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Ninja Air Fryer Sausage Balls Recipe

Written by: Emily Smith

Whipping up my air fryer sausage balls is a breeze. Just mix, shape, and cook. They're golden, cheesy, and packed with flavor. Perfect for a quick snack or party appetizer!

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This air fryer sausage balls recipe is my go-to for a quick, delicious snack! I can whip em' up in no time, filled with cheddar cheese and flavorful spices. They're so irresistible, I bet you can't have just one! Cooking them in the air fryer gives them a perfect golden crust while keeping them juicy inside. Trust me, you'll want to give this recipe a try!

Ingredients for Sausage Balls in the Air Fryer

  • Ground sausage: Adds savory flavor and richness to the sausage balls, providing a juicy and flavorful bite in every bite.
  • Biscuit baking mix: Forms the base of the sausage balls, giving them a light and fluffy texture when cooked in the air fryer.
  • Cheddar cheese: Melts into gooey pockets of cheesy goodness, enhancing the overall flavor and adding a creamy texture to the dish.
  • Milk: Adds moisture to the sausage ball mixture, ensuring they are tender and not dry when cooked in the air fryer.
  • Garlic powder: Infuses the sausage balls with a subtle garlic flavor, elevating the overall taste and adding depth to the dish.
  • Onion powder: Provides a hint of onion flavor without the texture, enhancing the savory profile of the sausage balls.
  • Dried parsley: Adds a pop of color and freshness to the sausage balls, complementing the other flavors and brightening the dish.

Essential Tools for Making Air Fryer Sausage Balls

  • Air fryer: Essential for cooking the sausage balls to perfection with a crispy exterior and juicy interior.
  • Mixing bowl: Needed to combine all the ingredients thoroughly for even distribution of flavors in the sausage balls.

Serves: 6 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes


  • 1 pound ground sausage
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley


  1. Preheat the Ninja Air Fryer to 350°F (180°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the ground sausage, biscuit baking mix, cheddar cheese, milk, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried parsley. Mix until well combined.
  3. Shape the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them in the air fryer basket.
  4. Cook in the air fryer for 10 minutes, or until the sausage balls are golden brown and cooked through.
  5. Serve hot and enjoy!

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 380 kcal | Carbohydrates: 18 g | Protein: 18 g | Total Fat: 26 g | Saturated Fat: 11 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 70 mg | Sodium: 780 mg | Dietary Fiber: 1 g | Sugar: 2 g | Calcium: 250 mg | Potassium: 180 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 2 mg

Preparing and Storing Sausage Balls Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the sausage ball mixture as directed.
  • Shape into balls and place on a baking sheet.
  • Cover and refrigerate for up to 24 hours before air frying.

Freezing Instructions

  • Shape the sausage mixture into balls.
  • Place on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.
  • Transfer the frozen balls to a freezer bag or container.
  • Label with the date and freeze for up to 3 months.
  • When ready to cook, air fry from frozen, adding a few extra minutes to the cooking time.

Did you know that adding a splash of Worcestershire sauce to the sausage ball mixture can give it a delicious umami flavor boost? It's a secret ingredient that takes this dish to the next level!

Common Questions About Air Fryer Sausage Balls

Can I use a different type of cheese in this recipe?
Yes, feel free to experiment with different types of cheese to suit your taste preferences.
Can I make these sausage balls ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can prepare the sausage balls ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator until you're ready to cook them in the air fryer.
How can I reheat leftover sausage balls?
To reheat leftover sausage balls, simply pop them back in the air fryer for a few minutes until they are heated through.
Can I freeze these sausage balls?
Yes, you can freeze the uncooked sausage balls. Just place them on a baking sheet in the freezer until they are frozen solid, then transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container.
What can I serve with these sausage balls?
These sausage balls are versatile and can be served as an appetizer with dipping sauces, as a snack, or even as a breakfast item alongside eggs and fruit.

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