The BEST Sausage Balls

This is an easy Christmas appetizer, ideal make-ahead food for the holidays. I published a sausage ball recipe a couple of years ago and it is one I’ve been using for probably close to 10 years, but I recently found a stack of recipe cards that were given to me by family members DECADES ago. I was in my early 20s and I’m in my late 40s now, so we’re talking almost 30 years ago. This particular recipe came from my Aunt Belle and I was a little skeptical since it uses less cheese and more Bisquick, but her sausage balls always were delicious so I didn’t hesitate to give it a try.

THESE ARE IT, Y’ALL! These are so good! Way better than that other sausage ball recipe, and that other one was also delicious! These add paprika (and I added in some cayenne, even though it wasn’t in the recipe.)

The BEST Sausage Ball Recipe


  • 1 lb sausage, mild or hot
  • 10 oz grated cheese (in the video, I’m using an 8 oz block that I grated, so not quite 10 oz.)
  • 3 cups Bisquick (I used Great Value brand since Walmart was out of Bisquick)
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • A few shakes of Cayenne (optional)


  1. Mix all the ingredients together
  2. Form mixture into little balls
  3. Bake in 350º oven for about 10-12 minutes
  4. Enjoy!

If you need to add in some water to bring everything together, you can do that, but probably no more than about 1/4 cup.

If you want, you can add more cheese, more sausage, or less bisquick, but I think adding in the teaspoon of paprika and not using that full pound of cheese really makes for a better sausage ball.

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