These sausage stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with Italian sausage, herbs and three kinds of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant party snack that can be assembled ahead of time!

Whenever I’m entertaining, I like to put out a hearty spread of appetizers including favorites such as fried ravioli and chicken lettuce wraps. Sausage stuffed mushrooms are always a great addition to any menu and they’re a total crowd pleaser.

Sausage stuffed mushrooms filled with Italian sausage and three types of cheese.

Stuffed mushrooms is an appetizer recipe that has been popular for decades, and for good reason! They’re bite sized, look fancy and are so very delicious. I fill my sausage stuffed mushrooms with a delicious mixture of meat and cheese. I sometimes even make a whole meal out of them.

In the mood for mushrooms? Check out my favorite dinner recipes that feature mushrooms like mushroom risotto, mushroom pasta with bacon and instant pot chicken with mushrooms.

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms Ingredients

To make sausage stuffed mushrooms you will need mushrooms, butter, onion, garlic cloves, mild Italian sausage, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, panko breadcrumbs and fresh parsley.

Raw mushroom caps on a sheet pan.

How Do You Make Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms?

This sausage stuffed mushrooms recipe starts with mushroom caps. Clean the mushrooms and remove the stems by popping them out of the mushrooms with your fingers. Next, melt butter in a pan or skillet and cook the onion and garlic. Remove the vegetables and place the sausage in the pan. Cook the meat and break it into small crumbles. Place the onion, garlic, sausage, cream cheese, parmesan cheese and some parsley in a bowl and mix them together. Fill the mushroom caps with the sausage mixture. In a small bowl mix together panko breadcrumbs and melted butter. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the top, then place the mushrooms in a baking dish or on sheet pan. Bake them until they’re tender and browned. Add a sprinkle of parsley, then serve and enjoy!

Crumbled Italian sausage, cheese, onions and herbs in a bowl.

Tips for Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

  • You can buy bulk sausage, or simply remove the casings from the sausage before you cook it.
  • Use a medium skillet or a large skillet to give you room to break up the sausage.
  • I top my sausage stuffed mushrooms with crispy panko crumbs because I like the added texture. If you’re trying to make these mushrooms keto or low carb, you can skip the breadcrumb topping.
  • With the cheese in the sausage mixture helping to bind it together, you don’t need an egg yolk.
  • Don’t have parsley on hand? Try chives, thyme or green onions instead.
  • Save the mushroom stems and chop them finely to add a dose of vegetables to other dishes such as pasta sauce, soup or stir fries. You could even cook the chopped mushroom stems with the garlic and onion and add them to the sausage stuffing.

Quick Tip

You can break up the sausage with a the back of a wooden spoon or use a meat masher.

Raw sausage stuffed mushrooms ready to go into the oven.

Recipe FAQs

What kind of mushrooms are best for stuffing?

For stuffed mushrooms, I like to use regular white button mushrooms or cremini mushrooms. White mushrooms, in particular, have a mild flavor that pairs perfectly with the savory sausage filling.

How do you clean mushrooms?

The best way to clean mushrooms is to use a damp paper towel to gently rub dirt from each mushroom. You can also rinse your mushrooms in a colander, but be sure to rinse them briefly; do not soak them in water.

What cheese is best for sausage stuffed mushrooms?

The best cheeses for stuffed mushrooms are cream cheese, parmesan cheese and Monterey Jack cheese. The cream cheese acts as a binder and the parmesan imparts a nutty flavor. The Monterey Jack cheese serves as a mild, creamy cheese that complements the stronger flavors of the sausage.

How long do you bake stuffed mushrooms?

Sausage stuffed mushrooms need to bake for about 20 minutes. The mushrooms are done when the tops are crispy and browned and the mushroom caps are tender all the way through.

What temperature do you bake stuffed mushrooms?

I bake my mushrooms at 375 degrees F. If your oven is too hot, the topping will get overly browned before the mushroom cooks through.

Can you make sausage stuffed mushrooms in advance?

You can assemble your stuffed mushrooms up to 6 hours before you plan to serve them. Store your mushrooms loosely covered in the fridge, then pop them in the oven right before you’re ready to eat. You may need to add a few minutes extra to the baking time.

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A cross section of a sausage stuffed mushroom on a serving platter.

Flavor Variations

These sausage stuffed mushrooms are fantastic, savory bites as written in this recipe. However, you can change the mushrooms to suit your own tastes.

