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A plate of garnished sausage balls with cream cheese.

Sausage Balls with Cream Cheese

  • Author: Sara Nelson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 17 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 24 sausage balls 1x
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


These Sausage Balls with Cream Cheese are extra easy to make, require minimal steps to prepare, and bake right in the oven — all in just 30 minutes. They are perfect as a party appetizer for game day or holiday gatherings.


  • 1 pound (16 ounces) ground Italian sausage
  • 1 1/4 cups (150 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (112 grams) shredded cheese (I use pepper jack)
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 Tablespoon (12 grams) sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Optional Garnish:

  • Finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix Ingredients: To a mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Using an electric mixer, mix together until well-combined.
  3. Shape Sausage Balls: Roll sausage balls or scoop using a cookie scoop into 24 equal-sized balls and place atop prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake: Transfer baking sheet to oven and bake until internal temperature of sausage balls reaches 160 degrees F, about 12-17 minutes, flipping each over about halfway through bake time.
  5. Serve: Remove baking sheet from oven and allow sausage balls to cool for a few minutes. Then, transfer them to a serving plate and, optionally, garnish with fresh parsley, and serve.

Recipe Notes:

Making In Advance: Form the sausage mixture into balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Wrap the baking sheet in storage wrap, then refrigerate for up to 1 day. When you’re ready, bake according to recipe instructions.

Refrigerator Storage: Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Freezer Storage: Flash-freeze the sausage balls first by arranging them in a single layer on a baking sheet, then place them in the freezer until they’re firm (this is to ensure they don’t freeze all together in a clump). Once frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or a resealable storage bag, separating each layer with parchment paper to prevent sticking. Store in the freezer for up to 2 months. When ready to enjoy, reheat them straight from frozen in the oven at 350 degrees F until heated through, about 15-20 minutes.

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