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Sausage Balls Recipe (Classic Bisquick® Sausage Balls)

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This classic sausage balls recipe is perfect for any holiday get-together you attend. They take no time to prepare and are always a hit!

My all-time favorite Christmas present every year is this classic sausage ball recipe ( you can be my best friend too! Just make me some and send them to me–haha).

From the moment I met my husband, the lady who was his mother's best friend made us these delicious sausage balls every year as a gift. She did not have a lot of money so this was her way of saying I love you.

Seriously –nothing says I love you more than a ton of sausage balls as a gift.

How to Make The Best Sausage Balls

Classic Sausage Balls recipe bisquick

The recipe that I have been using for years is the original Jimmy Dean recipe. It features regular pork sausage, cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese), and Bisquick mix(You can make your own homemade Bisquick mix). You also can try other substitutes for cheddar like some pepper jack for your favorite flavor. And, you can even use turkey sausage if you want.

If you are not a fan of Bisquick, you can try this recipe for Sausage Balls without Bisquick Mix.

These biscuit mix cheesy sausage balls are always a holiday staple for both Thanksgiving and Christmas as an appetizer

It uses only three ingredients and you have a delicious snack or side dish.

Classic Sausage Balls recipe bisquick

These Bisquick® Sausage Balls are a classic recipe and are so easy and delicious to make! 

How to Make These 3 Ingredient Sausage Balls

Literally, this recipe only has 3 simple ingredients — sharp cheddar cheese, Bisquick Mix, and breakfast sausage.

These sausage balls are the kind of food that screams comfort during the fall and winter because they are so rich and decadent and filled with all the carb goodness.

Classic Sausage Balls recipe bisquick

Speaking of carbs, you could make these gluten-free by using gluten-free flour and if you use flour that is carb-friendly, you could make these keto as well.

The recipe makes 24 golf ball-sized sausage balls and they will fit on a large baking sheet together perfectly. I use my small cookie scoop to get the perfect ball size.

I like a good recipe that turns into using less kitchen equipment because it makes cleanup a lot easier!

Step 1

Simply mix everything together in a large bowl. Make sure you mix the sausage mixture up really well. it will seem like it is not going to come together, but I promise if you keep mixing it, it will come together right. You could even add some cream cheese to bump up the flavor profile a bit more.

Using your Kitchenaid stand mixer to make these sausage balls will make this a lot easier to mix and your hands will thank you immensely for the break.

Classic Sausage Balls recipe bisquick

It does a better job of working the ingredients together than mixing them by hand would. 

Step 2

Then, I just use a cookie scoop to make 1-inch balls that are all the same size. I scoop them out and then roll them to make sure they are even and then place them on a cookie sheet with parchment paper to bake in a 350-degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. The parchment-lined baking sheet is a must so that they don't stick to the pan.

Be sure to leave a little space between each one because they do spread a bit.

Classic Sausage Balls recipe bisquick

Also, make sure that you use Sharp cheddar. I have used mild before and it really changes the taste of these sausage balls. You need that bit of sharp cheese to really enjoy the full flavor.

Another thing — don’t use bagged shredded cheese. You need the moisture that comes with freshly shredded block cheese. The cheese shreds in the bag are dry and covered in a plastic coating and you will end up with a dry product.

Every time I make these now to take to church functions, they are gone before I can get one. Luckily for me, I have another batch at home waiting for us!

When I take these to a function, I love serving them on white rectangle platters. I bought this set of three from Amazon and they really jazz up the table. If you want the perfect appetizer, these little bite-sized rolls are it.

Sausage Balls Recipe (Classic Bisquick® Sausage Balls)

This is definitely one of those recipes that you will want to make over and over again. Just store them in an airtight container once they become room temperature. Then, place them in the fridge until ready to eat.

You can also make up a ton of these and freeze them. Just roll them up and let them freeze individually on a baking sheet with parchment paper. Then place them in a freezer bag so that when you are in need of sausage balls, you can grab a few and pop them in the oven.

These are perfect for game day and make the perfect party appetizer.

These sausage balls would go great with some honey mustard, my homemade ranch dressing, or some delicious homemade BBQ sauce.

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This is always been my favorite appetizer anywhere we go. If they are serving Sausage balls, I am going to be right there digging in!!

Yield: 35

Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls

This easy sausage ball recipe needs to be on your list of recipes to make for your next get together.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean sausage, uncooked
  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 3 cups sharp chedder cheese shredded


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all three of the above together and then roll into 1 inch balls. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown. 
  3. Remove and enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ball

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 125Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 300mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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Gina Abernathy

Tuesday 7th of December 2021

You just can't go wrong with a good classic recipe. Sausage balls are always a hit at the parties.

Gabriela Herrera

Monday 6th of December 2021

What an absolute perfect staple for breakfast you can not go wrong with sausage balls.

Dawn Conklin

Monday 6th of December 2021

These sausage balls are so delicious and easy to make! I am going to be making these again for our Christmas Eve get together. I am sure my extended family will love them as much as our house does.

Kayla DiMaggio

Monday 6th of December 2021

Yum! These sausage balls are so delicious and easy! The whole family was raving!


Tuesday 31st of October 2017

Can these be made ahead and frozen to serve later?

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 10th of November 2017

Yes you sure can! I make them ahead of time. You can either freeze them unbaked or you can bake them and freeze them like that. Either way works great.

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