Simple Southern Sausage Balls Recipe

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In honor of National Southern Food day, I wanted to share one of our family’s go-to Southern recipes for sausage balls. They are perfect for any party menu, potluck or to make ahead for a quick breakfast.

I’m fairly certain that sausage balls are a southern staple. Growing up in the South myself, I can’t remember a family get-together without this tasty, hand-held dish. They were served as appetizers at family holiday meals, present at most every church potluck, and a part of any gathering for brunch or breakfast.

Are you looking for an easy, inexpensive, kid-friendly recipe to try? Look no further than these simple southern sausage balls!

Southern sausage balls are simple, cheesy and amazingly delicious! With only 3 ingredients (sausage, cheese and Bisquick), they’re a great addition to any party menu or to stash in the freezer for a quick breakfast on the go! 

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Sausage balls are perfect for sharing!

Let me know if this scenario sounds familiar. Your spouse texts you he is leaving work and casually mentions that tomorrow morning there is an event that you need to attend as a military spouse for the command. Oh yeah, it’s a potluck and you need to bring a dish.

Just me? I didn’t think so!

Frequently we are asked with short notice to participate in potluck events.

Need to bring an easy dish to a party? Sausage balls are a win no matter the time of day!

One of the best parts of sharing sausage balls with a group is that you never have to find something to bring them home in because they always disappear!

Can you make-ahead and freeze sausage balls?

You most certainly can! We love freezer meals, or food that you make-ahead of time and have ready to go in the freezer and sausage balls are no exception.

My kids love to have sausage balls for breakfast. Their size and shape makes them perfect for little hands. We pop frozen balls in the oven while the kids complete their morning routine and they are ready as we head out the door for a breakfast on-the-go. Just pair with a piece of fruit and you have 4 food groups covered for a well-balanced breakfast!

If you would like to make your sausage balls ahead of time you can stash them in the freezer for up to 6 months – but I’m willing to be they will disappear long before that!

Flash-freezing directions

Once you have completed step 4 in the recipe – forming the mixture into balls – simply place the balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the freezer. Once the balls are frozen you may place them in a freezer ziploc bag or an airtight container.

This process will flash-freeze the sausage balls and keeps them from freezing together. Rather than having to thaw and separate the balls which forces you to use all of them at once, flash freezing allows you use just the amount needed.

To cook the frozen balls, you do not need to wait for them to thaw. Just preheat the oven to 375 and cook for 17-18 minutes – remembering to move them halfway through so they don’t stick.

Southern Sausage Balls

Southern sausage balls are simple, cheesy and amazingly delicious! With only 3 ingredients (sausage, cheese and Bisquick), they’re a great addition to any party menu or to stash in the freezer for a quick breakfast on the go! 
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time16 minutes
Total Time36 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Budget-Friendly, Freezer Meal, Kid-Friendly
Servings: 45 balls
Calories: 56kcal


  • 1 lb sausage (we like to use Jimmy Dean Hot sausage)
  • 3 cups Bisquick™ baking mix
  • 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese (sharp or triple cheddar are our favorites)


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine sausage, cheese, and Bisquick.
  • Knead the ingredients together with your hands until the mixture is moist and uniform. (It takes a bit of work with your hands, but it is completely mixed when there are no loose pieces of cheese remaining in the bowl.)
  • Form balls with the mixture by pinching and rolling in your hands. Balls should be about 1 inch in size.
  • Place balls on baking sheet and bake for approximately 16 minutes.
  • Use a spatula about half way through baking to move the balls on the baking sheet to prevent sticking.

Don’t let a last-minute potluck event catch you by surprise. Make a stash of these simple southern sausage balls for your freezer today!

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