Hash Brown Breakfast Cups are a delicious way to combine eggs, veggies, and potatoes into one scrumptious dish! These tasty delights are perfect for breakfast on the go or for a brunch spread when entertaining family and friends.

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About These Hash Brown Breakfast Cups

If you enjoyed making and eating my Breakfast Egg Muffins and Breakfast Strata, you will love these Hash Brown Breakfast Cups too! These breakfast cups are similar and as easy to make, but as the recipe name indicates, these breakfast treats include hash browns, which create a crunchy nest.

Closeup view of a Hash Brown Egg Cup without filling

And when it comes to filling these nests, that’s where the fun begins! You can literally pick and choose any veggies, meats, and cheese you like to add. I often think of these hash brown breakfast cups as a clean-out-the-fridge meal. Once you fill your nests, you simply top everything with an egg, pop your muffin tin into the oven, and in about ten minutes or less, these filled nests will be ready to eat.

You can make these hash brown breakfast cups with freshly grated or frozen shredded potatoes. If you use freshly grated potatoes, be sure to choose thin-skinned potatoes to make the process quick and easy since you won’t have to peel the potatoes. The thin potato skins will crisp up beautifully.

Hash browns in a measuring cup

These Hash Brown Breakfast Cups are even easier to make if you decide to use frozen shredded potatoes from your local market. All you’ll have to do is remember to defrost them.

Hash Brown Breakfast Cup Ingredients

Find the full printable recipe with measurements below.

For this specific recipe, I recommend the following ingredients:

  • Shredded Potatoes – fresh or frozen
  • Red Onion and Sweet Red Bell Pepper – chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • Baby Spinach – washed
  • Bacon – cooked crisp and crumbled (For perfectly crisp bacon, watch my How to Cook Bacon in the Oven video.)
  • Freshly Grated Cheese – Monterey jack and sharp cheddar make a tasty combination
  • Eggs – 6 large whole eggs and 2 egg whites

How to Make Hash Brown Breakfast Cups

Find the full printable recipe with instructions below.

Hash Brown Breakfast Cups: Showing steps 1 through 4

Step 1 – Mix the shredded potatoes with melted butter and egg whites.

Step 2 – Press the shredded potato mixture into the muffin cups.

Step 3 – Bake the unfilled hash brown cups until golden, then remove them from the oven.

Step 4 – Sauté the chopped onions and pepper and add the spinach and bacon.

Hash Brown Breakfast Cups: Showing steps 5 through 6

Step 5 – Fill the hash brown cups with the vegetable and bacon mixture and top with cheese.

Step 6 – Crack an egg on top of the grated cheese.

Step 7 – Bake filled hash brown cups till eggs are cooked to your liking.

Step 8 – Enjoy a perfectly cooked Hash Brown Breakfast Cup.

Variations

You can use whatever ingredients you have on hand for this recipe. As I share in my Hash Brown Breakfast Cups recipe video, this can be a clean-out-the-fridge recipe!

  • Veggies: Choose bell peppers; any variety of greens, including Romain lettuce; fresh or canned mushrooms; and any variety of onions. Other vegetables, like steamed broccoli and canned or frozen peas or corn, also work well in this recipe.
  • Meat: Choose bacon, chopped deli ham or other deli meats, crumbled Italian sausage or any variety of breakfast sausage, cooked ground beef, leftover roast chicken, or turkey.
  • Cheese: Any cheese will work in this recipe, from hard cheeses, like Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano, to very soft cheeses, including ricotta and any variety of blue cheese, like gorgonzola or Maytag blue.
  • Eggs: Depending on how long you leave your filled hash brown cups in the oven, you can create an egg that is the consistency from sunny side up to over hard.
Mary showing how to butter a muffin tin pan

Recipe Tips

  • Buttered Muffin Cups: Be sure to butter your muffin cups very well, even if you are using a non-stick muffin tin.
  • Initial Baking: When initially baking the hash brown cups, watch them closely and make sure they only turn golden and not brown. They are baked twice, so you do not want them to burn.
  • Chopping: When chopping your onion and bell pepper, make sure they are bite-sized pieces. This will guarantee that everything will fit nicely into your hash brown cups.
  • Egg Cooking Time: For sunny side up eggs, cook five to seven minutes. For over easy eggs, cook seven to nine minutes. For over hard eggs, cook over nine minutes.

Ways to Serve Hash Brown Breakfast Cups

  • Breakfast: Hash brown breakfast cups are perfect served all on their own for breakfast or brunch as they are an all-in-one meal.
  • Dinner: As a breakfast-for-dinner meal, a side salad makes a great accompaniment.
Cooked hash brown breakfast egg cup on plate

Storing and Reheating

  • Storing: Hash Brown Breakfast cups are best eaten right out of the oven, but you can store cooled leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. However, avoid freezing them as they may become soggy when reheating.
  • Reheating: Once removed from the refrigerator, rewarm hash brown breakfast cups by placing them in a 350°F (177°C) oven until warmed through.

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Hash Brown Breakfast Cups

5 from 7 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
This Hash Brown Breakfast Cups recipe is an all-in-one meal. In a single muffin cup, you have a crispy hash brown crust filled with bacon, sautéed vegetables including baby spinach, peppers and onions, melted cheese, and a perfectly cooked egg.

