Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole – great make ahead recipe!  Sausage, cheddar cheese, tater tots, eggs, milk, garlic, onion and black pepper. Can refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for breakfast. lunch or dinner. Everyone loves this easy breakfast casserole!!

Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole - great make ahead recipe!  Sausage, cheddar cheese, tater tots, eggs, milk, garlic, onion and black pepper. Can refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for breakfast. lunch or dinner. Everyone loves this easy breakfast casserole!!

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This Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It can be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen for later. This is a great dish for overnight guests. Mix it up the night before and bake it in the morning. SO easy!

This Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole is crazy good! Tater tots, sausage and cheese – you can’t go wrong with that combination. I didn’t thaw the tater tots before mixing up this casserole. I just threw them in there frozen.

Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole - great make ahead recipe!  Sausage, cheddar cheese, tater tots, eggs, milk, garlic, onion and black pepper. Can refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for breakfast. lunch or dinner. Everyone loves this easy breakfast casserole!!

Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Tater Tot Sausage Breakfast Casserole – great make-ahead recipe! Sausage, cheddar cheese, tater tots, eggs, milk, garlic, onion, and black pepper. Can refrigerate or freeze for later. Great for breakfast. lunch or dinner. Everyone loves this easy breakfast casserole!!



  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Lightly spray a 9×13-inch pan with cooking spray.
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage until no longer pink. Drain fat.
  • In a large bowl, toss together tater tots, cooked sausage and cheeses. Pour into a lightly greased 9×13-inch pan.
  • Whisk together eggs, salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and milk. Pour over tater tot mixture.
  • **Cover and refrigerate at this point if baking later.**
  • Bake uncovered for 60 – 70 minutes, or until eggs are set.


Can make casserole in advance and refrigerate or freeze for later.
If baking after refrigerating, you may need to add a few minutes to the cooking time.
To bake after freezing, thaw completely and bake as directed above.
To reheat casserole after freezing, thaw completely. Cover casserole with aluminum foil and bake at 350ºF for 30 to 40 minutes, until heated through.


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  1. I made this today, exactly as stated and it was delicious!! Very quick and easy to do. I will definitely make again! When you say prepare ahead of time and can freeze, that would be freezing it without the uncooked egg in it right?

  2. amazing recipe!!! so easy, tasted delicious. topped with Tony Chachere seasoning and extra cheese before baking. Topped with green onions after. can’t wait to make again.

  3. Wow, did we love this recipe! I had one tube of Jimmy Dean sage sausage and one of hot so that’s what I used. What an awesome recipe – we loved it! Thank you for sharing and I’m really enjoying getting your emails and recipes; you’re the best!

  4. Made this for Christmas breakfast and it was a hit! I used regular breakfast sausage instead of hot. I will be making this again.

    1. Made this for our grandkids. They loved it!! Our 12 year old grandson is a very picky eater and he loved it too. He had to take some left overs home. 😀. He asks for it all the time.
      So quick & easy. Thank you

    2. Did you end up trying this in your crockpot? I’m making this for a breakfast at church and I’m thinking it would be easier.

    1. I’ve made it with 2% l lactose-free milk and used chicken and turkey sausage. It was delicious!

  5. Made this tonight and it was amazing! Husband loved it. I only used one lb of sausage to save on cost and it turned out just fine. Kept it in for 70 min. 60 wasn’t done yet.

  6. Does anyone have any advice for a crockpot take on this?! I love this recipe, so easy and delicious but I would love to be able to cook it in a crockpot for work purposes! Any suggestions?!

  7. I love this recipe! I am going to try to make it with impossible meat since my friends are vegetarian. Has anyone used impossible meat before with this recipe and is it any different from sausage or ground beef for this dish?

  8. I have made this recipe many times and when serving, I offer sour cream and salsa as toppings. It is a big hit and requested frequently by co-workers.

  9. Absolutely love this recipe, I’ve probably made it over 20 times since finding and have had zero issues if needing to switch up meats or adding in vegetables depending on the crowd it’s for.

