These Air Fryer Sausage Meatballs make a great appetizer or addition to a pasta dish. We love making them up and eating them with pancakes and scrambled eggs for breakfast. But honestly they are a versatile addition to lots of meals!

Sausage Balls

These aren’t just great for an appetizer, they are fantastic for a breakfast side item or just as a pop in your mouth snack.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Super easy recipe
  • We make ours in the Air Fryer, but you can totally make them on the stovetop in a cast iron pan or pop in the oven.
  • Full of savory flavor and can be changed up by adding ingredients, herbs or seasonings.

What do I use these sausage meatballs for?

  • Serve them on a pretty platter on top of fresh lettuce for a party. Add a toothpick or cocktail fork for easy eating.
  • Serve with breakfast, next to scrambled eggs, pancakes, waffles or french toast. Also easy for a brunch.
  • Make the balls smaller and add to pasta, soups, rice and casseroles.
  • Make them alone for a great after school snack. We serve with vegetable sticks or fresh fruit.
Sausage Balls with Cheese Appetizer

How many sausage meatballs does this recipe make?

A lot. It’s honestly going to depend on how big or how small you make the sausage balls. 

If you’re making large sausage balls, you’ll only get about 8-10. 

If you aim for medium you can get up to 15-20.

And if you aim for a decent small size (average size) meatballs for pasta or appetizers, you can get up to 20-30. 

They will go fast!

Can I freeze these?

If you are just using them for breakfast, you can freeze the leftovers and microwave them for 2 minutes or so when you’re ready to eat them.

We also make up a double batch and flash freeze them on a cookie sheet until frozen.

Then we put them in a plastic zip top bag and store for future meals. You can microwave them or heat them in a sauce on the stove to thaw or simply thaw in the refrigerator.

Yum! I won’t lie, we make tons of them up ahead of time and freeze them.

The kids grab 1 or 2 in the morning with their breakfast and they love them.

Another trick, I use herbs and sometimes minced garlic and minced onion in them. Especially when serving for an appetizer just to make them a little different and more flavorful.

I also tend to roll them into smaller balls for an appetizer and put a toothpick in them for serving. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

If you’re looking for more air fryer recipes, we love this Air Fryer Spicy Chicken Sandwich or these Air Fryer Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls.

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Air Fryer Sausage Meatballs Recipe

Sausage Balls with Cheese Appetizer

Air Fryer Sausage Meatballs

Nicole Cook
A great appetizer for a party or just as a side item to an everyday typical breakfast. I love that I can make them ahead of time and freeze them. The kids just adore them!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizers, Snacks and Small Bite Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 356 kcal


  • 1 pounds pork sausage your choice – hot, spicy, mild, etc.
  • 10 oz. cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups Bisquick mix


  • In your stand mixer, combine all of the ingredients. Mix well.
  • Roll them into small balls.

For the Air Fryer

  • Preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F. In a single layer, place the sausage meatballs into the air fryer in a single layer. After the air fryer is preheated, turn it down to 380 degrees F, and cook meatballs for approx. 12-14 minutes or until browned. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

For the Oven

  • Place them on an ungreased cookie sheet, they expand a little bit so just keep at least ¼” to ½” in between them. Bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees.


Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 15gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 10gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 61mgSodium: 780mgPotassium: 173mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 319IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 247mgIron: 1mg
Keyword 3 ingredient recipes, easy air fryer recipes
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