Hashbrown Casserole

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Hashbrown casserole is a quick and easy side dish. Perfect for breakfast, brunch and dinner! Tastes just like it’s straight from Cracker Barrel.

This post was updated February 19, 2020.

Hashbrown Casserole with wooden spoon

Brunch is one of my favorite meals! If you love brunch like I do be sure to check out these recipes: Instant Pot French Toast Casserole, Hashbrown Crust Breakfast Casserole.

When I was growing up, we would go to Cracker Barrel every Sunday after church. It became our Sunday tradition to go have a big breakfast and discuss the week ahead. Never fail, every time my mom would order a side of hash brown casserole to go with her pancakes. When she wasn’t looking, I would try to sneak bites of her casserole.

Ingredients Needed:

Frozen Shredded Hashbrowns – You can also use refrigerated hashbrowns.

Cheddar Cheese – I recommend Sharp Cheddar Cheese. 

Onion – Diced very small. If you don’t like onion, feel free to omit.

Milk – This helps to make casserole creamy and delicious. 

Beef Broth – Adds a nice level of flavor. Could substitute with vegetable broth. 


Garlic Powder – This gives an extra kick of flavor but feel free to omit. 

How To Make Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

Scroll to the bottom for full printable recipe and ingredients list. 

  • Begin by adding frozen hashbrowns, cheese, butter, broth, milk, onion and spices to a large bowl. 
  • Microwave for 10 minutes. 

A bowl of cheese, frozen hashbrowns and butter

  • Be sure to give it a stir after 5 minutes of cooking.

shredded hashbrowns with shredded cheese in a bowl

  • Spray a casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray and spread the hashbrown mixture into casserole dish. Top with extra cheese.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. 

Hashbrown Casserole In a casserole dish before bake

After much trial and error, mom perfected a great copycat recipe to Cracker Barrel’s easy hashbrown casserole recipe that is spot on! It tastes just like the restaurant if not better. The best part is it requires just dumping all of the ingredients in a bowl, heat up and then pop in the oven to cook the shredded potatoes and make them nice and cheesy. So easy, it’s a no brainer.

Should I thaw hash browns before cooking?

Yes, they need to be thawed before cooking. The thawing time is included in the casserole recipe. 

Can you freeze hashbrown casserole?

Yes! If it has already been baked, allow the casserole to completely cool. Wrap tightly in freezer wrap and aluminum foil to prevent freezer burn. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, allow to thaw. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until heated all the way through.

Hashbrown Casserole Variations

This recipe is delicious on it’s own but you can add a few ingredients to change it up.

  • Try adding in your favorite vegetables like diced mushrooms, bell peppers or tomatoes.
  • Want to “beef” it up, try adding some crumbled breakfast sausage, bacon or diced ham. 
  • Want a little spice, top with sour cream, pickled jalapenos and salsa. 

Baked hashbrown casserole in a casserole dish

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Hash brown Casserole with fork on plate.
5 from 2 votes

Hashbrown Casserole

By Heather
Quick, easy, and cheesy, this hashbrown casserole makes a great side dish for any meal.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 35 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 32 oz bag of frozen shredded hashbrowns
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, combine all of the above ingredients and microwave for 10 minutes. Stir after 5 minutes.
  • Transfer hash browns to prepared baking dish and bake for 25 minutes.


Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 342mg | Potassium: 83mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 238mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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

Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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  1. Hi! I’m a little confused. You said the potatoes need to thaw and that this is included in the recipe time. Are you saying they should be thawed before going into the microwave or will they thaw during that 10 minutes?

    1. Hi Christina! Sorry, they will actually thaw in the microwave with the other ingredients. So you add frozen hashbrowns, cheese, butter, broth,milk, onion and the spices to a bowl. Hope this helps.