Sausage cheese balls are a warm appetizer that you only need five ingredients to make. Italian sausage is mixed with Bisquick and cheese and then baked for a savory, cheesy party snack that’s easy to make.

Close up overhead shot of sausage cheese balls on metal cooling rack

We love to entertain during the holiday season, and it seems like from Thanksgiving to New Year’s, we eat more party appetizers than actual meals. It’s fun to come up with tasty snacks, and we’ve collected plenty of favorite appetizers over the years.

This Bisquick sausage cheese balls recipe is definitely one of them. It checks all the boxes: easy to make, simple ingredients, and delicious. They’re a fun twist on traditional cocktail meatballs, and delicious served warm. The cheese combined with the Italian sausage is a great combination.

If you’re looking for easy snacks, these sausage and cheese balls need to be on your menu.

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients
  2. How to Make Sausage and Cheese Balls
  3. Recipe Tips
  4. More Warm Appetizers You’ll Enjoy
  5. Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe Recipe

Ingredients

  • Ground Italian sausage
  • Bisquick
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Water

How to Make Sausage and Cheese Balls

In a large skillet, cook the sausage over medium heat. Break it up into small pieces as it cooks and once it’s browned, drain off the excess fat from the pan.

Combine the Bisquick and shredded cheese in a large bowl. Mix in the cooked sausage, water, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well to combine.

Form the mixture into 2-inch balls. You can do this with your hands or with a cookie scoop. Place them a few inches apart on a large baking sheet. They will spread a bit when they bake.

Bake the sausage cheese balls for 15 to 18 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let them cool for a few minutes before serving. They are best served warm.

Overhead shot of 9 sausage cheese balls on a metal cooling rack

Recipe Tips

Sausage: If you like some heat, try using hot Italian sausage instead of mild.

Cheese: Cheddar works great but using other kinds of cheese is an easy way to change the flavor. Try Parmesan, Gruyere, Provolone, or different types of cheddar like sharp or aged white cheddar cheese.

Serving Tip: We love them plain, but you can serve them with a warm marinara sauce for dipping.

Make-Ahead Tip: You can make the balls and keep them on a sheet pan in the refrigerator until you’re ready to bake them. Keep them covered with plastic wrap. You may need to add a few minutes of baking time if they are cold when they go in the oven.

Leftovers: Keep any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep well for a few days. If you have parties coming up, I hope you give this recipe for sausage and cheese balls a try! It’s always a hit when we make it for family and friends. Enjoy!

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More Warm Appetizers You’ll Enjoy

Sausage cheese balls lined up on parchment paper

Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe

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Sausage Cheese Balls are Italian sausage mixed with Bisquick and cheese then baked for a savory, cheesy appetizer or party snack!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Yield 6 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 3 cups Bisquick
  • 4 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • ¾ cup water

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F
  • In a large skillet, cook sausage over medium heat. Break into small pieces as it cooks. Cook until browned and no longer pink. 4-7 minutes. Drain excess fat.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine Bisquick and cheese. Then mix in sausage. Add water and Worcestershire sauce and mix well.
  • Shape into balls by rolling in the palms of your hands (it’s a bit messy). The balls should be about 2 inches. Place on a large baking sheet and keep them a couple inches apart so they have room to expand.
  • Bake for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for a few minutes and then serve.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 823kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 58g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 138mg | Sodium: 1797mg | Potassium: 371mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 758IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 666mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizers, cheese appetizer, cheese balls, easy appetizer, sausage and cheese, warm appetizer
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Sausage Cheese Balls are Italian sausage mixed with Bisquick and cheese then baked for a savory, cheesy appetizer or party snack!

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