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Backpacking Hashbrowns with Bacon and Cheese

Backpacking hash browns with bacon and cheese is a trail recipe I recently tried on my trip to the High Uintas. It was full of calories to fuel my hike, salt and very satisfying. I have added this recipe to my trail arsenal and now I am sharing this with you.

One of my hobbies is backpacking. There is nothing like getting out in the wilderness with friends, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat and cooking really good food. Recently I hiked up to Red Castle with a good friend. She has a sharp eye for moose. Thanks to her we had seven moose sightings, one with a cow and her calf.

We took five days to complete this out & back iconic hike. After seeing how exhausted several groups were trying to do it in two, we knew we made the right decision. This also gave me time to try out a bunch of new backpacking recipes.

This one is an easy re-hydrate, cook, sprinkle recipe. Simple add water to dehydrated hash browns and let rest for 15 minutes. Squeeze out any extra water. Heat pot with some oil or ghee and place hash browns in. Let cook until crispy then stir or flip. Cook the other side and sprinkle shredded cheddar and pre-cooked bacon pieces. That’s it. Now sit back and enjoy your cup of Joe and this magnificent backcountry breakfast.

Ingredients I used

If you want to try more of my backpacking recipes, check out the Backcountry Hummus Bowl that is filling and easily scalable. Dehydrated hummus is re-constituted and smeared on a whole wheat flatbread. Olive tapenade is added for a flavorful kick.

For an introduction into backcountry cooking, this article on Backcountry Gourmet will answer many of your hot burning question.

“Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter.”

John Muir

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Backpacking Hashbrowns with Bacon and Cheese

Backpacking Hashbrowns with Bacon and Cheese

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

An easy backpacking breakfast made with dehydrated hash browns, shredded cheddar and bacon pieces.


  • 1 cup of dehydrated hash browns, placed in a plastic sandwich bag.
  • water to cover hashbrowns
  • 1 Tbs of oil or ghee
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/4 cup of pre-cooked bacon pieces (You may find this shelf-stable product where you would find salad croutons)


  1. Add water to hash browns, wait 15 minutes.  Squeeze out excess water.
  2. Heat pot with oil or ghee, add hash browns.  Cook until crispy but not burnt, stir and cook a little more.  Remove from heat add cheese and bacon, stir and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 700Trans Fat: 0g

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Saturday 1st of May 2021

What type of cheese did you use? If its regular cheddar, how did you keep it cold?


Sunday 2nd of May 2021

Hey Sarah, I used cheddar. I routinely hike with hard cheeses, I just use them within the first three days of backpacking. It can keep without refrigeration for up to a week. The oil will come out of the cheese somewhat but that doesn't mean it has gone bad. When hard cheese goes bad, you will see mold or slime and it will smell off. Soft cheeses aren't as hardy, they need refrigeration. You do this at your own risk, however, but I haven't had a hard cheese go bad in my 11 years of backpacking. If that seems unsettling, you can use freeze dried cheese or shelf stable cheese such as velveeta. Have fun with this recipe, it's one of my favorites.


Thursday 29th of August 2019

Awesome idea!! And such a great alternative to the standard oatmeal breakfast that usually is offered. I’m adding this to my menu for my next trip :)


Thursday 29th of August 2019

Hey Hannah, it might be my favorite, probably because of the bacon!


Thursday 22nd of August 2019

This doesn't even have to be a backpacking recipe. I made this at home and it was delish:) Thanks for another great recipe, I always love to see what you do.

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