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Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Say good morning to the cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe that is so easy you could accidentally make it!

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Cheesy hashbrown casserole

5 ingredients, 5 minutes of prep time, and a 5 star rating for this breakfast recipe!

Imagine this.... shredded crispy hashbrowns, sausage crumbles, baked egg, and melted cheese all mixed together into casserole form. YUM, right?!

Perfect for the weekend, a busy morning, or meal prep -- this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe will be a staple in your breakfast rotation!

Cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe

This cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe is a healthier upgrade from your typical breakfast casserole. This dish is more nutritious and focuses on protein by using egg whites and turkey sausage.

The best part about this recipe is how easy it is to make! It only requires 5 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time.

The ingredients are simple, affordable, and easily found in the grocery store.

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What is hashbrown casserole?

Hashbrown casserole is a breakfast staple. It's essentially several breakfast ingredients mixed together and baked in the oven to perfection.

Hashbrown casserole includes hashbrowns (obvious from the title of this recipe), sausage, egg, and cheese. The ratios of the those ingredients, extras, and method of cooking will change based on each recipe.

I'm bias, by this cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe is my favorite!

What ingredients do I need?

The ingredients for this recipe are simple!

  • Shredded hash browns - This is the star of the recipe! You can shred your own potatoes to make hashbrowns OR you can buy a bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns. I have made this with frozen hashbrowns (like these Simply Potato Hashbrowns) every time to keep it quick and easy, and it works PERFECTLY.
  • Egg whites - The egg whites will serve as the liquid for this recipe along with a source of protein!
  • Turkey Sausage Crumbles - It's important to use pre-cooked turkey sausage for this recipe! I buy a bag of sausage crumbles (like these Jimmy Dean crumbles) and mix them in (again, keeping it quick and easy), but you could also cook the sausage yourself. You just need to make sure the meat is cooked before adding it to the casserole and putting it into the oven.
  • Cheddar cheese - Shredded cheddar cheese will make this hashbrown casserole cheesy! I like the flavor that cheddar cheese provides with these ingredients, but any cheese will work great.
  • Salt & pepper - A little bit of salt and pepper will provide extra flavor for this recipe, but are not required. If you want, add any of your favorite spices!
  • Hot sauce - This is optional, but adding hot sauce onto the casserole after cooking will take it to the next level.

What substitutions can i make?

  • This recipe is gluten-free.
  • To make this recipe without dairy, use a dairy-free cheese.
  • You can use any kind of sausage as well.

How do you make hash brown casserole?

Hashbrown casserole is SO easy to make. It's as easy as mixing all of the ingredients together in a bowl, dumping into a greased casserole dish, then baking to perfection.

Cheesy hashbrown casserole instructions

How to make hashbrown casserole? I got you covered. Follow the instructions below!

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add hashbrowns, egg whites, and turkey sausage crumbles to a large bowl. Mix and add desired seasonings.
  • Pour mixture into the greased casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and a fork comes out clean.
  • To portion, divide into 6ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 6.
  • Top with hot sauce (if you want) and enjoy!
This is a casserole dish filled with cheesy hashbrown casserole. There is a silver dish filled with egg whites, sausage crumbles, and melted cheddar cheese.

Should I thaw frozen hash brown before cooking?

You do not need to thaw frozen hashbrowns before cooking! You can mix frozen hashbrowns with the other casserole ingredients, pour into a casserole dish, and then bake in the oven. It'll work great!

What goes with hash browns for dinner?

Here are some ideas to pair with hashbrowns for dinner:

  • English Muffin (with toppings!)
  • Toast
  • Berries
  • Apples
  • Bacon

How do you store this casserole?

If you are making the hashbrown casserole for meal prep, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Reheating instructions

Place a piece of casserole on a microwave-safe dish and heat up for 2-3 minutes or until warm.

How do you keep hashbrowns from getting mushy?

The ratio of ingredients, along with the cook time will prevent hashbrowns from getting mushy. With 3 cups of hashbowns and 2 cups of egg whites, the hashbrowns will not get mushy. Further, make sure you cook the casserole for 30 minutes so it's cooked through.

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5 from 101 votes

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Say good morning to the cheesy hashbrown casserole recipe that is so easy you could accidentally make it!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: breakfast casserole, casserole, hashbrown
Servings: 6
Calories: 163kcal
Author: Jordan Smith

Equipment

  • casserole dish
  • oven
  • Large mixing bowl

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded hash browns (16 oz) I use a bag of frozen shredded hash browns (Simply Potatoes brand).
  • 2 cups egg whites (16 oz)
  • 2 cups pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles (8 oz) I use a bag of pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles (Jimmy Dean brand).
  • ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • salt & pepper and whatever spices you want!
  • optional: hot sauce

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  • Grease a 9 x 13 casserole dish with cooking spray and set aside.
  • Add hashbrowns, egg whites, and turkey sausage crumbles to a large bowl. Mix and add desired seasonings.
  • Pour mixture into the greased casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the top is golden and a fork comes out clean.
  • To portion, divide into 6ths; for a more exact portion measurement, divide total food weight (not including dish) by 6.
  • Top with hot sauce (if you want) and enjoy!

Notes

Note: If you can't find pre-cooked turkey sausage crumbles, you can cook any turkey sausage! Just make sure it's cooked before going into the casserole.
*Nutrition information is for 1 serving. The recipe contains 6 servings.
*To log on MFP search: Jordo’s World Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Nutrition

Calories: 163kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 19.6g | Fat: 5.7g
Recipe Rating




Anne

Friday 20th of January 2023

I live in New Zealand, and we don't have shredded hash browns, so will 3c of grated potato do?? We also don't have the turkey sausage crumbles, so would chicken, pork or beef mince do, if I browned it off first???

Jordan Smith

Thursday 26th of January 2023

Hi Anne! While I haven't tested the recipe with your swaps, I think they should work okay! I don't see any reasons the grated potatoes wouldn't work and same with using a ground pork!

Margot

Wednesday 30th of November 2022

So good! I cut back on the sausage, but this was so easy to make and so yumy!

T

Friday 25th of November 2022

Hi I have a question- on the sausage crumbles, is it 2 cups or 8oz. Or 2c + 8oz? I’m Sure it can be whatever I want but I’m trying to stick to the recipe for the macros, and I’m a little Confused by it. Thanks!

Jordan Smith

Monday 28th of November 2022

Hi! The sausage crumbles is 2 cups OR 8 oz. You got it!

Tiffany

Sunday 20th of November 2022

Prep this every Sunday night ! Add some TJ dried Sofrito 😋. Super easy to customize with type of cheese and meat!

Joanna

Friday 18th of November 2022

I meal prep this each week for my breakfasts at work. It's easy to make and is so good. Thanks for such a yummy recipe.