3 Ingredient Bisquick Sausage Balls

These Bisquick sausage balls with 3 ingredients are the easiest ever! Surprisingly tasty and always a hit, this recipe for classic Southern sausage balls is simple to make and delivers perfectly moist (not dry!) sausage balls every time.

If you ever need to bribe someone, or just want to impress your friends, sausage balls are the way to go.

sausage balls stacked on plate outdoors

Why this recipe works

My sausage balls recipe works for 2 reasons. First, there are only 3 ingredients. This recipe is easy to shop for and all the ingredients can be purchased well in advance to have on hand. They can even be frozen for long-term storage.

This second reason this recipe is so good is – again – because of the 3 ingredients… AND their proportions. No cream cheese, which can make sausage balls come out flat. And not too much Bisquick, which will make sausage balls some out dry (I have seen recipes calling for 3 cups which is way too much). Simply follow my directions and tips, and you will have deliciously perfect sausage balls every time.

close view of prepared recipe

About the ingredients

Bisquick baking mix. You know the stuff, and you find it with the pancake mixes and breakfast stuff. If not available, you can make you own and there are recipes for homemade Bisquick. Note that I have not made Bisquick myself, so I can’t promise the result.

Shredded sharp cheddar cheese. In a perfect world, we would buy a block of cheddar and shred it ourselves to have luscious strands of cheese not coated in anti-caking agent. But this isn’t a perfect world and I fully admit to usually just buying a bag of shredded cheese.

Bulk sausage. Find bulk sausage in those odd tubes with the breakfast sausage and bacon. I prefer Hot sausage. These sausage balls have a teeny kick, but they are NOT spicy. If you want them spicy, you’ll have to add tabasco or cayenne. I find either Jimmy Dean or Odom’s Tennessee Pride Hot sausage work equally well for sausage balls.

recipe ingredients in metal mixing bowl
prepared dough in metal mixing bowl

How to make Bisquick sausage balls

Not gonna lie, but making sausage balls takes a little elbow grease.

So, here is what goes down: we put the ingredients in a large mixing bowl, and start mixing with our hands. It is going to seem dry dry dry and you are going to question yourself and your life choices, but do not despair. Just continue to knead and mix. Eventually, the Bisquick works its way into the fat of the sausage and it all comes together to form the dough.

Just have faith. And mix. This step takes about 5 minutes.

Once the dough comes together, form into ~1-1/2 balls and place on a rimmed bake sheet. They should be roughly the size of a whole walnut shell. Bake at 350F for precisely 15 minutes and enjoy.

TIP! Letting the sausage come to room temperature before mixing the dough reduces the mixing time.

uncooked sausage balls on bake sheet
cooked sausage balls on bake sheet


Why are my sausage balls dry?

Dry sausage balls happen 1 of 2 ways: by overcooking or by adding too much Bisquick. To measure Bisquick correctly, spoon it into the measuring cup without packing it (same as if measuring flour). To avoid overcooking, cook for just 15 minutes. If in doubt about doneness, use a thermometer to check for 155°F internal temperature. Every Single Time I have questioned if they were done and just cooked longer, they ended up overcooked.

How do you tell if sausage balls are cooked?

After 15 minutes cooking, sausage balls should be golden and gently sizzling. To check for doneness, break a sausage ball open and make sure the sausage is no longer pink. Alternatively, use an instant-read thermometer to check for 155°F (68°C) internal temperature.

Can you refrigerate uncooked sausage balls?

Yes. Sausage balls can be formed a day or 2 in advance and refrigerated until cooking. When ready to cook, remove the balls from the refrigerator, and set out on the rimmed bake sheet to take the cold edge off while the oven preheats.

What goes well with sausage balls?

When I make this sausage ball recipe, I typically don’t serve them with a sauce. But if you are desirous of a dipping sauce for your lovely sausage balls, I recommend honey mustard. That’s what I serve my smoked sausage balls with and you can find a honey mustard recipe there. Ranch, spicy ranch, brown mustard, and queso dip are other options.

prepared balls stacked on white plate
close view of prepared Bisquick sausage balls

3 Ingredient Bisquick Sausage Balls

These Bisquick sausage balls with 3 ingredients are the easiest ever! Surprisingly tasty and always a hit, this recipe for classic Southern sausage balls is simple to make and delivers perfectly moist (not dry!) sausage balls every time.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bisquick sausage balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Authur: Erica
Servings: 24 servings
Calories: 149kcal


  • 1 lb tube hot bulk breakfast sausage uncooked
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups dry Bisquick baking mix


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
  • Put the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, knead and work the ingredients until combined. This takes a while to mix (and a little elbow grease), then all of the sudden the dough comes together.
  • Roll dough into 1-½ inch balls and place on rimmed bake sheet.
  • Bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Sausage balls should be golden and just cooked through.


Sausage balls are easy to overcook and will get dry if you do so, so don’t be tempted to overcook them. If in doubt, use an instant-read thermometer and check for 155°F (68°C) internal temperature.
Mixing time can be sped up by starting with the sausage at room temperature.
When measuring Bisquick, measure it the same as you would flour. Meaning, measure it lightly and don’t pack it.


Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 1g
Sausage Balls in a clear plastic bowl over white napkin

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