This easy Sausage Balls recipe is a classic Southern appetizer or snack made with simple ingredients. They’re perfect for parties, potlucks, or game day gatherings.
Some of my most favorite recipes are simple ones. I like things that are clean and uncomplicated. And, I especially like foods that are quick and easy to throw together with several ingredients typically on hand. I guess that’s why I’m a big sausage ball fan. They have always been high on the list of party foods at our house, especially during the holidays. The simple ingredients and prep make them easy to put together and easy to clean up after. And, chances are your kid will love them too!
This recipe is pretty versatile and always delicious. You can use spicy sausage to give them a kick or stir in some garlic powder and your favorite spices to mix it up a little. Enjoy!
What are sausage balls made of?
Generally, sausage balls incorporate basic ingredients such as ground sausage, cheese, and baking mix. While some recipes call for milk, I prefer to use water. Despite their simplicity, these ingredients come together to deliver an abundance of flavors!
Whether as a snack or appetizer, sausage balls are a breeze to whip up. The next time you need a straightforward recipe for a potluck, breakfast, snack, or tailgate gathering… look no further than this simple, 4-ingredient sausage ball recipe.
What’s good to eat with sausage balls?
Sausage balls can be paired with all kinds of dishes at many different meal times and events. Here are some tasty options:
- Try them with dipping sauces! Serve sausage balls with an assortment of dipping sauces such as marinara sauce, barbecue sauce, honey mustard, or ranch dressing. The contrasting flavors complement the savory taste of the sausage balls. I especially love them with my Coca Cola BBQ Sauce, Comeback Sauce, and Alabama White BBQ Sauce
- Try them on a platter! Create a colorful and healthy veggie, cheese, or fruit platter. Then throw in some of these yummy sausage balls for a great addition of protein and savory flavor.
- Try them with chips and dip! I love to put together a tailgate spread with these sausage balls and chips with salsa and guacamole. Something about these two together leaves me feeling full and satisfied. Grab some tortilla chips and make some of my Ranch Guacamole and Lazy Man’s Salsa.
Ultimately, the choice of what to eat with sausage balls depends on your personal preferences and the occasion. Whether you’re looking for a light snack, appetizer, or a more substantial meal, there are plenty of options to go with these delicious and easy sausage balls.
How long are sausage balls good for?
Sausage balls have a limited shelf life, but with proper storage, you can extend their freshness.
- Left at room temperature: If you leave your sausage balls out for people to graze over for longer than 2 hours, then you will need to dispose of them that day.
- In the refrigerator: You can store them in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
- In the freezer: To freeze your sausage balls, arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet inside your freezer. Once frozen solid, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They are good in the freezer for up to 2 to 3 months.
- 1 pound ground sausage
- 3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 2 cups baking mix (like Bisquick)
- 3 tablespoons water
- Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, combine sausage, cheese, and baking mix. It’s best to use your hands here. Then add the water gradually until it gets to the right consistency to roll into balls.
- Next, roll into balls about an inch to inch and a quarter in size and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Although, I prefer to cook mine on a Silpat mat or parchment paper.
- Bake 10 to 12 minutes.
* If nutritional values are provided, they are an estimate and will vary depending on the brands used. The values do not include optional ingredients or when ingredients are added to taste. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, I recommend grabbing your favorite brands and plugging those ingredients into an online nutritional calculator.