Sausage Balls are made with just 4 simple ingredients – sausage, Bisquick, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk. This easy appetizer is the perfect appetizer, party food, or tailgate food! These Bisquick Sausage Balls are great for any time of the year.

You can even serve these as sausage breakfast balls too because of the simple and easy flavor. If you’re wondering what to serve with sausage balls, this Avocado Toast can be a great choice, or try Ham and Cheese Pinwheels or Jalapeño Poppers.

Bisquick sausage balls on platter

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Sausage Balls Made with Bisquick

This Bisquick Sausage Balls recipe is so simple. Full of sausage, cheese, Bisquick mix, and milk, this easy recipe is one that works great for an appetizer or a quick bite to eat.

The great thing about this simple appetizer is that it’s really fast and easy to make. This is actually one of my go-to recipes when I know that I have to feed a crowd fast. And the great part about these sausage cheese balls is that they never, ever disappoint.

For another delicious appetizer idea, check out these Quick & Easy Meatball Sliders. Just more proof that sometimes appetizers are truly the star of the show!

Love the idea of having an entire meal of quick and simple appetizers? Check out our 11 Appetizer Recipes To Kick Off Any Meal to get even more great recipe ideas.

ingredients needed to make sausage balls

Ingredients Needed for Sausage Balls

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Gather up the short list of simple ingredients to get started. You can easily see why this is my favorite recipe for sausage balls.

  • Original Bisquick – buy at the store of make your own!
  • cheddar cheese – You can use other types of cheese but I really like cheddar
  • spicy sausage – If you’re not a fan of spice, use regular pork sausage instead!
  • milk – I tend to use 2% milk but really any will do.


Even though this Bisquick Sausage Ball recipe is pretty straight-forward, there is always wiggle room to change things up a bit!

  • You can easily make this sausage ball recipe less spicy by using a mild, sage sausage, or even a sweet sausage in place of the spicy sausage. Turkey Sausage works, too!
  • Try out different dips to see if these cheesy sausage balls can stand alone or are better with more flavors.
  • Add on some fun toppings like parmesan cheese or a fresh slice of jalapeno to give it even more depth.
  • You can even make your own Homemade Bisquick Mix biscuit mix if you are out at home.
  • My kids really love to eat these meatballs with cheese. Pepper jack cheese is great to have shredded over the top as is sharp cheddar cheese as well. You can add the cheese right to the mixture, too. 
  • I like adding in a teaspoon of garlic powder sometimes as well.

How To Make Sausage Balls

  1. Mix Ingredients: Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl. TIP: Using a stand mixer makes this job much easier!
  2. Form the sausage balls: Form into balls using hands or s small scoop. A cookie scoop works best to make 1-inch balls. I tend to keep them a bit smaller to cut down on calories and to keep them that classic meatball size.
  3. Add to baking sheet: Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Bake: Bake 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Serve with your favorite dipping sauce. These would be great with honey mustard or marinara. Ranch dressing is also a favorite!

plate of sausage balls being dipped in ranch

Bisquick Sausage Balls FAQS

Can you mix sausage balls in a mixer?

Sure! This is a fast way to mix all the ingredients together easily and it doesn’t make a mess. You can also mix by hand, too. Totally up to you and what your preference is.

How long will uncooked sausage balls keep in the refrigerator?

If you’re wanting to prep ahead and make this recipe a little bit in advance, you can actually make them up and keep them in the fridge for up to 2 days before cooking them.

Why are my sausage balls dry?

These sausage balls will dry out quickly if there’s too much baking mix to the ratio of sausage. Try adding some milk or reduce the amount of Bisquick. 

How to Freeze:

Another great thing about this recipe is that you can make the sausage balls and actually put them in the freezer, too. This is a fun way to have a quick snack when you don’t have time to make it fresh.

How to Store:

You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze baked sausage balls for 3-4 months.

How to Reheat:

Reheat leftovers in the microwave or in an oven set at 350°F. Bake until warm through the center.

bisquick sausage balls stacked on a plate

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Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls are the perfect easy appetizer made with just 4 simple ingredients – sausage, Bisquick, shredded cheddar cheese, and milk.
4.16 from 434 votes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Author: Kasey Schwartz
Servings: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet


  • 2 cups Bisquick
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound sausage spicy
  • 1/4 cup milk


  • Mix together all the ingredients in a large bowl
    2 cups Bisquick, 4 cups cheddar cheese, 1 pound sausage, 1/4 cup milk
  • Form into balls using hands or a small scoop
  • Place 2" apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper
  • Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until lightly brown



Serving: 1serving | Calories: 178kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 366mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 207IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 158mg | Iron: 1mg
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About Kasey Schwartz

For over 15 years, Kasey Schwartz, the mastermind behind All Things Mamma, has been the ultimate go-to for mouthwatering family recipes. Her work has been featured on, Buzz Feed, Better Homes and Gardens, and more, making her your go-to mom next door for all things delicious and family-friendly.


