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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

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 30
Calories: 125kcal
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!
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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

  • ½ cup apricot jam or preserves
  • ¼ cup sweet chili sauce
  • Juice from ½ lemon


For the Sausage Balls

  • Allow all ingredients to come to room temperature.
  • Heat oven to 400°F. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  • 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.
  • Roll/press the “dough” into 1½-inch balls (by hand) and place 1-inch apart on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake at 400°F 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Transfer the Sausage Balls to a paper towel-lined platter.
  • Serve with your choice of dipping sauces.
  • Enjoy!

For the Apricot Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce

  • Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl and press (with a rubber spatula) through a fine mesh strainer.
  • Keep refrigerated in an airtight container up to 1 month.



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.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 289mg | Potassium: 59mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 0.5mg