This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole is loaded with frozen hash browns, eggs, cheddar cheese, and yummy sausage. It’s quick to put together and is sure to be the most satisfying start to your day!
There is nothing better than a delicious, hearty breakfast casserole! And this recipe is one of my favorites because of how easily I can throw a few ingredients into my crockpot and walk away. In just a few hours, this hearty dish will be warm, gooey, and ready to eat.
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
In fact, I like to make this crockpot breakfast casserole when we have guests spending the night so they can wake up to a warm, comforting meal! You can modify this recipe to make it vegetarian, vegan, or even add bacon along with the sausage, depending on your preferences. There is something in this casserole that everyone will love!
- Breakfast Sausage—Or bacon if that’s what you prefer.
- Frozen Hash Browns—shredded work best because they cook very evenly.
- Cheddar Cheese—Or your favorite melty cheese.
- Eggs—Create the fluffy, bouncy base of this hearty crockpot breakfast casserole.
- Milk—I like the creaminess of whole milk, but you can use any kind of cow or plant milk in this recipe.
- Salt and Pepper—To taste.
How to Make Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
- In a small pan, cook the sausage until it is no longer pink in the middle.
- Add the cooked sausage, hash browns, and cheddar cheese to your crockpot. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper together until smooth. Pour the mixture into the crockpot and stir until all ingredients are coated.
- Place the lid on your crockpot and cook on high heat until the eggs are set.
- Serve and enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! To make crockpot breakfast casserole overnight, simply prepare all the ingredients as usual and cook it in the crockpot on low for 7-8 hours while you sleep. You will wake up to a warm and hearty breakfast ready to be devoured!
Although these three popular breakfast dishes use similar ingredients, they’re prepared in very different ways and boast different textures. A quiche is made with a pastry-like crust and is filled with a rich and custardy egg filling. Frittatas are on the firmer side and are usually made on the stovetop. Breakfast casseroles usually have the most add-ins like potatoes, meats, and vegetables and are baked in the oven.
If you notice your breakfast casserole seems dry in the crock pot, you can try adding a small splash of milk or water on top. Then simply replace the lid and allow the dish to keep cooking. This will create a moist environment and help keep the casserole soft.
How to Serve and Store Easy Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
To round out the savory flavors in this crockpot breakfast casserole, I usually pair it with sweet breakfast dishes such as a fresh fruit salad, yogurt parfait, or fruit smoothie. Or, if you want to keep things easy, simply serve your casserole on its own. It’s extra delicious when topped with a dollop of sour cream, a spoonful of pico de gallo, or a sprinkling of chopped green onions.
This breakfast casserole is best served fresh; however, leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat this sausage breakfast casserole in the microwave until warmed to your liking. It is important to note that reheating the casserole will remove some of the moisture. You can sprinkle a small amount of water on top, before reheating, to prevent the casserole from being too dry.
How to Make Breakfast Casserole in the Oven
Even if you don’t own a crockpot, you can still make this amazing, hearty breakfast casserole in the oven!
- In a small pan, cook the sausage until it is no longer pink in the middle. Set aside.
- In a big bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, salt, and pepper.
- Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Add in the sausage, cheese, and hash browns.
- Pour in the egg mixture and stir until all ingredients are fully coated.
- Cover the baking dish with tin foil. Bake for 45 minutes in a 350°F oven.
- Remove the tin foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Expert Tips and Tricks
- A browned top does not indicate a cooked center! Make sure to cook the casserole for the complete time to ensure the middle is set all the way through.
- There is no need to thaw or fry the hash browns beforehand since they will fully cook in the crock pot!
- To add more nutrients to your casserole, you can throw in a cup of diced bell peppers, onions, or olives. You can also add a cup of sliced jalapenos if you’re not afraid of a little spice!
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Crockpot Breakfast Casserole
- 1 pound ground breakfast sausage
- 2 cups frozen hash browns
- 1 ¼ cup cheddar cheese
- 6 large eggs
- ½ cup whole milk
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- In a small pan or skillet, cook the breakfast sausage over medium-high heat until fully cooked and no longer pink in the middle.
- Once cooked, combine the sausage with the hash browns and cheddar cheese in your crock pot. Stir to combine.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, pepper, and salt until homogenous. Pour the egg mixture into the crock pot and stir again until the sausage, eggs, and hash browns are fully coated in the egg mixture.
- Place the lid on your crock pot and cook on high heat for 3 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
- If you are going to be out of the house for a while, you can also cook this casserole on low heat for 5-6 hours.
- For a spicier breakfast casserole, there are several things you can do. You can add a few drops of tabasco sauce to the egg mixture. You can also use pepper jack cheese or sprinkle a teaspoon or two of red pepper flakes into the casserole before it bakes.
- This casserole is best served fresh; however, leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can reheat your leftovers in the microwave for about a minute. It is important to note that reheating this casserole will remove some of the moisture.
- Feel free to add one cup of diced bell peppers or onions. You can also some sliced jalapenos.
- There is no need to thaw or fry the hashbrowns beforehand since they will fully cook in the crock pot.
This Crockpot Breakfast Casserole brims with frozen hash browns, eggs, sausage, and a generous serving of cheddar cheese. Assembling it is a breeze, guaranteeing a thoroughly fulfilling way to kickstart your morning!