    I am curious if anyone has used egg beaters and/or egg whites as a substitute with success.

    1. I made it today with 2 cups egg whites and 2cups unsweetened almond milk. It took longer, but baked just fine. When I make it again, I’ll use egg beaters instead or do 1/2 eggs and 1/2 egg whites for a bit more of the original flavor. I’d also like to try it with sweet potato or veggie tots mixed in.

  10. Hello! I am planning to try this recipe, but we’re not big sausage fan and was wondering what other meats would work in this? Thanks!

  11. Made this for supper! Used homemade sausage, added about 3/4 tsp cayenne pepper and made sausage gravy to put on top. O. M. G! Between 3 adults we ate almost 1/2 pan 😂

  12. I really enjoy all of your recipes!! I am making one of your tater tot recipes for an overnight group of guests and can’t decide. Which one do you prefer – this recipe or the one with cream cheese? Thanks in advance.

    1. Did you double the recipe? Did you bake both pans at the same time, and if so, did that affect the cook time? And did you have them side-by-side on the same rack in the oven, or were they on two different racks above and below?

  13. I’m excited to make this! Just a couple questions…Can you use almond milk instead of regular milk? And does it matter what type of pan I bake it in? I have an aluminum air bake cake pan will that work? Thank you!!

    1. I never made this without real milk, so I cannot say. I am not familiar with the pan you referenced. I’ve made this in stoneware pans, glass pans, and aluminum pans with not issues.

    2. Hi! Wondering if you think it’d be ok to make it half the size. I’m hoping to cut ingredients by half to make in a smaller dish
      Thank you

  14. I made this for the first time to bring to an out of town trip. I prepped everything the day before and purchased a throw away pan. I assembled it right before breakfast and everyone loved it and even asked for the recipe. The only thing I did different was added extra tater tots, added 2 extra eggs and used bacon instead of sausage. Casserole came out perfect for 6 people and had enough the next day for another breakfast. Thanks for a great easy recipe.

  15. This has become the breakfast I make on Christmas morning Bc it’s always a hit and super quick!
    If I wanted to freeze this for a later time, what’s steps would that involve? Would I fully cook it before freezing or just assemble it and freeze it uncooked?

  16. I made this for a tailgate and I can’t even tell you how many people came up to me saying how good it was. Thanks for the recipe!!!

    1. This is now, by far, my favorite breakfast casserole. Used a bag of seasoned tots since that’s all the store had on hand…but delicious. Thank you so much for creating this!

  17. I have probably made this…oh I don’t know 6 or 8 times. I usually warm up my tater tots a bit. Then I use 7 eggs and 1.5 cups of milk. So delicious!

  18. I just want to say how much I truly love your recipes. Probably 5 of my top 10 recipes for my families are yours. This is one of them. So simple and cheap too! Thank you!

  19. Made this the night before Easter so I could bake it first thing In the morning. I substituted 1 pound of sausage with 1 pound of bacon and it was delicious! Will definitely make again.

    1. Love this receipt. I made it one night for
      next day company & due to weather they had to CX. How long can it be refrigerated before cooking? Is 2 & a half days to long.

  20. How hot and spicy is this with the hot sausage? I am making it for someone else and need to be careful about how spicy it is.

    1. This recipe is amazing! I made it for Thanksgiving morning with lactose free milk and ground Italian sausage and now we’re making it for our family Christmas! This time though we’re using unsweetened almond milk and beef-less ground beef. Looking forward to devouring it again! Thanks for the recipe!

  21. I have a question, I notice it says Hot Sausage. Wonder if anyone has made it with the mild Jimmy Deans? Will the flavor be gone if I don’t use the hot/ sage?

  22. Super delish–couldn’t believe how yummy this was! thank you for such a great recipe! I halved the recipe, used hot turkey sausage, and added lots of chopped jalapenos cuz we like it spicy. I can also tell you that cauliflower tots taste GREAT in this casserole!

