Once I had tried cooking my sausage balls in the air fryer there was no going back. Crispy outside, soft and juicy inside - air fryer sausage balls are going to be your new favorite party food.
I normally like to bring out the sausage balls for game day and super bowl, or parties where finger food is the norm.
You could even serve it as a delicious appetizer, depends on the setting. They're a massive crowd pleaser.
❤️ Why you'll love it
- You can have these sausage cheese balls in your air fryer in 5 minutes. It's quick, super quick.
- What's more addictive than breakfast sausage? I tell you, I don't know. These sausage balls are literally my favorite snack.
- These are perfect as make ahead breakfast snacks.
- As it is an air fryer recipe it's a healthier option.
- Make these for your next party, they also make the perfect appetizer.
- They're perfect for the holiday season.
- Breakfast sausage
- Pancake Mix (like Bisquick)
- Cream Cheese
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese (freshly shredded cheese)
- Garlic Powder
See recipe card at the bottom of this post for quantities.
- Step 1: Preheat your air fryer. Add all ingredients to the bowl of your stand mixer and mix sausage until totally combined. (Or add to a large mixing bowl and use your hands).
- Step 2: Take 2 tablespoons of the sausage mixture and using your hands roll into about 1-½ inch balls. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.
- Step 3: Lightly spray the basket for your air fryer with cooking spray. Lay out the sausage balls 1" apart in a single layer in the air fryer basket (you may need to cook in 2 batches depending on the size of your air fryer).
- Step 4: Air fry sausage balls for 10 minutes until golden brown. Once cooked, if you're cooking 2 batches, use tongs and place the cooked sausage balls on a baking sheet while you cook the rest.
Hint: I typically offer ketchup with our sausage balls, but really they go with pretty much any dip.
🔄 Substitutions and Variations
- Italian Sausage - Italian ground sausage instead of breakfast sausage.
- Spicy Sausage - if you like a little heat try using a spicy sausage.
- Almond Flour - For a keto version replace the cup of bisquick with almond flour.
- Red Pepper Flakes - Add a little heat by adding a pinch of red pepper flakes.
- Monterey Jack - Swap out the cheddar cheese for Monterey Jack (or any other favorite cheese).
- Sour Cream - try swapping out a little cream cheese for sour cream.
- Turkey Sausage - a little healthier option.
- Rosemary Leaves - another herb I've heard people like to add.
- Pork Sausages - you could use pork sausages but you'll have to increase the amount of spices you add.
- Crescent Roll Dough - try using this instead of the pancake mix.
- Maple Syrup - this tastes great added.
- Hot Sausage - if you like the heat.
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I have a link to the type of air fryer I use, in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
📘 Other Air Fryer Recipes
- Air Fryer Crab Cakes
- Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Wings
- Air Fryer Mac and Cheese Bites
- Air Fryer Corn Dogs
- Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
- Ham and Cheese Bites
Once cooled completely store the cheesy sausage balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator, for up to 4 days.
Place in a freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.
Expert Tip: To reheat bring back to room temperature then pop them back into the air fryer again for 1-2 minutes to stay crispy.
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- 1lb Breakfast Sausage
- 2 Cups Pancake Mix (like Bisquick)
- 1 (8oz) Block Cream Cheese
- 1 Cup Cheddar Cheese, shredded
- ¼ Cup Parsley, chopped
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
- Preheat your air fryer to 390°F.
- Add all ingredients to the bowl of your stand mixer (or a large bowl to mix by hand) and mix until well combined.
- Take 2 Tablespoons of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat with the rest of the sausage mixture.
- Lightly spray the basket of your air fryer with cooking spray and line up the sausage balls about 1" apart.
- Cook for 10 minutes. Check for doneness then serve with your favorite dip.
Cooking time may vary depending on the air fryer you use. You may need to watch after 8 minutes or may need longer than 10. If in doubt, use a meat thermometer, they need to be 160°F internal temperature.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 518Total Fat 30gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 90mgSodium 1274mgCarbohydrates 38gFiber 2gSugar 9gProtein 23g