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Sausage-Cheese Balls

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  • Total 50 min
  • Servings 102
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What does it take to become one of our most-requested recipes, approved by nearly 2,000 home cooks? In the case of this Sausage Cheese Balls appetizer, it must be quick and easy to prepare, include a make-ahead option and be ranked as a hands-down favorite. This Sausage and Cheese Balls recipe has all three, plus it creates 102 servings of these delicious bites!
Updated Sep 29, 2023
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What Are Sausage-Cheese Balls?

Easy, cheesy and oh-so-snackable, these are the best sausage balls you’ll come across! They’re made with pork sausage, two kinds of cheese and plenty of seasoning. Make your mixture, scoop out similarly-sized balls, bake until brown and you’ve got the perfect party app. Baking gluten-free? We’ve got you covered with a recipe for Gluten-Free Sausage-Cheese Balls.

How to Store Sausage-Cheese Balls

These easy sausage balls are best eaten freshly baked, but feel free to save leftovers for the next day. Refrigerate them in a sealed, airtight container, then use the microwave or oven to heat them up for a plate of cheesy goodness.

Can You Freeze Sausage-Cheese Balls?

Don’t need all 102 servings of Bisquick™ sausage balls? Freeze some unbaked for later! Roll them up and pop them in the freezer on baking sheets until firm, then place them in resealable plastic freezer bags. These yummy Sausage-Cheese Balls will last in the freezer for up to 1 month. Take out a few as needed (no defrosting required) and bake at 350°F for 25 to 30 minutes. This is also a great party food to prepare and freeze ahead of time. There’s your appetizer covered.


  • 3 cups Bisquick™ Original Pancake & Baking Mix
  • 1 lb uncooked bulk pork sausage
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (16 oz)
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsley or 1/2 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • Barbecue sauce or chili sauce, if desired


  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease bottom and sides of 2 rimmed 15x10x1-inch baking pans.
  • 2
    In large bowl, stir together all ingredients except barbecue sauce, using hands or spoon. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls. Place 1/2 inch apart on pans.
  • 3
    Bake 20 to 25 minutes, rotating pans halfway through bake time, until brown. Immediately remove from pan; transfer to serving platter. Serve warm with sauce for dipping.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    What is sausage? Nothing more than finely chopped and well-seasoned meat; sausage choices are nearly unlimited—from pork to chicken and turkey. But all sausages depend on some degree of fat in the mixture, which gives it its succulence and delicious flavor.
  • tip 2
    Lightly wet your hands to roll the balls to prevent sticking.
  • tip 3
    Using a small (1 tablespoon) cookie scoop makes forming the Sausage-Cheese Balls a quick and easy task.
  • tip 4
    Offer a variety of dips when serving these up to guests. Try barbecue sauce, chili sauce, a mayo/yogurt dressing mixed up with a good sprinkle of garlic salt, lots of chopped fresh herbs and more Parmesan cheese, or a blend of Ranch dressing with a spoonful of basil pesto.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Tell If My Sausage Balls Are Fully Cooked?

Since this recipe for sausage balls uses uncooked pork, you’ll want to make sure that you fully cook your appetizer. That means 20 to 25 minutes in the oven at 350°F. Bake until brown and at least 160°F in the center, and you’ve got delicious Sausage-Cheese Balls ready to enjoy.

How Can I Switch Up This Recipe for Sausage Balls?

We’re all about experimenting with different seasonings and serving options to change up a recipe. For these sausage balls, the easiest way to switch up the flavor profile is with a new dip. Barbecue or chili sauce is our pick, but you can put out a range of options so guests can try different ones. Maybe a savory sauce, a sweet sauce and something spicy? You pick! See tip #4 for even more ideas. And if you’d rather bake up some Classic Meatballs, we’ve got a recipe for that, too!


40 Calories, 2 1/2g Total Fat, 2g Protein, 3g Total Carbohydrate, 0g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Cheese Ball
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
2 1/2g
Saturated Fat
1 1/2g
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • Here’s the anatomy of a perfect snack: It’s bite-sized, boldly flavored and full of warm, gooey cheese. The handy shortcut ingredient for making these appetizer superstars is Bisquick™ Original Pancake & Baking Mix, which ensures a perfect dough every time. This party-perfect recipe makes a whopping 102 sausage balls that are easy to mix, form and freeze in advance. Just pop the meatballs in the oven when guests are coming, and they’ll be greeted by the warm, savory aroma of this delicious treat when they arrive. Our favorite tip for making this classic appetizer is to use a spring-loaded scoop, like you might use for cookies or ice cream. Not only is this quicker than forming each sausage ball by hand, but it guarantees even sizing for even baking. If you love making these Bisquick™ sausage balls, check out more of our favorite meatball recipes.
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