Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole recipe is true comfort food. Made with frozen hash browns and plenty of cheese, I can guarantee your family is going to enjoy this one! Often served at potlucks and funerals, everyone digs this cheesy dish.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole in 13x9 with cornflakes

Holiday Side Dish

I’m curious what you all eat for the holidays?

Typically our meal is a carb overload. Of course we have the ham (or turkey for Thanksgiving)…but then you have mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and hashbrowns.

Oh and a basket of No Knead Garlic Parmesan Dinner Rolls is a must too!

This Cheesy Hash brown Casserole has been making appearances at family functions since I was young. You know, back when Corn Flakes cereal was like one of only 20 cereal choices.

And as children, we liked Corn Flakes! I have to be honest, my kids don’t care for Corn Flakes (they much prefer Frosted Flakes).

The only time we have a box of Corn Flakes in our pantry is when I know this Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is going to be on the menu.

Why this Recipe works

Corn flakes mixed with melted butter are the perfect crunchy, buttery topping for Cheesy Potato Casserole.

My mom’s recipe also uses pre-shredded cheddar cheese. You know, the orange stuff in the bag (which we all love of course).

However, if you’re looking to take this to the next level of deliciousness, try using a good quality cheddar, that you shred yourself.

It gives this dish such an intense, tangy flavor you can’t resist. And, it melts so creamy mixed up with the rest of the ingredients!

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole is such a great addition to any meal as it can be prepared ahead of time. All you need to do is pop it in the oven when it’s time to cook the meal.

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole recipe with cornflake topping

Funeral Potatoes

My family calls this recipe Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, but I have also heard it called Funeral Potatoes.

Why, you ask? If you have ever been to a funeral in the Midwest, you know that these Cheesy Funeral Potatoes almost always make an appearance at the meal afterwards.

They’re not just a staple at funerals, though – Funeral Potatoes are a part of just about any potluck or gathering in the Midwest.

They’re great to serve as a side dish with my favorite mississippi roast or Oven Baked Pork Chops too!

Step By Step Instructions

Ingredients needed to make cheesy hashbrown casserole.

Step 1.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 2.

In a big bowl, you’ll mix everything except for the butter and corn flakes together. It’s okay if your hashbrown potatoes are frozen.

My family prefers the “cubed” version, but if you like shredded feel free to use those! Pour into your 13×9 pan!

Step 3.

Crush your corn flakes slightly, you don’t want tiny crumbs here, but you also don’t want all whole flakes either. Mix up your corn flakes with the melted butter and sprinkle it over the top of the casserole.

PRO TIP: You can also substitute potato chips or Ritz crackers for the topping!

Cover the Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole with foil and bake until golden brown and bubbly. About one hour. SERVE hot!

Hashbrown Casserole with cheese and cornflakes

Recipe FAQs

Should I thaw hashbrowns before cooking?

With my recipe, you can use straight from frozen!

Can I use fresh potatoes instead of frozen hashbrowns?

Yes! Grate potatoes using food processor. Use in recipe as directed.

What are cracker barrel potatoes?

Want to make this more like Cracker Barrel? Add the cheese on top before baking (skip the corn flakes).

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Yield: serves 10-12

Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

This Cheesy Hashbrown Casserole, also known as Cheesy Funeral Potatoes, makes an appearance at all family gatherings. So easy and delicious and perfect for a crowd!


  • 2 lb frozen hashbrowns (cubed)
  • 16 oz sour cream
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I use Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar)
  • 1 can (10 1/2 oz ) cream of chicken soup
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp minced onion
  • 3/4 cup melted butter,divided
  • 2 cup corn flakes, crushed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine frozen hashbrowns, sour cream, cheese, soup, salt, pepper, onion and 1/2 cup of the melted butter. Mix until thoroughly combined. Pour into a 13x9 baking dish.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining 1/4 cup melted butter with crushed corn flakes. Sprinkle over top of casserole.
  4. Cover dish with foil and bake for about 60 minutes. Remove foil and bake an additional 5-10 minutes to add some crunch to the topping. Serve and enjoy!


*May be prepared ahead of time and stored in refrigerator. If doing this, the hashbrowns will be thawed. You can now bake it for about 45 minutes covered, and 5 minutes uncovered. ENJOY

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 799mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 8g

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Posted on September 19, 2020

Comments & Reviews

  1. Wow! Maybe these should be called Cheesy Loaded Hash Browns. They look absolutely delicious with everything one would want in a potato casserole. And so easy. I’ve got to try these with our next family get together.

  2. Best recipe ever!!!!! I’ve been making this for years. I got the recipe from my mom who always made it. My daughter LOVES this…she expects this to be made at any gathering. lol. I use shredded instead of cubed hash browns, and usually add in more sharp cheddar to make it cheesier(and because my daughter and i love sharp cheese). 🙂 I also use just about the amount of minced onion you have listed, versus what my recipe calls for… 1/2 cup chopped onion. I am not a onion person so cut back & use minced. I’m asked often for this recipe…including my husbands 93 yr old grandma who mailed me a recipe card wanting it! lol.  It freezes well, because I usually make 4 or 5 batches of it before summer to put in freezer so I can pull it out to throw in oven at anytime. Then I don’t have to worry if I have all the ingredients! 🙂 

  3. Yum!!!  I love this potato casserole too!!!! This is very similar to the cheesy potatoes we have been making forever too.  I just assumed everyone had this recipe, so I have never posted it.  LOL! I should know better and just post whatever we eat whenever, right?

  4. Ohmygosh crispy creamy cheesy heaven! I need the entire casserole dish for my face! <3 I love that it's make ahead too!

  5. How funny, made a dish like this tonight. Recipe quite similar, but, had to do some subs, as the hubs bought the cubed hash browns instead of the grated. Then we had no corn flakes, but I did have corn flake crumbs. So combined 2cups crumbs with 1/4 cup melted butter. Put that on top. Oh, and was too lazy to grate more cheese,so used up the combined cheddar and Monterey Jack had shredded the day before. Was still pretty good and we are all blobbed out from the meal!!!! 

  6. What?! Hashbrown casserole? This looks insane! I love hashbrowns but have never seen anything like this before 🙂 Yum! 

    1. That’s so funny because I always assume everyone grew up on the same dishes as me, and they all probably have a recipe already. 🙂

  7. My family has a very similar version of this recipe, and I posted it this week too, coincidentally! My Grandma found the recipe somewhere, and we’ve been making it for holidays ever since. Love how simple it is, and how ultra-cheesy! It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser. Looks FABULOUS!

    1. Oh how funny, I’ll have to go see it!! I say “my grandma’s recipe” and chances are it came from the back of a soup can 😉

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