Sausage Balls - 3 ingredients & great tips to make the process faster and easier!

Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are always a hit, right?  I’m going to give you some tips to make them easier and quicker.  

They only require 3 ingredients, 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.  That’s what I call an easy recipe!

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Sausage Balls Recipe

Sausage Balls combined ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Use your stand mixer! That’s the trick to fast mixing.  I thought if you can shred chicken in the stand mixer certainly this should make sausage balls a breeze. It does! 

I disliked having to hand mix them so much that I rarely made sausage balls. It took forever to make the ingredients combine enough to form a ball.  

The stand mixer whips them up in no time flat.  It’s amazing!  I will never make another sausage ball without my stand mixer…ever.

Shred your own sharp cheddar. Pre-shredded cheese is coated with cellulose to prevent it from caking which can also keep your sausage balls from forming and sticking together properly.

That’s it, just a few simple tricks and you will make sausage balls more often.

Add the Bisquick baking mix, pork sausage, and shredded sharp cheddar cheese to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low speed until combined.

If you like them spicy use hot sausage instead of regular breakfast sausage.

Sausage Balls - one ball formed on a parchment lined baking sheet

The next tip is to use a cookie scoop.  Forming the balls is much faster with this handy tool.

Scoop equal size portions, form into balls and place on the baking sheet.

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Sausage Balls formed and placed on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden browned. Allow the cooked sausage balls to cool just a few minutes and serve.

Sausage Balls baked on a parchment paper lined baking sheet

I hope these tips help. My husband is now grateful I figured this out. Yours will be too.

A quick and easy appetizer for holidays, parties, and game days!

Also, try our popular Spinach Artichoke Cups.

Sausage Balls - 3 ingredients & great tips to make the process faster and easier!

Sausage Balls

Sausage Balls – 3 ingredients & great tips to make the process faster and easier!
4.5 from 8 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: balls, easy, pork, sausage
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 99kcal
Author: DSTR


  • 2 cups baking mix (Bisquick, Pioneer Brand)
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage, regular or spicy
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and mix on low speed until combined.
  • Scoop equal portions using a cookie scoop onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned. DO NOT OVERBAKE.


Calories: 99kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 214mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. This is one of my favorite recipes! My mother made these every Christmas. I have made them but hate the mess but now I feel more inspired to try again with the ice cream scoop. Great hack!

    1. Traci, thank you for stopping by! These tricks certainly helped me want to make them more often. (use a cookie scoop 😉 )

  2. These look yummy! Thanks for the recipe and the great photos! Since it is after the holidays and I enjoy too many goodies, I would also appreciate seeing a calorie count.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Pam! I am not a registered dietitian. I recommend utilizing online calorie counters at your discretion to obtain such information.

  3. This recipe is so simple. I love a good meatball and I just might be able to convert this one over to gluten free. Having Celiac disease leaves me without a choice on eating GF. I know Bisquick has a GF option, but I haven’t tried using it.

    Have you tried making them without the cheese? Dairy is another thing I’m unable to eat. I miss cheese so much.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

    Olivia- Co-Hostess
    Reinvented Collection5 stars

    1. Sorry Olivia, I have never tried them without cheese. I am a HUGE cheese fan and put it in everything possible. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  4. You can never go wrong with Sausage Balls, these look so good, it’s time to make some. Your recipe looks very good. Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  5. I remember my mom making sausage balls every holiday! Now, I need to make these. #ShareWithMe

  6. These are always a hit a a party or pot luck!! Thanks for sharing on my Link Party “My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday” !! Hope to see you you tomorrow! Pinned!

  7. I think your recipe is fantastic! However, since I do not have a stand mixer I use a different preparation method. I simply grate the cheese in my food processor, dump the cheese into a heavy bottom pot, soften the cheese slightly on the lowest of settings until it can easily be mixed by hand with the sausage. I add the Bisquick a cup or so at a time to the mixture, and knead it as any regular dough. Then I pinch off the dough into small portions, then gently roll the pinched portions into bite size balls. After this, all that’s left to do is divide the balls into assorted pans. I place everything in the oven to bake for about 15 minutes. The pans closest to the bottom of the oven gets done more quickly and must be monitored and removed first. For me, this hands on process is quick, easy and relaxing. I have done this for years with excellent results.

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