Sausage balls made from pork sausage, cheese and biscuit mixture are spicy, cheesy and ready in less than 30 minutes! The perfect party starter!

Starters are almost as important to the holiday as the main course. You will love serving this recipe to your party guests along with Ultimate spinach artichoke dip, Buffalo Chicken Dip, and Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies!

Sausage balls on serving dish with drink.


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

This recipe is great if you use homemade biscuit mix from Buttermilk biscuits, but in a pinch you can use Bisquick. It is recommended to stick to pork sausage because turkey and beef come out more as meatballs than sausage balls. The pork sausage also adds more traditional sausage flavor than other meats.

If you have sausage leftovers, you can use it to make Biscuits and gravy next morning! Or try Sausage and Pepper Sloppy Joes.

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Can you make sausage balls in advance?

You can make this recipe for sausage balls in advance by mixing all the ingredients together and forming the balls, then placing them on the baking sheet, covering in plastic wrap and cooling uncooked. Bake within a 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.

What do you dip sausage balls in?

Sausage balls are spicy and a little sweet or spicy (depending on your sausage), so they go 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 tasty sauce like marinara. Basically, you use everything that goes well with ordinary Italian sausage.

Can sausage balls be reheated?

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

How many sausage balls should you make per person?

Plan to make 2-3 sausage balls per. This is a mouth-watering appetizer so you do not have to have enough servings for an entire meal. That being said, it’s definitely a popular item, so you can always make something extra.


Sausage balls on toothpicks dipped in Ranch dressing


Bisquick is a mixture of flour, salt, baking powder and baking fat for all purposes. Whisk 2 cups flour, 1 tablespoon baking powder, ⅓ cup shortening, and 1 teaspoon salt. You can do this in the food processor to make it easier to break down the fat into the flour. Use Bisquick cup-by-cup for the biscuit mixture in this recipe.


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


  • Serve: Do not leave cooked meat at room temperature for more than 2 hours before refrigerating.
  • Store: Cooked sausage balls stay in the fridge for 3-4 days, about the same as the cooked sausage itself. More than that and you want to freeze them.
  • Freeze: Cooked sausage balls stay in the freezer for up to three months. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet for an hour, then seal in a Ziploc freezer bag, making sure to squeeze out all the air.
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  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  • Mix the sausage with the baking mixture well in a large bowl, then add the cheddar and mix well.

  • Roll into 2 tablespoons large balls and place on baking sheet and cook 20-22 minutes.

Note: Click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen clock while cooking.

Calories: 423kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 80mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 196mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 490IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 374mg | Iron: 1.5mg

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