Sausage Muffins with cheese are perfect for breakfast on-the-go, holiday brunches, or a satisfying savory snack. These fluffy cheddar muffins are take on a southern favorite, sausage balls, but as a complete breakfast in one package!
Preheat oven to 400ºF. Begin by cooking sausage, breaking up with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through. Drain on a paper towel lined plate. Grease muffin tins liberally with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar (if not using maple syrup). Stir in cooked sausage and cheese.
In a small bowl whisk together milk, egg, and maple syrup (if using). Pour into flour mixture with melted butter. Stir to combine until flour is incorporated.
Spoon into muffin tins, filling to the top of each tin. Sprinkle additional cheese on top, if desired.
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes clean and tops are golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve warm.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Use Bisquick instead of flour?
Yes. To substitute Bisquick for the flour, use 1 cup Bisquick (regular or gluten free), 4 eggs, and cheese with the cooked sausage, omitting the other ingredients.
Can I Make Gluten Free Sausage Cheese Muffins?
Yes. I have made these with traditional all purpose flour and gluten free all purpose flour. No adjustments are needed for the recipe.
How to make Healthy Sausage Muffins
To make a healthier version on sausage muffins, substitute turkey breakfast sausage for the pork. You can also use less cheese, or low fat grated cheese, and skim milk.
Can I add anything else to this muffin recipe?
Adding fresh or frozen blueberries, chopped apples, raisins, or dried cranberries makes a delicious sweet and savory treat. To add a bit of sweetness to the muffin, you may also increase the amount of maple syrup or sugar to 1/4 cup.
How to store sausage muffins
After they have cooled completely they can be stored in an airtight container, refrigerated. However, they will dry out in the refrigerator if they aren't eaten in a day or two. Ideally, freeze any leftovers and just thaw as needed. They will keep best that way!