Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls are cheesy, savory, and made in only 30 minutes. It only takes 5 ingredients to make this tasty appetizer!

Sausage Balls make great before-dinner snacks, game-day munchies, or a quick and easy breakfast. For more tantalizing appetizers try a Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball, Fried Zucchini, or Caprese Kabobs.

Sausage balls on toothpicks, served on a platter.

Quick + Easy Bisquick Sausage Balls

I am HERE for appetizers. I love snack food, finger food, and hors d’oeuvres. Whatever you call them, I’m in.

Sausage Balls are cheesy, bite-sized savory yum on a stick. Trust me, these will not disappoint. The best part? They are super easy to make and require minimal ingredients.

Bisquick Sausage Cheese Balls are the perfect appetizers to freeze and reheat when ready. They’re a hit at holiday parties and even make perfect finger food for Christmas morning when children are too excited to sit down for breakfast.

How to Make Sausage Balls

PREP. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.

MIX. In a large bowl, mix together the sausage, baking mix, cheddar cheese, and Italian seasoning. Add milk as needed to make a smooth mixture.

SCOOP. Scoop the sausage mixture into 1-inch balls on the prepared baking sheet.

BAKE & SERVE. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm.

How to make sausage balls on a sheet pan ready to bake.

Recipe tips + variations

Types of sausage. The recipe calls for pork sausage. You can choose sweet or hot sausage depending on your taste preference and what you want to serve the sausage with. 

Cheese. Avoid pre-packaged shredded cheese. It is coated to keep the pieces from sticking together which can also keep the meatballs from sticking together. Instead, use freshly grated cheese.

Replace the cheddar cheese with other types: Colby jack, Swiss, Parmesan cheese, Mozzarella, or Pepper Jack. 

Ratios. The ratios listed for this recipe make the best-textured meatballs that taste great and hold together.

  • If too much baking mix is added they won’t hold together.
  • If not enough milk is added, the balls will be too dry and crumbly.
  • Too much milk and they’ll be soggy and flat.

Seasoning. Italian seasoning uses a blend of oregano, basil, rosemary, parsley, thyme, and marjoram. Increase any one of those spices for extra flavor. You can also add smoked paprika, chili powder, or garlic powder. 

Make your own biscuit mix. Mix together 2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1 teaspoon salt. Use a pastry cutter to mix in ⅓ cup of vegetable shortening, or pulse it in the food processor.

Sausage balls baked on baking sheet.

Serving suggestions

Sausage Balls can be used in so many different recipes from Spaghetti and soup to being smothered in BBQ sauce.

Shape them differently according to how they are being used. Sausage Balls being used in soups may not need to be as large as Sausage Balls being used for appetizers.

Scoop. When making this Sausage Balls recipe I like to use a small cookie scoop, that way they all come out the same size. 

Serving amounts. If serving these as an appetizer with other dishes, plan for 3-4 per person. If they will be more of a main dish, plan for 6-8 per person. 

Storing info

Keep warm. My favorite method to keep these warm during a party is to use a crock pot set to the warm setting. You can also use a chafing dish if you have one. 

Make ahead of time. Form the Sausage Balls the day before and place them on the baking sheet. Cover the sheet with plastic wrap and keep them refrigerated.

You can also form the balls and freeze them for 2-3 months. When baking the sausage balls from frozen, be sure to add 8-10 more minutes to the bake time.

STORE leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

FREEZE baked Sausage Balls for 3-4 months. 

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in an oven set at 325°F. Bake until warm through the center. 

Perfectly dippable

Sausage Balls are great to dip in just about any type of sauce. Try some of our favorites:

Close up of bisquick sausage cheese balls on toothpicks.

For Other Tasty Meatballs, try:

Sausage Balls Recipe

5 from 9 votes
Sausage Balls are cheesy, savory, and made in only 30 minutes. It only takes 5 ingredients to make this tasty appetizer!
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 meatballs
Calories 139 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the sausage, baking mix, cheddar cheese, and Italian seasoning. Add milk as needed to make a smooth mixture.
  • Scoop the sausage mixture into 1-inch balls on the prepared baking sheet. Bake 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through. Serve warm.

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  1. I made these yesterday as a treat during the football game. They were awesome, and so simple! My husband is asking when I can make them again. Thank you for the recipe!