Sausage Balls Recipe (classic with cheese)

  • Author: Renee' Groskreutz
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 32 1x


This recipe for sausage balls is a fun first recipe for kids to cook — it’s a simple-to-understand, hands-on recipe that’s hard to mess up and very forgiving for young chefs!



  • 1 1/2 c biscuit mix (like Bisquick)
  • 1 16-oz chub of breakfast sausage
  • 1 c of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 1 t ground black pepper
  • Optional: 1 t powdered sage 
  • Optional: 1 t Creole seasoning or cayenne pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 375F. 
  2. Prepare a cookie sheet that has ½ inch sides (to catch oils) with cooking spray or parchment paper. Set aside.
  3. Prepare a heat-safe dish with a paper towel or lint-free, clean kitchen towel to hold the finished sausage balls. Set aside.
  4. Wash your hands thoroughly with warm soap and water.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix, knead, and combine the dough until it comes together into a soft ball, usually about three minutes. 
  6. Take out half the dough and set on a plate. Put the bowl of remaining dough in the fridge while you work the other half. 
  7. Roll into 1-inch balls with your hands, placing them about ½-inch apart on the baking sheet. 
  8. Place sheet in oven and bake for 20 minutes. You don’t need to turn them, but they come out a bit crisper if you turn the sausage balls using tongs at the 15-minute mark, then let them continue baking for the remaining five minutes.
  9. Remove from oven to cool on a heat-safe surface. 
  10. After five minutes, move the balls to your prepared dish with a towel for serving. 
  11. Repeat steps with remaining dough, or package up for later use.


Substitutions: No biscuit mix on hand? Replace “Bisquick” with all-purpose flour + 1 t baking powder + 1 t salt

For a spicy kick, add 1 t (or more, you firecracker, you!) of Tony Chachere’s Original Creole Seasoning, cayenne pepper, or crushed red pepper


Breakfast Sausage Balls

Sausage balls are delicious little munchy miracle finger foods that are easy to make and easy to eat. Our traditional recipe makes 32 one-inch sausage balls, enough to eat and share (or save for later!)

  • Category: finger foods, snacks, appetizers, brunch, breakfast
  • Method: conventional oven
  • Cuisine: American

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