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Traeger Camping: Tinfoil Breakfast - Eggs in a Hashbrown Nest

Posted by Mary M. on August 3, 2013

Traeger Camping: Tinfoil Breakfast - Eggs in a Hashbrown Nest

Tin dins are brilliant one-plate wonders. Everything from protein to veggies to carbohydrates all in one neat, shiny package. Of course we couldn't leave breakfast out of the mix. We're talking about an egg cooked to perfection in a hash brown nest on top of a spicy sausage foundation. Breakfast has never looked this good.


PREP TIME: 10 minutes
COOK TIME: 15 minutes


1 lb. breakfast sausage (we used bulk sausage but links or patties would work)
1 lb. shredded hash browns, thawed
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 eggs
Salt and pepper (a few more pinches)
3/4 cup cheddar or pepper jack cheese, shredded
Cooking spray
Aluminum foil
Optional garnishes: chopped chives, cilantro, salsa, sour cream, etc.

Start the Traeger on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Preheat, with the lid closed, to 375 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Place the thawed hash browns in a bowl along with the diced bell peppers, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper - mix well.

Tear off 6 medium-sized pieces of the aluminum foil. Spray each piece of foil with cooking spray. Form the sausage into 6 patties and place one in the middle of each piece of aluminum foil.

Put a few tablespoons-worth of the hash brown mix on top of each sausage patty and use your hands to form them into a nest. Use a large spoon to make an "egg-size" indent in the middle.

Very carefully, holding the egg right above the hash brown indent, crack an egg into the middle of hash brown nest. Season each egg with a dash of salt and pepper.

Gently pull the sides of the foil up around each hash brown/sausage/egg nest and fold the edges together to seal the packet.

Place the foil packets on the grill grate and cook for 13 minutes.

Traeger Camping: Tinfoil Breakfast - Eggs in a Hashbrown Nest

Open up the top of each packet and add in 2 tablespoons of cheese on top of each egg. Reseal and cook for an additional 2 minutes to melt the cheese.

Pull the tin breakfasts off the Traeger and top with the chopped chives, cilantro, salsa, ketchup or whatever strikes your fancy.

Traeger Camping: Tinfoil Breakfast - Eggs in a Hashbrown Nest

If you cook it just right, the yolk will beautifully break with that first cut. Breakfast is served!

Traeger Camping: Tinfoil Breakfast - Eggs in a Hashbrown Nest


8/12/2013 11:53:14 AM #

I tried this recipe this weekend and it is pretty darn good. I did have to cook the packets for 23 minutes do get the eggs done(soft yolk and firm white). I did only make 4 packets out of a pound of sausage. That may have contributed to the extra time. I added sliced jalapeno to one of the packets and its flavor permeated all of the ingredients. So if you like jalapenos give it a try.

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9/2/2013 5:34:25 AM #

Tried this today and it was really good.  We did chopped jalapenos instead of peppers.  We did 16 minutes - judged by the whites - shaking it around a little.  The egg was a tiny bit overdone, but this was very tasty!

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