Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole (like Cracker Barrel’s!)

Welcome to the world of Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole goodness! I used to LOVE the Hash Brown Casserole at Cracker Barrel. That’s before I started asking questions about how they make their food (did you know almost all of their vegetable side dishes are made with sugar?).

Then if you look at the copy cat recipes online, most of them call for a can of condensed soup – no thank you MSG and other unwanted additives! There has to be a better way, and thankfully there is, which I’ve detailed for you below.

It’s hard to go wrong when it comes to potatoes and cheese and other wholesome ingredients. This is a tasty dish that you can enjoy with breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole from 100 Days of #RealFood
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole from 100 Days of #RealFood

Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole (like Cracker Barrel’s!)

Welcome to the world of Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole goodness! I used to LOVE the Hash Brown Casserole at Cracker Barrel before I started asking questions.
4.8 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 8 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 38 mins
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Servings: 6 people


  • 6 tablespoons butter + extra for greasing the pan
  • 1/3 cup onion diced
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese mild, freshly grated
  • 1 pound frozen hash browns be sure to buy a brand with only 1 ingredient – potatoes, no need to defrost


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a square baking dish with butter (8 x 8 or 9 x 9 inch) and set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan over medium heat melt the butter. Cook the diced onion until it softens but does not brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Throw in the minced garlic and cook while stirring for 1 more minute.
  • Turn the heat down to medium low and whisk in the flour. Continuously stir until the flour darkens but is not burnt, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Whisk in the milk, salt, and pepper until it slightly thickens, about 1 minute.
  • Turn the heat off and, using a spatula or wooden spoon, stir in the grated cheese until it melts. Fold in the hash browns until evenly coated.
  • Transfer to the baking dish being careful to push the thick mixture down on top into one even layer.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes uncovered, and then turn the heat up to broil for 3 to 4 minutes or until the top turns golden brown. Keep a close eye under the broiler so it doesn’t burn! Serve warm and enjoy.


We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole (like Cracker Barrel’s!)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 16g100%
Cholesterol 76mg25%
Sodium 554mg24%
Potassium 130mg4%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 825IU17%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 349mg35%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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178 thoughts on “Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole (like Cracker Barrel’s!)”

  1. 5 stars
    This was even better than I expected! I had frozen hashbrowns and wasn’t sure what to do with them and then I came across this recipe. Even my husband, who normally doesn’t like hashbrowns said these were some of the best potatoes he’s ever had. So easy to put together and I was very happy to NOT see sour cream in the ingredients (I didn’t miss it at all) – I will definitely be making this again!!

  2. I wouldn’t say it’s “just like Cracker Barrel’s”. It’s more like Mac and Cheese made with frozen hash browns instead of macaroni. Tasty, but not as close as other copycat recipes of Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole. Definitely needs the sour cream that’s missing from the above recipe!

      1. Tammy Feathers

        The original may not but many do have sour cream that claim to copycat cracker barrel. I’ve seen the creamed soup also listed on many. I figure the sour cream would make it creamer like the soup. Either way just suit to your taste. The sour cream sounds like a great addition!

  3. Where have you found 1 ingredient hash brown potatoes? I’ve not been able to find them at either Earth Fare and Whole Foods in Southpark. Help!

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