Gluten Free Sausage Balls

These gluten free sausage balls are the perfect appetizer for your next party! They’re made in the slow cooker, so they’re easy to make and sure to please a crowd. They’re also perfect for serving over pasta for a quick hearty dinner after a busy day!

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Gluten free sausage balls are easy to make and taste great! Slow cooker sausage balls are made in the slow cooker, so they couldn’t be easier. These easy gluten free sausage balls need only 30 minutes of prep time before tossing them into the slow cooker.

These delicious gluten free sausage balls with cream cheese also freeze well so you can plan ahead and have them on hand for whenever you need a quick dinner, appetizer, or snack.

Slow cooker sausage balls are delicious because they use no gluten-containing ingredients and are even keto or low-carb friendly!

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Why You’ll Love These Slow Cooker Sausage Balls

  • Only 5 budget-friendly and easy to find ingredients
  • You can make them in advance for easy meal prep
  • Kid-friendly 
  • Hearty and delicous

Equipment Needed To Make Slow Cooker Sausage Balls

ingredients to make gluten free sausage balls including raw ground sausage, shredded cheese, herbs, cream cheese and red sauce all next to each other in bowls

Ingredients For Your Gluten Free Sausage Balls

  • Ground Italian Sausage
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Fresh Parsley
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How To Make Gluten Free Sausage Balls

Step 1: Preparing Your Gluten Free Sausage Balls

First, mix the Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and kosher salt in a medium bowl.

Next, shape the meat and cheese mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. You can use your hands or an ice cream scooper. You will want to make around 30 balls.

Step 2: Cooking Your Gluten Free Sausage Balls

After that, place your sausage balls into the slow cooker and add the marinara sauce. Cook on high heat for 2 hours or low heat for 6 to 8 hours.

Step 3: Serving Your Gluten Free Sausage Balls

Finally, garnish your sausage balls with parsley if you wish and serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer or snack or over pasta for a full entree.

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What to Serve with Your Slow Cooker Sausage Balls

Sides

Desserts

  • Chocolate Cake
  • Apple Turnovers
  • Drunken Apples
  • Chocolate Pudding

Popular Subsitutions & Additions 

If you would like to try some different flavor profiles with your sausage balls, you can substitute the cheddar cheese with the following:

  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Gouda Cheese
  • Shredded Velveeta
  • Smoked Cheddar Cheese
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How To Reheat & Store Gluten Free Sausage Balls

If you want to store and reheat your leftover gluten free sausage balls, you have a few great options!

Best Way To Store Leftover Slow Cooker Sausage Balls

It is best to store your meatballs in an air tight container or wrapped in foil. Make sure they are completely cooled before storing.

How Long Will Leftover Gluten Free Sausage Balls Last In the Fridge?

You can store any leftover slow cooker sausage balls for up to 4 days in your refrigerator.

Can I Freeze Slow Cooker Sausage Balls?

Yes, you can! Slow cooker sausage balls can also be stored in the freezer for up to 1 month.

How To Reheat Slow Cooker Sausage Balls

You can reheat any leftover slow cooker sausage balls in the microwave or in your oven at 350°F. Reheat them until they are completely warmed through.

I suggest not reheating them directly from frozen. Thaw them in the fridge overnight before reheating.

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Slow Cooker Sausage Balls FAQs 

Why Won’t My Sausage Balls Stick Together?

If your sausage balls are not sticking together, you probably are not using enough of a binder. Typically meatballs use flour or cornstarch as a binder, but since these sausage balls are gluten free and keto friendly, they use cream cheese.

Does Jimmy Dean Sausage Have Gluten?

No, Jimmy Dean Premium All Natural Pork Sausage Roll is all-natural and gluten free! This sausage is typically used in breakfast dishes so, it wouldn’t quite work for the slow cooker sausage ball recipe above, it would be great with some eggs and toast!

What Brands of Smoked Sausage are Gluten Free?

There are quite a few brands of gluten free sausage as most sausage and other meat is already naturally gluten free. Some notable gluten free sausage brands include Aidells Sausage Company and Applegate Farms.

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Gluten Free Sausage Balls

These gluten free sausage balls are the perfect appetizer for your next party! They're easy to make and sure to please a crowd.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy, keto, low carb
Servings: 30 Balls
Calories: 155kcal
Author: Jessica

Equipment

  • 1 Slow Cooker 6-8 quart

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs ground Italian sausage
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • Fresh parsley for garnish optional

Instructions

  • First, mix the Italian sausage, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and kosher salt in a medium bowl.
  • Next, shape the meat and cheese mixture into tablespoon-sized balls. You can use your hands or an ice cream scooper. You will want to make around 30 balls.
  • After that, place your sausage balls into the slow cooker and add the marinara sauce. Cook on high heat for 2-4 hours or low heat for 6 to 8 hours.
  • Finally, garnish your sausage balls with parsley if you wish and serve them with toothpicks as an appetizer or snack or over pasta for a full entree.

Notes

Dairy Free Sub: Use vegan cream cheese and shredded cheese
Yum .

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    These gluten free sausage balls are the perfect appetizer for your next party! They’re made in the slow cooker, so they’re easy to make and sure to please a crowd. They’re also perfect for serving over pasta for a quick hearty dinner after a busy day!

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