lunchtime favourite.

Overstuffed bagel toast

Cast your mind back…

Bagel toast is a really nostalgic treat for me. If you frequented Israeli bus stations in the 1990s (and who didn’t?!) you’ll probably remember them too. Alongside the falafel, bourekas, burgers and miscellaneous other street food, there was always a bagel toast stand – where giant sesame seeded bagels were overloaded with a combination of delicious fillings and grilled in a toastie press till crisp, hot and golden.

There were all manner of different options to go inside your bagel toast, including (but not limited to):

  • tomato sauce (think pizza rather than ketchup)
  • yellow cheese (a bit like cheddar)
  • white cheese (bland)
  • ‘salty’ cheese (vaguely like feta)
  • humous
  • grilled aubergine
  • olives/pickles
  • tuna (plain)
  • spicy tuna (mixed with a fiery tomato sauce)
  • sliced hardboiled egg
  • sliced tomato
  • harissa/schug/hot sauce
  • amba (sweet-spicy mango sauce a bit like mango chutney)

The basic bagel toast was tomato sauce and cheese, but it was much more fun to get carried away and overstuff the bagel. The end result would be a hot, gooey, drippy mess and VERY delicious. Licking cheesy, spicy drips off your fingers was part of the bagel toast experience!

Overstuffed bagel toast.

More is definitely better

Despite the diversity of filling options, I can’t remember ever putting together a bad bagel toast combination. Tuna + cheese + olives + hard boiled egg? Delicious! Humous + white cheese + aubergine + schug? Yum!

The example in the photographs was filled with humous, hot sauce, cheddar, feta, sliced tomato, olives and mango chutney (we were all out of amba). It was absolutely gorgeous!

So, dig out your sandwich toaster and give bagel toast a whirl. It’s SO MUCH BETTER than a boring cheese toastie.

Serves 1 – but you can easily make more.

A golden sesame bagel, stuffed with a host of delicious fillings & toasted to perfection, is a fabulous lunch or snack. So much better than boring grilled cheese!

A golden sesame bagel, stuffed with a host of delicious fillings & toasted to perfection, is a fabulous lunch or snack. So much better than boring grilled cheese!

What’s your favourite filling combo? Let me know in the comments!

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Overstuffed bagel toast
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Overstuffed bagel toast

Crisp, toasted sesame bagel filled with a host of delicious flavours.
Course Lunch, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Helen


  • 1 sesame bagel

Choose as many as you like from the following list of suggested fillings:

  • 2-3 tbsp pizza sauce
  • 3 tbsp humous
  • 3 tbsp grated cheddar
  • 1-2 tbsp crumbled feta
  • 1-2 tbsp sliced olives
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 sliced hardboiled egg
  • 2-3 tbsp amba or mango chutney
  • hot sauce (to taste)
  • anything else you fancy!


  • Slice the bagel horizontally. Spread/arrange your choice of fillings over, then squash the two halves back together.
  • Toast in a panini press/toastie maker/sandwich toaster for around 5 minutes until the fillings are hot and melty and the bagel is golden and crispy.
  • Cut into halves, eat (carefully!) and enjoy 😋

If you’re looking for more lovely toasty lunch ideas, how about avocado toast with smoked mackerel and lime, easy pear and stilton toasts, or ‘love apple’ soup with cheesy toast hearts.

Overstuffed bagel toast.


  1. This looks like the perfect comfort food!

  2. 5 stars
    I am not sure why I’ve never thought of toasting a bagel like this in a panini/toasted sandwich maker. But now I am planning to make one for my lunch tomorrow! I bet my kids will adore this too. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. My favourite toastie filling is cheese and haggis but now I really want to try PB&J in a toasted sesame bagel.

  4. 5 stars
    I need this in my life! This overstuffed bagel looks like my idea of culinary heaven!

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