Sausage Cheese Balls (without bisquick)

One of my favorite appetizers growing up were sausage cheese balls! My grandmother only made them around Christmas time for some reason but that just made them even more special. I thought it was because they were hard to make, so you can imagine my surprise when I asked her for the recipe a few years ago. Super easy!!

sausage cheese balls recipe without bisquick

Normally sausage cheese balls are made with Bisquick, but I never have the stuff on hand so I make them from scratch. They turn out amazing and I actually prefer them this way now. Sorry Bisquick.

These sausage cheese balls are moist, tender, meaty and cheesy! Like eating a mini sausage biscuit (or so my son says).

sausage cheese balls recipe without bisquick

The texture of these sausage cheese balls are perfect! I can’t even tell you how many dry, overly bready sausage cheese balls I’ve had in the past. There MUST be a balance. Not that I’m some kinda sausage cheese ball expert or anything…just saying. I know what I like. And I like balance.

sausage cheese balls recipe without bisquick

You can eat these sausage cheese balls plain which is how I like them or you can serve then with a dip. This may sound gross but I like them with a grape jelly dip. Trust me, it works!! You could also serve them with honey mustard dip or  a chili sauce dip or if you’re down south like me, try a good ol comeback sauce.

Be sure to choose a sausage that is highly seasoned (most of them are) but if not, you”ll have a pretty bland tasting sausage cheese ball on your hands. It may be wise to bake a couple test sausage balls just incase you need to add in extra spices like onion powder, garlic powder, etc. I use Brims turkey sausage and Earth Fare premium cheddar cheese. The sausage is full of spices and makes a great sausage cheese ball.


Watch me make these sausage cheese balls from start to finish!!

5.0 from 6 reviews
Sausage Balls
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Recipe type: appetizer
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening
  • 16 oz ground turkey sausage, room temperature
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups cheddar cheese, freshly shredded
  • melted butter & parselyy for garnishing, if desired
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Line a baking sheet with greased parchment paper or a spilpat mat. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt.
  4. Cut in shortening until crumbly.
  5. Add in ground sausage.
  6. Use your hands to mix everything in until all of the flour mixture is incorporated into the sausage.
  7. Add in the cream cheese and work it evenly into the mixture.
  8. Add in the grated cheese and work it evenly into the mixture.
  9. Use a mini ice cream scoop to scoop out the mixture into even-sized balls.
  10. Place on a prepared baking pan.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown.
  12. Brush with butter and sprinkle with parsley, if desired.
  13. Serve plain or with a jelly, mustard or bbq dip.



  1. Honolulu says

    I’ve made honey rolls, brownies, banana bread n 7up pound cake. They were all winners! Really love you’re site😀. Keep them recipes comin’. You’re number One fan! Gonna make this tonight

  2. MamaKiwi says

    Just made some of these! Having some warm from the oven with a cup of coffee right now! These were always a Christmas treat in our household growing up, but I woke up thinking about making some. I’ve always used the Bisquick method, but this will now be my go to recipe. Grape jelly warmed with just a touch of maple syrup is a great dipping sauce too!

  3. says

    I made sausage cheese balls several times last year around the holidays and I started experimenting with different ways to do them. I ran across your recipe and I like how you did yours so the next time I make some I will use your recipe :-) Thanks
    ps. I went ahead and rated your recipe 5*s because I know they are going to be exceptionally good. Oh I never thought of the grape jelly sauce as a dip, hummm, I’ll try that too.

    Take care

  4. says

    I think she is saying bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes not 30 minutes. Thirty minutes is way too long. I just baked them and 15-16 minutes was about right.

  5. Patricia Sneddon says

    “2 cups cheddar cheese”….NOW we’re talking! lol I’ve come across some recipes calling for 4oz cheese and thought “somebody doesn’t really like sausage balls…” Think I’ll give this recipe a try!

  6. says

    These will make a perfect freezer snack for the kids. We are constantly on the run so I am looking for recipes that allows me to stockpile our meals. Sidebar: Why don’t you have any homemade waffle recipes on here?

  7. ssdavis says

    Made these for Super Bowl and had enough to freeze some. Everyone loved them and after the first frozen batch was gone, I keep getting asked – do you have any more hidden? No, I don’t but will be sure and make some in the future!

  8. Kevin B says

    This looks perfect for our Super Bowl party. Going to try it out first on some friends at our Open Mic party tomorrow night. Glad I fell upon your site.

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