Easy Retro Sausage Balls Recipe – Savory sausage cheese balls made with Bisquick are a beloved party staple that deserve a comeback!

retro sausage and cheese balls

Everyone knows it’s not a party unless there are snacks.

Especially at big holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas, we all gather to share each other’s good company and, let’s be honest, eat great food. And while we all, of course, love main dish features like roasted turkey and baked ham, the festivities really get started as soon as the appetizers arrive.

Cheesy, savory, scrumptious Sausage Balls are just right for setting the celebratory atmosphere! They are fantastically easy to make, and perfect for passing around. Guests can dip and enjoy with just one hand!

As a kid, I don’t remember ever having a holiday celebration without sausage balls. Yet, nowadays, they are not as common at holiday parties.

Let’s bring them back!

cheese and sausage balls made with Bisquick

The Best Cheesiest Sausage Balls

To me the perfect sausage ball is a cross between a meatball and a hushpuppy… It is meaty, carb-y, loaded with cheese, and great for dunking in any creamy dressings, gravy, or red sauce, like marinara or creamy roasted red pepper sauce.

Using Bisquick makes this truly the easiest party snack recipe. The readymade baking mix combined with just a handful of other pantry staples creates a slightly crispy, wonderfully chewy, and ultra-cheesy sausage ball.

They might be considered a party appetizer, but are so yummy I guarantee you’ll want to make this savory snack all the time!

dipped in Caesar dressing

What Ingredients You Need

Here is everything needed to make the best cheesy Sausage Balls:

  • Pork sausageyour choice of spicy or mild
  • Bisquick baking mixfor the easiest recipe (Regular or Gluten-Free!)
  • Sharp cheddar cheesepackaged pre-shredded cheese will help cut down on prep on time
  • Cream cheese either full fat or low fat
  • Chivesor finely chopped scallions
  • Garlic powderor any seasonings you choose

Pro Tip: Sharp cheddar is my favorite cheese and what’s traditionally used in sausage balls, but feel free to try this recipe with spicy shredded pepper jack, Colby jack cheese, or shredded parmesan.

pork, cheddar, cream cheese, chives, Bisquick

How to Make the Easiest Sausage Balls with Bisquick

It only takes about 15 minutes to prep Retro Sausage Cheese Balls, with just one mixing bowl needed.

You can make these snacks a day before planning to serve. They reheat wonderfully in the oven in just a matter of minutes!

Here is how to make our favorite party snack recipe:

  1. First, preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Set out a large mixing bowl. Add all of the ingredients to the bowl, and mix by hand until the mixture is smooth and even.
  3. Then, roll the meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Be sure to roll them tight so they don’t crack while baking.
  4. Bake for about 20 minutes, until golden brown.
tightly rolled

Serve Bisquick sausage balls warm, with your favorite dipping sauce(s).

Made-ahead or leftover sausage cheese balls will keep well in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Get the Complete (Printable) Easy Retro Sausage Balls Recipe Below. Enjoy!

the best easy sausage cheese balls recipe

What Dipping Sauces are Best with Sausage Cheese Balls?

There are so many delicious dipping sauces that pair perfectly with cheesy sausage balls! I suggest having a few different dips set out for your guests to try.

Caesar Dressing (shown in the photos) is my personal favorite. It is creamy and zesty, and is a great balance to the spicy pork sausage.

You can also serve them with marina sauce, Sour Cream and Onion Dip, or Roasted Red Pepper Dip.

Let me know in the comments what your favorite dipping sauce is!

retro sausage balls recipe

How Can I Make the Best Gluten-Free Sausage Balls?

Simply swap out classic Bisquick baking mix with their fabulous gluten-free version. GF-friendly balls taste just as delicious as the classic snack!

Is This Recipe Keto-Friendly?

While you can make lower carb sausage balls with gluten-free Bisquick, this is not a keto-friendly recipe either way.

Try these Thai Baked Turkey Meatballs or 5-Ingredient Low Carb Stuffed Mushrooms for tasty party appetizers that are both keto and gluten-free!

Bisquick cheese and sausage balls party appetizer

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Easy Retro Sausage Balls

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Try this savory sausage cheese balls recipe made with Bisquick for a beloved party snack that's as easy to make as they are yummy to enjoy!
Servings: 55 balls



  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
  • Set out a large mixing bowl. Add all the ingredients to the bowl and mix by hand until the mixture is smooth and even.
  • Roll the meat mixture into 1-inch balls. Roll them tight so they don’t crack while baking.
  • Bake for 20-22 minutes, until golden brown. Serve warm as-is or with your favorite dipping sauce.



You can make Sausage balls with Gluten Free Bisquick as well!


Serving: 1ball, Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 3g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 153mg, Potassium: 42mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 44mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Appetizer, Holiday, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier
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