These Keto Sausage Balls are just like grandma used to make. A great appetizer, breakfast, or snack this is Southern finger food at its finest.
Sausage and Cheese…Yes Please! These Keto Sausage Balls are one of my all-time favorite’s. They remind me of home and my childhood. My mom and grandmother always made a big batch of their recipe for cookouts, holidays, or any church potluck.
Sausage balls, in my opinion, are the perfect finger food. I mean, what could be better than a mashup of meat and cheese that tastes a bit like bread?
This recipe is as simple as the classic Bisquick sausage balls, just with less sketchy ingredients and a lot fewer carbs. These are gluten-free as well plus they are mixed in one bowl then baked in our trusted cast-iron skillet for an ultimate crunchy exterior.
I think I just need to start making a batch of these on the weekend to have on hand all week for breakfast, what do you think?
These Keto Sausage Balls are perfect for any get-together but they’re also great for meal-prep as an easy on-the-go breakfast through the week.
Are All Sausage Balls Keto?
Unfortunately no, Bisquick or other similar biscuit mixes are a common ingredient in most sausage ball recipes you’ll find online. And those mixes often contain some sketchy ingredients, such as Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil. And according to the Environmental Working Group:
Partially hydrogenated oils are made from refined oils, like soybean and cottonseed oils, by subjecting them to a hydrogenation process. Depending on the extent of hydrogenation, the resulting oils can contain up to 60 percent trans fat (Tarrago-Trani 2006).
That’s one good reason to avoid the pre-packaged mixes, but another could be the carb count. 2 cups of Bisquick (which is what most recipes call for) has more carbs than 18 Oreo’s. Wowzers.
Can You Freeze these low-carb Sausage Balls for later?
Yes, these keto sausage balls can be frozen. And you’ve got two options to do so:
- Option 1: Make a batch and freeze any leftovers. Thaw them out and warm them as needed. They’ll stay good in the freezer at least 2 months.
- Option 2: Make a batch but freeze the uncooked sausage balls. Pro-tip: freeze the keto sausage balls on a covered baking sheet, that way each sausage ball freezes individually, instead of a being frozen together in a clump. Store them in a freezer-safe container for up to 4 months.
What’s in a Keto Sausage Ball?
These sausage balls have just 4 ingredients:
- hot breakfast sausage – any breakfast sausage that has red pepper flakes and sage will be perfect
- almond flour
- baking powder
- cheddar cheese
How awesome is that?
Pro Tip: using a cookie scoop to make the balls makes much less mess than using your hands!
How to freeze low-carb sausage balls
To freeze the sausage balls I like to lay the cooked sausage balls on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and flash freeze them for about two hours. This helps them to not stick together. Then, I transfer them to a freezer-safe container. They will last in the freezer for about 4 months.
How to reheat from frozen
To reheat simply pop a few into your oven and bake at 400° for about 10-15 minutes.
Do I have to use a cast-iron skillet?
Nope! You can totally use a baking dish or baking sheet pan.
Check out The Best Keto Appetizers For Any Occasion for more Epic Keto Appetizers and Snacks!
Keto Sausage Balls
- 1 lb hot breakfast sausage we opt for pastured pork
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- In a large bowl mix together all of the ingredients until combined. Divide the mixture into 28 balls and place in a 10.5" cast iron skillet (or baking sheet if you don't have a skillet) and bake for 25-30 minutes until the sausage balls are golden and cooked through.
Nutritional values are estimates only and do not include carbs from sugar alcohols.