Sausage balls are an easy-to-make poppable, snackable, loveable, kind of recipe!

Pork sausage is combined with biscuit mix, cheddar cheese, and milk. Then they’re popped in the oven and baked until golden.

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An Easy 3-Ingredient Appetizer

  • Super easy recipe! Three ingredients and three steps make this sausage ball recipe a keeper for game day, holidays, or any day all year long!
  • Cheesy bisquick sausage balls can be prepped and frozen, or baked then cooled and frozen for easy entertaining!
  • Mix and match the cheeses and add zesty seasonings to create a new recipe every time!
ingredients to make Sausage Balls

Ingredients for Sausage Balls

Sausage – You can use either breakfast sausage or mild or hot Italian sausage. This recipe also works with turkey sausage.

Biscuit Mix – Bisquick is ready-made, but a store-brand baking mix works too. If you don’t have any, make a homemade biscuit mix recipe!

Cheese – This recipe uses sharp cheddar cheese as it has lots of flavor. Shred your own or use pre-shredded to make it quick.

Variations

  • Swap the cheddar for Monterey Jack, pepper jack, or a Mexican blend.
  • Add diced jalapenos or a pinch of cayenne pepper for a little bit of heat.

How to Make Sausage Balls

  1. Combine biscuit mix, cheese, and ground sausage in a bowl (per recipe below).
  2. Scoop it into balls and place on a rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake until golden brown.

Prep Ahead & Storage

  • Place uncooked sausage balls on a baking tray and cover with plastic wrap for up to 2 days or store in the freezer for up to 2 months.
  • If baking from frozen, add an additional 8 minutes to the cooking time.
  • Leftover sausage balls can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 4 months.

Dipping Sauces We Love

Every great appetizer needs a great dipping sauce! Serve these sausage balls with any of the folllowing.

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Sausage Balls

These sausage balls have a cheesy, savory flavor and the perfect bite-sized shape!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 48 balls
Author Holly Nilsson
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Ingredients  

  • 2 cups biscuit mix such as Bisquick
  • 1 pound shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage or Italian sausage
  • up to ¼ cup milk as needed

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a medium bowl, combine biscuit mix, cheese, and ground sausage. Mix thoroughly until the mixture holds together, adding up to ¼ cup of milk as needed.
  • Using a cookie scoop or spoon, scoop 1 tablespoon of sausage and roll it into a ball. Place on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake the sausage balls for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

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Notes

If you don’t have biscuit mix, combine 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and ⅓ cup shortening. Pulse the mixture in a food processor until shortening is incorporated.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 113 | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 220mg | Potassium: 45mg | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer, Pork
Cuisine American
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    1. Hi Jane, you can make these 1-2 days in advance and bake as usual. We would love to hear what you think!

  1. I could not find bisquick but I found bisquick biscuit mix. Is that the same? And can I make them the night before and bake them in the am?

    1. Hi Ady, yes those are the same thing! That should be fine to premake and bake the next day. I would love to hear how they turn out!

  2. You mention that your favorite dip for these sausage balls is listed in the recipe. I don’t see it, but would love to have it! Thanks!

    1. Hi Sharon, we love to pair it with this easy dip! We hope you do too.
      ▢3 tablespoons mayonnaise
      ▢3 tablespoons sour cream
      ▢1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard or regular dijon
      ▢⅛ teaspoon garlic powder

    1. While I haven’t tried it yet, I think they’ll be about 10-12 minutes at 380°F. You’ll want to ensure the sausage reaches 165°F.

  3. I’ve made this recipe for over 30 years as a breakfast recipe. They are so good. I just use breakfast sausage and dip in real maple syrup5 stars

  4. “YUMmmMMm” was the review I got from serving this at the Fourth of July gathering. I did everything as written and it was delicious. Next time, I am going to add some jalapenos.5 stars