12 Best Crispy Breakfast Potatoes

Emily's Famous Hash Browns
Photo: KGora

Bring some crunch to brunch! Bacon and eggs and toast are awesome, but they're even better with breakfast potatoes on the side. We've rounded up some top-rated 'tater recipes that will make any morning the start of the best day ever. From potato pancakes to Sheet Pan Totchos, these spectacular spuds have one thing in common: They're so good, you're going to want seconds, so double the recipe!

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German Potato Pancakes

German Potato Pancakes
Photo by LYNNINMA.

Fans of the crunch factor go wild for these cakes of golden brown goodness. Possible toppings include sour cream, salsa, country sausage gravy, a perfectly fried egg or applesauce. "These are a nice change from regular pancakes," says SWIZZLESTICKS. "They make a great dinner meal when served with bratwurst sausage. I spread mine with cranberry sauce and top with maple syrup."

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Bacon Potato Pancakes

Bacon Potato Pancakes
Bacon Potato Pancakes | Photo by pelicangal.

These crispy potato pancakes feature bacon, garlic, and thyme. "I usually make potato pancakes but the bacon just took it to a whole new level," says rechie. "I love it.

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Vegetable and Feta Latkes

Vegetable and Feta Latkes
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These crispy latkes combine shredded potatoes, grated zucchini and carrots, and feta cheese. The feta cheese, added just before cooking, makes these latkes the perfect combination of creamy and crunchy. "These are great for a change of latke pace!" says Edna. "Terrific for Hanukah parties when you're looking to give your friends a little extra."

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Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

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Leftover mashed potatoes get a tasty makeover for breakfast, with bacon, onion, celery, garlic, spices, and shredded American cheese. "Love the recipe," says gloria1967. "Made these this morning and they were great. I would not change a thing."

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Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Emily's Famous Hash Browns

Diced or shredded and fried in a skillet with oil or bacon grease, hashed brown potatoes are a dish that dates back to the 1890s. Pro tip: If you're short on time, microwave a russet potato for 5 minutes and shred. "Good old fashioned restaurant-style hash browns," says your mom. "Perfect with hot pepper sauce and ketchup!"

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Classic Hash Browns

Classic Hash Browns
Peter Allwin

"These classic diner-style hash browns are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside," says Chef John. Watch the video to see Chef John's three keys to getting crispy, crusty, perfectly browned hash browns.

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Cheesy Hash Browns

Cheesy Hash Browns Quiche
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Hash brown potatoes bake in a creamy, cheesy sauce. "Love this recipe!" raves Sarah. "I have made it for breakfast and as a side for dinner. I have also added bacon to it both within and on top. I have also made it without onions in the past and it was just fine."

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Quick and Easy Home Fries

Quick and Easy Home Fries

These chunky delights speak to the potato purist. And to the cook who appreciate the option of oven-baked instead of sizzling on the stove top. No splatters to clean up. "A quick way to make crispy home fries," says magicallydelicious. "Great for breakfast or as a side dish. Potatoes may be shredded and cooked in the same manner for crispy hash browns."

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Homefried Potatoes with Garlic and Bacon

Homefried Potatoes with Garlic and Bacon
Homefried Potatoes with Garlic and Bacon | Photo by mommyluvs2cook.

Russet potatoes are fried in bacon grease with onions and garlic pepper. "This was absolutely delicious!" raves hardrockgirl. "Comfort food for breakfast! Will definitely make again next time with a side of scrambled eggs!"

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Early Morning Oven Roasted New Potatoes

closeup of golden brown skin-on halved potatoes in a white ceramic dish
Photo by Deb C. Deb C

"Simple, yet delicious! These potatoes, when young, are so good by themselves they don't need anything else," says DJFoodie. "This would be great as a breakfast side dish."

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Sheet Pan Brunch Totchos

Sheet Pan Brunch Totchos
Leslie Kelly

Bake tater tots extra-long for super crispiness, then melt on the Mexican cheeses. Finally, smother with sausage gravy, andouille sausage, green onion, pickled jalapeno peppers and avocado. "Crispy tots stand in for hash browns in this super delicious, easy-to-make sheet-pan meal," says Leslie. "Cajun andouille sausage and jalapenos deliver the heat, so skip those if you don't like spicy foods."

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Sunny Poutine

Sunny Poutine
Sunny Poutine | Photo by Chef V.

Here's a breakfast variation on poutine, featuring French fries topped with bacon, hollandaise, and a sunny-side-up egg. "Use your favorite fries and hollandaise recipes to make this your own. I use baked fries; also tastes great on hash browns," says Chef V. "This can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or supper! My favorite breakfast turned into a Canadian classic: Poutine!"

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