Bisquick Sausage Balls are the perfect solution when you’re halfway through the season and wanting a new game day food to keep things interesting. Whip up this sausage appetizer for a savory snack idea worth cheering for!
Why We Love Bisquick Sausage Balls
- Feeds a hungry crowd.
It can easily be doubled, making it the perfect dish for small social groups or huge hungry crowds alike.
- The perfect party finger food!
Eat these bites on the go – easily walk and talk with them! They’re a perfect New Year’s Eve appetizer, for example, when you want to chat and catch up with friends.
- Great for kids!
While we love our usual sweet and spicy meatball appetizers, these Bisquick sausage cheese balls keep things simple and classic with flavors everyone will love, even the kids.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Ground Pork – We always use Jimmy Dean’s hot breakfast sausage, but there’s so much room for personal preference. Mild, ground pork with sage or a hot Italian will ball up and bake just fine — just make sure it’s ground.
- Cheddar Cheese – Sharp cheddar cheese is recommended, but creamy Monterey Jack, some Colby, or spicy Pepper Jack are good alternatives. Freshly shredded cheese will melt the smoothest and give the best results.
- Bisquick Baking Mix – The original, classic mix you find in the yellow box. Don’t have any? No worries — check out the tips below for how to DIY your own!
- Green Onion – You can actually consider this an optional ingredient, but we really think these are worth adding! Onions introduce dimension, a pop of flavor, and a delicious aroma.
This sausage ball recipe is similar to the Jimmy Dean sausage balls recipe, but with one key difference: this one calls for mild sausage. You can make them spicier by adding jalapenos, chili powder, cayenne, or red pepper flakes to the baking mix.
For a healthier option, make turkey sausage balls, featuring a much leaner protein. You might combine the Heart Smart Bisquick with the turkey alternative for a sausage appetizer that you can really feel good about!
Bisquick Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe Tips
- Make a homemade Bisquick mix on the fly.
It’s incredibly easy to make your own baking mix with flour, baking powder, shortening, and salt. It’s really inexpensive and you can make a lot in a short span of time!
For a thorough walkthrough, head on over to our homemade Bisquick guide.
- Don’t overmix the meatball mixture.
When combining the ingredients and forming the meatballs, be sure to use gentle pressure.
This will help you avoid dry and crumbly sausage balls.
- Check the temperature to make sure they’re cooked all the way through.
It’s always a good idea to check the temperature of the meat with an instant-read thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to at least 165°F.
If they need a little more time, pop them back in for a couple more minutes.
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Put out a tray with a variety of dipping sauces.
The ground pork in Bisquick sausage balls pairs perfectly with spicy mustard or ranch dressing.
Storing and Reheating
Let Bisquick sausage balls cool to room temperature before storing them in an airtight container. Reheat in the oven or let them reheat in the crockpot.
We recommend freezing before baking for meal prep. Lay them on a baking sheet, freeze them, and then transfer them to a freezer bag. Let them sit at room temperature for an hour before baking.
Serve in a slow cooker to keep warm.
One thing to note about this sausage appetizer, is that the meatballs don’t stay warm for very long — particularly if you’re serving them for a three-hour football game!
Keep them warm by serving in a crockpot. Move them right from oven to slow cooker by preheating the crockpot while the Bisquick sausage balls are baking, then throwing them in right when they’re done.
Bisquick Sausage Balls FAQ
They can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 3 months. The method for freezing is a bit different, though, so read the storage instructions down below for more guidance.
It’s possible that you have too much baking mix in the mixture. This is easy to catch before baking — they’ll be crumbly and won’t clump properly. If this happens, add a little milk!
It may also be because of the ingredients used. Pre-shredded cheese and low-fat ground pork both lack moisture and aren’t suitable for making sausage balls with Bisquick.
It’s easiest with a digital cooking thermometer, as the internal temperature is the best indicator of fully cooked ground pork. They will also be golden brown on the outside.
Bisquick Sausage Balls
- Baking Sheet
- parchment paper or aluminum foil
- 1 pound ground pork sausage (I like using Jimmy Dean hot breakfast sausage or hot Italian sausage)
- 4 cups (16 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, freshly shredded/grated) (freshly shredded works best)
- 2 cups Bisquick baking mix (see notes below for how to make a DIY baking mix)
- ½ cup green onion, green part, chopped
- Preheat oven to 375º Fahrenheit. Prepare the baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
- Add the ground sausage, shredded cheddar cheese, baking mix, and green onion (if using) to a large mixing bowl. Use clean hands, a potato masher, or stand mixer to mix the sausage ball mixture together. If using your hands, it is best to knead or fold the Bisquick and cheese into the ground sausage works best.
- Use a medium scoop or large tablespoon to make 24 sausage balls, about the size of a golf ball. Place them on the prepared baking sheet.
- Bake at 375º Fahrenheit for 15-20 minutes, until the meatballs are lightly golden brown in color. Use an instant-read thermometer to ensure the center of the sausage balls registers 145º Fahrenheit in temperature.
- Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, like a marinara sauce or a zesty BBQ.
This post, first published in October 2021, was updated with new content on 9/16/2023.