  23. Came out picture perfect and tasted great! May add onions, peppers, mushrooms next time per hubby request. I think it will be great heated up—looking forward to having it tomorrow morning…

  24. I made this for Thanksgiving and am making again tomorrow for Christmas. I prepped the day before and added the liquid when ready to cook, I added two more eggs and cut the recipe in 1/2. Two family members including myself are vegetarians . I added mushrooms to both and for the meat eaters I added bacon bits. For the vegetarian version I used beyond sausage. Beyond Sausage is greasy – cook it completely and drain before adding.

  25. Would you leave the eggs out before freezing? I didn’t know you could freeze uncooked eggs. Please advise as I would love this for a freezer meal for a family who is goin through a rough time.

    Thank you.

      1. I made this the morning of last year and it was the hugest hit! Should I feel confident in making ahead? I am so hesitant to fully assemble and freeze!

  26. I put this together the night before for our breakfast yesterday. It was so good that my daughter wanted it again for dinner! Now I’m enjoying the leftovers for my brunch today. What a hit this was but I’ve never made any of your recipes that weren’t a hit! Plain Chicken is one of the first places I look for recipes. Please keep up the great work!

  27. Absolutely fantastic. Made it for the opening day of football — morning game — and my husband wouldn’t shutup about how good it was. Definitely a keeper! (The husband AND the casserole)

  28. I made this for supper last night. All that I did different was add chopped onion when browning my sausage. It turned out perfect. I think it’s just as good left over as when it was just cooked! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us 😁

      1. How long is this good for in the freezer? I’m due in a few weeks and would love to have this ready for when we bring our bundle of joy home!

  29. I have made this several times, always turns out great! I always make a few and keep them in the freezer for unexpected guests or to send home
    with my kids. Thank you!

  30. Made this with gruyere and white cheddar cheese, heavy whipping cream, (added) fajita seasoning–and topped with chopped/toasted Chick fil A nuggets (husband’s request). It was amazing! Not low-cal but worth the calories!

  31. I made this a while back and enjoyed it. I froze half and just thawed it. Was skeptical about how it might be, reheated in the microwave. It was delicious! Texture might have been a little looser than originally, but it did not detract from the taste! Definitely a keeper!

  32. I lined the bottom of the pan with the Tater Tots, then sprinkled the cheese on top of them. When I tried mixing the cheese with the Tater Tots, most all of the cheese was on the bottom of the pan.

  33. I LOVE this recipe!!! I have my butcher, mix up ground beef w/ chorizo seasoning for me, as some in our family don’t eat pork. It’s very good!!

  34. My absolute favorite breakfast egg bake recipe! Thanks to Stephanie's recipe, this has become my signature egg bake that others ask for when planning breakfasts for a crowd! I have made this in our camper oven during the summer months while camping and it turns out perfect! Thank you!

  35. This was a big hit for my family! I did add 10 eggs. I am going to add either cream cheese or sour cream to make it creamier next time.

  36. I have made this recipe twice and both times turned out perfect. The second time I substituted pepper jack cheese for mozzarella and added about 1/2 cup on top before baking uncovered. I put it together the night before, covered in the fridge, and it was so easy to pop in the oven on Christmas morning and took 70 minutes to bake in my glass 9×13 pan. I let it "rest" in the oven for 5-10 more minutes after turning off. It was perfectly done and very moist. Next time I would like to add a can of drained chopped green chilies.

  37. Won’t the frozen tater tots just turn to mush from thawing and from sitting in the milk and egg mixture over night if you prep and assemble the day before? Or do you wait until right before you bake it to add the liquid?

  38. I have made this twice and it has always been a crowdpleaser! The first time I made it I only had four egg so I reduce the milk and cooked it with the four that I had and it was still delicious! The second time I used all 8 eggs and actually preferred it with fewer eggs because it took forever to cook. Although I used a fairly deep pan vs the 9×13….thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

  39. Made this for Easter breakfast according to directions and it cooked perfectly in 75 minutes. Added green peppers and onions and used cooked bacon and cut up sausage links for meat. Fed 7 with only a few leftovers. Very good!

