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Air Fryer Sausage Balls

A quick and easy appetizer or snack, these classic Air Fryer Sausage Balls are always a delicious hit! You don’t even need to turn on your oven!

A FUN AIR FRYER APPETIZER RECIPE

Sausage Balls are one of my favorite things ever! They are a classic favorite that we have been for years. Well, I’ve finally adapted them so you can make them in the air fryer! The air fryer has become a hugely popular small appliance in many homes and so I love figuring out how to take oven baked foods and make them in the air fryer. I could eat these all day, every day and never get sick of them! If you have never tried them, now is the time!

Air Fryer Sausage Balls stacked on linen with bite taken out of one.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What kind of sausage is best?

I used regular breakfast sausage for this recipe but you could use hot, sage, maple (if you want a sweeter flavor) etc.

Do I need to spray my air fryer basket?

Yes, since these have cheese in them, there is a chance that they will stick so you will want to spray the basket. Only use olive oil spray for this recipe. It’s one of the few nonstick sprays that won’t gunk up the air fryer.

Can I double this recipe?

Absolutely! These are amazing, so I highly recommend doubling as they will go quickly. You will need to cook in batches.

What is the best cheese to use?

Personally I like to use freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese. Other cheeses can be used like Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, Monterey Jack, Colby Jack, etc.

Can these be baked?

No worries if you don’t have an air fryer. You can refer to my Cream Cheese Sausage Balls on how to bake these.

Do I have to use Bisquick?

You don’t necessarily have to use that specific brand but you will want to use a baking mix for this recipe. Walmart makes a Great Value store brand that is similar.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator where they will keep for 3 days. They can also be frozen. Place cooled sausage balls in a freezer bag and they will keep for up to 1-2 months. To defrost, remove to the refrigerator overnight until thawed. You can reheat in the microwave or back in the air fryer until heated through.

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INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • ground sausage (breakfast, spicy or sage)
  • whole milk
  • seasoned salt
  • sharp cheddar cheese
  • Bisquick baking mix
Ingredients needed: breakfast sausage, whole milk, seasoning salt, sharp cheddar cheese and bisquick.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER SAUSAGE BALLS:

Open the package of ground sausage and crumble it into a large bowl. Add the shredded cheese, Bisquick, seasoned salt and milk to the bowl and use your hands to incorporate all the ingredients together well.

Sausage Ball mixture mixed together in bowl.

Spray your air fryer basket with olive oil spray. Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out individual sausage balls.

Cookie scoop scooping mixture out of bowl.

Roll them gently to round them out, then place them all in your prepared air fryer basket. It is ok if they are touching one another, just do not stack them.

Rounded balls placed in air fryer basket.

Cook for 10 minutes at 350F degrees (you do not need to preheat the air fryer first.)

Finished Sausage Balls in air fryer basket.

Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

Air Fryer Sausage Balls stacked in white bowl.

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Air Fryer Sausage Balls

A quick and easy appetizer or snack, these classic Air Fryer Sausage Balls are always a delicious hit! You don't even need to turn on your oven!
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients

  • ½ pound ground sausage
  • ¼ cup milk (you can also use water, this is to help bind the meat mixture and keeps them from drying out)
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt (like Lawry's)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Bisquick baking mix

Instructions

  • Open the package of ground sausage and crumble it into a large bowl. Add the shredded cheese, Bisquick, seasoned salt and milk to the bowl and use your hands to incorporate all the ingredients together well.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil spray.
  • Using a 1 tablespoon cookie scoop, scoop out individual sausage balls.
  • Roll them gently to round them out then place them all into the prepared air fryer basket. It is ok if they are touching one another, just do not stack them.
  • Cook for 10 minutes at 350F degrees (you do not need to preheat the air fryer first).
  • Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!

Notes

  • You can switch up the sausage to your favorite flavor. We also really like the spicy sausage.
  • Water can be used in place of milk.
  • These can be frozen, see above on how to do that.
  • The cheese can be switched out, freshly shredded is best.
  • These can be baked if you don’t have an air fryer. See above on how to do that.
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 108kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Sodium: 340mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 1g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Easy and wonderful way to get sausage balls done. I grated my cheese and mixed the night before. Took them out of refrigerator to get room temperature and cooked them. Tasted great and so easy.

  2. 5 stars
    I doubled the recipe as suggested as the sausage balls are so good! I followed the ingredient recipe. No change but delicious!

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