Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

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Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.


Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole is super easy to throw together for a weekend breakfast. It’s full of cheese, sausage, and eggs making it a one dish meal. The tater tots are placed on top of everything else so that they brown and crisp up nicely without any precooking. In addition to cheese mixed into the casserole, there’s also plenty of gooey, melted cheese on top. This is sure to be a breakfast the whole family will want to dig into.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese


What makes this Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole so easy to prepare is Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage. It comes in both patties which I love to use for these Breakfast Sliders and links, which I have sliced up and used for this casserole.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with Johnsonville sausage


Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage makes breakfast so easy. Ready in only 30 seconds, these sausage links have that bold Johnsonville flavor that you love. Whether your morning schedule is super hectic and you serve them with some scrambled eggs for a breakfast that is ready in just a few minutes, or you use them to whip up a breakfast casserole on a more leisurely morning, you’ll love the flavor of these Johnsonville sausages.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.


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Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.


Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.


Not only is this casserole quick and easy to throw together, it feeds a crowd and leftovers reheat well.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

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Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10 servings
Print Recipe


  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 packages Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 package frozen mini tater tots


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly grease a 9X13-inch baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and onion powder.
  • Slice sausage into 1/2-inch slices. Add to egg mixture.
  • Stir 1/2 of cheese into egg mixture.
  • Pour egg mixture into baking pan.
  • Spread tater tots evenly on top.
  • Season lightly with salt and pepper.
  • Place in oven and bake for 40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Place back in oven for 5 minutes.


52 thoughts on “Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

  1. I’ve made this several times and love it. The only small change I made was I use the Jimmy Dean Fully Cooked Sausage Crumbles to save time.

  2. I sorta added some goodness to it. I used bacon, sausage, and cube some Smithfield ham – probably around 3/4 cup of each and I increased the eggs to 10 – and just about used a 32 oz bag of tater tots. I also added around 2/3 more cup of cheese. It was awesome!!! I took it to our Women’s Ministry breakfast we had. It was a hit. I brought home what was left and my picky husband fell in love with it. He has mentioned this casserole so far every day this week. Will make another one and freeze it – cut into portions for him to take to work. For us, this would be an anytime meal for us. 🙂

  3. This takes alot longer then 40 mins. The middle is still runny. Put in for another 15 mins. So hope turns out.

  4. This was delicious! I used 10 eggs, ham instead of sausage, and added green onion. My package of tater tots was about 28 ounces. A little Tabasco on top, fruit on the side, perfect breakfast, only one pan and bowl to clean, we loved it!

  5. Regular tator tots were sold out. All store had was the Ore-Ida Onion Tator Tots. Just made it for Easter breakfast. It was so simple and a big hit!

  6. I made this for Christmas and it was a big hit so just made it again for Easter. I add in extra everything seasoning and put in a bag of frozen mixed peppers and onions.

    1. Did you fry up your Jimmy Dean sausage before adding it in? I am trying to find a simple breakfast casserole to make for my church’s Easter brunch.

      1. Yes, fry the sausage first and drain a much fat off as possible. I use a paper towel folded over a couple times, just spoon the meat onto the towel. Easy to return meat to the pan.

          1. To cook the raw eggs and melt the cheese so you don’t become sick and die from eating it.

          2. Slice the precooked sausage and put it in the pan with the other casserole ingredients to bake. It will be heated through plenty while the casserole cooks .

            Rich, salty (almost a gram of sodium per serving ) and a Fathers Day favorite.

  7. I made this for breakfast for 13 people and received nothing but compliments. Everyone loved it and wanted the recipe.
    I did use one pound Jimmy Dean sausage instead of the links.
    This is going to become my “go to” breakfast casserole.

  8. Super easy to make and delicious! This is a brunch staple. Was curious if anyone had the nutrition info?

  9. Has anyone baked this casserole then froze it for later? Wanting to put a few complete meals in the freezer for a friend having bilateral mastectomies so she can just take from freezer to oven.

  10. We have been cutting carbs, so potatoes and milk are not in our kitchen.
    I used Green Giant broccoli and cheddar veggie tots and unsweetened almond milk in this recipe. It was great.
    I plan to use the cauliflower veggie tots and mozzarella next time.

  11. I make regular tator tot casserole for dinner w lot, and I’ve always baked it on the heat that the back of the tator tot back says, which is usually 425, and I bake it for the recommended time of the tator tots. Then they’ll turn out perfect. Going to try this recipe and do the same and see how it turns out!

  12. Hi, my mom left and i’m left to make this by myself so I have a couple questions: can I bake it at 375 and how do I grease the pan?


  13. This is one of my family favs! Especially the kids, I too tweaked it, I used turkey bacon and for the seasoning, I added Hidden Valley Ranch seasoning packet into the eggs and some pepper. All the seasonings I needed . It turned out delicious 😋

  14. I did this, but… made it in 12 large non-stick muffin cups. Baked the tator tots ahead to make them crunchy (20 minutes @ 425). Crumbled ~10 each into each cup. Cooked 1# breakfast sausage separately and smashed into crumbles. Added 1c diced onions, 1c sliced mushrooms, cooked until onions translucent. Spooned that on the crumbled tots. In same (cool) sausage pan, added 2 cups finely shredded cheese to 12 eggs, stirred to get as much of the flavor out of the pan, then spooned on top of tot/sausage/veggie mix. Baked at 350 for 15 minutes until eggs hardened and cheese browned. Ran a fork around the edges of each cup until the “tot muffin” spun in the cup. Flipped the pans upside down on a cutting board and allowed to cool completely. Froze 11 for later.

  15. In the oven (again) while I am typing this. Without thawing the tots, this takes a whole lot longer to cook than 40 minutes, center was cold and runny even after 50 minutes. If this comes out tasty the next time I make it will have to thaw or cook the tots first.

    1. I pre crisp my tots in the air fryer as I cook the sausage. Works out great. Good texture and guaranteed crispy top.

  16. I tweaked it too, for a family gathering. Used bacon instead, added caramelized onions, mixed vegetables and spinach leaves just under the tater tot top. Tried it with a mix of cheese – cheddar, swiss and pepperjack and was yum! Feels like a lot of ingredients but I think it turned out pretty good! Such a versatile recipe that you can add on other ingredients!


  18. This is going to be my new favorite Breakfast Casserole. I used fresh ground sausage and cooked it with onion. I added more spices than original recipe called for as we like lots of flavor. (garlic powder, pepper flakes, dash of hot sauce etc) It was delicious!

  19. I meant ‘ tweaked it’ for my own creation. Followed basic directions, but used Crescent dough on the bottom of a greased glass casserole
    Wish I could leave a photo.

  20. Twined it for my own creation. Following the basic directions and using crescent dough on the bottom of the greased class casserole.
    I’d like to leave a photo, if I may.

  21. This was excellent! I increased the eggs to a full dozen and used regular tater tots. One of the best breakfast casseroles I have ever had.

  22. 1 package of tater tots doesn’t help much when you can buy giant bags of the things. I just put them in first to fill the pan, and poured the mixture second.

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