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Easy to Make Classic Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe

Sausage cheese balls, sometimes known as the classic Bisquick® sausage balls are so tasty!

Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe

What can I substitute for Bisquick?

I don’t know how long this recipe has been around, but what I do know is that it requires a baking mix like Bisquick, or you can mix up your own homemade Bisquick copycat recipe for baking mix yourself to make sausage cheese balls from scratch.

This classic sausage cheese ball recipe makes a great appetizer recipe or enjoyed as a breakfast treat. It is a fairly flexible recipe, you can use the un-seasoned ground pork or you can use a flavored Italian sausage and have fun with the flavors.

Can I freeze sausage cheese balls?

Definitely yes! Mix the ingredients as directed, form into balls, then place them on a baking sheet and freeze for about 1 hour. Remove from freezer, place in a freezer bag, seal, and freeze for up to 3 – 4 months. When you are ready to bake, allow to thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake as directed.

I remember during the holidays, my mom would break out this recipe and whip up several batches. Before baking them, she would separate some out and freeze the rest to have on hand. At first, I would be disappointed that all of her hard work in the kitchen was all for Sausage Cheese Balls instead of something sweet, like cookies! But the next morning when I would wake up to the smell of them baking, I had a half-awake smile on my face and would drift into the kitchen awaiting my plate of Sausage Cheese Balls for breakfast.

Can I reheat sausage balls?

You can reheat pre-cooked sausage balls in a pre-heated 350°F oven for about 10 – 12 minutes. Simply place on parchment paper or Reynolds® Aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

Sausage appetizers

Make this easy to make recipe for parties or as snacks for the kids after school, warm them up for breakfast and let’s not forget that they are a Holiday favorite for parties and get-togethers.

These are also great for the kids to get involved. They can grate the cheese or open the bag of grated cheese to make it easier for all involved, they love to get their little paws all messy and mush it around mixing it up. Just make sure they thoroughly wash their hands really well after working with any raw meat.

Baked sausage balls with cheddar cheese

I like the idea of adding fennel, sage or chili to them and maybe a mustard dip concoction or even changing out the cheese with a mix of cheeses or a touch of Gruyere to experiment with flavors.

Get the Bisquick copycat all-purpose baking mix recipe here.

Other tasty appetizer recipes ideas:

How to make Sausage Cheese Balls

Baked sausage balls with cheddar cheese

Sausage Cheese Balls

Yield: 3 - 4 Dozen
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Bringing back some nostalgia with Sausage Cheese Balls, an easy to make appetizer recipe!


Classic Sausage Cheese Balls Version:

  • 1 lb ground sausage
  • 3 cups baking mix, or you can use original Bisquick
  • 1 lb cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mixing with hands, blend well.
  4. Spray non-stick spray on a baking sheet or line with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  5. With your mixture, form 1 inch balls rolling between hands and place on baking sheet 1 inch apart. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
  6. *At this point, you can freeze the sausage balls by laying on a cookie sheet and placing in the freezer for about 1 hour until they start to firm up and then you can transfer them to a freezer-proof container and keep frozen for up to a 3 - 4 months. When ready to bake, remove from freezer and bake at 350F for about 25 - 30 minutes or until golden.*
  7. Bake sausage mixture in a preheated 350°F oven for 20 - 25 minutes or until sausage cheese balls are golden.
  8. Allow to cool and serve immediately.


1 lb ground Sausage
3 cups
baking mix
1 lb (16 oz) sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp crushed dried chili flakes, optional

Prepare as directed above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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  1. I run 1 1/2 cups oatmeal through my chopper to use in this recipe instead of the baking mix. It’s really good and good for you!

    1. Hi Karen! I have never done it that way, so I don’t know what the results would be. I’m thinking that they would result in a dryer sausage ball though. I think of these as “meatballs” or even meatloaf, which are typically made using the ground raw meat instead of cooking first. Hope that helps! 🙂

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