Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls In The Air Fryer

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Delicious Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls in the air fryer. Make ahead your own air fryer stuffing and then cook your homemade stuffing in the air fryer when you’re ready. Loaded with your favourite stuffing ingredients including butter, sausage meat and bread. This is a true family roast dinner favourite in our house.

air fryer sage & onion stuffing balls air fryer recipe
air fryer sage & onion stuffing balls air fryer recipe

Our Easy Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls In The Air Fryer is an update of one of my first air fryer recipes back in 2015. We hope you enjoy our updated version.

Air Fryer Stuffing

I love air fryer stuffing. I would go as far as saying that air fryer stuffing is my number #1 go to side dish when we have a roast dinner in the Milner house.

I always find that when it is Thanksgiving or Christmas or even when you’re having family round for a Sunday dinner that there is always way too much food.

Therefore, I always end up going for the same favourite foods and then don’t bother with the rest.

Or the rest will be used up into leftovers, so that I get the best of both worlds.

In order of my favourites at Christmas I will go for the stuffing first, then the veggie bake, then the roast parsnips.

In fact, I love these 3 sides so much, I forget to have the roast turkey!

Or my Plan B when I have a craving for sage and onion stuffing balls in the air fryer out of season, is to stuff a roast chicken instead.

You can cook an air fryer roast chicken really easily and then stuff the cavity and you have a quick and delicious air fryer dinner.

Though do let me know in the comments below what your favourite sides are at your roast dinners.

I would love to know and see if we are missing any sides that we need to add each time we sit down together for those Sunday get togethers.

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

I like to cook air fryer stuffing balls the most, compared to using the air fryer to make a simple baked stuffing.

I don’t have the biggest of fridge freezers. At the time when we needed to upgrade our fridge freezer as our old one had broken; we were on a low budget. This meant we have a much smaller one than we would like.

It is fine for us most of the time, but when it is Christmas or we are testing lots of new air fryer recipes for you, then it feels like the fridge is overcrowded and incapable of what we want it to do.

But when you make air fryer stuffing balls you can solve this problem. They can be prepped and then stored on a small baking tray, or in a zip loc bag and then it doesn’t feel like your fridge is overcrowded.

I also like to make air fryer stuffing balls because you can prep them like you do with meatballs and they can easily be mixed in one bowl and then fit easily into your air fryer basket when the time comes to cook them.

Or get your kids involved and they will love it and it can become their job next time you’re making air fryer stuffing.

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls – Make Ahead + Freezer Friendly

Do you use fresh sausage meat in your stuffing balls? If so, you can make ahead and freeze your stuffing balls and be even more organised for next time you need to cook them.

  • Simply mix together your ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  • When everything is well mixed make them into stuffing balls and place them onto a baking tray.
  • Place them in the freezer on the baking tray for 30 minutes
  • Remove them from the freezer and place them into a zip loc bag and put them back in the freezer.
  • When you need to cook them, remove them from the freezer the night before to thaw and cook as usual.

You will note, that I mentioned freezing your air fryer stuffing balls on a baking tray first.

Well the reason for this is that when you then add them to a zip loc bag they will be firm, and wont all stick together and won’t take up too much room in your freezer.

You can use this method for any food that you want to freeze in ball shapes. Such as meatballs or cookie dough.

My #1 Gadget For Air Fryer Stuffing Balls

Instant Pot Swedish Meatballs ready to press

If you have not read our air fryer meatballs recipes, then you will have not come across this amazing meatball press that we have.

You flour the meatball press and then add your stuffing to the meatball press first and it will give you perfectly shaped stuffing balls.

Plus, it makes them smaller than the ones we eat. Which is perfect for when you’re feeding a crowd.

We experimented while making air fryer stuffing balls and found that if we don’t use a meatball press ours end up making 9 big ones, but with the meatball press it makes 15 small to medium sized ones.

You can buy the meatball press here or read the reviews.

How To Air Fry Stuffing Balls?

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls step by step

Making air fryer stuffing is so easy and is one of those sides that will make you wonder why you stressed over it in the past.

I give it to my kids to do, as they love to cook with me and then when they have made it, I just double check to make sure the seasoning is well mixed.

As there is nothing worse than getting a sage and onion stuffing ball that has way too much sage in it.

  • Start by prepping your ingredients. Grab your stale bread and chop into small chunks. Thinly dice your just peeled onion. Chop your butter into small chunks.
  • Bowl it. Place all your ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well until the sage has had change to season all the sausage meat.
  • Make into balls. Shape into meatball shapes and fridge for an hour. This will allow for them to firm up a little before the stuffing balls are cooked.
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Make A Roast Dinner In The Air Fryer

Maybe you have a craving for a roast dinner, yet you don’t want to make a huge effort. Maybe you’re like me and are addicted to air fryer stuffing.

If that is the case, I highly recommend trying out our roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing. You can use the same stuffing recipe here but stuff the cavity of a roast chicken instead.

Here is our air fryer roast chicken with sage and onion stuffing

Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls In The Air Fryer

Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls In The Air Fryer

Delicious Sage & Onion Stuffing Balls in the air fryer. Make ahead your own air fryer stuffing and then cook your homemade stuffing in the air fryer when you’re ready. Loaded with your favourite stuffing ingredients including butter, sausage meat and bread. This is a true family roast dinner favourite in our house.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Air Fryer
Servings: 12
Calories: 135kcal


Kitchen Gadgets:

Air Fryer Stuffing Balls Ingredients:

  • 450 g Sausage Meat
  • 25 g Butter
  • ½ Small White Onion
  • ½ Medium Bread Roll
  • 2 Tbsp Sage
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Extra Breadcrumbs For Binding optional


  • Using a vegetable knife chop your bread roll into small chunks. Also peel and thinly dice your onion. Get your butter and chop it into small chunks.
  • Place all your ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well.
  • Make into small to medium sized sage and onion stuffing balls.
  • Place in the fridge for an hour to chill and firm up.
  • Cook for 10 minutes in the air fryer basket at 180c/360f.



Your bread chunks from your bread roll needs to be about the same size as a crouton.
I always have a spare supply of breadcrumbs in the freezer. Then using my fingers, I can break a bit away and use it whenever I need some for a quick recipe. Next time your kids don’t eat their crusts, or you have a spare slice of bread add it to your freezer supply.
For you to be able to handle the butter and mix it and chop it, its important that it is chilled and not at room temperature.
Our air fryer stuffing balls are perfect for make ahead cooking. You can fridge them for up to 3 days or freeze them for later.
This sage and onion stuffing balls recipe will make 9 medium, 12 regular size, or 15 small stuffing balls.


Calories: 135kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 260mg | Potassium: 103mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutrition InfoPlease Note: Nutrition values are our best estimate based on the software we use at Recipe This and are meant as a guide. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.
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