Sausage Balls


A staple at potlucks and parties across the South.

Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
8 dozen

This mouthwatering recipe takes less than 30 minutes to make, start to finish, and it's perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a grab-and-go snack.

It's no surprise that Southerners love easy-to-make finger foods, and these sausage balls combine some of our favorite ingredients into one crave-worthy cuisine. Packed with hot pork sausage and sharp Cheddar cheese, this recipe is both hearty and flavorful. It's sure to impress even the pickiest food connoisseur at your dining room or picnic table.

Every tried-and-true Southerner knows the power of an impeccable, go-to sausage ball recipe. When all else fails, this classic dish is the textbook choice for anyone hoping to enjoy some comfort food.

Be sure to give the sausage balls a try when they are hot from the oven. The melted Cheddar cheese and spicy sausage combination is what dreams are made of. Here's a warning: Be sure to make extra because these handheld treats are definitely worth fighting for.

Note: This recipe was re-tested and updated in October 2022.

Sausage Balls
Emily Laurae/Southern Living


  • 3 cups all-purpose baking mix (such as Bisquick)

  • 1 lb. ground hot pork sausage, uncooked

  • 1 lb. sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, pressing mixture together with hands. Shape into 3/4-inch balls, and place on lightly greased baking sheets.

  2. Bake at 400ºF for 15 to 18 minutes or until lightly browned.

    Sausage Balls
    Emily Laurae/Southern Living


For testing purposes only, we used Cracker Barrel Sharp Cheddar Cheese.

Freeze uncooked sausage balls, if desired. Bake frozen balls at 400ºF for 18 to 20 minutes or until lightly browned.

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