Sausage Balls


These 3-ingredient sausage balls are a real crowd pleaser, whether you serve them as a breakfast or brunch treat, a party appetizer, a game-day nibble, or a holiday hors d'oeuvre. Savory sausage, store-bought biscuit mix, and sharp Cheddar cheese team up for savory, cheesy flavor that can't be beat. These are so yummy! My family makes every Christmas morning.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
30 sausage balls

Crowd-pleasing sausage balls are sure to elevate any occasion, from holiday breakfasts to potlucks and tailgates. Plus, this sausage balls recipe couldn't be easier to make with just a few basic ingredients!

Sausage Balls Ingredients

Believe it or not, these sausage balls come together quickly with just three ingredients:

  • Sausage: This sausage balls recipe starts with a pound of ground pork sausage. Use hot ground sausage for a spicy kick.
  • Baking mix: Use a store-bought mix, such as Bisquick, or make your own at home with pantry staples.
  • Cheese: These sausage balls wouldn't be complete without shredded Cheddar.

Recipe Tip

Optional mix-ins include black pepper, cayenne pepper, diced onions, diced celery, red pepper flakes, diced jalapenos, pimento cheese, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder.

How to Make Sausage Balls

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make these top-rated sausage balls:

  1. Mix the sausage and baking mix together.
  2. Stir in the cheese.
  3. Roll the mixture into balls. Transfer to a baking sheet.
  4. Bake until the balls are golden brown and the sausage is cooked through.
a high angle view of a bowl full of golden-brown sausage balls
Meredith Food Studio

Can You Make Sausage Balls Ahead of Time?

Yes! These sausage balls are a great make-ahead breakfast or appetizer. Follow recipe above through Step 3, then cool sausage balls to room temperature. Freeze in an airtight container. When ready to use, reheat at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 10 minutes.

How to Store Sausage Balls

Allow the sausage balls to cool, then transfer them to an airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven.

Can You Freeze Sausage Balls?

Yes, you can freeze uncooked or cooked sausage balls.

  • To freeze uncooked sausage balls: Roll the balls and place them on a baking sheet. Flash freeze them overnight, then transfer them to zip-top freezer bags. Wrap in foil and freeze flat for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and bake according to the recipe directions.
  • To freeze cooked sausage balls: Bake the sausage balls and allow them to cool completely. Flash freeze them overnight, then transfer them to zip-top freezer bags. Wrap in foil and freeze flat for up to three months. Thaw in the fridge and reheat in the oven or in the microwave.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"These are always a hit," according to leadee. "I serve them with dipping sauces. One of the favorites is mayo mixed with a little horseradish."

"This is such an easy recipe," says ta2oedgrl. "The first time I made them was for a potluck, I made them the night before and popped them into the oven in the morning to warm them up. They were a big hit. The second time I made them I added half chorizo. It gave them a nice flavor."

"These are great," raves STEPHLOU. "You just can't beat the 3 ingredient combination. It makes so many too, which is good because they go fast."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 1 pound ground pork sausage, at room temperature

  • 2 cups biscuit baking mix

  • 1 pound sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  2. Combine room temperature sausage and biscuit mix in a large bowl; mix with your hands until well combined. Add shredded Cheddar cheese and mix until fully incorporated. Roll mixture into about 30 walnut-sized balls; transfer to a baking sheet.

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and sausage is cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.

    a high angle view of a bowl full of golden-brown sausage balls
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

264 Calories
19g Fat
11g Carbs
13g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 15
Calories 264
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 49mg 16%
Sodium 660mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 249mg 19%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 125mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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