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Comfort food for breakfast? Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole delivers! With crispy tater tots, eggs, cheddar, and savory sausage, this Midwest casserole is going to be a go-to for potluck brunches and holiday breakfasts.

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Why You’ll Love This Breakfast Casserole With Tater Tots

  • Potatoes in Their Most Fun Form. Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Fries are great, but if we’re ranking potatoes on a FUN scale, tater tots trump all. They bring a bit of whimsy to this breakfast casserole, along with some crispy goodness.
  • Hearty and Savory. As much as we might love Fluffy Pancakes and Strawberry Crepes, they’re not exactly a complete breakfast. And yes, Egg White Frittata is good, but it doesn’t exactly scream brunch party. Tater tot breakfast casserole is more well-rounded, with eggs, sausage, cheese and potatoes to keep you full and satisfied. (Love savory breakfast? Try Breakfast Biscuits with Sausage Gravy too!)
  • Easy to Make. When you’re bleary-eyed in the morning, you don’t want to spend an hour on a recipe. Good thing this easy tater tot breakfast casserole comes together in just 10 minutes! Like Overnight French Toast, it’s also great for making ahead if you absolutely cannot with cooking in the morning.
  • Perfect for Feeding a Crowd. Whether you’re hosting friends and family for a weekend brunch or need something to bring to a potluck, this breakfast casserole has you covered. Not feeding a crowd? You can still make the recipe and then freeze it in individual portions for heat-and-eat breakfasts.
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How to Make Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

The Ingredients

  • Breakfast Sausage. I usually use turkey sausage breakfast links, but pork sausage and vegetarian sausage also work.
  • Eggs. You’ll need a whole carton!
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese. Cheddar is the go-to for breakfast casseroles (it’s also in my Healthy Breakfast Casserole and Everything Bagel Breakfast Casserole), but you can use another cheese that’s assertive without being overpowering.
  • Milk. I used 1%, but whatever you have on hand will work.
  • Green Onions. They’ll add some onion flavor in the casserole, then as a garnish, they’ll also bring a pop of color and texture. For a milder flavor, you can use chives instead of green onions.
  • Frozen Tater Tots. While I love homemade Tater Tots, keep it easy and use store-bought here.

The Directions

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  1. Cook the Sausage. Chop them up.
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  1. Make the Egg Mixture. Add the cooked sausage.
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  1. Start Assembling. Pour the egg mixture into the baking dish. 
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  1. Add the Tots. Arrange them in a single layer and press them in gently.
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  1. Top With Cheese. More is more.
  2. Bake. Cover and bake tater tot breakfast casserole at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes, and ENJOY!
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Recipe Variations

  • Vegetarian Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole. In addition to replacing the sausage with a plant-based option, you can skip the sausage altogether and add sautéed mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers instead.
  • Bacon Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole. Replace the sausage with cooked, chopped bacon. (Air Fryer Bacon and Baked Bacon in the Oven make it easy.)
  • Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole With Ham. Swap out the sausage for diced ham. This is an excellent way to use leftover Crockpot Ham or Baked Ham.

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Place leftovers in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Reheat leftover tater tot breakfast casserole covered in a 350 degree F oven or in the microwave.
  • To Freeze. Wrap the casserole in individual portions and freeze for up to 6 months. When ready to bake, thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating according to the instructions above.

Meal Prep Tip

To prepare this tater tot breakfast casserole in advance, assemble it to the point of baking, refrigerate overnight, and then bake as directed.

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What to Serve with Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Shred Your Own Cheese. While it’s essential to shred your own cheese when you’re using it for a sauce (as with Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese), with this tater tot breakfast casserole, you can go either way—but shredding your own nudges it from great breakfast to best-ever breakfast. When you shred your own cheese, it melts smoother.
  • Know When It’s Done. If you insert a knife or toothpick into the center of the casserole and it comes out clean, it’s done! If you pull it out and it’s coated in liquid egg, it needs to bake longer.
  • Let It Set. Allow the casserole to sit for 10 minutes before serving. This will help it set and make it easier to cut into perfect squares.
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Tater Tot Breakfast Casserole

5 from 15 votes
With crispy tater tots, savory sausage, cheese, and eggs, this easy tater tot breakfast casserole is perfect for a make-ahead brunch recipe!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total: 50 minutes

Servings: 8 -10 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (10-ounce) package turkey breakfast sausage links (10 links) or pork sausage or vegetarian sausage
  • 12 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese divided (about 8 ounces), or cheese of choice
  • 1/3 cup milk (I used 1%)
  • 5 green onions finely chopped, divided (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 (32-ounce) bag frozen tater tots

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  • Cook the sausages according to package instructions in the microwave or on the stove. Chop the sausages into 1/2-inch chunks.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, 1 1/2 cups of the cheese, the milk, green onions (reserve about 2 tablespoons for garnish), salt, and pepper. Stir in the sausages.
  • Pour the egg mixture into the prepared baking dish. Top with the tater tots in a single layer, gently pressing the tots into the egg mixture. Sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup cheese.
  • Cover and bake the tater tot breakfast casserole for 35-40 minutes, until the eggs are fully set. Remove the cover during the last 10 minutes of baking to brown the top. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with reserved green onions. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes prior to serving.

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Notes

  • Instead of sausage links, you can use sausage patties and dice them up (or use vegetarian sausage)
  • MAKE AHEAD: Assemble to the point of baking, refrigerate overnight, then bake as directed.
  • TO STORE: Place leftover casserole in an airtight storage container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT: Reheat leftover tater tot breakfast casserole covered in a 350 degree F oven or in the microwave.
  • TO FREEZE: Wrap the casserole in individual portions and freeze for up to 6 months. When ready to bake, let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating according to the instructions above.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 8)Calories: 536kcalCarbohydrates: 32gProtein: 23gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 300mgPotassium: 534mgFiber: 3gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 765IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 274mgIron: 2mg

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  1. Put this together last night. Cooked it this morning. AWESOME!! Like all breakfast casseroles, you can add whatever additional ingredients you have on hand. After serving, we topped our tater tot with sour cream.5 stars

  2. Made this for a faculty breakfast for a christmas party and EVERYONE loved it! I made 2 pans (1 spicy sausage 1 mild sausage) I used a lot more tots that it calls for. My friend took the leftovers home and she said it was better the next day.5 stars

  3. Great make-ahead casserole for Christmas morning! I subbed 1 lb bulk pork sausage and sauteed 1 small diced onion in with the sausage instead of the links and green onions. Everyone enjoyed it. Thanks.5 stars

  4. I made it for an office potluck and everyone asks me for the recipe! As it is also a family favorite, particularly when out-of-town family visits, I make it quite frequently. To say the least, this is an easy, delicious, and versatile dish to make and transport.5 stars

  5. Hi there! I got sausage links that are “precooked” and just need to be warmed. Do you think I would still need to “cook” them in a pan or microwave before adding to the casserole, or would it work to just cut them up straight out of the fridge?