Equipment

  • 1 6-cup muffin tin Alternatively, you can use a 12-cup muffin tin.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound shredded potatoes, approximately 3 1/2 cups I used thawed frozen shredded potatoes.
  • 2 large egg whites You can add the extra yolks into two of the hash brown breakfast cups, if desired.
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted You will need additional butter to grease muffin tin cups.
  • 1 tsp sea salt, fine-ground, divided
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, divided
  • 1 tbsp butter Alternatively, you can use olive oil.
  • 1 onion, any variety, peeled and chopped I used a red onion.
  • 1 bell pepper, de-seeded and chopped I used a red bell pepper.
  • 8 ounces bacon, cooked crisp and chopped, approximately. 1 cup Alternatively, you can use cooked crumbled sausage, ground beef, or chopped deli ham.
  • 2 cups baby spinach, fresh
  • 1 1/2 cups cheese, grated Any variety or combination
  • 6 large eggs
  • salt and pepper, optional

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 475°F (246°C).
  • Generously butter muffin tin cups.
  • Place the shredded potatoes in a large bowl and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
  • Pour the melted butter over the shredded potatoes and mix well.
  • Whisk the egg whites until light and aerated, pour the egg whites on top of the shredded potatoes, and mix well.
  • Evenly divide the shredded potatoes into each of the individual muffin cups. Firmly press the shredded potatoes into the bottom and up the sides of the muffin cups. These are the hash brown cups.
  • Place the muffin tin on the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake for 15 minutes or until the edges of the potatoes begin to brown and the sides and centers of the potatoes are golden. Remove from the oven and place the muffin tin on a heatproof surface.
  • While the hash brown cups are baking, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and bell pepper and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Sauté the onion and bell pepper on medium heat until soft. Approximately 3 minutes.
  • Add the bacon and baby spinach to the skillet and sauté until the spinach wilts.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat to a heatproof surface and evenly divide the sautéd mixture among the baked hash brown cups.
  • Divide the grated cheese evenly among each baked hash brown cup on top of the sautéd mixture. Then crack one egg into each cup on top of the cheese. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper, if desired.
  • Return the muffin tin to the middle rack of the oven and bake until the whites are set and the yolk is still runny. (The yolk will jiggle when you move the muffin tin back and forth, and the whites will no longer be translucent.) This process will take anywhere from 5-7 minutes. If you prefer your yolks to be firmer, bake for 9 minutes or longer, checking on the consistency periodically until the yolks are to your liking.
  • Hash Brown Breakfast cups are best eaten right out of the oven. But leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. To rewarm, place in a 350°F (177°C) oven until warmed through.

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Notes

  • Buttered Muffin Cups: Be sure to butter your muffin cups very well, even if you are using a non-stick muffin tin.
  • Initial Baking: When initially baking the hash brown cups, watch them closely and make sure they only turn golden and not brown. They are baked twice, so you do not want them to burn.
  • Chopping: When chopping your onion and bell pepper, make sure they are bite-sized pieces. This will guarantee that everything will fit nicely into your hash brown cups.
  • Egg Cooking Time: For sunny side up eggs, cook five to seven minutes. For over easy eggs, cook seven to nine minutes. For over hard eggs, cook over nine minutes.
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Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 231mg | Sodium: 1295mg | Potassium: 453mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2280IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 265mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Americana
Calories: 371
Keyword: Hash Brown Breakfast Cups, Hash Browns
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    5 stars
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    I think this looks great.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

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  3. Kathryn Lanier says:

    5 stars
    Love this! I make something similar and put grated zucchini on the bottom. With the moisture in the zucchini, it keeps the muffin from sticking! The hash browns are a great idea! I need to rotate some of my dried hash browns so I think that I will rehydrate them and give this a whirl.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for your comment. I love your idea of adding zucchini to stuff the bottom of the hash brown breakfast cups!

      Love and God bless,
      Mary

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  5. Eugenia Larkins says:

    Looks great. Looking forward to using it.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Eugenia,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope they make a wonderful dish for you!

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  6. Kathryn Henderson says:

    5 stars
    Wow! This is straightforward and ready to follow. I haven’t made it but am confident I can with these easy to follow steps. I may give it a try this week for my grandkids.

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      Hi Kathryn,

      Thanks for your kind comments! You are so sweet to be concerned about me!

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  7. Cathleen says:

    These look so tasty!

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Cathleen,

      Thanks for your comment. I hope that they are fun and enjoyable for you!

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  8. Barbara Tolker says:

    Looks amazing! I’m getting ready to make these but only have the smaller, standard-sized muffin tins. Which means 12 cups, but 6 eggs. Hmm… I might have to whisk all the 6 eggs together. Do you have another suggestion? I think 12 eggs is too much, and I don’t have 12 anyway.
    Thanks for your help.

    1. Mary's Nest says:

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for your comment. That’ll work too! You can whisk your eggs together and pour them over each of the 12 filled cups. They won’t have the warm yolk when you start to enjoy them, but the cooked egg with your filling will be very tasty!

      Love and God bless,
      Mary

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