What are the most popular toppings for bagels?

One of the common most favorite breakfast items to grab and go is a bag of bagels. All the qualities of bread that people adore are present in just the right amounts in this loaf: soft, crunchy, and chewy. 

A bagel’s quality, however excellent it may be, is ultimately determined by its toppings. And that is what we will be discussing today.

Cream Cheese

With this classic topping, let us get the celebration going. There is a reason why cream cheese and bagels are such a traditional pairing. They complement one another so well that they should never be separated. 

If you are tired of the same old bland spread, adding various flavors to your cream cheese is a simple way to spice things up. Every flavor combination will excite your palate, whether you add some cinnamon and brown sugar, minced onions and garlic, strawberries, blackberries, or pumpkin purée to your cream cheese.


Smoked Salmon

Smoked salmon, also referred to as lox, is a great bagel topping. It is so delicious that it seems as though bagels are the only food item for which it was produced. 

A layer of cream cheese, smoked salmon, and capers spread on a bagel makes the ideal lunch or mid-afternoon snack.

Peanut butter, banana, and bacon

Peanut butter is among the greatest spreads ever. It is great because it is rich, creamy, and has the perfect balance of sweetness and salt. By generously spreading it on top of a bagel, you may quickly prepare a delectable breakfast. 

A bagel with peanut butter is good, but you know what makes it even better? Bananas! It is impossible not to fall in love with the flavor and texture fusion. 

Oh wait, there is still more that will elevate your morning to the sublime: bacon. This incredible trio combines sweet, salty, smokey, crisp, soft, and chewy flavors into one delicious dish. 

Avocado and Fried Egg

If you enjoy avocado toast, you must try avocado slices on a bagel with a fried (or poached) egg. Avocados are the ideal replacement because they are equally as rich and creamy as cream cheese!

Of course, a nicely cooked egg to go with your bagel is always a good choice.

Bacon, Egg, and Cheese

Here is another dish that will please your palette that involves eggs. The traditional trio of rich egg, crisp bacon, and melted cheese is so delicious when sandwiched between two halves of a bagel.

There is no need to use the fast food drive-through because this sandwich contains all the ingredients for a filling and hearty breakfast.


Ham and Cheese

Along with bacon, egg, and cheese, ham and cheese is another traditional combination. Cheddar cheese needs to be melted for the gooey bagel filling.


The chocolate and hazelnut spread is abhorred by those who do not like it, yet fans of Nutella maintain the product in high demand. A schmear of Nutella spread on a toasted bagel elevates it to a whole new level.


Orange marmalade

This still serves as a standard in many homes and makes the ideal, chunky schmear of sticky sweetness. Orange marmalade is unquestionably a terrific choice for a rich, savory sensation if you want your bagel with a cup of hot tea.


The simplest delights can often be the greatest, and honey is a great way to dress up a nice, toasted bagel. For a schmear that is firmer, less watery, and incidentally lower in calories, try whipping some honey!

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Crushed fruit and sugar

By cutting fruit into little bits and then sprinkling some sugar on top to release the juices, you may quickly produce an impromptu jam. With berries, simply mash with the tines of a fork to incorporate the sugar crystals and create an astonishingly sweet and tart schmear of fresh fruit!


The traditional deli meat known as pastrami is usually produced from beef brisket that has been salted, smoked, and steamed. You may be sure that pastrami is regarded as one of the world’s most delectable sandwich meats since it undergoes such a laborious cooking procedure.

If you have ever eaten in a deli or diner, you are aware that pastrami on rye is the most traditional version of the dish. Believe it or not, there are rye bagels, so you can make the traditional hot pastrami on rye in bagel style!

Pumpernickel bagels are an excellent substitute for rye bagels if they are not offered. Even better, combine Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island dressing to create a pastrami Reuben bagel.


The bagel is a great vehicle for presenting hummus, which comes in a wide variety of flavors. If preferred, add some finely chopped olives on top.



Want to impress your family with a delicious and nutritious choice? Spread some finely chopped peppers, onions, and mushrooms over toasted bagels after sautéing in a skillet for a minute. Adding some cheese and broiling will provide a pleasant, nutritious snack.

Jam or Jelly

If you enjoy bread, your refrigerator door likely has a jar of jam or jelly. Jam and jelly are two different things even though you could use the terms interchangeably. Smooth, clear gelatin spread known as jelly is created by combining fruit juice or concentrate, sugar, water, and an acid. 

The same basic ingredients are used in jam, however instead of fruit juice, whole fruit is used, and full fruit chunks are frequently used. Both varieties make for interesting texture and flavor combinations on your breakfast bagel. For a richer and heartier bagel dinner, you can combine them with cream cheese, peanut butter, or butter.


Grab some bagels and indulge in some schmear; it’s good for you. There are many more bagel toppings to try; these are by no means the only options. But you ought to dive right in and at least try common and popular toppings.