Better Than Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

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Better Than Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole is an easy-to-follow recipe for a hashbrown casserole that rivals the beloved restaurant’s version. Filled with butter, sour cream, and shredded cheese, this dish is guaranteed to be the star of any breakfast, brunch, or potluck. Plus, it’s comforting and delicious, and only a few minutes to prepare.

Cheesy hashbrown casserole in a pan.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, ‘Self, nothing’s better than Cracker Barrel’s Hashbrowns’. Yeah, I thought that too. Until, I got to playing and tweaking my hashbrown recipe.

Serving of cheesy hashbrowns on a plate.

Better Than Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

My recipe is tastier and creamier. Honestly, the secret is using good quality ingredients. I use real butter, full fat sour cream, and cheddar cheese. And, honestly, part of the secret is using Simple Potato hash browns. (Btw, this isn’t a sponsored post.) (Put them in your shopping card at Simple Potatoes at Walmart or Simple Potatoes at Kroger)

What are Simple Potato hash browns?

They are a brand of hashbrowns (and other potato products) that are ‘fresh, never frozen’. I learned about Simple Potatoes when I did this sponsored recipe post Hash Brown Slow Cooker Potato Soup for Simple Potatoes. They are so much better than any other hashbrowns. (Of course, you can use any frozen hashbrown potatoes for this recipe.)

Cheesy hashbrown casserole in a pan.

Ingredients for this casserole

The full recipe with ingredient amounts and instructions is at the bottom of this post. You can save a tree and save the recipe to your personal and private recipe box right here on Call Me PMc. This way you’ll never misplace it.

  • hash browns
  • butter, melted
  • Shallot, chopped
  • Cream of chicken
  • sour cream
  • cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
Serving of cheesy hashbrown casserole on a plate.

Is this hashbrown casserole for breakfast or dinner?

Both. It can be served any time of day for any meal. It’s just cheesy potatoes and they’re good any time.

Cheesy hashbrowns on a plate.

What main dish is cheesy hashbrown casserole good with?

 This potato casserole is good with breakfast or dinner. For dinner we like it with Juicy Marinated Grilled Pork Chops, Pork Belly Burnt Ends, and Philly Cheese Sausage Dog.

For dessert, serve a big slice of the best pecan pie.

Cheesy hashbrown casserole in a pan.

Better Than Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole FAQ

Can I freeze hash brown casserole?

Yes. You can freeze either before or after baking it. Keep it in an airtight container in the freezer for 3 months. (Be sure to label it with the name and date you put it in the freezer.)

How do I reheat a frozen hash brown casserole?

Thaw the casserole in the fridge before you cooki it in the oven.

Try Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole for a slow cooker version

Cheesy hashbrown casserole in a pan.
Cheesy hashbrown casserole in a pan.

Better Than Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole

Better Than Cracker Barrel Hashbrown Casserole is an easy-to-follow recipe for a hashbrown casserole that rivals the beloved restaurant’s version.
Author: Paula
4.99 from 53 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
slow cooker, on high: 3 hours
Servings: 8 servings
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  • 30 ounces hash browns I prefer Simply Potatoes, (thawed if frozen)
  • 1 can (10 ¾ ounce) condensed cream of chicken soup
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 large shallot minced, about 2 tablespoons
  • 2 and ½ cups cheddar cheese shredded, divided
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 9×11 inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mix butter, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, shallot, 2 cups cheddar cheese, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Add hash browns and mix. Spoon the hash brown mixture to the prepared pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle with remaining ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese over the top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 45-60 mins until ready.
  • Serve hot. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Calories: 364kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Potassium: 364mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 799IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 280mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 4 stars
    Hi I made this tonight and it was really good. My only negative was it was a bit greasy. I will try again with a quarter cup of butter. Now I shredded my own potatoes and maybe that had something to do with it, I’m not sure. I squeezed all the water out of them in a colander. But overall REALLY good. Thank you for the recipe.

  2. Hi, I have been making “Nancy Potatoes” for many years. Same recipe except we use Cream of Celery soup. I got the recipe before I got married (37 yrs ago) from my husbands cousin. It goes with every holiday and birthday. brunch, picnic or get together. It is a must have.

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