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Air Fryer Sausage Balls

  • Author: Erin
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 30 balls 1x


This recipe is for a batch of classic, simple sausage balls with one twist: they're made in the air fryer! Air frying creates a deep golden and extra crunchy exterior. Give it a try!


  • 1 pound ground sausage (hot, mild, or sage)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese from the block
  • 2 cups baking mix (Bisquick)
  • Up to 1/4 cup milk, any kind


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine sausage, cheese, and baking mix. Drizzle in 2 tablespoons of milk and mix with clean hands. Mixture should hold form but not be too sticky or dry. Drizzle in extra milk as needed.
  2. Set out a sheet of wax paper on counter top. Form mixture into walnut-sized balls and place onto paper.
  3. Set air fryer to 325F and let it preheat for 5 minutes. Place a batch of sausage balls inside, leaving a little room between each one so that the air flow can reach all sides of the balls.
  4. Air fry for 10-12 minutes or until deeply golden and a probe thermometer reads an internal temperature of 165F. Air fryers vary in how well they hold temperature, so your fry time may vary.
  5. Transfer cooked sausage balls to a clean baking sheet to cool and repeat air frying steps with remaining uncooked balls.


Helpful Equipment

Instant Read Thermometer: seriously, I didn't know I was missing this thing in my life until I got one. No more over or undercooked food!

Power XL 7 qt Air Fryer: A good mid-sized easy-to-use air fryer.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: Starters
  • Method: Air Fryer
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