Sausage Balls

Looking for a delectable appetizer or a satisfying snack that’s quick and easy to make? These Sausage Balls are your answer! Bursting with savory flavors and made with simple ingredients like Bisquick mix, pork sausage, and cheddar cheese, this recipe is a surefire crowd-pleaser. Whether you’re hosting a party, game night, or simply craving a tasty treat, these sausage balls will become an instant favorite.

Ingredients :

  1. Bisquick Mix: This versatile baking mix forms the base of the sausage balls, providing the perfect texture and consistency.
  2. Pork Sausage: Choose your preferred variety, whether mild or hot, to infuse the balls with rich, savory flavor.
  3. Cheddar Cheese: The sharpness of shredded cheddar cheese adds depth and richness to each bite, complementing the sausage beautifully.
  4. Garlic Powder: Enhances the savory profile of the sausage balls with its aromatic flavor.
  5. Cayenne Pepper (Optional): For those who enjoy a hint of heat, cayenne pepper adds a subtle kick to the recipe.
  6. Milk (Optional): Helps bind the ingredients together if the dough is too crumbly, ensuring perfectly shaped sausage balls.


  1. Preheat and Prepare: Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F and lining a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly greasing it with oil to prevent sticking.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a large bowl, combine Bisquick mix, pork sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper (if using). Use your hands to thoroughly mix the ingredients until well combined.
  3. Adjust Consistency (Optional): If the dough appears too crumbly, incorporate the optional ¼ cup of milk gradually until the mixture holds together easily.
  4. Form Sausage Balls: Scoop approximately 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mixture and roll it into evenly sized balls. The dough will be thick, ensuring hearty, satisfying sausage balls.
  5. Bake to Perfection: Arrange the sausage balls on the prepared baking sheet, spacing them about 1 inch apart. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes or until they acquire a light golden brown hue.
  6. Serve and Enjoy: Once baked to perfection, remove the sausage balls from the oven and allow them to cool slightly before serving. Whether enjoyed warm or at room temperature, these savory delights are guaranteed to disappear quickly!

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: Approximately 135 per serving
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 22mg
  • Sodium: 287mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Sugars: 1g
  • Protein: 6g


Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Presentation Matters: Arrange the sausage balls on a platter or serving dish for a visually appealing presentation. Consider garnishing with fresh herbs like parsley or chives for a pop of color.
  2. Dipping Sauces: Elevate the flavor experience by serving the sausage balls with a variety of dipping sauces. Classic choices include marinara sauce, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing. Provide small bowls or ramekins for easy dipping.
  3. Keep Warm: If serving the sausage balls at a party or gathering, consider using a slow cooker or chafing dish to keep them warm throughout the event. This ensures that guests can enjoy them at their leisure.
  4. Make Ahead: Prepare the sausage ball mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. This allows for easy assembly when you’re ready to bake, making it a convenient option for busy hosts.
  5. Freezing Instructions: Sausage balls can be frozen before or after baking for future enjoyment. To freeze unbaked sausage balls, arrange them on a baking sheet in a single layer and freeze until solid. Transfer the frozen balls to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container, separating layers with parchment paper to prevent sticking. When ready to bake, simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight before baking as directed. Cooked sausage balls can also be frozen in a similar manner and reheated in the oven until heated through.
  6. Reheating: To reheat leftover sausage balls, place them on a baking sheet and warm in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes or until heated through. Alternatively, microwave them in short intervals until warmed to your liking.
  7. Storage: Store any leftover sausage balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Be sure to allow them to cool completely before transferring to the container to prevent condensation buildup, which can make them soggy.

By following these serving and storage tips, you can ensure that your sausage balls remain fresh, flavorful, and ready to delight your taste buds whenever the craving strikes. Whether enjoyed fresh out of the oven or reheated for later enjoyment, these tasty morsels are sure to be a hit at any gathering!


  1. Cheese Variety: Experiment with different types of cheese to customize the flavor of your sausage balls. Try substituting cheddar cheese with pepper jack, mozzarella, or even blue cheese for a unique twist.
  2. Spice Level: Adjust the level of heat in your sausage balls by varying the amount of cayenne pepper or adding other spicy ingredients like diced jalapeños or crushed red pepper flakes for an extra kick.
  3. Herb Infusion: Enhance the flavor profile of your sausage balls by incorporating fresh or dried herbs. Mix in chopped herbs such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, or sage for added depth and aroma.
  4. Sweet and Savory: Add a touch of sweetness to your sausage balls by including ingredients like maple syrup, honey, or brown sugar in the mixture. This sweet and savory combination will tantalize your taste buds with every bite.
  5. Vegetarian Option: For a meat-free alternative, substitute the pork sausage with vegetarian or vegan sausage crumbles. You can also add finely diced vegetables like bell peppers, onions, or spinach to enhance both flavor and texture.
  6. International Flavors: Explore global cuisines by infusing your sausage balls with international flavors. Incorporate ingredients such as curry powder, soy sauce, ginger, or coconut milk for an Asian-inspired twist, or use spices like cumin, coriander, and paprika for a Mediterranean flair.
  7. Breakfast Sausage Balls: Transform this appetizer into a breakfast delight by adding cooked and crumbled breakfast sausage to the mixture. Serve with a side of maple syrup or honey for dipping, creating a delicious sweet and savory breakfast treat.
  8. Stuffed Sausage Balls: Get creative by stuffing your sausage balls with various fillings before baking. Consider stuffing them with a cube of cheese, a slice of jalapeño, or a small dollop of cream cheese for an extra burst of flavor in every bite.
  9. Miniature Size: Make bite-sized sausage balls by using a smaller portion of the mixture and baking them for a shorter amount of time. These mini sausage balls are perfect for serving as hors d’oeuvres or for snacking on the go.
  10. Gluten-Free Option: Adapt the recipe for gluten-free diets by using a gluten-free baking mix in place of Bisquick mix. Ensure that all other ingredients are also gluten-free, and adjust the measurements and baking time accordingly.

With these creative variations, you can customize your sausage balls to suit any taste preference or dietary need, ensuring that everyone can enjoy this irresistible appetizer or snack!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) :

  1. Can I use a different type of sausage in this recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various types of sausage, such as Italian sausage, turkey sausage, or chicken sausage, to customize the flavor of your sausage balls.
  2. Can I make sausage balls ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the sausage ball mixture in advance and store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before baking. This makes it convenient for meal prep or party planning.
  3. Can I freeze sausage balls? Yes, both unbaked and baked sausage balls can be frozen for later enjoyment. Simply follow the freezing instructions provided in the serving and storage tips section of the recipe.  

With minimal prep time and maximum flavor, these Sausage Balls are a culinary triumph. Whether you’re entertaining guests or simply indulging in a flavorful snack, this recipe promises to satisfy cravings and leave everyone craving for more. So, gather your ingredients and embark on a journey of culinary delight with these irresistible sausage balls!