Scrumptious Sauerkraut Balls


Sauerkraut balls are the perfect party finger food. These are the most scrumptious sauerkraut balls you will ever taste!

Prep Time:
1 hrs
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 20 mins
32 balls


  • 1 pound pork sausage

  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sauerkraut, well drained and finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

  • ½ teaspoon prepared yellow mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

  • teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 large egg, beaten

  • ¼ cup milk

  • ¾ cup Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs

  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying, or as needed (Optional)


  1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage and onion in the hot skillet until sausage is crumbly and browned, about 10 minutes. Drain grease and allow to cool slightly.

  2. Transfer sausage mixture into a large bowl. Stir in drained sauerkraut, 2 tablespoons bread crumbs, mustard, garlic salt, and pepper. Combine cream cheese and parsley in a small bowl; mix into sauerkraut mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  3. Place flour into a shallow bowl. Whisk together egg and milk in another bowl. Place 3/4 cup bread crumbs in a third bowl.

  4. Heat oil in a deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  5. Shape sauerkraut mixture into 3/4-inch balls. Coat balls in flour, then dip in egg mixture and roll in bread crumbs to thoroughly coat.

  6. Working in batches, fry balls in hot oil until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate and serve hot.


After breading, the balls can be quick-frozen on a cookie sheet, then stored in freezer bags. They do not need to thaw before frying.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of breading ingredients. The actual amount of breading consumed will vary. We have determined the nutritional value of oil for frying based on a retention value of 10% after cooking. The exact amount will vary depending on cooking time and temperature, ingredient density, and specific type of oil used.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

376 Calories
29g Fat
16g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 376
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 38%
Saturated Fat 12g 59%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 1054mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 10mg 48%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 293mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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