Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

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Make ahead a cheesy hash brown casserole recipe, filled with shredded potatoes and topped with Corn Flakes. Quick and easy side dish perfect for a crowd!

Back in the day, I remember many a church potluck where someone would bring the most flavorful hash brown potato casserole ever. It was always one of my favorite things about potlucks!

Thumbing through my family cookbook, I realized my aunt added in her recipe for hash brown casserole. And let me tell you, this casserole brings back so many delicious memories.

Now some might call this funeral potatoes. My aunt calls it sour cream potatoes. I'm just calling it like it is… a cheesy hashbrown casserole.

And my goodness, how cheesy delicious it is. And easy to make too, kinda like my favorite mashed potato bar!

I love using my slow cooker to make this casserole too. CrockPot funeral potatoes are the ultimate comfort food.

It's the perfect casserole for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and that one Easter side dish everyone will love!


If you’d rather skip all of my cooking tips, important cooking info for this recipe, and similar recipe ideas – and get straight to the recipe – just scroll down to the bottom, where you’ll find a printable recipe card.


Hash brown casserole is a potato dish that's very cheesy and has delicious flavor, thanks in part to the sour cream. But it also has a mix of ingredients like soup, onion, and butter that give it tremendous flavor, as well.

It's a side dish served at church potlucks, family get togethers, holiday dinners, and funerals too, hence the name funeral potatoes.

Cracker Barrel even serves a delicious hash brown casserole on their menu.

hash brown potato casserole topped with crunchy Corn Flakes and baked in a blue baking dish


  • Frozen hash browns, thawed
  • Salted butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cream of chicken soup
  • Yellow onion
  • Sour cream
  • Sharp cheddar cheese – I actually prefer to use extra sharp cheddar cheese for added flavor (and it's usually what I have onhand).
  • Corn Flakes

Keep in mind, all of the ingredient amounts you’ll need are in the printable recipe card below.


Large Mixing Bowl

Cutting Board and Knife (or Vegetable Chopper)

13×9 Baking Dish

Smaller Mixing Bowl


steps for how to make cheesy hashbrown casserole by mixing ingredients in dish, spreading into baking dish, and topping with slightly crushed Corn Flakes

Then just bake everything according to the instructions in the recipe card below.

And that's it! When it's done, it's ready to serve while warm.


Yes, you'll definitely need to thaw the hash browns before assembling the casserole.

Just follow the instructions on the packaging, and allow ample time for thawing.


To quickly crush the Corn Flakes, just put them in a quart sized plastic bag, and seal the bag, making sure there's no air left in it.

Then just crush the cereal with your hands, or with a rolling pin.

For this recipe, they just need to be slightly crushed, so no need to spend a lot of time on this.

scoop of hash brown casserole in large spoon over blue baking dish


Sadly, regular cream of chicken soup is NOT gluten-free. And you may want to watch which hash browns you use too, because some have a coating that makes them not gluten-free, as well.

BUT there is hope for all of us gluten-free peeps.

There are gluten-free hash browns; just read the labels on the packaging before purchasing. AND there are options for gluten-free cream of chicken soup, as well.

So, you can make this a gluten-free hash brown casserole if needed.

serving of hash brown casserole with Corn Flakes on white plate with fork


Potato casserole with Corn Flakes pairs well with the following side dishes:


Yes, you can make this casserole the night before, the day before, etc.

You can even freeze hash brown casserole. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container so it doesn't get freezer burn.

funeral potatoes in blue baking dish with large serving spoon



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cheesy potato casserole with Corn Flakes recipe

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Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe

Make ahead a cheesy hash brown casserole recipe, filled with shredded potatoes and topped with Corn Flakes. Quick and easy side dish perfect for a crowd!
4.63 from 48 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 525kcal
Author: Mel Lockcuff


  • 30 ounces frozen hash browns thawed
  • 1/2 cup salted butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion minced
  • 10.5 ounces cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese

Corn Flake Topping:

  • 2 cups Corn Flakes slightly crushed
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the hash browns, melted butter, salt, pepper, minced garlic and onion, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and shredded cheese.
  • Spread the mixture in a greased 9×13 baking dish.
  • In a smaller mixing bowl, mix together the slightly crushed Corn Flakes and melted butter.
  • Sprinkle the Corn Flakes over the hash brown mixture in the baking dish.
  • Bake uncovered at 350° F for about 1 hour.
  • Serve while warm.


*I prefer to use extra sharp cheddar for added flavor, but sharp is fine, as well.
*To quickly crush the Corn Flakes, just put them in a quart sized plastic bag, and seal the bag, making sure there’s no air left in it. Then just crush the cereal with your hands, or with a rolling pin.
You can make this a gluten-free hash brown casserole by using gluten-free hash browns (watch the packaging) and a gluten-free cream of chicken soup.
You can make ahead and freeze hash brown casserole. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container so it doesn’t get freezer burn.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 41g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 741mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g
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24 thoughts on “Easy Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole Recipe”

  1. Question! I have a thanksgiving potluck at work tomorrow! If I mix it all together tonight and put it in the pan, should I put it in the freezer or the refrigerator? I will be putting it in the oven first thing in the morning and then transferring it to a crockpot!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this again today and this time I used gluten free cream of mushroom soup, added bacon bits (real), garlic and herb seasoning and it was amazing! This recipe has not failed me yet!

      • Heavens! Is it too much skin off to just answer the man without forcing him to scroll through the volume of non/sense and ads equivalent to the Congressional Record ? Really!! Scroll it yourself looking for that elusive recipe card!! Get a grip. Is your purpose sharing recipes or trying to find people to jump thru your hoops? Make a penny or two if this guy follows your suggestion that he scroll more than he already has? Count me out and hopefully this guy too!

        • Molly, what’s so “elusive” about the recipe card? My purpose is sharing recipes. For the sake of efficiency, I shared the recipe in the recipe card, as I state in the post. If you’re commenting, you’ve already scrolled right past it. It’s not small, nor is it hard to see or read….It’s right at the bottom of the post in its own blue box. You can’t make this recipe without first reading the recipe card. Otherwise, you’re not following the recipe; you’d be making it up. It has way more info than just cooking time. I’m sorry if this is an inconvenience to you, but it’s just how I’m sharing my recipes at this moment in time. If the card is giving you trouble for any reason, e.g., not showing up, I’d be happy to help.

  3. Thank you for posting this! What do you think about using a combination of yellow onions and adding some fresh chives? Do think either/or, or reduce the yellow onion amount? Also what about using crushed potato chips for the topping? Interested to hear your feedback.


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