Bisquick Sausage Balls Recipe


The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 25 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Yield: 24 balls
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
543 Calories
44g Fat
19g Carbs
18g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 543
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 16g 81%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 1182mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 185mg 14%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 318mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Bisquick sausage balls are an easy, hearty appetizer loaded with herbs, and cream cheese. It’s the ideal, no-plate-needed appetizer for any of your holiday celebrations or Super Bowl parties. They mix up in less than five minutes, then bake in the oven for 20 minutes. You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry and there are tons of tasty variations to try out. You can make them even simpler by just using cheddar cheese, sausage, and Bisquick mix or try out all the delicious add-ins we've included. They can be made days ahead of time, then frozen and baked off when you need a quick appetizer. We whipped up a creamy horseradish dipping sauce, but you can pair these babies in almost anything!


For the Sausage Balls:

  • 1 pound breakfast-style ground pork sausage

  • 1 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix (such as Bisquick)

  • 1 cup freshly shredded cheddar cheese

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons half-and-half, or whole milk

  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Dipping Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions

  • 2 teaspoons ketchup

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. 

    Combine all of the sausage ball ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer using a paddle attachment. You can also mix it with clean hands in a large bowl. Mix until the ingredients are evenly distributed, but don’t over mix. This will make the sausage balls tough. 

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  3. Use a cookie scoop to form the sausage mixture into 1-inch balls. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the sausage balls to the sheet. Place them slightly apart so they are not touching. 

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  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. The internal temperature should read 165 F. 

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  5. As they are baking, prepare the dipping sauce. 

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  6. Whisk all of the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl until thoroughly combined. You can make the sauce a few days ahead of time. The longer it sits, the more the flavor will develop. 

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  7. Serve the sausage balls with some chopped chives and the dipping sauce. You can serve them hot or at room temperature. 

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  • You can easily double or triple this recipe to meet your needs! You can also make a large batch and freeze some of them to use at a later time.
  • Freeze the uncooked sausage balls in a freezer bag or an airtight container for up to four months. Just place them on a baking sheet to freeze them first, then add them to a bag.
  • When you want to prepare them, just let them thaw on a baking sheet for 20 minutes and bake according to the directions above.
  • Make sure to freshly grate the cheddar cheese. It has more moisture when freshly shredded.

Recipe Variations

You can change up the ingredients in this recipe. It’s so versatile and can take lots of different flavors.

  • Instead of ground breakfast sausage, you can use ground sweet or spicy Italian sausage.
  • You can add in more chopped herbs like scallions or parsley.
  • Use different cheeses such as pepper Jack or gouda.
  • Try adding a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese for extra flavor.
  • You can also give them a kick by adding the spicy Italian sausage and 2 teaspoons of hot sauce.
  • Feel free to change up the sauce. Use honey mustard, marinara, or barbecue sauce.