3 Ingredient Sausage Balls

3 Ingredient Sausage Balls are golden on the outside, tender on the inside, and extra cheesy. This is a classic recipe that's always a crowd-pleaser!

Top view of sausage balls and marinara sauce on plate on a red checkered tablecloth.

On one of the first Thanksgivings that I ever hosted, my Mom brought these delicious little bites of sausage cheesy goodness to dinner. My first reaction after tasting one was, "Where have these been my whole life?" My next reaction was, "Somebody make me stop eating these or I will eat them ALL!"

I recreated my mom's recipe with just three simple ingredients you may already have at home. My version is simple and basic with no extra frills. Sometimes simple is best, and these sausage balls are proof of that!

Try these tasty little bites at your next party, holiday, or game day get-together. I know you'll love them!

Side view of sausage balls and marinara sauce on plate on a red checkered tablecloth.

HOW TO MAKE SAUSAGE BALLS

Sausage balls are made by combining bulk sausage, baking mix, and cheddar cheese. The mixture is formed into small balls that are baked in the oven at 375 degrees F for 25 minutes until golden brown. See below for detailed ingredients and recipe instructions.

WHAT KIND OF SAUSAGE SHOULD I USE FOR SAUSAGE BALLS?

Bulk sausage is sausage that is not in link form. If you can't find bulk sausage at your store, you can purchase links and remove the sausage from the casings. Mild sausage, hot sausage, or Italian sausage would all be great in this recipe. You can use whatever sausage you have on hand!

Collage of images of sausage balls being made.

WHAT KIND OF CHEESE SHOULD I USE FOR SAUSAGE BALLS?

You should use sharp cheddar cheese to make sausage balls. The sharp cheddar cheese gives the sausage balls great flavor and pairs best with the bold flavors of the sausage.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH BALLS

Sausage balls can be served on their own as an appetizer or with a dip such as ranch, marinara sauce, or bbq sauce.

Side view of a sausage ball being dipped in marinara sauce.

HOW TO STORE SAUSAGE BALLS

Store sausage balls covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Freeze for up to 2 months.

HOW TO REHEAT SAUSAGE BALLS

Reheat sausage balls on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees until just heated through, about 5 minutes. Reheat frozen sausage balls on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees for 20-30 minutes.

Top view closeup of sausage balls and marinara sauce on plate on a red checkered tablecloth.

MORE SAUSAGE APPETIZER RECIPES

Looking for more ways to incorporate sausage into your appetizers? Check out these popular sausage appetizer recipes from the archives:


If you try this recipe, I'd love to know what you think in the comments below. Enjoy!

9 servings

3 Ingredient Sausage Balls


3 Ingredient Sausage Balls are golden on the outside, tender on the inside, and extra cheesy. This is a classic recipe that's always a crowd-pleaser!

  prep time: cook time: total time: 35 MIN 

INGREDIENTS


1 lb bulk sausage
2 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
4 cups (16 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese, grated


INSTRUCTIONS


1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

2. Combine all of the ingredients in a large glass bowl.  Mix well with your fingers until well combined.

3. Form into 1 1/2-inch balls, squeezing the mixture so it holds together, then rolling between the palms of your hands to form balls. Place the balls on the baking sheet.

4. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

NOTES


Author: Becky


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