Hashbrown Casserole is easy, cheesy and totally delicious!  This simple casserole is made easy with frozen hashbrowns! 

Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown casserole needs just 5 minutes of prep making it the a great side or potluck dish! The perfect breakfast casserole!

Serving spoon of Hashbrown Casserole in a casserole dish

The Hashbrowns, That’s Why

I love Cracker Barrel but the truth is… I only show up for the hashbrown casserole.  That’s it. Just the hashbrowns people.

My friend shared her version of that yummy, oh so creamy and cheesy easy Hashbrown Casserole with me and WOW!  Tender shredded hash browns in a rich and creamy cheese sauce, topped with more cheese and baked until hot and bubbly!

This is a perfect breakfast casserole for any holiday morning or just when you’re getting the family together for a delicious breakfast or brunch.  It also makes a perfect side dish for Crispy Oven Parmesan Chicken or even served alongside a Ranch 7 Layer Salad for lunch!

Close up of cheesy baked hashbrown casserole in a white casserole dish

Better Than the Original

There are lots of recipes out there for this cheesy casserole but this is the one I’ve found to be the closest! This hashbrown casserole is made with condensed cream of chicken soup.  I’ve also made it with cream of cheddar soup if you can find it.  Both work perfectly in this recipe! While I’ve had a version of hashbrown casserole without sour cream, I definitely prefer it with, it adds a little bit of creaminess and tang to the recipe. Since this is a copy cat hashbrown casserole recipe, my list of ingredients is inevitably different than the original but the flavor is just like my favorite Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole (in fact, it’s even BETTER in my opinion)!

How to Make Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

One of the best things about hashbrown casserole is that it’s super quick to prepare (5 minutes). I literally cannot stop eating it; dinner, bedtime snack and then breakfast if there is any left!

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spread into a 9×13 dish.
  3. Top with cheese and bake. Voila!

It’s that easy!  If you’d like you can add leftover chicken, ham or ground beef to this easy recipe. Stir in your favorite veggies as well, Steamed Broccoli, peas or frozen veggies work well too!

Cheesy hashbrown casserole on a stack of white plates.


I like to top it with cheese to keep it close to the version I’ve had at Cracker Barrel but if you prefer a nice crunchy topping on your hashbrown casserole, this is also great with cornflakes.  Gently crush 2 cups of cornflakes and toss with 1/4 cup of melted butter, sprinkle over the casserole before baking.

How to Freeze Hashbrown Casserole

This easy cheesy hashbrown casserole can easily be frozen. We usually prepare as directed and freeze any leftovers in individual servings making them the perfect lunch or quick dinner.

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Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

This is my favorite casserole ever! Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole needs just 5 minutes of prep and is absolutely cheesy, delicious and completely irresistible! The perfect breakfast casserole!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings



  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl reserving ½ cup of cheese for topping.
  • Place in a greased 9×13 casserole dish and top with reserved cheese.
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes or until hot and bubbly.


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Nutrition Information

Calories: 355 | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 503mg | Potassium: 418mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 755IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 1.4mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Casserole
Cuisine American

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Note:  This recipe originally appeared on SpendWithPennies.com April, 2013. 

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  1. My family loves this!!!! We think it’s actually better than Cracker Barrel and it costs so much less!!! We use mild cheddar cheese also instead of colby jack. When it’s made with either cheese it’s delicious either way. We did it for breakfast and as a side with dinner.5 stars

  2. I have made this several times & we love it. Usually, I will add a little diced ham & make it a meal. Also, if you don’t have frozen hashbrowns, shred 32 ozs of potatoes & use them. They will cook by time it comes out of oven. YUM!

  3. I am going to make this recipe for the first time for Thanksgiving – is it possible to make ahead with frozen hash browns and keep in the refrigerator overnight before cooking the next day?

  4. Would it be possible to use 32oz of fresh shredded potatoes ? Finding frozen Hash browns where we are is like winning the lottery !! Thanks

    1. You could certainly use fresh potatoes in this recipe. They will take slightly longer to cook so I would suggest shredding and slightly steaming or pan frying them before adding them to this recipe.

    1. I would suggest two pans to ensure that the center is heated through. If you do make one pan, cooking time would need to be increased and I would suggest stirring it part way through cooking.

  5. I made this tonight and it was absolutely delicious! The only thing different that I did was add sharp cheddar to the colby jack. I figured that I’d do a test run on it because it looked quite delicious and seemed easy enough to make. Glad I did because it was quite a hit. We have company coming for Thanksgiving and this will now be on the menu. It will actually be on the menu for more than just the holidays. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe!5 stars

  6. I’m a divorced 41 year old man and I could do this its so easy lol and delicious its so good my mom wanted the recipe so she could make it for church it made me feel like a chef lol 5 star recipe thanks!!!5 stars

  7. I made this on Saturday for my son’s birthday. I doubled the recipe and there was none left over. it was fantastic! the only thing I did differently was added a little bit of garlic powder and some minced onion in addition to the chopped onion. I will be making this again for the holidays. Thank you!

  8. I love your recipes and this is sooo good. I would like to share a tip for making this even more incredible. I put some French fried onion ring pieces from a frozen package on top and browned them nice and crisp. This adds so much more flavor and gives a nice crisp crunch to the potatoes.

  9. This tastes absolutely nothing like the casserole at Cracker Barrel. No comparioson whatsoever. No way they use sour cream. Didnt taste that at all.1 star

  10. Holly as always this recipe is fantastic as written.

    I had to substitute and stumbled upon a terrific hack to bring this up a notch. Only having half a stick of butter, I put the butter along with olive oil into some chicken I was browning; after browned I drained off half cup and used this instead of the full stick butter. Scrumptious!!5 stars

      1. Hi! I’m excited to try your recipe this weekend. After defrosting the hash browns, should I squeeze out and drain the excess liquid from them before proceeding with the recipe? Thank you in advance!

      2. No need to squeeze them out Melissa. I typically find after defrosting there is not a lot of excess moisture, but if there is liquid you can drain it off before adding. I hope this helps!