Ultimate Breakfast Casserole


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This is one loaded breakfast casserole! It’s made with eggs, crispy bacon, breakfast sausage, sweet potato, bell pepper, and the perfect amount of seasoning. Serve it up on the weekends, meal prep it for the week, or make it ahead of time for special occasions and holidays, like Christmas!

Loaded breakfast casserole in a pan on a table.

The Best Breakfast Casserole

Who says a hearty breakfast casserole means store-bought hash browns and lots of cheese? Oh no, this one’s loaded with far better ingredients that are just as filling, super tasty, and provide vibrant color. Roasted sweet potatoes, bell pepper, onion, bacon, and sausage add oomph to the perfect all-in-one meal.

This easy breakfast casserole makes for a delicious weekend breakfast, it’s ideal for meal prep, and it’s perfect for special occasions and holidays like Christmas morning or Easter brunch. You can easily feed the entire family (and then some), but you may not have much in the way of leftovers as it always gets devoured!

Ingredients for a breakfast casserole on a table.

Breakfast Casserole Ingredients

Next time you’re at the market, grab a dozen eggs to make this reader-favorite breakfast casserole. Eggs form the casserole base, but from there, you can really customize it to your liking. Here’s what I include in mine:

  • Eggs: The star ingredient that binds everything together.
  • Bacon: Crispy bacon makes everything taste better, am I right?
  • Breakfast Sausage: I’m using a slightly sweet breakfast sausage, but feel free to go for a mild, medium, or even spicy flavor.
  • Sweet Potato: I dice, then roast the sweet potato with some spices so that it’s crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It’s my version of hashbrowns, but healthier.
  • Bell Pepper: You can use any color, but I love green for the contrast in color to the sweet potato.
  • Onion: I’m using a yellow onion, but you could use a red onion or even slice up green onions.
  • Garlic & Spices: Minced garlic and dried spices like cumin and paprika add incredible flavor to the casserole.
  • Milk: Just a splash of milk makes the eggs nice and fluffy. You can use dairy or dairy-free milk, it’s up to you!
  • Cheese: This is optional, but I personally love a little sprinkle of sharp cheddar cheese on top – so good.

Find the complete recipe with measurements below

How To Make This Breakfast Casserole

While the ingredient list may seem long, it’s much easier to make than you think!

Roast the bacon and potatoes. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and toss the diced sweet potatoes with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Then, add slices of bacon to a separate sheet pan. Pop both those items in the oven and cook the bacon for 15 to 20 minutes.

Once the bacon is done, take it out and place it on a paper towel-lined plate. Then continue roasting the sweet potato for an additional 15 minutes.

Roasting sweet potatoes and bacon for a breakfast casserole.

Cook the breakfast sausage, bell pepper, and onion. On medium-high heat, sauté the breakfast sausage until browned, then transfer it to a 9×13-inch casserole pan. Drain off a bit of the sausage grease, then sauté the bell pepper and onion for 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for another minute, then add it to the casserole pan.

Sauteeing breakfast sausage and bell pepper for a loaded breakfast casserole.

Stir everything together. Mix the sausage, bacon, bell pepper, onions, and sweet potato in the casserole pan and season with salt and pepper.

Mixing ingredients in a casserole pan for a loaded breakfast casserole.

Add the eggs. Whisk together the egg mixture and pour it over the meat and veggies.

Adding egg mixture into a loaded breakfast casserole.

Bake and serve. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, until the edges are golden and the center is cooked through. Then slice the breakfast casserole into squares for serving!

Breakfast casserole in a pan, sliced into pieces.

Ideas for Serving

Oh yeah, this breakfast casserole is mouthwatering on its own. But if you want to spruce it up a bit for guests or make it an even heartier meal, here are a few easy ideas:

  • Garnish with greens. Top it off with sliced green onions, microgreens, or chopped herbs such as parsley.
  • Pair with avocado. Slice up some avocado, add it to each plate, and sprinkle a bit of salt and freshly ground black pepper on top.
  • Sprinkle cheese. If cheese is your thing, add some crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese on top. You could do this before baking or after.
  • Add a side salad. Amp up the greens in your meal by quickly tossing leafy greens (such as spinach or arugula) in a lemon vinaigrette and serving on the side. A simple kale salad is also great.
Loaded breakfast casserole pieces on two plates with avocado slices.

Dietary Substitutions

Meal Prep and Store

This make-ahead breakfast casserole means several meals are done for the week – for either breakfast, lunch or dinner! What more can someone with a busy weekday schedule ask for? Here are a few ways to store it:

  • To eat throughout the week: Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. Then simply reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute.
  • To freeze for later: Store leftovers in an airtight container, with parchment paper in between layers (to prevent them from sticking together) in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat it, thaw it overnight in the fridge, then microwave a serving for 30 seconds to a minute.
Scooping up a piece of a loaded breakfast casserole with a spatula.

