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Sausage Crescent Balls

Sausage Crescent Balls are an easy 3-ingredient recipe. Maybe the best sausage balls ever! Perfect for a holiday party or gameday.

Sausage Crescent Balls on a plate.

Just 3 Ingredients

Only 3-ingredients in this easy party food: breakfast sausage, shredded sharp cheddar cheese, and crescent rolls. I have to say I like this recipe so much better than the classic sausage ball recipe using Bisquick. Makes a great game day snack or holiday appetizer or you can serve them with scrambled eggs for an awesome breakfast.

Sausage Balls on a plate.

The little bits of crescent rolls are so delicious and buttery tasting.

Is This Dish Spicy?

Use “Hot” Breakfast sausage (I use Jimmy Dean) and these sausage balls have a little kick to them. To make them spicier, add 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes to the mixture.

Ingredients needed for sausage balls.

How To Make Sausage Crescent Balls

  1. Mix together the sausage and cheddar cheese in a large bowl.
  2. Use a pizza cutter to cut the crescent dough into 1/4-inch squares. I like to dust each side of the crescent dough with flour before cutting it but this step is optional. It helps keep all the dough pieces from clumping together when you mix them into the sausage mixture.
  3. Shape the sausage mixture into approximately 1 1/4-inch balls. You should get about 36. A few more or less is fine.
  4. Place them on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden and cooked through.
Sausage and shredded cheddar in a large bowl.
Crescent dough cut into small squares.


Sausage Crescent Balls will keep about 4 days in an airtight container in the refrigerator and can be reheated in the oven or air fryer.

Uncooked Sausage Balls on parchment paper.

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Watch the short video below to see how easy this recipe is to make.

Sausage Crescent Balls on a plate.

Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

Sausage Crescent Balls are an easy 3-ingredient recipe. Maybe the best sausage balls ever!
PREP: 12 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes


  • 1 pound "hot" breakfast sausage
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 (8-ounce) tube refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, mix together sausage and cheese.
  • Unroll crescent roll dough on a piece of parchment paper. Dust each side with 1 tablespoon of flour.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut dough into 1/4-inch pieces.
    Mix about 1/3 of the dough pieces into the sausage mixture.
    Mix the remianing dough pieces in in 2 additions.
  • Shape into 1 1/4-inch balls and place on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet.
  • Bake for 15 to 17 minutes.


Calories: 87kcal
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Crescent roll recipes, gameday, sausage

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Sausage Crescent Balls on a plate.

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7 thoughts on “Sausage Crescent Balls”

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Don’t mix in all the crescent pieces at onnce. This makes it easier to mix them in. But it isn’t going to hurt anything if you do add them all at once.

  1. Susan Murphree

    I want to try this but every time I make Sausage balls the bottom always burns even if placed on parchment paper and a lower temperature.

    1. Have you checked your oven temp? Mine is old and very iffy, so I set it at 375* and watch closely. Helps to put the pan on a rack just above the middle rather than in the middle of the oven. If the recipe says 15 minutes bake time, start checking for doneness around 10 minutes. Might lower the oven temp by 25* to 350 and compare the doneness level, too. Hope this helps

        1. Add the sausage raw – do not cook it before you combine with other ingredients – the oven will do the cooking for you!

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