Best Sausage Ball Recipe

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Classic sausage balls are made with Bisquick, spicy sausage, and sharp cheddar cheese. Additional seasonings and sour cream are added to create the Best Sausage Ball Recipe ever!

sausage balls in a basket with honey mustard and ranch dip.
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Not Your Mama's Sausage Balls!

Remember the old-fashioned sausage balls your mom made for every party back in the day? I've never been a fan of those little nuggets because they seemed dry and crumbly.

What's a girl to do? Add sour cream, of course! It's like a magic ingredient that turns classic sausage balls into tender little appetizers.

These sausage balls are the best ever! They're perfect to serve at tailgate parties while you watch the big game, or as finger foods for Christmas gatherings. We eat them as snacks and even heat them up for breakfast.

You'll love how easy they are to make and how fast your guests will gobble them up!

sausage balls hot from the oven in a blue bowl.

Ingredients You'll Need

To make the Best Sausage Ball recipe, you'll need the following ingredients.

  • Bisquick baking mix - the base that holds it all together
  • sharp cheddar cheese - make sure it's shredded by hand
  • garlic powder - enhances the sausage
  • dry mustard - gives this recipe great flavor
  • dried minced onion - substitute fresh chives or scallions if desired
  • sour cream - keeps the sausage balls moist and tender
  • hot pork sausage - purchase high quality (like Neese's or Jimmy Dean)

Quantities are listed in the recipe card.

How to Make Sausage Balls

Combine dry ingredients with cheddar cheese in a stand mixer.

bisquick mixed with cheese and spices.

Mix in sour cream until moistened. Blend in raw pork sausage.

mixture of pork, cheese, bisquick and spices.

Scoop balls (with a melon scooper) onto a lined baking sheet.

scooping sausage balls onto a sheet pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Serve warm with your favorite ranch and honey mustard dressings.

sausage balls in a blue bowl with a red striped liner

Recipe FAQS

Can I substitute the cheese?

Sure! You can add pepper jack cheese for even more spice, or tone things down with a mild cheese like havarti. Go hog wild or pig Granny Tag always said. Just remember if you change the spice level, the spices need to be adjusted or you'll have a bland tasting recipe. Ugh.

Can sausage balls be frozen?

This recipe freezes well before or after baking and can be kept up to 3 months in the freezer. Freeze balls on a sheet pan until solid, then transfer to an airtight container.

What's the best way to store sausage balls?

Unbaked sausage balls should be thawed in the refrigerator, then cooked for 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Baked sausage balls should also thaw in the fridge, then reheat in an oven for 10 minutes, or until warmed throughout. Check out this site for safety tips about handling pork.

a basket of sausage balls with one being dipped into honey mustard.

Recipe Tips

  • Be sure to shred the cheese by hand. If you use pre-shredded cheese with stabilizers, the sausage balls may go flat.
  • The easiest way to blend the batter is by using a mixer. But, if you like to get your hands dirty, be sure to wear gloves because it gets messy.
  • Hot sausage gives this recipe its flavor, but you can use mild if you prefer. If you use mild and want just a little heat, try adding ¼ tsp. dried cayenne pepper to the dough.
  • You can roll the balls to make them rounder if desired, but they will still morph into whatever shape they like! I prefer to scoop and bake.
  • Line the sheet pan with parchment paper to prevent scorching.
  • This recipe yields about 4 dozen balls using a 1 inch melon scooper.
  • Sausage balls taste better when dipped in your favorite ranch (ad) or honey mustard (ad) dressing. You can also try yellow mustard, chili sauce, and pepper jelly for a variety of flavors.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly.

More Party Appetizers

Try my other yummy appetizers to complete your party lineup!

Recipe Card

sausage balls in a red lined bowl with dips

Best Sausage Ball Recipe

Classic sausage balls are made with Bisquick, spicy sausage, and sharp cheddar cheese. Additional seasonings and sour cream are added to create the Best Sausage Ball recipe ever!
5 from 10 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Appetziers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Calories: 79kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.


