Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls made from pork sausage, cheese, and biscuit mix are savory, cheesy, and ready in under 30 minutes! The perfect appetizer to serve at a party!

Appetizers are almost as important to the holidays as the main dish. We’re making them like crazy in the kitchen today, including Ultimate Spinach Artichoke Dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies!

Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are the PERFECT appetizer to serve at a party because they’re quick and easy to put together, and bake for a total time of 20 minutes. They’re a lot like meatballs by comparison. You can use sweet sausage or hot sausage for this, depending on what you like. Personally I find the classic breakfast pork sausage and maple pork sausage to be more kid-friendly, because my kids are not fans of spicy food.

I like to use my own homemade biscuit mix from my Buttermilk Biscuits in this recipe, but in a pinch you can use Bisquick. I really recommend you stick with pork sausage, because turkey and beef come out more like meatballs than sausage balls. The pork sausage also adds more of a traditional sausage flavor than other meat.


You can make this sausage balls recipe ahead of time by mixing all of the ingredients together and forming the balls, then placing them on the baking sheet, covering in plastic wrap, and refrigerating uncooked. Bake within one day for food safety.

You can also bake the balls and freeze them in ziplock bags, then just pull them out when you need to serve a quick appetizer. Be careful not to leave them at room temperature for too long.


Sausage balls are savory and a little bit sweet or spicy (depending on your sausage), so they pair well with creamy dipping sauces like ranch dressing, queso, or honey mustard.

You can also pair them with sweet dips like maple syrup or honey, or savory sauce like marinara. Basically, using anything that goes well with regular Italian sausage.


Sausage balls are the perfect appetizers to freeze and reheat when ready. Just put some parchment paper down on a baking sheet, then bake the balls at 350 degrees F for about 20-30 minutes, or until warmed through.

Easy Sausage Balls


Cooked sausage balls will keep 3-4 days in the refrigerator, about the same as cooked sausage itself. Any more than that, and I would recommend freezing them.


Plan on making 2-3 sausage balls per person. This is a bite-sized appetizer, so you don’t need to have enough servings for a whole meal. That being said, these are definitely a favorite in my house, so I always make some extra.

If you have leftover sausage, you can use it to make my Biscuits and Gravy the next morning! Or try Sausage and Peppers Sloppy Joes.



Bisquick is a blend of all purpose flour, salt, baking powder, and shortening.  Whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/3 cup shortening, and 1 teaspoon of salt. You can do this in the food processor to break the shortening up into the flour easier. Use Bisquick cup-for-cup for the biscuit mix in this recipe.


  • Use an ice cream scoop to help make all of the balls the same size, about 1-2 inch balls, so they cook more evenly in the oven.
  • You can use a mix of cream cheese and cheddar cheese if that’s what you have available, or add some grated parmesan cheese for flavor. Cream cheese will add a nice soft texture to the sausage, while cheddar adds that bite of flavor.
  • Line your baking sheet with parchment paper to make cleanup easier!
  • Bisquick is an easy alternative to the biscuit baking mix in this sausage balls recipe. If you don’t have enough to make Bisquick sausage balls, you can make biscuit baking mix easily with common pantry ingredients.
  • Mix your ingredients together using a stand mixer to save time.
  • Use any leftover sausage cheese balls to make a sausage and pasta dish for dinner the next day!

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls made from pork sausage, cheese, and biscuit mix are savory, cheesy, and ready in under 30 minutes! The perfect appetizer to serve at a party!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword sausage balls
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 423 kcal
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix
  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl mix the sausage with the baking mix well then add in the cheddar and mix well.
  3. Roll into 2 tablespoon sized balls and place on baking sheet and cook for 20-22 minutes.

Recipe Notes

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

Nutrition Facts
Sausage Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 423 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 876mg38%
Potassium 196mg6%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 490IU10%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 374mg37%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Came out really tasty. I think next time I’ll reduce the cheese a bit because the balls spread into each other. And divide baking into two batches to spread the balls apart

  2. Just want to say that I am the “Southern Bell”, who does not use a recipe! My seasonings are and always will be by eyeball. Had that said… I used exact easy measurements, and I am in love with the recipe. I like to add different seasonings to taste. This recipe for a perfect sausage ball is on point! My pride has been lifted. I do things the way my grandma and generarions have done. This was super simple and gave the same results! Love it!! Thank you!!!

  3. We’re wanting to possibly make these for a freezer meal prep party but wanting to stay within a certain budget. Would other types of pancake mix work or does it have to be Bisquick?

  4. Very stupid question…if I choose to use your buttermilk mix instead of Bisquick, do I use tall the ingredients in the recipe? Including the butter and buttermilk?

    1. To make your own Baking mix, whisk together 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, 1/3 cup shortening and 1 teaspoon salt. You can always mix it up in a food processor to for an easier way to get it all combined. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

  5. I made these this morning with Bob Evans maple sausage. Really, really good. Might add a dash of cayenne pepper next time to spice things up a bit. Another excellent recipe.