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Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces

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Traditional, classic, and always a hit! These sausage balls are even better with a choice of dipping sauces.
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Sausage balls on a serving plate with two dipping sauces on bowls to the side.

These classic Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces are going to be the hit of your next get together! They’re super simple to make and are perfect for the holidays, game day, or just a neighborly gathering. Try them dipped in my honey mustard or spicy horseradish catsup sauce. Yum!

Sausage balls on a serving plate with two dipping sauces on bowls to the side.

Recipes for Sausage Balls have been around for years and years. I bet I’ve made them, along with a few variations a hundred times. But I was never all that crazy about them.

I’ve always used the standard recipe (one pound of cheese, one pound of sausage, 4 cups Bisquick) and mine just always seemed dry and like there was something missing. So, naturally, I started tinkering with the mixture.

I found that decreasing the biscuit mix and adding a choice of dipping sauces made all the difference! I especially love them with the honey-mustard dip. Yum!

You Can Even Make Them Ahead of Time!

These sausage balls freeze well and can be cooked right from their frozen state. Allow a few extra minutes of time in the oven when cooking from frozen.

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To make the sausage balls ahead, place them on baking sheets and lightly cover with foil or plastic wrap. Place in the freezer until solidly frozen. Transfer to containers and keep frozen until ready to use.

Make up a batch when you have a few extra minutes so you can keep them on hand to cook up at the last minute for unexpected guests!

Ingredient Notes

  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Be sure to grate the Cheddar yourself instead of purchasing the bagged, grated cheese. The starchy coating on the pre-shredded cheese will alter the texture of the finished sausage balls.)
  • Bulk Pork Sausage (Your choice of mild, medium, or hot. My preferred brand is Jimmy Dean.)
  • Biscuit Mix (I like Bisquick. Use your favorite brand.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Sausage Balls

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Grate the Cheese

A mound of grated cheese along with a cheese grater on a cutting board.

Use a hand grater or food processor to grate the cheese.

COOK’S TIP 
For best results, you really must grate the cheese from a block. Just don’t even try to use the packaged, shredded stuff. It has a light starchy coating on it that prevents it from sticking together. That starchy coating will alter the texture of the finished sausage balls.

Mix the Sausage Balls

Photo collage showing ingredients for sausage balls being mixed in a stand mixer.

In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the cheese and sausage briefly on slow speed. Add the biscuit mix a little at a time increasing the mixer speed as needed.

COOK’S TIP 
You can mix this dough by hand with a sturdy wooden spoon but it’s a real workout for your arm. I have done it many, many times. That was before I owned a mixer with a dough hook. By the time I was finished my arm was sore and I was wishing I’d never thought of making sausage balls :-)

Roll Into Balls

Sausage balls rolled out and lined up on baking sheets.

Roll the mixture into 1” diameter balls and place them on baking sheets.

Bake

Finished sausage balls cooling on the baking sheet.

Cook for 15-18 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and let them cool on the pans.

COOK’S TIP 
The sausage balls may be mixed and rolled, placed on the baking sheets, and frozen. When frozen, remove and place in plastic freezer storage bags. If cooking from frozen, allow several more minutes of cooking time.

Make the Dipping Sauces

To prepare the dipping sauces, mix the ingredients together for each of the sauces in separate small bowls. Stir until well blended.

Sausage balls on a white serving plate with dipping sauces on the side.
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Pro Tips

  • If you have a stand mixer, do use it for this recipe. It can be done by hand, but the mixer takes almost all the work out of it.
  • When measuring the biscuit mix for the recipe, spoon it into the measuring cup. I find that dipping your cup into the mix packs in too much.
  • Be sure to use freshly shredded cheese in these, not the pre-shredded, bagged type.
  • Try different cheeses and sausages — you might try a combination of sweet Italian sausage with part Monterey Jack and part Parmesan cheese, or really hot breakfast sausage with pepper jack and dip those in ranch dressing — make the recipe your own!
  • If you don’t have access to bulk sausage in your area, it’s easy to remove the casings from any sausage you like.
  • Experiment with herbs and spices. Chives, parsley, and finely chopped green onions are great in sausage balls. Also, take the heat level up or down with the cayenne pepper.

