cream cheese sausage balls

Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

This cream cheese sausage ball recipe makes the perfect appetizer for any occasion. They are cheesy, creamy, and perfectly spiced. 

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 25 minutesTotal: 40 minutes
Fat 18 Carbs 23 Protein 14
Yield 12-14 sausage balls 1x


Sausage Balls

  • 4-oz. full-fat cream cheese, softened 
  • 1-lb. ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup shredded yellow cheddar cheese (+ more for topping)
  • 1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup chives, finely minced (+more for topping)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

Garlic Sauce

  • 2/3 cup 2% Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1.5 teaspoons garlic paste
  • 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF and spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. 
  2. Place the softened cream cheese into a large mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to cream the cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add the rest of the sausage ball ingredients (except for the flour) to the bowl and use the electric mixer to combine all the ingredients. 
  4. Slowly add the flour to the sausage mixture until combined. 
  5. Form little balls by scooping 2 tablespoons of the sausage mixture and rolling the balls between your palms. Place sausage balls on the baking sheet and repeat.
  6. Place the sausage balls into the oven and bake at 350ºF for 25 minutes. 
  7. While the sausage balls are baking, prepare the garlic sauce by placing all the ingredients for the sauce in a medium bowl and mix until combined. Set aside. 
  8. Remove sausage balls from the oven and sprinkle each ball with shredded cheddar cheese and place the sausage balls back into the oven for 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is melted. 
  9. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with chives, and serve with the garlic sauce. 

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 Calories: 315 Sugar: 5 Sodium: 551 Fat: 18 Carbohydrates: 23 Fiber: 1 Protein: 14 Cholesterol: 50
Author: Linley RichterCategory: AppetizersMethod: OvenCuisine: American

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