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Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole

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This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is a perfect side dish for any gathering. It’s a classic comfort food that’s always a crowd pleaser with its creamy, cheesy flavor.

Finished pan of cheesy hash browns along with the hash browns plated with ham, salad and white wine

If you like cheesy hash browns, you’re going to love this casserole. It’s so easy to make and it turns out so creamy and cheesy. It’s a side dish that’s perfect for entertaining.

Whether it’s a holiday meal or a backyard barbecue, this side dish is always a hit. It goes incredibly well with ham, but also pairs great with grilled burgers and hot dogs as well as a juicy steak. This cheesy hash brown casserole is also a great addition to a brunch menu.

Plus it makes enough to feed a crowd. One pan will feed up to 12 people.

Another thing that makes this hashbrown casserole great for entertaining is that it can be made up two days ahead of time. To do this, make the casserole up to the point that it’s ready for the oven.

Store in the refrigerate until you’re ready to bake it. It will bake at the same temperature, but you’ll need to allow an additional 10-15 minutes of cooking time. 

Photo showing the ingredients that go into the recipe

What ingredients are needed to make cheesy hash browns?

  • Refrigerated hash browns, such as Simply Potatoes are preferred. Frozen hash browns can be used, but should be thawed and drained of any excess liquid.
  • Onion and garlic for aromatic flavor.
  • Butter for richness and flavor.
  • Sour cream
  • Cream of chicken and cream of mushroom soups are essential ingredients to give the potatoes their creamy texture. 
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese. Sharp cheddar is recommended over mild cheddar in order to give the casserole a bolder, cheesy flavor.

Finished cheesy hash brown casserole shown with ham and salad

What are the steps to make cheesy hashbrown casserole? (See full instructions in recipe card)

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a skillet and sauce onions and garlic.
  3. Melt the rest of the butter in the pan.
  4. Combine butter mixture with the rest of the ingredients, except for the hash browns.
  5. Mix in hash browns.
  6. Coat a 9×13 pan with cooking spray and spoon hashbrown mixture into pan.
  7. Bake for 50-60 minutes, until browned and bubbly.

Photo showing cheesy hash brown casserole plated with salad and ham

What should be served with this hashbrown casserole?

Close up of cheesy hash brown casserole plated

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Yield: 12 servings

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole is a perfect side dish for any gathering. It's a classic comfort food dish that's always a crowd pleaser with its decadent creamy cheesy cheesiness.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 2 (20 oz) packages refrigerated hash browns, such as Simply Potatoes
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, divided
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 1/2 cups light sour cream
  • 4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Melt 2 tbsp butter in a medium skillet over medium heat
  3. Add chopped onion and saute for about 5 minutes, until translucent
  4. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute more
  5. Add remaining butter to the skillet, stirring until melted
  6. Combine butter/onion mixture in a large bowl with soups, sour cream, cheese, salt and pepper
  7. Stir until well combined
  8. Add hash browns to the bowl, gently stirring until well coated with the sauce
  9. Spoon potato mixture into a 9x13 baking pan that's been coated with cooking spray
  10. Bake in preheated oven for 50-60 minutes, until browned and bubbly
  11. Serve immediately


  • I highly recommend using refrigerated hashbrowns for this recipe. If you do use frozen, make sure they have been defrosted and any liquid has been drained.
  • This casserole can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated before baking. You will need to add an addition 10-15 minutes to the baking time.






Wednesday 13th of November 2013

Awesome Recipe!! Thanks.


Sunday 31st of March 2013

A Year late, but great job Mom & Dad!.

2013 Easter and what to do with left over ham, that my hubby won't touch? Instead of cream of chicken, cream of celery along with cream of mushroom, with a little chopped green bell pepper, onion and leftover ham added. It's what I had on hand at the time. :)


Saturday 26th of May 2012

Oh this casserole looks DELICIOUS!!!! My kinda comfort food! So hard to only eat a scoop of a dish like this!!! YUM!


Saturday 26th of May 2012

Thanks! This is total comfort food, I think I could eat the whole pan!!

Miz Helen

Friday 25th of May 2012

Congratulations to your beautiful daughter on her graduation! The photo is great and a wonderful memory. Your Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole looks so good, we would just love it. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week end. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen


Saturday 26th of May 2012

Thanks and have a great weekend, too!

The Better Baker

Friday 25th of May 2012

What an awesome melt-in-your-mouth recipe. Looks fabulous. You must be SOO proud to have that daughter graduate...and rightly so. Thanks for linking up at Weekend Potluck. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.


Friday 25th of May 2012

Thank you so much! I hope you have a great weekend, too!! :)

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