Vegan Funeral Potatoes

This vegan Funeral potatoes recipe is a casserole dish often served at potlucks, gatherings, and events such as funerals. It’s an easy recipe, made with frozen potatoes, vegan cheese, and a creamy sauce made with vegan sour cream and seasonings.

A serving of vegan cheesy potatoes sits on a plate in front of another plate.

Why are they called Funeral Potatoes?

Funeral potatoes are popular in the United States, particularly in the western and midwestern regions. Why? Because they are quick to throw together and they are a crowd favorite at potlucks, gatherings, and events such as funerals (thus the name).

Imagine frozen grated potatoes and a creamy sauce made with sour cream and all the right seasonings. I’m going to show you how to make funeral potatoes vegan. It’s easy!

I’ve got a simple quick fix to replace the creamy condensed soup, which is usually not dairy-free.

Key Ingredients

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Potatoes — You’ll need one package (around 4 cups) of frozen grated potatoes.
  • Cheese — I prefer vegan cheddar shreds, but you can substitute vegan mozzarella shreds.
  • Sour Cream — We’ll be using a half-cup of vegan sour cream. Use your favorite brand or make homemade cashew cream.
  • Cream cheese — To keep things simple, we’ll use vegan cream cheese instead of cream of mushroom soup, which is not vegan.
  • Seasonings — For flavor, we’ll use some nutritional yeast flakes, salt, ground black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
  • Corn flakes — This cereal creates a nice, crispy topping when combined with vegan butter.
Looking down on a casserole dish with vegan cheesy potatoes. A spoon has dished out some of the potatoes, revealing the pan at the bottom.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • EASY — With a small number of ingredients, this recipe comes together in minutes and most of the time is in the oven. That makes it an easy casserole to make!
  • CREAMY — Everyone loves creamy potatoes and this recipe delivers!
  • CROWD FAVORITE — Take this dish to a potluck and watch it disappear!

Vegan Meals with Potatoes

I love serving vegan meals with potatoes. You can serve these vegan funeral potatoes as a side dish alongside other comfort food classics. Here are some favorites:

  • Vegan Meatloaf — This lentil meatloaf is perfect to serve with potatoes.
  • Vegan Chicken — It may sound complicated to make your own vegan chicken, but this recipe shows it’s pretty simple!
  • Vegan Turkey — You can change up the seasonings and baste it and have a tasty vegan turkey to serve with your potato dish.
  • Vegan Ham — Potatoes and ham are always a great flavor combination!
  • Veggie Burgers — Any veggie burger can be served with potatoes, from my Vegan Black Bean Burger to my Vegan Big Mac recipes!

Storage Tips

Store leftover potatoes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. They can be frozen in a freezer-safe container for up to 2 months.

A serving spoon is full of golden crisp potatoes. It hovers over a casserole dish with more of the potatoes.

Vegan Sides

If you love these dairy-free funeral potatoes, here are more tasty vegan sides to try:

A closeup of vegan funeral potatoes on a plate.

Vegan Cheesy Potatoes

Our vegan cheesy potatoes are the perfect casserole for any occasion. Creamy, comforting, and packed with flavor, they're sure to be a hit with vegans and non-vegans alike.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Resting time:: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 194kcal


  • 1 32-oz bag frozen grated potatoes, thawed
  • 1 cup vegan cheddar shreds
  • ½ cup vegan sour cream
  • 1 cup vegan cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons garlic powder

Potato Topping


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F/175°C. Grease a 9×13 pan.
  • Set out frozen potatoes to thaw.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the vegan cheddar cheese, vegan sour cream, vegan cream cheese, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix well to combine. If the mixture is too thick, stir in 1 to 3 tablespoons plant-based milk.
    A hand holds a spatula, stirring together vegan cheese and other ingredients in a bowl.
  • Pour in the thawed potatoes.
    Thawed frozen hash brown potatoes are being poured into a bowl with a creamy mixture.
  • Stir this mixture then transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish.
    A hand holds a spatula, stirring potatoes with a creamy mixture.

For the Potatoes Topping:

  • Combine cornflakes with melted vegan butter. Stir until coated.
  • Sprinkle cornflakes over the casserole. Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the potatoes are heated through.
    A buttery cornflakes mixture is being poured over potatoes in a baking dish.
  • Serve the potatoes hot. Garnish them with additional grated vegan cheese and/or chopped herbs.

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Make Ahead

Assemble the casserole except for the topping. Cover it and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days. When you’re ready to bake, prepare the topping, and distribute it on top of the casserole. Increase the baking time for an additional 5-10 minutes if it’s coming straight from the fridge.

Thawing Potatoes

Place the frozen hash browns in the fridge the night before so they can thaw overnight. 
Calories: 194kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 44mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 316IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 2mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

2 Responses to Vegan Funeral Potatoes

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJanine Reply

    5 stars
    This potato dish was so easy. We loved it!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I’m so glad you liked it Janine!

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