Copy Cat Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole Recipe

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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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Review Recipe

Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
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!


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  • 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.

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.)

Keyword hashbrown casserole
Course Casserole
Cuisine American


Note:  This recipe originally appeared on April, 2013. 

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  1. Making this now didn’t have sour cream but added extra cream of chicken soup. Also added in smoked sausage and broccoli. Can’t wait to try. Very easy meal5 stars

  2. Without a doubt, the easiest, yummiest version of this favorite I’ve ever made!! I served it with oven-baked barbeque pork chops when my daughter’s family came to celebrate Christmas/New Years yesterday. It was a hit!5 stars

  3. I am teaching my 9 yrs old daughter to cook, this was the perfect recipe… I didn’t have sour cream on hand. We cut up 4 potatoes into hash browns, cream of chicken soup, a little sage and pepper and cheddar cheese. She is a very finicky eater… she went back for seconds!!! Definitely got to get sour cream the next time.. thank you5 stars

  4. I just made the Cracker Barrel has brown casserole, substituting plain green yogurt instead of sour cream & cream of mushroom soup, fresh parsley. It was great!5 stars

  5. Holly, we are making this today and are excited to try, would you happen to know the serving size, our 15yo is diabetic and has to take insulin fir her meal, any help would be appreciated, also making your crock pot pork chops !!!!!!

    1. The nutritional estimate is for a serving size of 1/10th of the recipe (we cut into 10 squares to serve). You can also use an online calculator with your exact ingredients/brands to get a more precise count.

  6. Hello! I make so many of your recipes! They are ALL amazing. This is the first time I have been unable to find an ingredient and just wanted to know… can I substitute Colby jack for Colby?

  7. If all I have is the southern style of hashbrown rather than shredded…. do you think that would still turn out ok?

    1. Can this recipe be made ahead? Thinking of making for eater and sure would be easier if I could make day before and just pop in oven Easter morning

      1. It would be just fine prepped ahead of time Melissa. You might need to adjust the cooking time slightly longer if the dish is cold.

  8. I tried this recipe last year for a brunch party and it was a success. I did it again for my family and they absolutely loved it. I’m planning on make it again for another Christmas event. Can this be refrigerated overnight before baking?5 stars

  9. I have tried this recipe and my boyfriend loved it! He loves the Cracker Barrel has brown casserole so I decided to make it for him and he said this one was even better than the original!
    I am currently going to make it for thanksgiving, I have a few family members who are vegetarians and don’t want them to miss out on the dish. Do you have any replacement recommendations for the cream of chicken ingredient?

    1. You could use cream of celery or mushroom in this recipe (I haven’t checked the label to confirm that it is vegetarian).

    2. You can use cream of mushroom or cream of celery. I used cream of mushroom and it was great! I also read that someone used the cheddar soup.

    3. I always use cream of mushrooms soup. My family likes it better than the cream of chicken. I can not tell the difference.

  10. I halved this recipe for my family of 3. My family and I really enjoyed it! I did use slightly less sour cream after reading other’s reviews and colby jack cheese because that’s what I had on hand.
    Thank you, this one will go into rotation:)5 stars

    1. Definitely not too much sour cream, as others complain about. I’ve made this several times, and it’s always a hit! I don’t buy Colby cheese, so use sharp cheddar. I let the bag of hash browns thaw in a bowl for about an hour. Also, grated onion is best. If they’re chopped, they don’t cook all the way through. I use butter to grease the baking pan, ALWAYS make corn flake topping and bake for an hour. Thanks for the yummy recipe! A staple in this house.5 stars

  11. WE love this recipe. I have made it again. I do not use frozen as I use my kitchen aid processor and peel my own potatoes and shred them.