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Perfect party appetizers make the holidays sweeter and full of savory memories. These Easy Sausage Balls are a southern serving staple with simple ingredients or sausage, cheddar cheese, Bisquick, and olive oil.

Make your parties perfect this season and add some other deliciously easy appetizers such as these sausage stuffed mushrooms or classic deviled eggs.

Easy Sausage Balls

Easy Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls were always a standard staple at my grandmother’s Christmas Eve party.

Experiencing the delicious smell of this simple appetizer sends me back to joyful holiday memories.

I knew to ask my cousin for her recipe, who was responsible for preparing them every year.

Until then I never knew how easy this recipe was and that there was indeed a secret ingredient, like most southern recipes.

When I read Bisquick was an ingredient I was not only surprised but intrigued.

It seems like an odd addition so I did some more research.

Most recipes call for this standard breakfast baking mix unless you’re preparing a keto version.

Having a secret ingredient seems to make these even more special.

Easy Sausage Balls

Tips for Making the Perfect Sausage Balls

  • Don’t use shredded cheese! Purchase a block of cheddar cheese and grate it, which gives the balls a more intense flavor.
  • Let the ground sausage and grated cheddar cheese come to room temperature before mixing. This allows the ingredients to hold their shape with formed into balls.
  • Use a mixer to combine the ingredients initially. This will mix the ingredients together quickly without overmixing them.
  • Adding olive oil to the mixture, which isn’t common in many recipes, keeps the balls from tasting too dry.

Sausage Ball Ingredients

Easy Sausage Ball Dipping Sauce

Whisk the below ingredients together in a small bowl and serve on a platter with the sausage balls.

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 tablespoon Honey

Other great dipping sauce ideas are to use honey mustard or a sweet marmalade.

Easy Sausage Balls

What Other Appetizers to Serve this Season

Sausage Balls with Dip

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Easy Sausage Balls

By: Aimee Mars
Perfect party appetizers make the holidays sweeter and full of savory memories. These Easy Sausage Balls are a southern serving staple with simple ingredients or sausage, cheddar cheese, Bisquick, and olive oil.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 24 Balls



  • Allow the sausage and grated cheddar cheese to come to room temperature.
  • Preheat the oven to 400℉ and cover a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil coated in cooking spray or oil.
  • Using either a hand mixer or an electric stand mixer, mix the sausage and cheddar cheese together on low speed until just combined. Add the Bisquick and olive oil. This mixture will be slightly dry and crumbly.
  • Press the dough, using your fingers, into 2-inch sized balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the balls are golden in color.


Serving: 1ballCalories: 147kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 6gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 289mgPotassium: 71mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 133IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 100mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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About Aimee Mars

Spending time in the kitchen is a childhood memory that stems as far back as I can remember. The dots connecting those days to recipe development and food photography though, are winding and loopy. Just months after my clothing line in New York City, which was a childhood dream, came to a screeching halt I found myself at home as a new mom with a newborn. Desperately seeking a creative outlet, I began with the familiar and comforting act of cooking. A new passion of recipe development was ignited, and my blog became a place to break bread and to share these recipes with everyone. My family of four and one very convincing dog who loves to beg now enjoy our meals, and scraps, in Charleston.

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