FAQs

How do I store the leftovers?

Cooked sausage balls can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days in plastic food storage bags or containers. Frozen cooked or uncooked sausage balls can be stored in the freezer for up to six months.

Any more suggestions for dipping sauces?

Other sauces that are great for dipping sausage balls are ranch dressing, remoulade, apricot mustard sauce, or a creamy sweet chili sauce.

What if I don’t have Bisquick or another biscuit mix?

If you don’t have biscuit mix, you can easily make your own. Here’s a link to a great recipe.

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Recipe

Sausage balls on a serving plate with two dipping sauces on bowls to the side.

Sausage Balls with Two Dipping Sauces

Traditional, classic, and always a hit! These sausage balls are even better with a choice of dipping sauces.
4.71 from 31 votes
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Course: Appetizers
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 169kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

For the sausage balls:

  • 1 pound sharp cheddar cheese grated
  • 1 pound pork sausage recommend: Jimmy Dean brand; use mild, medium, or hot according to your preference
  • 3 cups biscuit mix recommend: Bisquick brand

For the honey mustard sauce:

  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons honey

For the spicy catsup sauce:

  • ½ cup catsup
  • 1 ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper more or less to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, mix the cheese and sausage briefly on slow speed. Add the biscuit mix a little at a time increasing the mixer speed as needed.
  • Roll the mixture into 1” diameter balls and place on baking sheets. Cook for 15-18 minutes or until a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on the pans.
  • Note: the sausage balls may be mixed and rolled, placed on the baking sheets, and frozen. When frozen, remove and place in plastic freezer storage bags. If cooking from frozen, allow several more minutes of cooking time.
  • To prepare the dipping sauces, mix each sauce’s ingredients together in a small bowl. Stir until well blended.

Notes

  • If you have a stand mixer, do use it for this recipe. It can be done by hand, but the mixer takes almost all the work out of it.
  • When measuring the biscuit mix for the recipe, spoon it into the measuring cup. I find that dipping your cup into the mix packs in too much.
  • Be sure to use freshly shredded cheese in these, not the pre-shredded, bagged type.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2balls | Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 426mg | Potassium: 84mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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— This post was originally published on December 13, 2013.

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42 Comments

  1. Can you please tell me, would it be okay to make a big batch of your spicy catsup sauce and mix the cooked balls into it while it sits in a warmer? I have 200 sausage balls and prefer not to have the sauces on the side. Thank you so much.

    1. Coleen -these sausage balls wouldn’t hold up to being mixed into a sauce in that way. The biscuit mix would become wet and gummy when sitting in a sauce.

      1. Thank you for your quick response! Well, I guess it’s sauce on the side then. Can’t wait to try the spicy catsup recipe!

  2. I choose not to eat foods readily available in natural form WITHOUT added extenders and emulsifiers which is what cellulose and guar gum, a bean, are used for in these products. I buy foods with as little processing and as few ingredients as possible. If you want to eat extra emulsifiers and extenders in your food, be my guest. Ice cream that doesn’t melt and pre-shredded cheese are gross to me. And if I’m going to eat cellulose, I’d rather have it in lettuce, not cheese.

  3. I’m sorry if this was already commented on, but that powdery stuff on pre-shredded cheese is cellulose, which is made from wood pulp. My son won the county science fair about this subject and now I read EVERY label before I buy anything. I can’t believe what a difference shredding my own cheese makes in all of my recipes! Can’t wait to try this one.

    1. Cellulose is found not only in wood pulp. It is an organic compound which is the main constituent of all plant cell walls and of vegetable fibers. Any time you eat a green plant or a vegetable you are consuming cellulose.

