For an easy cheesy potato casserole recipe, funeral potatoes are an absolute must!

Similar to a cheesy hashbrowns casserole, these potatoes are extra quick to prep and can be made well ahead of time.

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For a special breakfast or brunch, serve them alongside eggs benedict with some fruit kabobs.

What are Funeral Potatoes?

Funeral Potatoes are an easy casserole dish that’s perfect for feeding a crowd!

This budget-friendly dish uses hashbrowns, cheese, sour cream, and soup, mixed together and baked until golden! It’s all topped off with a buttery cornflake topping.

We love funeral potatoes because they taste so crazy good.

They are so easy to make, economical, and can be served for any occasion.

ingredients to make Funeral Potatoes on a wooden board

Ingredients and Variations

This recipe uses diced hash brown potatoes from the freezer. Any frozen (or pre-cooked) potatoes will work.

Sharp cheddar cheese adds a bright, tangy flavor but use what’s in your cheese drawer. Cheese tends to melt best if you shred it yourself from a block.

Why not add jalapenos, broccoli, or even add diced ham or bacon bits!

Crushed corn flakes are sprinkled on the top for a crispy, golden brown topping.

ingredients to make Funeral Potatoes in bowls

How to Make Funeral Potatoes

Super easy, delicious, and fail-proof, this dish will ready for the oven in a few minutes!

  1. Grease a casserole dish. Prepare the topping & set aside.
  2. Saute onion in butter & mix with sour cream, soup, & some of the cheese. Season with salt & pepper.
  3. Stir in potatoes & pour into casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese, crushed corn flakes, & bake until the top is bubbly & golden brown.

process of layering Funeral Potatoes

  • To use fresh potatoes, dice them 1/2″ or smaller and add them to salted boiling water. Cook about 7 minutes or just until tender. Cool slightly and proceed with the recipe.
  • Shredded hash browns make a great base just like the diced potatoes do, so feel free to sub them out as well!

How to Store and Reheat

  • The best way to store funeral potatoes is to cover the casserole dish with plastic wrap and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • To reheat funeral potatoes, simply place a portion or two in the microwave for a few minutes or toast in the oven at 325°F for 15-20 minutes!

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Funeral Potatoes

Creamy, cheesy, and flavorful, these Funeral Potatoes are always a crowd-pleaser!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings


  • 32 ounces diced hash brown potatoes thawed
  • ¼ cup butter melted
  • ½ onion chopped
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup 10.5 ounces each
  • 2 ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided


  • 1 ½ cups cornflakes crushed
  • ¼ cup butter melted


  • Preheat oven to 350˚F. Grease a 9x13 inch dish with butter.
  • Combine topping ingredients and set aside.
  • Cook onion in butter over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, combine onions, sour cream, soup and 2 cups cheese. Season with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Add hash brown potatoes and pour into prepared baking dish.
  • Top with remaining cheese and sprinkle topping over.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes or until browned and bubbly.


To use fresh potatoes, dice them 1/2" or smaller and add them to salted boiling water. Cook about 7 minutes or just until tender. Cool slightly and proceed with the recipe.
4.98 from 74 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 510 | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 96mg | Sodium: 954mg | Potassium: 475mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1210IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 329mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Course Breakfast, Casserole, Side Dish
Cuisine American

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    1. You sure can! Take it out of the fridge while the oven preheats (or even an hour ahead if time allows). If it is chilled from the fridge, you may need to add extra cooking time.

  1. So I have to ask… no one has had any deaths in the family immediately after making them, have they?? The recipe sounds amazing, but I’m not about jinxing myself… ‍♀️

    1. Hi MM, this recipe is considered the ultimate comfort food and is often served at gatherings held after the funeral takes place (hence the name). But we enjoy this recipe all year round (without jinx), whenever a little extra comfort food is needed.

  2. This recipe sounds delicious & easy! I’m planning to make this for a large family gathering in a deep dish disposable pan. If I double the recipe, would you recommend more time or a higher temperature…or both? Thanks for sharing!

    1. You may need to increase the cooking time depending on how large of a batch you are intending to make. I would check your casserole around the 40-minute mark and see if the potatoes are fully cooked and increase the temperature from there. You could also make two separate batches.

  3. Made these yesterday using my own potatoes shredded in a food processor. It was delicious!

  4. I’ve made this recipe for years without knowing it had a particular name. Cool !!!
    Instead of the corn flakes, I use crushed Goldfish crackers as a topping. It adds to the cheesy goodness !!
    Thank you for all of the recipe ideas !!

  5. Wow are these delicious. When I made these I thought they seemed like the Cracker Barrel hash brown casserole, BUT…these are way better! Much lighter and just the texture of the corn flakes makes them over the top! I used shredded hash browns because that’s what I had. My husband said, “keep this recipe for sure!” I am planning on it!5 stars

  6. I made this several times omitting the onions ( disliked by fiancée but added onion powder) and topped it off with crushed spicey Cheese-Its or Grape Nuts. For a breakfast dish, I added 1 lb. Kroger hot breakfast sausage cooked and drained. Add a few shakes of hot sauce for extra spicey or when served. I’m going to try and freeze two for Thanksgiving breakfast. Family and friends love this dish.5 stars

  7. Do I need to thaw the frozen hash browns or just use them straight from the freezer? Just wanted to make sure I did it the right way before making these, which look delicious!

    1. I usually thaw them first (I’ve updated the recipe to include this). If they’re still a little bit frozen, the recipe will work just fine but you might need to add a few minutes cook time.

      1. You’ll want to partially cook the potatoes ahead of making the casserole, then it would cook the same. Whole potatoes should be cooked about 10-12 minutes before shredding. Enjoy Aundrea!

  8. These funeral potatoes were the easiest and best tasting! I should have made double because that’s how fast they went.5 stars

    1. Hi Barb, Funeral Potatoes can definitely be frozen! I would freeze before baking, then when you’re ready to bake just be sure to thaw the casserole first and bake per the recipe instructions. Let us know how they turn out for you!

  9. First time I’ll be making this type of dish with diced potatoes and wonder if this recipe could be made in a slow cooker. Need it to be transportable. Sounds yummy!

    1. Yes, this can be made in the slow cooker. I would cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 6-7 hours. I would suggest skipping the topping in the slow cooker as the cornflakes may become mushy. If you’d like a little crunch, lightly brown some Panko breadcrumbs in butter in a skillet and sprinkle on top just before serving.