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This breakfast casserole really is loaded with flavor! If you make it, let me know how it turned out in a comment below. Your review helps others in the community!

An easy breakfast casserole with sausage in a white pan next to forks.

Ultimate Breakfast Casserole

4.99 from 63 votes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Lisa Bryan


This breakfast casserole is loaded with eggs, bacon, sausage, sweet potato, and bell pepper for the perfect holiday breakfast or weekend brunch. Watch the video below to see how I make it in my kitchen!




  • 1 pound sweet potato, peeled and diced into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 ounces bacon
  • 1 pound breakfast sausage, mild, medium or spicy, your choice
  • ½ large onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 large eggs
  • cup milk (dairy or dairy-free)
  • optional: shredded cheese and sliced green onion for garnish


  • Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C) and get a 9×13-inch casserole pan out. On one baking sheet pan, toss the diced sweet potato with olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
    Sweet potatoes on a baking sheet.
  • On another sheet pan, add slices of bacon. Then place both the sweet potato and bacon in the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the bacon is crispy. The bacon will be done first, so keep an eye on it and remove it from the oven when it's done, then place it on a paper towel-lined plate. Stir the sweet potato and continue cooking it for another 15 minutes.
    Bacon and sweet potatoes on baking sheets.
  • While the sweet potato is cooking, cook the breakfast sausage in a pan on medium-high heat. Once it's browned, remove it with a slotted spoon and place it in the casserole pan.
    Browning breakfast sausage in a pan.
  • Drain off all but a tablespoon of grease from the pan, then saute the onion and bell pepper for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and saute for another minute. Transfer this mixture to the casserole pan.
    Sauteeing bell pepper and onion for a loaded breakfast casserole.
  • Remove the sweet potato from the oven and add it to the casserole pan along with the crumbled bacon, breakfast sausage, onion, and bell pepper. If you'd like to add cheese, you can add it to the casserole pan now or sprinkle it on top.
    Breakfast casserole ingredients in a casserole dish.
  • Stir all of the ingredients in the casserole pan together. Feel free to season with more salt and pepper.
    Stir ingredients in a pan for a loaded breakfast casserole.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and milk together, until lightly frothy.
    Whisking egg mixture for a loaded breakfast casserole.
  • Pour the egg mixture on top of the meat and vegetables. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center is cooked through and the edges are slightly golden.
    Pouring egg mixture into a pan for a loaded breakfast casserole.
  • Slice the breakfast casserole into squares, and if you'd like, garnish with green onion or herbs before serving.
    Loaded Breakfast Casserole!

Lisa’s Tips

  • One pound of sweet potatoes is usually one medium to large sized sweet potato. If it’s slightly over, that’s fine as well.


Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 203mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 343mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 5693IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best breakfast casserole, Breakfast Casserole, breakfast casserole recipe, Loaded breakfast casserole
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Recipe originally published December 2020, but updated to include new information.

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Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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Recipe Rating


  1. Made this for a brunch and it was super flavorful and delicious even when it got cold after being out for a while. One note for those of us with less of a sweet tooth: I would probably use Italian sausage next time as the combination of the sweet potato and sweetness of the breakfast sausage left my savory breakfast preferences wanting.4 stars

  2. Love this recipe for feeding a crowd! I’ve cooked for one most of my adult life, but have recently started hosting weekends with up to 8. Probably not a big deal for many with large families, but I was at a loss. Made this for a group one weekend and it was a hit! Was also great that I could prep some on Friday afternoon before people arrived, which made it super easy on Saturday morning.5 stars

  3. Wow! This is sooooo good! I’ve been following Downshiftology for a long time but never really made any recipes until recently. I’ve been missing out! This breakfast casserole is delicious and all of the other recipes I’ve tried have been great too! Thank you for making such wonderful recipes for us to make in our own homes. ❤️5 stars

  4. I was looking for an easy egg recipe for Sunday brunch. My stepdaughter is gluten and lactose intolerant and this fit the bill. Everyone liked it and it fed 6 of us with some leftovers. I definitely will make this casserole again. Thank you for sharing your recipe.5 stars

  5. Happened to find this recipe by accident, but glad I did!! It tastes great and exactly what I was wanting. I only needed to feed 3 people, so I typed it in before printing. The only problem I have is when it printed, the measurements were in decimal form instead of fractions for the smaller amounts, so I guessed. It still turned out great! Thanks!5 stars

    1. I’m glad you loved the breakfast casserole! And next time, feel free to make the whole recipe and save the leftovers. They freeze beautifully for meal prep!

  6. I love this recipe. When I get to the last two slices I start another pant. I haven’t given it a chance to run out. My Family and friends love this recipe as well.