  40. This is very good. I have made it for football team breakfasts several times. I am at high altitude and it does take longer to bake so I plan accordingly. I did do it overnight once in a crockpot on low and it came out just fine. The reason some don't set up is probably the cheese you're using. If you use the pre-shredded stuff eggs become harder to get set. They put an anti-stick stuff in pre-shredded cheese that hinders the eggs in setting up. If you grate (I use the food processor/grater) to do it from a block, you'll have better results. Good luck! This is a teenager favorite at my house!

  41. I used uncooked chopped bacon, instead of sausage. And ranch style shredded hash browns, instead of tater tots.
    It came out delicious. Although, next time I will add less eggs because my family does not like that many eggs, and I had to bake a bit longer due to the runny eggs.

  42. I made this Christmas morning and it turned out delicious. I used a combination of shredded parmesan,sharp cheddar,and mexican four cheese since that is what I had in the fridge. I also used the mini tater tots that Ore Ida has now, four egggs, one cup of evaporated milk mixed with half a cup of water, and only one lb of Jimmy Dean hot sausage. I seasoned mine with Tony Chachere's spicy seasoning too. This will definitely be a keeper for us. As a matter of fact I am making it again this morning for New Years brunch.

  43. Made this for Christmas breakfast, but, with one cup of milk. A room full of picky children loved it, and so did I. Thank you.

  44. I made this dish last night for christmas breakfast and it was freaking awesome . I did add some extra to it to spice it up a little. I added two jalepenos and hot sauce and a can of the campbells cheddar cheese soup . It was awesome !! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. William Hopson – did you leave all the other ingredients as in the recipe and just add the jalapenos and soup?

  45. It's just me and my husband, So I used 1/2 bag of Tots, 1 pound of sausage, 4 eggs, and only 1/2 cup of milk. Baked it for 30-35 minutes and the tots came out just perfect and it wasn't runny at all. I baked in a glass pan. Just be sure to spray with cooking spray/olive oil before putting in pan or it will stick. It is delicious!!!

  46. Me and my mom want to make at least half a pan because we have never tried this before. How would you recommend we do that? 1 cup of milk, 4 eggs and 1lb of sausage? Am I correct?

  47. I think Sondra had a good and delicious ides to add Cheddar Cheese Soup to the milk. Also some of the runny recipes could be from the differences in the oven temps. Some ovens sugguest you test for accuracy on temperature…. and some may have baked covered.

  48. Does the tator tots turned to mush while sitting in the milk and egg mixture after sitting in the fridge overnight?

  49. Just made this! Did not make ahead and was not runny. It had the perfect crsipyness to it. My husband said it was the best breakfast he's ever had. Only thing was I halved the recipe since only for him and I. Thanks for the amazing recipe and happy holidays!

  50. Just made this and my husband said it's the best breakfast ever! I did not make this ahead and it turned out perfect. Not runny and crispy, how we like it. Only change was I halved the recipe since just for him and I. Thanks for the recipe! Merry Christmas!

  51. I can say the key to this is it is a MAKE AHEAD….if you do THAT and let it sit it will turn out perfectly…the liquid wont be an issue if it's make ahead or frozen, as stated.

    Thank you for a GREAT recipe, following directions, it's perfection!

    1. No it won't. I am making this right now as we speak and i made it exactly to the T. I made it ahead and i am now twenty minutes past the time it called for, so far.

  52. So I've made this once before and my whole family loved it. I want to make it again for Christmas morning but need to prep it two mornings ahead of time. Will it keep in the fridge for that long before baking?? Thanks!

  53. I have made this casserole on numerous occasions (uncovered) and I have had to bake it for at least two hours each time. If not the eggs are super runny! It is DELICIOUS if you have the time to bake it! I am going to try and make it again tonight for a pot luck at work the following morning. It seems to reheat great so I am thinking bake it tonight, reheat in oven tomorrow morning.

    1. How did that method work for you? How long did you "reheat" it for the next morning? I am doing the same thing, bringing it for a pot luck the next morning, but I deff don't have time to cook it for 2 hours before I leave for work.

