Recipe: Sausage Balls

I was born and raised in Texas, and every year beginning in November it was tradition to make sausage balls on occasion. I haven’t met too many people outside the Lone Star State who know about sausage balls, so my goal is to bring them to the public eye. The recipe is incredibly easy and is a wonderful recipe to get kids involved in the cooking process if you’d like. I hate when recipe blogs have a ton of backstory to the recipe, so instead of boring you with stories of Christmases and Thanksgivings past, I’ll just get right to it.

Sausage Balls

Hardware Needed
  • Large mixing bowl
  • Cookie sheet, greased or covered with parchment paper
Software Needed
  • 1 pound of breakfast sausage
  • 3/4 cup of pancake or biscuit mix
  • 1 cup of shredded cheese
  • Black pepper to taste

A note on the pancake/biscuit mix: When I was younger we always used Bisquick but I have come to the conclusion that Pioneer brand is better because it’s a little less dense than Bisquick. That said, they will both work and the end product will be delicious either way.


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F

Step 2: In your large mixing bowl combine your sausage, pancake mix, cheese, and black pepper until all the pancake mix is thoroughly within the mixture. I’ve tried using tools for this step, but nothing works better than your hands. Remove any jewelry and wear gloves if you can, but your hands are the best tools for combining the ingredients.

Step 3: Separate the combined mixture into equally-sized balls and place at least one inch apart on a baking sheet. It might require a second baking sheet, and if it does, that’s okay. This is a good step for kids to help out on because rolling these things into balls gets old if you’re making a larger batch. Try and get the balls to be as equal in size as possible so that each ball will be cooked through at the same time. I normally get 15 or 20 balls, but I have purposely made them larger or smaller on occasion and needed a different amount of space.

Step 4: Bake for 15–20 minutes depending on how large your sausage balls are. The ones in the picture took 18 minutes to be cooked all the way through. When your sausage balls are cooked through you will see the cheese beginning to brown. If you want to go above and beyond, use a meat thermometer to make sure the sausage balls have an internal temperature of 160°F.

Step 5: Let cool for at least five minutes then enjoy. Sausage balls are delicious on their own but also go great with mustard, syrup, hot sauce, or just about anything else.

That’s it. That’s the whole recipe. Can you believe how easy that is? And I can assure you if you take these to a family or office Thanksgiving or Christmas party, they will be a hit. I made this batch yesterday and they are gone. Yum.

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