Breakfast Meatballs – Cookies and Cups

Breakfast Meatballs are such a fun alternative to boring sausage or bacon for your breakfast or brunch! The perfect combo of savory and sweet, with a little maple syrup to make them extra delicious!

How are breakfast meatballs not a WHOLE THING in the world?

Actually don’t answer that…maybe they are and I’ve been living under a rock? I REFUSE to google this because I want to live in my food-inventor-bliss for as long as I can.

But here’s the thing, I am in the food business…my life basically revolves around it…and never have I heard of a breakfast meatball. So in my mind, I invented them. Can we just agree to let me have my moment?


Breakfast Meatballs

Ok, I just googled it. I couldn’t help myself. APPARENTLYYYYY they’ve already been invented. Fine. Whatever.

But the idea was new to me, so I am gonna guess that there are a few of you who think this is a pretty smart idea. The savoriness of the breakfast sausage mixed with grated onions and cheddar cheese paired with sweet Granny Smith Apples and maple syrup, yes 100.

Breakfast Meatballs

They really are a quick side for a weekend breakfast or brunch, and certainly can be made ahead for weekday breakfasts as well. You could even assemble the meatballs in the evening and bake them the next morning.

I HIGHLY recommend you serve them with my most favorite Brown Sugar Pancakes. You’ll thank me later!

Breakfast Meatballs

I like to bake these meatballs, but you could certainly fry them in a skillet as well.

Breakfast Meatballs

And I highly recommend a healthy drizzle of maple syrup on top. SO good!

Breakfast Meatballs

I first made this recipe back in January of this year and have tweaked it a few times, coming up with the recipe I am sharing today. I wanted to make them as easy, and delicious as possible.

Hope you make them, I know you’ll love them!


Breakfast Meatballs

Breakfast Meatballs

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 meatballs


  • 1 pound breakfast sausage
  • 1 small Granny Smith Apple, peeled and grated (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/2 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat lightly with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine the sausage, apples, breadcrumbs, cheese, onion, and thyme with a wooden spoon or your hands.
  3. Form the mixture into golfball-sized meatballs, about 1 1/2- inches in diameter. Place evenly spaced on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the meatballs have cooked through.
  5. Drizzle with maple syrup and serve warm.

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