  54. I just made this casserole, and it came out great! Might I suggest adding specifically to the directions that you bake uncovered? I assumed that it should be baked covered since the directions mention covering (and then refrigerating if baking later), and I have a feeling that many of these comments saying that it came out runny are from people who covered the casserole to bake since leaving uncovered would drastically reduce the final liquidity.

  55. If I am baking this casserole for 100. Can you tell me about how much longer I should cook if I have 2-3 casseroles in the oven at a time? Or should I not use both the top and bottom racks? Thanks.

    1. Made this for the first time this morning for my parents that came in town. Everyone loved it! My husband declared it to be his favorite breakfast casserole I’ve ever made 2 bites in 😆👍🏼

  56. I made this tonight. I had to cook it 10 minutes longer because the eggs were still runny. Next time I think I will add bell peppers. For just two of us we halved the recipe. We enjoyed it very much!!!

    1. Is there something that You can substitute the eggs with my wife cannot eat eggs with out getting sick and every dang breakfast recipe is full of eggs

      1. Sean. I have the same issue as your wife. There is a product called …… Just Egg. It comes in a liquid form and a precooked form. The liquid works well as a scramble. While it doesn’t taste exactly like an egg, it does the trick.

    1. assemble the casserole and cover it with foil and freeze it – don't bake it. Have the new Mom thaw and bake as directed above.

  57. I'm with Aunt Marie and M&L Stewart…. I'm making this for a family vacation in 2 weeks. Do I cook it now & freeze it? Or, wrap in foil and cook it on vacation?

    1. Absolutely love the recipe. I have a question tho, I am making 3 casseroles for a family gathering Sunday morning. Would it be ok to make them on a Friday night with out having to freeze them?

  58. I followed to recipe to the letter but it is till quite runny! I will need to bake for much longer!

  59. I made the mistake of putting a tray under mine, and the bottom didn't cook. I remedied that by frying in a pan, but next time I know better. Taste is delicious … this is a Sunday Brunch keeper, for sure.

  60. Curious to know the answers to Aunt Marie's questions as well…what is the best way to freeze this for later?

  61. Have you ever made ahead and frozen it? Do you also add egg mixture before freezing and does it have to thawed before baking?

    1. This is my go-to breakfast casserole for Christmas morning (and any other time I’m craving it)! I always substitute 1 cup of milk with a can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup. It makes it so tangy and sticks together better! Love it!

        1. Very yummy but I think next time I cut down on the garlic and onion powder as too overpowering-served mine with salsa and I loved it thanks for the recipe! I like that you could use bacon or ham as well! A keeper!

  62. My boyfriend and I have tried this twice now. The second time we used 10 eggs and 1 cup of milk because the cooking time was longer than expected the first time we followed the recipe by the book. We also layer it the second time around. It's cooking in the oven now and smells delicious!

  63. do you thaw or cook the tots at all before they go into the mix? cant imaging throwing in frozen tots and having it all cook correctly..

    1. I used frozen tater tots. I didn't thaw them, but you certainly can thaw them if you prefer. Enjoy!

    2. 2 cups of milk? that just doesnt seem correct at all, im sorry but the video shows it tb very soupy at the bottom?

    3. Patti – the ingredients listed are correct with correct amounts. You can change anything you wish, but I can't say that it would turn out.

  64. Had to cook it longer than stated and was runny, but it had great taste. Will cut down on milk and increase eggs next time.

    1. I cooked per instructions and it came out fully cooked. Second time I halved the sausage and added bacon(cooked before hand) , onion, and mushrooms. Still no issue with cooking through. I cooked for an hour then sprinkled more shredded cheese on top and cooked ten more minutes.

      1. Made this a few nights ago.hubby loves it. I use tater tot crowns, store was out of regular tater tots. Will add mushrooms next time,super easy recipe. Thank you

  65. I make something similar only to the milk and eggs I add one can of Campbell's cheddar cheese soup. I get asked to bring it to every potluck. I also add in some peppers and one jalapeño

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