Breakfast Sausage Meatballs

My family really loves sausage.

If we have it for breakfast my 2 year old will eat nothing else, seriously.  We could probably offer him cake or ice cream and he would turn it down.

The other day when I was thinking up some recipes for the slumber party I was thinking how much I love pancakes and sausage but it can be a bit time consuming to serve to a lot of people.  I’ve seen those corn dog type breakfast things and I thought, “I could totally make up something like that.”  Off I went to search sausage meatballs, breakfast meatballs, breakfast sausage balls…nothing.  At least nothing like what I had in my head.

I don’t have time or the ability to make sausage meatballs, dip them in pancake batter, and fry them.  It just ain’t gonna happen.  Introducing: breakfast meatballs.  No dipping, frying, or special equipment required.

Just sausage, syrup, and pancake.  All in one fabulous bite.

I originally planned on sharing this in my slumber party recipe roundup but these were just so ingenius {shamless boast} and delicious I thought they deserved their own special post.

I think these would so great for a brunch or buffet style breakfast.  I baked these the night before and reheated them in the oven the next morning.  You could easily keep them warm in a crock pot.

Breakfast Meatballs

Yield: I'm guessing around 6 dozen (I forgot to count)

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs bulk sausage
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup plus a little extra to drizzle
  • 1 egg
  • 4 pancakes, cubed

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. In a medium bowl mix the sausage, syrup, and egg together with a spoon.
  3. Mix in the pieces of pancake until it is evenly distributed.
  4. Form into tablespoon size balls (I used a cookie scoop) and place on a baking sheet.
  5. Drizzle with some additional maple syrup and bake for 22-25 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. How clever! They look delicious, too!

  2. What a fun idea! Looks delicious!

  3. Toni Black says:

    I’ll bet those would freeze well too. A little time in the microwave or toaster oven and they’d be ready to go. Great idea!

  4. mjskit says:

    Boast away girl! These are ingenious! I always have leftover pancakes and waffles so this is a GREAT idea! How fun!

  5. I LOVE this idea! They look oh so good. YUM!

  6. samah says:

    I’m a first time visitor,and from now on I’m a follower.
    Liked your breakfast meatball idea, such a very quick way to have a satisfying breakfast meal on the go, works will when kids late for school,thanks for sharing.
    You are very welcome to drop by my blog.

  7. Pam says:

    This is great, very clever and I can see why your 2 year old likes it. I’m your newest follower and happy to be here!

  8. I love meatballs, this is such a great idea! Can’t wait to try this!

  9. Amy says:

    So glad I found this recipe via Pinterest. Making these for my moms group Christmas Brunch Potluck tomorrow. Thanks!

  10. kat says:

    What an interesting spin on sausages and pancakes, love this! :)

  11. MamaBear says:

    We will be hosting a brunch after my daughter’s preschool graduation next week and I needed to put together a menu of things that can be made ahead of time and be ready when we return home after the ceremony. These will be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    • Krista says:

      That’s fabulous! Congratulations to the little graduate. Don’t they grow up fast!? I think you could probably keep these warm in a crockpot too if you needed to. I hope they are a hit!

  12. Pete says:

    I was planning a morning (10:00am), grad party and mulling over brunchie type things and thought, “breakfast meatballs”, bet someone has done that, let’s see what google says. I’ve substituted crisp waffles for the pancakes, (Krups waffle iron), and used my homemade herbed breakfast sausage, hit them with a dusting of sea salt after the maple glaze. Really good, our son “sampled” 8 or 10 of them from the test batch. Now have 45 dozen or so in the freezer ready for the party. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. What a genius idea! I’ve made these a couple of times now and they are amazing! They were so good that I had to share the recipe with my readers. Thank you so much for a great recipe!

  14. Summer says:

    Wow, so clever! I am going to be making these for one of our early morning tailgaters! Can’t wait

  15. Rae says:

    I cannot believe how good these are!! I made them for brunch at a friends house and they were a hit! They taste like a McGriddle from McDonald’s!!! I will be making these again! Thanks for sharing!

  16. Lschwitzie says:

    These are amazing! We double the recipe and bring them o the camper very weekend, the kids love them…they reheat their own portions in microwave and top with syrup! Huge hit! Will be making and freezing portions for school days! Thanks for such an awesome recipe!

  17. Valerie says:

    Great Idea, I’m trying this today for breakfast. Question though your pancakes look perfect what recipe do you use?

    • Krista says:

      Oh that is the sweetest thing Valerie! So my little secret with this recipe is I used box pancake mix. Makes for less mess and fewer ingredients to be juggling all at once.

      • Valerie says:

        Hmmm, and to think I had thought I had boxed mix pancakes mastered – yours look like you spent all morning carefully preparing the batter and browning them to perfection!?!

  18. Heather says:

    I want to substitute oatmeal for the pancakes. Any idea how much I should use? Maybe 1/2c?

    • Krista says:

      That sounds about right Heather. My general rule of thumb is 1/2 cup breadcrumbs/oatmeal to every pound of meat. Gage it by the way the mixture holds up. Falling apart or dry, add liquid. Too soft and not moldable, add dry ingredients.

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