    Thanks, Lisa5 stars

  7. This is one of my favorite prepping recipes! Making the bacon and sweet potatoes in the oven completely changed my life. Since my granddaughter reminded me that we didn’t get breakfast sausage at the store, I upped the bacon and sweet potatoes in today’s batch. It is such a versatile recipe. Thank you.5 stars

  8. I have made this recipe two weeks in row for my husband and myself. It is full of flavor, filling and easy to prep!  And it was a hit with my husband.    Great recipe!!!5 stars

  9. Very tasty and very easy recipe. Great combo of flavors. I took the liberty of adding some sauteed Portobello mushrooms and baked a little Cauliflower in with the Sweet Potato. Excellent any-time-of-day-or-night meal. Thanks!!5 stars

  10. Delicious! I made this for our Easter brunch and it was a hit. I also made a vegetarian version and added in asparagus. This is a great dish to be able to prep the veggies and meat a day ahead. 5 stars

  11. This was incredibly flavorful and delicious. My husband and I loved this recipe and how well it works for meal prep! I think the sweet potatoes add more flavor than regular potatoes, which is what I have typically seen in breakfast casserole recipes. We will be remaking this one many times over!5 stars

  12. My husband and I absolutely LOVE this recipe!  Green bell peppers do not like me so I omitted them and added roasted Cauliflower florets instead, with delicious results!  The flavors in the recipe are wonderful!  Thank you Lisa!5 stars

  13. This casserole is so delicious and fluffy! I love how easy this is to prepare and customize to your liking.5 stars

  14. I would not have thought to use the spices that are in this recipe or the sweet potato but this is so good and so filling. It was a big hit with the family, even those that are not fans of sweet potatoes. 5 stars

  15. Just made this for tomorrows breakfast but my husband doesn’t eat any kind of vegetables so I made half without the onions and bell peppers I taste it and oh my it’s so goooood 😋
    Thank you Lisa5 stars

  16. Made this breakfast casserole 2 days ahead of time. Served it on Christmas morning, and it was a big hit! I was concerned that, once reheated, it would be dried out. Not so! Everyone enjoyed it!5 stars

  17. I just made this dish. Took longer to get it all together than I thought. Followed the recipie to a T, but I topped it with sliced Tomato & a sprinkle of cheese. Turned out delicious. Next time I will add some fennel seeds which I think will really enhance the flavors.5 stars

  18. Do you think mushrooms would work?  If so would you sauté with the green pepper?  Thank you!!
    Loved your cheesy scalloped potatoes!!

  19. Hi Lisa.  This looks delicious.  Could you make all the “fixings” the day before and then add the egg mixture when you are about to bake it?  Perhaps bring the meat mixture to room temperature before adding the egg mixture?  Love your recipes.  

    1. Yes, absolutely! You can definitely meal prep the individual ingredients and then mix and bake the casserole when you’d like to eat it. Enjoy!

  20. This is a fave in our household! It’s great for meal prep, since it makes a lot and stores well. If we don’t have the exact veggies on hand, it’s easy to sub other ingredients in and it’s still delicious. Thank you for all of the inspiration to cook healthy and delicious meals for my family. :)5 stars

    1. I’m so happy you love it Kimberlee! It’s one of my all-time favorite breakfast casserole recipes as well. :)

  21. Lisa your recipes are good but this is the best one that i ever made. I made this breakfast cassorole for dinner. I used Ground Lamb Meat cut up some russett potatoes used frozen sweet potatos. Put my seasoning. Minced Onions and parsleys and other thing. and it turned out just delicious i have plenty of leftovers. your healthy recipes help me lose weight. I thank God for u.5 stars

  22. Looking forward to making this recipe and confident it will be excellent. Does anyone have tips for baking this the night before, refrigerating, then reheating in the same pan? What temp, how long, covered, etc… The more specific, the better. Thanks in advance! 5 stars

  23. Have tried several of your recipes and they all came out great. I lIke that your recipes have a flexibility to them. You can adjust ingredient amounts or make substitutions and they still come out delicious. I used two sweet potatoes, onions, green peppers, peas and spinach and nine eggs in a slightly smaller pan so I could cook it in the toaster oven. Bacon on the side because of non-meat eaters. A hit. Thank you.5 stars

  24. Lisa, What vegetable, spices and cheese substitutions would you suggest if I want to leave out the meat?

  25. I’ve made this about five times now. Love it! I usually cut the potato smaller so I don’t have to cook it as long and don’t add bacon every time. I try to add lots of spinach each time. I store single servings in smaller mason jars and pop those in the freezer so I don’t have to open a larger storage container each time. Thanks so much! 5 stars

  26. Excellent casserole! I’ve made it multiple times, sometimes substituting ingredients according to what I have on hand. We eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks… :)5 stars