Easy Breakfast Casserole

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Easy Breakfast Casserole has hash browns, ham, cheese, and eggs.  This hash brown breakfast casserole can be made overnight.  Perfect for a Holiday breakfast!

Slice of Hash Brown Breakfast Casserole with salsa on top

What makes this hash brown casserole easy?

Seriously, it took me longer to preheat my oven than it did for me to prepare this egg casserole.  I used frozen hash browns, shredded cheese, and cubed ham.  So, the only real prep work that I had to do was crack open the eggs.

This casserole will feed a crowd.  It makes 12 portions.

It would be perfect around the holidays since you only need to spend about 5 minutes in the kitchen putting it together.  Then, just let it bake.

Baked Egg Casserole with ham and cheese in a baking dish

How to make Breakfast Casserole:

*Note:  The full printable recipe card is at the bottom of this post.

  • In a large bowl, add frozen shredded hashbrown potatoes.
  • Add chopped ham and shredded cheddar cheese.
  • Mix well.  Then, pour into a baking dish.
  • Add 12 eggs to a large bowl (use the same bowl from the first step).
  • Add milk, salt, and pepper.  Whisk together.
  • Pour the eggs over the hash brown, ham, and cheese.
  • Bake.

Eggs being poured over frozen hash browns, cheddar cheese, and ham for Easy Breakfast Casserole

How to make Overnight Breakfast Casserole

  • Assemble the breakfast casserole according to the directions.
  • Cover with plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate overnight.
  • Remove plastic wrap and bake.

What to serve with this Egg Casserole:

I always put salsa on my eggs.  So, I serve salsa with this recipe.  Hot sauce and sour cream would be good too.

Watch the step by step video for this Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe below.

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Slice of breakfast casserole with hash browns, ham, and cheese with salsa on top

Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe

4.93 from 156 votes
This Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe has hash browns, ham, cheese, and eggs.  This hash brown breakfast casserole can be made overnight.  Perfect for a holiday breakfast!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

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Servings 12 servings
Calories 208 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 24 oz. frozen hash browns -about 8 cups
  • 16 oz. cubed ham
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese -shredded
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk -I used skim
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • cooking spray

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add the frozen potatoes, ham, and cheese to a large bowl. Toss to combine. Pour the mixture into a 9 x 13 inch baking dish that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the eggs with the milk, salt, and pepper (I use the same bowl from step 1).
  • Pour the egg mixture over the hash brown mixture. Pat everything down with the back of a wooden spoon.
  • Bake for one hour, uncovered. The center should be set and the edges should be golden brown.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/12th of the recipe | Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.2g | Protein: 17.3g | Fat: 9.8g | Saturated Fat: 4.4g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 359mg | Fiber: 1.4g | Sugar: 2.1g
Course Breakfast, brunch
Keyword easy breakfast casserole, egg casserole recipe, hash brown breakfast casserole
Cuisine American
Author Amanda Finks
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  1. Wondering if anyone has tried refrigerating this overnight and baking in the morning. Would like to give to my parents on Friday night so they have it to bake/serve Saturday morning for company.

    1. I use the crockpot recipe for this and you can put it on right before you go to bed and you wake up to the best smell. I used sausage and bacon. I stir after it cooks awhile if I don’t do it at night since it will get a little crispy on the edges. Then I just add cheese on top again to make it look good again. Cook on low 4-5 hours. It didn’t last an hour and is so convient to take to work.

  2. Has anyone thought about making this in a muffin pan? This way you already have premade indivdual servings and would think this would be easy to freeze and reheat at a later time.

  3. Yum! Making this Christmas day. I’m going to half it and make it in an 8×8 pan. Can I use bacon? And how much would I use? Thanks!

    1. Valerie,
      Yes. Twelve eggs is correct in this recipe.
      You could play around with using less eggs and more milk, or using some egg whites if you wanted. But, that would change the taste and texture.

  4. 5 stars
    Made this for brunch with neighbors today, they loved it! I was even asked for the recipe! I did have to bake it longer…. actually almost and hour and a half for the middle to set. But it was great! 🙂

  5. Have you tried it with shredded potato vs the frozen hash browns? Just curious if anyone has tried that or think it would work. Thanks:0)

    1. Vicki,
      I think shredded potato would work just fine. But, it probably won’t take as long to cook as the frozen hash browns. I would make it the same way. But, start checking for doneness around 45 minutes or so.
      Hope this helps.

      1. I used the Simply Potatoes brand of shredded potatoes and it worked just fine. Just a heads up though – I used 2 bags of those which is 40 oz. because each bag has about 3.5 – 4 cups of potatoes in it.

        I’ve never purchased frozen hash browns so I’m not sure if the 24 oz. measurement for frozen potatoes in the recipe is correct or not.

    1. Christina,
      Yes. You could substitute unsweetened non-dairy milk (like soy, almond, or coconut) for the dairy milk.
      Then, substitute a dairy-free cheese (like daiya) for the cheddar. Or leave out the cheese entirely. In which case, you will probably want to add a little extra salt to the dish.
      Hope this helps.

  6. Could this dish be made as a freezer meal? I’m looking for make ahead meals to quickly feed my family when school starts again.

