Hash Brown Egg Nests are a delicious breakfast or brunch idea you can make ahead. They’re soft on the inside, and crispy golden on the outside. They’re great for a quick weekday breakfast, and also perfect for feeding a crowd. Plus, video tutorial!

This post is sponsored by the Happy Egg Co, all opinions are my own.

Hash Brown Egg Nests are a delicious breakfast or brunch idea you can make ahead. They’re soft on the inside, and crispy golden on the outside. They’re great for a quick weekday breakfast, and also perfect for feeding a crowd. Plus, video tutorial!

Hash Brown Egg Nests are the perfect grab-and-go breakfast idea you can easily make with a few simple ingredients

This Happy Egg nest recipe is one of our all-time favorite breakfast ideas! Hash browns are packed into a muffin pan and filled with farm-fresh Happy Eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese to make crisp nests. You can’t go wrong! We try to keep a dozen on hand in the freezer for hectic weekdays or holiday entertaining.

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While egg nests make a nutritious grab-and-go breakfast, we’ve served them to rave reviews during holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and Easter. Even those picky eaters love them. Simply pair them up with some avocado, baked beans, hot sauce (you name it!) for a scrumptious start to the day!

Selecting Eggs for Egg Nests

For a standard size muffin tin, large eggs work best. I always recommend free-range or organic whenever possible, and I’m not just talking about the usual marketing. If you want maximum flavor and nutritional benefits of eggs, then find the story behind the label.

That’s why we’re huge fans of Happy Egg Co, whose motto is “we love our birds so you can feel good about your eggs.” Their hens forage freely in over 8 acres of outdoor pasture on small family-owned farms in the Ozark Woodlands of Missouri and Arkansas. That’s a lot better than eggs coming from cages and even cage-free, where hens have less than 2 square feet of space and no outdoor access.

Organic Free Range Happy Eggs are a key ingredient for hash brown egg nests

The result? When you crack an egg into your skillet, the yolks stand tall and proud. Pancakes and baked goods are moister and fluffier with that fresh barnyard flavor we all crave. Check their store locator to find a local store in your area.

How to Make Hash Brown Happy Egg Nests

You only need a few simple ingredients to make Hash Brown Egg Nests:

  • Happy Eggs: Free-est of the Free Range or Organic Free-est of the Free Range
  • shredded hash browns
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • olive oil
  • cooked bacon, crumbled
  • salt & pepper to taste

If you have leftover baked potatoes, just peel and coarsely grate them to use as a substitute for hash browns. The flavor is often superior with real potatoes, even though they’re less convenient.

You can always customize by adding in your favorite toppings like bell pepper, cilantro etc. We’ve included some optional chopped green onion or parsley for garnish.

Hash Brown Egg Nests in a muffin tin right out of the oven

Tips for Making Hash Brown Happy Egg Nests

  • If the hash browns are limp or soft, dry between sheets of paper towel to remove excess moisture before using to prevent getting a soggy crust.
  • To avoid flavors being too salty, use grated potato instead of hash browns and use reduced sodium bacon.
  • To save prep time, buy pre-cooked crumbled bacon instead of frying your own.
  • The eggs will keep cooking for one more minute out of the oven, so remove them when they still have a slight jiggle unless you prefer a solid yolk.

Closeup of a hash brown egg nest being cut open to be eaten

To make these ahead of time, store the baked nests in an airtight container or sealed ziptop bag for up to 4 days in the fridge, or 1 month in the freezer. To reheat, simply pop them in the microwave.

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Hash Brown Egg Nests are a delicious breakfast or brunch idea that's great on-the-go or when you're entertaining
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Hash Brown Happy Egg Nests (with Video)

Hash Brown Egg Nests are a delicious breakfast or brunch idea you can make ahead. They’re soft on the inside, and crispy golden on the outside. They’re great for a quick weekday breakfast, and also a go-to recipe to feed a holiday crowd. Plus video tutorial! #HappyHenHappyEgg #FreestFreeRange #AD

Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword egg nests, hash brown
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 156 kcal
Author TipBuzz

Ingredients

  • 12 large Happy Eggs
  • 20 oz shredded hash browns thawed or grated potato (see note)
  • 1 ½ cups shredded cheddar cheese divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • green onion minced, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix hash browns, 1 ¼ cup cheddar cheese and olive oil.
  3. Divide hash brown mixture into muffin tin, using fingertips to press into the shape of each cup.
  4. Bake until the edges have browned, about 12-15 minutes.
  5. Crack one egg into each muffin cup. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Sprinkle remaining ¼ cup cheddar cheese and crumbled bacon on top.
  7. Lower heat to 350°F and bake 15 minutes more until the egg whites have set.
  8. Remove from oven and allow to cool for several minutes.

  9. Lift out of the pan by sliding a knife or offset spatula around the edges.
  10. Garnish with optional green onion. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Tips

  • To parboil a potato, boil a medium baking potato for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can wet it, prick several times with a fork, wrap in a paper towel and microwave for 5 minutes.
  • If the hash browns are limp or soft, dry between sheets of paper towel to remove excess moisture before using to prevent getting a soggy crust.
  • The eggs will keep cooking for one more minute out of the oven, so remove them when they still have a slight jiggle unless you prefer a solid yolk.
  • To avoid flavors being too salty, use grated potato instead of hash browns and use reduced sodium bacon.
Nutrition Facts
Hash Brown Happy Egg Nests (with Video)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 156 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 192mg 64%
Sodium 198mg 8%
Potassium 284mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 6.5%
Calcium 10.1%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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