Hash Brown Crust Breakfast Casserole

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Hash Brown Crust Breakfast Casserole -Wow your breakfast crowd with this hash brown crust breakfast casserole. Filled with ham, cheese, eggs and a hash brown crust.

Piece of breakfast casserole on a plate


When we were living in Connecticut, my girlfriends and I would try to get together for breakfast once a month while the kids were at school. I would always request that my friend, Kristen, make her hash brown crusted breakfast casserole. It is a mixture of cheese, egg, and ham, deliciousness. Now that we have moved, I always remember my friends and the laughs that we shared whenever I make this casserole.

Tips for making Hash Brown Crust Breakfast Casserole

You can use frozen or freshly shredded hash browns but the key is to remove as much moisture from the potatoes as you can. Once they are thawed, press them between paper towels to get rid of any excess water. After you place them in your pie dish, I recommend using the back of a measuring cup to push down the hash browns so that they are nice and flat.

Hash browns in a pie plate with measuring cup

I use this pre-diced ham but you can substitute:

  • deli ham
  • sausage
  • bacon

You can also experiment with any vegetables that you enjoy. That is the great thing about this recipe, it is very customizable.

You are going to love this recipe. It’s the perfect thing to make if you have friends over and want something a little more substantial than muffins. This is also a recipe I make over the holidays. It is just as easy to make 2 and then you can freeze one of them once it is baked.

hash brown crust breakfast casserole. Filled with ham, cheese, eggs and a hash brown crust.

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Piece of breakfast casserole on plate.
4.60 from 27 votes

Hash Brown Crust Breakfast Casserole

By Heather
Hash Brown Crust Breakfast Casserole -Wow your breakfast crowd with this hash brown crust breakfast casserole. Filled with ham, cheese, eggs and a hash brown crust.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 50 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 6


  • 3 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt -divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper -divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 eggs , beaten
  • 1 cup diced cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Thaw hash browns and then use a paper towel to squeeze moisture out of the hash browns.
  • Place hash browns in a bowl and add 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, and garlic powder. Stir.
  • Press the hash browns onto the bottom and sides of 9 inch pie plate. Using the back of a measuring cup to press down and flatten the hash browns.
  • Drizzle melted butter over hash browns and bake for 25 minutes or until slightly browned.
  • In a bowl, combine ham, green onion, and cheese.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs, milk,1/4 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  • Once crust is ready, spread ham mixture on the bottom and then cover with egg mixture.
  • Reduce oven to 350 degrees. Bake casserole for 25 minutes or until cooked through.


Calories: 301kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 132mg | Sodium: 511mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 9.4mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 1.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
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  1. I”m planning to make this but it would be great to have some definitive instructions on steps to making this ahead: Can you make just the crust, bake, chill and fill the next day? Can you bake the crust, add the filling, and bake it all the next day? Should you not do either? For those who don’t want to freeze it (just assemble as much as possible the night before) it would be great to have that included in the recipe… I”m going to bake the crust, mix the filling and keep it in fridge overnight, and then pour it in the baked crust and bake on Easter morning. We shall see what happens!

  2. I saw a similar recipe by Trisha Yearwood, but could not find it on the web. I tweeked this one to my taste. It came out great. The real test will be when my wife gets up. she’ll let me know if its any good.

  3. 4 stars
    Mine turned out beautifully. Just for my personal taste I would cut the garlic in half and add at least one more egg. But great recipe, thank you!

    1. You can omit the salt if you like 🙂 I feel like the eggs can use a little seasoning but you can definitely change the seasoning to your taste.

  4. If frozen after cooked, what is the best way to reheat it?
    I love recipes that I can do ahead and that are good. This looks like one of those.

    1. Great-Could I also assemble, freeze, thaw and then totally bake. It seems like I could. I should have asked both questions the first time.

      Have a great day!