  1. 5 stars
    So good and easy to make. I mistakenly used only 2 cups of cheese (mix of cheddar and pepper Jack) but they turned out fine. Added a dash of garlic powder and a bit more milk than called for. Used Jimmy Dean sage sausage. Scooped with my smallest ice cream scoop so 20 minutes was perfect bake time. A new favorite recipe for sure!

  2. Stu Marks says:

    5 stars
    I have made these for many years as one of our Christmas Day treats. The milk is a new ingredient for me. It keeps the balls from drying out as fast and might also help homogenize the product, making it smoother and less chunky.

  3. Can you freeze these? Raw or cooked?

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      I think you could do either way – if you do them raw, be sure to cook them all the way through before eating.

  4. Staci Mullins says:

    5 stars
    I have been looking everywhere for a good sausage ball recipe. These are perfect. I made them with swaggerys hot sausage. Soooooooo good!!!!

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      I LOVE this one!

  5. Grandma g says:

    5 stars
    I have made these for many years but with 3 tbs water. Never used milk. May try that next time.

  6. 1 star
    These are chewy in a bad way. I had to throw them away.

  7. 5 stars
    We used Red Lobster cheddar biscuit mix instead of the bisquick and these turned out great!

    1. Did you use the same amount of the cheddar bay biscuit mix as it calls for for the bisquick?

  8. 5 stars
    Love this recipe! The 2 cups of bisquick and adding the milk…. Well it was money! At my husband’s request, I used 1 cup of sharp cheddar and 3 cups of smoked sharp cheddar (both of which I hand shredded). And it definitely was a good call!! Can’t stop eating them!!

    1. Michelle - ATM Team says:

      Thanks for sharing! We’re so happy to hear you both loved this recipe!

  9. 5 stars
    These were SOOOO good and big hit on New Year’s Eve. Crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. We used jimmy dean hot sausage and it was just enough spice. I’ve used a different recipe in the past that was for 3 cups of bisquick and no milk and they were very dry…not nearly as good as this recipe. Two cups of bisquick is all you need.

  10. Beck & Bulow says:

    5 stars
    Best meatballs I’ve ever made! Why did I wait so long to bake them? I was short on breadcrumbs so I put French Fried Onions in the food processor and added to the breadcrumbs! Turned out marvelous! Going to start another batch to freeze tomorrow and please visit us:

  11. Lori Kramer says:

    5 stars
    These are great. Can they also be made with the Gluten Free Bisquick mix? I have a family member who is gluten sensitive.

  12. R Prestegard says:

    5 stars
    They tasted just like my sweet moms did. I missed having them at Christmas since she’s been gone but now I’ve tried making them I will do it every year. Thank you

  13. Jan Heald says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been making sausage balls for many years but I don’t add milk and I mix by hand. Really good!

  14. I made this with beyond beef spicy breakfast sausage for my vegetarian son. They were delicious!!!

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      Ooo! Good substitution!

  15. Would this work with chorizo?

  16. 5 stars
    they are the best , and very easy.

  17. 5 stars
    I made these as a game day snack. they were great and disappeared as fast as I could make them.
    I served them with mayonnaise and mustard dipping sauce.

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      Oooo! I LOVE a good dipping sauce!

      1. Deborah Pope says:

        I didn’t mean to rate it 2 stars! So so sorry! I was trying to read the reviews and got ” thanks for reviewing” : (

  18. 5 stars
    Thanks for sharing 😃

  19. Could you serve this in a crockpot to keep them warm?

    1. Kasey Schwartz says:

      Well, you could but they’ll get a little soft – worth a try!

    2. 5 stars
      I always keep these warm and serve from crock pot on low or warm setting.
      They keep shape and flavor and stay warm!

      1. Kasey Schwartz says:

        Great tip! Thanks for sharing!!

  20. 5 stars
    I’m so glad I found this! An older lady my mom used to work with made these every year for her Christmas parties. So many good memories in one simple recipe! Thank you.

    1. 5 stars
      These turn out great every time!

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