      1. The cellulose used on cheese, in ice cream, and many other products comes from wood pulp, trees. No thanks.

      2. A tree is a plant just the same as any other. They extract the cellulose from the pulp. You’re not eating wood pulp, just the cellulose from it. It would be exactly the same if they extracted it from lettuce. It’s all cellulose – plant material.

  4. I would suggest that you put a light spray of pam or oil. The cheese sticks a bit and you may end up with foil and they were pretty dry on the first batch so I added a couple/three tablespoons of heavy cream in the second and they were less crumbly. I like the short list of ingredients!

  5. I made these with a sauce of orange marmalade, spicy brown mustard, Greek yogurt, a touch of honey, some cayenne, and a sprinkle of sea salt. Delicious.

  6. I followed your recipe exactly as written and they are delicious. My mom makes them every year and she would always give me a few. They were never enough. Now I can make my own. Thank you so much for your tips and pictures. They really helped. My husband just ate about 6 and dipped his in Sirachi sauce. He loved them.

    1. So glad you enjoyed them, Kimberly! I never thought about dipping them in Sriracha but that does sound good :-)

  7. This lovely recipe reminds me of a recipe my cousin used to make. I love that it is a recipe so perfect for any party, or just to devour on your own:-) Yum, Hugs, Terra

    1. Thanks Terra. Yes, these are great for parties or just for snacking. I often have some in the freezer and take out a dozen or so when we feel like a little snack.

  8. These are totally new to me, I can’t wait to try these for Christmas. Because they make so many, what’s the best way to keep them warm, is a cock-pot appropriate or will they get too soggy?
    Thanks.

  9. Looks good. I just picked up some jalapeno flavored sausage, so I will give these a try. Also, the powder in shredded cheese is cellulose powder, AKA wood. That is why I shred my own.

    1. I’d love to know how you liked these with the jalapeno sausage, Andrea. I’ve always made them with regular breakfast sausage.

  10. Lana, that is the same recipe that I have used for years and years. It is the best one that I have found. I use the white cheddar cheese (Cabot brand lately). Seems to help it bake more evenly.

  11. You know, some of these frozen individually, and then packaged in a festive container with cooking instructions would make very nice Christmas gifts for business associates! Yum.

    Miss P

    1. Oh yeah! That’s a great idea! The recipe makes about 64-65 balls, even more if you roll them smaller. You could package 18 or so as a nice gift. Good one!

    1. Melissa, I agree with you…love the dipping sauces, EZ-Peazey & tasty! Lana, thanks for the ketchup sauce especially, I’m one who prefers ketchup with sausage. My husband prefers syrup on his sausage. Is that a hint that he would like sausage patties with maple syrup added? I’ve just this minute had a scathingly brilliant idea – I have a small bottle of maple syrup & haven’t found a use for it yet (part of a gift basket). Next time we have sausage patties here, I’ll make part of them with added-in REAL Maple syrup! They’ll probably brown nicely, too! It’s winter & we’re in a snowy area and this sounds like cozy food! I’ll let you know…

      1. “Scathingly brilliant!” I’m guessing you grew up watching “The Trouble with Angels”! Wonderful movie. I think you might be on to something with the maple syrup. I’ve had these sausage balls on my radar to make for quite a while. A hint of maple might be nice as long as it doesn’t change the over all consistency.

  12. THANK YOU! I buy these once in a while when I find them at the grocery store TN Pride makes them. I will be makes them and freezing them for that time you want something but don’t know what time.

    My Christmas shopping is ALL done. My 83 year old mother is like a kid all the month of December she just loves Christmas. On Thanksgiving day I put her tree up and place 30 presents with dates to open on them under the tree. During the month of Dec she is up early to open a present. I do all the rest of my shopping online

    So I get to sit back and enjoy the season

    1. Gloria – I actually used Tennessee Pride sausage in this batch :-) Of course, any bulk sausage is fine, but these were extra delicious.

    2. Hi! Your post was from 5 years ago, and I hope you’re all in good health today too; had to comment bcuz I love your ideas…especially for Mom! Merry Christmas to you and yours! You have a great big heart!