Air Fryer Sausage Crescent Cheese Balls

Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Servings: 42

These hearty, savoury, poppable bites come together with just five ingredients and make enough to feed a crowd. Free up your oven, and use the air fryer to make this easy appetizer for your next get-together.


  • 1 lb (500 g) bulk spicy sausage
  • 2 cups shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
  • 1 can (235 g) refrigerated Pillsbury™ Original Crescents (8 count)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  1. Cut three 8-inch rounds of cooking parchment paper. Place one round in bottom of air fryer basket. Spray with cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, mix sausage, cheese and rosemary; mix well using hands or spoon.
  3. Unroll crescent dough on work surface; coat each side of dough with 1 tablespoon of the flour. Using pizza cutter or knife, cut dough into about 1/4-inch pieces. Mix crescent dough pieces into bowl of sausage mixture in small amounts until well blended.
  4. Shape mixture into 42 (1 1/4-inch) balls. Place 14 of the sausage balls on parchment in air fryer basket. Refrigerate remaining balls until ready to bake.
  5. Set air fryer to 400°F (200°C); cook 6 minutes. Remove basket from fryer; use tongs to carefully turn sausage balls over. Cook 3 to 6 minutes longer or until browned (at least 165°F/71°C) and dough is cooked through in centres.
  6. Cover cooked sausage balls with foil to keep warm while baking remaining sausage balls. Repeat two times for remaining sausage balls and parchment paper rounds.

Expert Tips

  • Air fryer temperature control settings vary according to brand and model. If your air fryer does not have the exact temperature setting called for in the recipe, consult your manual for suggested temperature settings.
  • Our recipes do not call for preheating your air fryer. Just set the temperature, and start. Never preheat with parchment paper alone.
  • Don’t skip the parchment paper. Lining the air fryer basket with parchment paper helps to catch some of the cheese during cooking, making cleanup easier.
  • To make parchment paper rounds, trace an 8-inch cardboard circle or bottom of an 8-inch round cake pan, and cut with scissors. You can also buy precut parchment paper rounds online or in bakery supply stores.
  • Gradually mix the crescent dough into the sausage mixture for more even distribution and to prevent the dough from clumping together.
  • Cook the sausage balls in batches for more even cooking and to avoid overcrowding the air fryer basket. Turning the sausage balls halfway through also ensures even cooking and browning.
  • If you can't find bulk sausage, you can buy raw sausages, slit the casing with a knife and remove the meat.