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Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole is super easy to throw together for a weekend breakfast. This Sausage Tater Tot Casserole is full of cheese, sausage, and eggs making it a one dish meal.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

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

Easy To Make With Pre-cooked Sausage

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.

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.

I know I do.  🙂

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with Johnsonville sausage

How To Make

(More detailed instructions in recipe card below.)

Whisking eggs and half-and-half.
  1. Whisk eggs, milk, salt, pepper, and onion powder together.
    Adding sausage to egg mixture and cheese to egg mixture.
  2. Slice sausage and add to egg mixture.
  3. Stir in half the cheese.
    Egg mixture added to baking dish and tater tots place on top.
  4. Pour mixture into baking dish.
  5. Spread tater tots on top. Season with salt and pepper. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes.
    Cheese sprinkle on top and finished casserole.
  6. Sprinkle rest of cheese on top.
  7. Bake 5 more minutes.
  8. Enjoy!
Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

Do I Have To Use Pre-Cooked Sausage Links?

No, you can use any type of sausage for this recipe. You can use the pre-cooked patties and cut them into bite-sized pieces. Or you can use uncooked sausage. If using uncooked sausage, you will need to cook it first. To use ground breakfast sausage, cook and crumble it in a nonstick skillet.

Prepare In Advance?

This casserole can be prepped a day in advance. Wait to add the tater tots until just before placing the casserole in the oven so they don’t get soggy.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

Make It Spicy

To make this Sausage Tater Tot Casserole spicy, add 1 finely chopped jalapeno and a pinch or two of cayenne pepper.

No Need To Thaw The Tater Tots

You don’t have to worry about thawing the tater tots. Just add the frozen tater tots to the casserole. So easy! I use the mini tater tots. The casserole may take a llittle longer to cook with the regular-size tater tots.

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.

Storage and How To Reheat

Leftover breakfast casserole will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 days and can be reheated in a 350 degree oven. I don’t recommend reheating it in the microwave because the tater tots will get soggy.

Can You Freeze This Sausage Tater Tot Casserole?

Yes! You can freeze it before or after baking. If freezing it before, don’t add the tater tots. Just freeze the egg and sausage mixture part and add the tater tots just before baking. You will want to thaw it overnight in the refrigerator before baking.

To freeze a whole casserole after baking, cool it completely and then wrap it well and freeze up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Individual leftover slices can be frozen. Wrap in foil and place in a freezer bag.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

To learn more about Johnsonville Fully Cooked Breakfast Sausage visit Johnsonville.com.

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Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole with sausage and cheddar cheese.

Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole

This Sausage Tater Tot Casserole is full of cheese, sausage, and eggs making it a one dish meal. The tater tots get super crispy on top!
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 45 minutes
TOTAL: 50 minutes
SERVINGS: 8 to 10 servings


  • 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 to 50 minutes.
  • Sprinkle remaining cheese on top. Place back in oven for 5 minutes.


Tater tots come in all different sized bags. Don’t worry about that. You just need to add enough tater tots to cover the top well.
If using pre-cooked sausage, you do not need to cook it before adding it to the casserole.
You can substitute any kind of uncooked sausage for this recipe but you will need to cook it first.
If you want to make this casserole spicy, add a pinch or two of crushed red pepper flakes to the egg mixture.


Calories: 519kcal
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: breakfast casserole, sausage

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Originally posted September 14, 2016.

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67 thoughts on “Breakfast Tater Tot Casserole”

  1. My students were in disbelief about how amazing this casserole tasted. I did deviate just a tad. I used the Farmer John maple links and added a cup of the bacon bits Costco sells. Also, I used the Tillamook shredded sharp cheddar. Adolescent and adults who said they don’t like eggs or casseroles devoured this dish.

  2. I’m confused about this. Do you pre-cook the eggs and sausage? In reading through the comments I’m seeing some people saying yes but if the sausage is pre-cooked why do you need to cook it again? And shouldn’t the eggs cook when you bake the casserole?

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 🙂

  5. Jennifer McGuire

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

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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. Kathleen vonderhofen

        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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. Bumbershoot

    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.

  13. Bailey Hanna

    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!

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