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Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole

An easy, cheesy breakfast casserole the whole family will enjoy. Try this high-protein breakfast recipe: Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole. 

Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole

One of my favorite things in the world is a good, reliable, hearty casserole. If you agree with the prior statement, you've come to the right recipe. This delicious breakfast hashbrown casserole is filled to the brim with savory sausage, crispy hashbrowns, fresh eggs, and melty cheese. As soon as you taste this casserole, you'll be hooked - and so will your entire family. Whether it is Christmas morning, or just another Tuesday, you can't go wrong with this delicious dish. 

As far as breakfast recipes go, I love a delicious casserole that will last me all week long. With a baking time of only 40 minutes, this is great make-ahead breakfast casserole if you have a busy week or weekend coming up. This casserole won't just last all week in the fridge, but it'll keep you full all day long. It has over 25 grams of protein to sustain you on those long, busy days. This is such an easy breakfast casserole and is full of nutrients and protein to nourish and satisfy your body. 

This recipe is named as a breakfast casserole, but it really is so good at any time of the day. It is very versatile and can be dressed up with yummy toppings or sides, or enjoyed as is. It is great addition to any brunch, holiday breakfast, or as a meal prep for a busy week. 

Breakfast hashbrown casserole recipe ingredients

This sausage hashbrown breakfast casserole is sure to hit the spot! Gather these ingredients to try it today, you won't regret it! 

  • turkey breakfast sausage
  • egg whites 
  • nonfat cottage cheese
  • frozen hashbrowns
  • shredded cheddar cheese 
  • salt
  • pepper
  • garlic powder
  • paprika
  • optional if you want a kick: ¼ tsp cayenne

How to make breakfast hashbrown casserole

Follow these instructions for a hearty breakfast the entire family will love!

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking grease. Evenly distribute the frozen hashbrowns into the casserole dish. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown turkey sausage and drain excess grease from skillet.
  • Add the cooked turkey sausage on top of the hashbrowns.
  • In a blender, add egg whites, cottage cheese, and seasonings. Blend until creamy.
  • Pour the egg mixture into casserole dish. Use a spoon to spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle cheese as the top layer.
  • Bake at 375 for 40 mins. 
  • Enjoy! Makes 6 individual servings. 

Breakfast hashbrown casserole substitution ideas

  • Cheese: I used shredded cheddar cheese, but you could use whatever your favorite is! Sharp cheddar cheese, pepper jack cheese, or even a dairy free cheese would all be great options.
  • Turkey Sausage: Turkey sausage tastes delicious in this recipe, but you could sub some crispy bacon, pork sausage, or some breakfast ham. 
  • Egg Whites: I used egg whites, but normal eggs would work just as well.
  • For a bit of a kick: If you are adventurous and enjoy the spicy things in life, add ¼ tsp of cayenne to the recipe or add hot sauce on top after the casserole has been cooked. My favorite hot sauce is Frank's.
  • Toppings/sides: See below in the blog post for a long list of topping and side suggestions for this breakfast casserole. 

How long does hashbrown casserole last in the fridge?

This recipe will last up to 5 days in the fridge in an airtight container. This makes it a great recipe to add to your meal prep rotation! Save this recipe card to your collection and enjoy the cheesy hashbrown breakfast casserole for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

How to meal prep this recipe

Make according to instructions. After the casserole has cooled to room temperature, remove from the baking dish in 6 equal portions. 

The next time you're ready to eat some delicious hashbrown casserole, simply remove from the airtight container in the fridge and heat up in the microwave to the desired temperature. This recipe is perfect for a week full of busy mornings when breakfast needs to be quick and easy. 

Is hashbrown casserole for breakfast?

This easy hashbrown breakfast casserole sure is! However, I can speak from personal experience, and this meal is delicious enjoyed any time of the day. I do love a casserole for breakfast - it is so quick to prepare and once it is cooked, you're good for breakfasts for the entire week. 

Why is my hashbrown casserole soggy?

The hash brown casserole could be soggy due to not enough moisture escaping during the cooking process. Make sure you are baking this casserole uncovered for optimal crispiness. 

Should hashbrowns be thawed before baking?

This all depends on the recipe! Frozen hashbrowns will add moisture to the recipe. 

For this recipe, I use frozen hashbrowns. There is no need to thaw them out before cooking!

How do you know when hashbrown casserole is done?

You can use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the casserole. Also, make sure there's no more liquid remaining in the baking dish. If you shake the casserole dish you can usually tell if everything is fully cooked. 

Do I bake my casserole covered or uncovered?

Cooking a casserole uncovered helps promote crispiness in the final product as it helps reduce the amount of liquid. I suggest you bake this breakfast bake uncovered so it reaches the desired brownness and crispiness.  

What goes well with breakfast hashbrown casserole?

I've brainstormed a list of both toppings and sides that will go swimmingly with the best breakfast casserole recipe. Let me know in the comments if you find something else that tastes great!

Toppings:

  • Sour cream
  • Green onions
  • Salsa
  • Hot sauce
  • Sauteed, chopped onion

Sides:

  • Cinnamon rolls
  • Breakfast potatoes 
  • Bell peppers 
  • Cheesy potatoes
  • Fresh fruit

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This is a picture of the breakfast hashbrown casserole. There is a white casserole dish filled with the baked item. There's a golden egg finish with pieces of brown sausage and it's topped with a dark yellow/orange melted cheese.
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Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole

An easy, cheesy breakfast casserole the whole family will enjoy. Try this high-protein recipe today: Breakfast Hashbrown Casserole.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast casserole, hashbrown casserole, healthy breakfast casserole, healthy casserole
Servings: 6
Calories: 261kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Ingredients

  • 1 lb turkey breakfast sausage (16 oz)
  • 1.5 cup egg whites (368 grams)
  • 1.5 cup nonfat cottage cheese (342 grams)
  • 4 cups hash browns (12 oz)
  • ½ cup cheddar cheese shredded (56 grams)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • optional if you want a kick: ¼ tsp cayenne

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with cooking grease. Evenly distribute the hashbrowns into the casserole dish. Set aside.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Brown turkey sausage and drain excess grease from skillet.
  • Add the cooked turkey sausage on top of the hashbrowns.
  • In a blender, add egg whites, cottage cheese, and seasonings. Blend until creamy.
  • Pour the egg mixture into casserole dish. Use a spoon to spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle cheese as the top layer.
  • Bake at 375 for 40 mins.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 8g | Fiber: 2g
Recipe Rating




Amber Hahn

Thursday 23rd of May 2024

So good! We love your first one, too. My husband doesn't like cottage cheese, but he liked this. We make it on like Sunday night and then have it for breakfast throughout the week. Thank you!!

Jordan Smith

Friday 24th of May 2024

Amber, that's so awesome you and your husband both enjoy this recipe! I agree this recipe is perfect for meal prep :)