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I have the best Sausage Balls Recipe to share with you. This is one of my favorite appetizers to cook for parties, holidays and more. These are super easy to make and delicious too.

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Whenever we have a get-together, the first food item that is on the list are these Easy Sausage Balls. My family and friends just expect them to be served along with my Little Smokies.

Sausage Balls are good anytime of the day You can serve them for breakfast, lunch, or as a snack. You may also like to serve these Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs and Armadillo Eggs for another easy appetizer. We love to make them as a Easy 4th of July Appetizers.

Why This Recipe Works:

Appetizers are fun to make for family and friends get-together or sometimes, my kids like it when I serve different appetizers for dinner.

Sausage Balls are made with simple ingredients and can easily be made ahead of time.


Close up image of ingredients for sausage balls. It includes sausage, flour, onion, spices and cheese.
  • Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Italian sausage roll or pork sausage
  • Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Diced Onion
  • Garlic Powder

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom for the recipe card.


Here are a few ways that you can change up this recipe to make it work for your family!

  • Spicy – If you like spicy, make these sausage balls with hot sausage and shredded pepper jack cheese. Using these ingredients add a delicious kick to this recipe.
  • Gluten Free – This recipe can easily be made with 1:1 gluten free flour to make these sausage balls gluten free.
  • Turkey Sausage – You can also make these with turkey sausage for a healthier option as it lowers the fat and calories in these sausage balls.
  • Bisquick – Feel free to make Bisquick Sausage Balls instead of using flour.
  • Favorite Dipping Sauce – Serve with BBQ Sauce, Ranch Dressing or Honey Mustard.

How do you make Sausage Balls from scratch?

  • Step 1 – Preheat oven to 375. Line large Baking Sheets with Foil.
  • Step 2 – In a small bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.
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  • Step 3 – Add flour mix, sausage, shredded cheese, onion and garlic powder to a large bowl. Start combining with a spoon and then finish with your hands.
Close up image of ingredients of sausage balls in the mixing process.
  • Step 4 – Form sausage mix into 1-inch balls and place onto a baking sheet.
Image of sausage balls on a cookie sheet.
  • Step 5 – Bake, uncovered, for 15- 20 minutes or until golden brown in the preheated oven.

Recipe Tips:

  • Cookie Scoop – For best results we recommend using a use baking scoops to make the uncooked sausage balls.
  • Baking Sheets – For easy cleanup, I like to place parchment paper down. Line Baking sheets with parchment paper makes it so easy to get the dishes done.
  • Combining Ingredients – Make sure that you mix all your ingredients together thoroughly. I use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer and it mixes everything nicely therefore it prevents them from getting dried out.

Why are my Sausage Balls Crumbly?

Sausage Balls will dry out quickly if there is a lot of flour and baking soda compare to the sausage. Make sure to follow the recipe so that your ratio’s are correct.

You can add a little less flour if they seem to be crumble. I have also tried adding a little cream cheese to the mix as well to help the mixture stay together.

Close up image of a bowl of sausage balls.

How to Freeze Sausage Balls:

There are a couple of ways you can freeze sausage balls. The first way is to freeze them uncooked. You combine the ingredients and then roll them in a ball.

Place each sausage ball separately on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen then you can place them in a bag and place back in the freezer.

Once you are ready to cook some, simply place them on a cookie sheet and defrost them before cooking them.

The second way you can freeze sausage balls, is to freeze the cooked sausage balls and then just reheat them in the microwave and they become an instant snack.

How to Store and Reheat:

Sausage Balls are great leftover. You can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. You can reheat in the microwave or in the oven set at 350 degrees F.

My kids loving having these leftovers as they are a quick snack as they head out to practice.

Close up image of a bowl of sausage balls.

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Easy Sausage Balls Recipe

4.92 from 24 votes
Everyone will love this easy Sausage Balls Recipe! Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe is the perfect appetizer.Try this yummy Sausage Balls Recipe for parties!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 36
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 82


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  • Preheat oven to 375.
  • In a small bowl, add flour, baking powder and salt and mix well.
  • Add flour mix, sausage, cheese, onion and garlic powder to a bowl. Mix well. I like to start with a spoon and then finish with my hands. You may initially think the ratio of ingredients are way off. There will be lots of cheese that doesn’t seem to mix into the sausage. But if you continue to mix with your hands, it will eventually all come together.
  • Form sausage mix into 1″ balls and place onto a baking sheet.
  • Bake, uncovered, for 15-17 minutes or until golden brown.

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate leftovers in an air tight container for 5-7 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 82kcal, Carbohydrates 2g, Protein 3g, Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 2g, Cholesterol 16mg, Sodium 147mg, Potassium 49mg, Vitamin A 65IU, Vitamin C 0.3mg, Calcium 51mg, Iron 0.4mg

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  1. Carrie Barnard says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you!

  2. Denise says:

    5 stars
    Finally a recipe without Bisquik! Theses a so good!

  3. Sandra Surtees says:

    To enter contest: What appetizer do you serve at Thanksgiving? We always have sausage balls.

  4. Lisa S says:

    I made these and the family loved them – loved how they could double duty as a breakfast board food item and then later we finished them off as an appetizer.

  5. Luci says:

    5 stars
    I’ve never made them with Italian sausage! So clever I love it! Thanks for the recipe! ??

  6. Robert Gurley says:

    I have made the biscuit mix version of these. I also have put Sweet Chili Sauce or Orange Marmalade over cream cheese.

  7. Angie McAlpin says:

    5 stars
    Sausage balls are the best appetizer anytime

  8. Valerie Jessee says:

    I use crushed pork rinds in place of flour. Keto friendly. The hot pork rinds are good but I think it is to hot if you use spicy sausage and hot rinds together. Just one or the other is really good for more spicy sausage balls.

  9. Jacki says:

    5 stars
    These are so yummy!

  10. Laura Anderson says:

    4 stars
    Yummy, flavorful and easy – thanks!

  11. Carrie says:

    Thank you!

  12. drift boss says:

    5 stars
    I really liked this article you shared. Thanks for taking the time to write it

  13. Carrie says:

    I hope they enjoy it! We love this recipe!

  14. Nicole says:

    My family is used to the bisquick recipe. I will give it a try to see if they can tell a difference. We like mustards as a dip vs pizza sauce

  15. Lisa says:

    4 stars
    The family reviews were mixed. Good appetizer to serve with dipping sauces!
    Thanks for the recipe.