Classic Sausage Balls Recipe (Bisquick Sausage Balls)

Sausage Balls are a classic Southern recipe perfect for party appetizers and holidays. This Bisquick Sausage Balls recipe is a simple combination of sausage, Bisquick mix, cheddar cheese, and a bit of sauce to add some spice. They are easy to make and they’re always a hit at parties, especially on game day. Paired with an Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce, these sausage cheese balls are absolutely irresistible!

Sausage Balls recipe

Sausage Balls Recipe

Sausage Balls are a classic for a reason. The simplicity of these sausage cheese balls is what makes them so good; you don’t need anything more than a ball of sausage filled with cheese to please your party guests!

This classic sausage balls recipe will be a hit on game day, holidays, or at any party. Bisquick Sausage Balls are always a favorite, because who doesn’t love sausage stuffed with cheese?!

These little appetizers are the perfect bite-sized finger food to pop into your mouth while the game is on, or while you’re waiting for dinner to be served. Sausage cheese balls are hearty, cheesy, savory, and a little bit spicy…all the best flavors! And when you dip them in this homemade Apricot Sweet Chili Sauce, you’ll never want to eat anything else. The sauce is sweet and spicy, the perfect complement to the sausage balls.

Make this classic Bisquick sausage ball recipe for your next holiday appetizer, or just any time you need something savory to snack on. They take less than 30 minutes and you can save them to eat later if you have extra.

Make this classic Bisquick Sausage Balls recipe for your next party appetizer. Savory, cheesy, and delicious!

Bisquick Sausage Rolls in a paper towel lined bowl

Sausage cheese balls on a platter

Classic Bisquick Sausage Balls

This Bisquick Sausage Balls recipe is a classic Southern appetizer. It’s a great appetizer for Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve, and of course it’s the perfect thing to serve on game day. The Bisquick mix gives it a biscuit-y texture that just makes these sausage cheese balls hard to resist. It’s kind of like eating a sausage biscuit, but better because it’s all combined into one sausage ball. These even make for a good quick breakfast; just pop a few in your mouth before running out the door, or add them to a Christmas morning breakfast buffet.

Bisquick Sausage Ball recipe

How to Make Sausage Balls

These sausage cheese balls are super easy to make. You’ve got four ingredients (sausage, cheddar cheese, Bisquick mix, & sweet chili sauce OR hot pepper jelly), you mix them together, and you bake the sausage balls. It’s hard not to make these ALL the time when they’re so tasty and so simple.

How to make Sausage Balls:

  1. Start with all ingredients at room temperature
  2. Combine sausage and cheese and mix well
  3. Add in the Bisquick and the sweet chili sauce, & mix until smooth
  4. Create 1 1/2 inch balls out of the sausage mixture
  5. Place the balls of sausage on the prepared baking sheet & bake for 10-12 minutes at 400°F

Once they’re done baking, serve the sausage cheese balls on a paper towel lined platter. Don’t forget the dipping sauce!

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Dip for Sausage Balls

These Bisquick Sausage Balls are MADE for dipping. They have so much flavor baked into them, but it’s just not complete without the perfect dipping sauce. I made an Apricot Sweet Chili dipping sauce for these sausage cheese balls. The Apricot jam (or preserves) is sweet, fruity, and smooth. Mixed with a sweet chili sauce, you can just the right amount of spice in there. This is the best dip for sausage balls hands down!

Sausage ball being dipped in sauce

Dip for sausage balls

This classic Bisquick Sausage Balls recipe is so tasty, and it’s a classic for a reason. Make these easy sausage cheese balls for Christmas or New Year’s, on game day, or for any party appetizer. Guests will devour them, so make plenty! And don’t forget the amazing Apricot Sweet Chili dipping sauce to go with them.

See the recipe card below for details on how to make Sausage Balls. Enjoy!

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4.16 from 20 votes
This classic Sausage Balls recipe is savory, cheesy, and tasty! These Bisquick sausage balls are the perfect appetizer for holidays or game day. Serve them with apricot sweet chili dipping sauce!
Classic Sausage Balls Recipe with Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
12 mins
Total Time
22 mins
This classic Sausage Balls recipe is savory, cheesy, and tasty! These Bisquick sausage balls are the perfect appetizer for holidays or game day. Serve them with apricot sweet chili dipping sauce!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apricot sauce, sausage balls
Servings: 30
Calories: 125 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
For the Sausage Balls:
  • 1 pound bulk sausage Jimmy Dean works well, room temperature
  • 10 ounces sharp cheddar cheese grated, room temperature
  • 2 cups Bisquick baking mix
  • 2 tablespoons Sweet Chili Sauce or Hot Pepper Jelly room temperature
For the Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
For the Sausage Balls
  1. Allow all ingredients to come to room temperature.
  2. Heat oven to 400°F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine sausage and cheese and mix well. Add the baking mix and Sweet Chili Sauce and mix, on low speed, until smooth. The mixture will be somewhat dry.
  4. Roll/press the “dough” into 1½-inch balls (by hand) and place 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake at 400°F 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Transfer the Sausage Balls to a paper towel-lined platter.
  7. Serve with your choice of dipping sauces.
  8. Enjoy!
For the Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl and press (with a rubber spatula) through a fine mesh strainer.
  2. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.

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Recipe Notes

Yield: 2/3 cup Apricot Sweet Chili Sauce

Note: To freeze Sausage Balls: Place the tray of uncooked sausage balls in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer the balls to a zip tight freezer bag. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 400°F and bake 18-20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Sausage Balls Recipe with Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 125 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 289mg 12%
Potassium 59mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 2.1%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 8.4%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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