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White plate full of crispy cheesy sausage balls with a golden crust and ranch dip

Sausage Balls with Flour

These easy sausage cheese balls are the best holiday appetizer! They're super easy Thanksgiving and Christmas party finger foods. All you need are 4 simple ingredients to make enough appetizers to feed a large crowd! Let's oven bake and air fry these savory snacks.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 33 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 People
Calories 77 kcal


  • 1 lb grated sharp cheddar freshly grated
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1.25 tsp baking powder
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Freshly grate cheese.
    White cheddar coming out of a cheese grater into a clear glass bowl
  • Mix flour & baking powder with the cheese.
    Flour being pour onto grated cheddar
  • Break the ground sausage up into crumbles and mix into cheese. Mix well. There shouldn't be any dry flour left over. Add tiny amounts of milk or water if there's any dry bits that won't mix in. Start with 1 TB of liquid at a time and mix!
    Mixing ground pork sausage into the cheese and flour mixture
  • Scoop mixture into small balls. Lightly wetting your hands with water will help smooth the balls.
    A baking tray full of raw sausage balls
  • Bake sausage balls at 350 for 18 minutes. You can broil them for 1-2 minutes for a golden crust. Air Fry sausage balls at 350 for 7-10 minutes. Don't overcook them to avoid drying them out. They're done when internal tempature reaches 160 degrees.
    cheese balls in air fryer basket



  • Overcooking these will make dry, tough meatballs - use a meat thermometer and call them done at an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
  • Too much flour can dry these out.
  • Using too lean of meat can dry these out.
  • The more flour you use, the more milk or water will be needed in the mixture. Use approximately ½ cup milk for every 2 cups of flour. I didn't use liquid when using 1 cup of flour.


Serving: 45ballsCalories: 77kcalCarbohydrates: 2.7gProtein: 3.8gFat: 5.7gSaturated Fat: 2.7gCholesterol: 15.3mgSodium: 146mgPotassium: 2.9mgFiber: 0.1gVitamin A: 3.1IUCalcium: 7.8mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword appetizer, sausage balls
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