    1. Whoa! I’m looking at breakfast posts/pins to get organized before my kiddos start school too and wanted to know if it could be baked and frozen for quick reheat in the AM … It’s like I already posted LOL *Following* 🙂

      1. Hi Jens 🙂
        I haven’t tried it, but I don’t think it would do well going straight from the freezer to the microwave. But, what you could do is freeze individual portions of the prepared casserole (either in Ziploc bags or Tupperware). Transfer what you need from the freezer to the refrigerator the night before. Then, microwave in the morning (in a microwave safe container). Hope this works out for you both!

        1. I would undercook the eggs if you do this. I’ve done breakfast burritos as ready to go freezer meal and found that the eggs turn out dry and rubbery from being over cooked when thawed and reheated. But when I have frozen them with slightly undercooked eggs they turn out perfect when reheated.

    1. Ali,
      I have only used frozen hash browns in this dish. But, it should work the same. It probably won’t take as long to cook if the hash browns aren’t frozen. So, I would make it the same way, but start checking for doneness at around 45 minutes.
      Hope you like it!
      Amanda

    2. 5 stars
      they worked great! I use the simply potatoes that are shredded. Any of the flavors would work. I tried with bacon and didn’t like it as much as the ham.

  7. 5 stars
    Alex I made half the recipe and it worked just fine. All oven temps seem to be different so I started checking my dish after 30 min of baking.

    1. Sheryl,
      Thanks for the good info! We don’t always need to feed a crowd of people for breakfast. So, it’s nice to know that this casserole can easily be made on a smaller scale. I’m glad it worked out for you!

    1. Alex,
      It should be perfectly fine if you half the recipe and use a smaller dish.
      I agree with Sheryl’s comment. I would start checking it at around 30 minutes to see if it’s done. Hope you like it!

      1. I’m going to cook this for my church easter Sunday. So let was wondering if you could double the recipe? If you can, how much would it use in this tecipe?

  8. Hi there
    I’m making this tonight. Do you recommend covering the dish before going into the oven?
    Thank you so much!

    1. Hi Abby.
      No. I don’t cover it.
      I’m sure you could if you wanted to. But, I’ve never had a problem with it overbrowning.
      Hope you like it!

    1. Amanda,
      I always prepare this casserole while my oven is preheating. Since it comes together so quickly, I haven’t tried preparing this dish ahead of time.
      I understand your concern. It seems like letting the hash browns soak in the eggs overnight may change the texture of the dish. However, I have noticed several comments for this recipe on Pinterest where people say that they prepared this dish the night before and it turned out fantastic. So, it sounds promising.
      If you try it this way, I would love to hear how it turns out.
      Hope you enjoy this recipe!

      1. 5 stars
        I always make this the night before and put it in the fridge. The texture is great and it is always a hit with family and friends.

      2. Hi Amanda, I am interested in making this recipe and would like to know if I can freeze it and if so do I cook it first. Looking forward to hearing from you. Ned to make 6 for our family reunion.

  9. Hi! I am excited to try this recipe! I assume that you used the hashbrowns while still frozen, but I thought I would check. Thanks!

    The Foodie RD

    1. Amber,
      Good question. Yes. You do add the hash browns while they are frozen. I see now that the word frozen is not actually anywhere in the recipe card. I will update the recipe card to make that more clear. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. Hope you enjoy this recipe!

    1. Elaine,
      Sure. You could use sausage instead of ham. But, it wouldn’t be quite as ‘easy’. You would need to cook the sausage and drain off the fat before you add it to the rest of the ingredients. Otherwise the casserole would end up being pretty greasy.
      I’m sure this casserole would be absolutely delicious with cooked sausage. If you try it, let me know how it turns out. Thanks!

      1. You can use frozen sausage links I buy the turkey kind because I don’t eat pork.
        but they sell already cooked sausage frozen, just cut it and mix in, without having to hassle with uncooked meat.

        1. Kiani,
          That’s a great idea! When I think of breakfast sausage, my mind automatically goes to raw pork breakfast sausage. But, you’re right. There are many types of precooked sausage that could easily be added to this dish. Thanks!

          1. 5 stars
            I’ve used sausage and bacon. I cooked both ahead of time and drained well on layers of paper towels. I’ve also prepared ahead of time and then froze before cooking. I just put in the refrigerator overnight then cooked the next morning. Great!!

      2. you can use Jimmy Dean’s sausage crumbles – or turkey crumbles – already cooked….in frozen meats or today I bought them and they were located in the cooler meats with the sandwhich meats.

      3. I was wondering if you have ever put in Onion or Green pepper to this? Would they cook okay with all of the other ingredients?

        1. I am thinking of doing this for my book club. I always sautée green onions and herbs before doing my scrambled eggs. So, I will use this recipe with the herbs in egg mixture. It will be great!

      4. 5 stars
        I made it with a full pound of sausage and everyone loved it. I browned the sausage, got as much fat drained and patted off with paper towels and then put it in a colander and rinsed and patted it dry again. I went that extra step because the sausage is pretty greasy. This worked great! It’s a little longer prep time but I got the sausage ready the night before and put everything together in the morning.

      1. 5 stars
        I have used a 10 oz frozen chopped spinach (thawed and drained, added with the potatoes) with great results. Try it!

    2. 5 stars
      We are a meat loving family so when I made this today I used 1lb of cooked, crumbled bacon AND 1 small ham steak, diced. I also added about half of an onion that I diced. And lastly, I used 1 1/4c milk instead of 1c. It turned out awesome!!

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