  • Portobello Mushrooms: You can also use large portobello mushrooms if you’re looking for an entree sized stuffed mushroom. Be sure to choose mushrooms that are roughly the same size so that they cook evenly. They will take longer to cook.
  • Cheese: Instead of Monterey Jack cheese you can use other mild cheeses that melt well like fontina cheese, mozzarella cheese or cheddar cheese.
  • Sausage: Instead of regular Italian sausage you could use turkey Italian sausage or your favorite raw sausage where you can remove the casings and cook the meat.
  • Spicy: You could use spicy Italian sausage, add some red pepper flakes or add a little hot sauce.
  • Seasonings: For extra flavor, you can add a little Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper to the sausage mixture.

You can easily double this recipe to serve a larger group.  I almost always double the recipe because these mushrooms go quickly! They get eaten up in minutes!

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Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

AuthorSara Welch
Sausage stuffed mushrooms filled with Italian sausage and three types of cheese.
These sausage stuffed mushrooms are mushroom caps filled with Italian sausage, herbs and three kinds of cheese, then baked to golden brown perfection. An easy and elegant party snack that can be assembled ahead of time!
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Serves 18

Ingredients 

  • 18 mushrooms stems removed
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided use
  • 1/2 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 8 ounces mild Italian sausage casings removed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley divided use
  • 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • cooking spray

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Coat a sheet pan with cooking spray and arrange the mushrooms on the pan.
  • Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3-4 minutes or until softened. Remove the onion mixture from the pan.
  • Add the sausage to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, using a spatula to break up the meat into smaller pieces.
  • Place the sausage, onion mixture, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and 3 tablespoons of parsley in a bowl. Stir to combine.
  • Spoon the sausage mixture evenly into the mushroom caps.
  • Melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the microwave and stir in the panko breadcrumbs to coat.
  • Sprinkle the panko over the mushrooms.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until tops are browned and mushrooms are cooked through. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.

Notes

  1. You can buy bulk sausage, or simply remove the casings from the sausage before you cook it.
  2. Use a medium skillet or a large skillet to give you room to break up the sausage.
  3. You can break up the sausage with a the back of a wooden spoon or use a meat masher.

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 115mg | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 0.4mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Loved these!!!! ā¤ļø
    Made them last week. My husband went nuts over them…lol
    Picking up ingredients today to make more
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  2. 5 stars
    We used home made sausage, substituted jack with fontana, added finely chopped spi ach with a smaller amount of parsley, extra garlic. Also stuffed 4 large portobello instead of small mushrooms to make it more of an entre. Put one each on a bed of jasmine rice with butter

  3. 5 stars
    Not too long ago we went to a local and Very reputable restaurant. Main dishes were amazing, but the “appetizer” was horrific in comparison to previously made stuffed mushrooms and sausage that weremderived here. I dont eat out often, but have a tendency to believe that restaurants DO NOT place enough emphasis on appetizers as hey do the entree’s. Regardless, ALL OF MY FAMILY that have enjoyed THIS RECIPE from me/and you…… confirmed that this was 100% better by far! Thanks so much!

  4. 5 stars
    I thought they were really good! The real test is the wife and son. Both agreed that this is a better recipe than what we had tried in the past! Not complicated, but great flavor!

  5. 5 stars
    Followed the recipe and thought they were amazing. In fact, the best stuffed mushroom we have ever eaten. My husband thought so too.

    1. 5 stars
      I like to make these with GIANT belle mushrooms. I get the four pack from CostCo and we eat them with a knife and fork. They are freaking delicious!!

  6. 5 stars
    We made these for Thanksgiving and they were the absolute hit of the party. They made 18 big mushrooms, which is how many where in the package but could have done more. Plenty of stuffing in this recipe.
    Our only regret was not making a double batch because they went FAST!

  7. 5 stars
    i have made this recipe 3 times since finding it on the web. Once for a potluck for my husband’s office party. Huge raves, everyone asked for the recipe. Also served them on Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are now my go-to appetizer. Love them, thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Place the filling in the mushrooms then place them on the baking sheet and cover with foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate. Add the topping right before baking!

  8. I’m making these right now. However, my boyfriend wanted to try shrimp instead of sausage. So far they smell amazing! I will make again with sausage next time. Love this recipe!