  • mixer (hand or free standing)
  • 1 inch scooper
  • sheet pan or baking sheet


  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 8 ounce block sharp cheddar cheese shredded by hand
  • ¼ teaspoon dried garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2 Tablespoons minced green onions
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1 pound hot pork sausage
  • ½ cup ranch or honey mustard dressing for dipping (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix Bisquick, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, dry mustard, minced onion and sour cream together with a hand or upright mixer.
  • Add sausage and blend well.
  • Using a 1 inch melon scooper, scoop balls of dough onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake 1 inch sausage balls at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown. If sausage balls are 2 inches in diameter, cook for at least 25 minutes.
  • Serve warm with ranch or honey mustard dressing if desired.


  • Shred cheese by hand for best results.
  • Substitute mild sausage for hot if desired.
  • Recipe yields about 48 sausage balls when using a 1 inch scooper.
  • Refrigerate or freeze leftovers promptly.
  • Sausage balls can be frozen ahead of time and thawed out in the refrigerator overnight before baking. 
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Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 157mg | Potassium: 45mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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  1. Can you cook sausage instead of adding raw. I always found it made them greasy. The idea of sour cream makes me happy

    1. I've never tried cooking the sausage first because the fat in the meat holds the balls together. If you cook it first I think it might crumble and fall apart.

      1. 5 stars
        The recipe that was given to me says to cook the sausage first. Also, it calls for adding just enough milk (instead of sour cream) to the whole mixture like a biscuit dough to hold it together. It has always held together and is delicious.
        I may try doing the uncooked sausage to see how it goes.

        1. I have never seen a sausage ball recipe that says to cook the sausage first, so that's a new one for me!

  2. 5 stars
    These are the BEST sausage balls ever! I mixed them, made the balls and individually froze them then put them in a baggie. I was able to get a small amount out to thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Cooked them and they were moist and the best tasting ones I’ve ever had!

    1. Yes, you can definitely make these sausage balls the night before and keep in an airtight container until ready to cook. Enjoy! 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    Debi, I made your sausage balls for pre-Thanksgiving event. They were a huge hit! Thanks for expanding my spice cabinet, who knew dried mustard? LOL I will make this my go to recipe.

    1. Thank you Debbie! So happy to hear you loved my sausage ball recipe and added dried mustard to your spice cabinet! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe improved my sausage balls greatly. I had never added the garlic powder or the sour cream. The sausage balls were a little more moist, and had a bit more “zing” to them. I certainly appreciate the improvement. Good job, Debi!

  5. 5 stars
    What’s the best way to reheat them if you make them the night before? Or can they be served cold?

    1. Hi Bonnie! If you plan to reheat them, use the oven so they will crisp up a little. I'd recommend a 350 degree oven for 5 minutes to start. You may need to add a little more time depending on your oven. 🙂 I don't recommend eating them cold.

  6. Made these today! They are so good. I didn’t tell the hubby the recipe would be different this year. He tried them and was impressed! Thanks for a great recipe!

    1. Thanks so much, Joyce! I'm so glad you tried the recipe and loved it! Hope the hubby never finds out our secret. 🙂

  7. 5 stars
    Made these yesterday. they are so good. Put in freeze till Christmas Eve. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Have you tried using maple sausage? With syrup for a dip. Thinking of these for breakfast, but what to serve with them?

    1. Hi Ambure! I haven't made them with maple sausage, but that sounds delicious! For breakfast, I'd serve them with a side of fruit and cheesy grits! 🙂

  9. Any suggestions for substituting the bisquick to make these keto? I'm assuming I could use almond flour, but wonder what else is in the baking mix that would be necessary.

    1. Hi Alayna. I've never made this recipe without Bisquick, but it's mostly made with all purpose flour, baking powder and salt. So, you would need to add those ingredients, or substitute whatever works for a keto diet.

  10. 5 stars
    sounds wonderful. I agree with you, Some of those older recipes were pretty dry. Will
    certainly try this one. Thanks

  11. 5 stars
    These are definitely not my mama’s sausage balls! But I like the idea of using sour cream because they’re usually hard to mix when I use the classic recipe. Will give your recipe a try.

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