Hash Brown Casserole with Ham

This one-dish Hash Brown Casserole with Ham is a delicious, easy to assemble breakfast to start the day. A layer of toasty hashbrowns is covered with ham and plenty of cheese then topped with creamy, fluffy eggs. It’s a hearty casserole that’s great for every day and delicious enough for holiday brunches. Plus it’s a super simple recipe to meal prep for the week ahead. 

Serving of hash brown casserole with ham on white plate with blood orange slices and full casserole in back.

I think breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and especially on weekends. I am usually up early, whether it’s a weekend or not, (I know, I know, my kids tell me that’s just not normal lol) so I have plenty of time to dabble in the kitchen and make a more substantial breakfast than during the busy week.

Saturday morning usually finds me making dishes like this easy Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, my all-time favorite, or my husband’s special crispy buttermilk waffles with pecans.

Breakfast meal prepping

Then on Sunday, it’s prep time for the week ahead. I love to make freezable breakfasts that contain eggs, you know, for all that good protein. Favorites like Quick & Easy Ham Breakfast Bowls, Texas Breakfast Kolaches, or this delicious Hashbrown Breakfast Casserole. After it cools,  I cut the casserole into individual servings, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, then freeze. It makes for delicious, quick and easy breakfasts all week.

Partial view of baked hashbrown breakfast casserole on white table.

This hash brown casserole with ham is super easy to make and hardly takes any time at all to throw together. You can put any of your favorite omelet additions in the mix, check out the suggestions below, or just go with those indicated in the recipe. Believe me, it tastes great anyway you fix it.

Ingredients

Hashbrowns: Purchase packaged hashbrowns found in the cold section of your grocery store to cut down on prep time. I like to use Southwest Hashbrowns for their spicy flavor but Potatoes O’Brien with onions and peppers are also delicious. Using either of these makes adding the onions and peppers to the potatoes an optional step.

Ham: adds a wonderful smoky, salty flavor to the mix. You can use leftover ham, a great option for after Easter, a ham steak, or, for something even easier, the diced ham in the deli section of your grocers. 

Cheese: You can use just cheddar cheese or use a combination of cheeses for a little bit tastier version. A large portion of cheddar for its’ sharp flavor, and smaller quantities of Parmesan for its saltiness, and Gruyere for its creaminess. To save time, purchase large blocks of cheese and shred when you get home. Keep covered in the refrigerator for easy access when needed. 

Eggs: are the binding ingredients to help hold the casserole together. 

Milk: adds the creamy texture to the dish.

Lifting serving of breakfast casserole with ham out of baking dish.

Variations

  • Change out the ham for cooked, crumbled bacon or sausage. You can even use deli ham or spice it up with a little chorizo thrown in. 
  • Don’t have cheddar cheese on hand? No problem! Use Swiss, Gruyere, Gouda, or a combination of them. Put a dash of Parmesan in too for a little tangy saltiness.
  • Make it vegetarian by omitting the ham and adding in broccoli, spinach, or mushrooms.

How to make

Hashbrown casserole with ham ingredients, labeled.

  1. Gather the few ingredients you’ll need. I love using shredded hash browns as it cuts a tremendous amount of time from the overall prep. It also helps make this casserole go together quickly if you chop your ham, onion, and red pepper and grate your cheese ahead of time. 

Potatoes onions and peppers pressed into casserole dish.

  1. Lightly cover the bottom and sides of your baking dish with olive oil. Mix the hashbrowns, chopped onion, and red pepper together in the dish and press into a solid layer. Bake for 20 minutes to firm it up.

Sprinkling ham and cheese over potato layer.

  1. Remove the casserole dish from the oven and scatter the ham and cheese over the potatoes. I used a combination of mostly cheddar with a little Gruyere and Parmesan mixed in.

Pouring egg mixture over layered casserole.

  1. Mix the eggs, cream, salt, and pepper together and pour over the entire hashbrown breakfast casserole. Bake for 1 hour.

Lifting serving on spatula above casserole.

If you’re having this hash brown casserole with ham for breakfast, garnish it with green onions, cut a portion, and serve while still warm. Doesn’t that just look mouthwatering! I love all that browned cheese on top, not to mention the cheesy potatoes. Yum!

Slice of casserole on white plate with bite on fork.

If you’re looking to freeze for weekday meal prep, let cool, then cut in single portions, wrap in plastic wrap, and place in the freezer. When you are ready to eat, unwrap, place on a plate in the microwave, and heat on high for 1-2 minutes or until warm throughout. 

This breakfast casserole with ham and hash browns is great for every day but delicious enough for Easter and Christmas brunch too. Enjoy!

More easy breakfast recipes

Bacon Cheddar Scones are a breakfast treat full of bacon, cheese, and spinach. The drop method makes these even easier to make and perfect for meal prep too! 

Baked Huevos Rancheros is breakfast Mexican style. It only takes 5 ingredients to make this hearty egg and sausage breakfast topped with cheese and tortilla chips. 

Sausage Apple Breakfast Casserole is another great meal prep breakfast. It’s like a french toast casserole complete with sausage and cheese. 

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Hash Brown Casserole with Ham

A complete breakfast of eggs, ham, and hash browns all in one dish. Great breakfast to start the day or cut into portions & freeze for a great grab 'n go breakfast on busy mornings.
Print Rate
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 287kcal
Author: Linda Warren

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 20 oz package Simply Potatoes hash browns, any flavor
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped (optional if using already seasoned potatoes)
  • 1/2 red pepper, chopped (optional if using already seasoned potatoes)
  • 1 cup ham, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, your favorite kind (I used a combination of cheddar, parmesan & gruyere)
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Garnish: green onions, sliced thin

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Coat bottom and sides of a 9x13-inch casserole dish with olive oil. You can also use a nonstick spray here.
  • Place hashbrowns, onion, and red pepper in prepared dish and press flat. Season with salt & pepper.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Reduce oven heat to 350 degrees.
  • Top potato mixture with ham then sprinkle cheese on top.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and combine with milk, salt & pepper.
  • Pour over potato-ham mixture.
  • Place in oven and bake 1 hour.
  • Garnish with green onions.

Notes

For meal prep: Let casserole cool. Cut into 8 squares and wrap each in plastic wrap. Store in freezer until needed. To reheat: remove plastic wrap, place on plate, cover with paper towel, and microwave for about 1-1/2 to 2 minutes.

Variations

  • Change out the ham for cooked, crumbled bacon or sausage. You can even use deli ham or spice it up with a little chorizo thrown in. 
  • Don't have cheddar cheese on hand? No problem! Use Swiss, Gruyere, Gouda, or a combination of them. Put a dash of Parmesan in too for a little tangy saltiness.
  • Make it vegetarian by omitting the ham and adding in broccoli, spinach or mushrooms.

Nutrition

Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 198mg | Sodium: 489mg | Potassium: 375mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 757IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 239mg | Iron: 2mg

This post has been updated with new photos and better step-by-step instructions. It was first posted on January 29, 2017.

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